Addiction Counseling

Addiction can take many forms and can be experienced with both substances (drugs and alcohol, for example) and behaviors (such as gambling). Typically, addiction involves repeating an activity despite the problems or negative consequences it is causing in your life. Addiction can cause changes in the brain’s wiring that make it difficult to stop the drug or behavior. But the good news is, you don’t have to figure it out on your own. If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction, contact one of our addiction counseling specialists today to get help.

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I have 4 years working in an outpatient setting for people living with addiction. I focus on harm reduction, relapse prevention, and sobriety management.

— Caley Johnson, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Bellingham, WA

I have been working in the addiction field for over 10 years in inpatient and outpatient centers.

— Crystal Nesfield, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

I have provided counseling as well as been the clinical director for individuals receing substance abuse treatment services for over 15 years.

— Amanda Berriault, Addictions Counselor

Through expertise in both private practice and community mental health settings as a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC), I've learned that loss of control, surrender of the will to a craving doesn’t have to lead to prolonged suffering. I have helped many renew a sense of “self”, repurposed life.

— Sergio Hernández, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Evanston, IL

I have 10 years of experience working with addictions of all types. The first thing to know is that there are many different paths and that we will focus on what path will be the best for you. While I cannot speak to every fellowship that exists, I know that there is a path, a place, and a people waiting to offer you hope and support. You deserve to know that you are no longer alone, so long as you can maintain honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness, along with maybe some humor too.

— Matthew Taylor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New Smyrna Beach, FL

I have specific training around working with people struggling with addiction, specifically around alternatives to 12-step models.

— Crystal Nesfield, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

I have worked in four treatment centers over the last 28 years. I see a huge interplay between issues related to addiction and trauma. I believe that for some people their path to addiction came as a means to self-medicate pain. I also believe that there is a strong physiological component to addiction and it doesn't reflect weakness of will. I support 12-step recovery but also alternative self -help groups such as Refuge Recovery which has a Buddhist meditation component.

— Deborah Dettman, Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Are you struggling with cutting down or quitting alcohol or marijuana? Addiction Counseling can help. I use Mindfulness, Cognitive and a Trauma-focused approach called EMDR to help you get to the bottom of what's been going on for you. Having a Therapist that has personal experience with addiction and treating addiction will help you to receive the support that you need in order to reach your goals. Call me for a free 15 minute consultation. I can't wait to hear from you!

— Jennifer Leupp, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Texas. Approximately 2 decades of experience.

— Mary B. Mattis, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

The addiction counselor's role is to guide the recovering person and help them grow according to their capacity and values, allowing them to have the resources they need to live a drug-free or alcohol-free life. There are four levels of addiction: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. We will discuss each level in-depth and provide tips for overcoming addiction.

— Renee Eddy, LMSW, Master CASAC, Life Coach ACC, Licensed Master of Social Work in New York, NY

I have worked with this populations for over 3 years in different settings. Harm reduction is the core of my work with clients but this is not the only method I use.

— Alex Gomez, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

My approach to addiction counseling is adjusting therapy to meet the needs of people suffering from addictions because no two people are alike. I mix several techniques using neurosciences, relapse prevention, brain associations and psychotherapy to autopsy patterns of relapse/lapse that have become problematic to evoke lifestyle changes. I also draw off personal addiction experiences as well as the freedom, peace, and integrity I've experienced in my own recovery-based lifestyle.

— Patrick Varney, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

Addictions (substances or behaviors) are all defenses based in physical and/or psychological pain reduction. If we can eliminate the cause of the pain, the need for the addiction can go as well. While this may sound simple, that doesn’t mean it’s easy or painless to do. We will address the pains that lead you to your addiction and work through the obstacles to abstinence and sobriety, if that is what you want, whether you choose to do so via a 12-step program or without it.

— Carl H. Shubs, Ph.D., Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

I tailor addiction treatment to my client's individual needs. I am equally verse in using the harm reduction approach ( meeting you where you are without placing any expectations on discontinuation of use ) as well as abstinence only approach. I am well versed with the 12 step literature.

— Olga Lomanovitch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

Prior clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of substance and behavioral addiction disorders in outpatient and residential treatment facility settings.

— Landon Coleman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New York, NY

I have years of experience and training in working with those who suffer from addiction and substance abuse. I help people work through the obstacles that often interfere with maintaining sobriety.

— Shannon Atherton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Springfield, MO

Addictions are running rampant in our Society! People are turning in greater numbers to unhealthy coping mechanisms, like: alcohol or drug dependence, prescription drugs, technology dependence, gambling, pornography or sexual addictions; to name only a few. As a certified Addictions Counselor, let me help you learn how to recognize the behavior patterns that are keeping you stuck in your addiction and gain control over your life, again!

— Sitka Stueve, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Overland Park, KS