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 worked with individuals struggling with addiction throughout my career. I am trained in motivational interviewing and am well versed in the 12 step recovery fellowships. I have also found brief strategic therapy to be a helpful tool in addressing addictions. Additionally understanding the root struggles that lead to addictions is essential to treating addictions.

— Chaya Bleend, Clinical Social Worker

I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Texas and a Licensed Addiction Counselor in Colorado and have five years of experience working with clients struggle with substance abuse. Each of my license requires 40 hours of addiction classes/training on top of my Master's degree focused on understanding the experience and treatment of addiction. I am passionate about using my expertise to see and understand clients experience without increasing shame.

— Brandi Solanki, Counselor in Waco, TX

What usually begins as a means to self-soothe the discomfort of an unresolved hurt, grows into a habitual behavior which no longer satisfies, is unhealthy for you, and even worse, creates more discomfort and pain when you try to end it. I work with you to end the cycle you are caught up in, and to address the underlying unhealed wounds, or identify the negative beliefs that haunt you, now that your addiction source is no longer there to cover your discomfort.

— Bryan Holmes, Counselor in Nashville, TN

I am formally trained in treating substance use disorder. This means incorporating traditional, "old school" addictions approaches with more modern psychological techniques. I think of this work as throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks; after all everyone's path to recovery will be unique and evolving. In support of this approach, I try to stay well informed of all the different treatment and support options as you navigate what will work for you.

— Sean Glynn, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

As a licensed addiction counselor I provide counseling for those who are affected by a loved ones alcohol or drug use. I also provide counseling for process addictions such as gambling, gaming, internet, pornography and other behaviors. And something new! Due to safety issues with Covid-19, I am introducing walk and talk therapy. Beach, state park trails, even Brookgreen Gardens can provide a peaceful backdrop for your therapy sessions. *Insurance may not cover this.

— Patricia Unger, Licensed Professional Counselor in Murrells Inlet, SC

I use a 12-step model frequently but understand that approach is not for everyone. I have used CBT to treat addictions. I do not "force" 12-step meetings.

— Laura Bykofsky, LCSW-R, ACSW, CEAP, SAP, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Estero, FL

Most of my experience has been in treating addictions and co-occurring disorders. I have worked effectively with many individuals to manage their triggers and cravings early in recovery, change the circumstances in their lives that lead them to use substances to begin with, and improve their relaitonships so that they have strong support when treatment comes to a conclusion.

— Katherine Pfeiffer, Counselor in Tampa, FL

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

— Crystal Nesfield, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

I am a specialist in problematic sexual behavior. I have worked with those suffering from a myriad of addictions for over a decade. I understand abstinence-based and harm reduction models. I am also highly attuned to the 12-Step model and how it can he applied in therapy.

— D.J. Burr, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , WA

Addiction counseling is an approach to challenge the physical, emotional, and mental struggles of the disease in order to live a full life in recovery. I utilize an eclectic approach for addiction counseling involving motivational interviewing, DBT, CBT, and 12 - steps to help the individuals modify behaviors for recovery, how to cope with addictive thinking and behaviors, and develop intimate connection in relationships while in sobriety.

— Sarah Underbrink, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Plano, TX

While working in an outpatient treatment center for substance use disorders I would provide counseling for relapse prevention, education around drugs/alcohol, family support, safety planning, and sobriety management

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

I have worked for several years in inpatient, residential and outpatient settings counseling clients who struggle with addiction and need to build structure and stability in their lives around sobriety and healthy relationships. During the current pandemic, I have a special interest in helping these clients maintain treatment and offer a sliding scale and group therapy.

— Meira Greenfeld, Psychotherapist in Phoenix, AZ

I am a licensed substance abuse counselor with experience in 12-step programs, Refuge Recovery, SMART Recovery and Motivational Interviewing.

— Vincent "V" Espinoza, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Albuquerque, NM

I felt talk therapy simply wasn’t cutting it in the addiction world and I was sick and tired of seeing my clients sick and tired of being sick and tired. If you are a multiple-time treatment attender, you catch out drift. EMDR takes everything you learned from treatment to an elevated level. By the time treatment is over, my clients share feeling whole, free, and are more deeply connected to themselves.

— Carley Trillow, Social Worker in Cleveland, OH