Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol abuse or dependency (also known as alcoholism) are serious problems relating to the habitual misuse of alcohol – typically characterized by drinking too much, too often, with an inability to stop. If drinking is negatively effecting your life and relationships and you can’t seem to get it under control, you may be abusing alcohol. Other signs could include craving a drink, drinking to relax, lying about drinking, neglecting responsibilities because of drinking, hiding your drinking, and/or driving while drinking. 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 alcohol abuse or dependency, contact one of our specialists today to get help.

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Do you struggle with addiction? Do you use sex, drugs or drink excessively and out of control to numb your feelings and emotions? Are your alcohol and drug consumption or sex habits keeping you from maintaining relationships? Considering quitting any substance, whether or not you feel "addicted" or "out of control", may mean a change of lifestyle and a makeover in the way you think and make decisions in your life. ​I have been helping clients with addiction issues for the past 10 years using a dual diagnosis prospective. This means that I look at both the psychological components that lead to addiction while treating the behaviors that lead to addiction. ​When I treat addiction, I focus my sessions on three main components: Stages of Change and motivational interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and psychodynamic therapy to help my clients understand the origins of their impulsive thoughts and behaviors.

— Filippo M. Forni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Do you find yourself drinking more than you would like to? Are you feeling ashamed about how much you drink or the way that you behave when you drink? Do you want to cut down, but have been unable to do so? Therapy can help, and EMDR Therapy can help you to get at the root of what is causing you to drink. EMDR is an evidenced-based treatment for trauma known for it's gentleness and effectiveness. Visit my website to learn more and set up a free 15 minute consultation. https://jenimarie.org/

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

By assessing your patterns and behaviors of substance use, together we can establish the difference between abuse and dependence, as in this example, some folks define alcohol abuse as " too much, too often" and dependency as "establishing a drinking pattern that interferes with life functions". It's important for me to help you identify difficulties with functioning with and without substances, uncovering destructive behaviors can lead the way towards discovering the many paths to healing.

— Barbara Morales-Rossi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Monterey, CA

Using CBT and talk therapy

— Donn Yeager, Mental Health Counselor
 

I have knowledge of Medication Assisted Treatment and how it increases the changes of long term sobriety. I have also worked with individuals that are on the spectrum of harm-reduction to absences using 12 step NA/AA. I am also trained in EMDR for addictions and know the importance of being able to reprocess negative memories and triggers that have led to addictive behaviors.

— Christina Vasquez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Walnut Creek, CA

I use cognitive behavioral and acceptance and commitment approaches to address substance use issues. I am very familiar with the 12 step model, but do not insist that it is the only path to sobriety. There are as many approaches to recovery as there are people with substance use concerns. I will help you discover what your needs are, and how to meet those without using substances in a damaging way.

— Cassandra Walker, Counselor
 

I offer a compassionate yet practical approach to reducing or eliminating your alcohol use. I believe alcohol is one of the most damaging drugs around & if you want to stop or reduce your intake, then you are one of the smart ones! It is crazy to me that oftentimes people are judged as "having a problem" or being "abnormal" if they don't drink. If you are ready to stop or reduce alcohol, you are in the right place and I look forward to helping you finally become free of the chains of alcohol.

— Krissy Moses, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Winter Park, FL

Since 2010 I have worked with addiction treatment. Much of my experience is working at an all women's treatment facility as a counselor, a program manager, and a director. This includes working with co-occurring disorders that often are part of the puzzle when solving issues of addiction. I have lived experience in this area.

— Gregory Gooden, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in POMONA, CA
 

Alcohol and other drugs can be so insidious. The pervasive use in our culture makes it really difficult to know if you're just a "normal" person who has a bottle of wine every night or an alcoholic. Where does it cross the line? I have experience helping clients to find their personal line, and set boundaries with themselves. I will never tell you what to do, but I can help you to reduce the harm that substances are having on your life.

— Colleen Hennessy, Licensed Professional Counselor in , CA

When working with individuals on substance use, I let the client tell me what their goals are. The primary concern when working with substance use is safety, followed by health and wellness. Together we will evaluate client concerns and set treatment goals based on need. I do not assume that every individual struggling with substance use has an addiction. I have experience working in drug and alcohol treatment facilities, 12 step groups, and have familiarity with other recovery groups.

— Suzanne Cooper, Licensed Professional Counselor in Littleton, CO
 

Have you been trying to cut back on drinking but keep finding yourself back in the same old pattern? Are you tired of feeling sick, out of control, and reliant on alcohol? You don't have to do this alone. By working one on one in therapy, we can identify ways that you can find relief and successfully reduce or abstain from drinking. Having a therapist that's experienced in alcohol abuse will support you in addressing underlying issues that have been keeping you stuck.

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

Addiction is my primary specialization. I approach treatment from a biopsychosocial model - that there are likely biological factors (like physical dependence), psychological factors (like poor coping habits and other mental health concerns), and social factors (either isolation or being surrounded by others who are also using substances) that hold the addictive behavior in place. We'll work together to unravel all these factors and help move you forward.

— Dr. Aaron Weiner, Clinical Psychologist in Lake Forest, IL
 

I have spent over 30 years working voluntarily with individuals who struggle with issues of addiction and I have spent the last 2 years working with individuals clinically at an intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization treatment program. I know the 12 steps are not the answer for everyone and my experiences can help you figure out the best options to beat your addiction. I know how hard it is to stop or even seek help. Together, we can free you from the bondage of addiction.

— Alan Zupka, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ORLANDO, FL

I have been treating addiction for many years. I know many skills and methods to help people overcome addiction.

— Adam Green, Therapist in Wilmington, NC
 

I believe that without recovery from substances that therapy will always be extremely limited. Therapy is a place on the journey to deciding what one wants to do for recovery. I advocate the use of self-help programs. I have known people who quit alcohol and drugs just from church and many, many more from 12-step programs. I have worked with people who have found great assistance through recovery groups like Refuge Recovery, which is Buddhist philosophy/meditation based.

— Deb Dettman, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

I have been treating addiction for many years. I am a licensed clinical addictions specialist. I now from personal experience how to get free from addiction.

— Adam Green, Therapist in Wilmington, NC
 

Many times addiction at its core, is a result of a behavior that is used to get relief, replacing a bad feeling with a good feeling, or numbing the bad feeling so that there is nothing to feel at all. Having specialized in this field for years, I understand what works and what doesn't. I will help get to the root cause and provide discovery to independence from the binds of addiction. If talk therapy or AA is not giving you sustained results, my work is for you.

— Jacqueline Connors, Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa, CA

I have been working intensively for many years with folks who struggle with substance use disorders. I have found that it is not a one size fits all disease which in turn means that it is not a one size fits all solution. I focus on the person in front of me and we will work collaboratively to help you heal.

— Adrienne Marcellus, Mental Health Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO