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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I truly believe you are more than your alcohol addiction! I have extensive life and clinical experience with alcohol/drugs and in helping those who are struggling with an addiction to recover. Having struggled myself with both alcohol and mood issues, my goal is to utilize my experience (a hell of a lot) and education to empower you to overcome whatever you feel is standing in your way of success. I am licensed and have a Masters degree and am a Master Addiction Counselor.

— Tim Welch, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Newark, OH

I am board certified in addiction medicine and have experience in medication assisted treatment for recovery as well as addiction counseling and motivational therapy training and experience.

— Sanjana Karim, Psychiatrist in San Francisco, 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

Using CBT and talk therapy

— Donn Yeager, Mental Health Counselor

I have personal experience with Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence, I have over 13 years of experience working with others struggling to identify their own personal relationship with alcohol and drug abuse. I provide an open, honest, judgement-free environment in order for clients to explore their own sense of dependence and abuse and help provide guidance and support for adopting a new attitude of moderation or abstinence, whatever fits the client's needs.

— Dylan Haas, Mental Health Counselor in Boise, ID

I am a licensed addictions counselor and have worked inpatient facilities for the past decade. I am also in recovery from addiction.

— Denae Arnold, Licensed Professional Counselor in Wheatridge, CO

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

I have experience working in a medicated assisted treatment clinic with individuals diagnosed with co-occuring disorders (mental health and substance use). I have taken substance use counseling courses and am in the process of applying for my CASAC-T (credential alcohol, substance abuse counselor.

— Jalisa Taylor, Licensed Master of Social Work in New York, NY

I am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Pennsylvania and have experience in mental health and substance abuse at various settings and levels of care. I led and launched the first substance abuse Intensive Outpatient Program at a premier LGBTQ+ health center.

— Justin Mendoza, Psychotherapist in Philadelphia, PA

I am a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor who has been in the addictions field since 2007.

— Mo Deutsch, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Charlotte, NC

I have five years experience with addiction treatment and co-occurring disorders in both an inpatient and outpatient setting and have guided hundreds of unique individuals in achieving their sobriety goals.

— Michael Nolan, Therapist in New York, NY

Addiction holds a special place in my heart within my own recovery and as an ACOA. I've had the pleasure to work with several modalities of treatment, from 12 step to a more spiritual and Buddhist approach to help patient find their path in recovery. Together we can help you find solace from grips of your addict or help your family navigate treatment and find necessary boundaries to assist in sustainable recovery.

— Elen Redford, Addictions Counselor in McKinney, TX

I have been working with individuals suffering from substance use disorders for the past eight years. Even before I became a masters level therapist. Substance abuse can be difficult to manage and work with, but after years of experience I feel very confident in meeting you where you are at to come up with treatment that works for you. I myself have been in recovery for almost nine years an am open minded to a variety of treatments. I find that Motivational Interviewing to be especially helpful.

— Kenji Hammon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have extensive personal and professional experience helping others to move beyond alcohol/drug dependence. It's not easy and most people are more likely to accomplish their goals when they work with others and when they don't try to do it alone. I would be honored to be with you and support you during the process of recovery. It's one of the best things that you could do for yourself and your loved ones. And you deserve a good quality life!

— Lorrie OBrien, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Enfield, CT

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

Welcoming people in all stages of alcohol misuse and addiction recovery, I support healthy inquiry into your relationship to alcohol. Parts of this process inevitably include releasing shame about unhealthy use, finding compassionate insight in order to make changes that will ultimately help deeper healing of the root of this behavioral pattern. I welcome harm reduction and abstinence goals as well as encourage finding a path that works best for you while supporting self honesty and awareness.

— Natalie Spautz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I have extensive experience working with clients in all stages of the recovery process from alcohol and other substance abuse. This includes clients who may have recently recognized problematic drinking behavior and are looking to make a change, as well as clients in more long term recovery who are looking for support. My approach counseling clients in recovery includes an understanding of 12 step programs as well as alternative and mindfulness based recovery approaches.

— Brittany Hopkins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA