Drug Dependence / Abuse / Addiction

Drug addiction, dependence or abuse, sometimes called substance use disorder, is a disease. It affects an individual's brain and behavior, making it so they are unable to control their use of the drug in question. Symptoms of drug dependence include needing more of the drug to get the same effect over time, intense urges for the drug to the point of not being able to concentrate on anything else, spending money that you can't afford on the drug, not fulfilling obligations (work, familial or social) because of drug use, and/or failing in attempts to stop or reduce use of the drug. If you are worried that a loved one may be struggling with drug abuse, some possible indicators include a drop in school or work performance or attendance, a lack of interest in their appearance, increased secretiveness, and/or sudden requests for money. A qualified professional therapist will be able to identify and diagnose drug issues, provide harm reduction support, work with you to create a treatment plan and help you stick to it. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s drug dependence, abuse and addiction specialists for help today.

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Many of my clients express feeling as though they aren't fully in control of themselves because of their addiction. They share stories of countless relapses - even ones where they didn't even feel like using! After EMDR, my clients feel more secure in their ability to maintain recovery. They no longer stress about losing their licenses, relationships, money, and more. Healing doesn't have to be complicated to be effective. I would love to work with you - learn more about my approach on my site!

— Carley Trillow, Social Worker in Cleveland, OH

I have additional certification and training through California State University East Bay in Chemical Dependency Treatment. I have also been working in facilities providing addiction treatment since 2015. I have often served as the dual diagnosis specialist for former employers and recognize the complex interplay between addiction, trauma and mental health disorders.

— Alexandra Ludovina, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sunnyvale, CA

I am licensed in the state of Montana as an Addictions Counselor (LAC) in addition to a Licensed Clinical Profieicinal Counselor (LCPC). I worked for seven years in an addiction treatment facility that treats co-occurring disorders. I worked as an inpatient and outpatient therapist at all levels of care providing group and individual counseling.

— Liz Smith, Psychotherapist

I was the lead counselor at a residential treatment facility for co-occurring disorders for many years, and have experience with all types of addiction and addictive behaviors. I incorporate SMART recovery concepts, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and a Person Centered Approach. We will examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviors that lead to an unhealth relationship with substances and work to correct each of those.

— Katherine Pfeiffer, Counselor in Tampa, FL

I help women concerned about their relationship with alcohol and other substances find meaning and joy in life again. My clients leave therapy better understanding the root cause of their use and with healthier ways of coping with difficult emotions and experiences. They discover it is possible to release their shame, reconnect with themselves, and lead their lives with more confidence and ease. I have worked with substance use disorders for the last five years and now recovery is possible.

— Maggie Malone, Clinical Social Worker in Marietta, GA

Addiction is caused the majority of the time because of trauma. I work with clients to get down to the root of the problem, create awareness around the issue, and then understand why that issue is there. Then, the healing happens on its own.

— Tanya Martinez-Cardenas, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Kyle,, TX

Alcohol and drug addiction is a disorder that not only affects the person using the substance, but also their family and friends who love them. And despite it finally being brought to light by the media in recent years, it still carries a stigma that impedes the patient from seeking treatment. I knew I wanted to work specifically with those struggling with addiction from the moment I stepped into school and I can proudly say 26 years later I still hold that same passion.

— Dawn Ginestra, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

I have worked in multiple substance use disorder treatment centers and have an associate certification in substance use counseling.

— Ashley McInerney, Clinical Social Worker in Bloomfield, CT

I am a licensed alcohol and drug addiction counselor and have been working with substance abuse and chemical dependency for over a decade. I primarily provide a supportive role as an adjunct or aftercare following intensive outpatient (IOP) or residential (inpatient) treatment. Models I use include harm-reduction, relapse prevention, and twelve steps. I provide substance abuse assessment service at request.

— Hoa Le, Therapist in Eagan, MN

As mentioned, I have worked in the treatment of addiction for over a decade. Currently I work with both people who have recently completed treatment and are working towards building stability in their early recovery as well as people who have been sober for many years.

— Amanda Jaworski, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Gardena, CA

I have worked in inpatient and outpatient substance use treatment centers throughout my career as a therapist. I also take a harm reduction approach to treatment.

— Crystal Nesfield, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

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 am very familiar with 12 step as well as other modalities for treating addiction. I also have worked in treatment previously and have helped various individuals achieve sobriety

— Eric Katende, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

There is so much more to addiction that the substance being used. I would argue that brain is primed for addiction long before most addicts pick up a drink or a drug (or begin to eat or have sex dysfunctionally for that matter). Most believe that addiction is chronic and not curative. But that doesn’t mean that great progress can’t be made. I work with clients using both harm reduction and abstinence based recovery models.

— Michael Pezzullo, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Alcohol and drug addiction is a disorder that not only affects the person using the substance, but also their family and friends who love them. And despite it finally being brought to light by the media in recent years, it still carries a stigma that impedes the patient from seeking treatment. I knew I wanted to specialize in addiction 26 years ago and still feel as passionate and dedicated today to help patients overcome addiction.

— Dawn Ginestra, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

People often come to me when they are stuck in a pattern. This can be a substance addiction, behavioral addiction, or unhealthy, painful relationship patterns. The thing we have become addicted to becomes our management strategy. Something triggers the desire to use that strategy which then prevents something else from happening. I seek to “stop the stop” removing the management strategy so that something new can happen leading to the original pain and need and allowing for healing.

— Addie Michlitsch, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Roseville, MN

I'm working toward LCAS certification. I bring in Buddhist teachings as well as other recovery modalities in to support your struggle with addictive behaviors. I believe that the basic philosophy of Buddhism lends itself perfectly to working with addiction-- our suffering is often caused by craving, and that craving is for our experience to be different. I want to help you honor your experience in every moment--just as it is.

— Renee Anderson, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Asheville, NC