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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It is often thought that addiction and substance abuse are one and the same. But these days people become addicted to many other things including gambling, video games, and social media. Whatever the addiction, the path forward is recovery. That means different things to different people; rather than use a "cookie cutter" approach with everyone, I tailor my approach to the needs of individuals. Some people do well, for example, with SMART Recovery. Others do better in AA or NA.

— Bruce Burleson, Addictions Counselor in Norwell, MA

I have been treating Alcohol and Drug Addiction that occur with mental health symptoms that for 4 years. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address triggers and unhelpful thoughts that keep you in the addiction cycle along with strategies to self regulate. In some cases is use EMDR.

— Christina Cunningham, Mental Health Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

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 practice from an integrative harm reduction psychotherapy perspective with regard to substance use and other potentially addictive behaviors. By helping you define what your ideal relationship to substances or addictive behaviors looks like, we can run lots of small experiments to see what helps you get closer to that ideal. I'm also happy to support psychedelic integration and have no predetermined opinion about what your relationship to substances should or could be.

— Robin DeBates, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

I have many year of experience working with alcohol use, abuse and dependence as well as other drugs. I am happy to work with both 12-Step and Non 12-step approaches to recovery as well as harm reduction and moderation.

— Kimberly Goodrich, Clinical Social Worker in Clinton, NJ

Loss of control, surrender of the will to a craving doesn’t have to lead to prolonged suffering. I help renew a sense of “self”. Purpose.

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

Addiction is a disease and healing is possible. I support individuals to develop a plan to achieve abstinence and sobriety, to manage emotional and physical health, and to prevent further self-medication and relapse. For five years I worked at a drug treatment center, primarily with opiate addiction where I helped individuals find their unique path to recovery. I provide a comfortable, non-judgmental setting to help you overcome your dependence on substances and addictive behaviors.

— Deborah Robinson-Thompson, Mental Health Counselor in Woburn, MA

Not everyone is open to full abstinence and the 12-Step modality; which is why I work from both a total abstinence modality and harm-reduction. Over the years, I realized that when treating addiction, it is important to consider the client’s prospective on how to approach their addiction, and to allow the client to decide what is the best course of treatment for them. This will assist the client to feel empowered and have a choice, and options, in their recovery.

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

I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and have worked in the addictions field for many years. I professionally and personally understand the intense struggle with addiction. I am open-minded in regards to solutions. I do not believe "one size fits all" and work collaboratively with my clients to find the best solution for them. Often times chemical dependency is accompanied by other disorders such as anxiety or depression. We can address these together.

— Kim Tayler, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX

I am a certified drug and alcohol counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. I have helped adults deal with addiction, co-dependency, and co-occurring mental health disorders for over a decade. My belief is that addiction is a diseases and recovery looks different for each individual. Abstinence is a desire long-term goal for treatment as harm-reduction (the practice of reducing the risks involved with substance use) is often the first step.

— Scott Bragg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Paoli, PA

Jacqueline "Jaci" Hynes is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the state of Texas. Jaci has experience working in an outpatient setting providing care for individuals on probation, parole, and with parents with CPS cases. Jaci firmly believes in the power of self-compassion, hope, and kindness to self. Jaci sees addiction from a harm-reduction lens and believes in develop an alliance with her clients in their goals related substance use, dependence, and addiction.

— Jacqueline Hynes, Counselor in Frisco, TX

I have worked with many individuals struggling with addiction ranging from being sober for days to 20 years. I work with clients struggling to remain sober but also providing support and education to help the process seem a little bit easier. I help my clients by utilizing DBT and CBT skills to change thought processes and learn positive coping skills to help them fight off cravings. I have worked with clients in detox, hospital programming, and outpatient therapy.

— Stephanie Brands, Clinical Social Worker in Plainfield, IL

During graduate school, I completed a specialization in addictions counseling and have experience in performing substance use assessments, group therapy, and individual counseling

— William Ezzelle, Licensed Professional Counselor

I have worked in the field of addiction for almost 10 years. I have experience with every level of care from hospitalization to outpatient therapy. This population unfortunately is so marginalized and stigmatized and there is a tremendous need for allies. Though I myself have not experienced addiction, I have an overwhelming amount of empathy and compassion for individuals who do.

— Sam Weiss, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have a License in Addictions Counseling and my work experience includes in-patient detox, court mandated substance abuse treatment and DUI therapy and education. I have over 5000 hours of work experience working with clients struggling with addictions, including alcohol, meth, cocaine, heroin, and polysubstance abuse. I am also certified as an Acudetox Specialist. To support recovery, I use Motivational Interviewing and Depth Psychology to explore the underlying dynamics of addiction.

— Augustino-Chloe Tierramar, Counselor in Boulder, CO

While a good number of my clients walk in the door due to issues with using and their past efforts with recovery, we often find there are other issues to work through as well, such as life transitions and anxiety.

— Lisa Curtis, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in White Plains, NY

I have extensive experience with treating substance use disorders and have worked in both adult and adolescent detox facilities. I have worked with those in recovery in the community as well. I am a Certified Recovery Navigator.

— Kelly Broderick, Clinical Social Worker in Brockton, MA

I have been working in substance use/addiction since 2014. I continue to expand my knowledge and obtain as much information as I possibly can to make sure I can best serve anyone who is struggling with this issue. I have seen addiction issues in almost every aspect of my life and have a very strong passion for being the person who supports anyone who is struggling with addiction. I help clients learn and understand their triggers and ways they can cope with them to help overcome their addiction.

— Simi Bhaurla, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Los Gatos, CA