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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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

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
 

I develop a collaborative partnership by respectfully evoking your own motivation and wisdom, knowing change happens on your timeline. I have found that often there is a long history of trauma, understanding trauma theory and how your brain is affected by patterns of chronic stress is key. Other treatments used are Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) which helps to target negative thought processes, racing thoughts, cravings, and physiological experiences.

— Marissa Harris, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

By assessing your patterns, together we can establish the difference between dependence, abuse, and addiction. In therapy, the client is the expert, and can show this therapist how you have discovered way to organize your life around substances and "function". As your therapist, I will use measurement tools, handouts, and listen to your narrative that has been created by 'coping strategies" as a way to create new strategies on the road towards healing.

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

Addiction can be an ugly beast which devours everything in its path and can seem unstoppable. It is very much a treatable condition though. I previously suffered from addiction when I was younger, but have since overcome this issues and healed the driving forces that originally started me on that path. My life today is healthy, whole, and much more fulfilling as a result. I would love the opportunity to help you achieve the same thing.

— sean sprigle, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in san diego, 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
 

The way I view addictions in general are that they are really good/bad coping skills. My approach is to not focus on the negatives, but rather, utilize your strengths to concur what you want to improve. My three step approach of identify, reframe, and maintain is designed to help kick those unhealthy habits.

— Noel Tola, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Stuart, FL

Whether you feel your relationship with drugs/alcohol is a "problem", or are just questioning the role it has in your life. Exploring the role substances play in your life can be a vulnerable experience with many uncomfortable feelings or memories attached. I have experience working with substance abuse/dependence from both an abstinence and harm reduction framework. My stance is that there is no "right way" to work through this and I fully trust in your ability to decide what is right for you.

— Paul Taruskin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
 

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 believe that addiction is a disease and I also believe it is a symptom of underlying issues. I work with you to identify the root causes of "picking up" so that you can learn the skills needed to maintain a life of recovery and fulfillment.

— Alisha Teague, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
 

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 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
 

I have been helping people that suffer from the disease of addiction for nearly 15 years now. Regardless of whether it is Nicotine, Alcohol, Caffeine, Prescription Drugs, Marijuana, or Illicit Drugs, I find it useful to use a mixture of DBT, Motivational Interviewing, CBT and REBT techniques to help establish a safe foundation of recovery.

— Aaron Hallstrom, Addictions Counselor in Mesa, AZ

I am formally trained as an addictions counselor and have spent a good percentage of my time as a therapist treating substance use disorders in a more intensive setting. I tend to want to explore a client's own values around this issue rather than imposing my own. Once goals are established, my instinct is usually to experiment with what works and what doesn't along the path to recovery (however recovery looks for you).

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

Substance Abuse in all its forms is a disease, not a "sin" or weakness of character. When I work with people who want to recover, my focus is on the whole person. Use of drugs is a part of the fuller picture, just as with any other concern people bring to someone like me. While I encourage complete abstinence, I do not require it. If you come to me for help, I will tell you why I believe it makes sense.

— John Eichenberger, Counselor in Macedon, NY

I have four years of experiencing working with people struggling with addiction and providing support for their loved ones

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

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

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