Addiction Counseling

Addiction can take many forms and can be experienced with both substances (drugs and alcohol, for example) and behaviors (such as gambling). Typically, addiction involves repeating an activity despite the problems or negative consequences it is causing in your life. Addiction can cause changes in the brain’s wiring that make it difficult to stop the drug or behavior. 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 an addiction, contact one of our addiction counseling specialists today to get help.

Meet the specialists

Through years of experience, in a variety of settings, and personal experience I have developed a competency in addiction counseling. I have also attending conferences and trainings to gain a better ability to treat addiction.

— Katie Hisel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Irvine, CA

I am a certified alcohol and other drug counselor (CADC). I believe in a holistic and individualized approach to treating addiction.

— Traci Patterson, Therapist in Chicago, IL

I look at addiction of any type (substance, sex, food) as a symptom. We explore it in a safe way, then address the root of the addiction tree that grew.

— Martha Wilson, Counselor in Longmont, CO

I have worked in addiction services for a number of years, helping people develop and maintain long-term recovery, using group and individual counseling and supporting medication assisted recovery services.

— Love Singleton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

As a certified MDFT Therapist and Supervisor, I have worked with teens and young adults with a wide range of substance abuse problems, many of whom were on probation or otherwise court-involved. Through a well-researched, direct, but caring approach, many people have been set free from drugs and the prison pipeline.

— Estepha Francisque, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

In working with individuals exploring change in regards to their substance use, I utilize several treatment strategies. Strategies include motivational interview to explore the reasons for changing use of alcohol or drugs, harm reduction if individuals decide to continue using but want to reduce their risk and CBT and ACT. I have a specific credential (CAADC) to provide substance use treatment.

— Ginger Houghton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Farmington Hills, MI

I am a certified addiction professional and I have worked extensively in residential and outpatient settings over the past two plus decades. I have treated a large amount of clients over the years who have sustained their recovery once they decide they are ready to make changes.

— Anette Badchkam, Counselor in Ave Maria, FL

I have worked with over 1,000 people who have experienced lost relationships, jobs, daily peace of mind, and life due to alcohol and substance use. Studying and working with this subject extensively, I help people discover their unique pathways to recovery. How do we live humbly without hitting new rock bottoms? How do we fill the yearning in our soul that the substances cannot fill? My work is helping people like you find these answers. I can help you.

— Rice Pierce, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Phoenix, AZ

Since 2009, I have met the state requirements to become licensed as an alcohol and drug counselor. I approach substance use as a symptom of something else going on below the surface. I support the use of 12 step programs, but I do not believe it is the only option. I will meet you where you are at, whether that is a harm-reduction approach, complete abstinence, and will support you even if you are questioning if you have a problem.

— Jenny Matthews, Therapist in Bloomington, MN

I am a specialist in problematic sexual behavior. I have worked with those suffering from a myriad of addictions for over a decade. I understand abstinence-based and harm reduction models. I am also highly attuned to the 12-Step model and how it can he applied in therapy.

— D.J. Burr, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , WA

I've worked with addiction for the last 6yrs and at several levels of treatment. I've worked with adults in a day program and adolescents at an inpatient residential rehab facility. My goal is to help the individual and their families identify a treatment plan that prevents the need for the higher levels of treatment.

— Dave Grammer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Addiction Behavior Therapy (ABT) is based on behavior learning principles where substance related stimulus-reward neural pathways are established in the brain. Through these pathways a patient is conditioned to present with substance- seeking behavior which maintains the addiction cycle. Addiction Behavior Therapy (ABT) aims at guiding a patient through a process of un-learning addiction behaviors and to dis-associate associated addiction related substance-seeking behavior stimuli.

— Dr JC Coetzee, Psychologist in Centurion, AL

Addiction counseling/therapy isn't just for those afflicted with the disease, but also for those affected by the person's disease; mother, wife, son, daughter, husband, cousin, boss, etc. Addiction is plagues a person's entire family system. In this counseling an integrative approach will be used based on individual need. This means we could work CBT, relational therapy, & a host of other ways to increase clarity, boundaries and well-being.

— Brendon Mendoza, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

I utilize Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to support people through the stages of change that are typical of those seeking recovery from addiction. My approach is strengths-based and is tailored to the individual and their unique circumstances. Change will come from within. I am here to offer support and guidance in your personal goals.

— Marcy J. S. Johnson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Two of our counselors have a lot of experience in working with addiction, and both not only have a professional counseling license, they also are Licensed Addiction Counselors.

— Catherine Wilson, Counselor in Littleton, CO

In working with individuals exploring change in regards to their substance use, I utilize several treatment strategies. Strategies include motivational interview to explore the reasons for changing use of alcohol or drugs, harm reduction if individuals decide to continue using but want to reduce their risk and CBT and ACT.

— Ginger Houghton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Farmington Hills, MI

I have vast knowledge and resources for addictions work. I can help with medication assisted treatment if needed.

— Courtney Ycaza, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

Drugs are a hard one to deal with especially when the addict is enabled by the parents or significant other. To enable an addict is to destroy them. Tough love is a hard task to bring about and training can be done through Al-Anon. We must help the addict to recover and being nice is not enough. We have to be tough and strict with the addict for them to recover. I am tough to my clients for 14 years and they like me more.

— Dale Komoda, Counselor in Honolulu, HI

So called “experts” on “sexual addiction” erroneously take clients with paraphilic disorders into treatment. These paraphilic disorders, such as voyeuristic, exhibitionistic, frotteuristic , masochism, pedophilic, fetishistic, and nonconsensual behavior disorders are wrongly placed in “sexual addiction” treatment under the excuse that these behaviors often include sexual obsession. The “sex addiction” “expert” is then unable to adequately treat these, by definition, deviant behaviors.

— James Foley, Psychotherapist in New York, New York, NY

I work with individuals who are beginning to question their relationship to substances or are already in recovery. I worked as a counselor in a 12-step residential recovery facility and have respect for AA. I also have high esteem for the work of Gabor Maté (Realm of Hungry Ghosts) and Johann Hari (Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions). I also work with people who have addictions to gambling, porn, eating, shopping and thinking.

— Tamara Dyer, Counselor in Seattle, WA

Addiction counseling has come a long way since the mid-20th century. When your only option was a dark Church basement at the bottom of the stairs it's refreshing to see the mental health field begin to actually address and seek answers to substance use. My goal and approach is to find what works for you, and help you stay on that path. Along the way we may integrate things that worked for other people, but your recovery is as unique as you are.

— Joshua Nursall, Counselor in Chandler, AZ

Everyone has a unique story and unique needs. We pride ourselves on offering the most flexible solutions tailored to you. From flexible hours to determining the best course of treatment, we work with you every step of the way. At Clermont Behavioral Health, we take the time necessary to fully understand what prompted you to reach out for help and support. We work with the individual and family to develop a wellness plan that is realistic and mutually agreed upon that will lead to a successful experience.

— Peter Rivkees, Counselor in Clermont, FL

What usually begins as a means to self-soothe the discomfort of an unresolved hurt, grows into a habitual behavior which no longer satisfies, is unhealthy for you, and even worse, creates more discomfort and pain when you try to end it. I work with you to end the cycle you are caught up in, and to address the underlying unhealed wounds, or identify the negative beliefs that haunt you, now that your addiction source is no longer there to cover your discomfort.

— Bryan Holmes, Counselor in Nashville, TN

My practice is dedicated 100% to individuals struggling with sexually acting behaviors.

— Dean Fazekas, Clinical Social Worker in Rocky River, OH

For addiction, we use an approach that is comprised of integrated theories, approaches, and interventions. We collaboratively honor each individual for who they are, where they've been, and where they want to go, while providing support for all aspects that make us human. Addiction issues are best managed by addressing thoughts, behaviors, and emotions simultaneously. We are here to support, not judge. This is why we meet individuals where they are and they do not need to be sober or clean.

— Dr. Nicole La Verne (Sapphire Blue Solutions), Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

I treat ALL addictions, both substance and behavioral. Often, when we find recovery from one addiction, another one rears its head. My expertise allows me to spots potential cross-addictions early on and encourage treatment. I am experienced with medical detox, intervention, multiple types of treatment and am non-judgemental and empathetic, while honest and direct. I do not believe one needs to reach "rock bottom" before finding help or recovery. My job is to reach them before.

— Michelle Holleman, Addictions Counselor in Charlotte, NC

I have experience providing talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and family systems therapy for individuals and families since 2003. I have worked with individuals and families who were experiencing dysfunctional relationships and have helped them process their feelings and gain the skills needed to manage addictions, anxiety, depression, and more and helped them return to a healthy level of functioning.

— Katherine Wismer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Placentia, CA

Addictions are running rampant in our Society! People are turning in greater numbers to unhealthy coping mechanisms, like: alcohol or drug dependence, prescription drugs, technology dependence, gambling, pornography or sexual addictions; to name only a few. As a certified Addictions Counselor, let me help you learn how to recognize the behavior patterns that are keeping you stuck in your addiction and gain control over your life, again!

— Sitka Stueve, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Overland Park, KS