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

Trained in 12 Step and SMART Recovery methods of addictions treatment. Trained and experienced with Celebrate Recovery - a Christ Centered 12 step program that meets in churches

— Roberta Wasserman, Therapist in Severna Park, MD

In regards to treatment for addiction, it is a personal, individualized and a process. Since addiction is subjective you, the client, can be the only one to decide if your use interferes with your daily functioning. As a counselor I will supply the facts of the research on addiction, signs of "problems" with use, and the benefits to abstinence and harm reduction. Most importantly we will discuss the WHYs... is there a feeling or fear or situation that using has helped you to avoid? or made easier? Also, as a person in recovery for over 19 years, I speak the language of 12 step. If you are currently in recovery as a newcomer or an old timer, and working on living life on life's terms therapy can help. Please contact me with questions

— Liz Walker, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

A rough childhood, drug addiction, and criminality led me to having to work through my pain in order to survive. I know this process well. I give this to others now. There's no better work in the world. Everyone develops habits in life, whether they are good or bad. However, the unhealthy habits are always the ones that are hardest to quit. We can help you stop these unhealthy urges that are taking a toll on your well-being.

— Jason Walter, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Elmo, MN

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 years of experience and training in treating addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders. I tend to take a motivational, harm-reduction approach in my work, and am also fully in support of those choosing abstinence. There is no one strategy or answer for everyone, so a big part of what I do is to help tailor one's recovery program to meet their unique needs and desires. My approach to addiction and recovery is a holistic one, and I am particularly well-versed in the spiritual aspects of this through my work facilitating The Conscious Recovery Method™. I also use the Energy Psychology and Access Consciousness® tools to enhance the traditional addiction counseling methods, as I find that I get far greater results that way. I am interested in changing the current treatment paradigm, and I am bringing my years of experience and integration of these methods to Avery Lane, the women's addiction treatment program of which I am currently the Clinical Director.

— Adriana Popescu, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

I am a licensed substance use dependency professional, who spent my internship working with pregnant & parenting women struggling with addiction. I believe in a nonjudgmental approach to helping you choose your next steps into & through recovery. I can help you decide how to make changes to your relationship to the substances/behaviors that are getting in your way. I can help you navigate an active recovery, by working on those issues that made you want to use.

— Christi Proffitt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

I have experience providing talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and family systems therapy for individuals and families since 2003. I continue working with individuals and families who are experiencing substance use problems and have helped them process their feelings and traumas, and gain the skills they need to manage their addiction, cross addiction, anxiety, depression, etc. and helped them return to a healthy level of functioning.

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

I have worked for five years in drug and alcohol treatment centers, both as a primary therapist and clinical director. I am a Master's Level Certified Addiction Professional specializing in the education and treatment of chemical dependency.

— Lauren Puleo, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Boca Raton, FL

I hold a Master's Degree in Addictions Counseling and, in addition to my work in private practice, work full-time as a counselor at an addiction treatment center. I have worked on the inpatient detox unit, in residential services, and am currently an outpatient counselor. For most people drugs and alcohol have become methods for coping with other problems like anxiety, depression, grief, abuse, or trauma. I help clients uncover and treat those underlying issues.

— Jason Lynch, Counselor in Noblesville, IN

I specialize in the treatment of substance use disorders and have been providing inpatient and outpatient treatment for addiction for the past 12 years.

— Brian Berman, Psychologist in Bryn Mawr, PA

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

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

Motivational Interviewing is one of the most useful treatment methods for substance use. This is because it allows the client to be their own motivator for change.

— Sara Rice, Counselor in Wyoming, MI

I tailor addiction treatment to my client's individual needs. I am equally verse in using the harm reduction approach ( meeting you where you are without placing any expectations on discontinuation of use ) as well as abstinence only approach. I am well versed with the 12 step literature.

— Olga Lomanovitch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

Familiar with 12 Step Program, and recovery techniques including psycho education information that assist in addressing addiction concerns to obtain positive coping skills and techniques that will assist in building healthy relationships, addressing anger, increasing self-esteem, while avoiding various triggers of addiction.

— Maxine Carelock, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

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

counsel patients and families on treatment options provide resources to aid with recovery --such as 12 step programs and others use Motivational interviewing to solicit change talk educate patients and family on the disease and cycle of addiction increase boundary setting with addict or alcoholic

— Susan Rhodes, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in China Spring, TX

I am an International Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC). I have over 5 years of experience working with individuals and family members who are affected by problem gambling.

— Jeremy Jenkins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Edmond, OK

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

As a recovering addict I am intimately familiar with addictions and the struggle to stay clean. I started my journey as a therapist in the drug and alcohol arena 31 years ago and have over 31 and 1/2 years clean and sober. I walked the walk and can help you find your path too.

— Kim Brown, Mental Health Practitioner in Omaha, NE

I am a Master's leveled Social Worker with a Clinical and Macro specialty as well as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, I also earned a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. I have 13 years of experience in providing individual psychotherapy, group therapy, assessments and interventions. I have experience and training in applying motivational interviewing to groups and individuals.

— Latasha Shannon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Canton Township, MI

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

As a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern, I am prepared to use evidenced-based practice to assist in your recovery process. I utilize the Stages of Change model and in conjunction to your feedback, thoughts, and experience, I manipulate the stages to ensure each stage is met with your current strengths and abilities.

— Maranice Strickland, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pearland, TX

I have experience providing talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and family systems therapy for individuals and families. 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

Have worked extensively with alcohol drugs and med management programs. I am an expert with dual-diagnosis clients.

— Karen Micka, Counselor in Dayon, OH

I have many years experience in addiciotn counseling and am a WA State Chemical Dependency Professional. I enjoy work with people in reocovery - including those who adhere to the 12-Step program, as well as those who do not.

— Jennifer Roach, Counselor in Everett, WA

As a licensed addiction counselor I provide counseling for those who are affected by a loved ones alcohol or drug use. I also provide counseling for process addictions such as gambling, gaming, internet, pornography and other behaviors. And something new! Due to safety issues with Covid-19, I am introducing walk and talk therapy. Beach, state park trails, even Brookgreen Gardens can provide a peaceful backdrop for your therapy sessions. *Insurance may not cover this.

— Patricia Unger, Licensed Professional Counselor in Murrells Inlet, SC

I am a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and have used modalities such as Motivational Interviewing in individual sessions. This modality focuses on enhancing motivation to stay sober while being direct and client centered.

— Courtney Makdad-Light, Counselor in Las Vegas, NV