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

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

I have worked in the addictions field for over 10 years and am knowledgeable in all aspects of addiction.

— Adam Saltz, Clinical Social Worker in Sudbury, MA

I believe that a person can become addicted to almost anything in their life whether it is substances, internet, sex, relationships, gambling, electronics or anything the client identifies as an addiction. I am also from a family of 5 generations of alcoholics/drug addicts. I know what it is like to be the child and sibling of an alcoholic/drug addict. I am a licensed chemical dependency counselor as well as having experience assisting clients with their identified addictions.

— Deanna Potts, Clinical Social Worker in Keller, TX

I am a certified Interntional Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IADC).

— Carol Tjaden, Counselor in Waterloo, IA

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

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 Bloomfield Hills, 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

I am a Licensed Addictions Counselor and have worked with individual addicted from ages 14 to 76+ over a decade in and out of the justice system. I utilize different researched-based practices and educational materials to aid in a successful recovery. I do not work harder than my clients. I meet them where they are on their journey and guide them with support, education, and resources. I am open to working with those involved in the justice system to satisfy probationary/parole terms.

— Jennifer Stephenson, Counselor in Fort Collins, CO

I have several years of experience in addiction counseling and am a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor in California. I have worked in the Intensive Outpatient Program setting as well as directly in the client’s home.

— Lissa Merkel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Because addiction affects so many facets of an individual’s functioning—from ability to tolerate frustration to establishing and maintaining a productive role in society—good treatment focuses on many dimensions of life, including family roles and work skills as well as mental health. Detoxing from the drug/alcohol is the only way treatment will work.

— Rachel Haynes, Marriage & Family Therapist in Pleasanton, CA

I have a separate license in addiction counseling and have worked in detox, in-patient treatment and with clients in early recovery.

— Jennifer Schermerhorn, Counselor in Black Mountain, NC

I am an addiction specialist. Currently my work is primarily with people engaged in compulsive sexual behavior and people who abuse alcohol and/or drugs. I prefer to work with people who are very sure they want to change their compulsive behavior. I may refer clients to 12-step programs or to medical specialists for evaluation. For treatment of over-drinking I often recommend the Sinclair Method or other Harm-Reduction interventions.

— Melissa Owens, Counselor in Portland, OR

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 Folsom, CA

I work from a relapse prevention and sobriety or recovery focused perpective that is trauma informed and utilizes Family work.

— SC (Stacy-Colleen) Nameth, Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

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

I have a Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling (2008) and extensive continuing education in the addiction field. Completed my internship at Hazelden Center City campus. I have worked as an Addiction Counselor throughout the Twin Cities in Extended Care, Inpatient, Outpatient, and Aftercare services for 10 years before opening my private practice.

— Julia Murtha, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

Treatment for me is a combination of motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and action methods.

— Allen Johnson, Counselor in Brandon, MS

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

How do you know that you have a problem and how do you know when to seek help? As I have previously mentioned, if you have noticed yourself spending excessive time thinking about the substance, spending more money on it than usual, or are hiding your behavior from your loved ones, this is indicative of a problem.When addictions begin to interfere with your life, such as your job, your relationships with other people, and your family life, then you definitely have a problem.

— Sandra Farrell, Counselor in MASHPEE, MA

I believe that everyone is capable of healing and enjoy helping people find healthy alternatives to substance use.

— Risha Nathan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

Aren't we all addicted to something? In my career I have found myself utilizing my addiction training in numerous avenues. I am currently the Clinical Director at an addiction facility here in Wichita and use this modality daily with my own case load and to help the counselors that work along side me. I have had a number of additional training's to help me be the most effective addiction counselor I can be.

— Valerie Kreger, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wichita, KS

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 Bloomfield Hills, MI

Certified and experienced in sexual addiction treatment.

— Forest Benedict, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA