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

Julie has a Master's degree with a specialization in Addiction Counseling. She understands the pathology of addiction and the changes in the brain that the disease of addiction causes. She also understands and helps her clients to understand that they are separate from their disease, and that choices that are made when the addiction is in control are choices that they would not had made if addiction was not a part of their life.

— Julie Dunn, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Naperville, IL

It is important to find the right approach for treating addiction. Not everyone that walks through the door fits the same criteria or causation for their addiction. I take a mindful approach to explore several areas of the inner YOU to find the best approach. This is an open dialogue to find exactly the best way to heal from substance use.

— Adrienne Marcellus, Counselor in Asheville, NC

I am a Licensed Addiction Counselor and utilize a wellness approach to recovery.

— Jamie Glick, Counselor in Castle Rock, CO

I have worked in four treatment centers over the last 28 years. I see a huge interplay between issues related to addiction and trauma. I believe that for some people their path to addiction came as a means to self-medicate pain. I also believe that there is a strong physiological component to addiction and it doesn't reflect weakness of will. I support 12-step recovery but also alternative self -help groups such as Refuge Recovery which has a Buddhist meditation component.

— Deb Dettman, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

I use a 12-step model frequently but understand that approach is not for everyone. I have used CBT to treat addictions. I do not "force" 12-step meetings.

— Laura Bykofsky, LCSW-R, ACSW, CEAP, SAP, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , FL

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 treat alcoholics, drug users, overeaters, bulimics, compulsive spenders, kleptomaniacs, and anyone who has a compulsive behavior that is affecting his life.

— Gloria Arenson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA

I have experience working in addiction recovery with individuals, couples, families and groups. I am a licensed SUDPT with the state of WA .

— Angela Riesterer, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Vancouver, WA

Kayla is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and has been practicing treatment of all forms of addictions (substances and behavioral addictions both) for 6 years. Addiction can cause changes in the brain’s wiring that make it difficult to stop the drug or behavior, but we know that healing can take place and your brain is able! Kayla starts with treating the trauma or underlying issues causing the behavior (addiction).

— Kayla Cain, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greensboro, NC

For Addiction Counseling, I utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). DBT is a motivational model that consists of having the control of awareness to be present to an experience and it's outcome and then learning how to specifically modify your vision and get your preferred outcome. REBT consists of modifying your impractical and irrational beliefs to experience a rational and practical outcome.

— Amber Weiss, Counselor in New York, NY

I have been practicing addiction counseling since beginning my internship in college and have been learning from my peers on the art of addiction counseling for 3 years now. I have friends and family in recovery and have learned a great deal from them as well. I am familiar with the 12 steps and recovery community and utilize relapse prevention tools in my practice.

— Alex Claussen, Counselor in Toledo, OH

Over the many years and the many clients I have worked with, the one aspect fundamental to recovery is connection. Connection to a community that understands you, supports you, and holds you accountable to the daily work that is required to sustain your recovery. My service helps you connect with this support while helping you work through the barriers that get in the way.

— Sam Wasfi, Counselor in Irvine, CA

Addiction counselling is something many people view as being “extra” when it comes to the recovery process. However, in successfully getting rid of an addiction, regardless of whether it is to alcohol, prescription meds, or illicit drugs, it will be a difficult road ahead. Addiction counselling is a type of counselling which is highly specialized. This is because it views addiction seriously as a disease and not just a symptom of another underlying issue.

— Tom Mogondo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Des Moines, IA

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 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

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 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