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.

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I have 4 years working in an outpatient setting for people living with addiction. I focus on harm reduction, relapse prevention, and sobriety management.

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

I have worked for several years in inpatient, residential and outpatient settings counseling clients who struggle with addiction and need to build structure and stability in their lives around sobriety and healthy relationships. During the current pandemic, I have a special interest in helping these clients maintain treatment and offer a sliding scale and group therapy.

— Meira Greenfeld, Psychotherapist in Phoenix, AZ

Addiction is my primary specialization. I approach treatment from a biopsychosocial model - that there are likely biological factors (like physical dependence), psychological factors (like poor coping habits and other mental health concerns), and social factors (either isolation or being surrounded by others who are also using substances) that hold the addictive behavior in place. We'll work together to unravel all these factors and help move you forward.

— Dr. Aaron Weiner, Clinical Psychologist in Lake Forest, IL

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 SEATTLE, WA

I use the addiction model and emphasize relapse prevention planning, crisis planning, exploring triggers and early warning signs, and utilizing supports as much as possible.

— Simi Bhaurla, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Los Gatos, CA

My approach to addiction counseling is adjusting therapy to meet the needs of people suffering from addictions because no two people are alike. I mix several techniques using neurosciences, relapse prevention, brain associations and psychotherapy to autopsy patterns of relapse/lapse that have become problematic to evoke lifestyle changes. I also draw off personal addiction experiences as well as the freedom, peace, and integrity I've experienced in my own recovery-based lifestyle.

— Patrick Varney, Associate Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

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

With specialized training in addiction counseling, I can offer clients a space to explore how substances play a role in their life. I have found that though each client is different in how they address the changes they want to make in their substance use, exploring the most meaningful relationships, goals, and hopes with clients has been transformational for them. Meeting clients where they are at and embracing what works for each client is of utmost importance in the services I provide.

— Morghan Weber, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Denver, CO

While working at the Meadows Ranch, I was able to create and facilitate a codependency group and a substance misuse group. This is something that I continue to study while working towards my PhD as. I believe it's very important to be aware of addictions in all areas of life.

— rachel hayes, Counselor in wellington, CO

Addictions counseling is a process of building nets of support around you while you shift your harmful coping mechanisms into ways of living that are sustainable. This process includes education, inner work, support system building, and a willingness to keep moving forward honestly. It is not a solo adventure.

— SHANE HENNESEY, Licensed Professional Counselor in Richmond, TX

I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Texas and a Licensed Addiction Counselor in Colorado and have five years of experience working with clients struggle with substance abuse. Each of my license requires 40 hours of addiction classes/training on top of my Master's degree focused on understanding the experience and treatment of addiction. I am passionate about using my expertise to see and understand clients experience without increasing shame.

— Brandi Solanki, Counselor in Waco, TX

I have worked as a therapist in both inpatient and outpatient treatment centers serving clients that struggle with addiction. Several of my clients in my private practice are recovering from addiction issues whether it be substance abuse or relationship issues. There are several ways to approach counseling when supporting an individual to become substance free. I would customize a treatment plan incorporating goals and action steps toward creating a new lifestyle.

— Nancy Bortz, Therapist in Denver, CO

Where do you find your comfort? Let's explore healthier ways together.

— Danielle Proch, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Oldsmar, FL

With a passion for helping those with addictions, I continually stay up to date with the best practices in addiction counseling. Oftentimes there is a reason for people's addiction, and so I not only work on helping clients change their current behaviors, but also on the underlying reasons and past trauma. As with other mental health challenges, I offer a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, helping clients to offer themselves compassion and acceptance that is needed for persistent change

— Krissy Moses, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Winter Park, FL

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

Working with active addicts and recovery addicts, I have found the most beautiful souls that have found solace in a substance that went from solace to chaos. I'm here to help you unravel the nasty web that substances leashed, address core issues that initiated the use and work towards relapse prevention and abstinence maintenance. One moment at a time, one step at a time.

— Andrea de Aguayo, Psychologist in ,

Drug and alcohol addiction and families of addicts/alcoholics.

— Donn Yeager, Mental Health Counselor