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

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
 

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 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
 

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

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
 

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 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 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
 

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. I have a specific credential (CAADC) to provide substance use treatment.

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

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

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