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 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 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 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

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

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

Addiction counseling focuses on recovery from drug and alcohol abuse as well as behavioral addictions including, but not limited to, relationships, eating, gambling, spending, sex, performance, etc.

— Ellen Biros, Counselor in SUWANEE, GA

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

I am a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and feel confident in my ability to help people to better understand their issues relating to 'using'. I am also able to help connect clients to resources and referrals that might assist them in seeking inpatient treatment if there is a need.

— Jaynee Golden, Counselor in West Hollywood, CA

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, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, New York, NY

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

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— Lisa Rogers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New York, NY

Addiction counseling/therapy isn't just for those afflicted with the disease, but also for those affected by the person's disease; mother, wife, son, daughter, husband, cousin, boss, etc. Addiction is plagues a person's entire family system. In this counseling an integrative approach will be used based on individual need. This means we could work CBT, relational therapy, & a host of other ways to increase clarity, boundaries and well-being.

— Brendon Mendoza, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

Most of my experience has been in treating addictions and co-occurring disorders. I have worked effectively with many individuals to manage their triggers and cravings early in recovery, change the circumstances in their lives that lead them to use substances to begin with, and improve their relaitonships so that they have strong support when treatment comes to a conclusion.

— Katherine Pfeiffer, Counselor in Tampa, FL

I have years of experience as an addiction counselor and am skilled at helping clients heal the underlying emotional pain and emptiness that fuels any addiction.

— Adam Richardson, Counselor in Boulder, CO

Having worked with adolescents and adults within addiction counseling, I am passionate about working with the family system and assisting in the healing process. Many times, the substance a symptom of a larger issue. We will work on getting to the root cause and healing from the inside out.

— Rebekah Tchouta, Clinical Social Worker in Roawell, GA

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

Currently seeking training as a Rapid Resolution Therapist.

— Brenda Knox, Counselor in Fayetteville, NC