Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol abuse or dependency (also known as alcoholism) are serious problems relating to the habitual misuse of alcohol – typically characterized by drinking too much, too often, with an inability to stop. If drinking is negatively effecting your life and relationships and you can’t seem to get it under control, you may be abusing alcohol. Other signs could include craving a drink, drinking to relax, lying about drinking, neglecting responsibilities because of drinking, hiding your drinking, and/or driving while drinking. 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 alcohol abuse or dependency, contact one of our specialists today to get help.

Meet the specialists

Julie is a certified International Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Julie strives to help her clients see themselves separate from their disease. She understands and educates about the disease concept of addiction, triggers, relapse prevention, and the struggles of abuse, addiction, and recovery. She also educates about how addiction affects the family and helps to promote recovery for the family. Julie also provides an understanding of addiction throughout generations of the family.

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

I have spent over 30 years working voluntarily with individuals who struggle with issues of addiction and I have spent the last 2 years working with individuals clinically at an intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization treatment program. I know the 12 steps are not the answer for everyone and my experiences can help you figure out the best options to beat your addiction. I know how hard it is to stop or even seek help. Together, we can free you from the bondage of addiction.

— Alan Zupka, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ORLANDO, FL

Addiction is a disease that impacts the brain. Stopping is not simply a matter of will power. But with addiction counseling and support , freedom from addiction can be achieved. SMART Recovery, 12 Step Programs and Medication Assisted Therapies are all evidence based resources and can provide additional resources. I support whatever works best for the individual to help you get clean and stay clean.

— deborah green, Creative Art Therapist in West Islip, NY
 

I have extensive personal and professional experience helping others to move beyond alcohol/drug dependence. It's not easy and most people are more likely to accomplish their goals when they work with others and when they don't try to do it alone. I would be honored to be with you and support you during the process of recovery. It's one of the best things that you could do for yourself and your loved ones. And you deserve a good quality life!

— Lorrie OBrien, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Enfield, CT

Alcohol and other drugs can be so insidious. The pervasive use in our culture makes it really difficult to know if you're just a "normal" person who has a bottle of wine every night or an alcoholic. Where does it cross the line? I have experience helping clients to find their personal line, and set boundaries with themselves. I will never tell you what to do, but I can help you to reduce the harm that substances are having on your life.

— Colleen Hennessy, Licensed Professional Counselor in , CA
 

Since 2010 I have worked with addiction treatment. Much of my experience is working at an all women's treatment facility as a counselor, a program manager, and a director. This includes working with co-occurring disorders that often are part of the puzzle when solving issues of addiction. I have lived experience in this area.

— Gregory Gooden, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in POMONA, CA

I have been working intensively for many years with folks who struggle with substance use disorders. I have found that it is not a one size fits all disease which in turn means that it is not a one size fits all solution. I focus on the person in front of me and we will work collaboratively to help you heal.

— Adrienne Marcellus, Mental Health Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO
 

I use cognitive behavioral and acceptance and commitment approaches to address substance use issues. I am very familiar with the 12 step model, but do not insist that it is the only path to sobriety. There are as many approaches to recovery as there are people with substance use concerns. I will help you discover what your needs are, and how to meet those without using substances in a damaging way.

— Cassandra Walker, Counselor

Have you been trying to cut back on drinking but keep finding yourself back in the same old pattern? Are you tired of feeling sick, out of control, and reliant on alcohol? You don't have to do this alone. By working one on one in therapy, we can identify ways that you can find relief and successfully reduce or abstain from drinking. Having a therapist that's experienced in alcohol abuse will support you in addressing underlying issues that have been keeping you stuck.

— Jennifer Leupp, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA
 

I believe that without recovery from substances that therapy will always be extremely limited. Therapy is a place on the journey to deciding what one wants to do for recovery. I advocate the use of self-help programs. I have known people who quit alcohol and drugs just from church and many, many more from 12-step programs. I have worked with people who have found great assistance through recovery groups like Refuge Recovery, which is Buddhist philosophy/meditation based.

— Deb Dettman, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

I am a Licensed Addiction Counselor and have worked in the field of addictions for several years. I use a wellness approach to addiction. We will build a Wellness Plan that promotes recovery and overall wellness.

— Jamie Glick, Counselor in Castle Rock, CO