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

I was the lead counselor at a residential treatment facility for co-occurring disorders for many years, and have experience with all types of addiction and addictive behaviors. I incorporate SMART recovery concepts, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and a Person Centered Approach. We will examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviors that lead to an unhealth relationship with substances and work to correct each of those.

— Katherine Pfeiffer, Counselor in Tampa, FL

Alcohol can be one of the worst drugs to struggle with because of the ease of accessibility and social acceptance. Addiction to it can be devestating and I want to help you get your life from where you are now to where you want it to.

— Lissa Merkel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Using motivational interviewing, I meet you where you are at in your understanding of your drinking to create a plan together. It is not about me making decisions for you - getting better is a collaborative effort , and unless you're ready to commit things won't change.

— Sweta Venkataramanan, Counselor in New York, NY

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 Professional Counselor Intern in ORLANDO, FL

Substances can be used as a coping mechanism, but it isn't always healthy. I use a harm-reduction approach to help you reach your goals whether they are to get control of your use or complete sobriety.

— Stephanie Taylor, Mental Health Counselor in Belton, TX

Acknowledging that you need help is never easy, but it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. Whether you’ve decided to get help to control or moderate your alcohol or drug use, or just want to explore the role that addiction might play in your life, you are being proactive in getting help. Addiction is a family illness that inevitably alters the lives of everyone. I can help those suffering from their loved ones addiction as we navigate a new course with healthy limits.

— Gwen Haagensen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pewaukee and Delafield, WI

I am an expert in the field of substance abuse. I have great knowledge of not only the 12 step program but also SMART Recovery which is a great alternative if 12 step hasn't worked for you in the past! I believe that the journey to sobriety if often not a straight road and allowances must be made while people come to terms with their own addictions.

— Deborah Fatone, Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

As above, I have provided treatment for adults in a variety of settings who have struggled with alcohol abuse or dependence.

— Ivy Hall, Psychologist in , CA

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— Krystina Ptasinski, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Calvary Counseling Center offers both Levels I and Level II Alcohol & Drug Education Classes. Participants in these classes are provided with information about the biological, psychological, and social consequences of substance use and abuse.

— Janice Chambers, Licensed Professional Counselor in Manassas, VA

I am a licensed addiction counselor in the State of Florida presently. Prior to that I was licensed in Ohio as a pregnancy counselor at a local methadone clinic. I have worked in the addiction arena for 15+ years. I am well versed in the 12 step model as well as utilize CBT and other skills learned in graduate school to help women along the way out of the dark depths of addiction into a strong strength based recovery.

— Cindy Athey, Counselor in Clearwater, FL

Life can be scary and overwhelming; drugs and alcohol are sometimes the only tool you have to cope. Unfortunately, relying on substances to survive ultimately make your life even more overwhelming, creating an endless feedback loop. I use a variety of techniques to help someone stop the cycle, including Motivational Interviewing, Support Group Facilitation (12-Step, SMART, Dharma Recovery, etc.), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy so you can stop this cycle, and develop supports to cope.

— Emily Garmisa, Counselor in Chicago, IL

I hold a CAADC in the state of Georgia, meaning I am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

— Kristin Mock, Licensed Professional Counselor in Savannah, GA

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, Counselor in asheville, NC

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 in ,

I have developed policies and standards of work to integrate the treatment of mental health and substance abuse in behavioral health. As a result, I was selected to attend the Behavior Health Leadership Scholarship Summit by the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment. I have experience leading presentations on evidenced based practices for improved outcomes with clients.

— Tamara Hunter, Counselor in Douglasville, GA

The journey of evaluating your relationship with alcohol and deciding if you would like to make changes, or discovering that it's challenging to make those changes, is a personal one, and different for everyone. There are also similar challenges along the way that everyone faces, and are a normal part of the process. If you find yourself questioning your drinking, or the behaviors around your drinking, I can help support you with a nonjudgmental approach.

— Christi Proffitt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Many people can have a few drinks or party without a problem. Maybe that used to be you or someone in your family and something changed. Maybe a loved one or medical professional told you to cut down or quit. No matter who you are and what you’re dealing with, your situation is unique. I am passionate about providing a judgment-free space for you to have someone to confide in and get the support you’re looking for.

— Jacob Donnelly, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

First thing to know about addiction - it is NOT your fault! The second thing to know - you are NOT alone! Substance use disorders stem from various life related and genetic dynamics. Together, we explore these dynamics and seek to re-frame life so you can begin to find a life worth living.

— Dr. Nicole La Verne (Sapphire Blue Solutions), Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

“I’ll stop tomorrow. Today is the last time.” If you have told yourself these lies multiple times in your life, then you are in the right place. Addiction is an extremely difficult issue to overcome on your own, but you probably know that already. SOBRIETY is possible. I will help you develop a lifestyle and structure that will set you up for success in the quest to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety.

— Eric Kiner, Clinical Psychologist in North Palm Beach, FL

I have worked as a primary therapist in drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment programs for many years. I have extensive experience working with people in early and long term recovery from substance abuse, working with the 12-step model, and with other avenues of recovery. I have considerable knowledge and experience in working with issues of addiction, co-dependence, and the family system of addiction. ​

— Ariadne Thompson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakand, CA