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 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

Do you struggle with addiction? Do you use sex, drugs or drink excessively and out of control to numb your feelings and emotions? Are your alcohol and drug consumption or sex habits keeping you from maintaining relationships? Considering quitting any substance, whether or not you feel "addicted" or "out of control", may mean a change of lifestyle and a makeover in the way you think and make decisions in your life. ​I have been helping clients with addiction issues for the past 10 years using a dual diagnosis prospective. This means that I look at both the psychological components that lead to addiction while treating the behaviors that lead to addiction. ​When I treat addiction, I focus my sessions on three main components: Stages of Change and motivational interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and psychodynamic therapy to help my clients understand the origins of their impulsive thoughts and behaviors.

— Filippo M. Forni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I am a Chemical Dependency Counselor and work with adults wanting to address how alcohol is impacting their life. I see both clients in recovery and those still using. Recovery is a not a straight line and has many ups and downs. I will respect you as you work through this process towards your goals.

— Frances Shelby, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Austin, TX

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

Alcohol abuse can make one's life extremely difficult to cope with. If you are looking to make a positive change in your life, contact me today to set up a time to meet. Know that I can help you achieve the sobriety you need and deserve.

— Adam Saltz, Clinical Social Worker in Sudbury, MA

I have spent 30 years in recovery, and I believe that trying times are best faced with clean living. While my background is in Alcoholics Anonymous, I study other approaches and offer a variety of proven methods, along with personal, unconditional support for your journey. We now know the scientific basis of the pleasure-pain response that sets off craving, and how to approach it. But that's only half of the journey. The other half lies in confronting and healing issues that underlie the desire to self-medicate when pain or boredom disturb us.

— Cindy Noland, Counselor in Austin, TX

Despite popular discourse on addiction, your substance use is not a black and white issue. You don't necessarily have a disease and your uncertainty about abstinence doesn't mean you're in denial. So take a deep breath. Together, we'll explore how your substance use has helped you and how it hurts. We'll work collaboratively to experiment with individualized strategies to reduce any problematic substance use or quit altogether, if that's what you want. Along the way, you'll develop healthier ways to cope. I offer a non-dogmatic space, where you can share your struggle without receiving ultimatums and prescriptions.

— Lily Sloane, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

When is one too many? When a thousand isn't enough. (Chinese Proverb) If you are trying to have just one, ask yourself how did drinking become so important that it's worth the struggle? Have you tried to cut down or quit before? Do you switch from drinking to weed back to drinking? If you are trying to cut down or quit, I can help.

— Sandy Demopoulos, Clinical Social Worker in White Plains, NY

Many clients choose AA, Alanon or ACA. I'm open to any support systems that move you closer to your goals. I'm familiar with 12 step and also okay doing our own thing to help address substance abuse issues.

— Jenn Kennedy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA

We use alcohol and drugs for any number of reasons to help us cope with issus in our lives or thoughts in our heads. I provide evidence-based treatment for substance use issues to all types of clients including clients referred through Sobriety and Drugs Courts. While I know that 12 Step programs are life saving for millions of people, I also know that they aren't comfortable for everyone. I help clients explore other altnerative supports and strategies and find a plan to move forward.

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

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, in New York, NY

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, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Killeen, TX

I have been counseling in this field for over 13 years and have the ability to offer education and support for those whose are struggling with this unfortunate disease.

— Lisa Mohawk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Woodruff, WI

Questions about drinking and drug use? Addiction can be described as wanting more When wanting more of anything (alcohol, food, drugs, love, money, sex, stuff..) to a point that the craving and the pursuit interfere with daily living then the meaning of what needed/desired has changed. It is no longer a hobby or entertainment. It may be that the dependence on alcohol or drugs is something that can be given up easily because of the consequences. Basic consequences can be loss of sleep, lack of conception of reality, illness, missed work, missed family time, less self care, depression, anxiety, unexplained lapse in time, feeling less then with out the ___________ , friends or family asking questions, spending large amounts of money, and more.... If there is a hint that one or more addiction may be present in your life what is the next step? Wait until it gets as bad as one thinks it should be before changes is needed? At AA there's a saying, "Addiction is like an elevator, you don't have to hit bottom before you get off". Early awareness of addiction can save one from the tragedies seen or heard of in movies or TV programs or even from the tragedies seen in their own family... If you are in a recovery program at this time... I speak the language

— Liz Walker, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA