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

Hi, my name is Carol and I'm a woman in long term recovery from an alcohol addiction. Wish I had a nickel for every time I've said that! Based on my personal and professional experience over the years, there is hope! There is a way out!

— Carol Tjaden, Counselor in Waterloo, IA

I have significant clinical experience with substance use and co-occurring disorders. I also worked alongside legal involvement such as: Drug Court, DCPP, Parole, and Probation.

— Tahlia DeLorenzo, Counselor in Clark, NJ

I am a dedicated mental health professional who have been working for more than 13 years with Alcohol Dependence. I can help you to stop drinking and be sorber for years.

— Ekaterina Tyurina, Psychiatrist in Belgrade,

I currently work with substance users in the Idaho judicial system and those who are in danger of being caught up in the Idaho legal system because of addiction. I help clients through the recovery process and assist them in developing relapse prevention skills as well as helping families recover from the wounds of addiction.

— Leisa Watkins, Marriage & Family Therapist in Idaho Falls, ID

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

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 Farmington Hills, MI

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

I feel confident working with persons who suffer from the disease of ANY addiction. I have 12 step experience and understand the process of recovery. EMDR also works very well for those in recovery who have had problems with relapse.

— Lisa Boyd, Counselor in Plano, TX

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

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

Hi, my name is Carol and I'm a woman in long term recovery from an alcohol addiction. Wish I had a nickel for every time I've said that! Based on my personal and professional experience over the years, there is hope! There is a way out! You will be able to benefit from the hundreds of hours of training in the addiction field and my commitment to help you find and process through the underlying causes.

— Carol Tjaden, Counselor in Waterloo, IA

I am a certified alcohol and other drug counselor (CADC). I believe in a holistic and individualized approach to treating addiction. I am a certified Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) Leader.

— Traci Patterson, Therapist in Chicago, IL

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

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, in New York, NY

I worked with persons who have dependence and addiction issues since 2005. I enjoy using principles from Smart and Rational Recovery as well as AA to guide people from addiction to recovery.

— Jacqueline Rich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tampa, FL

I am a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with several years of experience working with adolescents and adults at both the inpatient and outpatient levels of care. I have counseled clients in all stages of change, from active use to long-term recovery, and have vast knowledge of and experience with the 12-step model.

— Steffanie Kelshaw, Licensed Professional Counselor in Alexandria, VA

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