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 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

Many times addiction at its core, is a result of a behavior that is used to get relief, replacing a bad feeling with a good feeling, or numbing the bad feeling so that there is nothing to feel at all. Having specialized in this field for years, I understand what works and what doesn't. I will help get to the root cause and provide discovery to independence from the binds of addiction. If talk therapy or AA is not giving you sustained results, my work is for you.

— Jacqueline Connors, Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa, CA

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

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 addictions counselor and have worked inpatient facilities for the past decade. I am also in recovery from addiction.

— Denae Arnold, Licensed Professional Counselor in Wheatridge, CO

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

Addiction is my primary specialization. I approach treatment from a biopsychosocial model - that there are likely biological factors (like physical dependence), psychological factors (like poor coping habits and other mental health concerns), and social factors (either isolation or being surrounded by others who are also using substances) that hold the addictive behavior in place. We'll work together to unravel all these factors and help move you forward.

— Dr. Aaron Weiner, Clinical Psychologist in Lake Forest, IL

Where do you find your comfort? Let's explore this and find new healthier ways to cope with life.

— Danielle Proch, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Oldsmar, FL

I have passion for working with those struggling with alcohol-related issues. I welcome clients who are in various stages of change and support 12-step, non 12-step, harm reduction and moderation. I believe alcohol use becomes a problem only when there is a bigger problem. I help my clients figure out what that bigger problem is so that they can get well. Many of my clients have achieved long-term sobriety and have changed their lives drastically - for the better.

— Kimberly Goodrich, Clinical Social Worker in Clinton, NJ

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 Long Beach, CA

Addiction is a disease of shame that does not discriminate. It is not meant to be fought in isolation because the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is connection. I have worked in the addiction field for over 5 years and utilize multiple therapy modalities including 12-steps, DBT, CBT, ETT, Motivational Interviewing, and more to overcome the grips of this disease.

— Sarah Underbrink, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Plano, TX

When working with individuals on substance use, I let the client tell me what their goals are. The primary concern when working with substance use is safety, followed by health and wellness. Together we will evaluate client concerns and set treatment goals based on need. I do not assume that every individual struggling with substance use has an addiction. I have experience working in drug and alcohol treatment facilities, 12 step groups, and have familiarity with other recovery groups.

— Suzanne Cooper, Licensed Professional Counselor in Littleton, CO

I have knowledge of Medication Assisted Treatment and how it increases the changes of long term sobriety. I have also worked with individuals that are on the spectrum of harm-reduction to absences using 12 step NA/AA. I am also trained in EMDR for addictions and know the importance of being able to reprocess negative memories and triggers that have led to addictive behaviors.

— Christina Vasquez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Walnut Creek, CA

By assessing your patterns and behaviors of substance use, together we can establish the difference between abuse and dependence, as in this example, some folks define alcohol abuse as " too much, too often" and dependency as "establishing a drinking pattern that interferes with life functions". It's important for me to help you identify difficulties with functioning with and without substances, uncovering destructive behaviors can lead the way towards discovering the many paths to healing.

— Barbara Morales-Rossi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Monterey, CA

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

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

Alcohol is one of the most destructive drugs to individuals, couples, families and society. Whether you are looking to cut down or completely stop drinking I am here to support you. No matter how much you drink or how often you drink, I am here to support your goals...without judgment. With a personal and family history, I am aware of the life sucking results it can have on your life. There is no time like the present to take that first step!

— Krissy Moses, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in ,

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