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

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

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

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

Are you contemplating if you have an unhealthy relationship with drugs, alcohol, sex, and/or gambling? Addiction comes in many forms. Understanding what addiction is and how it impacts your daily function is the first step; but sometimes, it can be the hardest. I provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients to help achieve lifelong sobriety or harm-reduction. Talk with me today to help answer the questions of uncertainty.

— Paul Backlund, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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

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 have successfully helped individuals struggling with relationship issues, addictions, anxiety, depression, parenting issues and various family/life conflicts.

— Gordon Gooding, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cold Spring Harbor, NY

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

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

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

For 10 years 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.

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

My experience in SA has focused on inpatient therapy and group work. Upon entering the private sector the focus has shifted to outpatient care that addresses the various areas of clients' lives as they walk through the perils of sobriety or struggles of social drinking. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) strategies, also introduced in my therapy sessions, help change your cyclical thought patterns, emotional struggles and impulsive actions that keep you trapped.

— Brenda Knox, Counselor in Fayetteville, NC

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 San Diego, CA

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, in ,

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,

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 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

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

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

Are you tired of being told “just say no”? Are you tired of being called weak-willed or defective? Have you grown tired of being treated like a problem and not a person? Do you keep drinking or using in spite of the negative ways those habits affect your life? Having counseled people troubled by addiction for the past 10 years, I feel confident that recovery is possible.

— Brian Hayes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

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