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.

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I offer a compassionate yet practical approach to reducing or eliminating your alcohol use. I believe alcohol is one of the most damaging drugs around & if you want to stop or reduce your intake, then you are one of the smart ones! It is crazy to me that oftentimes people are judged as "having a problem" or being "abnormal" if they don't drink. If you are ready to stop or reduce alcohol, you are in the right place and I look forward to helping you finally become free of the chains of alcohol.

— Krissy Moses, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Winter Park, 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 Winter Park, FL

Alcohol and most any abuse or dependence is a family addiction that often takes place in ways that we often don't identify until too late. I have years of experience working in the recovery field and love working with families that have been affected by substance use and abuse.

— Dakota Westlake, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Redlands, CA

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

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

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 SEATTLE, WA

I have 27 years' experience working in addictions.

— Patrick Varney, Addictions Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

I have worked for in a substance use disorder clinic for several years and have worked directly with inpatient, outpatient, and continuing care groups supporting individuals' personal recovery. I am proficient in both 12-step recovery treatments as well as the progressive harm reduction model focusing my work on meeting the client where they are at in their life and adjusting my work to their needs.

— CHRIS PUGH, Associate Professional Counselor in , WA

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

Do you find yourself drinking more than you would like to? Are you feeling ashamed about how much you drink or the way that you behave when you drink? Do you want to cut down, but have been unable to do so? Therapy can help, and EMDR Therapy can help you to get at the root of what is causing you to drink. EMDR is an evidenced-based treatment for trauma known for it's gentleness and effectiveness. Visit my website to learn more and set up a free 15 minute consultation.

— Jennifer Leupp, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

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

I draw from the 12 step and harm reduction models in order to help Clients in this area. I can help you change your relationship with alcohol or get sober. I encourage a collaborative approach with primary care doctors and / or psychiatry to ensure best practice and safety.

— catherine rowe, Psychotherapist in Queens, NY

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

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 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

I have been a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC1) since 2010 but have worked in the mental health field since 1996. Along the way I've gained a lot of experience working with folks with substance abuse issues. I also happen to be in recovery myself, so I have some built-in empathy.

— Bruce Burleson, Addictions Counselor in Norwell, MA

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

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

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 use both real life experience and carefully practiced clinical techniques to assist with Alcohol Dependency issues.

— Benjamin Sponable, Therapist in PIttsburgh, PA