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

Substance and alcohol use become an issue when someone is using it more than they would like, there have been negative consequences to the use, or it is getting in the way of other things that the individual wishes to be spending more time and energy on. There are varying degrees of substance use and I take pride in working with individuals from a non-judgmental perspective to help them determine for themselves if their substance use is out of balance and how to make the necessary changes.

— Paul Sawyer, Psychotherapist in Newton Highlands, MA

Calvary Counseling Center offers both Levels I and Level II Alcohol & Drug Education Classes. Participants in these classes are provided with information about the biological, psychological, and social consequences of substance use and abuse.

— Janice Chambers, Licensed Professional Counselor in Manassas, VA

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

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 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

Many people can have a few drinks or party without a problem. Maybe that used to be you or someone in your family and something changed. Maybe a loved one or medical professional told you to cut down or quit. No matter who you are and what you’re dealing with, your situation is unique. I am passionate about providing a judgment-free space for you to have someone to confide in and get the support you’re looking for.

— Jacob Donnelly, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

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, Counselor in asheville, NC

I have extensive experience and training in helping people heal from alcohol and drug addiction, including several years experience providing individual and group therapy in both inpatient and outpatient substance use/mental health treatment centers. I can work from both an abstinence or "moderation" perspective- whatever is best for you. I am familiar with 12-step recovery and can integrate that at your request.

— Rose Crouch, Licensed Professional Counselor

I hold a CAADC in the state of Georgia, meaning I am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

— Kristin Mock, Licensed Professional Counselor in Savannah, GA

You have taken the first step to sobriety let me work with you on keeping sober.

— Denise Delph, Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

Alcohol and Substance dependence Alternative coping skills Relapse Prevention Dual diagnosis 2.5 years in the field

— Jennifer Rosselli, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Acton, MA

Many people come to me for therapy because they have tried going to meetings or tried other treatment that did not help. Because I am trained in treating the spectrum of Substance Use Disorders, I understand that treatment needs to be adjusted to each person's unique needs and at their own pace. I like to integrate tangible tools such as those from SMART Recovery or Moderation Management for Alcohol Moderation to support recovery and change behaviors. Meeting people where they are is essential.

— Angie Harris, Clinical Social Worker in Lansdowne, VA

I am a recovering alcoholic with over twelve years sobriety. I have nearly ten years experience working with addicts, both in an inpatient and outpatient setting.

— Gloria Bailey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lutz, FL

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 is the oldest addictive substance known to man and is by far the most widely abused one. Many of my coaching program clients came to me following DUI charges, failed treatments, split families, job losses and serious acute physiological medical diagnoses. Detoxification by medical professionals may be required prior to beginning the program. Alcohol is everywhere we turn, yet clients completing the program tell me, and even write online reviews, about their success staying sober!

— James Shiver, Addictions Counselor in Brentwood, TN

Alcohol is a popular drug because it is legal and accessible as medical marijuana. Alcohol follows the same pattern as drugs by tolerance that increases over time for the alcoholic. couple beers, six-pack, 12 -pack, one case, and then bar hopping. The end result is having a blackout where the alcoholic cannot remember who they ran over with the car or loses sections of their memory over time or have the shakes in the morning trembling. Can alcohol be stopped in paradise?

— Dale Komoda, Counselor in Honolulu, HI

I have extensive experience treating individuals with history of substance abuse. I view substance abuse as symptom of other underlying psychological issues that must be addressed to reduce or eliminate substance abuse or dependence. I thoroughly assess severity of the problem and provide appropriate recommendations based on medical necessity, treatment experience, desired goals, motivation to change and living situation. I provide clinical recommendations based on risk and desired goals.

— Sarah Espenshade, Clinical Social Worker in Rosemont, PA

I have been a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor for more than 20 years. I have facilitated court-ordered substance abuse groups, DUI education groups, and substance abuse treatment groups many years. Currently, I work with all types of substance abuse including the families of addicts and alcoholics who want to gain a better understanding of addiction. I am also a certified SAP professional and am able to provide return-to-duty SAP evaluations.

— Gina Metroff, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

For the past 23 years I have been working with and helped a great many clients who have substance use issues. I have worked in residential treatment centers and outpatient settings facilitating groups as well as individual sessions. I have also worked with clients who have been mandated to therapy including DUI group and individual sessions.

— Anette Badchkam, Counselor in Ave Maria, FL

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

“I’ll stop tomorrow. Today is the last time.” If you have told yourself these lies multiple times in your life, then you are in the right place. Addiction is an extremely difficult issue to overcome on your own, but you probably know that already. SOBRIETY is possible. I will help you develop a lifestyle and structure that will set you up for success in the quest to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety.

— Eric Kiner, Clinical Psychologist in North Palm Beach, 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 Professional Counselor Intern in ORLANDO, FL

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

The journey of evaluating your relationship with alcohol and deciding if you would like to make changes, or discovering that it's challenging to make those changes, is a personal one, and different for everyone. There are also similar challenges along the way that everyone faces, and are a normal part of the process. If you find yourself questioning your drinking, or the behaviors around your drinking, I can help support you with a nonjudgmental approach.

— Christi Proffitt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

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