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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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

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

I have 27 years' experience working in addictions.

— Patrick Varney, Associate Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

Many individuals can experience substance use. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger around substance use. We can help you work through this and guide you through the process of relapse prevention and harm reduction

— KaRon Spriggs-Bethea, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pittsburgh, PA

I treated clients at a residential treatment facility for co-occurring disorders for many years and have experience with all types of addiction and addictive behaviors. We will identify your thoughts, feelings and behaviors that lead to using substances to cope with your emotional distress. We will develop a relapse prevention plan and learn healthy options to cope with life stressors.

— Renee Moffett, Clinical Social Worker in Middletown, 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

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 have 27 years' experience working in addictions.

— Patrick Varney, Associate Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

I am a licensed international alcohol and drug counselor in the states of Iowa and Nebraska. Co-occurrence of substance abuse disorders is mental health.

— Jacquelyn Berke, Licensed Professional Counselor

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

I have personal experience with Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence, I have over 12 years of experience working with others struggling to identify their own personal relationship with alcohol and drug abuse. I provide an open, honest, judgement-free environment in order for clients to explore their own sense of dependence and abuse and help provide guidance and support for adopting a new attitude of moderation or abstinence, whatever fits the client's needs.

— Dylan Haas, Mental Health Counselor in Boise, ID

Are you questioning your relationship with alcohol? Do you find yourself turning to it, regardless of how you feel? Are you feeling tired and apathetic, lacking motivation, and are unsure how to change things? Is alcohol interfering with your ability to live the quality of life you desire? I can help you learn how to change your relationship with alcohol - and you can get your life back. Call today to change your life for the better.

— Patricia McGrath, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Hilliard, OH

I began working in the substance abuse / dependence field in 2009. I’ve work in residential facilities as well as intensive out patient and private practice.

— Sara Farrell, Addictions Counselor in Creve Coeur, MO

More often than not, drug addictions start with experimental use of a drug in social situations. And for some people, the drug use becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of a drug to get their desired high, and soon a person may need the drug to simply feel “good." I believe that there are many paths to successful recovery that will work with your goals and desires, and ensure you can make the life changes you want to make.

— Denise Johnson, Addictions Counselor in Asheville, NC

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

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

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

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

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