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

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

I currently work with substance users in the Idaho judicial system and those who are in danger of being caught up in the Idaho legal system because of addiction. I help clients through the recovery process and assist them in developing relapse prevention skills as well as helping families recover from the wounds of addiction.

— Leisa Watkins, Marriage & Family Therapist in Idaho Falls, ID

Despite popular discourse on addiction, your substance use is not a black and white issue. You don't necessarily have a disease and your uncertainty about abstinence doesn't mean you're in denial. So take a deep breath. Together, we'll explore how your substance use has helped you and how it hurts. We'll work collaboratively to experiment with individualized strategies to reduce any problematic substance use or quit altogether, if that's what you want. Along the way, you'll develop healthier ways to cope. I offer a non-dogmatic space, where you can share your struggle without receiving ultimatums and prescriptions.

— Lily Sloane, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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

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

I worked with persons who have dependence and addiction issues since 2005. I enjoy using principles from Smart and Rational Recovery as well as AA to guide people from addiction to recovery.

— Jacqueline Rich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tampa, FL

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!

— Carol Tjaden, Counselor in Waterloo, IA

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 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 been counseling in this field for over 13 years and have the ability to offer education and support for those whose are struggling with this unfortunate disease.

— Lisa Mohawk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Woodruff, WI

I am a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with several years of experience working with adolescents and adults at both the inpatient and outpatient levels of care. I have counseled clients in all stages of change, from active use to long-term recovery, and have vast knowledge of and experience with the 12-step model.

— Steffanie Kelshaw, Licensed Professional Counselor in Alexandria, VA

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

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

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