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

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

Treatment can help with this, there is no cure though Alcoholism is the inability to control drinking due to both a physical and emotional dependence on alcohol. Symptoms include repeated alcohol consumption despite related legal and health issues. Those with alcoholism may begin each day with a drink, feel guilty about their drinking, and have the desire to cut down on the amount of drinking.

— Rachel Haynes, Marriage & Family Therapist in Pleasanton, CA

Several years experience working with people who have an alcohol use disorder, and their loved ones who are affected by it. I am a Master's Level Certified Addiction Professional.

— Kellie Brown, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , FL

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

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

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 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

I am dually licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist and as a Chemical Dependency Counselor. I am trained to assess, treat and support individuals in recovery, while at the same time support the couple and family system.

— Krista Miller, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Antonio, TX

I am a licensed addiction counselor in the State of Florida presently. Prior to that I was licensed in Ohio as a pregnancy counselor at a local methadone clinic. I have worked in the addiction arena for 15+ years. I am well versed in the 12 step model as well as utilize CBT and other skills learned in graduate school to help women along the way out of the dark depths of addiction into a strong strength based recovery.

— Cindy Athey, Counselor in Clearwater, FL

Alcohol abuse and dependence is a desire to escape and not be present with reality. We are spiritual beings experiencing a limited, temporary, physical reality. With QHHT discover your purpose and move forward with confidence and clarity while awakening your inner knowing and guidance system. Every moment is a new moment. When you're ready to make a change, try QHHT. There is hope.

— Lili McGovern, Clinical Trainee in ,

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

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

I have 15 years of experience treating alcohol and other drugs addictions on an outpatient basis.

— Nashay Lorick, Clinical Social Worker

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

— Jennifer Rosselli, Counselor in waltham, 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

Alcoholism is a disease of isolation, and many times can be traced back to underlying trauma. I've been working with recovering alcoholics in private practice for over 20 years. I'm also the Evening Program Coordinator at The Summit Wellness Group, a treatment center in Roswell, GA. Let me help you in taking the first step towards recovery.

— Mary Gay, Licensed Professional Counselor in Roswell, GA

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

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

Providing treatment for all drug, alcohol, & process addictions. Supportive of medication assisted treatment options for addiction and all paths to recovery. In partnership with the Problem Gambling Resource Center, I am an approved provider for gambling addiction treatment, having completed over 70 hours of additional training on gambling addiction in the past year.

— Tracy Carmody, Counselor in Baldwinsville, NY

Questions about drinking and drug use? Addiction can be described as wanting more When wanting more of anything (alcohol, food, drugs, love, money, sex, stuff..) to a point that the craving and the pursuit interfere with daily living then the meaning of what needed/desired has changed. It is no longer a hobby or entertainment. It may be that the dependence on alcohol or drugs is something that can be given up easily because of the consequences. Basic consequences can be loss of sleep, lack of conception of reality, illness, missed work, missed family time, less self care, depression, anxiety, unexplained lapse in time, feeling less then with out the ___________ , friends or family asking questions, spending large amounts of money, and more.... If there is a hint that one or more addiction may be present in your life what is the next step? Wait until it gets as bad as one thinks it should be before changes is needed? At AA there's a saying, "Addiction is like an elevator, you don't have to hit bottom before you get off". Early awareness of addiction can save one from the tragedies seen or heard of in movies or TV programs or even from the tragedies seen in their own family... If you are in a recovery program at this time... I speak the language

— Liz Walker, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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 have over 7 years of experience working in addiction recovery as a drug and alcohol counselor, therapist and Project Director for a 200 bed residential recovery treatment center.

— Nichole Prince, Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

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

I have spent many years working in the substance abuse arena. I have worked in community based setting, intensive outpatient center running groups and individual sessions, as well as residential treatment running groups and individual sessions. I hold a credential in alcohol and drug addiction and am required to obtain continuing education yearly in order to stay at the height of information in my field and be able to know the current best standards in treatment.

— Alaina Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI

My doctoral research explored an alternative approach (to 12-steps) for addressing alcohol misuse. I take a positive psychological approach informed by Attachment theory and Interpersonal theory to address your relationship to alcohol as a surrogate/replacement and coping tool for your human relationships.

— Andrew Van Dyke, Psychologist in Colorado Springs, CO

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

— Denise Delph, Counselor in Brooklyn, NY