Drug Dependence / Abuse / Addiction

Drug addiction, dependence or abuse, sometimes called substance use disorder, is a disease. It affects an individual's brain and behavior, making it so they are unable to control their use of the drug in question. Symptoms of drug dependence include needing more of the drug to get the same effect over time, intense urges for the drug to the point of not being able to concentrate on anything else, spending money that you can't afford on the drug, not fulfilling obligations (work, familial or social) because of drug use, and/or failing in attempts to stop or reduce use of the drug. If you are worried that a loved one may be struggling with drug abuse, some possible indicators include a drop in school or work performance or attendance, a lack of interest in their appearance, increased secretiveness, and/or sudden requests for money. A qualified professional therapist will be able to identify and diagnose drug issues, provide harm reduction support, work with you to create a treatment plan and help you stick to it. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s drug dependence, abuse and addiction specialists for help today.

Meet the specialists

Experienced in supporting individuals struggling with substance use in a variety of treatment settings including detox, IOP, and outpatient. Familiar with 12 steps, SMART, and Refuge Recovery.

— Erica Thompson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I have worked with abuse/addiction since 2010 in a residential setting. I am 12-step, faith based & SMART Recovery friendly. Too often does treatment for substance use follow the guidelines of 12 step work without recognizing that there are other ways to recover. You deserve to choose your path to recovery. I dont believe anyone is 'hopeless' nor do I believe that anyone is 'undeserving' of reocvery. I will work to try and keep you present focused so you are able to become who you aspire to be.

— Dena Paniccia, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Myers, FL

I have experience working with people who struggle with substance use and abuse and who are looking for sobriety or a different relationship with substances.

— Joy Zelikovsky, Psychologist

Everyone develops habits in life, whether they are good or bad. However, the unhealthy habits are always the ones that are hardest to quit. We can help you stop these unhealthy urges that are taking a toll on your well-being. Addiction therapy is designed to help people cope with their addiction and lead a healthy and empowered life. We can help you get through your addiction and promote a better lifestyle. As recovering addicts ourselves, we understand the process.

— Jason Walter, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Elmo, MN

In addiction counseling we will take an honest and objective view of the substances or behaviors that are taking control of your life. We will assess and explore the extent of the current use and come up with a plan to either cut down or to stop completely depending on your treatment goals and on realistic expectations when dealing with powerful substances. I work from both a harm reduction perspective as well as an abstinence based perspective with my addictions work.

— Connor Moss, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I have personal experience with addiction and drug dependence. I have lost friends and family from the disease of addiction and have been working in this field since I was an intern in college. I have family members still struggling with addiction. This is a field I am incredibly passionate about making a difference in.

— Alex Claussen, Counselor in Toledo, OH

The foundation of my training is in substance use disorders and my work and passion grew from there into other addiction related issues such as trauma. Whether the goal be abstinence or moderation management, I meet clients where they are to navigate a road of recovery and/or build a healthy, enjoyable sober life. I take a straightforward but compassionate approach as we address relapse prevention and the issues underlying ones addictive behaviors.

— rachel khints, Counselor in New York, NY

As a double board-certified psychiatrist, I specialize both in psychopharmacology and holistic approaches to general psychiatric and addictive disorders. Biological, psychological, social, and spiritual elements of wellness are uniquely addressed in collaboration with other providers.

— Stacy Cohen, MD, Psychiatrist in Santa Monica, CA

In addition to be being a Licensed Mental Health Counselor I am also a Masters Certified Addiction Professional. I have experience providing both individual and group counseling sessions to men and women from various races, age groups, socioeconomic backgrounds that were diagnosed with substance use disorders or co occurring disorders.

— Jacqueline Maple, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Melbourne, FL

Drug addiction is a tough issue to struggle with- it affects all areas of your life. I have devoted my professional life to the treatment of addiction and look forward to hearing your story and helping you to get into the solution.

— Lissa Merkel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Substance use disorder is a real mental health disease. It should be viewed as a disease. People do not choose their diseases and this disease (nor any others) discriminate by income, ethnicity, age, etc. Substance use disorders do not just go away or get better instantly. It takes time, talking, listening, knowledge, and a lot of skills. It doesn't matter the stage of your disease, the important piece is to keep trying day by day.

— Robert Oaks, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Columbus, OH

I have over 10 years experience helping people overcome their drug addiction. Let me show you the way to sobriety. Call or email me today to make that first step towards a healthy and pleasurable life.

— Adam Saltz, Clinical Social Worker in Sudbury, MA

I have over 15 years working with those suffering from substance use disorders, I utilize CBT, Motivational Interviewing techniques and mindfulness to help individuals better manage triggers and make healthier choices.

— Loretta Gordon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Substance Abuse in all its forms is a disease, not a "sin" or weakness of character. When I work with people who want to recover, my focus is on the whole person. Use of drugs is a part of the fuller picture, just as with any other concern people bring to someone like me. While I encourage complete abstinence, I do not require it. If you come to me for help, I will tell you why I believe it makes sense.

— John Eichenberger, Counselor in Fairport, NY

Several years experience working with people who have substance use disorders/ addictions, and their loved ones who are affected by it. I am a Master's Level Certified Addiction Professional. I also had a loved one and unfortunately also a friend who died due to substance use issues. I know first hand how terrible this disease can be.

— Kellie Brown, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , FL

I take an integrated approach so we learn more of the why we are the way we are. We all know we don't wake up one morning and decide to become addiction to substances; there are typically reasons behind why this happens and I work with you to figure out that why. Chances are you already know the skills to keep you sober but now you need to know the why should you stay sober.

— Brandi Schmidt, Therapist in Bismarck, ND

Trauma informed care, Integrative, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, including a multicultural approach to recovery

— Wendy Howell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ

We will work together to understand the progression of your addiction as well as the underlying unresolved issues or untreated symptoms. Typically addiction is an attempt to solve a deeper problem. You will repair and strengthen the foundational issues so that your recovery is on solid ground. We will also work on the relationship you have with yourself and others. This means learning to love yourself for who you are and where you are in life.

— Menije Boduryan-Turner, Psychologist in Woodland Hills, CA

Addiction is an attempt to deal with emotional or physical pain. All of us find habitual ways to numb existential pain and anxiety, such as the search for meaning, the inevitability of death, or the many uncontrollable aspects of life. However for some, the combination of pain and genetic factors lead to the destructive illness of addiction. If you or someone close to you struggles with alcohol, drugs, or with behaviours such as gambling or internet use, then counselling can help.

— John Rushforth, Counselor in Courtenay BC Canada, CA

I have worked for community and federal agencies for over 5 years working with a multitude of addictions; from alcohol and drugs to gambling and pornography. Success in treating addiction looks different to everyone, and there is no “one way street” for addiction recovery, but together we can create your own path for success.

— Alicia Murray, Counselor

Drug addiction and recovery are two different animals. Drug addiction overcomes you to the point that you do not know what you are doing. Car accidents, divorce, fighting, and not caring are the symptoms and end result. Recovery, on the other hand, is hard and difficult but gratifying. The reward and consequences that scientists been arguing about for years using mice. I believe it is more to it than that and spirituality is the key to living life to its fullest.

— Dale Komoda, Counselor in Honolulu, HI

Manage addictive behaviors and thoughts by adopting an individualized daily treatment plan that works for you. Learn triggers, relapse prevention techniques, forgiveness and how to live a life addiction free.

— Dr. Susan Pazak, Psychologist in Laguna Niguel, CA

Addictions counseling is a process of building nets of support around you while you shift your harmful coping mechanisms into ways of living that are sustainable. This process includes education, inner work, support system building, and a willingness to keep moving forward honestly. It is not a solo adventure.

— SHANE HENNESEY, Counselor in Richmond, TX

Addiction takes us over. We are no longer in control of the day to day decisions. We make decisions based on our need to feel better, to cope, and our body betrays us by telling us that we need a substance to feel good again, to deal with life, and that we can not do it on our own. Our brains rewire to over anticipate the reward of using and under estimate the cost of our use.

— Troy Faddis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Richfield, UT

I am a Missouri Associate Alcohol and Drug Counselor II. I have experience working with addictions to many substances including opioids. I’m familiar with medication assisted treatment (MAT) and am of the belief that you can be on methadone or buprenorphine while living a sober life.

— Ali Curtner, Counselor in Kirkwood, MO

I have worked in substance abuse treatment for 5 years in all levels of care, from detox to outpatient programs. I have spent a lot of time working with families and couples in early recovery. I have helped clients maintain sobriety by address the underlying issues that contribute to their cycle of addiction.

— Samantha Grimes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Laguna Hills, CA

The opposite of addiction is connection. I myself have experienced battles with addiction. It takes everything from you. Addiction changes who you are. You do things you never thought possible. You push everyone away from you and destroy everything. Through my personal experience, education, and experience I bring a unique perspective to helping people who are also struggling. I believe in a harm reduction mentality and can help you create your own unique recovery plan.

— Patrick Casale, Counselor in asheville, NC