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

I have been working with addictions since 2009 in private clinic as psychiatrist and psychotherapist. I am treating around 30 klients in in-patient detox program per month. I am happy to help patients and their families with whom I am working too.

— Ekaterina Tyurina, Psychiatrist in Belgrade,

My extensive experience and training in addiction therapy has helped hundreds in every stage of substance abuse, from those questioning their consumption to others first few days of sobriety, and those with long-term sobriety. I am knowledgeable on 12-step programs; though also support clients wanting to create their own recovery. I deeply believe in the life changing process of therapy done well. Let me help you make the changes you are interested in.

— Steven Reigns, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have been in continuous recovery from drug and alcohol dependency since 2006 and have been helping others with addiction issues in professional and para-professional roles since 2011. I don't think it's my job to judge you or tell you what to do, but to help you increase your self-awareness and coping so that you can make decisions that get you the life you really want.

— Jesse Cardin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Antonio, TX

I am a licensed clinical alcohol & drug counselor. I have experience working with a variety of different behaviors that people find in some way interfere with their lives. In addition to individual therapy, I also work in outpatient group therapy programs, inpatient/rehab programs, a crisis center, as well as have worked in a halfway house. Such a wide range of experiences has assisted me in a greater understanding of the what people go through.

— Paulina Levinzon, Counselor in Liberty Corner, NJ

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 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 high success rate working with addiction -I specifically work with outpatient population of clients at my private practice first in Poland and now in FL. I also work with many treatment centers that help majority of clients that struggle with substance use. I help people who are struggling with addiction, using mindfulness, DBT , CBT , motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, goals setting , problem solving

— Iwona Szukielojc-Kizziah, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boca Raton, FL

I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and have worked in the addictions field for many years. I professionally and personally understand the intense struggle with addiction. I am open-minded in regards to solutions. I do not believe "one size fits all" and work collaboratively with my clients to find the best solution for them. Often times chemical dependency is accompanied by other disorders such as anxiety or depression. We can address these together.

— Kim Tayler, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Austin, TX

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 in ,

I have been working exclusively in the realm of addiction for the last five years though I have been working in the mental health field for 15-17 years. I counsel about addiction, triggers, relapse prevention, developing a sobriety toolkit, developing healthy networks of support, and transforming lives step by step and day by day.

— Dr Erika Epps, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in College Station, TX

I work from a harm reduction perspective that emphasizes meeting people where they are at while also challenging clients by holding them accountable for what they say they want.

— Christopher Roque, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in brooklyn, NY

I have extensive training and experience in treatment of substance use disorders, including addiction to drugs and alcohol.

— Dr. Stefanie Tweedly, Clinical Psychologist in Newport Beach, CA

I have a passion for those struggling with substance use disorders. I am currently a licensed clinical addiction specialist associate in the state of NC.

— Julie Andrews, Counselor in Burlington, NC

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 in ,

In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), I am also a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC). I have worked with individuals who have difficulties with substance use disorders for over 7 years.

— Stephanie Carlin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Collins, CO

I am a Licensed Clinical Additions Specialist in the state of North Carolina. I have experience working in a Facility-Based Crisis setting where clients came for crisis stabilization and medically monitored detox.

— Pressley Cox, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Raleigh, NC

If you decide your substance or alcohol use is a problem, I am here to help. I use an empathetic, honest, and direct approach to help you navigate sobriety or harm reduction depending on your needs—I will meet you where you are at. I can provide individualized support for adults and adolescents struggling with addiction, and will work with your other treatment providers to use a team approach in providing you with the highest quality of care.

— Rachel Jones, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

I have worked in inpatient and outpatient substance use treatment centers throughout my career as a therapist.

— Crystal Nesfied, Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

Like any therapy, art therapy provides an opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a space that promotes trust and safety. An essential component in therapy is your relationship with the therapist. Therapy requires vulnerability and the trust you develop with your therapist will help you feel safe.

— Amanda Shaw, Art Therapist in Tamarac, FL

I offer support for those who are experiencing negative consequences from substance use. I use a soft, nonjudgmental approach to explore how substance use has impacted their life and potential consequences for the future. I support in creating awareness around emotions and thoughts underneath the substance use, increasing positive coping skills, and creating relapse prevention plans. I offer support engaging with other resources like 12 Step Meetings, Psychiatrists, and inpatient treatment.

— Angela Shankman, Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA

As a certified MDFT Therapist and Supervisor, I have worked with teens and young adults with a wide range of substance abuse problems, many of whom were on probation or otherwise court-involved. Through a well-researched, direct, but caring approach, many people have been set free from drugs and the prison pipeline.

— Estepha Francisque, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

Addiction is a disease and healing is possible. I support individuals to develop a plan to achieve abstinence and sobriety, to manage emotional and physical health, and to prevent further self-medication and relapse. For five years I worked at a drug treatment center, primarily with opiate addiction where I helped individuals find their unique path to recovery. I provide a comfortable, non-judgmental setting to help you overcome your dependence on substances and addictive behaviors.

— Deborah Robinson-Thompson, Mental Health Counselor in Burlington, MA