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

Check any major news site and there is always an article about drug rates, overdoses, crime, prescription bill abuse, DUI's, and other issues impacting not only our society but our loved ones, and ourselves. The stigma surrounding these issues should not keep people from reaching out! Both as someone suffering from an addiction, or watching a loved one struggle.

— Joshua Nursall, Counselor in Chandler, AZ

As a Master's Level Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Clinical Director of a substance use disorder inpatient treatment program, Stacie Leclerc MLADC, LCMHC is well versed is providing treatment to individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders. She has been practicing under a MLADC license since 2015.

— Stacie Leclerc, Counselor in North Conway, NH

Depression can feel like a dark cloud hovering over you wherever you go. It can make us feel sad, alone, and ashamed. It can make us look lazy, disinterested, and unsociable. While we cannot control how someone perceives us, we know that how we look to others is not always an accurate reflection of what we are feeling inside. Depression can feel like a daily battle to accomplish tasks that appear so effortless to others. It is Wellness & Recovery Counseling, LLC’s goal to help bring comfort, und

— Kendal Gerold, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

I have had 6 years of experience in the area of substance use disorders. I have a separate licensure that was earned by getting an additional 6,000 hours of experience, 275 classroom hours, and 300 supervision hours on top of the other licensure requirements. I use abstinence and harm reduction models of treatment to best reach the clients goals. You are the one who decides what the goal of treatment is not me. If your choice is to reduce or safely use, then we look at how to accomplish this goal.

— Jennifer Webb, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lexington, KY

I have a License in Addictions Counseling and my work experience includes in-patient detox, court mandated substance abuse treatment and DUI therapy and education. I have over 5000 hours of work experience working with clients struggling with addictions, including alcohol, meth, cocaine, heroin, and polysubstance abuse. I am also certified as an Acudetox Specialist. To support recovery, I use Motivational Interviewing and Depth Psychology to explore the underlying dynamics of addiction.

— Augustino-Chloe Tierramar, Counselor in Boulder, CO

I have been trained through the state of Colorado on treating substance use disorders. I have my LAC (Licensed Addiction Counselor) which I got after extensive supervision as well as working with clients who inject drugs. I work from a harm reduction approach that is non-judgmental and based on individual needs of each client.

— Lauren Lewis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Loveland, CO

I have been a substance abuse counselor since I was a graduate student intern. I currently conduct substance abuse groups.

— Alisha Massey, Licensed Professional Counselor in Baton Rouge, LA

I started my career as a chemical dependency counselor over ten years ago. I firmly believe that Substance Use Disorders must be divorced from stigma and shame. I'm here to help you define your goals around your use of substances and then work toward those goals with a supportive strengths-based approach. I'm also accustomed to working with attorneys to support criminal defense efforts for clients who are involved in the legal system.

— Christy Aletky, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Addiction is a disease of choice. You or your loved ones may feel like you have lost hope as you battle the constant pull of substances. Utilizing 10 principles of recovery, I can help you find hope again. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy can also help to heal the brain as you strive to live a recovery lifestyle.

— Joshua Cooke, Mental Health Counselor in Provo, UT

I have over 10 years of experience working with substance use concerns that span the spectrum from addiction to simply wanting to cut back and moderate use. I take a nonjudgmental stance, and I can provide you with recommendations about whether abstinence versus a harm reduction approach would be most beneficial for you.

— Kate Czar, Psychologist in Austin, TX

I work collaboratively with individuals to gain insight and understanding into the root causes of their addiction. Whether through a 12-step approach or alternative evidence-based harm reduction strategies, I provide an individualized, judgement-free process with a focus on long-term success.

— Jeff Chenoweth, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I am a Texas Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor who has worked extensively with adolescents and adults seeking and in recovery from addictive behaviors. I use existential narrative therapy to help people to tell, retell, and reframe their stories to empower them in grappling with the lifelong existential questions of (1) Who am I? (2) Where do I belong in the world? and (3) What are my meaning and purpose? These questions are umbrellas under which many of our human struggles are nestled.

— Dr. E. Rose Sierra, Psychotherapist in Wichita Falls, TX

I have over 12 years in the field of Substance Use Disorders and helping the family members of the addicted individual thorough interventions and counseling. I treat Dual Diagnoses and comorbidity issues (Mental Health)

— Delora Evans MA, LPC-S, LCDC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

Whether you're working the steps or want to explore a Harm Reduction approach, I have experience working with people self-medicating with all manner of substances and everything that comes with it. I ran a Harm Reduction a residential program for veterans in the Tenderloin, attended the national Harm Reduction conference, and learned from some of the leaders of this progressive approach to helping people who use substances. If you pursue abstinence, I'm happy to support you through that as well.

— Jacob Donnelly, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

I have many years of experience working with individuals in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. I completed my APA approved predoctoral internship at Yale University in the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit. I also completed a postdoctoral internship at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center in the area of Chemical Dependency.

— Kyna Griffith-Henry, Clinical Psychologist in PHILLIPSBURG, NJ

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

My LCSW licensure allows me to be able to treat co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. I am also a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate (LCAS-16531) allows me to treat substance use disorders under the supervision of a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS). I have many years of experience treating co-occurring disorders.

— Sonya Carter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Graham, NC

As a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, I have worked with clients in new recovery and who have relapsed, family members with Alanon and coda issues, teens with parents who are using and may be incarcerated, and support sobriety and abstinence in recovery with 12 step support.

— SC (Stacy-Colleen) Nameth, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

I have worked with over 1,000 people who have experienced lost relationships, jobs, daily peace of mind, and life due to alcohol and substance use. Studying and working with this subject intensively, I help people discover pathways to recovery. If you’re ready to live the fullness of your true capacity in a way that fills your soul and being, I hope you’ll give me a call. I can help you find that life.

— Rice Pierce, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Phoenix, AZ

In 2008, I began working in prevention with at-risk youth. Since then, I have worked on the entire continuum from prevention to detox services in a hospital. I believe that individuals can heal. I utilize Brainspotting, Self-Compassion, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help individuals learn about their brain, change patterns, and behaviors that are holding them back and help them move towards the life and actions they do want.

— Kristi Keding, Counselor in Ogden, UT

Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. According to the DSM-V, a diagnosis of substance use disorder is based on evidence of impaired control, social impairment, risky use, and pharmacological criteria. I offers specialized behavioral therapies for substance use disorders.

— Brittany Male, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Aurora, IL

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

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

We help adolescents and adults receive treatment in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization outpatient levels of care. The structured programs include group therapy, individual sessions, and psychoeducational therapy. Treatment is individualized and based on effective treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy, ME, relapse prevention, 12-step facilitation, and more. We provide continuing care as a follow up to help you stay on track once your program is completed.

— Katherine Wismer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Placentia, 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

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

I have worked with both addiction and dual-diagnosed clients over the last 3+ years at an inpatient addiction recovery program. I work to support clients and their families to overcome the trauma of addiction. I truly believe that substance use is one of many symptoms of addiction, one that can be managed through a variety of supports including 12 Steps, a recovery community, and medication when appropriate.

— Jessica Moody, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Youngsville, LA