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.

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I don't believe in labels, stigmas or character defects. My focus areas are Alcohol and Cocaine. I feel it is important to look at what are the pro/con of use and how it helps one feel better. I offer other options aside from the 12 step philospohy including Smart Recovery and Harm Reduction. If one is trying to make a change and has a slip aka "blip in the radar of life". We do not start all over, we look at what was learned with curiosity and start again where we are in the process.

— JENINE LACOE, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Tampa, FL

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, Licensed Professional Counselor in Richmond, TX

I seek to nurture a safe, non-judgmental space for healing. Partnering with me is a chance to practice self-forgiveness and self-acceptance. I want you to understand that addiction is not a choice, but that you are in control of your healing process and you can make a change today. Together, we will identify the core issues driving your alcohol or substance use and build on your strengths to create a recovery plan of action. We will formulate a path towards a healthier and more fulfilling life.

— Wayne Kossman, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Wilton Manors, FL

I am a certified drug and alcohol counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. I have helped adults deal with addiction, co-dependency, and co-occurring mental health disorders for over a decade. My belief is that addiction is a diseases and recovery looks different for each individual. Abstinence is a desire long-term goal for treatment as harm-reduction (the practice of reducing the risks involved with substance use) is often the first step.

— Scott Bragg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Paoli, PA

I have been practing as a Substance Abuse Counselor since 2014. I am trained to treat individuals with co-occuring disorders. I understand the importance of meeting people where they are in the stages of change:precontemplation,contemplation,preparation,action,maintenance. I have been highly trained and experience in Integrated care, Screening,Brief Interventionh,and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), Medication Assisted Treatment(MAT),IOP, SAIOP. I utilize the Matrix Model. It is researched based.

— Tawanda Bennett, Counselor in Biscoe, NC

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

— Wendy Howell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ

Alcohol and drug addiction is a disorder that not only affects the person using the substance, but also their family and friends who love them. And despite it finally being brought to light by the media in recent years, it still carries a stigma that impedes the patient from seeking treatment. I knew I wanted to work specifically with those struggling with addiction from the moment I stepped into school and I can proudly say 26 years later I still hold that same passion.

— Dawn Ginestra, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

Alcohol and drug addiction is a disorder that not only affects the person using the substance, but also their family and friends who love them. And despite it finally being brought to light by the media in recent years, it still carries a stigma that impedes the patient from seeking treatment. I knew I wanted to specialize in addiction 26 years ago and still feel as passionate and dedicated today to help patients overcome addiction.

— Dawn Ginestra, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

I have additional certification and training through California State University East Bay in Chemical Dependency Treatment. I have also been working in facilities providing addiction treatment since 2015. I have often served as the dual diagnosis specialist for former employers and recognize the complex interplay between addiction, trauma and mental health disorders.

— Alexandra Ludovina, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sunnyvale, CA

I'm working toward LCAS certification. I bring in Buddhist teachings as well as other recovery modalities in to support your struggle with addictive behaviors. I believe that the basic philosophy of Buddhism lends itself perfectly to working with addiction-- our suffering is often caused by craving, and that craving is for our experience to be different. I want to help you honor your experience in every moment--just as it is.

— Renee Anderson, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Asheville, NC

I believe that addiction is a disease and I also believe it is a symptom of underlying issues. I work with you to identify the root causes of "picking up" so that you can learn the skills needed to maintain a life of recovery and fulfillment.

— Alisha Teague, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Jacksonville, FL

I was the lead counselor at a residential treatment facility for co-occurring disorders for many years, and have experience with all types of addiction and addictive behaviors. I incorporate SMART recovery concepts, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and a Person Centered Approach. We will examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviors that lead to an unhealth relationship with substances and work to correct each of those.

— Katherine Pfeiffer, Counselor in Tampa, FL

I am formally trained as an addictions counselor and have spent a good percentage of my time as a therapist treating substance use disorders in a more intensive setting. I tend to want to explore a client's own values around this issue rather than imposing my own. Once goals are established, my instinct is usually to experiment with what works and what doesn't along the path to recovery (however recovery looks for you).

— Sean Glynn, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Have you been trying to cut back on smoking weed but keep finding yourself back in the same old pattern? Are you tired of feeling anxious, unmotivated and reliant on marijuana? You don't have to do this alone. By working one on one in therapy, we can identify ways that you can find relief and successfully reduce or abstain from pot. Having a therapist that's experienced in marijuana abuse will support you in addressing underlying issues that have been keeping you stuck.

— Jennifer Leupp, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

I have a second license and extensive training/experience working with people who would like to challenge their patterns of alcohol and drug use. This includes trainings regarding co-occurring disorders (mental health and addiction), the impact of substance use on the brain, relapse prevention, and motivating change. I am passionate about challenging the shame created through the cultural stereotype of addiction and walking with clients as they chose what changes in their use are best.

— Brandi Solanki, Counselor in Waco, TX

By assessing your patterns, together we can establish the difference between dependence, abuse, and addiction. In therapy, the client is the expert, and can show this therapist how you have discovered way to organize your life around substances and "function". As your therapist, I will use measurement tools, handouts, and listen to your narrative that has been created by 'coping strategies" as a way to create new strategies on the road towards healing.

— Barbara Morales-Rossi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Monterey, CA

I have worked in inpatient and outpatient substance use treatment centers throughout my career as a therapist. I also take a harm reduction approach to treatment.

— Crystal Nesfield, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ