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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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

Jacqueline "Jaci" Hynes is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the state of Texas. Jaci has experience working in an outpatient setting providing care for individuals on probation, parole, and with parents with CPS cases. Jaci firmly believes in the power of self-compassion, hope, and kindness to self. Jaci sees addiction from a harm-reduction lens and believes in develop an alliance with her clients in their goals related substance use, dependence, and addiction.

— Jacqueline Hynes, Counselor in Princeton, TX

I have years of experience working with clients who are moving through their recovery journey with drugs and/or alcohol. I support a harm-reduction approach. My office is non-judgmental and confidential. I am here to help you reach your own sobriety goals. Client who may have mental health concerns along with substance use concerns are welcome in my office.

— Jessica Butler, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Denver, CO

I have worked extensively in residential treatment programs previously using Harm Reduction and Abstinence based models.

— Roger Schwartz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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

I have four years of experiencing working with people struggling with addiction and providing support for their loved ones

— Caley Johnson, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Bellingham, WA

I develop a collaborative partnership by respectfully evoking your own motivation and wisdom, knowing change happens on your timeline. I have found that often there is a long history of trauma, understanding trauma theory and how your brain is affected by patterns of chronic stress is key. Other treatments used are Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) which helps to target negative thought processes, racing thoughts, cravings, and physiological experiences.

— Marissa Harris, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

Many of my clients express feeling as though they aren't fully in control of themselves because of their addiction. They share stories of countless relapses - even ones where they didn't even feel like using! After EMDR, my clients feel more secure in their ability to maintain recovery. They no longer stress about losing their licenses, relationships, money, and more. Healing doesn't have to be complicated to be effective. I would love to work with you - learn more about my approach on my site!

— Carley Trillow, Social Worker in Cleveland, OH

People often come to me when they are stuck in a pattern. This can be a substance addiction, behavioral addiction, or unhealthy, painful relationship patterns. The thing we have become addicted to becomes our management strategy. Something triggers the desire to use that strategy which then prevents something else from happening. I seek to “stop the stop” removing the management strategy so that something new can happen leading to the original pain and need and allowing for healing.

— Addie Michlitsch, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Roseville, MN

I meet you where you're at. My personal philosophy is centered around harm reduction principles where the focus is on your goals. People have diverse reasons for using, and for changing their use. I respect your autonomy while offering support and skills. I've worked in an outpatient addiction recovery program for the past 3 years, and previously worked in a gambling addiction treatment program for 3 years. I am knowledgeable on both chemical and process addictions (gambling, etc).

— Matt McCullough, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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

— Wendy Howell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ

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 Macedon, NY

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 Woburn, MA

I practice from an integrative harm reduction psychotherapy perspective with regard to substance use and other potentially addictive behaviors. By helping you define what your ideal relationship to substances or addictive behaviors looks like, we can run lots of small experiments to see what helps you get closer to that ideal. I'm also happy to support psychedelic integration and have no predetermined opinion about what your relationship to substances should or could be.

— Robin DeBates, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

Using a harm reduction lens, I help people to establish healthy relationships with the substances they choose to use. As a former outpatient drug and alcohol counselor, I have worked with a wide variety of people struggling with substance use issues. I have also seen the great benefits that some people have gained from using certain plant medicines and psychedelics in an intentional and respectful context. I am interested in supporting you to make well-informed, safe choices.

— Lucius Wheeler, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Ashland, OR

I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at American Addiction Centers in West Palm Beach, Florida. With comprehensive training in conducting psychological and psychoeducational evaluations for individuals across the lifespan, I have and continue to provide short- and long-term psychotherapy for culturally diverse adults and individuals with substance use and co-occurring disorders.

— Dr. Lindsay Howard, Clinical Psychologist in Parkland, FL

Loss of control, surrender of the will to a craving doesn’t have to lead to prolonged suffering. I help renew a sense of “self”. Purpose.

— Sergio Hernández, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Evanston, IL