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 been working in the addiction field since 2006. I have worked in residential and outpatient settings, both with people who are voluntarily seeking treatment and those who are not. I believe addiction, whether it is with substances or other behaviors--I work specifically with substances and work addictions-- these addictions are forms of poor coping that has turned into a habit. By breaking the patterns, identifying triggers and the automatic behaviors, and then creating new patterns one can overcome this path that is so self-destructive.

— Jolene Feeney, Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I have extensive experience helping clients with substance abuse, alcohol abuse, and drug addiction. I have found that clients have unique relationships with substances. An important part of this addiction therapy is finding the utility and meaning of substance use in one's life and identifying the changes you want to make.

— Andy Sussman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

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

— Stefanie Tweedly, Clinical Psychologist in Newport Beach, CA

You're maintaining a clean and sober lifestyle: Now what? You've been through a major change in your recovery, and you're still not happy. I'm here as your guide to deepen the recovery you've worked so hard to achieve!

— Lisa SLOAN STROM, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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

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

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

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

I have seven years of experience working with those struggling with both substance abuse and behavioral addictions. I currently hold my CADC (Certification in Drug and Alcohol Counsling).

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

I have worked almost exclusively with clients struggling with addiction for the past 3 years.

— Liberty McClead, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sharpsburg, GA

Substances can be used as a coping mechanism, but it isn't always healthy. I use a harm-reduction approach to help you reach your goals whether they are to get control of your use or complete sobriety.

— Stephanie Taylor, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Killeen, TX

-Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling (2008) and extensive continuing education in the addiction field. Completed my internship at Hazelden Center City campus. - Worked as an Addiction Counselor in Extended Care, Inpatient, Outpatient, and Aftercare services for 10 years before opening my private practice.

— Julia Murtha, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

Certified Addiction Professional since 1980's Master Addiction Counselor 1996. Instructor for adults seeking Certification as Addiction Counselors in 12 states. Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, along with Emotionally Focused Therapy, CBT & informed DBT may be used depending on client's needs and openness. I work with persons who have Substance Use Disorder diagnosis, as well as, those who may be misusing substances to cope with stress, or gotten into bad habits. Addictive behaviors are not limited to substances, but also include gambling and gaming. As a national clinical outreach professional for many years I am familiar with many different treatment centers around the US and can help with placement recommendations. Family members often need support and a place to sort out their struggles when a loved one is on a dangerous path to addiction. I know what happens on the treatment side, good & bad, and can help guide family and partners through the process.

— Lena Sheffield, Licensed Professional Counselor in Miami, FL

Currently I am the Clinical Director at an addiction facility here in Wichita (which leaves me able to see clients in the evenings and on the weekends). I have a wide area of expertise in the field of addiction and have seen great results with my clients using EMDR geared toward the disease of addiction.

— Valerie Kreger, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wichita, KS

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

At some point in our lives, we will be touched by someone we know or a loved one with a substance addiction or behavioral addiction. Addiction to alcohol or prescription medications is just the tip of the iceberg for the many addictive behaviors that we face today. Behavioral addictions such as work, gambling, exercise; emotional eating, Internet pornography, sex, shopping and video games are all very serious and can impact daily functioning and quality of life for the addict and the family system. Many times addictions are rooted in dealing with emotional issues through unhealthy behaviors. We can help you identify and take responsibility for your behavior to regain control of your life. Stress and anxiety from work spill over into a need to “let off some steam,” while stress and anxiety from substance abuse or addictive behaviors cycle around and impact one’s work life.

— Peter Rivkees, Counselor in Clermont, FL

I am a Chemical Dependency Counselor and work with adults wanting to address drug use and addiction. I respect and admire each and every person's differences and understand that there is not one single path to recovery. I look forward to meeting you where you are and helping you navigate towards a more peaceful and fulfilling lifestyle. I work from a harm reduction model, meaning I will see clients who are using and those in recovery. I will work with the goals you have for yourself and focus on safety and sustainability.

— Frances Shelby, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Austin, TX

I have worked in addiction for over a decade in many capacities, and love helping people achieve freedom from the substances or behaviors that can take over thier lives. I also work with family members and loved ones of addicts, helping them to make positive changes to better support the addict and help themselves.

— Zoe Raine-Mustain, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA

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, Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

I have a specialty in addiction treatment. I can help you free yourself of addictive and compulsive habits of behavior. I work on building a life worth living so that turning away from destructive habits becomes a more natural choice. In some cases abstinence is a necessary or desired outcome, in others we may work on a Harm Reduction model. I often recommend the Sinclair Method to engage clients with alcohol abuse issues who do not want to use a 12-step abstinence approach. I am here to serve your best Self.

— Melissa Owens, Counselor in Portland, OR