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 began my counseling career in community health at a medical, inpatient, crisis, detox facility. While I gained so much experience treating the people with alcohol and drug addictions, I quickly learned all addictions are family diseases, and the entire family must be treated. Using a trauma-focus, I work with all members of families, an success guiding families towards continued healing issues even outside of the addiction - addressing boundaries, family historical traumas and codependency.

— Michelle Holleman, Addictions Counselor in Charlotte, NC

I initially began my Psychology/Mental Health Counseling journey looking through the lens of substance use. I can help you identify the role alcohol and other substances play in your life or in the lives of your significant others. We will actively plan how you can live a full life in midst of substance use. I believe in harm reduction and safe use, if complete abstinence is not safe for you initially. I am also familiar with all 12 step program ideologies.

— Shelby Remillard, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

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 have worked in the field of Addiction for 20+ years. I have been trained in numerous approaches to treat addiction issues including CBT, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, The Matrix Model, and Seeking Safety. I ran daily substance abuse groups and was in a a supervisory role for over 4 years. I hold a Clinical Addictions Counselor license, a gambling counseling certification, and the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) certification.

— Janine Purvis, Counselor in Evansville, IN

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

— Wendy Howell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ

I have a significant amount of training in substance misuse and hold a Colorado license as an Addictions Counselor (LAC). I use different theoretical approaches to guide clients to develop the skills necessary to reduce or stop using substances. There are many reasons why people turn to substances or behaviors to cope and together I work with the client to better understand their behavior patterns and how their experiences and beliefs contribute to the problem. I use a number of therapeutic techniques that have been found to be beneficial for client with substance use disorders. For example, worksheets on connecting thoughts and behavior and considering new ways of thinking and behaving. I also encourage journaling about feelings, thoughts, and experiences and writing about the challenges of life. It is essential for clients to be willing and committed to therapy for change to occur. It is a partnership, I know what works but the client must do what is needed to change.

— Carrie DuPont, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in AURORA, CO

Drug and alcohol abuse is a widespread issue with complicated causes and consequences. No two addictions are exactly alike, and Corner Canyon’s specialists approach treatment plans accordingly. Our inpatient addiction treatment center offers drug and alcohol treatment, as well as therapeutic intervention for any secondary or co-occurring disorders which may be present. Research indicates that concurrent treatment of both improves outcomes.

— Cheryl Kehl, Social Worker in Draper, UT

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 worked for 5yrs in a rehab facility for adolescents struggling with substance abuse and major mental health issues. I also provide consulting to parents and family members of a loved one struggling with substance issues to help process through the difficulty of loving someone that is struggling with substance use.

— Dave Grammer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Beginning in 2008, I worked for many years as an addictions counselor at a residential treatment facility as well as the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Addiction Recovery Services outpatient program. Whether questioning your relationship to substances, seeking to reduce harm, ready for abstinence or looking for post-treatment support, I can help. I work from both harm reduction and abstinence-based models, depending on your needs.

— Thomas Hunt, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in West Hollywood, CA

I have ten years helping men and women struggling with addiction, and 7 years of training in addiction and recovery.

— Jessica West, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Valley Stream, NY

I have worked in the outpatient and inpatient setting for addiction (both alcohol and drugs) for years. I enjoy helping those that are struggling, to find their way towards and through recovery.

— Tiffany Price, Counselor in MIDWEST CITY, OK

I am in the process of obtaining my (CADC) to be a certified alcohol and drug counselor. Coursework and hours of supervision now completed, soon hoping to take the exam.

— Allen Johnson, Counselor in Brandon, MS

I worked as an addictions counselor for both a state-run prison and a court-ordered program for a number of years. While working in the drug court program, I conducted individual's intakes right after their arrest and counseled them until their graduation, which was a process of approx. 3 years.

— Megan Loos, Licensed Professional Counselor in chalmette, LA

I have over 8 years of experience working with individuals struggling with drug dependence, abuse, and addiction. I have found that most of my clients remain sober and have had much success with the techniques and interventions that I have used with them during session.

— Amber Weiss, Counselor in New York, NY

Are people annoyed or angry at your alcohol or drug use? Have you felt guilty because of your use? Have you ever used more of a drug than you wanted? Answering Yes to one of these questions could indicate a drug problem. Motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, and CBT are effective treatments that can help you lead a healthier life.

— Amanda Lorenz, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

Many of my clients experience addiction, either process or substance addiction. We develop these survival traits and behaviors to escape our bodies, feelings & thoughts. Sometimes we are so good at it we aren’t even aware we are doing it. Many healing through addiction have experiences of trauma, emotional neglect or abuse, and other childhood and life circumstances that are difficult to process. Therapy can be a helpful complement and accelerate 12-step and group work for those with addiction.

— Melissa George, Psychotherapist in Fort Collins, CO

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 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 have personal experience with addiction and drug dependence. I have lost friends and family from the disease of addiction and have been working in this field since I was an intern in college. I have family members still struggling with addiction. This is a field I am incredibly passionate about making a difference in.

— Alex Claussen, Counselor in Toledo, OH

I have worked with clients battling addiction since 2015. We discuss goals and relapse prevention strategies for the future. We collaborate on "safe outs" and various triggers and roadblocks that can impede sobriety.

— Ellen Stephenson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Orlando, FL

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

— Crystal Nesfied, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

I hold a Master's Degree in addictions counseling and am licensed by the State of Indiana in addictions counseling (LCACA). My approach to treating substance use disorders is informed by my own journey from addiction to long-term recovery. For most people drugs and alcohol have become methods for coping with other problems like anxiety, depression, grief, abuse, or trauma. I help clients uncover and treat those underlying issues while simultaneously addressing their addiction.

— Jason Lynch, Counselor in Noblesville, IN

Before becoming a therapist I worked as a substance abuse counselor. I have helped many whom have been afflicted by addiction and can work with you on either harm reduction, or abstinence, or work with your medical provider for medication assisted treatment.

— Marco Viteri, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have over 12 years of clinical experience working at all levels of care. I offer a balance of both personal experience and knowledge of the disease of addiction to help any individual struggling with various types of addiction. I am also well equipped to support the family members who are seeking answers to questions they might have on how to best help their loved one with addiction. I work well with those who are serious about their recovery or even ready to be serious and are seeking true he

— Mercedes Cusick, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Woodland Hills, CA

I have training and experience with substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders in correctional settings, from local, state, and federal facilities, as well as outpatient treatment with community based justice-involved populations. Through partnerships with psychiatrists, I can refer for and consult on medication to assist with recovery.

— Peggy Steinbrunner, Psychologist in Everett, PA