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

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 Intern in Portland, OR

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 been working with people with varying levels of substance abuse since beginning my career as a social worker. I take a non-judgemental and open stance towards substance use, and use methods of harm reduction if a person wants to explore reducing but not abstaining from use or quitting one but not all substances. I am familiar and supportive of 12-step methods, SMART recovery, and many other treatment modalities and believe in helping patients find the best methods for them.

— Lisa Kays, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in WASHINGTON, DC

I treat addiction as a genuine but misguided attempt to manage the pain and chaos of one's internal world. I help my clients locate and heal the emotional pain which fuels any addiction.

— Adam Richardson, Counselor in Boulder, CO

Are you struggling with substance abuse (Alcohol, Opiates, Cocaine, or Prescription Drugs)? We want you to know that you are not alone. Cincinnati Renewed Wellness views Addiction as a symptom to an underlying issue (Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Chronic illness, injury, etc). We explore both the physical and psychological impact to assist with creating an individualized treatment plan to achieve sustainable recovery and restore wellness.

— Allie McLaughlin, Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

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, Mental Health Counselor in Belton, TX

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, Counselor in Richmond, TX

I believe that trauma is the gateway drug. We're all coping as best we can and sometimes that leads us to using. Through compassion & understanding we can get to a place of gratitude for our addiction AND moving on to healthier ways of coping.

— Lindsey Arrasmith, Therapist in Bellevue, WA

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

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

Since 2012, I have worked within the field of addictions recovery. It’s my experience that those struggling with addiction - whether it’s to food, sex, alcohol, drugs or even work - all seek to escape, in one form or another, from pain, as addiction often correlates with trauma. It’s my goal to support those battling addictive behaviors to develop healthy coping mechanisms for difficult emotions, process underlying trauma, and reclaim joy.

— Monroe Spivey, Therapist in Asheville, NC

You may be ready, skeptical, or unsure about psychotherapy being something that can help with addictions, either way is okay. Maybe you want to build a healthier relationship with these behaviors, or maybe you want to completely stop. You may believe that psychological factors contribute or exacerbate the desire to engage in these behaviors. I am experienced in dual-diagnosis, co-dependency, group and individual therapy, and several models of rehabilitation.

— Jason C. Zeltser, Psychologist in Berkeley, CA