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

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

— Wendy Howell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ

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

Addiction or addictive behavior is a frightening and distressful problem for the client and their families. I believe that addictive behavior is a SYMPTOM of some other underlying issue. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger with addictions. I will guide you to understand what it is in your life that is preventing you from not using.

— Ralph Porter, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boerne, TX

Screening, assessment, treatment, groups are all included in this service. I utilize the Harm Reduction approach in general to treating alcohol and drug addiction. I offer individual and group counseling. I also treat co-occurring (mental health and drug addiction) together.

— Kwabena Siaka, Psychotherapist in PORTLAND, OR

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

Addiction is a democratic disease and does not discriminate who it impacts. Addiction is traumatic and complicated both for the person using and for family members and loved ones. As a therapist I view addiction as being symptomatic of other issues impacting a client’s life. Addiction and recovery is often a nonlinear path and looks different for each person. As a therapist I do not see one “right way” to move to recovery but rather help clients find the path that fits them.

— Dan Schmitt, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Eugene, 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

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, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Denver, CO

I am very familiar with 12 step as well as other modalities for treating addiction. I also have worked in treatment previously and have helped various individuals achieve sobriety

— Eric Katende, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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 specialize in addictions through my master's program at Lewis & Clark. We’ll look at what your goals are concerning substances or behaviors and help you understand the barriers in achieving them.

— Jules Allison, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

Julie is a certified International Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She understands that addiction is a disease and is passionate about educating clients and their families on the disease concept of addiction. Julie strives to help her clients see themselves separate from their disease. She understands and educates about triggers, relapse prevention, and the struggles of abuse, addiction, and recovery.

— Julie Dunn, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Naperville, IL

I am a Texas Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor who has worked extensively with adolescents and adults seeking and in recovery from addictive behaviors. I use existential narrative therapy to help people to tell, retell, and reframe their stories to empower them in grappling with the lifelong existential questions of (1) Who am I? (2) Where do I belong in the world? and (3) What are my meaning and purpose? These questions are umbrellas under which many of our human struggles are nestled.

— Dr. E. Rose Sierra, Psychotherapist in Wichita Falls, TX

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

I have worked in substance use treatment for a number of years. Services were provided in residential treatment, outpatient services and in opioid medication assisted treatment. My caseload has included adolescents, adults, court-ordered individuals, as well as conducting groups.

— Love Singleton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Alliance, OH