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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As a person in recovery Alan has the empathy, experience, and knowledge to help you with your substance use disorder.

— Alan Brailsfod de Lopez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wilmington, NC

My clinical work has involved treating substance abuse populations, utilizing both medication-assisted treatment (MAT) as well as more traditional cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and psychodynamic therapeutic modalities.

— Amy Dombrowski, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

My approach to addiction treatment is based on a deep understanding of the complex interplay between biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to addictive behaviors. I use a personalized treatment approach that takes into account each client's unique needs, preferences, and circumstances. This approach includes evidence-based therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), as well as holistic approaches

— Alina Halonen, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Beverly Hills, CA

I use Brainspotting with The Crocodile Set-Up for Addiction Relapse Cessation, developed by Dr. Roby Ables to treat behaviors clients previously felt they had little to no control over, including addictions, leaving toxic relationships, self-harm, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Tourette's symptoms, as well as food compulsions, eating disorders, and other behaviors which happen in a dissociative state. Often these patterns occurs in combination with each other treated together.

— Rebecca Spear, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA

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

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

I have been in continuous recovery from drug and alcohol dependency since 2006 and have been helping others with addiction issues in professional and para-professional roles since 2011. I don't think it's my job to judge you or tell you what to do, but to help you increase your self-awareness so that you can make decisions that get you the life you really want.

— Jesse Cardin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Antonio, TX

My clinical work has involved treating substance abuse populations, and in doing so, I utilized both medication-assisted treatment (MAT) as well as more traditional cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and psychodynamic therapeutic modalities. I would frequently treat patients with histories of trauma, abuse, and neglect, and have extensive knowledge related to the manifestation of PTSD, especially as related to addictive behaviors.

— Amy Dombrowski, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

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

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 Beverly Hills, CA

I work from a harm reduction approach. I am here to listen to your experiences with drugs and addiction, not to judge or encourage you to stop before you are ready. We can discuss ways to stay healthy while using drugs, reduce your use, or maintain other areas of your life while using. When appropriate, we can explore ways to stop using drugs, including the options of detox or rehab. If you are currently in recovery we can discuss the challenges and benefits of maintaining sobriety.

— Liz Silverman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

With all of life’s stressors, it is no surprise that we often look externally to deal with uncomfortable emotions. Exploring how substance use or abuse plays a role in your life can be challenging but also rewarding. In therapy, the goal is to empower you to reflect on its impact in your life, to make changes you want and need to, and to live a life more closely aligned with your goals.

— Morghan Weber, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Denver, CO

Addiction in all its forms including substances, technology, gambling, and shopping. My approach to addiction includes using harm reduction strategies and understanding core reasons behind use.

— Katie Hargreaves, Psychotherapist in Durham, NC

I treat all forms of addiction from drug/substance to sex, porn, food or gambling.

— Dr. Thomas O'Malley Psy.D LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

Alcohol and drug use can be difficult to stop on your own. I have years of working with people who want to cut down on or completely quit drinking/using. I provide a safe, non-judgmental environment to help you achieve your goals around alcohol and drug use - whatever your goals might be. I worked at Kaiser Permanente Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services (formerly CDRP) prior to being in private practice.

— Elizabeth Essner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Campbell, CA

I’ve been working in addiction for nearly 13 years. I understand opiate, stimulant, and alcohol addiction well. I also work with loved ones who have lost someone to overdose or addiction.

— Jennifer Moreno, Counselor in Warrenville, IL

Tolerating emotional discomfort; reducing or eliminating reliance on drugs; development of new coping mechanisms for stress and suffering.

— Tracey Cox, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I believe you don’t have an alcohol or drug problem; you have a current solution to your problems. I can help you because I’ve been there. I’m in long-term recovery from addiction, and I know asking for help is one of the strongest things you could ever do. I know what it means to manage the struggles that come with addiction, such as cravings and triggers.

— Adam Krolicki, Psychotherapist in Englewood, CO