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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I have many year of experience working with alcohol use, abuse and dependence as well as other drugs. I am happy to work with both 12-Step and Non 12-step approaches to recovery as well as harm reduction and moderation.

— Kimberly Goodrich, Clinical Social Worker in Clinton, NJ

I have worked in the field of addiction for almost 10 years. I have experience with every level of care from hospitalization to outpatient therapy. This population unfortunately is so marginalized and stigmatized and there is a tremendous need for allies. Though I myself have not experienced addiction, I have an overwhelming amount of empathy and compassion for individuals who do.

— Sam Weiss, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Not everyone is open to full abstinence and the 12-Step modality; which is why I work from both a total abstinence modality and harm-reduction. Over the years, I realized that when treating addiction, it is important to consider the client’s prospective on how to approach their addiction, and to allow the client to decide what is the best course of treatment for them. This will assist the client to feel empowered and have a choice, and options, in their recovery.

— Filippo M. Forni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have been working in substance use/addiction since 2014. I continue to expand my knowledge and obtain as much information as I possibly can to make sure I can best serve anyone who is struggling with this issue. I have seen addiction issues in almost every aspect of my life and have a very strong passion for being the person who supports anyone who is struggling with addiction. I help clients learn and understand their triggers and ways they can cope with them to help overcome their addiction.

— Simi Bhaurla, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Los Gatos, CA

I develop a collaborative partnership by respectfully evoking your own motivation and wisdom, knowing change happens on your timeline. I have found that often there is a long history of trauma, understanding trauma theory and how your brain is affected by patterns of chronic stress is key. Other treatments used are Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) which helps to target negative thought processes, racing thoughts, cravings, and physiological experiences.

— Marissa Harris, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

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

— Wendy Howell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ

Using CBT and talk therapy

— Donn Yeager, Mental Health Counselor

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

Addiction is my primary specialization. I approach treatment from a biopsychosocial model - that there are likely biological factors (like physical dependence), psychological factors (like poor coping habits and other mental health concerns), and social factors (either isolation or being surrounded by others who are also using substances) that hold the addictive behavior in place. We'll work together to unravel all these factors and help move you forward.

— Dr. Aaron Weiner, Clinical Psychologist in Lake Forest, IL

Jacqueline "Jaci" Hynes is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the state of Texas. Jaci has experience working in an outpatient setting providing care for individuals on probation, parole, and with parents with CPS cases. Jaci firmly believes in the power of self-compassion, hope, and kindness to self. Jaci sees addiction from a harm-reduction lens and believes in develop an alliance with her clients in their goals related substance use, dependence, and addiction.

— Jacqueline Hynes, Counselor in Frisco, TX

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 have worked in residential drug & alcohol treatment and outpatient programs for over two years, providing individual and group therapy for clients struggling with drug & alcohol abuse. In residential treatment I have led different facets of group therapy, including health & wellness, creative arts, and anger management.

— Julia Farney, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

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 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

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

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 am a certified drug and alcohol counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. I have helped adults deal with addiction, co-dependency, and co-occurring mental health disorders for over a decade. My belief is that addiction is a diseases and recovery looks different for each individual. Abstinence is a desire long-term goal for treatment as harm-reduction (the practice of reducing the risks involved with substance use) is often the first step.

— Scott Bragg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Paoli, PA