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

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 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

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

— Crystal Nesfield, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
 

I have worked in substance use treatment for four years and very much enjoy helping clients cut down their drug and alcohol use. I take a harm-reduction approach to substance use treatment and support efforts in moderation or complete elimination of substances from your life

— Brooke Houser, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ypsilanti, MI

Many years of experience in the substance abuse treatment field have provided me with a good understanding of addiction and recovery. I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are exploring their relationship to substance use, or who are in early recovery. I can also be helpful to those navigating relationships with others who have substance abuse issues.

— Jill Christenson, Counselor
 

I have worked with many people who suffer from making good choices and have made my passion of helping others my profession as an addictions therapist.

— Jesse James, Addictions Counselor in Vancouver, WA

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
 

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, Licensed Professional Counselor in Richmond, TX

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 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

Addiction is a disease that takes hard work and dedication to overcome. It is also the most rewarding as well. I am skilled in helping to aid in your recovery and give you the necessary tools to help you in your journey.

— Cathie Bear, Addictions Counselor in Manhattan, KS
 

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

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
 

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 Houston, TX

For almost two years, I have worked in a treatment center with clients from the street or that were incarcerated.

— Angeline Baucom, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Carlsbad, CA
 

When dealing with addiction, there is no instant solution or magic pill that will make the problem disappear. Working to resolve struggles in a private setting, where what you share is confidential. We will work together to take back your life, set health boundaries and learn coping skills to sustain lasting change.

— Iris Haugen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Salem, OR

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 worked with many people who suffer from making good choices and have made my passion of helping others my profession as an addictions therapist.

— Jesse James, Addictions Counselor in Vancouver, WA

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