Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence

The term alcohol abuse can be applied to any dangerous or harmful use of alcohol.  Alcohol abusers drink despite the frequent financial, legal, social or relationship problems their drinking causes. Continued abuse of alcohol can sometimes lead to dependence.  People who are alcohol dependent also use alcohol in a risky way and exhibit additional symptoms such as a high tolerance for alcohol, a compulsion to drink, the inability to follow through on plans to quit or cut back on drinking, withdrawal symptoms and drinking to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. People who are alcohol dependent are also referred to as alcoholics. Alcoholism is a chronic disease and often requires medical treatment. However, both drinkers who are alcohol abusers and those who are alcohol dependent can benefit from treatment by a qualified mental health professional.

Local Experts in Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence

I have devoted the last 24 years of my professional life to counseling people with substance abuse and “co-occurring” mental health disorders. I am enriched and inspired by this work. Since 2001, I've been a Certified- Clinical Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Social Worker. I use Motivational Interviewing, 12 Step Recovery, Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention, Recovery Management, and more.

I am an expert in alcohol abuse and dependence because I have had extensive education in this area and experience working with clients who struggle with problems of alcohol use.

Over 25 years experience that includes work with adolescents, families and couples impacted by someone's misuse, awareness of the dynamics involved in self-care and moving forward, and a clear sense of boundaries.

My training was in both alcohol and drug addiction. I\'ve provided addictions counseling individually and in group settings in outpatient and inpatient facilities. I believe a dual-diagnosis approach is the most effective, because I recognize that most addicted people also have mental health challenges, and many many people with mental health challenges also use some chemical or behavior to cope.

I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has been working in substance abuse treatment settings for over a decade. I utilize a non-judgmental approach that supports individuals to change their relationship with alcohol, and live a life in accordance with their values. Struggling with alcohol use is not a weakness, seeking support can be a step towards self empowerment.

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Five years experience supporting clients with exploring and discovering a meaningful life in recovery.

Internship in individual and group counseling of clients in chemical dependency treatment. Chemical dependency professional trainee (CDPT) in Washington State.

I’m a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and enjoy working with those struggling with patterns of substance use. Whether you suspect your teen is drinking too much, you’re a successful professional concerned about your own use alcohol, or you’re worried about your partner\'s drinking, I’m here to help. I have no interest in stereotypes or labels and am here to provide the support you need.

Using substances (alcohol or drugs) or behaviors (gambling, sex, shopping, eating) to alter mood or numb feelings over time trains our brains and eventually leads to them being hijacked. I have a CADC and am experienced in walking with clients as they navigate through the stages of change reclaiming their honesty and putting into play new ways of coping, feeling, relating, living.

Alcohol and substance abuse/dependence/use issues usually stem from insufficient coping mechanisms and can be addressed in a variety of ways. My goal is to help you determine how substances are impacting your life and what about your life is calling upon their use/dependence/abuse. Can changing your relationship with substances change your life or vice versa?

I am a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and have worked with individuals with Alcohol Abuse and Dependence in an inpatient hospital detox setting as well as in an outpatient setting and in private practice.

I hold a certification in alcohol and drug counseling from the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon.

Weekly therapy can be a great addition to personal recovery work. I have great respect for and advocate for 12-Step programs. Outside of community support, individual therapy is a boon to working through the inevitable mental health issues that helped cause and were created by addictive behaviors.

We are a drinking culture and alcohol is everywhere. What may have once been a fun, effective solution to boredom, depression and anxiety often becomes an unmanageable and destructive force in our lives. Alcohol abuse and dependence is what occurs when the solution becomes the problem. It is very difficult if not impossible to solve alone.

Humans have evolved to avoid pain, approach reward and remember how to do so implicitly and below the level of consciousness. I have several years of experience in treating individuals and families afflicted with addiction and helping them understand this complicated arena, reduce shame and stigma and regain access to empowered choice. Recovery is possible and it requires connection.

I started early in my career working with addictions using the Johnson Family Institute training. I am qualified to explore diverse addiction issues- and help clients make decisions about further addictions treatment they may need to pursue or I can continue with them on an outpatient basis when weekly therapy is appropriate. I support 12 step programs, but other approaches may fit.

As an experienced Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor III, I can work in a number of ways with you if you are beginning to become concerned about your drinking/drug use (or a family member's). I also work with those who have been through treatment and are facing issues with relapse. I do complete assessments and help refer you to an appropriate kind of treatment approach.

I have over thirty hours of specific training in Alcohol abuse and dependency issues from Portland State Universities Graduate School of Counseling. I work with individual adults recovering from alcohol related issues on a daily basis.

I use the most recently developed mindfulness-based techniques to help clients learn to surf cravings and urges rather than give in to unwanted or habitual behaviors that might be negatively impacting their lives.

I trained on an addiction's unit at the Veteran's Hospital and worked for over six years on a detoxification and stabilization unit. While doing my training, I also specialized in sexual addiction.

Addiction is a disease, the only disease that continues to convince the suffering that they deserve to suffer. As clinician who specializes in addiction, I help my clients begin to move out of the continuous cycle of pain, regret and hardship.

I work part time in the Washington County Corrections Center, specifically within their alcohol and drug women\'s and men\'s treatment programs. I have extensive experience working with alcohol abuse/dependence and drug addiction. If you are struggling with either of these issues, I can help you recognize triggers, deal with relapse, and provide support for your recovery.

My time working in on of the world\'s leading Substance Use treatment facilities provided me with years of invaluable experience in the addiction field.

I have worked with women and men in their process of growth and recovery since 1985. My approach includes attention to the developmental, biological, social and emotional elements of alcohol and drug abuse and dependence to the many changes necessary to grow away from self-harming behaviors.

I have led addictions/dual diagnosis groups. I focus on individual\'s strengths to create change.

I have a CADC-I, have worked in outpatient addiction treatment, and am a SMART facilitator for both regular and Family and Friends meetings.

As a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC I), I have training and experience working with addiction/recovery from a holistic, relational perspective. Addiction is often a problem of connection, so I support people struggling with addiction/recovery by taking into account the history and relationships that impact choices, and by working to uncover the shame that often maintains the cycle.

I have been in the field of recovery from addiction for 18 years. I am passionate about helping people live a healthy, successful, and meaningful life free from the bondage of alcoholism.

I am certified drug and alcohol counselor (CADCI) in the state of Oregon and have been working with individuals with dual diagnosis issues throughout my career.

Joan Ayala is a CADC III and a Masters Level Addicti9n Counselor

Currently I hold a CADC III license which is equivalent to a Master\'s Degree in addictions. My experience, education and knowledge has afforded me the opportunity to work in may arenas, hospitals, residential, outpatient, intensive outpatient. I am constantly learning information on drugs and alcohol to stay on top of these particular issues. I believe that in the Disease Model.

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