Drug Dependence / Abuse / Addiction

Some people are able to use drugs (both recreational or prescription) without any of the negative consequences of abuse or addiction. However, for many others, using drugs leads to a variety of problems. Drug abuse is the use of illegal drugs, or the abuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs (using the drugs in ways other than directed). Drug addiction is a chronic disease that causes compulsive drug abuse, despite the harmful effects. Drug addicts are not able to control their consumption of drugs and may go to great lengths to obtain drugs. If your drug use is impacting your life, work, health or relationships you might have a drug addiction or abuse problem, regardless of how little or how infrequently you use drugs. Both drug abusers and drug addicts can get help from a qualified mental health professional. Family members of drug addicts can also benefit from therapy, which can help them develop healthy and supportive ways of coping.

Local Experts in Drug Dependence / Abuse / Addiction

A significant area of my work includes the many years of working in the field of substance abuse and the therapeutic services needed to support alcohol and substance abusers. I am drawn to work with those who are confused or suffering with substance abuse/addiction and the affect it has on the relationships around them.

I am dual-credentialed as an LMHC and CDP and have work clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use concerns.

My primary specialty over the past 20 years has been working with people who are in the grips of alcohol and/or drug addiction or struggling with substance abuse that is beginning to cause problems in their lives. As a recovering addict myself, I have a great affinity toward helping others with these kinds of problems.

Significant experience working with people of all ages who are experience ongoing addiction related dependence.

Substance use (alcohol/drugs/behavioral addictions) pose a challenge to so many people. They serve us in some way, and then don\'t serve us in other ways. If they didn\'t do anything for us, we wouldn\'t struggle to make changes with them. Determining how you can and want to change your relationship with substances is a passion of mine and I\'ve seen many people succeed in our work together.

I bring a holistic view to addiction recovery, helping others to bring attention to development of the whole person. You can think of this as different levels; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, or as accessing inner and outer resources. I have 8 years counseling experience working with individuals in various stages of their journey in recovery in a variety of settings.

I have worked at a drug and alcohol recovery center since 2016. I provide support for those dealing with addiction in the areas of sexual health, true consent, setting and maintaining boundaries, addressing past trauma, harm reduction, and reclaiming healthy sexual pleasure.

I am a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and I was a Family Therapist at 2 treatment facilities in the Portland area for 3 years. Currently I am an Addictions Specialist at a Mental Health Agency downtown and I also practice the CRAFT Model (Community Reinforcement & Family Training), working with families who have a loved one using substances.

I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor I, and my degree concentration was in addictions. I find that a majority of the clients that I see with substance abuse issues also have experienced trauma. It is critical to balance the treatment of each. I find my training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and mindfulness has proved extremely effective with these issues.

I started my career working with addictions and codependency 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.

Especially if there\'s history of alcohol/drug abuse in the family, I work with kids\' awareness : social pressure, coping skills, education, and safety.

Lifeworks NW outpatient co-occurring disorders, work at Sierra Tucson, Onsite Workshops

Author Deepak Chopra says drug addiction is a \'misguided spiritual quest\' and this makes a lot of sense to me. Break the habitual pattern of drug use and we break lots of old destructive patterns in our lives that have unconsciously been using or even draining our energy. When we free ourselves from these we find a sense of liberation, meaning, and direction along our path.

I am a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I work primarily with alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco concerns.

I strongly believe that addiction is self medication for coping up with difficult issues that people struggle with, such as finding meaning of life, sustainability, chronic pain, relationships issues, failures, life roles etc. My work with people dealing with addiction includes having compassionate understanding, focusing on DBT skills, having a sound relapse prevention plan and mindfulness.

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 a certified Alcohol and Drug counselor in the state of Oregon and Washington and find this is an issue that affects many. Those using as well as those who love them. I have come to believe that addiction is no more than in imbalance in one's life where what used to help them cope in life has not changed to more of a negative than positive experience. Compassion is key in this process.

Most people don't start out by saying, 'I want to become a drug addict.', and yet it is place where many find themselves lost, hopeless and unable to escape. Whether drug use started recreationally, socially, intentionally or for chronic physical and emotional pain, there is a way out.

I believe that recovery is a process and a lifestyle. In my work with people recovering from opiate and other substance addiction, I build a relationship based on trust, skills, and nonjudgmental awareness. Using motivational interviewing and dialectical behavior therapy, I help people learn to make the choices they're ready for with skills to make them stick.

In a society where pain/discomfort is sought to be vanquished immediately, it is no surprise substances runs rampant. Changing one\'s relationship to substances of abuse requires recognizing the pain source(s) and remedying it. Boredom, trauma, parental history of use, social basis/peer influence, lack of coping skills, etc... can all bring on unhealthy use of substances.

I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor who takes a nonjudgmental approach to people's substance use. I strive to work collaboratively with people to better understand their relationship with substances and find ways to change that relationship. I have over a decade of experience working with people struggling with substances. There is nothing wrong with you and things can be different.

Addiction is a survival skill. Alcohol and drugs help to keep the feelings, trauma, worry, and stress tolerable for us. Until we cross an imaginary line where the consequences of our addiction take a toll on our lives and the lives of the people we love. By reducing our shame, regulating our emotions, and reacting less to life's problems we can walk through life, free from addiction.

Dealing with an addiction can feel overwhelming. Many people need help to stop using substances. I am available for both short term consultation and referral (e.g., to determine if an addiction exists, and if so, the appropriate level of care) and for in-depth psychotherapy once someone has committed to sobriety.

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 addiction/substance abuse.

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

Drug and alcohol addiction is seen by many as a moral failure. I believe that addiction is more often the symptom of a life without the coping skills necessary to address challenges and trauma. Together I work with clients to create a better understanding of themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.

Addiction comes in many forms. Whether you are dealing with alcohol, drugs, shopping, food or sex addiction, get help, you don't have to do it alone. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), NA, SCA, Harm Reduction, CBT Mindfulness techniques are all some of the methods that I use in working with the addictive process. Together we can help you regain balance in your life.

I bring a holistic, harm reduction perspective to drug and alcohol counseling. My goal is to help you to create healthy relationships with the substances, behaviors, and people you engage with in your life. I will help you to address underlying issues and develop self-compassion as you make incremental changes that support your life goals.

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 extensive training in treatment of substance abuse as well as addictive and compulsive behaviors (shopping, gambling, compulsive sexuality). I treat compulsive behaviors and addictions from the perspective of learning how to live, and I use a harm-reduction approach.

I understand the nuances of addiction and recovery - looking at the root cause of drug use and working from there on up helps my clients reduce feelings of shame and guilt. Helping them to make sense of 'why am I this way''?

Many individuals struggle with substance use, or are in a relationship of some form with someone struggling with substance use. Substance use can be a way of coping with life circumstances and it takes a lot of courage to learn new ways of coping. I have a background working with people in early recovery from substance use, and I look forward to helping you learn new coping skills.

I believe that use of drugs/alcohol often starts out as a way to cope with stress, anxiety, or pain. While initially effective, this way of coping can lead to greater problems and become unmanageable. I can work with you to identify what purposes your use has served, and create a plan to reduce or stop your use while introducing skills and strategies to get your needs met in more effective ways.

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

I did relational therapy in a drug and alcohol treatment center prior to entering private practice, so I have experience working with addiction and the ways it affects individuals and family systems.

I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC 3 ). I have almost 230 30 years experience in treating addictions and combinations of mental illness and addictions.

I have over 20 years of experience working with women, men, teens who have drug dependence/abuse/addiction issues. My knowledge has afforded me the opportunity to know how different drugs affect the brain and body. We will explore the beginnings and work on the cycle of ending. It all depends on you.

Humans do not want to feel pain & love to repeat things that feel good. Every person I know who misuses substances/gaming/sex/gambling has been to avoiding bad feelings generally related to their past. Add the chemical component in our bodies & you get people who keep doing what they should not do despite how much loved ones beg for it to stop. It is time for you to start feeling & living better.

Certified Addictions Counselor. It's mostly not trying harder, it's trying different.

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.

Despite our society still stigmatizing this challenge, it affects us all either within ourselves, our families, our workplaces...everywhere. The human brain is vulnerable to chemicals and habits. I have many years of experience working in addiction and dual diagnosis treatment and I have a passion for working with individuals and families impacted by this common struggle. I believe in recovery.

People need to feel safe and connected and will do what it takes to get that feeling. Addictive behaviors serve a need that is not getting met in life. Addictive and co-dependent behaviors are also passed down through family systems. I help motivate people to identify what their habits are doing for them so they can decide if they want to cut back or quit a behavior that has outlived its use.

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

If you are having difficulty with addiction, I have helped many clients to work on having and maintaining sobriety. I can help you to address underlying issues that may be causing relapse and abuse. If you are willing to take a look at harm reduction and eventually sobriety, then I can help you with your process.

← Back to Terms List