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

Dr. Chandra Mundon (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Psy.D.

As an addiction specialist, I provide assessment and treatment for those struggling with substances and/or process addictions (eg: internet, video games, gambling.)

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Chris Lehman

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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.

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Mark Pechovnik

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Benita Munson

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CRC, CADC I

I have extensive experience working with alcohol abuse/dependence and drug addiction after working in an inpatient program for years. If you are struggling with either of these issues, I can help you recognize triggers, deal with relapse, and provide support for your recovery.

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Lawrence VENASKA

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I worked in an agency for ten years treating problem gamblers & loved ones of problem gamblers. We did holistic treatment on all areas clients struggled in including most addictions and mental health issues. I have extensive training and experience in providing customized treatment around addictions & mental health and enjoy helping people recover and create meaningful and satisfying lives.

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Kelly Arthur, LPC, CADC I

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Michaele Dunlap PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

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.

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Melissa Owens LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have extensive training in the treatment of substance abuse as well as addictive and compulsive behaviors (shopping, sexual addiction and porn use). I use a harm-reduction approach including the Sinclair Method for alcohol abuse.

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Patrick Harvey

Licensed Professional Counselor

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?

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Jennifer Stratton

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Gina Polimeni

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

When I started going back to school my focus was on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency. I am a Ceritified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I believe in dual diagnosis and that both need to be addressed to gain recovery. I have been working in the Addictions field for over 5 years and I have a solid understanding in how addiction needs to be treated.

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Kate Robinson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC1

I am a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked with individuals with Alcohol Abuse and Dependence and opioid dependence in an inpatient hospital detox setting as well as in an outpatient settings. In the early stages of recovery, it is important for the person to work with a team of professionals that includes a doctor and I will be part of that team. I help people who are considering decreasing their drug use or who want to learn skills and techniues to maintain their sobriety.

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Beverley Duke-Young (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

B.S, M.S.

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). 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.

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Amanda Holden, LPC, CADC-I

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Richard Marshall

Marriage and Family Therapist

I have specialized Masters-level training in treating addictions which I have continually utilized in my practice. This training incorporates family systems theory, which examines and aims to restructure ways in which the entire family can organize its behavior around those family members suffering from addiction.

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Kimberly Crow (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC-III

Drinking often begins as a coping strategy, yet it can derail use of all other ways of managing life stress, mental health issues or low self-worth. Therapy can create space to explore the role alcohol has taken in your life, and help you decide what you want to do about it.

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Heather Nordeen

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Lena-Liis Kiesel (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC, CADCI

I am a certified CADCI

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Chris Scheiff (he/him/his)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC Intern, NCC, CRC

Substance use disorders are often difficult to treat due to their complex and recurring nature, commonly held misperceptions, and evolving data. My approach works on addressing the unmet need driving one’s behavior through reality testing, existential exploration, and self-compassion. It aims to destigmatize these conditions and impart practical tools that foster personal growth.

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Destry Stoner LPC, CADCIII

Licensed Professional Counselor

I believe that people start using substances for many reasons. Unfortunately substance use causes unintended problems over time. I believe that not one type of recovery path fits all so I taylor my approach to what is meaningful and important to you.

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Lisa Knudsen LPC CADCII

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Christine Artmann

Licensed Professional Counselor

Addiction is one of my main specialties. I use my years of professional and personal experience to guide our work together. We will talk about your needs and wants, and we will find a way out for you. Recovery can be tailored to each person's needs/life. I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) III; Certification #13-03-02

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Rhys Pasimio

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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