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

Steve Harper (He)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC-I, MCOUN, MED

A deeper connection to ourselves can reduce our need for immediate gratification. Dialectical Therapy compares the margins in between our thoughts and feelings. Gaining new awareness helps us work through challenges by allowing us to consider our experiences more accurately. Increasing awareness to our own experience has everything to do with how we relate to ourselves and others.

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Paula Emerick (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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.

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Simone Gotter-Nagle (she/her)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW CSWA

I began my career working with adults dealing with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues and this experience showed me that our emotional health and well-being are complexly linked with abuse or dependence on alcohol, drugs, or behavioral compulsions like internet use, gambling, gaming, or sex. In overcoming addition, we work to understand where it came from and where you go next.

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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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Matt Newey

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

Supervisor/Provider for Substance Use Treatment programs for 6 years including residential, outpatient and drug court.

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Laura Wozniak (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW BCD

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.

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Kelly Rees (she/her)

Clinical Sexologist

Certified, ACS, QMHA

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.

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Alana Duschane

Clinical Psychologist

My doctoral dissertation was part of a larger study with UCLA examining a medication-assisted treatment for alcohol dependence. I have had years of education and years with working with addiction treatment and I also received my certification as an addictions treatment counselor (CATC-V).

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Varsha Ruparel MS,CMHC,NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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.

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Liisa Heard, BS, MSW, LCSW (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

BS, MSW, LCSW

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''?

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Annalisa Shallahamer

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have worked with men and women who have struggles with addiction. Some of that time was spent at the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center here in Portland. Through the usage of DBT and CBT techniques, many of the individuals I worked with were able to find peace and gain the skills necessary to remain sober and have a life with purpose and meaning.

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Patrick Harvey

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Randy Zasloff, LPC, CADCI (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADCI, NCC

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.

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Jeremy Jones (They/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC-II, BC-TMH

Mental health and addiction due to typically occur as distinct issues, and my practice works to ensure that we are examining and incorporating the relationship between mental health and substance use is it relates to the presenting issue.

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Julio Iñiguez (he/him)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT, CGACII, CADCI

I am familiar with 12-step, recovery dharma, refuge recovery, wellbriety, recovery 2.0, and SMART recovery models and practices. I use therapeutic supports in tandem with community supports to develop an individually tailored recovery plan that can create a strong foundation toward a sustainable recovery. We will also explore potential process addictions (addiction is sneaky) and address trauma. We go at your pace and take the steps you are ready to take toward the goals that matter to you.

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Allison Amo MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

If you are struggling with addiction, whether it be alcohol, prescription medication, sex, food, gambling, street drugs, or any other mood-altering experience, recovery is possible. Through therapy, I will support you in gaining insight into the function the addiction has served in your life, learn effective coping skills, and develop an increased sense of options and potential.

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Kimberly Crow (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC-III

Drug use 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 drugs have taken in your life, and help you decide what you want to do about it.

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Marie Miller

Licensed Professional Counselor

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

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Pauline Picco

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Nicole Craig (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, CADCI

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.

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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 addiction/substance abuse.

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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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Celine Redfield

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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.

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Paige Matthews

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I work with folks in all phases of drug and alcohol addiction and recovery.

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Christopher Marquardt (he/his/they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

Many of my clients come seeking counsel, advice or assistance in managing drugs or alcohol. I work with this delicately, as this particular issue is tough to treat. My hope is that we determine some shared goals and start monitoring and working toward meeting them.

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Amanda Holden, LPC, CADC-I (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I’m a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and enjoy working with those struggling with patterns of substance use. Whether your teen is using meth, you’re a successful professional concerned about your use of opiates, or you’re worried about your partner, I’m here to help. I have no interest in stereotypes or labels and am here to provide the support you need to reach your goals.

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Jacob Curtis (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA CADCI NCC LPC

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

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Andrew Elmore, MSW,CSWA

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.

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Jules Allison

Part of my formal education in my graduate program at Lewis & Clark includes an additional specialization in addictions. Upon graduation I will have earned certification as an alcohol and drug counselor. I’ve also assisted in treating dual diagnosis individuals through my time working in community mental health.

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Kathleen Thompson LPC, CRC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Ronald L Johnson

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Nathan Hayward

Licensed Professional Counselor

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

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