Addiction

The term “addiction” can mean many things to different people. Addiction is a complex condition that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite negative consequences. Per the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. Addiction is more commonly understood as a disease where one has an intense focus on using a certain substance(s) to the point that it takes over their life. Increased tolerance, withdrawal, obsession, and risky behavior are just some of the common indicators of a substance use disorder. Effective treatments for addiction are available, and the first step is often recognition of the problem. A healthcare professional can conduct a formal assessment of symptoms to see if a substance use disorder exists. There are many options that have been successful in treating addiction including behavioral counseling, medication, support groups, evaluation of treatment for co-occurring disorders and long-term follow-up to prevent relapse.

Local Experts in Addiction

Getting clean and sober is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It\'s also the best decision I ever made. I can report that it’s possible to be comfortable in your own skin again and move through life without feeling like every day is a fight. I bring my recovery experience along with extensive education about addiction to my coaching practice.

Lindsay Melka

Individual Therapy

I've been working in the field of addiction since 2009 and have seen how this disease affects people from all walks of life. My experience includes working with individuals in jails, homeless shelters, inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, hospitals and private practice. Wherever there is addiction there is recovery. There's hope. I see it everyday!

Shannon Heers

Individual Therapy

I have my CACIII license and many years' experience working with alcohol and drug addiction and co-occurring disorders.

lynne cole

Child Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

I have 6 years experience working with addictions. I spent 5 years working as a drug and alcohol counselor with adolescents, all diagnosed with substance use disorder, conduct disorder and co-occuring mental health. I also have done group and individual therapy with adults with addiction issues.

Shawn Brndiar

Couples Therapy, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy

I have worked in the field for over six years and enjoy helping men and women find their own true recovery. I also understand that recovery is a process and I help people brainstorm new ways to approach older problems, have more fulfilling relationships, and engage in a rich, full, meaningful, life.

Adam Richardson

Individual Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy

I treat addiction as a genuine but misguided attempt to manage the pain and chaos of one's internal world. I help my clients locate and heal the emotional pain which fuels any addiction.

Carl Fritzen

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

I have experience working with those suffering from substance use disorders. I have worked at Red Rock Recovery Center running individual and group therapy sessions. I have also worked at Arapahoe House working with high at risk clients.

Nancy Bortz

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy

I understand addiction. I have creative strategies to work with people that struggle with addiction. I believe that we are more than our addiction, and my approach will support you in overcoming your struggles with substances. Learning new behaviors, finding new solutions to stop sabotaging ourselves, and knowing how to face ourselves without numbing ourselves out are all part of 'sobriety.'

Dr. Kristen Beau Howard

Couples Therapy, Individual Therapy, Family Therapy

Life is overwhelming and complicated. The responsibilities demanded of us, especially with the speed of today, is so much, and more often than not, the demands are too much to hold and process. Therapy is a place where you can begin connecting, unloading, integrating, and feeling better.

Kayla Bettis-Weber

Individual Therapy

I have worked with substance use disorders over the last decade to include other addictive behavior, such as disordered eating and love addiction.

Nadine Ryser

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy

Nadine has extensive experience working with youth and adults who's life has become unmanageable and/or whose support system begins to crumble as a result of their drug use/abuse. Relapse prevention planning, development of healthy coping skills, and some identification of the function of their use is done through therapy.

Memory Rutherford

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy, Individual Therapy, Family Therapy

Addictions to drugs, alcohol, sex, the internet and more can affect every aspect of a person's life and their relationships. I have been treating addictions since 2004 and use a combination of techniques related to addressing faulty thinking, bad habits and whatever emotions or experiences started the addiction to begin with.

Heidi Letko

Individual Therapy

I have almost 20 years experience assessing and treating adults with substance abuse issues as well as those who are questioning their relationship to addictive substances. Before becoming a Licensed Addiction Counselor in Colorado, I was a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Oregon (now expired).

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