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

Jessica Oshier

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

Specialty training, as well as several years of experience of working in addictions field.

Erica Johnson

Individual Therapy

We all cope with life in different ways and sometimes those ways can lead to unhealthy habits or become an addiction that begins to control us. Every person and couple is different so I use a variety of evidence based therapeutic methods to help individuals and couples work through addictions and the ramifications that tend to arise with an addiction.

Carl Fritzen

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

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.

Brian Klink

Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, Group Therapy

Overcoming an addiction or unhealthy habit of any sort is difficult enough, but going at it alone only prolongs the secrecy and suffering. With my experience as a coach and with my own recovery from addiction, I can help you lift the weight that has been keeping you stuck so you can come out of the shadows and find peace with yourself.

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.

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.'

Shawn Brndiar

Individual Therapy, Couples 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.

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.

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!

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.

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