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Alcohol Abuse Counseling & Treatment

What is Alcohol Abuse?

In many cultures, alcohol is used to celebrate, relax and socialize. The effects of alcohol varies between individuals and depends on how much is consumed, how often it is consumed, the individual’s age, health and family history. Substances, such as cocaine, nicotine, heroin and marijuana, are used similarly, although illegal in most of the United States. Many individuals also abuse prescription drugs and use them outside of their intended medical purpose.

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There is an ongoing problem of alcohol abuse among individuals although it can cause addiction, health problems, and family issues. If abuse leads to addiction, it may become more difficult for individuals to abandon the use of alcohol or substance. This does not only affect the individual abusing alcohol and/or substances, but also the individual’s family and friends.

How can an Individual know they have a problem?

There are various ways to discover an alcohol and/or substance abuse in yourself or a loved one, and one includes analyzing your habits using the following questions. According to Alcohol Rehab Guide, if you answer “yes” to more than one of the questions, it is possible that you may have a problem and may want to contact a therapist or counselor specialized in this area.

  • Have you ever felt that you should reduce the amount of alcohol or substance you intake?
  • Do you feel irritated by the concern loved ones have about your alcohol or substance intake?
  • Have you ever felt guilty about your alcohol or substance consumption?
  • Have you ever consumed prescription drugs for non-medical reasons?
  • Has using drugs or alcohol created obstacles in your workplace, home or school?
  • Have you ever broken the law because you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs?

Common Signs of Alcohol and Substance Abuse

There are a variety of signs that you or a loved one is experiencing alcohol and substance abuse and addiction, but a few that are commonly seen stand out.

  • Experiencing the feeling of needing more and more of the addictive substance
  • Keeping the company of other addicts
  • Deteriorating relationships with family members
  • Using the substance for a majority of the day
    • Including obtaining more alcohol as soon as one wakes up to cure a hangover
  • Spending less time with people who are sober
  • Denying there is a problem to yourself and others, despite the fact that it’s evident
  • Craving substances when they are not currently within body system
  • Failure to fulfill major obligations
    • Ex: missing work or school
  • Becoming irresponsible, or more irresponsible
  • Inability to stop using the substance or reduce its use
  • Consuming large quantities of the substance
  • Consuming alcohol or substance before/during potentially dangerous tasks
    • Ex: driving a vehicle under the influence

The Effects of Alcohol and Substance Abuse

As mentioned previously, alcohol and substance abuse can lead to many short-term and/or long-term physical effects that could potentially affect individuals’ quality of life and pose long-lasting complications.

  • Increased or decreased heart rate
  • Short-term and long-term memory loss/impairment
  • Emotions of sadness, anxiety and/or fear that are more frequent and intense than typically felt
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Permanent damage to internal organs
  • Muscle and bone breakdown
  • Deterioration of coordination skills
  • Poor diet and nutrition and lack of motivation to better it

Getting Counseling and Treatment for Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse can be successfully treated today through various methods, including therapy and counseling. It’s important to educate yourself on how you can help a loved one struggling with this through strategic methods that will help them recover and control their addictive tendencies.

It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our alcohol abuse therapists and counselors specialized in alcohol and substance abuse. The therapists displayed below specialize in treating alcohol abuse, are credentialed with various insurance companies, and have varied availability to meet most client needs.

Dave Bakulski /

Offers sessions only online

Dave Bakulski is a Lakewood therapist who hails from Golden and currently has a practice location in Lakewood, Colorado. His office location is convenient to Golden, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Edgewater, Lakewood, Westminster, and Denver West. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addictions Counselor, Dave…

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Jeff Nelson

Denver therapist, Jeff Nelson, has been with Westside Behavioral for many years and is a highly experienced, empathetic, and competent therapist. Watch Jeff Nelson’s video here! Jeff Nelson is a licensed clinical social worker with a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Metropolitan State University and…

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Lynda Hilburn /

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Boulder therapist, Lynda Hilburn, also has an office in Westminster, Colorado. Lynda Hilburn is a Boulder therapist and a Westminster therapist. Her office locations are convenient to Broomfield, Erie, Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, Thornton, Northglenn, Longmont, Niwot, Lyons, Arvada and North Denver. As a Licensed Professional…

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Annie Hutt

Offers sessions in-person and online

Therapist in Golden, Annie Hutt, LPC, has been with Westside Behavioral Care for many years. We are especially grateful to have her because of her caring, compassionate approach and her total commitment to her clients’ well being. Watch Annie Hutt’s video here! Annie Hutt is…

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Julie Bahl

Offers sessions in-person and online

Highlands Ranch therapist, Julie Bahl, LCSW, is a Licensed Therapist with Westside Behavioral Care. She loves providing therapy for adults, adolescents, and families. She also specializes in proving therapy for alcohol abuse and addiction. In Julie’s Bahl’s words about her therapy practice in Highlands Ranch: I…

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Janet Coutts /

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Therapist in Wheat Ridge, Janet Coutts, provides EMDR and other forms of therapy for depression, addictions, PTSD, anxiety, and many other problems. Janet Coutts, mental health therapist, also provides cognitive behavioral therapy in her Wheat Ridge office. This location is convenient to the Highlands, Denver,…

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Nick Mancini /

Offers sessions in-person and online

Cherry Creek Therapist in Denver, Nick Mancini, LPC, LMFT, specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy among many other interventions. Personal Description As a Cherry Creek Therapist in Denver, I utilize humor, metaphors, and experiential activities to help you develop the ability to engage in the present…

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Karen Hauser

Offers sessions in-person and online

Karen Hauser is a licensed Denver therapist and clinical social worker (LCSW). She is a highly valued, clinical therapist with Westside Behavioral Care and has been with us for many years. In addition to her extensive background in therapy, Karen cares very deeply about her…

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Gillian Kaag

Offers sessions only online

I am a licensed psychologist who graduated with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Miami University in Oxford, OH and a BA from Middlebury College in VT. I have built my career around developing deep expertise and experience in traumatic stress and PTSD, depression, relationship…

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Nancy A. Gunzner /

Offers sessions in-person and online

I am a native born in Colorado, have been married for 25+ years, have two adult male children, am located in Wheat Ridge, and am bilingual to the language of Spanish for many years. I have worked in the Criminal Justice System at the First…

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Ellie Bergmann / /

Offers sessions only online

NOTE: Ellie does not have evening availability for new clients at the moment. Please contact our receptionist at 303-986-4197 to find a therapist that meets your scheduling needs. Ellie Bergmann is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) who brings over…

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Victoria Tucker / /

Offers sessions in-person and online

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, (LPC) Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC), and Licensed Registered Nurse (RN). I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Denver Seminary and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado. My approach to health and well-being is rooted…

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Kelly Cote /

Offers sessions only online

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Addictions Counselor, and EMDR trained therapist. I have been in the field for over 10 years and have worked in a variety of giving me a wide range of experience. Some areas I specialize in are grief and…

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Anna Rocio Brown /

Offers sessions only online

Please Note: Anna is exclusively providing online therapy (teletherapy) for us at this time. Teletherapy allows her to provide therapy for clients located anywhere in Colorado. Anna Rocio Brown, bilingual therapist, is a licensed mental health counselor, a trauma specialist in Eye Movement Desensitization Re-Processing…

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Eric Hilborn

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Eric Hilborn is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who provides therapy in Littleton and in the Denver area. He specializes in individual therapy, marital therapy, couples counseling, adolescent therapy and group therapy. Eric provides therapy for adults ages 20 years and older and for teens…

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Laura Shipman /

Offers sessions in-person and online

Therapist in Lakewood, Laura Shipman, LCSW, CACII, brings an impressive degree of skills and experience to Westside Behavioral Care. In Laura’s Own Words: I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Addictions Counselor. I am a therapist in Lakewood with an office convenient…

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Jessica Mielke

Offers sessions in-person and online

Jessica Mielke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who focus on mind and body wellness. Jessica’s philosophy is when we are not feeling well emotionally this can play out in other areas of such as our physical well-being, relationships, work performance and overall fulfillment. Jessica…

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Rebecca Hickman

Offers sessions in-person and online

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have been practicing in the mental health and addiction field since 2006.  I am passionate about working with clients who have experienced trauma around relationships, have attachment issues, codependency, anxiety, depression, addiction, and survivors of abuse. Many people…

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Kristy Davis /

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Therapist in Cherry Creek, Kristy Davis is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified addiction counselor (CAC III). She provides individual therapy with an emphasis on addiction, substance dependency (including court-ordered testing), anxiety, bipolar disorder and depression. Kristy holds a master’s in social work…

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Karen Mikolic

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Karen Mikolic, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified in Neuropsychology. Dr. Mikolic is a compassionate and dedicated therapist providing counseling for children, teenagers, adults and families. Her therapeutic approach draws from her assessment expertise and rich clinical work. She examines, analyzes and successfully…

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Andre’a Kirkland

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Perhaps you are here in Colorado surrounded by beauty and a vibrant community that is always seeking the next best thing. It can be an intimidating process to find your purpose and make your mark especially when you’re not feeling like yourself. “I know where…

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Rachel LaMorte

Offers sessions in-person and online

I utilize a compassionate approach to counseling while integrating humor, empowerment, and challenging questions to assist you with developing awareness and moving forward from feeling stuck.  Whether you are experiencing difficulties with depression, drug and alcohol use, relationship issues, traumatic events, work/life balance, life transitions…

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Bonnie Mucklow / /

Offers sessions only in-person

Greenwood Village therapist, Bonnie Mucklow, is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed professional counselor (LPC) and Colorado Addictions Counselor (CAC III) who has been with Westside Behavioral Care since its inception in 1998. She is very highly respected here. About Bonnie Mucklow, Licensed…

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Janice Barbee

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We all have times when things in our lives just aren’t going the way we hoped, or times where we’ve lost someone or something important to us, or times when things seem to have totally fallen apart. Many times in addition to those struggles, we…

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Stephanie Small

Stephanie Small is a licensed clinical social worker and nutritionist. She received her BA from Yale University, her MSW from Smith College for Social Work, and certificates in Holistic Nutrition Education and Mental Health Nutrition from Bauman College and the Academy for Addiction and Mental…

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Stephanie Roberts /

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Stephanie Roberts is Masters Level Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy, and maintains a private practice in Boulder Colorado. With over 30 years experience, she has served in various positions within the mental health system. Stephanie has operated as County Director for a…

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Jonathan Minifie

Offers sessions in-person and online

Jonathan C. Minifie has more than 20 years of experience working with adolescents. He has worked extensively with adolescents and individuals in school and clinical settings. Mr. Minifie has experience in working with multiple diagnoses including schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar mood disorders, attention deficit…

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Wendy Klein

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I am a strong advocate of mental health and believe that the state of mental health is on a continuum. Just like physical health needs to be maintained, so does mental health. Some people suffer from organic mental illnesses, which are similar to suffering from…

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Emilie Graham

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I am a relationship-based therapist and your needs shape and guide my approach to our work. As humans, we often internalize beliefs and become stuck in relational patterns. When these beliefs and/or patterns become rigid rather than remaining fluid, our relationships with ourselves and with…

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Phil Stone

Offers sessions in-person and online

Phil Stone, therapist in Littleton, Colorado, has been a therapist for 20 years serving in a variety of settings: Inpatient, Residential, Outpatient and Private Practice. He brings a deep level of empathy and a high level of energy to his clients. Phil uses Cognitive Behavior…

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Michael Gyorffy

Offers sessions only online

Hello! I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 2007 and have been working in the mental health field for over 20 years. I have a B.A in psychology (Asbury University) and a master’s degree in social work (Spalding University). My clinical experience…

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Kathie Deschaine

Hi – I’m Kathie Deschaine. I believe in the power of connection – in putting myself in your shoes in order to more deeply understand who you are and what you are seeking.  I have been in the field for 36 years and in that…

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Kristina Normann

Offers sessions in-person and online

I am a licensed clinical social worker and addictions counselor with nine years of experience working in the field of mental health and addictions. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, life transition issues, trauma, and addiction. I use techniques such as mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy…

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Jaurene Blacklock /

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Aurora therapist, Jaurene Blacklock, LPC, CACIII, is a veteran therapist who sees adults, children, families, couples, and adolescents. She is licensed in Colorado as a professional counselor, and she has earned the State’s highest certification for treating alcohol and drug problems, the CACIII. She provides…

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Shannon Hicks / /

Offers sessions in-person and online

Shannon is a seasoned therapist who graduated in 2007 from Denver Seminary. Shannon has a deep passion for restoring individuals, couples and families. She is certified in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy, family systems, Attachment issues, crisis intervention, trauma, and eating disorders. She has extensive experience…

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Gretchen Flores

Offers sessions in-person and online

I am a psychotherapist who specializes in women’s issues. With 20 years of experience in the field of counseling, I utilize my skillset to assist clients in their efforts to work through current challenges. I rely primarily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Acceptance and Commitment…

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Cameron James

Cameron James is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with children and adolescents in nearly every level of care across New Mexico and Colorado; from school-based clinical services to intensive in-home family therapy to in-patient psychiatric care. He uses these experiences at Forward Family Therapy to help…

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Lindy Steece

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I am a believer in Dreams.  I believe Life is short and quality counts.  I am curious about your life:  how you handle situations, what feels good or bad, what is happening Now and what went on before.  We will work together in order to…

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