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Westside Behavioral Care / Substance Abuse and Drug Abuse

Substance Abuse and Drug Abuse

Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is very common in Colorado..
Drugs most often associated with substance abuse include cannabis (marijuana), amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines (particularly Xanax and Valium), cocaine, alcohol, methaqualone and opioids. Use of these drugs may lead to criminal penalty in addition to possible physical, social, and psychological harm, both strongly depending on local jurisdiction.
There are many cases in which criminal or anti-social behavior occur when the person is under the influence of a drug. Long term personality changes in individuals may occur as well. Substance abuse is prevalent with an estimated 120 million users of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and other synthetic drugs.

It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our therapists and counselors who specialize in this area. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case Drug or Substance Abuse) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Jeff Nelson

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 a Master’s of Social Work from University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. He has worked in hospice, hospitals, long-term…

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Elizabeth Weir

Liz is a graduate of the School of Social Work at The Ohio State University and  using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing since 1999, certified since 2005. She has provided counseling services in a variety of settings, including healthcare for over 19 years.

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Annie Hutt

 Watch Annie Hutt’s video here! Annie Hutt is a professional clinical counselor (LPC) who has been practicing for ten years. She conducted her internship and became certified with the Denver Family Institute. Annie sees adults for a variety of mental health issues including substance abuse,…

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Janet Coutts /

View Janet’s video here! I received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, Denver Campus, majoring in Psychology. I received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Community Counseling. I have completed all required course work and work…

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Valerie Shinbaum

Watch Valerie’s video here! Valerie has just written a book: Remaining Single: Well Worth The Wait. It is full of insights, wisdom, and helpful information on the all-important life decision on whether to develop a relationship or stay single. For purchase information, please visit Valerie’s…

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Karen Hauser

See Karen’s Video! Karen Hauser has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1980 when she received her master’s of social work from University of Denver. She has been in private practice since 1997. She holds post-graduate certifications in family therapy, gerontology and critical incident…

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Nick Mancini /

I utilize humor, metaphors, and experiential activities to help you develop the ability to engage in the present moment so you can decide whether a behavior is consistent with your values. Through acceptance and mindfulness practices, I identify “how” you think about experiences to help…

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Bonnie Mucklow / /

Bonnie Mucklow is a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional counselor and Colorado Addictions Counselor III who has provided psychotherapy for individuals, children and families for over 28 years. She is a clinical member and Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and…

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Therapists in Denver Area
Anna Rocio Brown /

Anna Rocio Brown is a bilingual licensed mental health counselor, a trauma specialist in Eye Movement Desensitization Re-Processing Level II, a certified addictions counselor (CAC III), a dancing mindfulness facilitator and an affective education counselor for children ages nine and older. She works with families,…

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