A few words about my background within this specialty:
When I moved to Sarasota in 1981, I took the position of Director of Psychological Services for a local residential treatment program for adolescents and their families.� Those in treatment had drug and/ or alcohol dependencies.� While at that facility, I obtained my state certification as a Certified Addictions Professional and practiced a treatment strongly influenced by twelve step principles and the cognitive behavior therapy of Maultsby.
Now in private practice, I continue to work with teenagers, adults and couples who have concerns about their drug or alcohol use.�Additionally, I�work with the families of addicts/alcoholics, helping them�cope more effectively with their impaired spouses or children. As a Certified Addictions Professional, I am�also permitted to conduct evaluations for probationary purposes and/or court related issues.
Addiction therapy may also cover the following concerns:
� Legal problems - DUI
� When alcohol and/or drugs are harming family relationships
� When clients are alcohol and/or drug dependent and
also have a mood disorder
� Co-dependency issues
� Adult Children of Alcoholics issues
� Dependency on pain medications
� When alcohol and/or drugs are impairing work performance
or grades in school
Please Note: When warranted, the treatment goal is abstinence from all mood-altering substances.� However, some clients are able to change the conditions under which they drink and the way they drink and become social drinkers again after having been problem drinkers before.