Substance Abuse Counseling Alexandria

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Alexandria Addiction

Posted on: Friday, August 1st, 2014  In: Blog  |  No Comments »

If you or a family member are suffering from an addiction, a qualified Alexandria addiction counselor can make the difference.

Addiction has become an epidemic in our country. If you or someone you’re close to are suffering, finding an Alexandria addiction counselor is the best step you can take. When you’re in the depths of an addiction, helping yourself back up without any outside help can be futile. As in any marketplace, there are many different counselors from whom to seek help from. When you’re suffering from an addiction, and trying not to lose your life, time is of the essence. Working with the right Alexandria addiction counselor can make the difference and could save your life. An addiction can steal your life. Working with an Alexandria addiction therapist can help get it back.

As life circumstances become more an more complex and the family unit in some cases is no longer cohesive; people find themselves more alone and without the support systems which can often make a difference. When one is working hard, taking care of a family or other demands, it’s not always easy to know how to find balance. There is pressure upon people to know how to handle life’s complexities, but few of us were ever taught how to do so. Addictions are a common result of people needing help or relief and not knowing where or how to find it.

Alexandria Addiction Therapist

Susan Berlin of Susan Berlin and Associates is an Alexandria addiction counselor therapist that specializes in different areas of addiction. These are not limited to alcohol use, abuse, dependence & addiction, drug us abuse, dependence and addiction, sexual compulsivity and other sexual issues and eating disorders. Susan’s career as an Alexandria addiction therapist began 20 plus years ago at the Caron Foundation. It was at this drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that her passion for helping people find their way out of addiction was further ignited. Over the years she has found it immensely gratifying to help her patients in overcoming their addictions. She often sees them not only getting their lives back, but having a much better life than they ever had before.


Find out more about both Susan and her Associates by visiting Find out how they can help you overcome your addiction and get your life back. Get on your way to the recovery you deserve. Call Susan Berlin and Associates at 202-333-1787 and set up a consultation to see how your Alexandria addiction recovery will work. There is no shame in addiction. The only shame is not getting the help you deserve. Start working with an Alexandria addiction therapist and get the help that will make the difference.

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Freedom & Recovery

Posted on: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012  In: Blog  |  No Comments »

I am presenting at the 35th National Conference presented by Foundations Recovery Network.  The conference is called Freedom & Recovery Integrated Mental Health and Addiction Treatment for Service Members.  It is a great honor and privilege that I will be co-presenting a workshop with Foundations CEO, Rob Waggener, called “Healing the Healer: Secondary Trauma and What To Do With It.”

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Branching out successfully with Terence Gorski Workshop

Posted on: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012  In: Blog  |  No Comments »

On April 8 I embarked on a new adventure in my professional career: I was a primary sponsor of a day-long workshop for my peers. While I mentioned this workshop before, I had not really had a chance to reflect on sponsoring a workshop or on how different this was from my professional work.

The time leading up to the workshop sped by with a flurry of planning and decisions and coordinating among four other major sponsors. And while the whole thing was part of my daily work, it felt like anything but “work.”

The workshop brought an eclectic crowd of my peers to hear Terence Gorski, a nationally recognized and acclaimed addiction treatment professional, speak on denial management counseling. Participants ranged from local government agencies to treatment centers to those (like me) in private practice. And they were madly taking notes as Terry presented!

I was—and remain—completely in awe of his knowledge. And I could not be more thrilled with the outcome of this event! Participants rated the event extremely high—from the venue to the logistics—and most said they would come to another event sponsored by me and the other sponsors.

Beyond the thrill of the positive reviews (something that inspires me to host more of these), I was able to spend time with Terry. I feel like we developed a mutual admiration for each other and I am certain we will remain in contact both personally and professionally.

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Susan Hosts Workshop with Pioneer in Addiction Treatment

Posted on: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012  In: Blog  |  No Comments »

I am so excited to announce that this spring I will be co-hosting a workshop for my peers that will bring a nationally recognized and widely respected clinician to my own backyard—the Washington, DC metro area.

Terence Gorski, an internationally acclaimed addiction treatment professional and the creator of a nationally recognized and most respected comprehensive system for diagnosing and treating addiction and related disorders, will present a workshop on denial management counseling at a day long workshop in Bethesda, MD. At the workshop, “Denial Management Counseling: The Key to Successful Engagement,” my peers will learn directly from Terry about denial patterns and strategies to both interrupt those patterns and prepare clients to confront these struggles.

Being able to make this caliber of presenter available to my colleagues in the Washington region is incredibly thrilling for me. I would not be able to do this, however, without the help of my co-hosts for the event Four Circles Recovery Center, Sober Living by the Sea, SunHawk Adolescent Recovery Center and Don Sloane.

Register here for the Fri., April 8, 2011 event. Or, contact me with questions about the event.

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Reflecting on ‘Reflections’

Posted on: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012  In: Blog  |  No Comments »

I learned something amazing as I embarked on a collaborative effort with a colleague earlier this year: a great idea can be confounded and unraveled by the unlikeliest things.

In this case, in May 2010, my collaborator and I started a program under a unique name specifically focused on professionals seeking continuing substance abuse treatment and outpatient care. We called it “Reflections” and we both knew it was an idea with a both a market and interest.

What we did not realize—and what we soon learned—is that our deep passion and commitment to our craft has resulted in two very solid, busy and successful individual practices. Finding time where both of us were available became an effort in futility. And that was frustrating because we both wanted “Reflections” to succeed.

And then I discovered something else: I’m most known for my psychotherapy services by my name! This is no coincidence as I have worked all my professional life to associate my name with providing help for substance abuse services, depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, childhood trauma and other challenges and issues. But it is always nice to hear from both clients and potential clients that my work efforts towards this goal are working.

So where does that leave “Reflections”? While the collaboration and the name have been temporarily shelved, you can find those same substance abuse services right here with me.

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Caron Treatment Centers Honor Me with ‘Addiction Professional Award’

Posted on: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012  In: Blog  |  No Comments »

I am delighted to have recently received a letter from the Caron Treatment Centers notifying me of my selection as the recipient of their Addiction Professional Award. 

The Caron Foundation offers this award to “front line staff and or professionals providing treatment services to individuals and/or families and is the key to the success of those seeking the path of recovery.”

The award will be presented to me at the Washington Metropolitan Area Community Service Awards Breakfast on Friday, October 29, 2010. “This awards breakfast recognizes those individuals who have excelled in their field of work to help those suffering from the disease of addiction. These individuals have also made a difference in the areas of education, awareness and/or treatment.”

I am humbled that such an esteemed organization would choose to honor my work. Such an award only serves to bolster my deep, heartfelt passion for guiding people on an intense journey to and in their recovery, and thus to happiness, a better life and a stronger mindset— to opening the doors to possibility.

If you or a loved one are suffering with Substance Abuse, Addiction, Codependency or other issues, discover how I can help you start a journey to recovery:

Thank you, again, to the Caron Treatment Centers for the recognition and the honor.

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Susan Launches ‘Reflections’, a new Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Posted on: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012  In: Blog  |  No Comments »

I am thrilled to announce a new collaborative effort with my colleague Don Sloane designed to provide continuing substance abuse treatment and outpatient care through a recovery support group aimed at professionals.

We have launched Reflections Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment.  Reflections is offering an after/continuing care group for “Professionals in Recovery” that will meet Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:00pm. 

Reflections targets a niche population, addressing a unique need in the recovery community.  It will be 12-step based, not “requiring” participation in 12-step meetings, but working from their principles and tapping into their profoundly successful ideology.  The program will also focus on relapse prevention, exploring relapse triggers and offering behavioral, cognitive and interventional guidance so that patients can increase their self-awareness and stay clean and sober one day at a time.

Reflections is appropriate as a stand-alone therapeutic option.  It is also appropriate for patients in individual therapy, and we look forward to collaborating with individual therapists to team around patient health.  Specifically, Reflections is designed for the following audiences:

  • those completing inpatient treatment for substance abuse or addictive behaviors
  • those completing an intensive outpatient program for substance abuse
  • those who have stopped using chemicals or “acting out” in addictive ways but who would benefit from a weekly therapeutic support group.

Professionals Aftercare/Continuing Care Group

Susan Berlin LICSW, CASAC, ICADC & Don Sloane, MSOD, CPCC bring over 50 years of experience supporting people in recovery from substance abuse and behavioral addictions

Reflections Professionals Group

  • Designed for professionals
  • 12-step recovery based
  • Relapse prevention focus

Reflections Treatment Model

  • Initial assessment to assure client compatibility and therapeutic fit
  • Complete abstinence from mind- and mood-altering substances
  • Random drug screening
  • Minimum three-month commitment
  • Group meets on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00 pm, beginning June 16th, 2010
  • Members attend at least one 45 minute individual session the first month

Additional Reflections Services

  • Integration to appropriate 12-step communities
  • (AA, NA, CA, Al-Anon)
  • Resource for 12-step tools/literature
  • Resource for holistic health support (physical, mental and spiritual)
  • Medication management through our affiliated psychiatrists
  • Intake Assessment
  • Group session, 90 minutes
  • Individual session, 45 minutes
  • Couple’s session, 50 minutes
  • Family session, 50 minutes

Reflections helping addicts, their families and friends live healthier and happier lives

Contact me or call my Washington, DC office at 202-333-1787 for more information or to register. 

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Local Mental Health Experts named me as a “Top Therapist” in Washingtonian Magazine’s Best of Issue

Posted on: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012  In: Blog  |  No Comments »

Image: Washingtonian Magazine cover, July 2009

I am recognized in the July 2009 issue of Washingtonian magazine’s “Best of DC” article as a top therapist for addiction and substance abuse. In this particular “best of” category, fellow experts in the field of Mental Health, in the Washington area chose me. They were asked who they would call if a family member needed help. Being chosen is both exciting and an honor.

My entire professional career I have worked with people struggling with substance abuse and addiction problems. Beginning over two decades ago at the Caron Foundation, through my private practice in New York City, and carrying over into the practice I established in the Washington, DC area over 10 years ago.

Read more about substance abuse and addiction elsewhere on my website:

Thank you to those who recognized me in this way.

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On Helping Parents Let Go as Kids Leave for College

Posted on: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012  In: Blog  |  No Comments »

Recently United Press International—a world-recognized, trusted news source—interviewed me about the challenges parents face when a child leaves for college.

It is common for a parent to feel a range of emotions (when their young adult child moves out of the family home), from loss to relief. And while this transition is a struggle for parents, it is a significant change for the student as well. Parents should honor their child’s new-found independence by paying attention to how a child reacts to the frequency of phone calls, care packages, and other types of contact like emails and text messages. The young person is likely busy in their “new life” and can feel invaded by the parents need for contact. Ideally it is helpful to have a dialogue between the family members and try to negotiate some “terms and frequency of contact” so that everyone’s needs can be considered.   Ultimately we have to let our children fly and be independent and autonomous, make their own mistakes and separate from us, the parents. It is also important that we ourselves learn to separate from our children and live fully in our own lives.

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