Atlanta Substance Use Counseling

Online Substance Use Counseling

Life is stressful. Some of us have difficulty finding healthy ways to cope and relax and use alcohol and other drugs instead. When alcohol and other drugs are used in moderation, problems usually do not develop.


However, there are risk factors that can make it more likely to develop an addiction.


People who have family histories of addiction, use alcohol and drugs at an early age, and have experienced blackouts may have a higher risk of developing an addiction.


Approximately 24% of people diagnosed with chronic anxiety disorders have substance use issues. Having social anxiety quadruples the risk of having an alcohol use disorder.


To learn more about the relationship between substance use and anxiety disorders:

Support for adults who want to change their relationship with alcohol or drugs


If your goal is to maintain abstinence from alcohol and/or other substances, I can help. The path to sobriety and better mental health is not an easy one, but you do not have to do it alone. Throughout my career, I have helped hundreds of people learn how to change their relationship with alcohol and/or other substances and get their life back on track.


If your goal is to cut down on your alcohol or drugs, I can help. We can work together to explore your relationship with alcohol or drugs and experiment with mindful strategies designed to help you cut down on use.


You owe it to yourself to make the choice to be happy, and to make your overall health the best it can be. Reach out to me for a free initial consultation, and we will discuss the best options to address your mental health concerns. From there we can get you started on the journey toward sobriety and a happier, healthier you. I look forward to hearing from you!


Free support groups that you may be interested in:

Alcoholics Anonymous is a 12-step support group with online and in-person options


Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step support group with online and in-person options


Secular Organizations for Sobriety is a support group for those who do not want a spiritual component to maintain sobriety 


SMART Recovery meetings use cognitive and behavioral strategies to help you maintain abstinence 


The Alcohol Experiment: This is a helpful book for those looking to change their relationship with alcohol 


Women for Sobriety is specifically for women who want to stop drinking 

Hi, my name is Theresa Schaffer and I am very passionate about helping you get the specific help you need through counseling for anxiety, in order to feel in control of your life again. Is this you? Send me a message today and let's see if we are a good fit!

Perhaps you’re grappling with inquiries related to your relationships or your overall life, possibly intertwined with substance use. Whether it involves problematic drinking or drug use, I present a comprehensive approach tailored to your individual journey. Through the application of Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness techniques, we’ll collaborate to uncover the underlying factors influencing your decisions.


In our online therapy sessions, you’ll find a secure and non-judgmental environment to examine your motivations, identify triggers, and cultivate a heightened awareness of your behavioral patterns. Together, we’ll explore various strategies aimed at nurturing a healthier relationship with substance use, be it through moderation, abstinence, or an alternative route.


Allow me to assist you in reclaiming your life and regaining a sense of control over your life.

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If you are in need of a gentle listening ear that will help guide you in a better direction, I can help. Send me a message today and let's get started!

Common Questions

We will work as a team to help you change thought processes, so you don’t keep repeating the same unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors. Think of it as changing your usual travel routes because your destinations have changed. (You found a new job; you’re going to a different school; you’ve switched grocery stores; etc.) You will learn and practice new coping strategies that can help you improve the way you manage thoughts and feelings for the better. You will have to do some work on your own, outside of sessions, but it’s worth it to improve your quality of life.

Our first session will typically last 60 minutes so that we can discuss your history and goals. We’ll meet weekly for the first four weeks, typically for 45 minute sessions. After that, we can discuss how often we’ll continue to meet. 

I am in-network with UnitedHealthcare, Aetna and Cigna. 


We will meet every week for the first four weeks to develop a good working relationship and gain momentum to work on your goals. Then we’ll discuss how often we will continue to meet.

If you won’t be using insurance the cost of a 50 minute session is $185. I can provide you with a superbill that you can file with your insurance company for possible reimbursement. 

One of the most important aspects of therapy is having a therapist that you can trust. You want to find someone who resonates with you. Often that means a therapist with authenticity, empathy, compassion and maybe a sense of humor. Do you feel heard and understood? That’s a good sign.

The number of sessions and the frequency necessary will vary depending on you and your goals. We will be regularly checking in during our sessions to discuss the changes you are making and adjust accordingly.

I offer teletherapy and provide virtual sessions to residents of Georgia. All you need is a private area free from interruptions and a good internet connection.

Call me or email me to schedule a free 10 minute phone consultation. We’ll see if we’re a good fit. 

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