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Erin Madigan Stathis, LMHC, NCC

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I can answer questions on any subject related to drugl abuse and dependency such as: • Adolescent drug abuse • Effects on the physical and emotional well-being of the person using drugs; • Effects on relationships, family, friends and society; • How to tell if you have a problem with drug use and what to do; • What to do if you suspect a loved one has a problem; • Questions related to treatment, withdrawal and relapse prevention. • Abstinence Only (like 12-step programs) vs. “Harm Reduction” models of treatment • Drug dependency and co-occurring disorders (also known as "dual diagnosis"), which means addiction plus another mental health issue, such as depression or anxiety.

Experience in the area

I am a licensed and nationally certified psychotherapist providing treatment for addictions. I counsel adults and adolescents in outpatient clinics and work in a high school one day per week. I also am an adult child of an substance addicted parent. Unfortunately, many of my other family members struggle with addiction, too. Hopefully my experience may be able to reach some of your readers.


American Counseling Association, Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, South Boston Hope and Recovery Coalition


I have a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Boston University. I have completed many continuing education courses such as "Substance Use and the Adolescent Brain" by the Institutes of Health and Recovery and "Self-Harming Behaviors" by Harvard University and the Cambridge Health Alliance.

Past/Present Clients

Adults and adolescents in the greater Boston area.

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Recent Answers from Erin Madigan Stathis, LMHC, NCC

2011-12-05 Suboxone:

Hi again Sue,  Glad to hear you're involved in Al-anon.  That's great and sooo important.  I'm not sure I can help with the rest of your questions.  I'm not in your area and therefore, definitely not an

2011-12-01 Suboxone:

Hi Sue,  It sounds like your husband is in the middle of a successful taper now.  I understand your concern since you've seen him go through this before only to relapse later.  The thing is, this is your

2011-07-23 Drug Testing:

Hi Robert,  Thanks for your question.  It's a great one and I'm glad you asked it.  I cannot endorse any products but I can give you some important information.  THC (the active ingredient in marijuana)

2011-07-22 Prescription drugs:

Hi Liz,         It sounds like you're in a really tough situation.  I've answered very similar questions before, so I will quote myself from previous answers.     "When people are addicted to drugs, the

2011-06-10 overcoming addiction when everyone you love are addicts?:

Hi Jaxon,  What a great question.  Since I don't know you at all, my answer will be mostly generalities that I hope you will identify with.  I'll speak about addiction and relationships, in general...


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