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Erin Madigan Stathis, LMHC, NCC

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returns 05/06/2017

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Expertise

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 alcoholic parent. I can answer questions on any subject related to alcohol abuse and dependency such as: • Adolescent alcohol abuse • Effects on the physical and emotional well-being of the person using alcohol; • Effects on relationships, family, friends and society; • How to tell if you have a problem with alcohol and what to do; • What to do if you suspect a loved one has a problem; • Questions related to treatment, withdrawal and relapse prevention. • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) vs. “Harm Reduction” models of treatment • Alcohol 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 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 alcoholic parent. Unfortunately, many of my other family members struggle with addiction, too. Hopefully my experience may be able to reach some of your readers.

Organizations

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

Education/Credentials

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 Boston area.

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steve05/14/14101010Thank you for your advice and quick .....
Vickie02/05/12101010Thank You Erin!
Shannon07/08/11101010Thank you, I knew I was making .....
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Recent Answers from Erin Madigan Stathis, LMHC, NCC

2014-05-31 son alcoholic,:

The only question I see here is "why do i allow him do this to me" so this is what I will try to help with.  I would suggest getting to an Al-anon meeting ASAP.  Al-anon is a support network for the families

2014-05-15 is there a problem?:

I'm not sure what your question is other than this (please let me know if you meant something else):      "I was really just trying to determine if there is a problem with using alcohol as an outlet for

2014-05-14 is there a problem?:

Hi Steve,  If you are looking for a formal diagnosis about your alcohol use, there really is no way for me to assess you without meeting you.  I cannot accurately make recommendations specific to you without

2012-01-26 soon to be homeless sister:

Dear Vickie,  I am so sorry to read about what a stressful situation you find yourself in.  The short answer to your question is this:  If your sister wants to move to Florida with someone she just met

2011-11-20 living life:

Hi Kathy,  Thanks for your question.  Unfortunately, I get it a lot.  The fact is, what you are describing is not something that will go away on its own.  Ignoring it or pretending its not happening will

 

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