Diana Briseno, BSW, LCDC
About Diana Briseno, BSW, LCDC
Throughout my teenage years and certainly in early adulthood, my abuse of drugs and alcohol made my life completely unmanageable. When I got sober at 23, I was a single mother with four young children. I wanted nothing more than to be a good mom to my kids. They needed me, and I knew that I could not be there for them if I was drinking or drugging. I needed to get and stay sober.
Addiction is a family disease, and it has certainly been weaved throughout my family history.. My father was an alcoholic who passed away from the disease when I was 11 years old. I began using and abusing substances not long after his passing, in part, to try to mitigate and manage the grief and depression brought on by his death. Our family has endured much pain due to the disease. The road certainly hasn’t been an easy one, but amidst all the stress, we have traveled much of this road together and still do. There is always hope.
I’m also in recovery for food addiction and an active member of a 12-Step Recovery Program for Compulsive Overeating. When I stopped using drugs and alcohol, my attention turned to food as a means to cope. Today, I have been abstinent from sugar and carbohydrates for nine years. Similar to AA, I have a sponsor and attend meetings and am also grateful to have found this support and to be supportive of others dealing with food addiction.
Today, with almost three decades in recovery, I feel immensely grateful for the substance abuse counselors who helped me battle addiction in the early stages of my recovery. With the guidance of my sponsors and others who have supported me on my journey, I’ve been blessed to discover that long-term recovery is possible and can be, while painful at times, exquisitely beautiful. I am grateful that I now have the opportunity to counsel others through their addiction issues and encourage them to actively engage in their recovery.
By taking a holistic approach to treating substance abuse and addiction, I believe that long-term healing is possible. I have extensive experience working with women dealing with codependency and substance abuse issues, as well as trauma, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues that often co-occur with addiction. It can take a long time to come to the realization that we need help—it certainly did for me—but, with guidance and compassionate support, it is possible to live an empowered and fulfilling life free from drugs and alcohol.
I’m dedicated to providing others in the throes of addiction, and in all stages of recovery, the support and guidance they need to stay accountable to themselves, their families and their journey as they shift and sort through the myriad of challenges that permeate the landscape of addiction. I care deeply about the people I work with and approach everyone with nonjudgement. Through listening, support and encouragement, I walk alongside my clients, helping them tap into their innate strengths and resources while working through the feelings of guilt, blame and shame that often arise. I also work to help my clients know that it is possible to get through the tough stuff and live a life of meaning and purpose that they can feel good about.
Outside of my work as a substance abuse counselor, my family is incredibly important to me. I have a granddaughter and great grandson that brighten my world. I’m also a serious advocate for self-care and spend time exercising, taking walks, cooking and talking with supportive friends. I’m deeply interested in social justice, continuing education and staying fresh in the field of addiction and recovery. Spirituality (which I respect looks and feels different for each of us) is of utmost importance for me. Without calling on a Higher Power through meditation and prayer, I’m not sure where I’d be today. It’s through seeing the light at the end of a tunnel that we’re all capable of moving toward what makes us shine and offer our unique and valuable gifts to the world.
Whether you’re in active substance abuse or addiction, have a desire to cut back and/or eliminate drug and/or alcohol use, are new to sobriety or someone in long-term recovery looking for extra support during these uncertain and unprecedented times, it’s my honor and privilege to be here on your journey with you. I will meet you where you are and, together, we will develop the support structure, resources and recovery plan to help you live a life of beauty and meaning, free from the grips of drugs and/or alcohol.
There is a path to healing for all of us, and you don’t have to navigate the pain, uncertainty, guilt and shame of substance abuse and addiction on your own. If you or a loved one is struggling, please contact our office today for a free 15-minute consultation. I’m happy to discuss your needs and goals and answer any questions you have about drug and alcohol counseling at Kagey Family Counseling and my practice.
Diana Briseno, BSW, LCDC is a bilingual (Spanish and English) chemical dependency counselor with 25 years of experience helping individuals with alcohol abuse, substance abuse and mental health issues. Before joining Kagey Family Counseling, Diana worked in a variety of settings providing substance abuse counseling and treatment management, including: Director of the Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Program at Santa Maria Hostel, Inc; a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor for Volunteers of America; a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor at DAPA Family Recovery Programs; and in residential and outpatient chemical dependency treatment for Houston Council On Alcohol and Drugs. She also served as a volunteer at Over Hill Inc. Diana brings to Kagey Family Counseling excellent communication and leadership skills. She is passionate, thoughtful and highly motivated to help others in crisis and recovery develop significant, long-term, positive change.