Joseph (JJ) Barker

LMSW, LCDC, Outpatient Counselor

JJ is a Primary Substance Abuse Counselor that operates out of the East Houston / Clear Lake Outpatient Office. He helps facilitate group sessions along with individual and family counseling. JJ received his Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and is currently continuing his education conducting Clinical Social Work under the clinical supervision of Meaghen Lightbody-Warner, LCSW. He has 10 years in recovery along with 7 years’ experience in the substance abuse field. He enjoys working in this industry because he gets to witness radical, positive change in many people’s lives. JJ likes to spend most of his free time with his wife and daughters or reading.

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The Vicious Cycle of Substance Abuse Disorders & Depression

Depression and addiction are often experienced hand-in-hand, sometimes as a dual-diagnosis. The symptoms of substance abuse disorders can look almost identical to many depressive disorders. In addition, understanding the relationship between depression and addiction is complicated because depressive disorders and substance use disorders can be caused or made worse by each other. For instance, someone experiencing grief or trauma may...

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