Joan Sauer, CSAC

Joan Sauer, CSAC

Joan Sauer, CSAC

Joan Sauer, CSAC- Joan is an experienced Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor who entered the field of substance abuse with an in-depth and personal knowledge of substance abuse and recovery. She did an internship at DePaul Hospital and was one of their first Family Coordinators. She spent two semesters learning about alcoholism treatment, and psychopathology, and a semester each in training on mood disorders, thought disorders, childhood disorders, personality disorders, and organic disorders.

Joan has been active in the alcoholism field and has been a part of numerous organizations and committees.  She has served on the Wisconsin Drug Counselor Certification Board and was Chairperson of the Alcoholism Committee. Additionally, Joan has served as the Secretary to the Board of Directors (WADCCA) and as President of the Board of Directors, then Executive Director to the Counselor Alliance on Alcoholism. She is a member of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Counselors (WAADC). Joan was integral in developing the professional certification for Wisconsin and was the 8th counselor to be certified in the State of Wisconsin.

On May 1, 1975, Joan delivered a paper called the “Neglected Majority  to the annual National Council on Alcoholism meeting. This paper was subsequently developed into a booklet and is presently being restructured and updated. It should be available after January, 2013.

Joan started one of the first substance abuse programs at American Behavioral Clinic. This program has been developed for clients who:

  • Only need an assessment and follow-up letter to the referral source
  • Have recently relapsed and are struggling to stay sober
  • Dislike group therapy and would prefer individual sessions
  • Need a follow-up program after an inpatient hospitalization
  • Have schedules that do not allow therapy to be at the same time weekly
  • Need evening appointments (Wednesday and Thursday until 7pm)
  • Have received an OWI from Wisconsin or other states

This program is tailored to fit each individual, rather than require the individual to fit the treatment. Contact Joan for your substance abuse treatment needs!

Joan Sauer, CSAC
American Behavioral Clinics
10424 West Bluemound Road
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226
Phone: (414) 774-1794
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  1. Frank Burns

    March 18, 2013

    Joan Sauer has been nothing but a complete delight to work with. I was directed by friends and family to see Joan about my current issues. From the very moment I sat down with Joan I knew I had finally found a professional whom I could feel comfortable working with. Joan was very patient and understanding. She gave me the tools to succeed in my treatment. I am writing this exactly one year later and I am in her office just as a follow up session. Joan cares that much about my Family and I to keep in touch. Hearing Joan on the other side of that phone was just the lifeline I needed and I scheduled an appointment right away. Joan’s hours of service work perfectly with my available times. She is here to service us at our greatest time of need. I would give Joan Sauer a Five-Star Rating out of Five-Stars. As hard as I had it to reach-out foe help, Joan reached right back with open arms. I never hesitate to suggest Joan Sauer to any of my Family and friends in need. We all need someone to confide in and I trust Joan with everything. She is truly a God sent to my Family and I. Thank you so much for giving me my Family back, and of course for giving me back to be there to love my family.

  2. Nakisha Bhalla

    April 14, 2013

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving us something informative to read?


    June 1, 2013

    How can I support my bf through alcohol withdrawal?

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