Addiction Therapists in Calgary, AB

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Jennifer Berard & Associates
Psychologist, MA, RPsych
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2N
As owner, operator and lead clinician at Jennifer Berard & Associates, I believe that all people have an incredible capacity for change. I've had the honour to observe individuals, with seemingly insurmountable challenges, create meaningful and lasting change. My approach is client centered. I believe that you are the expert in your life and I aim to help you find your own strength, in your own time, at your own pace. I have extensive experience and training in the Addiction and Mental Health field, with specialized experience in the addictions, trauma, forensics and first responders.
As owner, operator and lead clinician at Jennifer Berard & Associates, I believe that all people have an incredible capacity for change. I've had the honour to observe individuals, with seemingly insurmountable challenges, create meaningful and lasting change. My approach is client centered. I believe that you are the expert in your life and I aim to help you find your own strength, in your own time, at your own pace. I have extensive experience and training in the Addiction and Mental Health field, with specialized experience in the addictions, trauma, forensics and first responders.
(587) 328-0120 View (587) 328-0120
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Dr. Kristina Brache
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2N
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, addictive behaviours, and related disorders.
Are you looking for professional support? Someone to talk to and provide research-supported treatment? I aim to create a space to explore patterns, emotions, and behaviours that someone may want to understand further or make change to. I attempt to create a safe, non judgmental, and collaborative therapeutic relationship. I am a Ph.D. trained clinical psychologist in private practice in Calgary, Alberta. I am also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary and a Clinical Psychologist with Alberta Health Services. I am committed to tailoring the treatment approach to help my clients achieve the benefits they desire.
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, addictive behaviours, and related disorders.
Are you looking for professional support? Someone to talk to and provide research-supported treatment? I aim to create a space to explore patterns, emotions, and behaviours that someone may want to understand further or make change to. I attempt to create a safe, non judgmental, and collaborative therapeutic relationship. I am a Ph.D. trained clinical psychologist in private practice in Calgary, Alberta. I am also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary and a Clinical Psychologist with Alberta Health Services. I am committed to tailoring the treatment approach to help my clients achieve the benefits they desire.
(825) 305-5788 View (825) 305-5788
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Dr. Jocelyn Monsma Selby
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, MSW RSW, LCSW, CSAT-S, EMDR
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2R
As a certified Multiple Addiction Therapist and PhD Clinical Sexologist with over 43 years of clinical practice experience I treat individuals & families with a variety of presentations. Specialising in treating compuslive behavior disorders from all drugs to sexual disfunctions & those accessing child sexual exploitation imagery online (CSEM). I also faciliate multidimensional sex specific forensic evaluations. I offer individual & group treatment for addicts, partners & those accessing CSEM. We collaborate to find solutions that will support positive change.
As a certified Multiple Addiction Therapist and PhD Clinical Sexologist with over 43 years of clinical practice experience I treat individuals & families with a variety of presentations. Specialising in treating compuslive behavior disorders from all drugs to sexual disfunctions & those accessing child sexual exploitation imagery online (CSEM). I also faciliate multidimensional sex specific forensic evaluations. I offer individual & group treatment for addicts, partners & those accessing CSEM. We collaborate to find solutions that will support positive change.
(855) 729-0186 View (855) 729-0186
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Michelle Harder
Psychologist, BACS, MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2G
I am a trauma informed therapist. I am trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy. My focus and area of practice has been working with addiction and trauma. I also have my own lived experience with addiction and trauma. I believe in showing up authentic, genuine, and with empathy. I am a mom, wife, dog mom, and a psychologist. I also believe that people are put in our path for a reason and feel very blessed with gratitude for everyone that crosses my path. Life is so beautiful and full of miracles, and yet it is also full of pain and challenges. I hope to offer some validation, relief and to hold some space for you.
I am a trauma informed therapist. I am trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy. My focus and area of practice has been working with addiction and trauma. I also have my own lived experience with addiction and trauma. I believe in showing up authentic, genuine, and with empathy. I am a mom, wife, dog mom, and a psychologist. I also believe that people are put in our path for a reason and feel very blessed with gratitude for everyone that crosses my path. Life is so beautiful and full of miracles, and yet it is also full of pain and challenges. I hope to offer some validation, relief and to hold some space for you.
(587) 840-8211 x6 View (587) 840-8211 x6
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Katie Card
Psychologist, MC, RPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2N
I have experience working with people who are facing addiction, eating disorders, trauma, and other stressors from everyday life.
I strive to offer an accepting, non-judgmental, and safe environment for all my clients. I believe that my clients are the experts in their own lives, therefore, I work with a collaborative approach.
I have experience working with people who are facing addiction, eating disorders, trauma, and other stressors from everyday life.
I strive to offer an accepting, non-judgmental, and safe environment for all my clients. I believe that my clients are the experts in their own lives, therefore, I work with a collaborative approach.
(587) 852-5545 View (587) 852-5545
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YYC Psychology
Psychologist, MA, RPsyc, CCH, ART
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2H
Kaylie offers a full assessment to determine your needs and a pathway forward. She offers a non-judgmental and safe environment to her clients, striving to maintain the utmost level of ethics and integrity. Does your day to day no longer feel satisfying? Are you disconnected from self? Often, clients are feeling overwhelmed and unclear of what their needs are. She helps you to identify patterns, connect to yourself and feelings, and explore your own needs, wants and boundaries. She specializes in such areas as addiction, relationships, stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, and trauma.
Kaylie offers a full assessment to determine your needs and a pathway forward. She offers a non-judgmental and safe environment to her clients, striving to maintain the utmost level of ethics and integrity. Does your day to day no longer feel satisfying? Are you disconnected from self? Often, clients are feeling overwhelmed and unclear of what their needs are. She helps you to identify patterns, connect to yourself and feelings, and explore your own needs, wants and boundaries. She specializes in such areas as addiction, relationships, stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, and trauma.
(587) 907-8998 View (587) 907-8998
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Nico Scholten
Psychologist, MA, RPsych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2T
I am a ""senior" psychologist with 45 years of experience working in virtually all levels within the fields of addiction and mental health.
If the challenges of life have become overwhelming, I am here to help. I am known for my ability to establish a trusting relationship in which you can share your story and gain insight and perspective.
I am a ""senior" psychologist with 45 years of experience working in virtually all levels within the fields of addiction and mental health.
If the challenges of life have become overwhelming, I am here to help. I am known for my ability to establish a trusting relationship in which you can share your story and gain insight and perspective.
(587) 842-1002 View (587) 842-1002
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Meyen Hertzsprung
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2N
Welcome! Having been one of the first in Calgary to be certified in sex addiction therapy, the bulk of my practice consists of individuals and couples in various stages of sex and other addiction recovery. Do you need help in the struggle to remain sober? Would you benefit from guidance in the formulation and maintenance of an effective recovery plan? Do you need a compassionate listener as you make sense of the trauma of discovery? My goal is to promote awareness of your emotional life; to help you establish and negotiate appropriate boundaries; and to enhance trust in all your relationships.
Welcome! Having been one of the first in Calgary to be certified in sex addiction therapy, the bulk of my practice consists of individuals and couples in various stages of sex and other addiction recovery. Do you need help in the struggle to remain sober? Would you benefit from guidance in the formulation and maintenance of an effective recovery plan? Do you need a compassionate listener as you make sense of the trauma of discovery? My goal is to promote awareness of your emotional life; to help you establish and negotiate appropriate boundaries; and to enhance trust in all your relationships.
(587) 800-0176 View (587) 800-0176
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Dominika O’Grady
Psychologist, MA, RPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2G
I have over 15 years of experience working with individuals and groups in educational, community, and healthcare settings presenting with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use and/or addictive behaviours, relationship concerns, anger, grief and loss, self-care, self-esteem, and other mental health concerns.
*ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS * “ I can’t seem to shut my brain off”, “Why do I feel so anxious all the time?”, “ I actually don’t feel anything, I’m numb”. If any of these statements resonate with you and you want to explore them further I might be of help! I am a people person that truly believes in the power of human connection and therefore place a great importance on the right fit between a therapist and a client. My work is very much based on a collaborative approach because “You” know “You” the best. It’s important to me that you will feel comfortable and safe to explore and address any issues you are struggling with.
I have over 15 years of experience working with individuals and groups in educational, community, and healthcare settings presenting with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use and/or addictive behaviours, relationship concerns, anger, grief and loss, self-care, self-esteem, and other mental health concerns.
*ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS * “ I can’t seem to shut my brain off”, “Why do I feel so anxious all the time?”, “ I actually don’t feel anything, I’m numb”. If any of these statements resonate with you and you want to explore them further I might be of help! I am a people person that truly believes in the power of human connection and therefore place a great importance on the right fit between a therapist and a client. My work is very much based on a collaborative approach because “You” know “You” the best. It’s important to me that you will feel comfortable and safe to explore and address any issues you are struggling with.
(587) 742-0277 View (587) 742-0277
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Rebecca Teebay-Webb & Associates
Psychologist, RPsych
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2X
We are a team that is client-centred and dedicated to providing genuine and compassionate counselling that is tailored to our clients’ goals. We support clients experiencing a variety of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, grief, loss, PTSD, CPTSD, addictions, substance abuse, and recovery from overwhelming, challenging or traumatic events holding them back. We appreciate that negative experiences can be held in the body and may present psychologically, physically, emotionally, cognitively, through nervous system dysregulation, and ongoing patterns, behaviour and decisions that they may wish to change.
We are a team that is client-centred and dedicated to providing genuine and compassionate counselling that is tailored to our clients’ goals. We support clients experiencing a variety of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, grief, loss, PTSD, CPTSD, addictions, substance abuse, and recovery from overwhelming, challenging or traumatic events holding them back. We appreciate that negative experiences can be held in the body and may present psychologically, physically, emotionally, cognitively, through nervous system dysregulation, and ongoing patterns, behaviour and decisions that they may wish to change.
(403) 998-1745 View (403) 998-1745
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Behnam Kohandel
Psychologist, MA, R, Psych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3L
Life at times may feel like a relentless struggle, filled with sadness, discouragement, and overwhelming despair. As a psychologist, with more than 20 years experience, I can support you to overcome challenges such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, perfectionism, people pleasing, trauma, addiction, eating issues including binge eating, bulimia and anorexia and couples therapy. I utilize Internal Family Systems (IFS), an innovative and transformative therapeutic model for emotional healing of eating disorders, addiction, anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties.
Life at times may feel like a relentless struggle, filled with sadness, discouragement, and overwhelming despair. As a psychologist, with more than 20 years experience, I can support you to overcome challenges such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, perfectionism, people pleasing, trauma, addiction, eating issues including binge eating, bulimia and anorexia and couples therapy. I utilize Internal Family Systems (IFS), an innovative and transformative therapeutic model for emotional healing of eating disorders, addiction, anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties.
(844) 311-8027 View (844) 311-8027
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Dee Miner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2H
In creating a safe space we can then look at targeted treatments and approaches to maladaptive coping, addiction, illness adjustment etc.
As a clinical social worker I have had the privilege of walking beside acutely ill and often terminal patients (and families). Many times those patients struggle with severe addiction and trauma, and want to find a different way to live. Even if addiction or trauma are not the primary issues, the pain. suffering and fear that accompanies a life limiting illness, mood disturbance, relationship conflict or loss, can be extraordinary. I believe people are the experts of their own lived experience. My job is to provide compassion, insight and direction (when required) for that pain, with the intention of creating a healing path forward.
In creating a safe space we can then look at targeted treatments and approaches to maladaptive coping, addiction, illness adjustment etc.
As a clinical social worker I have had the privilege of walking beside acutely ill and often terminal patients (and families). Many times those patients struggle with severe addiction and trauma, and want to find a different way to live. Even if addiction or trauma are not the primary issues, the pain. suffering and fear that accompanies a life limiting illness, mood disturbance, relationship conflict or loss, can be extraordinary. I believe people are the experts of their own lived experience. My job is to provide compassion, insight and direction (when required) for that pain, with the intention of creating a healing path forward.
(587) 840-4183 View (587) 840-4183
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Chris Sciberras
Psychologist, MC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2Z
I specialize in a variety of issues, including: addiction, anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, behavioural issues, self-esteem, self-harming behaviours, coping skills, and conflict management.
Welcome to Breakthrough Psychology! I have a passion for the helping profession and for over ten years, I have worked extensively with youth, adults, and families in a variety of capacities. Through the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused practices, and strength based approaches, I will work collaboratively with you to develop a personalized support plan that is fitting for your needs.
I specialize in a variety of issues, including: addiction, anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, behavioural issues, self-esteem, self-harming behaviours, coping skills, and conflict management.
Welcome to Breakthrough Psychology! I have a passion for the helping profession and for over ten years, I have worked extensively with youth, adults, and families in a variety of capacities. Through the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused practices, and strength based approaches, I will work collaboratively with you to develop a personalized support plan that is fitting for your needs.
(587) 907-4587 View (587) 907-4587
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Kimberly Craig
Psychologist, BA, MSc, RPsych
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3C
I specialize in depression, anxiety, addiction, grief and loss, and life transitions.
Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or lonely? Are you struggling in your relationships? Are wounds from your past keeping you from moving forward? Asking for help and making changes can be difficult - your courage in reaching out is the first step in moving towards the life you want to live. It is my privilege to walk alongside you as I support you to let go of what is holding you back and to embrace your very best self. I am excited to know you deeply and to and celebrate you as you embark on this journey!
I specialize in depression, anxiety, addiction, grief and loss, and life transitions.
Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or lonely? Are you struggling in your relationships? Are wounds from your past keeping you from moving forward? Asking for help and making changes can be difficult - your courage in reaching out is the first step in moving towards the life you want to live. It is my privilege to walk alongside you as I support you to let go of what is holding you back and to embrace your very best self. I am excited to know you deeply and to and celebrate you as you embark on this journey!
(587) 804-6187 View (587) 804-6187
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Mike Davies Counselling Services
Registered Social Worker, RSW, BSW, MSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2H
I have a clinical Master's degree and specialize in addiction, stress, anger, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, suicidal thoughts, and trauma.
I have years of education and work experience, but more importantly, I have years of my own life experience. I'm a person in long term recovery from my own addiction and mental health concerns. My clients appreciate the many perspectives I can offer. The hardest part is asking for help, I'm here when you're ready to talk.
I have a clinical Master's degree and specialize in addiction, stress, anger, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, suicidal thoughts, and trauma.
I have years of education and work experience, but more importantly, I have years of my own life experience. I'm a person in long term recovery from my own addiction and mental health concerns. My clients appreciate the many perspectives I can offer. The hardest part is asking for help, I'm here when you're ready to talk.
(587) 329-5376 View (587) 329-5376
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Anthony Grey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW, TITC-CT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2R
I am a Certified Clinical Traumatologist and have worked with individuals diagnosed with anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance use issues, and relationship conflict .
Accepting new clients. Day and evening appointments are available. I know that we all experience different stressors in life and I offer a safe place to talk about these concerns. I will work with you using different approaches to enable you to cope with the stressors that are getting in the way. I focus on past trauma, addictions and relationships. I believe in resolving conflict, pursuing happiness, improving quality of life and preserving relationships. I work with individuals from different cultures and backgrounds. Feel free to reach out and schedule a free 15 minute consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.
I am a Certified Clinical Traumatologist and have worked with individuals diagnosed with anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance use issues, and relationship conflict .
Accepting new clients. Day and evening appointments are available. I know that we all experience different stressors in life and I offer a safe place to talk about these concerns. I will work with you using different approaches to enable you to cope with the stressors that are getting in the way. I focus on past trauma, addictions and relationships. I believe in resolving conflict, pursuing happiness, improving quality of life and preserving relationships. I work with individuals from different cultures and backgrounds. Feel free to reach out and schedule a free 15 minute consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.
(587) 802-0954 x109 View (587) 802-0954 x109
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Awakening Change Counselling & Consulting Inc
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2H
At Awakening Change our goal is to provide a safe and collaborative environment for you to work toward personal growth and change to achieve wellness. We specialize in trauma work, as well as issues such as anxiety, addiction, depression, work stress, family issues, work/life balance and parenting.
At Awakening Change our goal is to provide a safe and collaborative environment for you to work toward personal growth and change to achieve wellness. We specialize in trauma work, as well as issues such as anxiety, addiction, depression, work stress, family issues, work/life balance and parenting.
(587) 705-0387 View (587) 705-0387
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True North Counselling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2X
I am a master's level social worker with 19 years experience with adults and teens, specializing in mental health and addiction treatment.
Accepting new clients! If you are looking for someone that you can relate to and not feel judged by, then I believe I would be a great fit for you! Allowing yourself to be vulnerable is hard work. My priority is making sure you feel safe and comfortable to do so. I use different therapeutic interventions based on the tailored treatment plan I design for you. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse or other concerns, please reach out to see if I am the right fit for you!
I am a master's level social worker with 19 years experience with adults and teens, specializing in mental health and addiction treatment.
Accepting new clients! If you are looking for someone that you can relate to and not feel judged by, then I believe I would be a great fit for you! Allowing yourself to be vulnerable is hard work. My priority is making sure you feel safe and comfortable to do so. I use different therapeutic interventions based on the tailored treatment plan I design for you. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse or other concerns, please reach out to see if I am the right fit for you!
(825) 797-0574 View (825) 797-0574
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Kristina Dargan
Registered Provisional Psychologist, MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3A
I have been working in the field for 8+ years and specialize in: anxiety, depression, addictions (substance use disorders), trauma, post-traumatic stress and self esteem.
Life is full of challenges; it is part of being human. Sometimes we need a little bit of extra support to navigate these challenges! My name is Kristina and I am a registered provisional psychologist practicing in Calgary, Alberta. Through a combination of lived experience and education, I am passionate about helping you to reach your goals and live a happy and fulfilling life. My role as your therapist is to empower you to make the changes you seek, discover your core value system, and develop meaningful and authentic connections and relationships in your life.
I have been working in the field for 8+ years and specialize in: anxiety, depression, addictions (substance use disorders), trauma, post-traumatic stress and self esteem.
Life is full of challenges; it is part of being human. Sometimes we need a little bit of extra support to navigate these challenges! My name is Kristina and I am a registered provisional psychologist practicing in Calgary, Alberta. Through a combination of lived experience and education, I am passionate about helping you to reach your goals and live a happy and fulfilling life. My role as your therapist is to empower you to make the changes you seek, discover your core value system, and develop meaningful and authentic connections and relationships in your life.
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Cinder Smith (Inglis)
Psychologist, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2H
The areas I am trained and interested in include addictions/substance abuse, self esteem, workplace issues, depression, anxiety, parenting, anger, and stress management.
Feeling overwhelmed, stuck, hopeless, or fearful? Do you need some new skills or tools to help you navigate through some of these challenges? I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists providing assessments, consultations, and counselling to adults, adolescents, and seniors for the past 14+ years.
The areas I am trained and interested in include addictions/substance abuse, self esteem, workplace issues, depression, anxiety, parenting, anger, and stress management.
Feeling overwhelmed, stuck, hopeless, or fearful? Do you need some new skills or tools to help you navigate through some of these challenges? I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists providing assessments, consultations, and counselling to adults, adolescents, and seniors for the past 14+ years.
(587) 507-8785 View (587) 507-8785

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Addiction Counsellors

What is the best therapy for addiction?

Addiction treatment will be tailored to the individual. People seeking help for addiction—whether with a psychotherapist, in an outpatient clinic, or in a residential program—should expect to engage in multiple types of treatments, sometimes including medication. For anyone recovering from addiction, avoiding situations in which one has typically used a substance is essential, as is the support of close connections. Since substance use disorders tend to co-occur with underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression, those must also be addressed as part of any recovery plan.

How long does therapy for addiction take?

There is no set timeline for recovery from addiction. Patients and their families should expect the work to last several months, if not longer. Residential treatment programs may be based on a stay of 30, 60, or 90 days, with continuing work after release, but only about 1 percent of people are treated in such facilities. Ceasing use is just the first step; therapy to help maintain abstinence and effect behavior change must follow. The process of recovery, neuroscience has shown, involves brain cells recovering the capacity to respond to natural sources of reward and restore control over the impulse to use. Another definition of recovery is restoring voluntary control over one’s substance use and retaking all of one’s previous responsibilities.

How effective is drug addiction treatment?

Substance use disorders are treatable and remission is achievable for many who seek recovery; by some estimates, more than three-quarters of people who become addicted to alcohol or drugs recover. But that success rarely occurs quickly or on a set timeline; relapse is not only common, but many therapists and clinicians view it as a normal part of the process—not always a sign that a person has returned to addiction, but a signal that their treatment should be adjusted to help them regain control. Overall, research suggests, five years after the end of substance use, one’s risk of relapse is no greater than that of others who had not faced addiction. Other experts believe that complete abstinence is not the only measure of recovery, and that, through effective treatment, many people can learn to control their use.

How can you get addiction treatment for someone?

The most important factor in recovery from addiction is widely understood to be an individual’s commitment to change. For that reason,“interventions” in which friends and family gather to urge or force someone to begin immediate treatment often backfire; even when such efforts do lead someone to begin treatment, they may be less likely to stay than those who are self-driven. Still, family members can play an important role in supporting an individual who seeks help and can take part in family therapy as one element of a loved one’s treatment.