Addiction Therapists in Vancouver, BC

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Liz Kay
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, RCC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V6J
Liz Kay holds a Masters of Social Work and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She has extensive experience working with transitional age youth (15- 30 years old) with substance use and other mental health concerns. Her clinical skills have been informed by her work a variety of settings including residential treatment, outreach, non-profit agencies and provincial health. She is the past clinic head of the BC Children's Hospital Provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders Program where she was supporting assessments, providing treatment and providing treatment and educating students and mental health professionals around the Province.
Liz Kay holds a Masters of Social Work and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She has extensive experience working with transitional age youth (15- 30 years old) with substance use and other mental health concerns. Her clinical skills have been informed by her work a variety of settings including residential treatment, outreach, non-profit agencies and provincial health. She is the past clinic head of the BC Children's Hospital Provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders Program where she was supporting assessments, providing treatment and providing treatment and educating students and mental health professionals around the Province.
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Jean-Jacques Rosemond
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5Y  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hello, are you going through some difficult times right now, either struggling to cope with challenges, feeling overwhelmed, stuck or unsure of what to do? Having trouble with work or personal relationships? I am an experienced psychotherapist and I offer individual therapy services for a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction problems, relationship problems, grief, life transitions, etc
Hello, are you going through some difficult times right now, either struggling to cope with challenges, feeling overwhelmed, stuck or unsure of what to do? Having trouble with work or personal relationships? I am an experienced psychotherapist and I offer individual therapy services for a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction problems, relationship problems, grief, life transitions, etc
(343) 342-0381 View (343) 342-0381
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Kelli Corrigan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6J
My clinical practice areas include Addiction/Substance Misuse, Substance-Affected, Complex Trauma, Grief and Loss, and Life Transitions.
Hello and welcome. I am a Registered Social Worker in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario. For the past 20 years, I have worked in a community health care setting providing counselling to individuals, families and groups who are coping with complex health issues including substance misuse/addiction, trauma, mental health, grief and loss, substance affected, chronic illness, identity and relationship issues.
My clinical practice areas include Addiction/Substance Misuse, Substance-Affected, Complex Trauma, Grief and Loss, and Life Transitions.
Hello and welcome. I am a Registered Social Worker in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario. For the past 20 years, I have worked in a community health care setting providing counselling to individuals, families and groups who are coping with complex health issues including substance misuse/addiction, trauma, mental health, grief and loss, substance affected, chronic illness, identity and relationship issues.
(825) 525-2693 View (825) 525-2693
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Trevor Gray
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V5N  (Online Only)
With a decade of experience working in the area of mental health and addiction, I've supported individuals through diverse challenges.
I offer individual therapy/counselling services in British Columbia. My practice is person-centred, trauma-informed, and draws largely from Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Narrative approaches. I believe each person is the expert in their own life and inherently has the knowledge and resources necessary to guide the therapeutic process, make changes, and move toward their preferred ways of living. I'm here to support you in this process.
With a decade of experience working in the area of mental health and addiction, I've supported individuals through diverse challenges.
I offer individual therapy/counselling services in British Columbia. My practice is person-centred, trauma-informed, and draws largely from Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Narrative approaches. I believe each person is the expert in their own life and inherently has the knowledge and resources necessary to guide the therapeutic process, make changes, and move toward their preferred ways of living. I'm here to support you in this process.
(450) 233-6050 View (450) 233-6050
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Stephen Douglas
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RCC, RP
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5W  (Online Only)
Are you are looking to gain insight about your recurring problems in relationship, wondering how to resolve conflict and co-empower rather than compete with loved ones? Do you feel stuck within recurring patterns leading back to to unresolved anger, discouragement, or worry? For over thirty years I have been helping individuals who have emotional or relationship blocks that may lead to relationship break-up, depression, anxiety, chronic anger, or addiction. In addition to individual sessions, I also support assist couples and families, validating each family members' need and helping facilitate communication without blame.
Are you are looking to gain insight about your recurring problems in relationship, wondering how to resolve conflict and co-empower rather than compete with loved ones? Do you feel stuck within recurring patterns leading back to to unresolved anger, discouragement, or worry? For over thirty years I have been helping individuals who have emotional or relationship blocks that may lead to relationship break-up, depression, anxiety, chronic anger, or addiction. In addition to individual sessions, I also support assist couples and families, validating each family members' need and helping facilitate communication without blame.
(438) 901-4391 View (438) 901-4391
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Noel Tait
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, CCAC, BA
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V5V  (Online Only)
When we break the cycle of addiction we discover choice.
Are drugs and alcohol interfering with your life? Thinking about making some changes but now sure where to start? Are you concerned about a loved one and need some guidance and support? Call me - I can help. Together we can discover choice, find hope, and create a road map for what to do next. Compassion, understanding and empowerment have been central to my own journey of recovery and are at the heart of my approach. I'm a Nationally Certified Addictions Counsellor and have been involved in all facets of Addiction Recovery for over 15 years.
When we break the cycle of addiction we discover choice.
Are drugs and alcohol interfering with your life? Thinking about making some changes but now sure where to start? Are you concerned about a loved one and need some guidance and support? Call me - I can help. Together we can discover choice, find hope, and create a road map for what to do next. Compassion, understanding and empowerment have been central to my own journey of recovery and are at the heart of my approach. I'm a Nationally Certified Addictions Counsellor and have been involved in all facets of Addiction Recovery for over 15 years.
(778) 400-1387 View (778) 400-1387
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Mike Mathers - Wellness Evolved Counselling
Counsellor, MSc, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6B
If you or a loved one are suffering from addictions or are concerned about emotional well being please get in touch for a FREE 20 minute phone consult. I am a Counsellor with 15 years of experience working in residential and outpatient treatment programs with both individuals and groups. I have a passion for helping individuals and families impacted by substance use disorders as well as for supporting first responders dealing with operational stress injuries. I use a blend of approaches including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, existential therapy and mindfulness.
If you or a loved one are suffering from addictions or are concerned about emotional well being please get in touch for a FREE 20 minute phone consult. I am a Counsellor with 15 years of experience working in residential and outpatient treatment programs with both individuals and groups. I have a passion for helping individuals and families impacted by substance use disorders as well as for supporting first responders dealing with operational stress injuries. I use a blend of approaches including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, existential therapy and mindfulness.
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Reza Roodi Counselling & Consulting
Counsellor, MSc, RCC, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V5R
I understand it can be difficult to reach out for help, whether you or your loved ones are experiencing substance use issues, anxiety, depression, pornography issues, family conflict, or problems with interpersonal relationships.
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor/Psychotherapist with 25 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families, I use a client-centred, integrative approach to address the therapeutic goals of clients. No one should be defined by their diagnoses, and rather than placing emphasis on what is not working, I collaborate with clients to determine what actions can be taken to improve on their circumstances. All individuals exist along their own continuum of mental health, and with adequate supports and a focus on holistic well-being, every client can be nurtured towards growth and a healthier sense of self.
I understand it can be difficult to reach out for help, whether you or your loved ones are experiencing substance use issues, anxiety, depression, pornography issues, family conflict, or problems with interpersonal relationships.
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor/Psychotherapist with 25 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families, I use a client-centred, integrative approach to address the therapeutic goals of clients. No one should be defined by their diagnoses, and rather than placing emphasis on what is not working, I collaborate with clients to determine what actions can be taken to improve on their circumstances. All individuals exist along their own continuum of mental health, and with adequate supports and a focus on holistic well-being, every client can be nurtured towards growth and a healthier sense of self.
(604) 200-8346 View (604) 200-8346
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Love With Boundaries
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V6K  (Online Only)
Having an addicted person in your life can feel like a nightmare and tear your family apart. In order for addiction to have a chance of healing, we must first address the dynamics of the addict's relationships with their loved ones. Many loved ones unwittingly enable the addiction to continue, sometimes because they want to avoid confrontation and conflict. As the enabling continues, the addiction continues as well-and becomes progressively worse. It is important to understand that enabling an addict is never a loving act-and only leads to more severe consequences as time goes on.
Having an addicted person in your life can feel like a nightmare and tear your family apart. In order for addiction to have a chance of healing, we must first address the dynamics of the addict's relationships with their loved ones. Many loved ones unwittingly enable the addiction to continue, sometimes because they want to avoid confrontation and conflict. As the enabling continues, the addiction continues as well-and becomes progressively worse. It is important to understand that enabling an addict is never a loving act-and only leads to more severe consequences as time goes on.
(604) 239-8429 View (604) 239-8429
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Michael Indermaur
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5L
I am a student counsellor in the final stages of obtaining my Master of Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I'm lucky enough to be at East Vancouver Counselling for my practicum, which offers a range of counsellors for a diverse array of clients, and allows me to offer affordable counselling. My experience and interests centre around identity, self-esteem, community, relationships, spirituality, and addiction. My clients include people who experience anxiety, depression, stigma, poor self-confidence, addictions, behavioural concerns, anger, and those who are dissatisfied with their lives, their relationships, or jobs.
I am a student counsellor in the final stages of obtaining my Master of Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I'm lucky enough to be at East Vancouver Counselling for my practicum, which offers a range of counsellors for a diverse array of clients, and allows me to offer affordable counselling. My experience and interests centre around identity, self-esteem, community, relationships, spirituality, and addiction. My clients include people who experience anxiety, depression, stigma, poor self-confidence, addictions, behavioural concerns, anger, and those who are dissatisfied with their lives, their relationships, or jobs.
(579) 589-3046 View (579) 589-3046
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Heather Talbot
Counsellor, MTC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6B
I have been working as a counsellor for over ten years and specialize in working with trauma, substance use and mental health conditions.
There are so many reasons a person might choose to seek counselling. Perhaps some life experience has left you feeling overwhelmed and disconnected; perhaps you struggle with depression or anxiety. There may be behaviours that you are engaging in that you don’t feel good about or are causing problems in your life, or maybe there’s a more general feeling of malaise or low self esteem. If you want to move forward in your life, change behaviours or unwanted patterns; restore a sense of meaning and purpose; build confidence and vitality; and learn healthier ways to cope with life's challenges... I believe I can help!
I have been working as a counsellor for over ten years and specialize in working with trauma, substance use and mental health conditions.
There are so many reasons a person might choose to seek counselling. Perhaps some life experience has left you feeling overwhelmed and disconnected; perhaps you struggle with depression or anxiety. There may be behaviours that you are engaging in that you don’t feel good about or are causing problems in your life, or maybe there’s a more general feeling of malaise or low self esteem. If you want to move forward in your life, change behaviours or unwanted patterns; restore a sense of meaning and purpose; build confidence and vitality; and learn healthier ways to cope with life's challenges... I believe I can help!
(778) 901-7092 View (778) 901-7092
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Good Life Therapy Centre
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V6C
Our team is skilled in working with addiction issues, anxiety and depression issues, early childhood trauma, and the Developmental Model of Couples therapy.
At GLTC our staff is committed to helping couples and individuals develop the skills needed to live their best lives. Each staff member is highly trained in proven approaches, utilizing tools for change to guide you to live with happiness and purpose.. Through effective relationship counseling, addiction counseling and trauma therapy, we have successfully helped thousands of clients reach their personal and relationship goals. Our team of therapists is hand-selected because of their areas of expertise and they are focused on inspiring hope for a brighter future for you and your loved ones.
Our team is skilled in working with addiction issues, anxiety and depression issues, early childhood trauma, and the Developmental Model of Couples therapy.
At GLTC our staff is committed to helping couples and individuals develop the skills needed to live their best lives. Each staff member is highly trained in proven approaches, utilizing tools for change to guide you to live with happiness and purpose.. Through effective relationship counseling, addiction counseling and trauma therapy, we have successfully helped thousands of clients reach their personal and relationship goals. Our team of therapists is hand-selected because of their areas of expertise and they are focused on inspiring hope for a brighter future for you and your loved ones.
(604) 682-1484 View (604) 682-1484
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Robert Hammond
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, ICADC, CCAC, SAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5R
As someone who has personally experienced addiction in my own life, I am deeply passionate about helping others who are struggling with addiction to find the support and resources they need to overcome their challenges.
Addiction is a complex and challenging battle, but it's important to remember that recovery is not only possible but within reach for everyone. I firmly believe that every person deserves a chance to rewrite their story, and that's why I am passionate about providing comprehensive and personalized counseling to support individuals in their recovery process. Through a combination of evidence-based approaches, compassionate support, and a client-centered focus, I empower my clients to navigate the obstacles on their path to recovery.
As someone who has personally experienced addiction in my own life, I am deeply passionate about helping others who are struggling with addiction to find the support and resources they need to overcome their challenges.
Addiction is a complex and challenging battle, but it's important to remember that recovery is not only possible but within reach for everyone. I firmly believe that every person deserves a chance to rewrite their story, and that's why I am passionate about providing comprehensive and personalized counseling to support individuals in their recovery process. Through a combination of evidence-based approaches, compassionate support, and a client-centered focus, I empower my clients to navigate the obstacles on their path to recovery.
(778) 839-8848 View (778) 839-8848
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Maryam Dada
Counsellor, BA, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6B
I specialize in addiction and recovery, grief and loss, trauma, life transitions, anxiety, depression, relational, and family concerns.
Hi there, my name is Maryam, and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). My goal is to provide you a safe space to express how you’re feeling. I am a second-generation South-Asian settler living, working, and playing, on the sacred, stolen, and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. I identify as a third-culture kid and know how difficult it can be to feel like you belong, especially while struggling with the multiple pressures of our communities or families.
I specialize in addiction and recovery, grief and loss, trauma, life transitions, anxiety, depression, relational, and family concerns.
Hi there, my name is Maryam, and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). My goal is to provide you a safe space to express how you’re feeling. I am a second-generation South-Asian settler living, working, and playing, on the sacred, stolen, and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. I identify as a third-culture kid and know how difficult it can be to feel like you belong, especially while struggling with the multiple pressures of our communities or families.
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Dave Anthony A Good Place Counselling & Coaching
Counsellor, RTC, CCP, BAL
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6G
If you are struggling with addiction, the substance is filling a void in your life.
Living in the present, and working towards a fulfilling, and healthy future is our focus. You are the expert on ‘you’. I am a visitor on a tour of your life with you as the guide. While I specialize in addiction, anxiety, and depression, I am able to work with you on any subject, and challenge you are facing. I focus on the Existential Method of therapy. Finding meaning, and purpose in your life is our goal. We will create a path towards realizing yours. Life in the present, while looking forward can be the key to success.
If you are struggling with addiction, the substance is filling a void in your life.
Living in the present, and working towards a fulfilling, and healthy future is our focus. You are the expert on ‘you’. I am a visitor on a tour of your life with you as the guide. While I specialize in addiction, anxiety, and depression, I am able to work with you on any subject, and challenge you are facing. I focus on the Existential Method of therapy. Finding meaning, and purpose in your life is our goal. We will create a path towards realizing yours. Life in the present, while looking forward can be the key to success.
(778) 766-5522 View (778) 766-5522
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Ana Claudia Naoufal
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V6J  (Online Only)
These include: depression, anxiety, addiction, loss of identity, spiritual and existential crisis, low self worth, relationships, etc.
Sometimes, when you find yourself in the dark you think you have been buried, when actually, you have always been planted and given an opportunity to grow.I am here to help you find your way out of the dark and guide you back to yourself, to the light, and towards an aligned and authentic life.I will walk with you through the journey towards healing, growth, and the freedom that comes with becoming who you were born to be, reintegrating you with the true essence of love, kindness, and a life worth living, which is often found on the other side of the pain.Together we co-create a sacred space where both of us show up as we are.
These include: depression, anxiety, addiction, loss of identity, spiritual and existential crisis, low self worth, relationships, etc.
Sometimes, when you find yourself in the dark you think you have been buried, when actually, you have always been planted and given an opportunity to grow.I am here to help you find your way out of the dark and guide you back to yourself, to the light, and towards an aligned and authentic life.I will walk with you through the journey towards healing, growth, and the freedom that comes with becoming who you were born to be, reintegrating you with the true essence of love, kindness, and a life worth living, which is often found on the other side of the pain.Together we co-create a sacred space where both of us show up as we are.
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Anna MacGillivray
Counsellor, MCP, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6Z
Being a human comes with all kinds of challenges; whether you've struggled with your relationship to food and your body, substance use, or disconnection from your day to day. Feeling overwhelmed, down on yourself, and isolated, can impact every aspect of our lives from our relationships, to our work, and to our physical health. Sometimes our struggles get bigger than us and feel too daunting to tackle on our own. Reaching for help can allow you to feel empowered and at ease within your life.
Being a human comes with all kinds of challenges; whether you've struggled with your relationship to food and your body, substance use, or disconnection from your day to day. Feeling overwhelmed, down on yourself, and isolated, can impact every aspect of our lives from our relationships, to our work, and to our physical health. Sometimes our struggles get bigger than us and feel too daunting to tackle on our own. Reaching for help can allow you to feel empowered and at ease within your life.
(587) 841-0409 View (587) 841-0409
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Jill Herauf
Counsellor, MC, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V6H
I work with individuals dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, sleep disturbances/insomnia, addiction, self-esteem, and life transitions.
We all struggle at one point or another in our lives, and asking for help can be the first step toward healing. Whatever it is you're going through, I'm here to help you discover that things aren't always as difficult as our minds may have us believe. My goal is to instill hope that things can get better and to create opportunities for growth and living as your most authentic self.
I work with individuals dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, sleep disturbances/insomnia, addiction, self-esteem, and life transitions.
We all struggle at one point or another in our lives, and asking for help can be the first step toward healing. Whatever it is you're going through, I'm here to help you discover that things aren't always as difficult as our minds may have us believe. My goal is to instill hope that things can get better and to create opportunities for growth and living as your most authentic self.
(587) 816-2857 View (587) 816-2857
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Justin Bagan
Counsellor, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V6H  (Online Only)
Overwhelmed by life's challenges? Whether it's anxiety, complex relationships, substance use, impulsive habits, depression, or feeling lost and disconnected, you're not alone. With a background in addiction and substance use counselling, I’ve walked alongside clients to figure out what practical insights, tools, and resources to draw on to move forward. Originally from Winnipeg, my approach is based in CBT and Taoist and Buddhist philosophy. Successes with clients in areas of personal well-being, relationships, family, behavioral health, coping, and adapting to changes inform our work together.
Overwhelmed by life's challenges? Whether it's anxiety, complex relationships, substance use, impulsive habits, depression, or feeling lost and disconnected, you're not alone. With a background in addiction and substance use counselling, I’ve walked alongside clients to figure out what practical insights, tools, and resources to draw on to move forward. Originally from Winnipeg, my approach is based in CBT and Taoist and Buddhist philosophy. Successes with clients in areas of personal well-being, relationships, family, behavioral health, coping, and adapting to changes inform our work together.
(778) 762-0364 View (778) 762-0364
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Rebeka Senanayake
Counsellor, MCP, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6B
My desire to serve the community in which I grew up in, has always been important to me. I have worked at overdose prevention sites, harm reduction residential facilities, suicide crisis lines, and employment family assistance program (EFAP). It’s been a privilege to work with such a diverse range of clients. Having lived experience as a first responder, I am aware of how trauma can profoundly impact the mind and body. I utilize a blend of evidence-based practices including humanistic culturally responsive and socially just approaches (CRSJ). I specialize in addiction, relationships, trauma, anxiety and depression.
My desire to serve the community in which I grew up in, has always been important to me. I have worked at overdose prevention sites, harm reduction residential facilities, suicide crisis lines, and employment family assistance program (EFAP). It’s been a privilege to work with such a diverse range of clients. Having lived experience as a first responder, I am aware of how trauma can profoundly impact the mind and body. I utilize a blend of evidence-based practices including humanistic culturally responsive and socially just approaches (CRSJ). I specialize in addiction, relationships, trauma, anxiety and depression.
(365) 297-2611 View (365) 297-2611

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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.