Substance Use Therapists in Almonte, ON

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Lisa Marie
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
Almonte, ON K0A  (Online Only)
As a psychotherapist, my goal is to create a space that is safe, comfortable, and non-judgmental for you to explore any challenges you may be facing. I aim to build a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients, while working collaboratively to help you reach your goals and needs. Together, we can find strategies and tools that can help increase your ability to cope, heal, and grow. Some of my areas of focus include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, grief, substance use, self-harm, anger, stress management, and relationship issues. Sessions are offered for adolescents (14+), adults, and couples.
As a psychotherapist, my goal is to create a space that is safe, comfortable, and non-judgmental for you to explore any challenges you may be facing. I aim to build a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients, while working collaboratively to help you reach your goals and needs. Together, we can find strategies and tools that can help increase your ability to cope, heal, and grow. Some of my areas of focus include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, grief, substance use, self-harm, anger, stress management, and relationship issues. Sessions are offered for adolescents (14+), adults, and couples.
(343) 304-6202 View (343) 304-6202
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Shannon Woolner
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Almonte, ON K0A
My goal is to offer you a safe space by listening to you with openness, curiosity and compassion. I will strive to create a supportive environment in which you feel free to explore your thoughts and feelings, and identify your goals. Perhaps you hope to ease your suffering, deal with trauma (past or present), free yourself from an unhealthy behaviour, or adjust to life transitions. Whatever it may be, we will collaborate to determine how to most effectively help you move forward. Regardless of your goals, my hope is that our work together will help you achieve increased wellness mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
My goal is to offer you a safe space by listening to you with openness, curiosity and compassion. I will strive to create a supportive environment in which you feel free to explore your thoughts and feelings, and identify your goals. Perhaps you hope to ease your suffering, deal with trauma (past or present), free yourself from an unhealthy behaviour, or adjust to life transitions. Whatever it may be, we will collaborate to determine how to most effectively help you move forward. Regardless of your goals, my hope is that our work together will help you achieve increased wellness mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
(343) 801-5194 View (343) 801-5194
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Patrick O'Halloran
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Almonte, ON K0A
As a Registered Social Worker and therapist, I specialize in helping people work through trauma, depression, anxiety, and addictions. I employ an informed, yet relaxed approach to help the therapy process feel accessible. This approach helps many individuals who are new to, unsure or uncomfortable with the idea of counseling. I use a combination of therapeutic techniques, knowledge of neurobiology, physical health, and our nervous system to help people identify and challenge behaviours, reactions, and patterns they want to change or improve.
As a Registered Social Worker and therapist, I specialize in helping people work through trauma, depression, anxiety, and addictions. I employ an informed, yet relaxed approach to help the therapy process feel accessible. This approach helps many individuals who are new to, unsure or uncomfortable with the idea of counseling. I use a combination of therapeutic techniques, knowledge of neurobiology, physical health, and our nervous system to help people identify and challenge behaviours, reactions, and patterns they want to change or improve.
(343) 338-5569 View (343) 338-5569
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Scott Rickman
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
Almonte, ON K0A
Please Note: My practice has now moved to the West end of Ottawa, serving Nepean, Kanata, Stittsville, Almonte and surrounding areas. My area of expertise is with youth and families who are having difficulties coping with their mental health. When stress, anxiety and sadness begin to play too big of a roll in your life, it can seem overwhelming at times. I provide supportive counselling for youth and families in and around the Ottawa area. Those who struggle with emotion regulation, anger management, attachment issues or just general social problems, need someone to talk to and trust.
Please Note: My practice has now moved to the West end of Ottawa, serving Nepean, Kanata, Stittsville, Almonte and surrounding areas. My area of expertise is with youth and families who are having difficulties coping with their mental health. When stress, anxiety and sadness begin to play too big of a roll in your life, it can seem overwhelming at times. I provide supportive counselling for youth and families in and around the Ottawa area. Those who struggle with emotion regulation, anger management, attachment issues or just general social problems, need someone to talk to and trust.
(343) 308-6400 View (343) 308-6400
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Root to Leaf Counselling Ltd
Counsellor, MA , MEd, CCC
Verified Verified
Almonte, ON K0A
I work with individuals who want to feel better - whether you are suffering from the effects of trauma, childhood abuse, neglect, mental health issues, depression, anxiety, or you're just not feeling like yourself anymore. Sometimes a new challenge can trigger old wounds and suddenly life seems overwhelming. Together, we can explore where things may have gone off course to equip you with the insight, skills, and motivation to move forward. My approach is eclectic, using body-based interventions that are safe and proven effective. My belief is that every person has the capacity to heal; No one is broken, and everything is possible.
I work with individuals who want to feel better - whether you are suffering from the effects of trauma, childhood abuse, neglect, mental health issues, depression, anxiety, or you're just not feeling like yourself anymore. Sometimes a new challenge can trigger old wounds and suddenly life seems overwhelming. Together, we can explore where things may have gone off course to equip you with the insight, skills, and motivation to move forward. My approach is eclectic, using body-based interventions that are safe and proven effective. My belief is that every person has the capacity to heal; No one is broken, and everything is possible.
(613) 209-4257 View (613) 209-4257
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Christa McParlan-CLM Counselling and Psychotherapy
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Almonte, ON K0A
At times in our lives we feel lost, overwhelmed and need focused support and reflection to shift our attitude and uncover what it truly creating barriers and stress in our lives and shift towards a healthier and more positive authentic version of ourselves. My goal is to listen and respond with acceptance, compassion, and empathy, providing the space for you to safely explore what is causing you stress, anxiety or sadness, or what is stopping you from feeling fulfilled in your life. Together I believe we are capable of making positive progress towards your goals, especially with the support of being truly understood and validated.
At times in our lives we feel lost, overwhelmed and need focused support and reflection to shift our attitude and uncover what it truly creating barriers and stress in our lives and shift towards a healthier and more positive authentic version of ourselves. My goal is to listen and respond with acceptance, compassion, and empathy, providing the space for you to safely explore what is causing you stress, anxiety or sadness, or what is stopping you from feeling fulfilled in your life. Together I believe we are capable of making positive progress towards your goals, especially with the support of being truly understood and validated.
(613) 900-6046 View (613) 900-6046
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JNM Wellness - Jen Nadon-Murray
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, BSc, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Almonte, ON K0A
At JNM Wellness, we offer compassionate and supportive counselling services to individuals and couples looking to address any of life's many challenges. My own approach is based primarily in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and is always client-directed. I am a firm believer that you are the expert in your own life, and my role is to provide the guidance and support to help you unpack the past, work with the present, and find your way onto your desired path for the future. With a focus on strengths, goal setting, and psychoeducation, I aim to empower my clients to overcome their challenges and achieve their full potential.
At JNM Wellness, we offer compassionate and supportive counselling services to individuals and couples looking to address any of life's many challenges. My own approach is based primarily in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and is always client-directed. I am a firm believer that you are the expert in your own life, and my role is to provide the guidance and support to help you unpack the past, work with the present, and find your way onto your desired path for the future. With a focus on strengths, goal setting, and psychoeducation, I aim to empower my clients to overcome their challenges and achieve their full potential.
(613) 704-5809 View (613) 704-5809
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Colleen Leafloor
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, BCoMS
Verified Verified
Almonte, ON K0A
My intention is to bring a sense of humanity and comfort to therapy, creating an environment founded on non-judgement, empathy, openness, compassion, and humour. I believe that therapeutic progress is best achieved collaboratively, working together to determine realistic goals that incorporate your own worldview and beliefs. I favour an integrative approach to psychotherapy, pulling elements from cognitive behavioural, narrative, and psychodynamic approaches. My approach is always client-directed, as my belief in the collaborative nature of therapy is deeply rooted in my stance towards care.
My intention is to bring a sense of humanity and comfort to therapy, creating an environment founded on non-judgement, empathy, openness, compassion, and humour. I believe that therapeutic progress is best achieved collaboratively, working together to determine realistic goals that incorporate your own worldview and beliefs. I favour an integrative approach to psychotherapy, pulling elements from cognitive behavioural, narrative, and psychodynamic approaches. My approach is always client-directed, as my belief in the collaborative nature of therapy is deeply rooted in my stance towards care.
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Nathalie Héloïse Graveline
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Almonte, ON K0A  (Online Only)
My purpose: "Getting you back on an even keel!" I provide counselling plus other health services to those who struggle with health problems complicated by mental health and or substance-related disorders. Whether you are looking for yourself or you are a health care provider looking to better help your clients, I have something for you. Some of my clients are people who are frustrated with the fragmented approach to concurrent disorders while others are people who are struggling but "not sick enough" to fit admission's criteria to the publicly funded services they seek. More at https://evenkeelhealth.ca/about-even-keel-health/
My purpose: "Getting you back on an even keel!" I provide counselling plus other health services to those who struggle with health problems complicated by mental health and or substance-related disorders. Whether you are looking for yourself or you are a health care provider looking to better help your clients, I have something for you. Some of my clients are people who are frustrated with the fragmented approach to concurrent disorders while others are people who are struggling but "not sick enough" to fit admission's criteria to the publicly funded services they seek. More at https://evenkeelhealth.ca/about-even-keel-health/
(613) 558-1967 View (613) 558-1967

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Lindsay Abrames
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K0A
Are you feeling stuck in a cycle of secrecy, shame, and isolation that often accompanies alcohol and/or substance use? Maybe you are wondering if you have a problem with substances, are contemplating change, or are interested in relapse prevention to sustain your gains in recovery. Alternatively, are you exhausted and feeling helpless as you navigate a loved one’s substance use and mental health concerns? Perhaps you are worried about your own well-being and want to reconnect with yourself. I also support individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, grief/loss, chronic stress, and major life transitions.
Are you feeling stuck in a cycle of secrecy, shame, and isolation that often accompanies alcohol and/or substance use? Maybe you are wondering if you have a problem with substances, are contemplating change, or are interested in relapse prevention to sustain your gains in recovery. Alternatively, are you exhausted and feeling helpless as you navigate a loved one’s substance use and mental health concerns? Perhaps you are worried about your own well-being and want to reconnect with yourself. I also support individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, grief/loss, chronic stress, and major life transitions.
(343) 321-0790 View (343) 321-0790
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Whitney Wesley
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K0A  (Online Only)
If you're facing problematic substance use or addiction you probably feel tired, out of control, and maybe even hopeless. The good news is, there is hope and you're not alone. Addiction comes in many different forms and is a complex issue to manage. If you or someone you love are looking for help or support please reach out. I support people with substance use, misuse, abuse, dependence, mental health concerns, as well as their family and friends who often feel uncertain as to how to move forward.
If you're facing problematic substance use or addiction you probably feel tired, out of control, and maybe even hopeless. The good news is, there is hope and you're not alone. Addiction comes in many different forms and is a complex issue to manage. If you or someone you love are looking for help or support please reach out. I support people with substance use, misuse, abuse, dependence, mental health concerns, as well as their family and friends who often feel uncertain as to how to move forward.
(873) 514-5015 View (873) 514-5015
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Dave Neary Registered Psychotherapist
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MEd
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K0A
Although I work with a wide range of client issues, a few of my counseling specialties are Men's Issues, Substance Use, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Relationships (individuals only), OCD, Bi-polar Disorder, Veterans, 1st Responders and L.
Accepting New Clients - As Available: I am a caring and empathic psychotherapist who works from a strengths-based approach and help people to resolve troubling issues in their lives. My services are tailored to your needs. My goal is for you to live a more peaceful and balanced life and to learn coping strategies to carry with you after counselling is completed. As in all counselling, we will work together to find solutions to the issues you bring to the counselling session. Visit my website at nearycounsellingkingston.ca
Although I work with a wide range of client issues, a few of my counseling specialties are Men's Issues, Substance Use, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Relationships (individuals only), OCD, Bi-polar Disorder, Veterans, 1st Responders and L.
Accepting New Clients - As Available: I am a caring and empathic psychotherapist who works from a strengths-based approach and help people to resolve troubling issues in their lives. My services are tailored to your needs. My goal is for you to live a more peaceful and balanced life and to learn coping strategies to carry with you after counselling is completed. As in all counselling, we will work together to find solutions to the issues you bring to the counselling session. Visit my website at nearycounsellingkingston.ca
(613) 704-5832 View (613) 704-5832
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Jill Hernandez
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, BA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K0A
Hello! Here's a little about me: I have been a masters level registered social worker since 2013 and have been in clinical counselling / psychotherapy roles for 13 years. I specialize in working with youth and younger adults (under 40) and their families with a myriad of challenges including addictions (substance use and behavioural) and mental health (anxiety, depression, adjustment, stress, difficulty coping, eating disorders, trauma, OCD and more) and parenting coaching / support. I also provide clinical case consultation and supervision to other therapists and agencies. Proudly serving Embrun, Russell, Casselman & Navan area.
Hello! Here's a little about me: I have been a masters level registered social worker since 2013 and have been in clinical counselling / psychotherapy roles for 13 years. I specialize in working with youth and younger adults (under 40) and their families with a myriad of challenges including addictions (substance use and behavioural) and mental health (anxiety, depression, adjustment, stress, difficulty coping, eating disorders, trauma, OCD and more) and parenting coaching / support. I also provide clinical case consultation and supervision to other therapists and agencies. Proudly serving Embrun, Russell, Casselman & Navan area.
(613) 902-6711 View (613) 902-6711
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Caroline Nguyen
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA Coun, BA Soc, BA Arts
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K0A  (Online Only)
I have experience supporting and guiding individuals through concerns about mood, anxiety, occupational/school stress, cultural and racial identity, gender and sexuality, refugee and (re)settlement experiences, trauma, substance use and addictions, interpersonal and relational problems, and more.
I’m from Melbourne, Australia and lived in Toronto for over three years. Prior to living in Canada, I spent over five years as a mental health clinician working in youth mental health, community health, and addictions. I’m incredibly passionate about supporting adolescents, teenagers and young adults, to achieve optimal mental wellness and thrive in their communities.
I have experience supporting and guiding individuals through concerns about mood, anxiety, occupational/school stress, cultural and racial identity, gender and sexuality, refugee and (re)settlement experiences, trauma, substance use and addictions, interpersonal and relational problems, and more.
I’m from Melbourne, Australia and lived in Toronto for over three years. Prior to living in Canada, I spent over five years as a mental health clinician working in youth mental health, community health, and addictions. I’m incredibly passionate about supporting adolescents, teenagers and young adults, to achieve optimal mental wellness and thrive in their communities.
(647) 360-2196 View (647) 360-2196
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Julie Brown
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K0A  (Online Only)
Although I have experience treating a variety of issues, I have a specialized interest in eating disorders, addiction/substance use, and personality disorders.
I am here for those who have been left without support, invalidated, and let down. I hear that you are looking to be seen for the reasons behind why you are hurting. I am here to prioritize your needs and goals, and to support you on your journey to recovery.
Although I have experience treating a variety of issues, I have a specialized interest in eating disorders, addiction/substance use, and personality disorders.
I am here for those who have been left without support, invalidated, and let down. I hear that you are looking to be seen for the reasons behind why you are hurting. I am here to prioritize your needs and goals, and to support you on your journey to recovery.
(437) 747-2934 View (437) 747-2934
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Katey Wattam
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K0A  (Online Only)
Welcome! As a queer therapist and artist, I’m guided by my mixed English, Irish, Franco-Ontarian, and Anishinaabe ancestry. I would be honoured to walk with you on your journey, offering a supportive, open, and empathetic environment for exploring your experiences and inherent wisdom. My practice is trauma-informed, strengths-based, and client-centered. Whether you're navigating overwhelming emotions, relationship difficulties, trauma, grief, substance use, or mood disorders, my commitment is to create a compassionate and safe space for untangling these challenges.
Welcome! As a queer therapist and artist, I’m guided by my mixed English, Irish, Franco-Ontarian, and Anishinaabe ancestry. I would be honoured to walk with you on your journey, offering a supportive, open, and empathetic environment for exploring your experiences and inherent wisdom. My practice is trauma-informed, strengths-based, and client-centered. Whether you're navigating overwhelming emotions, relationship difficulties, trauma, grief, substance use, or mood disorders, my commitment is to create a compassionate and safe space for untangling these challenges.
(647) 694-9125 View (647) 694-9125
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First Step Men's Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MA, RP, CSAT(C), EMDR
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K0A  (Online Only)
My specialties include: trauma and PTSD, grief, anger management, sexual addiction, porn addiction, anxiety, ADHD, career guidance, addiction, substance use, infidelity, depression, coping skills, sexual abuse, chronic pain, and life transitions.
Stuck? Lost? Broken? Disconnected? Powerless? Hopeless? Many men wait too long to seek help for the challenges they face. You may not feel safe talking with others, particularly if you have experienced trauma, abuse, anxiety, addition, grief, or shame. Often, even those they are closest to you may understand or know the depth of your pain. You may feel that you are burdening others with your problems, and may have tried to solve your issues on your own, often leading deeper struggles and, at times, greater loss and pain. Tired of suffering? Book a free 20-minute consultation. No waitlist. Get started with a free consultation today.
My specialties include: trauma and PTSD, grief, anger management, sexual addiction, porn addiction, anxiety, ADHD, career guidance, addiction, substance use, infidelity, depression, coping skills, sexual abuse, chronic pain, and life transitions.
Stuck? Lost? Broken? Disconnected? Powerless? Hopeless? Many men wait too long to seek help for the challenges they face. You may not feel safe talking with others, particularly if you have experienced trauma, abuse, anxiety, addition, grief, or shame. Often, even those they are closest to you may understand or know the depth of your pain. You may feel that you are burdening others with your problems, and may have tried to solve your issues on your own, often leading deeper struggles and, at times, greater loss and pain. Tired of suffering? Book a free 20-minute consultation. No waitlist. Get started with a free consultation today.
(289) 274-7312 View (289) 274-7312
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Lee Thomas
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K0A  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I work with individual adults on a variety of issues including anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, substance use, and shame.
I work with individual adults on a variety of issues including anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, substance use, and shame.
(506) 703-8969 View (506) 703-8969
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Marty Petrovich
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K0A  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am experienced working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, substance use concerns, major life changes and relationship issues.
Hello and welcome! I'm a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist and I look forward to connecting with you. Searching for the right therapist can be a daunting task, especially when this is likely a vulnerable time in your life. I hope my profile can provide you with a bit of clarity and calm in your search. If we were to work together, my priority would be to build a trusting and genuine therapeutic relationship with you. I strive to provide a nonjudgmental, empathetic space for self-exploration, processing difficult experiences/emotions, and working towards your goals. I also always encourage feedback from you along the way.
I am experienced working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, substance use concerns, major life changes and relationship issues.
Hello and welcome! I'm a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist and I look forward to connecting with you. Searching for the right therapist can be a daunting task, especially when this is likely a vulnerable time in your life. I hope my profile can provide you with a bit of clarity and calm in your search. If we were to work together, my priority would be to build a trusting and genuine therapeutic relationship with you. I strive to provide a nonjudgmental, empathetic space for self-exploration, processing difficult experiences/emotions, and working towards your goals. I also always encourage feedback from you along the way.
(437) 747-3906 View (437) 747-3906
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Melissa Philpott
Registered Social Worker, MSW,, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K0A
I have additional training to support individuals with Disorder Eating/Eating Disorders, substance use/harm reduction, suicide intervention and sexual violence.
My work is guided by curiosity, connection and is rooted in values of authentic collaboration. My therapeutic foundations are rooted within relational, client-directed, strengths perspective, trauma-informed, feminist and structural frameworks. With a deep sense of compassion and respect, I seek to create a warm, safe, and non-judgmental space that facilitates self-awareness, healing and growth. Together, we can begin to tease apart the adaptive approaches to dealing with and moving through life you've grown accustomed to, and begin to untangle patterns that are serving you, and patterns you may be interested in moving beyond.
I have additional training to support individuals with Disorder Eating/Eating Disorders, substance use/harm reduction, suicide intervention and sexual violence.
My work is guided by curiosity, connection and is rooted in values of authentic collaboration. My therapeutic foundations are rooted within relational, client-directed, strengths perspective, trauma-informed, feminist and structural frameworks. With a deep sense of compassion and respect, I seek to create a warm, safe, and non-judgmental space that facilitates self-awareness, healing and growth. Together, we can begin to tease apart the adaptive approaches to dealing with and moving through life you've grown accustomed to, and begin to untangle patterns that are serving you, and patterns you may be interested in moving beyond.
(613) 416-3631 View (613) 416-3631

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Substance Use Counsellors

How do substance and drug recovery or rehabilitation programs work?

In inpatient programs, individuals live in a facility with other clients in recovery; in outpatient programs, individuals reside at home. These facilities are staffed with healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, psychologists, counsellors, and psychotherapists. Staff often also includes people who have recovered themselves, serving as mentors and guides. These programs may use abstinence, harm reduction, detoxification, psychotherapy, and other methods.

How do 12-step programs combined with psychotherapy work?

Members of 12-step programs help each other reach abstinence and work to maintain it. These programs promote complete change in the individual’s emotional, mental, physical, and even spiritual perspectives. Some programs require that new members attend 90 meetings in 90 days. Many people do attend these programs in conjunction with their work in psychotherapy; the combination of therapy along with 12-step can be extremely effective.

How does harm reduction combined with psychotherapy work?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, harm reduction prevents death, injury, disease, overdose, and substance misuse. People who choose harm reduction for substance use reduce the amount of drugs they consume. It is not abstinence-based like a 12-step program, but combining harm reduction with psychotherapy proves to be effective for many people.

Are there specific medications for substance and drug use?

There are medications approved to treat substance use disorder—such as buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone, and acamprosate. These medications do help people cope with substance use as well as avoid the problem of relapse. Naltrexone can help reduce cravings, methadone is an opioid medication used to treat severe pain, and acamprosate may help ease symptoms like poor sleep and anxious feelings.