Addiction Therapists in Barrie, ON

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Brianne Flaherty Counselling Services
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, BA, CCAC, CCTP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
I hold Certifications as a Canadian Addiction Counsellor and Clinical Trauma Professional, and a registered member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation.
Brianne Flaherty Counselling Services is a private practice facilitating virtual sessions. Working from a trauma-informed, strengths-based, integrative model, our team brings over 25 years of experience working in the addiction and mental health field. We work with adolescents, adult individuals and couples who are seeking meaningful change in their lives. We gently explore unhealthy habits, uncomfortable feelings and begin to shift your experience so you can live a grounded, joyful, present life. Change IS possible.
I hold Certifications as a Canadian Addiction Counsellor and Clinical Trauma Professional, and a registered member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation.
Brianne Flaherty Counselling Services is a private practice facilitating virtual sessions. Working from a trauma-informed, strengths-based, integrative model, our team brings over 25 years of experience working in the addiction and mental health field. We work with adolescents, adult individuals and couples who are seeking meaningful change in their lives. We gently explore unhealthy habits, uncomfortable feelings and begin to shift your experience so you can live a grounded, joyful, present life. Change IS possible.
(249) 496-1956 View (249) 496-1956
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Effie Mitskopoulos - Holistic Psychotherapy
Registered Social Worker, HBSc, MSW, RSW, CHyp, CYT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
I specialize in letting go of emotions, trauma, and addiction and establishing a life (and self) you love.
Your health, energy, and vitality are linked to your emotions, thoughts, and behaviour. Stress affects how you feel, think, behave, and how your body works. This can manifest as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, illness, addiction, or from trauma. I treat you as a whole person (body, mind, and spirit), personalizing various modalities like Mindfulness, CBT, DBT, yoga, and Hypnosis to work for you so distress is released and healthy patterns are established. I teach you skills so that you live a happy, peaceful, and meaningful life.
I specialize in letting go of emotions, trauma, and addiction and establishing a life (and self) you love.
Your health, energy, and vitality are linked to your emotions, thoughts, and behaviour. Stress affects how you feel, think, behave, and how your body works. This can manifest as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, illness, addiction, or from trauma. I treat you as a whole person (body, mind, and spirit), personalizing various modalities like Mindfulness, CBT, DBT, yoga, and Hypnosis to work for you so distress is released and healthy patterns are established. I teach you skills so that you live a happy, peaceful, and meaningful life.
(249) 294-1342 View (249) 294-1342
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Van Shanahan
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, MACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
There is a lot going on in our lives. Between work and school, family and friends, it can be difficult to balance everything. With mental health and substance use issues affecting our lives, it can be difficult to find any balance at all. Maybe you have goals, but you are not sure how to achieve them. Perhaps you want to maintain and improve your relationships with family, friends, and intimate partners. Or maybe you are anxious or depressed and you want to learn how to cope with or overcome these issues.
There is a lot going on in our lives. Between work and school, family and friends, it can be difficult to balance everything. With mental health and substance use issues affecting our lives, it can be difficult to find any balance at all. Maybe you have goals, but you are not sure how to achieve them. Perhaps you want to maintain and improve your relationships with family, friends, and intimate partners. Or maybe you are anxious or depressed and you want to learn how to cope with or overcome these issues.
(249) 490-4853 View (249) 490-4853
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Brendon Antill
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, MACP
Verified
7 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Based on personal experiences, Brendon is well-suited to working with individuals and families affected by interpersonal conflict, anxiety, depression, and addiction.
Through a nonjudgmental attitude, humour, and genuine care for others, Brendon enjoys building trust quickly in therapeutic relationships. His holistic approach takes into consideration clients’ physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing using an integration of Eastern philosophy and Western psychological techniques. This blend of perspectives encourages an exploration of the inner self, the cultivation of a deeper understanding of thoughts and emotions, and empowers with practical skills that foster growth and resilience.
Based on personal experiences, Brendon is well-suited to working with individuals and families affected by interpersonal conflict, anxiety, depression, and addiction.
Through a nonjudgmental attitude, humour, and genuine care for others, Brendon enjoys building trust quickly in therapeutic relationships. His holistic approach takes into consideration clients’ physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing using an integration of Eastern philosophy and Western psychological techniques. This blend of perspectives encourages an exploration of the inner self, the cultivation of a deeper understanding of thoughts and emotions, and empowers with practical skills that foster growth and resilience.
(249) 507-5348 View (249) 507-5348
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Kim M Kitchen
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, OAMHP
Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
I worked for 17 years providing community based therapy/counselling as an Addictions Therapist with a premier mental health and addictions hospital. Recently I have been the Senior Clinician with a community based mental health services program. I offer personalized and confidential services with a non-judgemental, empathic, and supportive approach. Along with Addiction based services for individuals and their family members, I have worked extensively with parent-teen and family based conflict, relationships, domestic violence, trauma, anger management and conflict resolution, mental health (eg. anxiety, depression, grief/loss, OCD, stress, suicide) as well as school refusal and peer difficulties.
I worked for 17 years providing community based therapy/counselling as an Addictions Therapist with a premier mental health and addictions hospital. Recently I have been the Senior Clinician with a community based mental health services program. I offer personalized and confidential services with a non-judgemental, empathic, and supportive approach. Along with Addiction based services for individuals and their family members, I have worked extensively with parent-teen and family based conflict, relationships, domestic violence, trauma, anger management and conflict resolution, mental health (eg. anxiety, depression, grief/loss, OCD, stress, suicide) as well as school refusal and peer difficulties.
(844) 334-6624 View (844) 334-6624
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Natalie Drever
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP
Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Feeling isolated and misunderstood is a common result of the stress and emotional strain of coping; whether the concern is addiction (your own or that of someone close to you), domestic abuse, trauma, caring for a loved one with a chronic condition, depression, anxiety, or other challenges. I take an eclectic client centred, empathic approach to assist clients in the development of effective coping skills, making life style changes, strengthening relationships, and making new connections in their lives. Over the past 20+ years I have had the privilege of witnessing clients cope more effectively and thrive.
Feeling isolated and misunderstood is a common result of the stress and emotional strain of coping; whether the concern is addiction (your own or that of someone close to you), domestic abuse, trauma, caring for a loved one with a chronic condition, depression, anxiety, or other challenges. I take an eclectic client centred, empathic approach to assist clients in the development of effective coping skills, making life style changes, strengthening relationships, and making new connections in their lives. Over the past 20+ years I have had the privilege of witnessing clients cope more effectively and thrive.
(705) 996-0559 View (705) 996-0559
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Amazing Space Therapy and Wellness Centre
Counsellor, MDiv, CSAT, CMAT, c
Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
I passionately provide treatment that empowers others to achieve health through recovery from addiction, and management of anxiety, depression, unhealthy stress or relationship dissatisfaction.
At Amazing Space you will experience: A safe, empathetic, and accepting counseling relationship Professional and personalized interventions designed with your goals and vision in mind A Recovery path from compulsive patterns of addictive behavior, thinking and feeling Access to current assessments and tools to effectively support your growth choices Finally a place to speak about what has been unspeakable; to heal and build a life of joy, peace and success. Whether you are an addict still using or involved in compulsive behavior or the partner/family member of an addict we can help you regain your life. Experiencing stress, anxiety, grief or loss? Call Today.
I passionately provide treatment that empowers others to achieve health through recovery from addiction, and management of anxiety, depression, unhealthy stress or relationship dissatisfaction.
At Amazing Space you will experience: A safe, empathetic, and accepting counseling relationship Professional and personalized interventions designed with your goals and vision in mind A Recovery path from compulsive patterns of addictive behavior, thinking and feeling Access to current assessments and tools to effectively support your growth choices Finally a place to speak about what has been unspeakable; to heal and build a life of joy, peace and success. Whether you are an addict still using or involved in compulsive behavior or the partner/family member of an addict we can help you regain your life. Experiencing stress, anxiety, grief or loss? Call Today.
(705) 795-0240 View (705) 795-0240
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Shawna Turner
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
Waitlist for new clients
If you are struggling with addiction, anxiety, depression, stress, OCD (and other mental health concerns), and/or would like to work toward improving your life in some way, I can work with you and do my best to help support your individualized goals.
If you are struggling with addiction, anxiety, depression, stress, OCD (and other mental health concerns), and/or would like to work toward improving your life in some way, I can work with you and do my best to help support your individualized goals.
(249) 202-2081 View (249) 202-2081
Photo of Henry Obanor, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Henry Obanor
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
I am experienced in working with people from diverse social, cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds in addressing concerns such as addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, men's concerns, and life coaching.
I provide a judgement free environment to speak freely and address life challenges. I have worked extensively with youths, adults, couples and families in various capacities. With over 9 years of social work and counselling experience, I am knowledgeable and equipped to provide you with safe, confidential and effective counselling. I will work collaboratively with you as you gain the knowledge and skills you need to address your concerns and achieve your goals.
I am experienced in working with people from diverse social, cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds in addressing concerns such as addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, men's concerns, and life coaching.
I provide a judgement free environment to speak freely and address life challenges. I have worked extensively with youths, adults, couples and families in various capacities. With over 9 years of social work and counselling experience, I am knowledgeable and equipped to provide you with safe, confidential and effective counselling. I will work collaboratively with you as you gain the knowledge and skills you need to address your concerns and achieve your goals.
(705) 702-4579 View (705) 702-4579
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First Step Men's Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MACP, RP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
Our specializations include: men's issues, sexual addiction, ADHD, anger management, behavioural issues, divorce, infidelity, alcohol use, self-esteem, stress, sex therapy, sexual abuse, substance use, trauma and PTSD, and anxiety.
Stuck. Isolated. Broken. Powerless. Lost. Hopeless. Many men often face unique challenges and experiences that can be difficult to navigate on their own. Whether it's societal expectations around masculinity, relationship issues, stress, anxiety, past trauma, or an addiction, men may feel like they have to "tough it out" and resolve with their problems on their own without support or guidance. Seeking therapy can be a powerful way for men to address these challenges and develop the skills and tools they need to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. Book a free 20-minute consultation by clicking the "Website" button to get started.
Our specializations include: men's issues, sexual addiction, ADHD, anger management, behavioural issues, divorce, infidelity, alcohol use, self-esteem, stress, sex therapy, sexual abuse, substance use, trauma and PTSD, and anxiety.
Stuck. Isolated. Broken. Powerless. Lost. Hopeless. Many men often face unique challenges and experiences that can be difficult to navigate on their own. Whether it's societal expectations around masculinity, relationship issues, stress, anxiety, past trauma, or an addiction, men may feel like they have to "tough it out" and resolve with their problems on their own without support or guidance. Seeking therapy can be a powerful way for men to address these challenges and develop the skills and tools they need to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. Book a free 20-minute consultation by clicking the "Website" button to get started.
(289) 276-8894 View (289) 276-8894
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Philip Cable
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, MDiv
Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
I've been accompanying people through difficult times and life challenges; depression, addiction, relationship issues, grief and more for many years. My conversations with you can help you discover the healing power, resilience, creativity and deep peace you've been longing for. My private practice "Tapping Your Inner Resources"; can help you release your deep wisdom to empower your healing and strengthen your relationships. Even depression, or 'bottoming out' in addiction can help to point us in the direction of deep mental, physical and spiritual healing.
I've been accompanying people through difficult times and life challenges; depression, addiction, relationship issues, grief and more for many years. My conversations with you can help you discover the healing power, resilience, creativity and deep peace you've been longing for. My private practice "Tapping Your Inner Resources"; can help you release your deep wisdom to empower your healing and strengthen your relationships. Even depression, or 'bottoming out' in addiction can help to point us in the direction of deep mental, physical and spiritual healing.
(877) 349-8325 View (877) 349-8325
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White Horse Counselling Services
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, MHAW, CCAC, CCTACP
Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
I am a registered Addictions and Mental Health Counsellor with years of experience treating clients individually, online and in groups. My primary focus has been supporting those experiencing mental health and addictions concerns, both behaviour and substance based. I have obtained extensive training and clinical supervision in providing Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and other evidence-based best practices.
I am a registered Addictions and Mental Health Counsellor with years of experience treating clients individually, online and in groups. My primary focus has been supporting those experiencing mental health and addictions concerns, both behaviour and substance based. I have obtained extensive training and clinical supervision in providing Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and other evidence-based best practices.
(705) 418-2814 View (705) 418-2814
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Kelley Christine Wilkey
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
With almost 20 years of experience working in Simcoe County, I have developed a strong relationship with the people in this community. I have extensive training in the addiction field supporting those living with addictions and "significant others" who are vicariously impacted, and I am passionate about working with teens and young adults experiencing mental health challenges like anxiety, low mood, life transitions, and substance use. I incorporate a variety of evidence-based modalities to help individuals accomplish their goals and I strive to create a safe and compassionate experience building on individual's inherent strengths.
With almost 20 years of experience working in Simcoe County, I have developed a strong relationship with the people in this community. I have extensive training in the addiction field supporting those living with addictions and "significant others" who are vicariously impacted, and I am passionate about working with teens and young adults experiencing mental health challenges like anxiety, low mood, life transitions, and substance use. I incorporate a variety of evidence-based modalities to help individuals accomplish their goals and I strive to create a safe and compassionate experience building on individual's inherent strengths.
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Jennifer C. English
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP-Q, MA, BA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
The ripple effect of addiction and mental health issues can hold us hostage, interfering in our ability to live fulfilling lives and develop meaningful connections with others. Many harbour a sense of shame reflective of stigma which serves to silence and with that dismiss both the severity and prevalence. It is common to have developed and maintained coping mechanisms that no longer serve a purpose yet have become habitual and with that familiar. Therapy is a place where thoughts and feelings are explored, validated, and with that normalized. Healing occurs through self-discovery and the sense of empowerment that accompanies this.
The ripple effect of addiction and mental health issues can hold us hostage, interfering in our ability to live fulfilling lives and develop meaningful connections with others. Many harbour a sense of shame reflective of stigma which serves to silence and with that dismiss both the severity and prevalence. It is common to have developed and maintained coping mechanisms that no longer serve a purpose yet have become habitual and with that familiar. Therapy is a place where thoughts and feelings are explored, validated, and with that normalized. Healing occurs through self-discovery and the sense of empowerment that accompanies this.
(249) 294-0036 View (249) 294-0036
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Noella Taylor
Registered Social Worker, MA, RSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
For over 30 years, I have worked with those struggling with addiction, trauma, and mental health difficulties.
Currently Accepting New Clients! Are you feeling stuck in a cycle of behaviour that leads to distress? Are you feeling discouraged and judged? Please know that you deserve to be your best self. Asking for help is the first step on the path to becoming the person that you want to be. My approach is supportive and non-confrontational. I will work with you to help you achieve meaningful change at a pace that is comfortable for you. My clients find my knowledge, skill, sense of humour, and my ability to connect has made a significant difference on their journey to health. You don't have to do it alone. I am here to help you.
For over 30 years, I have worked with those struggling with addiction, trauma, and mental health difficulties.
Currently Accepting New Clients! Are you feeling stuck in a cycle of behaviour that leads to distress? Are you feeling discouraged and judged? Please know that you deserve to be your best self. Asking for help is the first step on the path to becoming the person that you want to be. My approach is supportive and non-confrontational. I will work with you to help you achieve meaningful change at a pace that is comfortable for you. My clients find my knowledge, skill, sense of humour, and my ability to connect has made a significant difference on their journey to health. You don't have to do it alone. I am here to help you.
(226) 639-5132 View (226) 639-5132
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Jessica Collins
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
As a social worker I specialize in therapy for anxiety, trauma, and substance use concerns.
As you journey through life it is common to at times feel stressed or overwhelmed. Feeling this way can lead to changes in our mental health, ability to function, relationships, and overall peace of mind. As a therapist I walk alongside and support you, holding empathy and understanding as we work together to lighten the load, develop skills, and enhance personal understanding.
As a social worker I specialize in therapy for anxiety, trauma, and substance use concerns.
As you journey through life it is common to at times feel stressed or overwhelmed. Feeling this way can lead to changes in our mental health, ability to function, relationships, and overall peace of mind. As a therapist I walk alongside and support you, holding empathy and understanding as we work together to lighten the load, develop skills, and enhance personal understanding.
(226) 781-4133 View (226) 781-4133
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First Step Men's Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
Our specializations include: alcohol use, ADHD, sexual addiction, anger management, anxiety, gambling, infidelity, men's issues, grief, sex therapy, trauma, PTSD, stress, substance use, chronic illness, depression, divorce, and addiction.
Are you feeling disconnected from yourself, your loved ones, or society? Do you question whether you're a good father, son, or partner? Are you grappling with anger, feeling stuck, overwhelmed, powerless, or plagued by guilt, shame, and the sense of being "not normal"? You're not alone. Many men silently battle with their mental health, suffering in silence, often leading to addiction, anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. It's time to take the first step towards healing. Don't let your mental health continue to deteriorate in silence. We offer a free consultation and have availability within the same week. Reach out now!
Our specializations include: alcohol use, ADHD, sexual addiction, anger management, anxiety, gambling, infidelity, men's issues, grief, sex therapy, trauma, PTSD, stress, substance use, chronic illness, depression, divorce, and addiction.
Are you feeling disconnected from yourself, your loved ones, or society? Do you question whether you're a good father, son, or partner? Are you grappling with anger, feeling stuck, overwhelmed, powerless, or plagued by guilt, shame, and the sense of being "not normal"? You're not alone. Many men silently battle with their mental health, suffering in silence, often leading to addiction, anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. It's time to take the first step towards healing. Don't let your mental health continue to deteriorate in silence. We offer a free consultation and have availability within the same week. Reach out now!
(343) 801-0657 View (343) 801-0657
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Binczak Psychotherapy Services
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP, CSAT, CCAC, CCS-AC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
Additionally, I provide valuable psychoeducation on the profound impact of trauma and addiction on couples, marriages, and family units.
Are you seeking a supportive outlet to address childhood issues, navigate traumatic events, manage anger spells, and alleviate feelings of depression or anxiety? If so, I invite you to explore healthier alternatives than the temporary relief found in alcohol, shopping sprees, or excessive consumption of adult content. If you've found yourself preoccupied with non-medical drug use or starting your day with a sweet treat to trigger a rush of dopamine, it may be time to examine these patterns. Discover how to regain control over your thoughts and emotions, and explore the connection between your behaviours and past experiences.
Additionally, I provide valuable psychoeducation on the profound impact of trauma and addiction on couples, marriages, and family units.
Are you seeking a supportive outlet to address childhood issues, navigate traumatic events, manage anger spells, and alleviate feelings of depression or anxiety? If so, I invite you to explore healthier alternatives than the temporary relief found in alcohol, shopping sprees, or excessive consumption of adult content. If you've found yourself preoccupied with non-medical drug use or starting your day with a sweet treat to trigger a rush of dopamine, it may be time to examine these patterns. Discover how to regain control over your thoughts and emotions, and explore the connection between your behaviours and past experiences.
(782) 821-5577 View (782) 821-5577
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Amanda Skyvington - Clinical Intern
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Ba, ADMH
Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Waitlist for new clients
My areas of focus include: ADHD, depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, substance use, addiction, and burn out.
The harder times that life brings can leave us feeling a variety of emotions; anxiety, sadness, anger. Attempting to cope with these events and emotions alone can be exhausting. I began my journey to become a Psychotherapist as I found myself wanting to support others as they work through these times and strive for greater self-awareness, understanding, or self-improvement. I believe that everyone is deserving of support and compassion.
My areas of focus include: ADHD, depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, substance use, addiction, and burn out.
The harder times that life brings can leave us feeling a variety of emotions; anxiety, sadness, anger. Attempting to cope with these events and emotions alone can be exhausting. I began my journey to become a Psychotherapist as I found myself wanting to support others as they work through these times and strive for greater self-awareness, understanding, or self-improvement. I believe that everyone is deserving of support and compassion.
(249) 490-5420 View (249) 490-5420
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William Stanus
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
I primarily focus on working with adults (18 and over) in individual therapy. I am comfortable with a wide variety of presenting issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, addiction, self-esteem, relational issues, meaning, identity conflicts, and trauma. I also provide christian counselling services to those seeking to bring their faith into the counselling room.
I primarily focus on working with adults (18 and over) in individual therapy. I am comfortable with a wide variety of presenting issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, addiction, self-esteem, relational issues, meaning, identity conflicts, and trauma. I also provide christian counselling services to those seeking to bring their faith into the counselling room.
(249) 202-2204 View (249) 202-2204

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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.