Addiction Therapists in Hamilton, ON

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Joel Richard Ten Brinke
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, MTS, RP, CPC
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8N
Welcome, you have taken a significant step in visiting this site. I am a non-judgmental client-centred therapist who is here to help and support you no matter what your counselling goals are, and no matter where you are in your journey of discovery, coping, or healing. I approach each client with compassion, empathy, and clinical experience. I have worked with a variety of matters and populations, including but not limited to, adolescents, youth, adults, couples, and families, struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, sexuality, stress management, emotion regulation, family issues, grief and loss, and so much more.
Welcome, you have taken a significant step in visiting this site. I am a non-judgmental client-centred therapist who is here to help and support you no matter what your counselling goals are, and no matter where you are in your journey of discovery, coping, or healing. I approach each client with compassion, empathy, and clinical experience. I have worked with a variety of matters and populations, including but not limited to, adolescents, youth, adults, couples, and families, struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, sexuality, stress management, emotion regulation, family issues, grief and loss, and so much more.
(226) 702-2388 View (226) 702-2388
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Sonya Sethi-Rankin
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8R
I bring 27 years of experience in working with individuals, on relationships, addiction, grief, mental health, trauma and personal growth.
Relationships, mental health or life in general can feel unmanageable. Many individuals I work with are seeking clarity, or feeling overwhelmed trying to work through difficult situations where they feel blocked or unable to move forward. I work together with my clients, to make sense of what is occurring in their life and experience changes they have been hoping for.
I bring 27 years of experience in working with individuals, on relationships, addiction, grief, mental health, trauma and personal growth.
Relationships, mental health or life in general can feel unmanageable. Many individuals I work with are seeking clarity, or feeling overwhelmed trying to work through difficult situations where they feel blocked or unable to move forward. I work together with my clients, to make sense of what is occurring in their life and experience changes they have been hoping for.
(289) 768-8551 View (289) 768-8551
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Julia Sormaz
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8E
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS My name is Julia Sormaz and I have a desire for supporting individuals from a client-centered approach, meeting clients where they're at and working in collaboration to provide effective help. I have a masters degree in counselling Psychology, Bachelor degree in Psychology and Post-Graduate Certificate in addictions and mental health. I have extensive experience working with individuals who have been struggling with substance use, behavioural concerns, life transitions such as loss, becoming a new mom and relationship challenges, family and parenting challenges and mental health.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS My name is Julia Sormaz and I have a desire for supporting individuals from a client-centered approach, meeting clients where they're at and working in collaboration to provide effective help. I have a masters degree in counselling Psychology, Bachelor degree in Psychology and Post-Graduate Certificate in addictions and mental health. I have extensive experience working with individuals who have been struggling with substance use, behavioural concerns, life transitions such as loss, becoming a new mom and relationship challenges, family and parenting challenges and mental health.
(289) 975-8785 View (289) 975-8785
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The Thoughts
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, ACWD
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8P
The Thoughts is an outpatient rehab services where help is provided through counselling and therapy to those who need help to manage their addictions (substance / behaviour) and anger issues. The Thoughts helps its clients of all age groups to identify their triggers and develop coping skills to manage their addictions (substance / behaviour) and anger.
The Thoughts is an outpatient rehab services where help is provided through counselling and therapy to those who need help to manage their addictions (substance / behaviour) and anger issues. The Thoughts helps its clients of all age groups to identify their triggers and develop coping skills to manage their addictions (substance / behaviour) and anger.
(647) 930-1467 View (647) 930-1467
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Catherine Howson
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CCAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R  (Online Only)
Furthermore, I bring over 25 years of experience working in the fields of addiction and trauma.
I am passionate about working with people who are seeking professional and compassionate support to address areas of distress in their lives. I believe that people are generally resilient and, at times, require support to inventory their coping skills - by tweaking existing skills and/or adding new tools to their coping toolbox - in order to live balanced lives.
Furthermore, I bring over 25 years of experience working in the fields of addiction and trauma.
I am passionate about working with people who are seeking professional and compassionate support to address areas of distress in their lives. I believe that people are generally resilient and, at times, require support to inventory their coping skills - by tweaking existing skills and/or adding new tools to their coping toolbox - in order to live balanced lives.
(289) 272-7490 View (289) 272-7490
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Addictions Counsellor Agnes Kaufman
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L9K  (Online Only)
Maybe you or someone you love is struggling with addiction.
Today, we live in a fast-paced, stressful world. The hardships of balancing our work, education and personal time becomes increasingly hard to achieve. Our responsibilities continue to grow and the world around us is becoming so demanding. Sometimes, to cope we use resources which may, in fact, be harmful to ourselves. Addictions are often felt as shameful and concealed from others. We are all vulnerable to making decisions that are not always in our best interest. I am not here to judge you, but rather provide useful tools which will help provide opportunities for making healthier choices.
Maybe you or someone you love is struggling with addiction.
Today, we live in a fast-paced, stressful world. The hardships of balancing our work, education and personal time becomes increasingly hard to achieve. Our responsibilities continue to grow and the world around us is becoming so demanding. Sometimes, to cope we use resources which may, in fact, be harmful to ourselves. Addictions are often felt as shameful and concealed from others. We are all vulnerable to making decisions that are not always in our best interest. I am not here to judge you, but rather provide useful tools which will help provide opportunities for making healthier choices.
(289) 210-5987 View (289) 210-5987
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Glen Watkinson
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, RP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8P  (Online Only)
My areas of clinical care include trauma, abuse, violence, PTSD and C-PTSD, anxiety, depression, dissociation, substance use and addictions, shame, anger, grief, relationships, sexual and gender identity, and spiritual abuse, deconstruction, and integration.
I believe that vitality and the chance to flourish happens when it’s safe enough to honestly be yourself. I consider it a privilege to accompany people through their pain, coping, self-discovery, healing, transformation, and joy. For the last 15 years, I have served in my community's and social services field, working alongside people living through trauma, substance use and addictions, poverty, mental health dual-diagnoses, developmental disabilities, and criminality.
My areas of clinical care include trauma, abuse, violence, PTSD and C-PTSD, anxiety, depression, dissociation, substance use and addictions, shame, anger, grief, relationships, sexual and gender identity, and spiritual abuse, deconstruction, and integration.
I believe that vitality and the chance to flourish happens when it’s safe enough to honestly be yourself. I consider it a privilege to accompany people through their pain, coping, self-discovery, healing, transformation, and joy. For the last 15 years, I have served in my community's and social services field, working alongside people living through trauma, substance use and addictions, poverty, mental health dual-diagnoses, developmental disabilities, and criminality.
(289) 274-2492 View (289) 274-2492
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Carol Benjamin
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CCAC, MDiv
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8K
I work primarily with adults and adolescents and can provide support for a variety of mental health, behavioral or emotional conditions, including Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use Disorders, Relationship Problems and PTSD.
We all face challenges from time to time. Sometimes, we are able to adequately handle the dilemma by ourselves. Sometimes, though, the problem is much too difficult, and we can use some help. At those times, it is good to know that the kind of help we need is available. It often takes courage to reach for help, particularly to participate in therapy which can feel disruptive and frightening. To be honest, it often is but can be less distressing by compassionate, non-judgmental support. I know it is not easy, but why not call for support anyhow? A safe environment was created just for you. It would be my privilege to help.
I work primarily with adults and adolescents and can provide support for a variety of mental health, behavioral or emotional conditions, including Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use Disorders, Relationship Problems and PTSD.
We all face challenges from time to time. Sometimes, we are able to adequately handle the dilemma by ourselves. Sometimes, though, the problem is much too difficult, and we can use some help. At those times, it is good to know that the kind of help we need is available. It often takes courage to reach for help, particularly to participate in therapy which can feel disruptive and frightening. To be honest, it often is but can be less distressing by compassionate, non-judgmental support. I know it is not easy, but why not call for support anyhow? A safe environment was created just for you. It would be my privilege to help.
(289) 216-6704 View (289) 216-6704
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Sarah Downey
Registered Social Worker, BAH, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8P  (Online Only)
I work with people who are experiencing a wide range of challenges, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, grief & loss, and relationship challenges; and specialize in working with adults who have experienced trauma or difficult childhoods.
My approach to counselling is strengths based, client centred and collaborative. That means working with you to figure out what’s working well, and how to do more of it. Feelings can often become overwhelming, I help people find balance and meaning. Through our work together, we will explore patterns of thoughts and behaviours which may be keeping you stuck, as well as ways of coping that aren’t helpful. I empower people to make connections between early life experiences and who they are today, moving towards change and building on their resilience.
I work with people who are experiencing a wide range of challenges, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, grief & loss, and relationship challenges; and specialize in working with adults who have experienced trauma or difficult childhoods.
My approach to counselling is strengths based, client centred and collaborative. That means working with you to figure out what’s working well, and how to do more of it. Feelings can often become overwhelming, I help people find balance and meaning. Through our work together, we will explore patterns of thoughts and behaviours which may be keeping you stuck, as well as ways of coping that aren’t helpful. I empower people to make connections between early life experiences and who they are today, moving towards change and building on their resilience.
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Nathan J Cooper And Associates
Psychologist, CPsych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L
Dr. Cooper and his associates, Joel Schramm, Maryam Rahat and Carlin Palme, offer care for individuals and couples dealing with concerns that are getting in the way of fully functioning both personally and socially. Common concerns include: anxiety, depression, substance use, procrastination, trauma, self-esteem, relationship conflict, career indecision, and many others. Maryam Rahat is focused on providing support to individuals in managing ADHD including associated issues of organization and behavioural addiction. Maryam is also fluent in Farsi and Arabic.
Dr. Cooper and his associates, Joel Schramm, Maryam Rahat and Carlin Palme, offer care for individuals and couples dealing with concerns that are getting in the way of fully functioning both personally and socially. Common concerns include: anxiety, depression, substance use, procrastination, trauma, self-esteem, relationship conflict, career indecision, and many others. Maryam Rahat is focused on providing support to individuals in managing ADHD including associated issues of organization and behavioural addiction. Maryam is also fluent in Farsi and Arabic.
(289) 768-7727 View (289) 768-7727
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Samantha Clark
Registered Social Service Worker, RSSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8R
For the past 29 years I've had the privilege of working with individuals and families in a variety of settings who were dealing with addiction, trauma and mental health issues.
I believe that every person has a desire to be their best self and live their best life. However there are times in life when you may be met with challenges, struggles or perhaps a personal crisis. Perhaps you feel you are struggling to cope. I believe in every person’s ability to heal, grow and recover. I believe therapy is a collaborative process, where we can work together to build insight, self awareness and skills.
For the past 29 years I've had the privilege of working with individuals and families in a variety of settings who were dealing with addiction, trauma and mental health issues.
I believe that every person has a desire to be their best self and live their best life. However there are times in life when you may be met with challenges, struggles or perhaps a personal crisis. Perhaps you feel you are struggling to cope. I believe in every person’s ability to heal, grow and recover. I believe therapy is a collaborative process, where we can work together to build insight, self awareness and skills.
(365) 305-0068 View (365) 305-0068
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Brian Janes
Registered Psychotherapist, CSAT, ICADC, MBA
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8V  (Online Only)
As a registered psychotherapist (RP), I work with those struggling with addictions, relationships, anxiety, depression, trauma and other challenges. I am a certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT) and am trained to help those struggling with compulsive sexual behaviour. I am also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (ICADC), and offer services to help clients break free from the downward spiral of addiction to drugs, alcohol and other addictive behaviours. Additionally, with an MBA and several years working in the corporate world, I have a unique understanding of the pressures faced by those struggling in today's demanding work environment.
As a registered psychotherapist (RP), I work with those struggling with addictions, relationships, anxiety, depression, trauma and other challenges. I am a certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT) and am trained to help those struggling with compulsive sexual behaviour. I am also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (ICADC), and offer services to help clients break free from the downward spiral of addiction to drugs, alcohol and other addictive behaviours. Additionally, with an MBA and several years working in the corporate world, I have a unique understanding of the pressures faced by those struggling in today's demanding work environment.
(905) 746-7428 View (905) 746-7428
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Carrie Woodcock
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, ADS, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8H
My services include counselling individuals and couples on a variety of presenting issues including addiction, substance use/abuse, family impact, mental health, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, anger management, relationships, communication and healthy coping strategies etc.
WELCOMING NEW CLIENTS! Do you feel overwhelmed, anxious and off balance? Have you or a loved one struggled with addiction, low mood, difficulty thinking, concentrating or sleep? Do you find your relationship with self and others is strained? You are not alone. As a Registered Psychotherapist, I view my role to support individuals, couples and families to explore, navigate and develop healthy skills and strategies in wellness and healthy living. My approach is client-centered, trauma informed, mindful and solution focused. I draw upon a diverse professional education and training with more than 19 years of experience.
My services include counselling individuals and couples on a variety of presenting issues including addiction, substance use/abuse, family impact, mental health, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, anger management, relationships, communication and healthy coping strategies etc.
WELCOMING NEW CLIENTS! Do you feel overwhelmed, anxious and off balance? Have you or a loved one struggled with addiction, low mood, difficulty thinking, concentrating or sleep? Do you find your relationship with self and others is strained? You are not alone. As a Registered Psychotherapist, I view my role to support individuals, couples and families to explore, navigate and develop healthy skills and strategies in wellness and healthy living. My approach is client-centered, trauma informed, mindful and solution focused. I draw upon a diverse professional education and training with more than 19 years of experience.
(289) 274-8500 View (289) 274-8500
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Edith Townsend
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8E
With over 22 years of clinical experience and training in the fields of addiction, mental health, relationships and trauma, my practice offers evidence-based therapies to provide an opportunity for clients to attain self-awareness, behaviour change, and personal growth and recovery in an environment that is supportive and non-judgmental. My interests include mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, relationship issues, life transitions, self esteem, and substance and behavioural addictions. I'm dedicated to helping clients build a healthier relationship with themselves and others.
With over 22 years of clinical experience and training in the fields of addiction, mental health, relationships and trauma, my practice offers evidence-based therapies to provide an opportunity for clients to attain self-awareness, behaviour change, and personal growth and recovery in an environment that is supportive and non-judgmental. My interests include mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, relationship issues, life transitions, self esteem, and substance and behavioural addictions. I'm dedicated to helping clients build a healthier relationship with themselves and others.
(226) 779-7805 View (226) 779-7805
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Josephine Ruiz Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, ATR-BC, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R  (Online Only)
My unique training in Counseling Psychology, EMDR, IFS, DBT/CBT & Art Therapy prepared me to support individuals who struggle with trauma/PTSD, addiction & sexual/gender/ethnic-racial/spiritual identity issues.
“Whether we’re overcoming adversity, surviving trauma or dealing with stress or anxiety, having a sense of purpose, meaning, and perspective in our lives allows us to develop understanding and move forward. Without purpose, meaning and perspective, it is easy to lose hope, numb our emotions or become overwhelmed by our circumstances. We feel reduced, less capable, and lose in the face of struggle. The heart of spirituality is connection. When we believe in that inextricable connection, we don’t feel alone.” – Brene Brown
My unique training in Counseling Psychology, EMDR, IFS, DBT/CBT & Art Therapy prepared me to support individuals who struggle with trauma/PTSD, addiction & sexual/gender/ethnic-racial/spiritual identity issues.
“Whether we’re overcoming adversity, surviving trauma or dealing with stress or anxiety, having a sense of purpose, meaning, and perspective in our lives allows us to develop understanding and move forward. Without purpose, meaning and perspective, it is easy to lose hope, numb our emotions or become overwhelmed by our circumstances. We feel reduced, less capable, and lose in the face of struggle. The heart of spirituality is connection. When we believe in that inextricable connection, we don’t feel alone.” – Brene Brown
(365) 800-4903 View (365) 800-4903
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Eryl McCaffrey
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP-Q, MACP, RYT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R
If you're feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stuck, and disconnected from yourself, you have come to the right place. Let me walk alongside you and offer you a safe and supportive space to explore your experiences and learn new, empowering ways of responding to your challenges. I'm a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Certified Yoga Teacher, and I blend mindfulness, neuroscience, and psychology with my own mental health and addiction recovery tools to offer clients a unique, holistic approach to healing. I've been where you are and I know this: you don't have to do this "work" alone.
If you're feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stuck, and disconnected from yourself, you have come to the right place. Let me walk alongside you and offer you a safe and supportive space to explore your experiences and learn new, empowering ways of responding to your challenges. I'm a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Certified Yoga Teacher, and I blend mindfulness, neuroscience, and psychology with my own mental health and addiction recovery tools to offer clients a unique, holistic approach to healing. I've been where you are and I know this: you don't have to do this "work" alone.
(647) 365-1729 View (647) 365-1729
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Calm Mind Co
RN, BscN, BA
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8K
I provide clients a place to share and feel better. When life is hard, overwhelming or you feel lost, I provide effective treatment and support. I support those experiencing anxiety and/or depression, a reliance on substances, parental mood changes, and difficult relationships, among other issues. I believe strongly that we are all equally worthy of feeling well and of living a joyful life. I have experience working with children, families during their prenatal/postpartum journey and adults with mood disorders and addiction concerns.
I provide clients a place to share and feel better. When life is hard, overwhelming or you feel lost, I provide effective treatment and support. I support those experiencing anxiety and/or depression, a reliance on substances, parental mood changes, and difficult relationships, among other issues. I believe strongly that we are all equally worthy of feeling well and of living a joyful life. I have experience working with children, families during their prenatal/postpartum journey and adults with mood disorders and addiction concerns.
(365) 598-5633 View (365) 598-5633
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Sisu Counselling, Consulting, & Supervision
Registered Social Worker, PhD, RSW, SEP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L0R  (Online Only)
My expertise and interest lies in supporting people with navigating the outcomes of various forms of trauma, neurodivergence, addiction, violence, and mental health concerns, including the ways in which these issues connect with one another.
For over 25 years, trauma has been a consistent thread woven throughout the experiences of those I have served in the course of my social work practice. I have been privileged to support a variety of people across a diverse range of ages and needs in both community and institutional settings. As a result of my personal and professional experiences, I have come to believe that adversity is a call to growth and that everyone has the requisite resources/skills to achieve their goals.
My expertise and interest lies in supporting people with navigating the outcomes of various forms of trauma, neurodivergence, addiction, violence, and mental health concerns, including the ways in which these issues connect with one another.
For over 25 years, trauma has been a consistent thread woven throughout the experiences of those I have served in the course of my social work practice. I have been privileged to support a variety of people across a diverse range of ages and needs in both community and institutional settings. As a result of my personal and professional experiences, I have come to believe that adversity is a call to growth and that everyone has the requisite resources/skills to achieve their goals.
(289) 212-6932 View (289) 212-6932
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Patricia James
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CNP, RN, BScN, BA Psyc
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8H
As a Certified Nurse Psychotherapist (CNP) and a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), I counsel and support individuals experiencing a range of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and attention deficit disorders. I also provide counselling and support to individuals who are seeking help for problems with substance use issues. Concepts in Mental Health and Resilience therapeutic approach combines psychodynamic theory, cognitive theory, client centred therapy, and holistic therapy to help our clients manage their problems and build mental health resilience.
As a Certified Nurse Psychotherapist (CNP) and a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), I counsel and support individuals experiencing a range of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and attention deficit disorders. I also provide counselling and support to individuals who are seeking help for problems with substance use issues. Concepts in Mental Health and Resilience therapeutic approach combines psychodynamic theory, cognitive theory, client centred therapy, and holistic therapy to help our clients manage their problems and build mental health resilience.
(226) 270-5845 View (226) 270-5845
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Justin Hamilton
Registered Social Worker, SSW, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8M
I have lived experience with addiction.
Welcome. Good mental health is essential to a happy life. It affects the depth and quality of all our relationships. It allows us to love our lives and the people closest to us deeply. Living life with a sense of purpose and meaning is essential. Sometimes, things can get in the way, and we have trouble getting around them. There is a way to get past almost anything. With effort and determination, I have witnessed some fantastic breakthroughs and life changes. If you're willing, a better life awaits.
I have lived experience with addiction.
Welcome. Good mental health is essential to a happy life. It affects the depth and quality of all our relationships. It allows us to love our lives and the people closest to us deeply. Living life with a sense of purpose and meaning is essential. Sometimes, things can get in the way, and we have trouble getting around them. There is a way to get past almost anything. With effort and determination, I have witnessed some fantastic breakthroughs and life changes. If you're willing, a better life awaits.
(289) 302-5235 View (289) 302-5235

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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.