Substance Use Therapists in Ottawa, ON

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Autumn Legue
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
I offer couples and individual counselling to youth (12+) and adults experiencing struggles with their mental health related to substance use, concurrent disorders, emotional regulation, stress, interpersonal challenges, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem/self-confidence. I will support you by working with you to tailor treatment that is reflective of your individual goals and needs. I am motivated to help clients reach their goals, increase personal insight, recognize their strengths and resilience to overcome their challenges, and to develop coping skills that will help facilitate positive change in their wellness journey,
I offer couples and individual counselling to youth (12+) and adults experiencing struggles with their mental health related to substance use, concurrent disorders, emotional regulation, stress, interpersonal challenges, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem/self-confidence. I will support you by working with you to tailor treatment that is reflective of your individual goals and needs. I am motivated to help clients reach their goals, increase personal insight, recognize their strengths and resilience to overcome their challenges, and to develop coping skills that will help facilitate positive change in their wellness journey,
(343) 800-0182 View (343) 800-0182
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Wendy Elizabeth Brown
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, ICADC, ICCS, CCAC
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2A  (Online Only)
Wendy Brown is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. As well, she is a seasoned veteran in the field of Addiction Counselling for over 30 years. Wendy's practice and experience has focused on the continuum of treatment, including harm reduction, stabilization, abstinence and relapse prevention depending on each individuals goals. She specializes in Issues of mental health and substance use for adults, young adults and youth. Challenges such as internal and external stressors such as grief, trauma, emotional regulation and issues related to the Criminal Justice System.
Wendy Brown is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. As well, she is a seasoned veteran in the field of Addiction Counselling for over 30 years. Wendy's practice and experience has focused on the continuum of treatment, including harm reduction, stabilization, abstinence and relapse prevention depending on each individuals goals. She specializes in Issues of mental health and substance use for adults, young adults and youth. Challenges such as internal and external stressors such as grief, trauma, emotional regulation and issues related to the Criminal Justice System.
(343) 307-4969 View (343) 307-4969
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Natalie Guenette
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP (Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
Seeking professional help can be scary and intimidating. I aim to provide a safe and confidential space built on acceptance and openness. I provide therapy services in English and French to adults who wish to work on concerns including, but not limited to, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, emotional regulation, trauma/PTSD, and substance use and abuse. I work under the supervision of Dr. Karine Côté, Psy. D., C. Psych.
Seeking professional help can be scary and intimidating. I aim to provide a safe and confidential space built on acceptance and openness. I provide therapy services in English and French to adults who wish to work on concerns including, but not limited to, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, emotional regulation, trauma/PTSD, and substance use and abuse. I work under the supervision of Dr. Karine Côté, Psy. D., C. Psych.
(613) 604-0470 x704 View (613) 604-0470 x704
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Katrina Hutchingame
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1N  (Online Only)
I work with people that have challenges with Substance Use, Trauma, Relational issues, Sex and Sexuality.
I am a trauma therapist who specializes in eating disorders and addictions. I am frequently taken by the amount of pain and suffering in the world, I have learned that through these moments we can find the most growth, strength, and beauty. Often we can get stuck in-between these painful moments and a new way of being, That's often what brings people to therapy. Our work together may be a journey to help you get unstuck or out of the place of crisis and to find a sense of safety. I feel it is a privilege to be able to be a part of someone's journey and be able to walk along beside them.
I work with people that have challenges with Substance Use, Trauma, Relational issues, Sex and Sexuality.
I am a trauma therapist who specializes in eating disorders and addictions. I am frequently taken by the amount of pain and suffering in the world, I have learned that through these moments we can find the most growth, strength, and beauty. Often we can get stuck in-between these painful moments and a new way of being, That's often what brings people to therapy. Our work together may be a journey to help you get unstuck or out of the place of crisis and to find a sense of safety. I feel it is a privilege to be able to be a part of someone's journey and be able to walk along beside them.
(613) 699-3396 View (613) 699-3396
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Amanda Neilson
Registered Social Worker, CYW, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1Y
Providing virtual sessions for folks across Ontario and in person or virtual sessions for Ottawa folks. For over 20 years, I have specialized in treating people with problematic substance use and substance use disorders. I work within a compassionate, collaborative, and trauma-informed approach. The right way to make meaningful change is the way that works best for you. I'm here to work with you on finding that way.
Providing virtual sessions for folks across Ontario and in person or virtual sessions for Ottawa folks. For over 20 years, I have specialized in treating people with problematic substance use and substance use disorders. I work within a compassionate, collaborative, and trauma-informed approach. The right way to make meaningful change is the way that works best for you. I'm here to work with you on finding that way.
(343) 304-6325 View (343) 304-6325
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Wendy Nuttall
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2E
Waitlist for new clients
If you are concerned with your teen's - or another loved one's - substance use, I provide education, early intervention or treatment for dependence.
If you've been struggling with your emotions, and have difficulty coping, I can help. Substance abuse, mood disorders, or BPD can impact your relationships and the way you view the world. I specialize in addiction, BPD, depression, emotion regulation problems. I have more than 25 years of experience with these, as well as anxiety and internet overuse. My approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Together we can work toward your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
If you are concerned with your teen's - or another loved one's - substance use, I provide education, early intervention or treatment for dependence.
If you've been struggling with your emotions, and have difficulty coping, I can help. Substance abuse, mood disorders, or BPD can impact your relationships and the way you view the world. I specialize in addiction, BPD, depression, emotion regulation problems. I have more than 25 years of experience with these, as well as anxiety and internet overuse. My approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Together we can work toward your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
(343) 306-4547 View (343) 306-4547
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G. Jeffory Lucas
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, RP, CCAC, ICADC, CCTACP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P
Is it time for you, or someone you know, to finally 'Get Real', in their lives? At 'Get Real', Addiction Counselling, you will find an accredited, experienced and caring professional. The primary focus is comprehensive therapy for substance use or addiction, including behavioural problems and related con-current disorders such as ADHD, Anxiety & Depression. Clients include individuals and families struggling with the effect of substance abuse / addiction(s) on their lives. I am a Ontario Registered Psychotherapist, and hold both Canadian & American International Addiction Counselling Certificates.
Is it time for you, or someone you know, to finally 'Get Real', in their lives? At 'Get Real', Addiction Counselling, you will find an accredited, experienced and caring professional. The primary focus is comprehensive therapy for substance use or addiction, including behavioural problems and related con-current disorders such as ADHD, Anxiety & Depression. Clients include individuals and families struggling with the effect of substance abuse / addiction(s) on their lives. I am a Ontario Registered Psychotherapist, and hold both Canadian & American International Addiction Counselling Certificates.
(613) 704-4101 View (613) 704-4101
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Natalie Séguin
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1K
If you are struggling, whether it be with mental illness(es); loneliness; feeling stuck; not knowing who you are, want you want, or why you are here; out of control thoughts, emotions, behaviours, and/or substance use; relationship issues; or if life is just really hard right now.
I believe the human experience is meant to be filled with joy and ease, along with some opportunities for growth, sometimes called challenges. Life can definitely become very challenging and everyone needs help along the way. I believe that when we can connect to our innermost selves, accept life’s challenges with grace, and treat ourselves and others with compassion and care, we can all live rich, meaningful lives. I know that we can and do recover from grief, mental illness, addiction, trauma, and all the hurts that life can throw at us.
If you are struggling, whether it be with mental illness(es); loneliness; feeling stuck; not knowing who you are, want you want, or why you are here; out of control thoughts, emotions, behaviours, and/or substance use; relationship issues; or if life is just really hard right now.
I believe the human experience is meant to be filled with joy and ease, along with some opportunities for growth, sometimes called challenges. Life can definitely become very challenging and everyone needs help along the way. I believe that when we can connect to our innermost selves, accept life’s challenges with grace, and treat ourselves and others with compassion and care, we can all live rich, meaningful lives. I know that we can and do recover from grief, mental illness, addiction, trauma, and all the hurts that life can throw at us.
(343) 312-5855 View (343) 312-5855
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Whitney Wesley
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1Z  (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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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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Madison Cruickshank
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1R  (Online Only)
I bring more than a decade of experience working with those living with trauma(s), substance use disorders, and other relational or mental health-related concerns.
I trust that every person is the expert of their own life and experiences. I hold the belief that everyone has what they need, within themselves, to heal, and I enjoy walking alongside to support folks in accessing these strengths and resources. I strive to establish trusting and collaborative relationships that create a safe space for exploration and growth. I work from a person-centered and trauma-informed lens, while integrating a variety of modalities including Internal Family Systems, ACT, DBT, somatic and mindfulness-based interventions.
I bring more than a decade of experience working with those living with trauma(s), substance use disorders, and other relational or mental health-related concerns.
I trust that every person is the expert of their own life and experiences. I hold the belief that everyone has what they need, within themselves, to heal, and I enjoy walking alongside to support folks in accessing these strengths and resources. I strive to establish trusting and collaborative relationships that create a safe space for exploration and growth. I work from a person-centered and trauma-informed lens, while integrating a variety of modalities including Internal Family Systems, ACT, DBT, somatic and mindfulness-based interventions.
(587) 871-8418 View (587) 871-8418
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Catherine Brunet
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1T
I help individuals with symptoms of anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and mood disorders.
Currently accepting clients. Throughout life, we come to face challenges that we struggle to understand and cope with. I seek to help individuals achieve their innate potential and help them navigate their hardships, moving towards growth and healing. I believe that with a trusting therapeutic alliance, clients can explore moving to a place of acceptance and of well-being.
I help individuals with symptoms of anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and mood disorders.
Currently accepting clients. Throughout life, we come to face challenges that we struggle to understand and cope with. I seek to help individuals achieve their innate potential and help them navigate their hardships, moving towards growth and healing. I believe that with a trusting therapeutic alliance, clients can explore moving to a place of acceptance and of well-being.
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Laura Randolph
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2A  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have been working in clinical and community settings in mental health and addictions since 2011. I am honoured to support individual adults who are experiencing grief due to death or other loss, self-esteem and relationship issues, substance use, depression, anxiety, and traumatic injury. We all have within us a resilience to confront and handle even the most challenging of issues and I have such admiration of an individual's courage to explore and seek guidance in enhancing the quality of their life. A confidential, compassionate, and personalized approach to care is my priority.
I have been working in clinical and community settings in mental health and addictions since 2011. I am honoured to support individual adults who are experiencing grief due to death or other loss, self-esteem and relationship issues, substance use, depression, anxiety, and traumatic injury. We all have within us a resilience to confront and handle even the most challenging of issues and I have such admiration of an individual's courage to explore and seek guidance in enhancing the quality of their life. A confidential, compassionate, and personalized approach to care is my priority.
(613) 704-5471 View (613) 704-5471
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Sean O'Keeffe
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1T  (Online Only)
At one time or another, the cliché that sometimes you just need a little help applies to us all. Unsure where to seek support? I would be happy to connect with you and help get you started on the path to better mental and emotional wellness. My focus is in supporting people with mental health issues within our diverse community. I offer psychotherapy services to adults and adolescents struggling with severe and persistent mental illness (Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Depression to name a few), substance use disorders, emotional dysregulation, domestic abuse, and involved with the criminal justice system.
At one time or another, the cliché that sometimes you just need a little help applies to us all. Unsure where to seek support? I would be happy to connect with you and help get you started on the path to better mental and emotional wellness. My focus is in supporting people with mental health issues within our diverse community. I offer psychotherapy services to adults and adolescents struggling with severe and persistent mental illness (Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Depression to name a few), substance use disorders, emotional dysregulation, domestic abuse, and involved with the criminal justice system.
(343) 308-2078 View (343) 308-2078
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Julia Thomas - Psychotherapist Holistic Nurse Coach
RN, Msc(A)
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1S  (Online Only)
I work with adults (18+yrs) who are challenged by depression, stress, anxiety, and/or trauma. I am particularly experienced in working with those who are struggling with relationships, poor self-confidence/self-esteem, addiction/substance use recovery, burnout, loss and/or grief, or adjusting to major life transitions (e.g., divorce, career, parenthood, retirement). Being a nurse also makes me uniquely positioned to help support others who work in healthcare. So many of my clients are nurses or other health care professionals who are struggling with work-life balance, burnout, or emotional challenges in their personal lives.
I work with adults (18+yrs) who are challenged by depression, stress, anxiety, and/or trauma. I am particularly experienced in working with those who are struggling with relationships, poor self-confidence/self-esteem, addiction/substance use recovery, burnout, loss and/or grief, or adjusting to major life transitions (e.g., divorce, career, parenthood, retirement). Being a nurse also makes me uniquely positioned to help support others who work in healthcare. So many of my clients are nurses or other health care professionals who are struggling with work-life balance, burnout, or emotional challenges in their personal lives.
(289) 512-0464 View (289) 512-0464
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Jessica Courville
Registered Psychotherapist, M Ed, CCC, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1K  (Online Only)
I work primarily with youth, young adults, and adults who are struggling with anxiety/worry, depression, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, low motivation, stress, life transitions, relationship issues, grief/loss, as well as addiction & problematic substance use.
Hello and welcome! Pause for a second, take a deep breath, and let's see if my approach to therapy speaks to you. My practice is holistic, integrative, and collaborative. Together, we will explore your life from a variety of perspectives and therapeutic approaches, which will help us work together to bring about new insights, consider new/different choices and options, let go of old beliefs, limit unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, as well as improve emotional balance and overall well-being. We will also explore the barriers/obstacles that are getting in the way of you living a life that feels balanced, joyful and fulfilling.
I work primarily with youth, young adults, and adults who are struggling with anxiety/worry, depression, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, low motivation, stress, life transitions, relationship issues, grief/loss, as well as addiction & problematic substance use.
Hello and welcome! Pause for a second, take a deep breath, and let's see if my approach to therapy speaks to you. My practice is holistic, integrative, and collaborative. Together, we will explore your life from a variety of perspectives and therapeutic approaches, which will help us work together to bring about new insights, consider new/different choices and options, let go of old beliefs, limit unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, as well as improve emotional balance and overall well-being. We will also explore the barriers/obstacles that are getting in the way of you living a life that feels balanced, joyful and fulfilling.
(343) 321-0884 View (343) 321-0884
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John Robertson Counselling Services
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1S
As an experienced therapist, I offer individual, couple’s and family counselling. Whether it’s addiction based issues, such as substance use, gambling and sex, or emotional issues from our journey as young children, many of these issues can be concurrent with many mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, etc. Any one or a combination of these can keep us from finding our true, authentic selves. Through therapy, we have the chance to be heard, believed and empowered. These are key to our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual recovery as individuals and together.
As an experienced therapist, I offer individual, couple’s and family counselling. Whether it’s addiction based issues, such as substance use, gambling and sex, or emotional issues from our journey as young children, many of these issues can be concurrent with many mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, etc. Any one or a combination of these can keep us from finding our true, authentic selves. Through therapy, we have the chance to be heard, believed and empowered. These are key to our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual recovery as individuals and together.
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Nereah Felix
Registered Psychotherapist, MA , RP(Qua)
Verified Verified
16 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1Y
Life can be tough and our inner struggles can become overwhelming. Navigating the depths of our own distress may be a daunting task. Luckily, we don't have to be alone. I provide therapy to adolescents, adults, seniors and couples from all backgrounds, in an environment that is open, safe and judgement-free. I have experience working with a range of issues: PTSD and trauma, depression/anxiety, self-esteem, substance use, relationship issues and more. Learn more about my approach to therapy, office locations, other FAQs through my website.
Life can be tough and our inner struggles can become overwhelming. Navigating the depths of our own distress may be a daunting task. Luckily, we don't have to be alone. I provide therapy to adolescents, adults, seniors and couples from all backgrounds, in an environment that is open, safe and judgement-free. I have experience working with a range of issues: PTSD and trauma, depression/anxiety, self-esteem, substance use, relationship issues and more. Learn more about my approach to therapy, office locations, other FAQs through my website.
(343) 308-1173 View (343) 308-1173
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Kristina Scully
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MC, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2M
Currently welcoming new clients of all ages! For both virtual and in person sessions with daytime and evening availability. Hi there! My name is Kristina Scully and I am a Registered Psychotherapist who has over 10 years experience working as a clinical therapist. I specialize in anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, substance use, relationship issues, disordered eating and trauma. I have worked extensively with adolescents, youth and adults and I am also an experienced Parent-Child Therapist supporting families in the community.
Currently welcoming new clients of all ages! For both virtual and in person sessions with daytime and evening availability. Hi there! My name is Kristina Scully and I am a Registered Psychotherapist who has over 10 years experience working as a clinical therapist. I specialize in anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, substance use, relationship issues, disordered eating and trauma. I have worked extensively with adolescents, youth and adults and I am also an experienced Parent-Child Therapist supporting families in the community.
(343) 304-6216 View (343) 304-6216

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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.