Addiction Counselling in Cambridge

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Luke Reynolds
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1
My main areas of experience are in addiction, Trauma, destructive relationships, anxiety, low self esteem and lack of meaning.
I am a registered psychotherapist with a private practice in central Cambridge. Offering a space which is safe and non-judgemental. Where we can explore together what is happening with you and what in your life has left you feeling anxious, depressed, sad, angry, low in self-esteem, empty or distressed. Through working together we will try to understand how these feelings are manifesting in your life be it through addiction, social anxiety, or destructive relationships. And endeavour to bring you to a place where you feel comfort and understanding in and of yourself.
My main areas of experience are in addiction, Trauma, destructive relationships, anxiety, low self esteem and lack of meaning.
I am a registered psychotherapist with a private practice in central Cambridge. Offering a space which is safe and non-judgemental. Where we can explore together what is happening with you and what in your life has left you feeling anxious, depressed, sad, angry, low in self-esteem, empty or distressed. Through working together we will try to understand how these feelings are manifesting in your life be it through addiction, social anxiety, or destructive relationships. And endeavour to bring you to a place where you feel comfort and understanding in and of yourself.
020 3823 6631 View 020 3823 6631
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Lucas Oliver
Counsellor, MHGI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cambridge CB4
With over 20 years of experience in the NHS, addiction services and university counselling/ life coaching, I'm committed to empowering people to build upon their inner resources to achieve the life they want. I offer 'guided imagery' sessions (like hypnotherapy) - a powerful way to practice turning your imagination to your advantage. I have helped many people to overcome addictions (gambling, gaming, sex and/ or porn, drugs and alcohol) and build a new and more meaningful life. Whether it's personal, professional, or academic success that you are looking for, I am keen to offer my behaviour change expertise and experience.
With over 20 years of experience in the NHS, addiction services and university counselling/ life coaching, I'm committed to empowering people to build upon their inner resources to achieve the life they want. I offer 'guided imagery' sessions (like hypnotherapy) - a powerful way to practice turning your imagination to your advantage. I have helped many people to overcome addictions (gambling, gaming, sex and/ or porn, drugs and alcohol) and build a new and more meaningful life. Whether it's personal, professional, or academic success that you are looking for, I am keen to offer my behaviour change expertise and experience.
01223 679969 View 01223 679969
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Ian Francis Mncs Accred
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cambridge CB4
I love working with people who are openminded and honest and looking to improve their lives and explore some of their blocks. I have a lot of experience working with depression, anxiety, abuse, addiction and low self esteem. If you aren't happy with yourself or your life, I would love to find out why and help you to explore ways of making positive changes. I have transformed my life in a positive way so I speak from experience when I say radical transformation is possible if you are open to it. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space to talk about the things that are really important to you.
I love working with people who are openminded and honest and looking to improve their lives and explore some of their blocks. I have a lot of experience working with depression, anxiety, abuse, addiction and low self esteem. If you aren't happy with yourself or your life, I would love to find out why and help you to explore ways of making positive changes. I have transformed my life in a positive way so I speak from experience when I say radical transformation is possible if you are open to it. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space to talk about the things that are really important to you.
01223 658135 View 01223 658135
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Maureen Park
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1
There are times in our lives when we all need a little help. When things just become to much for us to handle alone. I can help you cope with a wide range of anxiety, emotional problems and relationship issues. From Bereavement, Depression, Stress and Anxiety, Family Issues, Addiction, Eating Disorders, Marriage Counselling to mention only a few. I am a BACP registered Psychodynamic Counsellor also using CBT and Mindfulness. I offer a caring professional and confidential counselling service in Biggleswade and Royston and have worked for many years in commerce and industry so understand the pressures of work place stress.
There are times in our lives when we all need a little help. When things just become to much for us to handle alone. I can help you cope with a wide range of anxiety, emotional problems and relationship issues. From Bereavement, Depression, Stress and Anxiety, Family Issues, Addiction, Eating Disorders, Marriage Counselling to mention only a few. I am a BACP registered Psychodynamic Counsellor also using CBT and Mindfulness. I offer a caring professional and confidential counselling service in Biggleswade and Royston and have worked for many years in commerce and industry so understand the pressures of work place stress.
01767 668784 View 01767 668784
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Eoghan Styles
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB2
I help people who are struggling with everyday anxiety and stress, and others with trauma, addiction, loss and suicidal thoughts.
We all find life hard some of the time, and sometimes, it can feel like it's not getting any easier. We all want things to be different, we want change. But change is hard, and it’s harder to change alone. I help people with their difficulties. I help people to make the changes they need to make, to heal, to get back on their feet, to integrate past difficult experiences, and to finally live fuller and deeper lives.
I help people who are struggling with everyday anxiety and stress, and others with trauma, addiction, loss and suicidal thoughts.
We all find life hard some of the time, and sometimes, it can feel like it's not getting any easier. We all want things to be different, we want change. But change is hard, and it’s harder to change alone. I help people with their difficulties. I help people to make the changes they need to make, to heal, to get back on their feet, to integrate past difficult experiences, and to finally live fuller and deeper lives.
01223 679972 View 01223 679972
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Lisa Reynolds
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1
I offer a space which is safe and non-judgemental where we can explore together what is happening with you and in your life that has left you feeling anxious, depressed, sad, low in self-esteem, empty or distressed and not knowing why. Through working together we will try to understand how these feelings are manifesting in your life - be it through addiction, social anxiety, eating disorders, discomfort in your body image, destructive relationships. I am a passionate practitioner of EMDR (Eye movement desensitization reprocessing), a cutting-edge and clinically proven psychotherapeutic technique for treatment of PTSD.
I offer a space which is safe and non-judgemental where we can explore together what is happening with you and in your life that has left you feeling anxious, depressed, sad, low in self-esteem, empty or distressed and not knowing why. Through working together we will try to understand how these feelings are manifesting in your life - be it through addiction, social anxiety, eating disorders, discomfort in your body image, destructive relationships. I am a passionate practitioner of EMDR (Eye movement desensitization reprocessing), a cutting-edge and clinically proven psychotherapeutic technique for treatment of PTSD.
020 3974 2564 View 020 3974 2564
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Jonny Say
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1  (Online Only)
I also have specialist training in Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Bereavement, stress based work issues, High Achievers, Addiction and Relationship challenges.
I am a therapist specialising in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) for a broad range of psychological difficulties. I am co-director for the Integrative Centre for OCD Therapy www.integrativecentreforocd.co.uk. My approach to therapy is integrative, drawing primarily on ACT and CFT along with therapies that focus on relationships and social connection (FAP). I have NHS experience. I have worked with a range of clients from charities to Leaders in Business, Tech & Sports.
I also have specialist training in Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Bereavement, stress based work issues, High Achievers, Addiction and Relationship challenges.
I am a therapist specialising in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) for a broad range of psychological difficulties. I am co-director for the Integrative Centre for OCD Therapy www.integrativecentreforocd.co.uk. My approach to therapy is integrative, drawing primarily on ACT and CFT along with therapies that focus on relationships and social connection (FAP). I have NHS experience. I have worked with a range of clients from charities to Leaders in Business, Tech & Sports.
020 3984 8847 View 020 3984 8847
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Dr Fatoumata Jatta (Online Therapy)
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB2
Seeking support can be a challenging step to take. I am here to help. As a chartered clinical psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, I am trained to provide individuals, couples, and groups with evidence-based psychological treatments for a range of difficulties that can affect general well-being and quality of life. You may struggle with low mood and anxiety, and may be affected by issues such as relationship problems, low self-esteem, loss and bereavement, trauma, sexual problems, or substance misuse. It is also common to experience a number of issues at once, making problems seem insurmountable.
Seeking support can be a challenging step to take. I am here to help. As a chartered clinical psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, I am trained to provide individuals, couples, and groups with evidence-based psychological treatments for a range of difficulties that can affect general well-being and quality of life. You may struggle with low mood and anxiety, and may be affected by issues such as relationship problems, low self-esteem, loss and bereavement, trauma, sexual problems, or substance misuse. It is also common to experience a number of issues at once, making problems seem insurmountable.
020 3962 1167 View 020 3962 1167
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Dr Charlotte Harkness Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1
I have experience of working with people with a broad range of issues and backgrounds, so I can support you in whatever you are wanting therapy for, including anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, panic attacks, eating problems, weight , sexuality, addiction, work-place issues, relationships and family issues.
Hello, I’m Charlotte, a counsellor and psychotherapist providing private one-to-one sessions in person in London, in Long Melford, Suffolk and via Skype. I offer a non-judgemental and safe environment for you to talk and explore what is on your mind, your worries and concerns. Whatever you are going through, I can help you reflect on how you are living and make any changes, if that is what you want. I have more than 10 years experience counselling in a variety of different environments helping a wide range of people. I completed a doctorate in Psychotherapy NSPC/Middlesex University and I teach and provide clinical supervision.
I have experience of working with people with a broad range of issues and backgrounds, so I can support you in whatever you are wanting therapy for, including anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, panic attacks, eating problems, weight , sexuality, addiction, work-place issues, relationships and family issues.
Hello, I’m Charlotte, a counsellor and psychotherapist providing private one-to-one sessions in person in London, in Long Melford, Suffolk and via Skype. I offer a non-judgemental and safe environment for you to talk and explore what is on your mind, your worries and concerns. Whatever you are going through, I can help you reflect on how you are living and make any changes, if that is what you want. I have more than 10 years experience counselling in a variety of different environments helping a wide range of people. I completed a doctorate in Psychotherapy NSPC/Middlesex University and I teach and provide clinical supervision.
01787 320955 View 01787 320955
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MD of Harley St. Psychotherapy Ltd (Amanda Goss)
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1
We can help with 1-1 Counselling; Relationship issues; Anxiety; Depression; Stress; Low Self Esteem; Social Anxiety; Loneliness; Child Therapy; Young Persons Counselling; Family Therapy; Walking Therapy; Addiction; Eating Disorders; Sexual Abuse; Bereavement; ADHD/Autism/Asp.
Are you anxious/depressed/stressed/unhappy? Maybe you know the issue and don't want to feel this way any more? Even if you don't exactly know what is wrong, we will work with you to find out the cause so that you can live a happier, more contented life. We aim to get to the root of the problem so that the change is permanent. If you haven't had counselling before, or feel nervous about it, please call me for an informal chat. Counselling can be (and often is) a life changing experience. We suggest a 1st session, by the end of which you will know if you want to carry on. If you are a couple we have a specialist. Feel free to call.
We can help with 1-1 Counselling; Relationship issues; Anxiety; Depression; Stress; Low Self Esteem; Social Anxiety; Loneliness; Child Therapy; Young Persons Counselling; Family Therapy; Walking Therapy; Addiction; Eating Disorders; Sexual Abuse; Bereavement; ADHD/Autism/Asp.
Are you anxious/depressed/stressed/unhappy? Maybe you know the issue and don't want to feel this way any more? Even if you don't exactly know what is wrong, we will work with you to find out the cause so that you can live a happier, more contented life. We aim to get to the root of the problem so that the change is permanent. If you haven't had counselling before, or feel nervous about it, please call me for an informal chat. Counselling can be (and often is) a life changing experience. We suggest a 1st session, by the end of which you will know if you want to carry on. If you are a couple we have a specialist. Feel free to call.
020 4538 3988 View 020 4538 3988
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Dr Sandra Darmanin
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB10  (Online Only)
I am a licenced clinical psychologist and member of the HCPC in the UK and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and having trained as a clinical psychologist at the Wright Institute in Berkeley and Yale University. I have been providing therapy to male and female clients for over 20 years and have accumulated a wealth of experience in working with adults with complex presentations. I have an expertise in working with depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, relationships, workplace issues and substance use.
I am a licenced clinical psychologist and member of the HCPC in the UK and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and having trained as a clinical psychologist at the Wright Institute in Berkeley and Yale University. I have been providing therapy to male and female clients for over 20 years and have accumulated a wealth of experience in working with adults with complex presentations. I have an expertise in working with depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, relationships, workplace issues and substance use.
01260 542106 View 01260 542106
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Rosalind Townsend
Psychotherapist, MHGI
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1
Are you affected by anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, anger or addiction? Are you overwhelmed or disheartened by difficulties relating to life challenges or changes? Do you need support to re-think or repair a relationship, or to reassess priorities or work-life balance? If so, I can help. My aim, if you choose to work with me, is that you will leave each session feeling a little better, more hopeful and more confident in your ability to recover, or make the changes that you would like to see in your life.
Are you affected by anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, anger or addiction? Are you overwhelmed or disheartened by difficulties relating to life challenges or changes? Do you need support to re-think or repair a relationship, or to reassess priorities or work-life balance? If so, I can help. My aim, if you choose to work with me, is that you will leave each session feeling a little better, more hopeful and more confident in your ability to recover, or make the changes that you would like to see in your life.
01572 492162 View 01572 492162
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Joanne Mander
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB2  (Online Only)
Hello there and welcome…my name is Joanne and I specialise in Couples Counselling, Psychosexual Therapy and sexual addiction. All relationships have up’s and downs, this is quite normal and we have to re-adjust when life throws up these challenges. If you are experiencing any of the difficulties below though and are finding it hard to resolve, then it may be time to seek experienced support: Do you no longer feel able to talk to your partner? Do your conversations always seem to turn into an argument? Or maybe you are experiencing loss of desire, erectile dysfunction, pain during sex which are causing you a great deal of distress.
Hello there and welcome…my name is Joanne and I specialise in Couples Counselling, Psychosexual Therapy and sexual addiction. All relationships have up’s and downs, this is quite normal and we have to re-adjust when life throws up these challenges. If you are experiencing any of the difficulties below though and are finding it hard to resolve, then it may be time to seek experienced support: Do you no longer feel able to talk to your partner? Do your conversations always seem to turn into an argument? Or maybe you are experiencing loss of desire, erectile dysfunction, pain during sex which are causing you a great deal of distress.
01538 712308 View 01538 712308
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Sharon Daniel
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1
I have a wealth of experience in working with addictions and the Underlying issues connected with this. I developed a special interest in family systems and have done Additional training In this area. I work with integrity and respect and my commitments to personal development is key to my practice.
I have a wealth of experience in working with addictions and the Underlying issues connected with this. I developed a special interest in family systems and have done Additional training In this area. I work with integrity and respect and my commitments to personal development is key to my practice.
01223 679779 View 01223 679779
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Nicholas Cook
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB2
Right now you might find it almost impossible to believe life will work out for the best. Sometimes change just comes along but most of the time it's up to us to get started. That's tough at the best of times. Maybe staying as you are just seems easier or, perhaps, you've now reached a point where you want to change but don't know how to go about it. Starting out can seem daunting, a risk even. That's where therapy comes in.
Right now you might find it almost impossible to believe life will work out for the best. Sometimes change just comes along but most of the time it's up to us to get started. That's tough at the best of times. Maybe staying as you are just seems easier or, perhaps, you've now reached a point where you want to change but don't know how to go about it. Starting out can seem daunting, a risk even. That's where therapy comes in.
01223 734685 View 01223 734685
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Harbans Nagpal
Psychotherapist, MBBS
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB2
I am a Lacanian psychotherapist and psychoanalyst with 25 years of experience. I treat eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia and obesity, and addictions such as to nicotine, cannabis, gambling, sex, chocolate, tea and coffee. After my training in medicine (Oxford, Cambridge) I worked in London and at the American Hospital of Paris. To specialize, I trained in psychiatry and psychoanalysis (with Jacques Lacan at the École Freudienne) in Paris. For many years I was a Consultant Psychiatrist at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Paris. For the last twenty years I have worked as a specialised psychotherapist. Do take a look at my website.
I am a Lacanian psychotherapist and psychoanalyst with 25 years of experience. I treat eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia and obesity, and addictions such as to nicotine, cannabis, gambling, sex, chocolate, tea and coffee. After my training in medicine (Oxford, Cambridge) I worked in London and at the American Hospital of Paris. To specialize, I trained in psychiatry and psychoanalysis (with Jacques Lacan at the École Freudienne) in Paris. For many years I was a Consultant Psychiatrist at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Paris. For the last twenty years I have worked as a specialised psychotherapist. Do take a look at my website.
01223 679756 View 01223 679756
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Joe Carter
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1  (Online Only)
Being human can be tricky. We can all get stuck. Stuck in our heads and our feelings, in relationships, work, obsessions and compulsions, stuck in unhelpful behaviours and unhelpful ways of seeing things. But, we can all get unstuck. Practicing since 2002, I would be seen as an integrative therapist and counsellor, integrating multiple therapeutic models and approaches. So, we have many ways to make better sense of life situations: 12-Step Recovery Programme, Internal Family Systems, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Humanistic, Person Centred and Psychodynamic approaches; Integrative Counselling.
Being human can be tricky. We can all get stuck. Stuck in our heads and our feelings, in relationships, work, obsessions and compulsions, stuck in unhelpful behaviours and unhelpful ways of seeing things. But, we can all get unstuck. Practicing since 2002, I would be seen as an integrative therapist and counsellor, integrating multiple therapeutic models and approaches. So, we have many ways to make better sense of life situations: 12-Step Recovery Programme, Internal Family Systems, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Humanistic, Person Centred and Psychodynamic approaches; Integrative Counselling.
028 9694 3391 View 028 9694 3391
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Donna Collins
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1
Welcome. Therapy can help you to find a safe space in the world to start to trust that it is ok to be yourself. Often, this has not been possible for many people and this leads to anxiety, stress, depression and many other presenting symptoms. Therapy can help you to come back to your true nature, trusting that you are welcome to be seen and heard in both therapy and in your life.
Welcome. Therapy can help you to find a safe space in the world to start to trust that it is ok to be yourself. Often, this has not been possible for many people and this leads to anxiety, stress, depression and many other presenting symptoms. Therapy can help you to come back to your true nature, trusting that you are welcome to be seen and heard in both therapy and in your life.
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Adrian Wilson-Smith
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1
Is your relationship or marriage in the middle of a crisis or heading that way? Most of my work is in helping to save relationships ravaged by a variety of issues. My greatest skill is in listening to you, and helping you to understand yourself and your relationships in a way that suits you and the context. To do this, I work in a relational way with you, establishing a sense of trust in a safe therapeutic environment, that in turn will enable you to clarify just what it is that is happening with your troubled relationship. My own life experience, as well as my training provides me with the tools to walk with you at times of crisis.
Is your relationship or marriage in the middle of a crisis or heading that way? Most of my work is in helping to save relationships ravaged by a variety of issues. My greatest skill is in listening to you, and helping you to understand yourself and your relationships in a way that suits you and the context. To do this, I work in a relational way with you, establishing a sense of trust in a safe therapeutic environment, that in turn will enable you to clarify just what it is that is happening with your troubled relationship. My own life experience, as well as my training provides me with the tools to walk with you at times of crisis.
07831 656697 View 07831 656697
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Naomi Murphy
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cambridge CB1
Hi, thanks for stopping by to check me out. It’s not easy to reach out for help and it can be hard to know what you need from the many services and therapists on offer. Like others I work with, you might find it hard to trust in people and open up. You may have gotten good at hiding your hurt and pain? Maybe you’re worried you’re making a big deal over things that you should have moved on from by now? Perhaps you’re ashamed that these things happened in the first place or feel embarrassed that they still bother you? It might feel wrong to feel sad when some things in your life are going well and others have it so much harder?
Hi, thanks for stopping by to check me out. It’s not easy to reach out for help and it can be hard to know what you need from the many services and therapists on offer. Like others I work with, you might find it hard to trust in people and open up. You may have gotten good at hiding your hurt and pain? Maybe you’re worried you’re making a big deal over things that you should have moved on from by now? Perhaps you’re ashamed that these things happened in the first place or feel embarrassed that they still bother you? It might feel wrong to feel sad when some things in your life are going well and others have it so much harder?
01832 778358 View 01832 778358

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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.