Addiction Counselling in Ely

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Jenna Marie Rutherford
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Ely CB7
I have over 20 years of experience of working as a counsellor with adults, young people, adolescents and children. I work face to face as well as on-line. I believe that you have the answers to your difficulties and that I as your therapist will provide a safe space to explore your thoughts and feelings with the aim of gaining insight and understanding, so that you may live a happier and more authentic life. I use play therapy with children. Sometimes people come to therapy with specific difficulties, anxiety, depression, self harm, low self esteem and others with more generalised feelings of discontent. I am here to listen.
I have over 20 years of experience of working as a counsellor with adults, young people, adolescents and children. I work face to face as well as on-line. I believe that you have the answers to your difficulties and that I as your therapist will provide a safe space to explore your thoughts and feelings with the aim of gaining insight and understanding, so that you may live a happier and more authentic life. I use play therapy with children. Sometimes people come to therapy with specific difficulties, anxiety, depression, self harm, low self esteem and others with more generalised feelings of discontent. I am here to listen.
020 8138 0406 View 020 8138 0406
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DKS Wellbeing Services
Counsellor, MHGI
Verified Verified
Ely CB6
There are a variety of reasons why people come to counselling or psychotherapy. We all throughout our lives face difficult and challenging times and for some having additional support is all that is needed. I offer a safe place for you to unburden those concerns, voice your fears, anger, or frustration, at your own pace in a confidential, non-judgemental, and relaxed environment. My aim is to help you make sense of your feelings and help you move on in your life. The thought of having therapy can feel a bit daunting at first, fear of the unknown, but it is the first step to moving forward on your journey. One step at a time!
There are a variety of reasons why people come to counselling or psychotherapy. We all throughout our lives face difficult and challenging times and for some having additional support is all that is needed. I offer a safe place for you to unburden those concerns, voice your fears, anger, or frustration, at your own pace in a confidential, non-judgemental, and relaxed environment. My aim is to help you make sense of your feelings and help you move on in your life. The thought of having therapy can feel a bit daunting at first, fear of the unknown, but it is the first step to moving forward on your journey. One step at a time!
01366 312329 View 01366 312329
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Anthony John Browne
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Ely CB7
Hello, I’m Anthony and I offer face to face counselling sessions to individuals aged 16+ in the Wisbech, Ely and surroundings areas. My training, supported by my life experiences provide calm, gentle, focused sessions to help you get through whats going on for you. Even if you just dont feel right and want an unjudgemental ear to talk to about whats happening in your life. I am also a highly experienced Leadership and business coach.
Hello, I’m Anthony and I offer face to face counselling sessions to individuals aged 16+ in the Wisbech, Ely and surroundings areas. My training, supported by my life experiences provide calm, gentle, focused sessions to help you get through whats going on for you. Even if you just dont feel right and want an unjudgemental ear to talk to about whats happening in your life. I am also a highly experienced Leadership and business coach.
01353 880925 View 01353 880925
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Dr Joseph Barker
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Ely CB6
I’m one of the few dual qualified chartered Clinical Psychologists in the UK with over 10 years of training and experience in the NHS. I specialise in neurodiversity, trauma, anxiety, depression, and anger. I’m passionate about treating people as individuals and providing psychological therapies that recognise our unique individual differences. My work aims to help people manage their most difficult feelings and experiences and reconnect people with the most meaningful parts of their lives. I work with young people, adults, and couples from our beautiful locations in Newmarket, Cambridge, and online.
I’m one of the few dual qualified chartered Clinical Psychologists in the UK with over 10 years of training and experience in the NHS. I specialise in neurodiversity, trauma, anxiety, depression, and anger. I’m passionate about treating people as individuals and providing psychological therapies that recognise our unique individual differences. My work aims to help people manage their most difficult feelings and experiences and reconnect people with the most meaningful parts of their lives. I work with young people, adults, and couples from our beautiful locations in Newmarket, Cambridge, and online.
01638 598216 View 01638 598216
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Anne L Ryan
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
Ely CB6
My work centres around trauma, developmental trauma, emotional neglect, the highly sensitive person and the capacity to understand and express feelings and emotions. Through working with body awareness, somatically and with mindfulness breathing, you will come to understand how these feelings arise and why your body responds and behaves in the way it does; why you say things and act as you do. As you become aware of the effect of this on yourself and others, you can make informed decisions and choices on how to change this so that you live your life fully and authentically to reach its full potential.
My work centres around trauma, developmental trauma, emotional neglect, the highly sensitive person and the capacity to understand and express feelings and emotions. Through working with body awareness, somatically and with mindfulness breathing, you will come to understand how these feelings arise and why your body responds and behaves in the way it does; why you say things and act as you do. As you become aware of the effect of this on yourself and others, you can make informed decisions and choices on how to change this so that you live your life fully and authentically to reach its full potential.
01223 658145 View 01223 658145
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Kathy Rose
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Ely CB6
I am an integrative Therapist with over 24 years of experience and an MA in Psychotherapy and counselling and am an accredited member of the BACP. I am passionate about the healing power of counselling, psychotherapy and the capacity of the human psyche to heal, develop and grow. This belief, coupled with my training and experience, underpins how I work with adults one-to-one. I can help with many areas of mental health and associated physical symptoms of: anxiety disorders, depression; underlying causes of emotional pain or distress. The process of counselling or psychotherapy can be life changing and enriching.
I am an integrative Therapist with over 24 years of experience and an MA in Psychotherapy and counselling and am an accredited member of the BACP. I am passionate about the healing power of counselling, psychotherapy and the capacity of the human psyche to heal, develop and grow. This belief, coupled with my training and experience, underpins how I work with adults one-to-one. I can help with many areas of mental health and associated physical symptoms of: anxiety disorders, depression; underlying causes of emotional pain or distress. The process of counselling or psychotherapy can be life changing and enriching.
01223 857031 View 01223 857031
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Beatriz Serrano
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ely CB6
Hi, I am a Psychologist, Psychotherapist and a Mindfulness teacher. My training is based in Mindfulness and this could offer you a way to connect with yourself more fully and to develop practical skills for self-listening. This can be helpful if you find yourself disconnected from your feelings or having difficulties in understanding, communicating and/or relating with others.
Hi, I am a Psychologist, Psychotherapist and a Mindfulness teacher. My training is based in Mindfulness and this could offer you a way to connect with yourself more fully and to develop practical skills for self-listening. This can be helpful if you find yourself disconnected from your feelings or having difficulties in understanding, communicating and/or relating with others.
01223 869572 View 01223 869572

More Therapists Nearby

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Sandra Cass-Courtney
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB7
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and a Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC). My qualifications and experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. I regard human suffering and relational struggles as inevitable parts of all our lives. In therapy we may deal directly with life’s crisis and difficulties around transitions such as death of a loved one, divorce, illness and career crossroads. I have a wide range of NHS and private sector experience and can competently treat a wide range of psychological issues and distress for individuals and couples.
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and a Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC). My qualifications and experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. I regard human suffering and relational struggles as inevitable parts of all our lives. In therapy we may deal directly with life’s crisis and difficulties around transitions such as death of a loved one, divorce, illness and career crossroads. I have a wide range of NHS and private sector experience and can competently treat a wide range of psychological issues and distress for individuals and couples.
07723 448788 View 07723 448788
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Jamie Fairbank
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB25
I specialise in working with domestic abuse and sexual trauma, both recent and historic, including childhood sexual abuse. I also have experience in a range of other areas including depression and anxiety, self-harm, relationship difficulties and emotional regulation. Therapy can also support less specific concerns such as general low mood or lack of motivation, and be used to compliment a pro-active attitude towards greater wellbeing and self-care.
I specialise in working with domestic abuse and sexual trauma, both recent and historic, including childhood sexual abuse. I also have experience in a range of other areas including depression and anxiety, self-harm, relationship difficulties and emotional regulation. Therapy can also support less specific concerns such as general low mood or lack of motivation, and be used to compliment a pro-active attitude towards greater wellbeing and self-care.
01438 584577 View 01438 584577

Online Therapists

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Dr Mihaela Zdrali
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Weybridge KT13
I have over 15 years experience as an addiction specialist, working in NHS and private sector.
Today, more and more people are faced with overwhelming stress, in their relationships, at work and in their personal circumstances. However more and more people are becoming aware and motivated to take steps towards a more fulfilled and happy life. If you feel worried or depressed in your present situation and/or stuck and unhappy in your relationship, talking to a therapist may be the best choice you make. Therapy offers a safe and confidential space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, get support, understanding and professional guidance towards a resolution and peace of mind.
I have over 15 years experience as an addiction specialist, working in NHS and private sector.
Today, more and more people are faced with overwhelming stress, in their relationships, at work and in their personal circumstances. However more and more people are becoming aware and motivated to take steps towards a more fulfilled and happy life. If you feel worried or depressed in your present situation and/or stuck and unhappy in your relationship, talking to a therapist may be the best choice you make. Therapy offers a safe and confidential space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, get support, understanding and professional guidance towards a resolution and peace of mind.
01748 901305 View 01748 901305
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Dr. Jason Chan
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London EC2M
Depression breeds inactivity, rumination, hopelessness, self-loathing, loneliness and addiction; anxiety problems compel us to run reactively for safety, only our escapes often further entrench our fear, worries and cause panic.
A Principal Clinical Psychologist with 16 years of experience of working in and leading NHS Psychology Services, and an expert in CBT, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Emotion-focused therapy, EMDR, Acceptance-commitment Therapy and Mindfulness approaches. I offer incisive, experiential, and highly effective treatments designed to help you overcome your distress and effect lasting changes. Seeking help is a major life step. I commit to providing a safe, professional and personalized treatment experience to sensitively support and empower you, deepen your self-understanding and create positive changes for a life that you can truly value.
Depression breeds inactivity, rumination, hopelessness, self-loathing, loneliness and addiction; anxiety problems compel us to run reactively for safety, only our escapes often further entrench our fear, worries and cause panic.
A Principal Clinical Psychologist with 16 years of experience of working in and leading NHS Psychology Services, and an expert in CBT, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Emotion-focused therapy, EMDR, Acceptance-commitment Therapy and Mindfulness approaches. I offer incisive, experiential, and highly effective treatments designed to help you overcome your distress and effect lasting changes. Seeking help is a major life step. I commit to providing a safe, professional and personalized treatment experience to sensitively support and empower you, deepen your self-understanding and create positive changes for a life that you can truly value.
020 3962 0919 View 020 3962 0919
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Alexandra Lowe
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London N8
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and a Psychosexual Therapist working with individuals and couples, with issues around communication, desire/arousal, orgasm, erectile difficulties, vaginal discomfort/pain, trauma, body image issues, sexual identity, menopause, affairs, non monogamous, polyamorous relationships, porn addiction, kink, bdsm.
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed, or that you're lacking a sense of purpose? Is something holding you back from living the life you want to live? Maybe you are struggling to communicate and connect with your partner? Do you question why you keep repeating the same patterns? My aim is to help you explore your feelings, thoughts and emotions and the affect they have on your behaviour and mood. I see the therapeutic process as a collaborative one, with us working side-by-side to develop your inner resources, communication skills, improve awareness of yourself, your body and your relationships with others.
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and a Psychosexual Therapist working with individuals and couples, with issues around communication, desire/arousal, orgasm, erectile difficulties, vaginal discomfort/pain, trauma, body image issues, sexual identity, menopause, affairs, non monogamous, polyamorous relationships, porn addiction, kink, bdsm.
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed, or that you're lacking a sense of purpose? Is something holding you back from living the life you want to live? Maybe you are struggling to communicate and connect with your partner? Do you question why you keep repeating the same patterns? My aim is to help you explore your feelings, thoughts and emotions and the affect they have on your behaviour and mood. I see the therapeutic process as a collaborative one, with us working side-by-side to develop your inner resources, communication skills, improve awareness of yourself, your body and your relationships with others.
020 3879 4641 View 020 3879 4641
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Charlotte Sara Walters
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
King's Lynn PE33
I work with older children (12+) and adults. I have experience of working with stress, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, domestic abuse, relationships, sexuality, grief/loss, behavioural issues and addiction/alcoholism. I have also recently worked voluntarily for two charities counselling young people affected by domestic abuse, and with people in addiction recovery. I work with a person centred foundation, therefore sessions are led by the clients needs as an individual. We work together to find the best way forward. The therapeutic relationship is of utmost importance.
I work with older children (12+) and adults. I have experience of working with stress, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, domestic abuse, relationships, sexuality, grief/loss, behavioural issues and addiction/alcoholism. I have also recently worked voluntarily for two charities counselling young people affected by domestic abuse, and with people in addiction recovery. I work with a person centred foundation, therefore sessions are led by the clients needs as an individual. We work together to find the best way forward. The therapeutic relationship is of utmost importance.
020 3322 9513 View 020 3322 9513
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Dr Benedict Hoff
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBACP
Verified Verified
London W1G
I work with a range of issues including: anxiety, addiction, depression, chemsex, gender identity, gender dysphoria and transitioning, pain and chronic illness, psychosexual issues, forensics/sexual offending, sexuality and sexual identity, suicidality and self-harm.
I’m interested in what works. For you. So I take a pluralistic, integrative approach and don’t limit myself to one particular way of working. Whether you’re seeing me for counselling, schema-based therapy or psychosexual therapy, I'll tailor my approach to suit your needs. And it’s the relationship between you and I which will be central to the work. Because I’m not a friend, colleague or family member, you can think the unthinkable and speak the unspeakable in a judgement-free space. You can rely on me to be honest with you, and bring into your awareness your blind spots, and things on the edge of your awareness you might missing.
I work with a range of issues including: anxiety, addiction, depression, chemsex, gender identity, gender dysphoria and transitioning, pain and chronic illness, psychosexual issues, forensics/sexual offending, sexuality and sexual identity, suicidality and self-harm.
I’m interested in what works. For you. So I take a pluralistic, integrative approach and don’t limit myself to one particular way of working. Whether you’re seeing me for counselling, schema-based therapy or psychosexual therapy, I'll tailor my approach to suit your needs. And it’s the relationship between you and I which will be central to the work. Because I’m not a friend, colleague or family member, you can think the unthinkable and speak the unspeakable in a judgement-free space. You can rely on me to be honest with you, and bring into your awareness your blind spots, and things on the edge of your awareness you might missing.
01748 902515 View 01748 902515
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Helena Prentice
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Tunbridge Wells TN3
Hello, my name is Helena Prentice (Dip.Psych.Couns.MBACP) and I am a qualified Psychotherapist and Counsellor and a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I am insured and hold an up-to-date Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate. Prior to running my private practice, Enlightened Minds Therapy, I worked within an NHS setting providing therapy to adults and children. I have worked within a cancer care support centre, helping those bereaved, going through treatment and the terminally ill and I have also provided voluntary support within a substance abuse residential rehabilitation facility,
Hello, my name is Helena Prentice (Dip.Psych.Couns.MBACP) and I am a qualified Psychotherapist and Counsellor and a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I am insured and hold an up-to-date Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate. Prior to running my private practice, Enlightened Minds Therapy, I worked within an NHS setting providing therapy to adults and children. I have worked within a cancer care support centre, helping those bereaved, going through treatment and the terminally ill and I have also provided voluntary support within a substance abuse residential rehabilitation facility,
01892 351026 View 01892 351026
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Jane Mary Hetherington
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Ramsgate CT11
I am an integrative psychotherapist and I enjoy working with a wide range of clients on a number of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance misuse/addictions, relationships, LGBTQIA. I additionally have considerable experience in working with more severe mental health issues and complex presentations, such as personality disorder and psychosis. I prefer to have an initial discussion on the phone prior to the first meeting. In order to establish what the client wants from therapy and are their needs and goals realistic.
I am an integrative psychotherapist and I enjoy working with a wide range of clients on a number of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance misuse/addictions, relationships, LGBTQIA. I additionally have considerable experience in working with more severe mental health issues and complex presentations, such as personality disorder and psychosis. I prefer to have an initial discussion on the phone prior to the first meeting. In order to establish what the client wants from therapy and are their needs and goals realistic.
07403 938902 View 07403 938902
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Daniel Goldie
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
London WC1H
I've worked with people having facing many challenges; histories of abuse, anxiety, bereavement and loss, depression, trauma, stress at home or in work, sex & relationship issues, questions around sexuality and gender, family difficulties, alcohol or substance misuse, existential issues and more.
I see therapy as an opportunity to explore, to challenge, and to develop new ways of being and relating. I engage with my clients in a real, authentic way, and invite them to do the same with me. I'm an experienced UKCP accredited Psychotherapist with over 14 years experience working in a range of mental health services. I've supported many people in leading richer and more rewarding lives. ​I work in a way that is open, honest, supportive and allows for lightness and challenge. Take a look at my website for more information about how I work.
I've worked with people having facing many challenges; histories of abuse, anxiety, bereavement and loss, depression, trauma, stress at home or in work, sex & relationship issues, questions around sexuality and gender, family difficulties, alcohol or substance misuse, existential issues and more.
I see therapy as an opportunity to explore, to challenge, and to develop new ways of being and relating. I engage with my clients in a real, authentic way, and invite them to do the same with me. I'm an experienced UKCP accredited Psychotherapist with over 14 years experience working in a range of mental health services. I've supported many people in leading richer and more rewarding lives. ​I work in a way that is open, honest, supportive and allows for lightness and challenge. Take a look at my website for more information about how I work.
020 3958 4013 View 020 3958 4013
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Matthew Benjamin Therapy
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
London N2
As a psychotherapeutic counsellor, I will encourage awareness, and facilitate change, using transactional analysis psychotherapy tools and drawing on my rich personal life experience and previous work with clients. I work with a broad range of clients who come to me with anxiety, depression, addiction, grief and loss, relationship, work issues, stress, and low self-esteem.
As a psychotherapeutic counsellor, I will encourage awareness, and facilitate change, using transactional analysis psychotherapy tools and drawing on my rich personal life experience and previous work with clients. I work with a broad range of clients who come to me with anxiety, depression, addiction, grief and loss, relationship, work issues, stress, and low self-esteem.
020 8106 5713 View 020 8106 5713
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Charles Brown
Verified Verified
London SW16
I am a black Afro-Caribbean psychoanalytic psychotherapist and addiction therapist with over 25 years of experience working with clients and in practice management in various clinical and voluntary settings.
Are you seeking to unleash your full potential or wish to discover more about who you are and why you may feel stuck in life? Are you anxious and/or depressed and want to find some relief from your symptoms? Do you find yourself struggling to maintain and establish relationships? Do you experience mental health problems or emotional difficulties? Have you become aware that you are repeating the same patterns and ending up in similar situations? Do you struggle with your sexuality? I can help you gain insight into your difficulties and help you make appropriate lifestyle choices and solve your personal problems.
I am a black Afro-Caribbean psychoanalytic psychotherapist and addiction therapist with over 25 years of experience working with clients and in practice management in various clinical and voluntary settings.
Are you seeking to unleash your full potential or wish to discover more about who you are and why you may feel stuck in life? Are you anxious and/or depressed and want to find some relief from your symptoms? Do you find yourself struggling to maintain and establish relationships? Do you experience mental health problems or emotional difficulties? Have you become aware that you are repeating the same patterns and ending up in similar situations? Do you struggle with your sexuality? I can help you gain insight into your difficulties and help you make appropriate lifestyle choices and solve your personal problems.
020 8016 2871 View 020 8016 2871
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Alejandra Lozada Andrade
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London W8
I gained experience working at Help Counselling, West London Centre for Counselling, City Pregnancy Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Addiction Therapy.
I am an integrative psychotherapist with experience in relational psychoanalysis. My aim is to help individuals understand the root causes of their difficulties to transform their lives in meaningful ways. I work with clients on a wide range of issues, including: dealing with anxiety and/or depression, difficulties with pregnancy, postpartum depression, pregnancy loss, abuse (past and/or present), addiction, bereavement, and trauma, among other concerns. I appreciate how past experiences can impact present relationships and contribute to feelings of low mood, anxiety and disconnection.
I gained experience working at Help Counselling, West London Centre for Counselling, City Pregnancy Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Addiction Therapy.
I am an integrative psychotherapist with experience in relational psychoanalysis. My aim is to help individuals understand the root causes of their difficulties to transform their lives in meaningful ways. I work with clients on a wide range of issues, including: dealing with anxiety and/or depression, difficulties with pregnancy, postpartum depression, pregnancy loss, abuse (past and/or present), addiction, bereavement, and trauma, among other concerns. I appreciate how past experiences can impact present relationships and contribute to feelings of low mood, anxiety and disconnection.
020 4538 8960 View 020 4538 8960

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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.