Addiction Counselling in Exeter

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Photo of Bluebird Counselling and Psychotherapy, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Bluebird Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MA, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
Exeter EX1
I have worked with many different people - with different needs - from people struggling with addiction, people living with feelings of depression and anxiety, to those coping with bereavement and people dealing with trauma. I'm especially passionate about working with people with traumatic life experiences, addiction and those from the LGBTQ+ community. I am a cisgender bisexual and queer woman and I use she/her pronouns. I work with an open-mindset and am poly/kink/bsdm aware. I am dedicated to meeting you where you are in your life and working with you to support you in making positive changes and making sense of your world.
I have worked with many different people - with different needs - from people struggling with addiction, people living with feelings of depression and anxiety, to those coping with bereavement and people dealing with trauma. I'm especially passionate about working with people with traumatic life experiences, addiction and those from the LGBTQ+ community. I am a cisgender bisexual and queer woman and I use she/her pronouns. I work with an open-mindset and am poly/kink/bsdm aware. I am dedicated to meeting you where you are in your life and working with you to support you in making positive changes and making sense of your world.
01626 242933 View 01626 242933
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Miss Nicola Petch
Counsellor, MBBS, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX1
I work with Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder and Porn addiction.
Within my private counselling practice I work with many kinds of presenting problems such as anxiety(including generalized anxiety disorder), depression, work related problems, relationship difficulties, abuse, such as sexual, physical or emotional and addiction. I have worked as a therapeutic counsellor/group facilitator for a residential treatment centre for women recovering from substance misuse and domestic violence. I also work as a specialist counsellor in a sexual violence clinic. I have a Diploma in Working with Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder and Sex Addiction.
I work with Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder and Porn addiction.
Within my private counselling practice I work with many kinds of presenting problems such as anxiety(including generalized anxiety disorder), depression, work related problems, relationship difficulties, abuse, such as sexual, physical or emotional and addiction. I have worked as a therapeutic counsellor/group facilitator for a residential treatment centre for women recovering from substance misuse and domestic violence. I also work as a specialist counsellor in a sexual violence clinic. I have a Diploma in Working with Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder and Sex Addiction.
07480 788669 View 07480 788669
Photo of Elise Ann Martin, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Elise Ann Martin
Psychotherapist, MA, MBABCP
Verified
Exeter EX1  (Online Only)
I am a therapist, coach & psycho-educator, with a professional background working with trauma & symptoms of trauma such as E.D's & addiction. Throughout my career, I've specialized in creative & compassionate approaches to support clients reconnect to an innate sense of wellbeing and connection. I work within a relational & somatic frame to support you to understand, befriend & expand your sense of self and understand your nervous system and how the past might live on in, & impact your present. We will collaboratively unburden you and free you from your past and work together in supporting positive change in all areas of your life.
I am a therapist, coach & psycho-educator, with a professional background working with trauma & symptoms of trauma such as E.D's & addiction. Throughout my career, I've specialized in creative & compassionate approaches to support clients reconnect to an innate sense of wellbeing and connection. I work within a relational & somatic frame to support you to understand, befriend & expand your sense of self and understand your nervous system and how the past might live on in, & impact your present. We will collaboratively unburden you and free you from your past and work together in supporting positive change in all areas of your life.
01748 902201 View 01748 902201
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Hannah Duncan
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX5
I have 16 years experience working with a broad range of Compulsivity/Addiction issues, working for two agencies in Bristol.
Good therapy is about change: changing reactions, behaviours, a difficult aspect of self, challenging attitudes/beliefs about yourself or your story. I love working with clients who are prepared to jump in, take risks and seek solutions - this is the way to ensure real change. I will jump in and risk too. I value being human and involved in the therapy and am also practically minded and view the best wisdom as something that can directly be applied to life. A supervisee recently described me as "real, relational, ordinary, practical and not floaty/wispy". I like to incorporate psychoeducation and relevant theoretical information.
I have 16 years experience working with a broad range of Compulsivity/Addiction issues, working for two agencies in Bristol.
Good therapy is about change: changing reactions, behaviours, a difficult aspect of self, challenging attitudes/beliefs about yourself or your story. I love working with clients who are prepared to jump in, take risks and seek solutions - this is the way to ensure real change. I will jump in and risk too. I value being human and involved in the therapy and am also practically minded and view the best wisdom as something that can directly be applied to life. A supervisee recently described me as "real, relational, ordinary, practical and not floaty/wispy". I like to incorporate psychoeducation and relevant theoretical information.
07481 341671 View 07481 341671
Photo of Beverley Beckett. Addiction Complex Trauma Adhd And Relationships, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Beverley Beckett. Addiction Complex Trauma Adhd And Relationships
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX1
I regularly work across a number of different areas and can support you if you are struggling with: addiction, trauma, abuse, bereavement, neurodiversity, bullying and relationship issues, gender conflict, self-harm, depression, anxiety or suicide.
Person-centred counselling puts you at the centre of our sessions, while I guide our discussions and support you by introducing psychotherapy tools to provide structure to your thinking. The guiding purpose is to allow you to discover the best way forward for you as an individual - we are all unique. There are a number of reasons why you might want to engage in therapy and often our conversations can cover unexpected topics. I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, registered with the BACP and NCPS.
I regularly work across a number of different areas and can support you if you are struggling with: addiction, trauma, abuse, bereavement, neurodiversity, bullying and relationship issues, gender conflict, self-harm, depression, anxiety or suicide.
Person-centred counselling puts you at the centre of our sessions, while I guide our discussions and support you by introducing psychotherapy tools to provide structure to your thinking. The guiding purpose is to allow you to discover the best way forward for you as an individual - we are all unique. There are a number of reasons why you might want to engage in therapy and often our conversations can cover unexpected topics. I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, registered with the BACP and NCPS.
07401 263192 View 07401 263192
Photo of Denis -Counselling For Adults Teens Young Adults, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Denis -Counselling For Adults Teens Young Adults
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX1
Your first counselling session if FREE. We all struggle in life at one point or another, if you are struggling with stress, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, past trauma, eating disorders, panic attacks, loss or grief and addiction, I can help. If things feel too much to manage on our own, counselling with me could help.
Your first counselling session if FREE. We all struggle in life at one point or another, if you are struggling with stress, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, past trauma, eating disorders, panic attacks, loss or grief and addiction, I can help. If things feel too much to manage on our own, counselling with me could help.
01823 785735 View 01823 785735
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Anne Mattock
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX5
I have worked with prisoners struggling with substance misuse issues and with young people within a school setting.
Are you struggling to make sense of your world, finding it difficult to get through your day? Do you feel out of step with everyone else? Are feeling alone and not sure what to do next? Have you had traumatic experiences that affect your present life? Do you have a feeling of impending doom that makes you wake up anxious? Do you want to self harm or end your life? Can you only manage by using drugs or alcohol? Do you have no one to understand or that you can talk to?
I have worked with prisoners struggling with substance misuse issues and with young people within a school setting.
Are you struggling to make sense of your world, finding it difficult to get through your day? Do you feel out of step with everyone else? Are feeling alone and not sure what to do next? Have you had traumatic experiences that affect your present life? Do you have a feeling of impending doom that makes you wake up anxious? Do you want to self harm or end your life? Can you only manage by using drugs or alcohol? Do you have no one to understand or that you can talk to?
01392 321150 View 01392 321150
Photo of Sara Briner Sex Therapy COSRT (sen) Accred, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Sara Briner Sex Therapy COSRT (sen) Accred
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified
Exeter EX4
Qualified sex therapist COSRT (Sen) Accred including porn addiction, relationship counsellor. Sara has been qualified for 19 years training as a general counsellor, working for Relate then the NHS as a sex therapist and specialist counsellor. Sara provides supervision for counsellors and students and is a qualified EMDR Practitioner used for trauma/ptsd. Sara offers daytime, evening appointments for couples and individuals. Sara is seeing clients face to face in Chudleigh off A38 and also offers Skype and zoom only. Relationship counselling for clients who are experiencing difficulties.
Qualified sex therapist COSRT (Sen) Accred including porn addiction, relationship counsellor. Sara has been qualified for 19 years training as a general counsellor, working for Relate then the NHS as a sex therapist and specialist counsellor. Sara provides supervision for counsellors and students and is a qualified EMDR Practitioner used for trauma/ptsd. Sara offers daytime, evening appointments for couples and individuals. Sara is seeing clients face to face in Chudleigh off A38 and also offers Skype and zoom only. Relationship counselling for clients who are experiencing difficulties.
01392 573749 View 01392 573749
Photo of Jennifer Smith, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Jennifer Smith
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Exeter EX4
Waitlist for new clients
You may be seeking help for a specific reason such as gaining greater understanding of your eating disorder, obsessional behaviour, substance misuse or debilitating phobia.
I offer one-to one Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. This is a well established and evidence-based talking therapy that can effectively treat emotional problems as well as a wide range of mental health conditions including: anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Sessions are booked for the same time every week and range from single to up to three sessions a week. They provide the space to talk about and reflect upon your emotional and relationship difficulties. These are thought about as they relate to your present circumstances but in this type of therapy, they are also considered in relation to your life history.
You may be seeking help for a specific reason such as gaining greater understanding of your eating disorder, obsessional behaviour, substance misuse or debilitating phobia.
I offer one-to one Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. This is a well established and evidence-based talking therapy that can effectively treat emotional problems as well as a wide range of mental health conditions including: anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Sessions are booked for the same time every week and range from single to up to three sessions a week. They provide the space to talk about and reflect upon your emotional and relationship difficulties. These are thought about as they relate to your present circumstances but in this type of therapy, they are also considered in relation to your life history.
01392 573819 View 01392 573819
Photo of Thais Lloyd (Tess), Counsellor in Exeter, England
Thais Lloyd (Tess)
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX4
Hello, my name is Thais Lloyd, but people call me Tess. I have over 15 years' experience as a counsellor. I am experienced in working with clients with: depression and low mood; anxiety, panic and phobias; difficulties in relationships; loneliness; trauma and abuse; low self-esteem; health-related stress; grief and loss; addiction. Finding a counsellor that you can connect well with can make a real difference to how you feel and to how you deal with what is difficult for you. My aim is to support you to find the relief you seek, make the changes you wish to make, and move forward in your life in a more creative and fulfilling way.
Hello, my name is Thais Lloyd, but people call me Tess. I have over 15 years' experience as a counsellor. I am experienced in working with clients with: depression and low mood; anxiety, panic and phobias; difficulties in relationships; loneliness; trauma and abuse; low self-esteem; health-related stress; grief and loss; addiction. Finding a counsellor that you can connect well with can make a real difference to how you feel and to how you deal with what is difficult for you. My aim is to support you to find the relief you seek, make the changes you wish to make, and move forward in your life in a more creative and fulfilling way.
07493 591515 View 07493 591515
Photo of Sarah Boreham, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Sarah Boreham
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified
Exeter EX20
UKCP clinically experienced in counselling and psychotherapy with children, youth and adults, in the following areas: depression and anxiety, NHS/community acute and enduring mental health, family, parent and child issues, depression, panic disorder, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, Domestic Abuse, occupational/life stress, addiction/substance abuse recovery, autistic spectrum/developmental delay, learning disability, children and young persons experiencing domestic violence, refugees, forensic and eating disorder. As a practitioner I have been part of multidisciplinary teams.If you have any questions or would like to book.
UKCP clinically experienced in counselling and psychotherapy with children, youth and adults, in the following areas: depression and anxiety, NHS/community acute and enduring mental health, family, parent and child issues, depression, panic disorder, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, Domestic Abuse, occupational/life stress, addiction/substance abuse recovery, autistic spectrum/developmental delay, learning disability, children and young persons experiencing domestic violence, refugees, forensic and eating disorder. As a practitioner I have been part of multidisciplinary teams.If you have any questions or would like to book.
01822 667714 View 01822 667714
Photo of Sophie Yule, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Sophie Yule
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX1
Waitlist for new clients
Areas I have worked in: Anxiety, depression, bereavement, grief and loss, baby loss, restrictive eating disorders, stress, ADD, childhood trauma and neglect, addiction, breakdown of relationships.
Taking that first step to find a counsellor can sometimes be the hardest, but you’re here. Whether you are overwhelmed with your work/life balance and feeling like you have no time to stop, living with hurt, experienced a loss or feel ready to process past thoughts, behaviours or feelings. I can sit alongside you; not a ‘me and you’ but as equals and offer a non judgemental, confidential, and safe space to navigate these feelings and take that next 2nd step but at your pace as you feel ready.
Areas I have worked in: Anxiety, depression, bereavement, grief and loss, baby loss, restrictive eating disorders, stress, ADD, childhood trauma and neglect, addiction, breakdown of relationships.
Taking that first step to find a counsellor can sometimes be the hardest, but you’re here. Whether you are overwhelmed with your work/life balance and feeling like you have no time to stop, living with hurt, experienced a loss or feel ready to process past thoughts, behaviours or feelings. I can sit alongside you; not a ‘me and you’ but as equals and offer a non judgemental, confidential, and safe space to navigate these feelings and take that next 2nd step but at your pace as you feel ready.
01209 705477 View 01209 705477
Photo of Rosalind Townsend, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Rosalind Townsend
Psychotherapist, MHGI
Verified
Exeter EX1
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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Dannie Lee
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified
Exeter EX1
I work with a range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-criticism, loneliness, relationship difficulties, body image issues, life changes, trauma, self-harm and addiction.
If you’re struggling or finding things difficult, you’re not alone. Maybe you feel stuck, confused or overwhelmed. Maybe you feel lost, alone or disconnected from life, yourself or the people around you. Maybe you lack purpose or meaning in your life. Maybe you don't really know what the problem is but would like some support. I am here to listen, support and encourage you as you explore the issues you face, help you understand yourself better and see things more clearly. I can help you work through difficult thoughts and feelings, and find ways to manage them so they have less impact on your life and wellbeing.
I work with a range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-criticism, loneliness, relationship difficulties, body image issues, life changes, trauma, self-harm and addiction.
If you’re struggling or finding things difficult, you’re not alone. Maybe you feel stuck, confused or overwhelmed. Maybe you feel lost, alone or disconnected from life, yourself or the people around you. Maybe you lack purpose or meaning in your life. Maybe you don't really know what the problem is but would like some support. I am here to listen, support and encourage you as you explore the issues you face, help you understand yourself better and see things more clearly. I can help you work through difficult thoughts and feelings, and find ways to manage them so they have less impact on your life and wellbeing.
07960 692464 View 07960 692464
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George Petrou
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX4
I'm a relational integrative therapist meaning, the relationship is the therapy. It also means I use different types of therapy to meet your needs because, you are unique. Integrative therapy helps you become a more integrated whole person, better able to experience the entire range of your behaviour, emotions and thoughts as well as improving your relationship with yourself and others. Neuroplasticity continues throughout the lifespan which means that change and improvement in the way we feel is always possible and therapy is the best way to achieve this.
I'm a relational integrative therapist meaning, the relationship is the therapy. It also means I use different types of therapy to meet your needs because, you are unique. Integrative therapy helps you become a more integrated whole person, better able to experience the entire range of your behaviour, emotions and thoughts as well as improving your relationship with yourself and others. Neuroplasticity continues throughout the lifespan which means that change and improvement in the way we feel is always possible and therapy is the best way to achieve this.
01392 321107 View 01392 321107
Photo of Darline Joseph Marianathan, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Darline Joseph Marianathan
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified
Exeter EX2
Life can be a rough ride. Keeping the balance and moving forward can be a challenge. It can involve stress, anxiety, depression and much more. But I believe through psychological therapies we can learn and, in some cases even master, the art of managing life successfully. To achieve this, I practise an integrative approach that draws strength from various therapies in the field. I am a qualified Psychotherapist at a Doctoral level and I feel confident to deal with complexity . My natural inclination is to help people in need. My recent training and qualifications do enhance my inclination especially to those psychologically unwell.
Life can be a rough ride. Keeping the balance and moving forward can be a challenge. It can involve stress, anxiety, depression and much more. But I believe through psychological therapies we can learn and, in some cases even master, the art of managing life successfully. To achieve this, I practise an integrative approach that draws strength from various therapies in the field. I am a qualified Psychotherapist at a Doctoral level and I feel confident to deal with complexity . My natural inclination is to help people in need. My recent training and qualifications do enhance my inclination especially to those psychologically unwell.
01837 512340 View 01837 512340
Photo of Catia Cosme Counselling & Psychotherapy, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Catia Cosme Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX1
Hello, my name is Catia. I offer counselling sessions to adults, children and young people as well as couples/marriage therapy. Counselling can bring clarity where there is confusion, resolve past issues, change behaviours and improve relationships. I will provide you a confidential, safe and supportive space for you to talk and work thought the difficulties you are facing. For some people having a safe space to speak and reflect about their issues it is enough to help them move forward, while others may benefit from the use of more creative interventions
Hello, my name is Catia. I offer counselling sessions to adults, children and young people as well as couples/marriage therapy. Counselling can bring clarity where there is confusion, resolve past issues, change behaviours and improve relationships. I will provide you a confidential, safe and supportive space for you to talk and work thought the difficulties you are facing. For some people having a safe space to speak and reflect about their issues it is enough to help them move forward, while others may benefit from the use of more creative interventions
01392 549734 View 01392 549734
Photo of Roberta Hutchins, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Roberta Hutchins
Psychotherapist, MHGI
Verified
Exeter EX1
Roberta Hutchins has over 15 years’ experience in private practice as an integrated holistic healthcare practitioner in Devon. Roberta’s many years’ experience of working effectively with people with diverse health problems in a variety of ways have provided a strong foundation for her Human Givens Psychotherapy practice. People suffering from anxiety, depression, and many health problems related to stress, have formed the backbone of her practice. It is often the case that resolving life difficulties, getting needs met and focusing on psychological wellbeing are the keys to getting back on track with life and feeling well again.
Roberta Hutchins has over 15 years’ experience in private practice as an integrated holistic healthcare practitioner in Devon. Roberta’s many years’ experience of working effectively with people with diverse health problems in a variety of ways have provided a strong foundation for her Human Givens Psychotherapy practice. People suffering from anxiety, depression, and many health problems related to stress, have formed the backbone of her practice. It is often the case that resolving life difficulties, getting needs met and focusing on psychological wellbeing are the keys to getting back on track with life and feeling well again.
01392 549072 View 01392 549072
Photo of Audaye Elesedy, Psychotherapist in Exeter, England
Audaye Elesedy
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
Exeter EX4
Often, the reasons given to me for arriving to therapy are feature one or more of the following: anxiety, depression, sadness, self confidence, life changing illnesses, self identity, early childhood, past or present relationships, bereavements, traumatic experiences, injury and mental health diagnosis. How these issues and difficult feelings manifest in people's lives are unique and so 'reasons' may be identified as problems or difficulties with: addictions; work; intimate or family relationships; children and parenting; personal or spiritual identity, or something existential. Therapy offers to solute and salve these issues.
Often, the reasons given to me for arriving to therapy are feature one or more of the following: anxiety, depression, sadness, self confidence, life changing illnesses, self identity, early childhood, past or present relationships, bereavements, traumatic experiences, injury and mental health diagnosis. How these issues and difficult feelings manifest in people's lives are unique and so 'reasons' may be identified as problems or difficulties with: addictions; work; intimate or family relationships; children and parenting; personal or spiritual identity, or something existential. Therapy offers to solute and salve these issues.
01392 321528 View 01392 321528
Photo of Renee Norris Counselling, 1-2-1, Couples & 13+, Counsellor in Exeter, England
Renee Norris Counselling, 1-2-1, Couples & 13+
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Exeter EX5
Clients generally come to me when they are struggling with some aspect of their emotions, thoughts or behaviour. My aim is to help my client with accepting or changing some aspect of these three areas. Every client comes with unique issues and from my seat I view the issues as one, "a block in the road to wellness". I am keenly aware that all clients come with individual goals and I am here to help. Many of my clients use the phrase “I just want to feel better". This is my hope for everyone who engages with me in therapy. “TO FEEL BETTER” I offer confidentiality, openness and transparency at all times.
Clients generally come to me when they are struggling with some aspect of their emotions, thoughts or behaviour. My aim is to help my client with accepting or changing some aspect of these three areas. Every client comes with unique issues and from my seat I view the issues as one, "a block in the road to wellness". I am keenly aware that all clients come with individual goals and I am here to help. Many of my clients use the phrase “I just want to feel better". This is my hope for everyone who engages with me in therapy. “TO FEEL BETTER” I offer confidentiality, openness and transparency at all times.
01392 531578 View 01392 531578

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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.