Addiction Counselling in London

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Emma Corker
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified
London WC1H
I am a qualified Group Analyst and Psychotherapist, working with groups, couples, and individuals. I have extensive experience working in the NHS, the voluntary sector and in further education, particularly in the areas of sexual health, drug and alcohol addiction, and mental health. A group analytic group meets weekly for 90 minutes in a confidential and a containing space. Over time, you will experience the benefits of exploring with other group members the issues that burden you and are causing you distress. We look at your past, as a means of exploring and understanding how it has shaped your present.
I am a qualified Group Analyst and Psychotherapist, working with groups, couples, and individuals. I have extensive experience working in the NHS, the voluntary sector and in further education, particularly in the areas of sexual health, drug and alcohol addiction, and mental health. A group analytic group meets weekly for 90 minutes in a confidential and a containing space. Over time, you will experience the benefits of exploring with other group members the issues that burden you and are causing you distress. We look at your past, as a means of exploring and understanding how it has shaped your present.
020 3835 4807 View 020 3835 4807
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Charlotte Garratt de Corisepa
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
London E15
As an experienced psychologist, psychotherapist and coach I create a warm, non-judgemental inclusive space to enable us to explore past patterns, present choices and future solutions together. We all find ourselves at places and points in our life where we feel lost, uncertain, low, confused and sad. Sometimes these feelings can emerge as anxiety, relationship difficulties, depression, addiction and other expressions of our inner turmoil. I am here to be with you in those places and help you find a way through and into the life you want to lead in a way that is authentically true to you.
As an experienced psychologist, psychotherapist and coach I create a warm, non-judgemental inclusive space to enable us to explore past patterns, present choices and future solutions together. We all find ourselves at places and points in our life where we feel lost, uncertain, low, confused and sad. Sometimes these feelings can emerge as anxiety, relationship difficulties, depression, addiction and other expressions of our inner turmoil. I am here to be with you in those places and help you find a way through and into the life you want to lead in a way that is authentically true to you.
020 3909 9706 View 020 3909 9706
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Lydia Mishelle Maurice-Gill
Psychotherapist, MSc
Verified
1 Endorsed
London W5
I have had long careers in mental health, substance misuse and nursing which have equipped me with greater insight into the human condition.
I believe that as human beings we seek safety, comfort and pleasure, and with this in mind, I aim to create a safe space in the therapy room, by building a therapeutic relationship with the client in the present, being with the client in their discomfort or confusion and exploring with them, experiences on an emotional level which helps them to find meaning in their world. I work existentially, however, I do draw from a number of disciplines to creatively attend to the presenting needs of the clients, helping them to find meaning and purpose in their lives and their relationships.
I have had long careers in mental health, substance misuse and nursing which have equipped me with greater insight into the human condition.
I believe that as human beings we seek safety, comfort and pleasure, and with this in mind, I aim to create a safe space in the therapy room, by building a therapeutic relationship with the client in the present, being with the client in their discomfort or confusion and exploring with them, experiences on an emotional level which helps them to find meaning in their world. I work existentially, however, I do draw from a number of disciplines to creatively attend to the presenting needs of the clients, helping them to find meaning and purpose in their lives and their relationships.
07447 137645 View 07447 137645
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Steve Marshall
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
London EC1V
Hi, I’m Steve. I’m a fully qualified and MBACP registered integrative counsellor, and addiction specialist. I have practised as a counsellor for over 10 years, with over 30 years working in health and social care. I have worked therapeutically with individuals and groups who are struggling with anger, shame, addiction, depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, relationship problems and other issues in a variety of settings in both the voluntary and private sector. I am have worked as clinical manager in a well known therapy service, as manager of an addiction treatment programme, and lecturer for a London university.
Hi, I’m Steve. I’m a fully qualified and MBACP registered integrative counsellor, and addiction specialist. I have practised as a counsellor for over 10 years, with over 30 years working in health and social care. I have worked therapeutically with individuals and groups who are struggling with anger, shame, addiction, depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, relationship problems and other issues in a variety of settings in both the voluntary and private sector. I am have worked as clinical manager in a well known therapy service, as manager of an addiction treatment programme, and lecturer for a London university.
020 3835 3663 View 020 3835 3663
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Paul V Wogan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
London SW3  (Online Only)
I work short, medium and long-term with clients of all ages from 18 + with many differing needs, and have experience in a number of areas including addiction and bereavement.
Life throws up challenges and having somewhere safe, welcoming and empathic to explore your thoughts and feelings with a qualified counsellor can be of real support and benefit. I run an online private counselling practice on zoom. Contact me to arrange a free 50 minute introductory session to help you decide whether I am the right person to work with you.
I work short, medium and long-term with clients of all ages from 18 + with many differing needs, and have experience in a number of areas including addiction and bereavement.
Life throws up challenges and having somewhere safe, welcoming and empathic to explore your thoughts and feelings with a qualified counsellor can be of real support and benefit. I run an online private counselling practice on zoom. Contact me to arrange a free 50 minute introductory session to help you decide whether I am the right person to work with you.
01273 092618 View 01273 092618
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Stefani Ross-Steen
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified
London E8
Like all accredited therapists, I work with a wide spectrum of issues, but I specialise in Anxiety, Addiction, OCD & Codependency (key characteristics are: people pleasing, taking too much responsibility in any relationship, unhealthy boundaries, low self worth, over dependancy, poor self care, minimising or being unable to identify your needs.
I am a warm, intuitive & dynamic Transpersonal Integrative Therapist with a special interest in creative practice. Working integratively means I draw on a variety of therapeutic techniques, from exploring the impact of early life dynamics on the present, to CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy). The Transpersonal element adds depth and creativity to the process, examples of this are: helping you find wisdom and meaning in your struggles, using creative tools (e.g. bodywork, drawing, sound, the written word) and most importantly, offering space for your authentic self, who you are under the wounding and conditioning, to flourish.
Like all accredited therapists, I work with a wide spectrum of issues, but I specialise in Anxiety, Addiction, OCD & Codependency (key characteristics are: people pleasing, taking too much responsibility in any relationship, unhealthy boundaries, low self worth, over dependancy, poor self care, minimising or being unable to identify your needs.
I am a warm, intuitive & dynamic Transpersonal Integrative Therapist with a special interest in creative practice. Working integratively means I draw on a variety of therapeutic techniques, from exploring the impact of early life dynamics on the present, to CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy). The Transpersonal element adds depth and creativity to the process, examples of this are: helping you find wisdom and meaning in your struggles, using creative tools (e.g. bodywork, drawing, sound, the written word) and most importantly, offering space for your authentic self, who you are under the wounding and conditioning, to flourish.
020 3962 0406 View 020 3962 0406
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Jules Kosciuczyk
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
London SW1W
I am an integrative therapeutic counsellor and a member of the BACP. I believe strongly in creating a safe, collaborative, creative space to explore underlying issues from both the past and present. I work drawing on a range of theories that I feel best suits who I am working with. I specialise in depression, anxiety, lacking in purpose or meaning, addiction, negative core beliefs, suicidal ideation, intensity of emotions, exploring vulnerability, self worth and feeling lost in life. Everyone is different and training integratively allows me to work with what is brought into the space.
I am an integrative therapeutic counsellor and a member of the BACP. I believe strongly in creating a safe, collaborative, creative space to explore underlying issues from both the past and present. I work drawing on a range of theories that I feel best suits who I am working with. I specialise in depression, anxiety, lacking in purpose or meaning, addiction, negative core beliefs, suicidal ideation, intensity of emotions, exploring vulnerability, self worth and feeling lost in life. Everyone is different and training integratively allows me to work with what is brought into the space.
020 4538 9778 View 020 4538 9778
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Harry Harris
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
London EC2R
My approach is both person centred and psychodynamic and is informed by my own recovery from addiction.
I believe that psychotherapy is more of an art form than a science, however, my degree is in social science and as such the theories and concepts used in forensic and social psychology influence my practice.
My approach is both person centred and psychodynamic and is informed by my own recovery from addiction.
I believe that psychotherapy is more of an art form than a science, however, my degree is in social science and as such the theories and concepts used in forensic and social psychology influence my practice.
020 3974 2106 View 020 3974 2106
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Anita Andrews
Counsellor, PhD, MBACP
Verified
London NW7
I have both a personal and academic interest in addiction and have extensive experience and knowledge in this area.
I am an Integrative Counsellor and Life Coach. Additionally, I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, holding a PhD in Addiction Psychology. I am passionate about supporting people who are struggling to overcome addictive behaviour, mental health challenges, or who simply need a safe space to talk through their difficulties. I feel deeply inspired by the resilience, adaptability and capacity for change shown by individuals when faced with difficult circumstances. My aim is to listen to you attentively, compassionately and without judgement.
I have both a personal and academic interest in addiction and have extensive experience and knowledge in this area.
I am an Integrative Counsellor and Life Coach. Additionally, I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, holding a PhD in Addiction Psychology. I am passionate about supporting people who are struggling to overcome addictive behaviour, mental health challenges, or who simply need a safe space to talk through their difficulties. I feel deeply inspired by the resilience, adaptability and capacity for change shown by individuals when faced with difficult circumstances. My aim is to listen to you attentively, compassionately and without judgement.
020 4538 2613 View 020 4538 2613
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Dr Diwakar Sukul
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
London W1G
As a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, I believe in evidence-based psychological therapy. My approach to the treatment is holistic, integrating eastern and western approaches of mind. My sessions involve an in-depth assessment of the causative factors of your emotional problems to offer you a solution-oriented approach. I believe in empowering you and will share several healing techniques to heal yourself. I will discuss the line of treatment after your in-depth assessment. I address a wide range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, stress, addiction, Borderline Personality Disorder and relationship challenges
As a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, I believe in evidence-based psychological therapy. My approach to the treatment is holistic, integrating eastern and western approaches of mind. My sessions involve an in-depth assessment of the causative factors of your emotional problems to offer you a solution-oriented approach. I believe in empowering you and will share several healing techniques to heal yourself. I will discuss the line of treatment after your in-depth assessment. I address a wide range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, stress, addiction, Borderline Personality Disorder and relationship challenges
020 3917 4612 View 020 3917 4612
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Susan Morgan
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
London SW11
In talking, we can begin to explore the motivation for your drinking, substance use, or behaviour and talk about how you would like to start changing it.
How are you feeling today? Are you having another hangover? A feeling of regret? Or that sense of doom? Did you promise yourself or others that you will change, but it was not the right time for you? If you are reading this, you are probably seeking someone to talk to about your difficulty with alcohol or substance misuse and or other compulsive behaviours that affect your ability to function effectively in your life. Are these problems impacting your relationships, causing you guilt and shame? These thoughts, feelings, and attitudes can begin to affect your mental health, which is why it might be time to talk to someone.
In talking, we can begin to explore the motivation for your drinking, substance use, or behaviour and talk about how you would like to start changing it.
How are you feeling today? Are you having another hangover? A feeling of regret? Or that sense of doom? Did you promise yourself or others that you will change, but it was not the right time for you? If you are reading this, you are probably seeking someone to talk to about your difficulty with alcohol or substance misuse and or other compulsive behaviours that affect your ability to function effectively in your life. Are these problems impacting your relationships, causing you guilt and shame? These thoughts, feelings, and attitudes can begin to affect your mental health, which is why it might be time to talk to someone.
020 3872 2577 View 020 3872 2577
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Yael Stobezki
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified
London NW6
I have worked in the Addiction field for many years, and also facilitated Art-Therapy groups for 15 years.
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with experience of 35 years and a practice in London, NW6. I work with individuals seeking counselling for a variety of reasons including relationship issues, addictions,anger management, anxiety and depression, bereavement, life-transitions, panic attacks, post natal depression, blocked creativity, low self esteem/assertiveness and stress. I provide a safe and confidential, emphatic and non-judgmental environment in which we can together explore your issues and gain an understanding of your experience and the best way to change what can be changed.
I have worked in the Addiction field for many years, and also facilitated Art-Therapy groups for 15 years.
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with experience of 35 years and a practice in London, NW6. I work with individuals seeking counselling for a variety of reasons including relationship issues, addictions,anger management, anxiety and depression, bereavement, life-transitions, panic attacks, post natal depression, blocked creativity, low self esteem/assertiveness and stress. I provide a safe and confidential, emphatic and non-judgmental environment in which we can together explore your issues and gain an understanding of your experience and the best way to change what can be changed.
020 3870 3442 View 020 3870 3442
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markdempstercounsellingltd
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified
London W1G
I am a highly experienced Senior Accredited Addiction Counsellor, Traumatologist and Author with sixteen years personal experience of drug, alcohol and gambling addiction and over twenty years professional experience working with addictions. As seen on breakfast TV and radio I can help you break addictive patterns of behaviour. I have been there myself and know the exit route. I have helped many people recover and lead happy, successful lives. I am aware through personal and professional experience that the routes of addiction, are often found in trauma. As a traumatologist i can provide effective trauma processing therapy alongside
I am a highly experienced Senior Accredited Addiction Counsellor, Traumatologist and Author with sixteen years personal experience of drug, alcohol and gambling addiction and over twenty years professional experience working with addictions. As seen on breakfast TV and radio I can help you break addictive patterns of behaviour. I have been there myself and know the exit route. I have helped many people recover and lead happy, successful lives. I am aware through personal and professional experience that the routes of addiction, are often found in trauma. As a traumatologist i can provide effective trauma processing therapy alongside
020 3893 3018 View 020 3893 3018
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Keith Levett Ukcp
MA
London N4
Addiction, depression, anxiety, bereavement, low self confidence, low self esteem, relationship problems , work related stress.
I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. The key to my work with clients is the belief that through a psychotherapeutic relationship we can gain insights into our patterns of behaviour. By working relationally we can also explore the possibility for change and begin to think of alternative positions that can lead toward a more compassionate and fulfilled version of ourselves. Currently in full training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. UKCP Member.
Addiction, depression, anxiety, bereavement, low self confidence, low self esteem, relationship problems , work related stress.
I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. The key to my work with clients is the belief that through a psychotherapeutic relationship we can gain insights into our patterns of behaviour. By working relationally we can also explore the possibility for change and begin to think of alternative positions that can lead toward a more compassionate and fulfilled version of ourselves. Currently in full training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. UKCP Member.
07765 007295 View 07765 007295
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Fergus A Mooney
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
London SE11
The world can be frustrating when you get tangled up in unhealthy thinking patterns. You can feel lost, or overwhelmed, with moments of real darkness. That is where I can help. If you lose control of your anger or your anxiety holds you back, we can unpack what makes you tick. If you hide your emotions in harmful behaviour, we can uncover them. What I enjoy most is helping people to build healthy relationships with themselves and others. I used to this when working with the Prince's Trust and Mind, the leading UK mental health agency. This gave me insight into those dealing with addiction, anxiety and depression.
The world can be frustrating when you get tangled up in unhealthy thinking patterns. You can feel lost, or overwhelmed, with moments of real darkness. That is where I can help. If you lose control of your anger or your anxiety holds you back, we can unpack what makes you tick. If you hide your emotions in harmful behaviour, we can uncover them. What I enjoy most is helping people to build healthy relationships with themselves and others. I used to this when working with the Prince's Trust and Mind, the leading UK mental health agency. This gave me insight into those dealing with addiction, anxiety and depression.
020 3893 3563 View 020 3893 3563
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Zoe Aston
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified
London W1D  (Online Only)
Zoë specialises in working with addiction, eating disorders and trauma and has extensive experience of helping people through difficult life transitions. Zoë’s personal experience of healing, along side her professional experience, enables a warm and compassionate approach to helping you live a happier, healthier life. She has a particular interest in self defeating thoughts and shame based beliefs get in the way of you achieving your goals and fulfilling your potential.
Zoë specialises in working with addiction, eating disorders and trauma and has extensive experience of helping people through difficult life transitions. Zoë’s personal experience of healing, along side her professional experience, enables a warm and compassionate approach to helping you live a happier, healthier life. She has a particular interest in self defeating thoughts and shame based beliefs get in the way of you achieving your goals and fulfilling your potential.
020 4538 4124 View 020 4538 4124
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Jackie Coombs
Counsellor
Verified
1 Endorsed
London SE1
At certain points in everyone lives, there comes a time when life, work, family, loss, or the unhelpful ways you cope with stress can become overwhelming. I have worked with many people for over sixteen years who have experienced relational difficulties, I have experience in working with people who suffer with anxiety, depression, work related stress, relationship difficulties, addiction and addictive disorders, bereavement and loss. People who have been in recovery from addiction, and young people who have found self-isolation and lockdowns from Covid-19 too much to manage. Even though everyone has stopped talking about Covid.
At certain points in everyone lives, there comes a time when life, work, family, loss, or the unhelpful ways you cope with stress can become overwhelming. I have worked with many people for over sixteen years who have experienced relational difficulties, I have experience in working with people who suffer with anxiety, depression, work related stress, relationship difficulties, addiction and addictive disorders, bereavement and loss. People who have been in recovery from addiction, and young people who have found self-isolation and lockdowns from Covid-19 too much to manage. Even though everyone has stopped talking about Covid.
020 4538 8696 View 020 4538 8696
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Christian Walters
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
London E2
I am a qualified and insured, BACP registered psychotherapist, who is experienced working with trauma, addiction, relationship issues, self-esteem, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression and individuals/families impacted by domestic abuse.
You may be seeking therapy because you are going through a difficult time, feeling confused, or just struggling to make sense of things. My aim is to provide a confidential, non-judgemental, and authentic space, helping you to get a better understanding why you sometimes feel, think or behave the way you do. I believe that every individual is unique, therefore therapy needs to be tailored to the individual. I use a variety of modalities and theories to creatively and collaboratively work towards a way that can have most meaning for you. With this awareness and insight you can begin to make some positive changes in your life.
I am a qualified and insured, BACP registered psychotherapist, who is experienced working with trauma, addiction, relationship issues, self-esteem, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression and individuals/families impacted by domestic abuse.
You may be seeking therapy because you are going through a difficult time, feeling confused, or just struggling to make sense of things. My aim is to provide a confidential, non-judgemental, and authentic space, helping you to get a better understanding why you sometimes feel, think or behave the way you do. I believe that every individual is unique, therefore therapy needs to be tailored to the individual. I use a variety of modalities and theories to creatively and collaboratively work towards a way that can have most meaning for you. With this awareness and insight you can begin to make some positive changes in your life.
020 3838 0669 View 020 3838 0669
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Sensing Self Therapy
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified
London NW10
If you have found your way to this page, there is every possibility that you are looking for help in some way. Life challenges us in unexpected ways and sometimes we might need more support to find our way through. You may be feeling a loss of meaning, or experiencing symptoms such as depression, anxiety, addiction or grief. Or you may be ready to continue with your own journey of self-awareness. I strongly believe that there is a wisdom and resilience in each person, but it can often be hidden. The therapeutic relationship is key to recovering our resources.I integrate Psychotherapy and body-centred approaches to healing.
If you have found your way to this page, there is every possibility that you are looking for help in some way. Life challenges us in unexpected ways and sometimes we might need more support to find our way through. You may be feeling a loss of meaning, or experiencing symptoms such as depression, anxiety, addiction or grief. Or you may be ready to continue with your own journey of self-awareness. I strongly believe that there is a wisdom and resilience in each person, but it can often be hidden. The therapeutic relationship is key to recovering our resources.I integrate Psychotherapy and body-centred approaches to healing.
020 3389 9807 View 020 3389 9807
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Jonathan Hugo Edwards
Psychotherapist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified
London WC1N
With over 25 years of experience, ranging from addiction through to sexual and emotional abuse, anxiety, depression, anger and numbness, I'd like to support you. In recent years I have moved my work focus to integrating Internal Family Systems (IFS) as I find this way of working empowering to the client, engaging and highly effective. It may be you hear a loud critical voice inside or joy and fun may be fleeting or missing, you might like to access them again (or for the first time!). If your goal is a compassionate, connected, creative Self then maybe Internal Family systems be what you are looking for in therapy.
With over 25 years of experience, ranging from addiction through to sexual and emotional abuse, anxiety, depression, anger and numbness, I'd like to support you. In recent years I have moved my work focus to integrating Internal Family Systems (IFS) as I find this way of working empowering to the client, engaging and highly effective. It may be you hear a loud critical voice inside or joy and fun may be fleeting or missing, you might like to access them again (or for the first time!). If your goal is a compassionate, connected, creative Self then maybe Internal Family systems be what you are looking for in therapy.
07989 444563 View 07989 444563

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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.