Addiction Psychiatrists in Westwood, MA

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Eli Nader
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westwood, MA 02090  (Online Only)
I am experienced with medicine, psychiatry, and addiction, and I provide evidence based online psychopharmacological medication management for various mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, attention deficit (ADHD), trauma (PTSD), Bipolar Disorder, sleep problems, and Substance Use Disorder.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, possessing specialized expertise in both General Adult Psychiatry from Harvard University and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) from Boston University. I earned Board Certification in both specialties from the esteemed American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally, I am recognized as a Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist by the esteemed American Board of Preventive Medicine. A focal aspect of my expertise lies in psychopharmacological treatment and complex medication management which enables me to tailor precise and specific treatment plans.
I am experienced with medicine, psychiatry, and addiction, and I provide evidence based online psychopharmacological medication management for various mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, attention deficit (ADHD), trauma (PTSD), Bipolar Disorder, sleep problems, and Substance Use Disorder.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, possessing specialized expertise in both General Adult Psychiatry from Harvard University and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) from Boston University. I earned Board Certification in both specialties from the esteemed American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally, I am recognized as a Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist by the esteemed American Board of Preventive Medicine. A focal aspect of my expertise lies in psychopharmacological treatment and complex medication management which enables me to tailor precise and specific treatment plans.
(617) 286-3984 View (617) 286-3984
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Mary-Ellen Meltzer PMHCNS, CST-S
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHCNS-, BC, CST-, S
Verified Verified
Westwood, MA 02090
My name is Mary-Ellen Meltzer and I am an AASECT certified sex therapist, sex therapist supervisor, and a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist. I am LGBTQIAA and kink affirming. I work with couples and individuals who struggle with relationship and sexual health issues. I also work with clients who struggle with medical health issues including cancer and menopause. When you are struggling with sexual and /or relationship issues it can be hard to identify a therapist to help you make sense of what you are experiencing. You do not need to struggle alone. All genders, relationships and cultures are welcome.
My name is Mary-Ellen Meltzer and I am an AASECT certified sex therapist, sex therapist supervisor, and a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist. I am LGBTQIAA and kink affirming. I work with couples and individuals who struggle with relationship and sexual health issues. I also work with clients who struggle with medical health issues including cancer and menopause. When you are struggling with sexual and /or relationship issues it can be hard to identify a therapist to help you make sense of what you are experiencing. You do not need to struggle alone. All genders, relationships and cultures are welcome.
(781) 209-5408 View (781) 209-5408

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Diligence healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Stoughton, MA 02072
Asperger's, addiction, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Borderline personality Disorder .
DHC is a multidisciplinary group providing a total and comprehensive outpatients behavioral health and psychiatric care to all ages. We recognize and appreciate our patients cultural, religious and social differences . We have a team of experienced staff, (doctors, NP, Therapist, etc) that are professional and sensitive to our patients individual differences, diagnosis and therefore offer care that is individualized using best scientific and evidence based methods that is suitable to every patient accurate diagnosis. we are currently accepting most insurance with no waiting list, and Weekend appointments are available.
Asperger's, addiction, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Borderline personality Disorder .
DHC is a multidisciplinary group providing a total and comprehensive outpatients behavioral health and psychiatric care to all ages. We recognize and appreciate our patients cultural, religious and social differences . We have a team of experienced staff, (doctors, NP, Therapist, etc) that are professional and sensitive to our patients individual differences, diagnosis and therefore offer care that is individualized using best scientific and evidence based methods that is suitable to every patient accurate diagnosis. we are currently accepting most insurance with no waiting list, and Weekend appointments are available.
(781) 404-3213 View (781) 404-3213
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Sweeney Dawley Recovery Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Braintree, MA 02184
I prescribe medication for mental health problems such as anxiety depression and bipolar disorder. I also help patients with substance use disorder with vivitrol. I do not prescribe suboxone or methadone. I believe if you treat the underlying problem recovery will be permanent. Failure to treat the underlying anxiety, depression etc., leads to constant relapse. My goal is to provide nonjudgemental treatment to patients who want to feel better. Congratulations on recognizing the problem! I hope you find a provider that is right for your needs!
I prescribe medication for mental health problems such as anxiety depression and bipolar disorder. I also help patients with substance use disorder with vivitrol. I do not prescribe suboxone or methadone. I believe if you treat the underlying problem recovery will be permanent. Failure to treat the underlying anxiety, depression etc., leads to constant relapse. My goal is to provide nonjudgemental treatment to patients who want to feel better. Congratulations on recognizing the problem! I hope you find a provider that is right for your needs!
(781) 268-2638 x1 View (781) 268-2638 x1
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Tola T'sarumi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wellesley, MA 02481  (Online Only)
For patients with opioid addiction- I prescribe Buprenorphine, for alcohol addiction- Vivitrol injection.
I provide outpatient TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Services- covered by most insurances) psychiatric services for ages 15 (per insurance coverage) and above for depression, Anxiety, OCD and ADHD. My patients benefit most from the opportunity to express themselves freely to me in a strictly confidential setting where we build a strong and trusting relationship.
For patients with opioid addiction- I prescribe Buprenorphine, for alcohol addiction- Vivitrol injection.
I provide outpatient TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Services- covered by most insurances) psychiatric services for ages 15 (per insurance coverage) and above for depression, Anxiety, OCD and ADHD. My patients benefit most from the opportunity to express themselves freely to me in a strictly confidential setting where we build a strong and trusting relationship.
(617) 941-9163 View (617) 941-9163
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Nader Mental Health Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wellesley, MA 02482  (Online Only)
Harvard trained Board Certified Psychiatrist who completed a Harvard residency in psychiatry followed by a Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) fellowship from Boston University. Diverse experience is in various mental illnesses and addiction. We provide services to patients with a wide range of psychopathology that is intertwined with socioeconomic problems. Visit nadermhs.com to schedule a virtual appointment.
Harvard trained Board Certified Psychiatrist who completed a Harvard residency in psychiatry followed by a Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) fellowship from Boston University. Diverse experience is in various mental illnesses and addiction. We provide services to patients with a wide range of psychopathology that is intertwined with socioeconomic problems. Visit nadermhs.com to schedule a virtual appointment.
(774) 220-3155 View (774) 220-3155
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Dr. Chinyere M Ofurum-Ononiwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Randolph, MA 02368
I consider myself lucky to work in the healthcare, and strongly believe that substance abuse and mental health has taken a back stage in America culture. We have to accept that substance abuse and mental health has enrolled into our cultural lives and it has not to be accepted with openness and understanding. As a family nurse practitioner that specializes on substance abuse treatment and mental health, it will be my goal to advocate for patients who struggle with the disease, also to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and with a holistic care.
I consider myself lucky to work in the healthcare, and strongly believe that substance abuse and mental health has taken a back stage in America culture. We have to accept that substance abuse and mental health has enrolled into our cultural lives and it has not to be accepted with openness and understanding. As a family nurse practitioner that specializes on substance abuse treatment and mental health, it will be my goal to advocate for patients who struggle with the disease, also to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and with a holistic care.
(781) 650-7242 View (781) 650-7242
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Dr. Adam Henderson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02459
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome! I'm a board-certified psychiatrist offering psychotherapy and thoughtful medication management. I'm on faculty at Harvard Medical School and work as a staff psychiatrist at McLean hospital, in addition to my time in my confidential private practice. I'm specialized in trauma recovery, addiction counseling, and BPD treatment. I also help with depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I work with clients new to therapy as well as clients who have tried numerous therapies and/or medications and haven't gotten the results they wanted. I listen and work collaboratively with you.
Welcome! I'm a board-certified psychiatrist offering psychotherapy and thoughtful medication management. I'm on faculty at Harvard Medical School and work as a staff psychiatrist at McLean hospital, in addition to my time in my confidential private practice. I'm specialized in trauma recovery, addiction counseling, and BPD treatment. I also help with depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I work with clients new to therapy as well as clients who have tried numerous therapies and/or medications and haven't gotten the results they wanted. I listen and work collaboratively with you.
(617) 284-0729 View (617) 284-0729
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Revive Holistic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02124
As a board certified general & addiction psychiatrist I know how difficult it feels to struggle with your mental health which is why for over 14 years I help people just like you overcome their mental health struggles and get back to living life again.
•• Accepting New Patients •• Many struggle with their mental health and often feel anxious or depressed, lack the motivation to work, isolate themselves from family and friends, lose interest in the things they use to enjoy, or perform poorly at their job. I believe when you treat someone holistically you can address the root cause of the mental health struggle so you can get back to living a balanced and fulfilled life.
As a board certified general & addiction psychiatrist I know how difficult it feels to struggle with your mental health which is why for over 14 years I help people just like you overcome their mental health struggles and get back to living life again.
•• Accepting New Patients •• Many struggle with their mental health and often feel anxious or depressed, lack the motivation to work, isolate themselves from family and friends, lose interest in the things they use to enjoy, or perform poorly at their job. I believe when you treat someone holistically you can address the root cause of the mental health struggle so you can get back to living a balanced and fulfilled life.
(857) 214-8623 View (857) 214-8623
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Unique psych services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Randolph, MA 02368
Unique Psych services comprises of board certified psychiatric /mental health nurse practitioner(s) licensed to prescribe psychiatric medications to individuals across the lifespan. We have expertise in evaluating and treating a wide range of mental health diagnoses, including depression, anxiety and mood disorders, substance use disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD to mention a few. Our providers are widely versed in the psychiatric/behavioral health field. We incorporate a holistic, patient-centered approach, providing treatment that is founded on evidence-based guidelines.
Unique Psych services comprises of board certified psychiatric /mental health nurse practitioner(s) licensed to prescribe psychiatric medications to individuals across the lifespan. We have expertise in evaluating and treating a wide range of mental health diagnoses, including depression, anxiety and mood disorders, substance use disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD to mention a few. Our providers are widely versed in the psychiatric/behavioral health field. We incorporate a holistic, patient-centered approach, providing treatment that is founded on evidence-based guidelines.
(781) 217-3947 View (781) 217-3947
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Vinod P. Suresh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02122
There, I attained specialized knowledge in addiction psychiatry, personality disorders, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist providing patient-centered care. I take pride in my ability to treat a variety of psychiatric conditions with evidence-based knowledge and novel methods. I have experience in working with healthcare professionals, students (college, graduate, law and medical), LGBT clients, and survivors of trauma. I am licensed in New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts.
There, I attained specialized knowledge in addiction psychiatry, personality disorders, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist providing patient-centered care. I take pride in my ability to treat a variety of psychiatric conditions with evidence-based knowledge and novel methods. I have experience in working with healthcare professionals, students (college, graduate, law and medical), LGBT clients, and survivors of trauma. I am licensed in New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts.
(551) 272-7103 View (551) 272-7103
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Carnegie Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02136
Currently accepting new patients for medication management. Melanie Daley's professional background as a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Massachusetts reflects a comprehensive and dedicated career in mental health care. With over twelve years of experience as a Registered Nurse in addiction medicine and dual diagnosis settings, Melanie possesses a robust skill set to address various mental health issues.
Currently accepting new patients for medication management. Melanie Daley's professional background as a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Massachusetts reflects a comprehensive and dedicated career in mental health care. With over twelve years of experience as a Registered Nurse in addiction medicine and dual diagnosis settings, Melanie possesses a robust skill set to address various mental health issues.
(617) 744-7410 View (617) 744-7410
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Eleftheria Tsavoussis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PCNS
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459
Tsavoussis offers psychopharmacologic treatment for adult clients with a focus on resistant depression, anxiety and panic disorders, ADHD testing and management, DNA testing for genetically-customized therapies, PTSD and trauma-related disorders, bipolar and other mood disorders as well as treatments for a wide range of substance use disorders.
Eleftheria Tsavoussis is a seasoned Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience across multiple healthcare settings. She is the founder and CEO of Waltham Behavioral Health, LLC, a thriving private practice employing experienced, compassionate mental-health providers with diverse areas of expertise. Ms. Tsavoussis is a member of the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and serves on the Massachusetts Action Coalition working to remove restrictions that limit patients' access to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare across a variety of specialties.
Tsavoussis offers psychopharmacologic treatment for adult clients with a focus on resistant depression, anxiety and panic disorders, ADHD testing and management, DNA testing for genetically-customized therapies, PTSD and trauma-related disorders, bipolar and other mood disorders as well as treatments for a wide range of substance use disorders.
Eleftheria Tsavoussis is a seasoned Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience across multiple healthcare settings. She is the founder and CEO of Waltham Behavioral Health, LLC, a thriving private practice employing experienced, compassionate mental-health providers with diverse areas of expertise. Ms. Tsavoussis is a member of the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and serves on the Massachusetts Action Coalition working to remove restrictions that limit patients' access to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare across a variety of specialties.
(781) 679-5379 View (781) 679-5379
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Fredric Schiffer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02461
I am the founder of the Dual-Brain Psychology Institute for the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and psychological wellbeing. (www.dual-brainpsychologyinstitute) and the author of Of Two Mind: Dual Brain Psychology (on Amazon) and the recipient of a successful, published NIH funded clinical trial on opioid cravings. My primary focus is the understanding and treatment of one's inner emotional distress and its impact on one's everyday life.
I am the founder of the Dual-Brain Psychology Institute for the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and psychological wellbeing. (www.dual-brainpsychologyinstitute) and the author of Of Two Mind: Dual Brain Psychology (on Amazon) and the recipient of a successful, published NIH funded clinical trial on opioid cravings. My primary focus is the understanding and treatment of one's inner emotional distress and its impact on one's everyday life.
(617) 409-2786 View (617) 409-2786
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Aaron R Quiggle
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02466
I am a Harvard, Columbia/Cornell, and UC San Francisco trained adult, child/adolescent, and addiction psychiatrist. In addition to treating mental health disorders across the lifespan (depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, for instance), I have particular expertise and experience in treating people of any age with co-occurring struggles with substances, such as opioids, methamphetamine, cocaine, benzodiazepines, cannabis, and alcohol.
I am a Harvard, Columbia/Cornell, and UC San Francisco trained adult, child/adolescent, and addiction psychiatrist. In addition to treating mental health disorders across the lifespan (depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, for instance), I have particular expertise and experience in treating people of any age with co-occurring struggles with substances, such as opioids, methamphetamine, cocaine, benzodiazepines, cannabis, and alcohol.
(781) 546-4986 View (781) 546-4986
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Kristina Vassell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Auburndale, MA 02466  (Online Only)
I have been a multifocal nurse for over 10 yrs and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner for over 3 years. I graduated from Regis College in 2019. I am Afro Caribbean and enjoy providing culturally sensitive care to clients to improve the quality of treatment and optimize care. I specialize in substance abuse, drug addiction, mood disorders, personal disorders and therapy.
I have been a multifocal nurse for over 10 yrs and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner for over 3 years. I graduated from Regis College in 2019. I am Afro Caribbean and enjoy providing culturally sensitive care to clients to improve the quality of treatment and optimize care. I specialize in substance abuse, drug addiction, mood disorders, personal disorders and therapy.
(617) 958-8063 View (617) 958-8063
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Jessica Crawford-Grey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481  (Online Only)
For the past 8 years, I have been working as a Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult mental health. I have experience in caring for patients with mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse issues, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. My objective is to create a partnership with clients and base their care around mutual respect and trust. This allows for a collective effort to help the client obtain what they need to fulfill their goals. Currently taking new clients for medication management with BCBS or Private Pay.
For the past 8 years, I have been working as a Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult mental health. I have experience in caring for patients with mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse issues, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. My objective is to create a partnership with clients and base their care around mutual respect and trust. This allows for a collective effort to help the client obtain what they need to fulfill their goals. Currently taking new clients for medication management with BCBS or Private Pay.
(508) 231-9443 View (508) 231-9443
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Integrated Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Canton, MA 02021
Betty Yu , PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FNP-BC is triple board certified in psychiatry, addictions and internal medicine with extensive experience in treating psychiatric and substance use disorders. With her deep understanding of psychiatric disorders, she can help you find the path to recovery and improved well-being. Betty Yu specializes in managing various psychiatric disorders, including but not limited to: ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, PTSD, Schizophrenia. We have availability within 2 weeks for both adult and adolescent patients, starting from ages 6 and up, ensuring that you receive timely care when you need it most.
Betty Yu , PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FNP-BC is triple board certified in psychiatry, addictions and internal medicine with extensive experience in treating psychiatric and substance use disorders. With her deep understanding of psychiatric disorders, she can help you find the path to recovery and improved well-being. Betty Yu specializes in managing various psychiatric disorders, including but not limited to: ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, PTSD, Schizophrenia. We have availability within 2 weeks for both adult and adolescent patients, starting from ages 6 and up, ensuring that you receive timely care when you need it most.
(508) 859-9349 View (508) 859-9349
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Jonathan Love
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Braintree, MA 02184
Dr. Love, a Psychiatrist at Aster Mental Health, specializes in treating individuals with depressive disorders, bipolar spectrum disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, OCD, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and substance use disorders. He is a Board-certified & Harvard-trained Psychiatrist offering medication management as well as psychiatric assessment and treatment.
Dr. Love, a Psychiatrist at Aster Mental Health, specializes in treating individuals with depressive disorders, bipolar spectrum disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, OCD, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and substance use disorders. He is a Board-certified & Harvard-trained Psychiatrist offering medication management as well as psychiatric assessment and treatment.
(857) 323-5896 View (857) 323-5896
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wellesley, MA 02482
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(978) 309-3342 View (978) 309-3342

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Addiction Psychiatrists

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.