Addiction Therapists in Burlingame, CA

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John T Duda
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010
I specialize in treating anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse, pornography addiction, sexual disorders, and couples therapy.
I have been doing individual and couples therapy for over 25 years. I help clients reduce anxiety and depression through cognitive behavioral therapy. I work with substance abuse and addiction issues and teach coping skills. Helping couples improve communication and teach problem solving skills is one of my primary objectives. My ability to connect with people is very strong and I am often told that I am very easy to talk to and confide in and trust.
I specialize in treating anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse, pornography addiction, sexual disorders, and couples therapy.
I have been doing individual and couples therapy for over 25 years. I help clients reduce anxiety and depression through cognitive behavioral therapy. I work with substance abuse and addiction issues and teach coping skills. Helping couples improve communication and teach problem solving skills is one of my primary objectives. My ability to connect with people is very strong and I am often told that I am very easy to talk to and confide in and trust.
(650) 469-8751 View (650) 469-8751
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Susan Bowen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010
Living life in peace can be challenging when suddenly you are confronted with unexpected change...relationship status, health, recovery from loss, trauma and/or addiction. The truth is life is full of change, and the challenges we face often impact the quality of our connection to ourselves and others. I offer confidential, compassionate, effective care by combining the best of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness, for a wide range of issues we find ourselves faced with in modern life. A dual approach that encourages healing, connection, focus, and personal growth.
Living life in peace can be challenging when suddenly you are confronted with unexpected change...relationship status, health, recovery from loss, trauma and/or addiction. The truth is life is full of change, and the challenges we face often impact the quality of our connection to ourselves and others. I offer confidential, compassionate, effective care by combining the best of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness, for a wide range of issues we find ourselves faced with in modern life. A dual approach that encourages healing, connection, focus, and personal growth.
(650) 532-0514 View (650) 532-0514
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Jeff Watson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Burlingame, CA 94010  (Online Only)
I focus on grief and loss, depression, addiction, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD.
If you’re tired of the story you’re telling yourself, let’s find another one together. I love to help redefine old narratives that may have been holding you back, and I am grateful to help write a brand new story of you. Sometimes, we can tell ourselves scary stories about the future and replay the painful traumas of our past. Together, we can look at your stories and see their strengths and their challenges and how you can build a new narrative for your life. I like to help clients find their true North Star to guide them to a new meaning and purpose.
I focus on grief and loss, depression, addiction, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD.
If you’re tired of the story you’re telling yourself, let’s find another one together. I love to help redefine old narratives that may have been holding you back, and I am grateful to help write a brand new story of you. Sometimes, we can tell ourselves scary stories about the future and replay the painful traumas of our past. Together, we can look at your stories and see their strengths and their challenges and how you can build a new narrative for your life. I like to help clients find their true North Star to guide them to a new meaning and purpose.
(408) 539-8370 View (408) 539-8370
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Dr. Nashin Joseph
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010  (Online Only)
I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with you and explore any stressors that may be causing physical and emotional distress. I work with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, substance use, racial identity transformation, spiritual crisis, family conflict and stress
I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with you and explore any stressors that may be causing physical and emotional distress. I work with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, substance use, racial identity transformation, spiritual crisis, family conflict and stress
(925) 430-7574 View (925) 430-7574
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Christine Rivlin
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010
I also specialize in working with individuals experiencing addiction issues, and eating disorders.
I work primarily with adults who are wanting to manage symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and trauma. I will be with you on your path to discovery, recovery, and finding the person you would like to become. I approach therapy with a client-centered approach in order to create a safe, comfortable space for you to share and express yourself, and your vulnerabilities. We will explore healthy ways to process your trauma, regulate difficult emotions, and restore broken relationships. I believe the trust built between Client and Therapist is powerful, and necessary in order to help you through your healing journey.
I also specialize in working with individuals experiencing addiction issues, and eating disorders.
I work primarily with adults who are wanting to manage symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and trauma. I will be with you on your path to discovery, recovery, and finding the person you would like to become. I approach therapy with a client-centered approach in order to create a safe, comfortable space for you to share and express yourself, and your vulnerabilities. We will explore healthy ways to process your trauma, regulate difficult emotions, and restore broken relationships. I believe the trust built between Client and Therapist is powerful, and necessary in order to help you through your healing journey.
(669) 201-4356 View (669) 201-4356
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Hazzel Angulo
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010
Trauma, anxiety, and addiction can make you feel stuck. The most important step towards healing is to address the unresolved emotion inside you. Healing requires feelings. Acceptance slowly dissolves pain. When we function from the fear and scarring of our trauma, the cycles continue until we learn how to transmute that energy into love. I apply a Holistic approach that integrates physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual forms of well-being, addressing the “whole” self. Through a holistic framework tailored to your unique needs, the goal is to support you develop a deeper understanding of the self on all these levels.
Trauma, anxiety, and addiction can make you feel stuck. The most important step towards healing is to address the unresolved emotion inside you. Healing requires feelings. Acceptance slowly dissolves pain. When we function from the fear and scarring of our trauma, the cycles continue until we learn how to transmute that energy into love. I apply a Holistic approach that integrates physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual forms of well-being, addressing the “whole” self. Through a holistic framework tailored to your unique needs, the goal is to support you develop a deeper understanding of the self on all these levels.
(669) 260-7348 View (669) 260-7348
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Arielle Piastunovich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlingame, CA 94010  (Online Only)
I practice trauma informed supportive psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy, couples therapy, addiction therapy, and EMDR.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20+ years of mental health experience. I work with children, adults, older adults couples, and families. I have a wealth of diverse experience which includes mood / anxiety disorders, substance disorders (chronic alcoholism and eating disorders), and providing couples and family treatment. I specialize in trauma and relationships. Healing is often a hard and painful process, but it also can be joyful and lead to a more fulfilling life and improved relationships. I would be honored to accompany you on your journey towards happiness, acceptance, greater intimacy, peace, and recovery.
I practice trauma informed supportive psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy, couples therapy, addiction therapy, and EMDR.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20+ years of mental health experience. I work with children, adults, older adults couples, and families. I have a wealth of diverse experience which includes mood / anxiety disorders, substance disorders (chronic alcoholism and eating disorders), and providing couples and family treatment. I specialize in trauma and relationships. Healing is often a hard and painful process, but it also can be joyful and lead to a more fulfilling life and improved relationships. I would be honored to accompany you on your journey towards happiness, acceptance, greater intimacy, peace, and recovery.
(650) 206-9870 View (650) 206-9870
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Isaac Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MAT, LCSW, NTP
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Burlingame, CA 94012
As a specialist with years of experience in the areas of addiction, anxiety, depression and spirituality, I help people get reconnected to who they really are, no longer burdened by the problems they come in with.
On the outside, things look great. You’ve become good at hiding how you really feel and putting on your “I-have-it-altogether” face. Inside, however, you’re feeling lost, out of touch and disconnected from yourself. Maybe your anxiety is causing you to lose sleep, or you find yourself isolating from friends and family because of depression. Maybe you're covering all of this up with drugs, alcohol or other risky behaviors. You’re not entirely sure how you got here but you know something needs to change. You deserve to feel reconnected, balanced, calm and happier. Let me help!
As a specialist with years of experience in the areas of addiction, anxiety, depression and spirituality, I help people get reconnected to who they really are, no longer burdened by the problems they come in with.
On the outside, things look great. You’ve become good at hiding how you really feel and putting on your “I-have-it-altogether” face. Inside, however, you’re feeling lost, out of touch and disconnected from yourself. Maybe your anxiety is causing you to lose sleep, or you find yourself isolating from friends and family because of depression. Maybe you're covering all of this up with drugs, alcohol or other risky behaviors. You’re not entirely sure how you got here but you know something needs to change. You deserve to feel reconnected, balanced, calm and happier. Let me help!
(916) 619-7744 View (916) 619-7744
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Kristin L Dempsey
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Burlingame, CA 94010
I work with individuals, families and groups with challenging behaviors - addictions, trauma care, co-occurring mental health and substance use concerns, including psychosis. I work to promote person-driven care, always working to help empower and focus the people I work with toward desired and meaningful change. I enjoy working with adolescents and children, as well as adults. In addition to the above issues, I also have experience working with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, pregnancy counseling and issues which emgerge from life transitions. I also provide EMDR.
I work with individuals, families and groups with challenging behaviors - addictions, trauma care, co-occurring mental health and substance use concerns, including psychosis. I work to promote person-driven care, always working to help empower and focus the people I work with toward desired and meaningful change. I enjoy working with adolescents and children, as well as adults. In addition to the above issues, I also have experience working with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, pregnancy counseling and issues which emgerge from life transitions. I also provide EMDR.
(650) 727-9505 View (650) 727-9505
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Amy F Trusso
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010
I also have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression and PTSD, eating disorders, substance use/abuse, anger issues and performance anxiety.
Does your primary relationship feel stuck? Are you tired of coming up against the same issues and not able to move past them? Has your life (job, children) come between you and your partner? My approach is to be empathic and engaging. I work to provide an environment that will help you to learn and practice emotional skills, improve communication, and develop a keener awareness and understanding of yourself and others. I want you to leave knowing you have several tools in your toolbox to use in daily practice.
I also have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression and PTSD, eating disorders, substance use/abuse, anger issues and performance anxiety.
Does your primary relationship feel stuck? Are you tired of coming up against the same issues and not able to move past them? Has your life (job, children) come between you and your partner? My approach is to be empathic and engaging. I work to provide an environment that will help you to learn and practice emotional skills, improve communication, and develop a keener awareness and understanding of yourself and others. I want you to leave knowing you have several tools in your toolbox to use in daily practice.
(415) 635-0574 View (415) 635-0574
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Michael N Bonar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MACP, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010
I have specific experience working within the Child Welfare System, in substance abuse and recovery, and knowledge about community resources.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years experience working with adults and adolescents. My way of working with others is eclectic and also grounded in both a cognitive behavioral approach and a biopsychosocial approach in working with people. I focus on the here and now and view the person in the context of the individual, their experiences, their interactions, as well as their psychological and physical health. I enjoy helping people with challenges or difficulties they may face and I consider it an honor to be entrusted with this help.
I have specific experience working within the Child Welfare System, in substance abuse and recovery, and knowledge about community resources.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years experience working with adults and adolescents. My way of working with others is eclectic and also grounded in both a cognitive behavioral approach and a biopsychosocial approach in working with people. I focus on the here and now and view the person in the context of the individual, their experiences, their interactions, as well as their psychological and physical health. I enjoy helping people with challenges or difficulties they may face and I consider it an honor to be entrusted with this help.
(650) 353-3426 View (650) 353-3426
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Paula-Jo Husack
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CGP
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010
Member: (1) Womens' Assoc for Addiction Treatment (2) Anxiety & Depression Assoc America (3) CHADD(/ADHD 4) EMDR certified therapist, (5) Int'l Coach Federation (past); (6) CA Assoc Marriage/Family Therapist (6).
"Ease" is not a keyword for our "Bay Area"! My practice is a resource library for real lives. Whether you're highly visible, invisible, or both--you want some life change. You want a hands-on, motivated professional. Stress shouts out. Anxiety, Depression, Panic, Confusion, Conflict, Addictions/Compulsions come forth. You want strategies for sustained change. Or, you want short-term problem-solving for yourself, marriage, family, workteam. My approaches are eclectic, as we define your needs, goals, and choices. You're motivated to start; and I'm honored to be on your whole-person team!
Member: (1) Womens' Assoc for Addiction Treatment (2) Anxiety & Depression Assoc America (3) CHADD(/ADHD 4) EMDR certified therapist, (5) Int'l Coach Federation (past); (6) CA Assoc Marriage/Family Therapist (6).
"Ease" is not a keyword for our "Bay Area"! My practice is a resource library for real lives. Whether you're highly visible, invisible, or both--you want some life change. You want a hands-on, motivated professional. Stress shouts out. Anxiety, Depression, Panic, Confusion, Conflict, Addictions/Compulsions come forth. You want strategies for sustained change. Or, you want short-term problem-solving for yourself, marriage, family, workteam. My approaches are eclectic, as we define your needs, goals, and choices. You're motivated to start; and I'm honored to be on your whole-person team!
(650) 316-5541 View (650) 316-5541
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James Lambert
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MDiv, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010
Whether it is stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, or relationship difficulties.
If you've been struggling for awhile, your life can be different. You can't change your past. But you can change your future. You and your loved ones can write a fresh, new chapter for your individual lives and relationships.
Whether it is stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, or relationship difficulties.
If you've been struggling for awhile, your life can be different. You can't change your past. But you can change your future. You and your loved ones can write a fresh, new chapter for your individual lives and relationships.
(415) 702-4268 View (415) 702-4268
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Alexandria Noel Tan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010
My name is Alexandria (Alex) Tan, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in the greater Sacramento area. I enjoy providing non-judgmental, empathetic therapy to individuals from all backgrounds and age ranges. I have experience working with a wide variety of individuals including those with mild to moderate depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to those who have more serious mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders (including Histrionic, Borderline, and antisocial personality disorders).
My name is Alexandria (Alex) Tan, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in the greater Sacramento area. I enjoy providing non-judgmental, empathetic therapy to individuals from all backgrounds and age ranges. I have experience working with a wide variety of individuals including those with mild to moderate depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to those who have more serious mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders (including Histrionic, Borderline, and antisocial personality disorders).
(707) 878-5174 View (707) 878-5174
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Mary Jordan
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010
Do you find yourself shut down or suppress your feelings? Do you struggle in relationships due to your trauma? Are you unsure of where you belong? I work with people of all identities to process unresolved feelings due to trauma. I strive to provide you a safe and non-judgmental space, in order for you to develop coping mechanisms for trauma symptoms (anxiety, depression, addiction, etc.) and to explore aspects of yourself. I can help you let go of past HURTS and develop tools to find RELIEF.
Do you find yourself shut down or suppress your feelings? Do you struggle in relationships due to your trauma? Are you unsure of where you belong? I work with people of all identities to process unresolved feelings due to trauma. I strive to provide you a safe and non-judgmental space, in order for you to develop coping mechanisms for trauma symptoms (anxiety, depression, addiction, etc.) and to explore aspects of yourself. I can help you let go of past HURTS and develop tools to find RELIEF.
(669) 260-7136 View (669) 260-7136
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Melissa Satram
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010
Do you ever struggle with feeling like you’re not enough? Do you feel like you have to prove yourself? Do you feel stuck and triggered by childhood trauma? The symptoms of trauma include anxiety, depression, high conflict relationships, occupational impairment, addiction, and much more. I believe therapy can help you develop a more self-awareness and actionable plan to alleviate these symptoms. I specialized in working with people who are willing to explore past, present, and future challenges and to find tools for personal growth.
Do you ever struggle with feeling like you’re not enough? Do you feel like you have to prove yourself? Do you feel stuck and triggered by childhood trauma? The symptoms of trauma include anxiety, depression, high conflict relationships, occupational impairment, addiction, and much more. I believe therapy can help you develop a more self-awareness and actionable plan to alleviate these symptoms. I specialized in working with people who are willing to explore past, present, and future challenges and to find tools for personal growth.
(669) 200-2247 View (669) 200-2247
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Anna McQuinn
Psychologist, PhD, MFT, PSY
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010
Individual, Couples, & Family Therapy, Neurobiology of Relationships, Stress Adaptation, Aging, Premarital Counseling, Postpartum Depression, Addiction, Trauma, Divorce Psychotherapy, Trauma Therapy, Life Transitions/ Developmental Transitions, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Anxiety and Depression disorders, Stress management, Integrative Theoretical Model.
Dr. McQuinn is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a licensed Marital and Family therapist. Dr. Anna McQuinn has been a Tenured Professor of Notre Dame de Namur University where she has been chair of the Clinical Psychology Graduate Department since 1987. She has also been an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of San Francisco graduate Psychology program. Currently she is a Professor Emeritus at the NDNU & has a private practice in San Carlos. She believes that Psychotherapy Healing takes place within the relational model. There is a profound unconscious connection between therapist and client & a mutuality of influence.
Individual, Couples, & Family Therapy, Neurobiology of Relationships, Stress Adaptation, Aging, Premarital Counseling, Postpartum Depression, Addiction, Trauma, Divorce Psychotherapy, Trauma Therapy, Life Transitions/ Developmental Transitions, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Anxiety and Depression disorders, Stress management, Integrative Theoretical Model.
Dr. McQuinn is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a licensed Marital and Family therapist. Dr. Anna McQuinn has been a Tenured Professor of Notre Dame de Namur University where she has been chair of the Clinical Psychology Graduate Department since 1987. She has also been an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of San Francisco graduate Psychology program. Currently she is a Professor Emeritus at the NDNU & has a private practice in San Carlos. She believes that Psychotherapy Healing takes place within the relational model. There is a profound unconscious connection between therapist and client & a mutuality of influence.
(650) 508-1942 View (650) 508-1942
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Caroline Leon Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlingame, CA 94011  (Online Only)
I also specialize in working with couples, addiction, PTSD, anxiety and depression.
Self-discovery is a unique journey that we all take. Our experiences, intersectional identities and environments are constantly shaping who we are. This can be an exciting and challenging time in which we tend to engage in a reflective process as various questions arise. “Will I fit in here?” “Who is there to turn to for guidance?” “What does this experience mean for me?” Individual, couple and family therapy can be an integral part of working through challenges, all of which I fully embrace on the therapeutic journey.
I also specialize in working with couples, addiction, PTSD, anxiety and depression.
Self-discovery is a unique journey that we all take. Our experiences, intersectional identities and environments are constantly shaping who we are. This can be an exciting and challenging time in which we tend to engage in a reflective process as various questions arise. “Will I fit in here?” “Who is there to turn to for guidance?” “What does this experience mean for me?” Individual, couple and family therapy can be an integral part of working through challenges, all of which I fully embrace on the therapeutic journey.
(510) 781-9207 View (510) 781-9207
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Rami Mogannam
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010
I specialize in psychological assessments and psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. Assessments are often conducted to assess for ADHD, autism, learning disorders, cognitive problems, and psychiatric disorders. I use an evidence based approach to assessment and provides treatment recommendations that make the evaluation meaningful to each individual. I also have extensive experience working with individuals struggling with substance use and mental health problems. I explore underlying reasons for the development of these psychiatric problems and provide treatment that focuses both on reducing use and living a life worth living.
I specialize in psychological assessments and psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. Assessments are often conducted to assess for ADHD, autism, learning disorders, cognitive problems, and psychiatric disorders. I use an evidence based approach to assessment and provides treatment recommendations that make the evaluation meaningful to each individual. I also have extensive experience working with individuals struggling with substance use and mental health problems. I explore underlying reasons for the development of these psychiatric problems and provide treatment that focuses both on reducing use and living a life worth living.
(650) 437-1506 View (650) 437-1506
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Tiffany Paige Flowerday
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burlingame, CA 94010
For over 20 years, I have helped individuals and families heal from the impact of mental illness, trauma and loss in their lives. Past experiences can affect a persons ability to care for themselves in healthy ways and enjoy intimate relationships. If you are feeling stuck in unhealthy patterns, whether with a partner, or other important people in your life, call for a free consultation to see if therapy might be right for you.
For over 20 years, I have helped individuals and families heal from the impact of mental illness, trauma and loss in their lives. Past experiences can affect a persons ability to care for themselves in healthy ways and enjoy intimate relationships. If you are feeling stuck in unhealthy patterns, whether with a partner, or other important people in your life, call for a free consultation to see if therapy might be right for you.
(408) 364-5816 View (408) 364-5816
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Addiction Therapists

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.