Substance Use Therapists in Century City, CA

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Nicholas Charles Russi
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAADC-S, CCS, ICAADC
Verified Verified
Century City, CA 90067
It's important to note that I am a Counselor specializing in Substance Use/Addictions/Alcoholism AND other problems that commonly associated.
**Telehealth Video sessions are available** Are you having trouble controlling your drinking but feel like "rehab" isn't for you? Have loved ones in your life pleaded with you to stop? Is your alcohol or drug use causing relationship issues? Anxiety problems? I know exactly how your feeling. Alcohol or drug abuse can extremely difficult to manage on your own. For the last 19 years I’ve been helping clients navigate the personal recovery process and the trials and tribulations they come with it. If you are in a place in your life where you are ready to make some needed changes, I can help you be free from the grips of addiction.
It's important to note that I am a Counselor specializing in Substance Use/Addictions/Alcoholism AND other problems that commonly associated.
**Telehealth Video sessions are available** Are you having trouble controlling your drinking but feel like "rehab" isn't for you? Have loved ones in your life pleaded with you to stop? Is your alcohol or drug use causing relationship issues? Anxiety problems? I know exactly how your feeling. Alcohol or drug abuse can extremely difficult to manage on your own. For the last 19 years I’ve been helping clients navigate the personal recovery process and the trials and tribulations they come with it. If you are in a place in your life where you are ready to make some needed changes, I can help you be free from the grips of addiction.
(310) 526-8418 View (310) 526-8418
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Maria Gray
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, NMP, CGP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Century City, CA 90067
Are you tired of traditional talk therapy? Overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety, or fear and stress? Maybe you feel like you've already done "so much work on yourself" and yet you still engage in some self-defeating patterns. This may show up in dating the same dysfunctional type of person, or acting out childhood patterns at work, overworking to please your boss without being recognized. You may lack patience or sometimes get impatient with your partner/children, the same way your parents were with you. Or maybe you shut down when you need to speak up, since many of us were taught to be "good little girls and boys". I can help.
Are you tired of traditional talk therapy? Overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety, or fear and stress? Maybe you feel like you've already done "so much work on yourself" and yet you still engage in some self-defeating patterns. This may show up in dating the same dysfunctional type of person, or acting out childhood patterns at work, overworking to please your boss without being recognized. You may lack patience or sometimes get impatient with your partner/children, the same way your parents were with you. Or maybe you shut down when you need to speak up, since many of us were taught to be "good little girls and boys". I can help.
(310) 846-8954 View (310) 846-8954
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Helen Grusd
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Century City, CA 90067
I believe positive changes happen when a client is committed to learning and growing. Clients who want to expand and enrich themselves through therapy, no matter what their diagnosis or life challenges are, are the clients with which I work well.and see effective changes.
I believe positive changes happen when a client is committed to learning and growing. Clients who want to expand and enrich themselves through therapy, no matter what their diagnosis or life challenges are, are the clients with which I work well.and see effective changes.
(310) 475-2450 View (310) 475-2450
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Patricia Ann Matthew
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Century City, CA 90067  (Online Only)
Life is not always a straight line and the dots don't always connect in order and yet you can work through life transitions and THRIVE. I want to help you discover your strengths that you already have and find the life that is purposeful, meaningful and have more joy. Please call me and let's talk about how I can help you through life's stressors, whether it's work/life balance, relationships, health, interpersonal, depression, grief, or anger. I am here as your support, advocate, and sounding board in a trusting environment.
Life is not always a straight line and the dots don't always connect in order and yet you can work through life transitions and THRIVE. I want to help you discover your strengths that you already have and find the life that is purposeful, meaningful and have more joy. Please call me and let's talk about how I can help you through life's stressors, whether it's work/life balance, relationships, health, interpersonal, depression, grief, or anger. I am here as your support, advocate, and sounding board in a trusting environment.
(323) 988-0597 View (323) 988-0597
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Dr. Mimi Shagaga
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Century City, CA 90067
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of California and Missouri. I take a collaborative approach to therapy and work with clients to establish goals. Together we identify problem areas and work to find a balanced solution. Often, I incorporate humor in my therapeutic approach as well as nontraditional therapy techniques such as creative arts therapy. I believe the key to an effective therapeutic relationship is one that entails trust, mutual respect, sensitivity and understanding. Currently I am offering virtual services throughout the states of California and Missouri.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of California and Missouri. I take a collaborative approach to therapy and work with clients to establish goals. Together we identify problem areas and work to find a balanced solution. Often, I incorporate humor in my therapeutic approach as well as nontraditional therapy techniques such as creative arts therapy. I believe the key to an effective therapeutic relationship is one that entails trust, mutual respect, sensitivity and understanding. Currently I am offering virtual services throughout the states of California and Missouri.
(424) 264-2886 View (424) 264-2886
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LGBTpsychologist.com - Dr. Gilbert Chalepas
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Century City, CA 90067  (Online Only)
As an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist, I understand how anxiety and low self esteem can be unrelenting companions, whispering worst-case scenarios and drowning out the voice of reason. The knots in your stomach, the racing heart, the feeling of impending doom. The weight of sadness can be suffocating, draining your energy and leaving you in a constant state of emotional numbness. Through our sessions, I will help you uncover the roots of your anxiety and sadness, providing you with coping strategies to manage their grip on your life. I want you to know that there is hope beyond this darkness and we will find it together.
As an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist, I understand how anxiety and low self esteem can be unrelenting companions, whispering worst-case scenarios and drowning out the voice of reason. The knots in your stomach, the racing heart, the feeling of impending doom. The weight of sadness can be suffocating, draining your energy and leaving you in a constant state of emotional numbness. Through our sessions, I will help you uncover the roots of your anxiety and sadness, providing you with coping strategies to manage their grip on your life. I want you to know that there is hope beyond this darkness and we will find it together.
(310) 692-7017 View (310) 692-7017
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Daniel Factor
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Century City, CA 90067
Here's what I want you to know: You were born ready and able to be happy, and have a satisfying life--that's natures way. And, yet, at any point in life there can be many 'causes & reasons' for life turning in a different direction; and there can be many kinds of 'symptoms & behaviors’ that emerge when things go sideways; and when this occurs, we all can use some support to get back on track. For right now, just know that reaching for support is itself a sign of strength, and is also built into our human nature.
Here's what I want you to know: You were born ready and able to be happy, and have a satisfying life--that's natures way. And, yet, at any point in life there can be many 'causes & reasons' for life turning in a different direction; and there can be many kinds of 'symptoms & behaviors’ that emerge when things go sideways; and when this occurs, we all can use some support to get back on track. For right now, just know that reaching for support is itself a sign of strength, and is also built into our human nature.
(424) 835-7970 View (424) 835-7970
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Deborah Baker
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Century City, CA 90067
On the road to your best and brightest self, it is expected you will take some new turns. I am here to assist you on your journey. Maybe you need help listening to your internal compass and clarifying your direction...or maybe I can help you clear obstacles from your path. Whatever it is, a new adventure awaits. Let's go! I especially enjoy working with clients who are self-reflective, who want to deepen their understanding of themselves, and who are actively seeking more satisfying lives.
On the road to your best and brightest self, it is expected you will take some new turns. I am here to assist you on your journey. Maybe you need help listening to your internal compass and clarifying your direction...or maybe I can help you clear obstacles from your path. Whatever it is, a new adventure awaits. Let's go! I especially enjoy working with clients who are self-reflective, who want to deepen their understanding of themselves, and who are actively seeking more satisfying lives.
(424) 347-6068 View (424) 347-6068
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Dr. Cassidy Blair
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
Century City, CA 90067
WE OFFER EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS. My goal is to help you improve the quality of your life and make positive changes by reducing your Anxiety, Depression, eliminating stress, Addiction, and gaining back control. You will achieve a much higher quality of life in a safe, exclusive and caring environment. I will support you to discover your inner strength, and develop effective coping skills. You will experience freedom from emotional pain and feel empowered to achieve your goals and dreams. I provide CONCEIRGE care to executives and professionals.
WE OFFER EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS. My goal is to help you improve the quality of your life and make positive changes by reducing your Anxiety, Depression, eliminating stress, Addiction, and gaining back control. You will achieve a much higher quality of life in a safe, exclusive and caring environment. I will support you to discover your inner strength, and develop effective coping skills. You will experience freedom from emotional pain and feel empowered to achieve your goals and dreams. I provide CONCEIRGE care to executives and professionals.
(424) 888-6124 View (424) 888-6124
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Elizabeth Danielle Mead
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, C-DBT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Century City, CA 90067
Do you find yourself struggling with Anxiety, Depression, gender or sexual identity, grief/loss, or acute/chronic medical illness? The desire to feel better about ourselves is a part of our intrinsic being. I can be there as a support and sounding board for you, your loved ones & family. With the goal of accepting your perfectly imperfect self, we can work effectively with each other to find your joy, or at the very least, how to make it through each day to the next. Discovering that you are deserving and important can be life changing and attainable.
Do you find yourself struggling with Anxiety, Depression, gender or sexual identity, grief/loss, or acute/chronic medical illness? The desire to feel better about ourselves is a part of our intrinsic being. I can be there as a support and sounding board for you, your loved ones & family. With the goal of accepting your perfectly imperfect self, we can work effectively with each other to find your joy, or at the very least, how to make it through each day to the next. Discovering that you are deserving and important can be life changing and attainable.
(424) 349-4574 View (424) 349-4574

More Therapists Nearby

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Josh Marshall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90024
My career has allowed me to work with an assortment of presenting issues, while focusing on substance use, trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, life transitions, academic performance, and chronic illness.
Life stressors and adverse experiences can become overwhelming. Many people find themselves in a place where they could benefit from some extra support. My goal is to explore with you what is holding you back from feeling more aware of and connected with the direction of your life. I provide a welcoming, non-judgmental space to help you discover inner wounds, wisdom, and healing.
My career has allowed me to work with an assortment of presenting issues, while focusing on substance use, trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, life transitions, academic performance, and chronic illness.
Life stressors and adverse experiences can become overwhelming. Many people find themselves in a place where they could benefit from some extra support. My goal is to explore with you what is holding you back from feeling more aware of and connected with the direction of your life. I provide a welcoming, non-judgmental space to help you discover inner wounds, wisdom, and healing.
(909) 351-0743 View (909) 351-0743
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Jack Senese IV
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
West Hollywood, CA 90069  (Online Only)
I have significant experience working with stress, anxiety, body image issues, and substance use/addiction.
I am a licensed therapist who approaches therapy with a direct, strengths-based approach. I spent my life in New York before moving out to LA to do therapy. While here, I have worked my professional career in a diverse number of settings, including a neurofeedback clinic, rehab center, and LGBTQ center. I was driven to the mental health field because I genuinely enjoy working with others to train their brain and create a better future. I am also an industrial-organizational psychologist where my focus is on work-life balance.
I have significant experience working with stress, anxiety, body image issues, and substance use/addiction.
I am a licensed therapist who approaches therapy with a direct, strengths-based approach. I spent my life in New York before moving out to LA to do therapy. While here, I have worked my professional career in a diverse number of settings, including a neurofeedback clinic, rehab center, and LGBTQ center. I was driven to the mental health field because I genuinely enjoy working with others to train their brain and create a better future. I am also an industrial-organizational psychologist where my focus is on work-life balance.
(917) 719-5691 View (917) 719-5691
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Jaynee Golden
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC-I
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Beverly Hills, CA 90212  (Online Only)
I work with adolescents and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, trauma-related symptoms, family conflict, school/work-related challenges, & life-transitions.
I recognize the decision to begin or return to therapy can be rather challenging. For many of us, we avoid processing pain or confronting issues until a crisis arises, feelings become too unbearable, or life seems unmanageable. Therapy requires courage, strength, and trust in yourself & in your therapist. As such, regardless of where you are in your process, I will meet you there. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is paramount, symptoms are adaptations, and while change can be difficult, it is more than possible.
I work with adolescents and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, trauma-related symptoms, family conflict, school/work-related challenges, & life-transitions.
I recognize the decision to begin or return to therapy can be rather challenging. For many of us, we avoid processing pain or confronting issues until a crisis arises, feelings become too unbearable, or life seems unmanageable. Therapy requires courage, strength, and trust in yourself & in your therapist. As such, regardless of where you are in your process, I will meet you there. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is paramount, symptoms are adaptations, and while change can be difficult, it is more than possible.
(310) 601-8089 View (310) 601-8089
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Michelle MacPherson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
I treat substance use and trauma.
Hello! Many of my clients feel "stuck", like they're not Iiving their best life. I help my clients manage negative thoughts, provide clarity and support during transitional life and relationship issues, address self-sabotaging behaviors and increase coping skills. I provide a therapeutic space to help get you “unstuck”, enhance your motivation and navigate the stressors of life with improved overall functioning. Enhancing overall physical, mental and emotional health is the most rewarding aspect of my practice. and I rely heavily on the latest advances in behavioral science to provide the best therapeutic services available.
I treat substance use and trauma.
Hello! Many of my clients feel "stuck", like they're not Iiving their best life. I help my clients manage negative thoughts, provide clarity and support during transitional life and relationship issues, address self-sabotaging behaviors and increase coping skills. I provide a therapeutic space to help get you “unstuck”, enhance your motivation and navigate the stressors of life with improved overall functioning. Enhancing overall physical, mental and emotional health is the most rewarding aspect of my practice. and I rely heavily on the latest advances in behavioral science to provide the best therapeutic services available.
(657) 317-3830 View (657) 317-3830
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Drew Dennett
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ASW
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
, substance use disorders and eating disorders), anxiety and stress, depression, childhood trauma, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, codependency, spirituality, bipolar disorder, anger, grief, and life transitions.
Along with providing you with coping skills to thrive day-to-day, we will also uncover and explore unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so you can be more conscious of what's holding you back from being who you want to be. My approach to therapy is characterized by a mixture of directness, playfulness, engagement, and nurturance. I believe that relentless curiosity and self-exploration leads to a sense of identity and purpose and an understanding of our place in the world.
, substance use disorders and eating disorders), anxiety and stress, depression, childhood trauma, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, codependency, spirituality, bipolar disorder, anger, grief, and life transitions.
Along with providing you with coping skills to thrive day-to-day, we will also uncover and explore unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so you can be more conscious of what's holding you back from being who you want to be. My approach to therapy is characterized by a mixture of directness, playfulness, engagement, and nurturance. I believe that relentless curiosity and self-exploration leads to a sense of identity and purpose and an understanding of our place in the world.
(424) 587-0983 View (424) 587-0983
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Stella Dennett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90048
My specialties include: addictions, substance use disorders, eating disorders, relational conflict, codependency, ADHD, anxiety and stress, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, identity and personality development - if you are looking for a therapist who is relatable, direct, open, honest, and compassionate, you’re in the right place.
I place great value on equipping you with the social and psychological resources and skills necessary to thrive. It's difficult to focus on the deeper aspects of our mental health when this is left unaddressed. As a depth-oriented therapist, I also work with you to uncover your shadow—those hidden aspects of your personality that influence your life patterns. Identifying these unconscious patterns, understanding how they've been built, and why they continue to persist gives you the power of choice in how you'd like to show up to life moving forward.
My specialties include: addictions, substance use disorders, eating disorders, relational conflict, codependency, ADHD, anxiety and stress, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, identity and personality development - if you are looking for a therapist who is relatable, direct, open, honest, and compassionate, you’re in the right place.
I place great value on equipping you with the social and psychological resources and skills necessary to thrive. It's difficult to focus on the deeper aspects of our mental health when this is left unaddressed. As a depth-oriented therapist, I also work with you to uncover your shadow—those hidden aspects of your personality that influence your life patterns. Identifying these unconscious patterns, understanding how they've been built, and why they continue to persist gives you the power of choice in how you'd like to show up to life moving forward.
(310) 651-7655 View (310) 651-7655
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Dr. Courtney M Tracy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PsyD, CCTP, C-PD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beverly Hills, CA 90210  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with adults who struggle with any of the following: substance use, borderline personality, and/or existential crises.
As someone with both clinical expertise and 'lived experience' when it comes to substance use and borderline personality, I'm here to help those who need someone who 'really' gets it. Perhaps you're seeking relief from big emotions you can't seem to control or you're experiencing an existential crisis related to past traumas or maybe you use substances to feel better and now it's doing more harm than help. Regardless of what brought you to Psychology Today, you've already taken the first big step toward finding the right therapist for you. And it could be me based on your search results! Reach out and let's begin.
I specialize in working with adults who struggle with any of the following: substance use, borderline personality, and/or existential crises.
As someone with both clinical expertise and 'lived experience' when it comes to substance use and borderline personality, I'm here to help those who need someone who 'really' gets it. Perhaps you're seeking relief from big emotions you can't seem to control or you're experiencing an existential crisis related to past traumas or maybe you use substances to feel better and now it's doing more harm than help. Regardless of what brought you to Psychology Today, you've already taken the first big step toward finding the right therapist for you. And it could be me based on your search results! Reach out and let's begin.
(949) 835-5341 View (949) 835-5341
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Amanda Ehrman
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT , CCHt
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
The decision to begin therapy often arises when you recognize the need or desire for a change. If you're feeling stuck, out of control, or unsure of next steps, it could be a sign that it's time for a shift. I specialize in supporting adults and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, substance use, and trauma, through a holistic approach that is motivational, supportive, and empowering. Together, we can create a safe, shame-free space to explore and understand your feelings, the underlying causes of your struggles, examine challenging relationship patterns, enhance self-awareness, and foster self-compassion.
The decision to begin therapy often arises when you recognize the need or desire for a change. If you're feeling stuck, out of control, or unsure of next steps, it could be a sign that it's time for a shift. I specialize in supporting adults and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, substance use, and trauma, through a holistic approach that is motivational, supportive, and empowering. Together, we can create a safe, shame-free space to explore and understand your feelings, the underlying causes of your struggles, examine challenging relationship patterns, enhance self-awareness, and foster self-compassion.
(424) 622-4987 View (424) 622-4987
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Rachel Rainne
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSAT-C
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90209  (Online Only)
She also specializes in adoption, substance use, sex addiction, family of origin issues, soul loss, and attachment issues in relationships.
Rainne specializes in addiction and trauma and has been working in the field of psychotherapy since 2003. She is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist candidate (CSAT-C) through the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and is being mentored by Heidi Kinsella. Rainne received her two master’s degrees from Pacifica Graduate Institute; one in Counseling Psychology and the other in Depth and Somatic Psychology. Working from an instinctual approach, Rainne connects deeply with clients and helps them learn to be free from their shame and suffering.
She also specializes in adoption, substance use, sex addiction, family of origin issues, soul loss, and attachment issues in relationships.
Rainne specializes in addiction and trauma and has been working in the field of psychotherapy since 2003. She is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist candidate (CSAT-C) through the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and is being mentored by Heidi Kinsella. Rainne received her two master’s degrees from Pacifica Graduate Institute; one in Counseling Psychology and the other in Depth and Somatic Psychology. Working from an instinctual approach, Rainne connects deeply with clients and helps them learn to be free from their shame and suffering.
(562) 352-2736 View (562) 352-2736
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Kurt Vaillancourt
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90034  (Online Only)
For nearly 20 years, I have worked with adults, families, and couples both individually and in group settings. Some of the areas I have provided treatment for include substance use/abuse, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and adjustment disorders due to life transitions. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of California and obtained a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) in 2005.
For nearly 20 years, I have worked with adults, families, and couples both individually and in group settings. Some of the areas I have provided treatment for include substance use/abuse, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and adjustment disorders due to life transitions. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of California and obtained a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) in 2005.
(408) 340-9952 View (408) 340-9952

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Substance Use Therapists

How do substance and drug recovery or rehabilitation programs work?

In inpatient programs, individuals live in a facility with other clients in recovery; in outpatient programs, individuals reside at home. These facilities are staffed with healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, and psychotherapists. Staff often also includes people who have recovered themselves, serving as mentors and guides. These programs may use abstinence, harm reduction, detoxification, psychotherapy, and other methods.

How do 12-step programs combined with psychotherapy work?

Members of 12-step programs help each other reach abstinence and work to maintain it. These programs promote complete change in the individual’s emotional, mental, physical, and even spiritual perspectives. Some programs require that new members attend 90 meetings in 90 days. Many people do attend these programs in conjunction with their work in psychotherapy; the combination of therapy along with 12-step can be extremely effective.

How does harm reduction combined with psychotherapy work?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, harm reduction prevents death, injury, disease, overdose, and substance misuse. People who choose harm reduction for substance use reduce the amount of drugs they consume. It is not abstinence-based like a 12-step program, but combining harm reduction with psychotherapy proves to be effective for many people.

Are there specific medications for substance and drug use?

There are medications approved to treat substance use disorder—such as buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone, and acamprosate. These medications do help people cope with substance use as well as avoid the problem of relapse. Naltrexone can help reduce cravings, methadone is an opioid medication used to treat severe pain, and acamprosate may help ease symptoms like poor sleep and anxious feelings.