Substance Use Therapists in Hollywood, CA

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Gregory Walston
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT, CPRP
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in issues important to LGBTQI individuals/couples/families, like substance use recovery, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, coming out process, acceptance/family issues, HIV adjustment issues, men's issues, grief/loss, men and trauma, other gender issues, and psychological recovery from trauma. I enjoy helping LGBT people resolve early child/family issues that continue to block happiness. Also, I am experienced in helping teens. Whether you feel lost, stuck, or empty, let's work together to help you build a happier foundation, resolving any issues that hold you back so you can move forward and reclaim your life!
I specialize in issues important to LGBTQI individuals/couples/families, like substance use recovery, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, coming out process, acceptance/family issues, HIV adjustment issues, men's issues, grief/loss, men and trauma, other gender issues, and psychological recovery from trauma. I enjoy helping LGBT people resolve early child/family issues that continue to block happiness. Also, I am experienced in helping teens. Whether you feel lost, stuck, or empty, let's work together to help you build a happier foundation, resolving any issues that hold you back so you can move forward and reclaim your life!
(818) 351-7109 View (818) 351-7109
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Julie K Peters
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
I have created drama therapy groups and have specialized in long term substance use recovery by working extensively with court treatment programs and incarcerated individuals.
Welcome, I bring a strong skill base working in LGBTQIA+, addiction and PTSD communitites. I love working with Couples and families, and I'm passionate about helping students navigate studying and self-care. I'm here to help you utilize your innate creativity, and I'm excited to aid you as you enact new patterns in your relationship with yourself and others. You will experience me as an affirming clinician who values and acknowledges your marginalized identity and the intersection of the many roles you embody. You can expect kindness from me and a treatment space that expands to allow your unique perspective to shine.
I have created drama therapy groups and have specialized in long term substance use recovery by working extensively with court treatment programs and incarcerated individuals.
Welcome, I bring a strong skill base working in LGBTQIA+, addiction and PTSD communitites. I love working with Couples and families, and I'm passionate about helping students navigate studying and self-care. I'm here to help you utilize your innate creativity, and I'm excited to aid you as you enact new patterns in your relationship with yourself and others. You will experience me as an affirming clinician who values and acknowledges your marginalized identity and the intersection of the many roles you embody. You can expect kindness from me and a treatment space that expands to allow your unique perspective to shine.
(510) 380-5706 View (510) 380-5706
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Nicholas Russi
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAADC-S, CCS, ICAADC
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028
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.
(626) 264-8545 View (626) 264-8545
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Michelle Acitelli
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90068  (Online Only)
My area of specialization is trauma-informed via a strength-based practice for groups, individuals, couples, teens, and military veterans at risk for anxiety, depression, anger, adjustment, relationship, suicidal ideation, substance use, and complex trauma.
I am most comfortable engaging clients who may have familiarity with overwhelming sensations about life, in general, or an inability to manage daily life, relationships, family, academic, and work experiences. I aim to establish and maintain rapport through effective working relationships, offering psychoeducation related to life transitions by setting attainable goals that build upon healthy inclusive, and supportive connections.
My area of specialization is trauma-informed via a strength-based practice for groups, individuals, couples, teens, and military veterans at risk for anxiety, depression, anger, adjustment, relationship, suicidal ideation, substance use, and complex trauma.
I am most comfortable engaging clients who may have familiarity with overwhelming sensations about life, in general, or an inability to manage daily life, relationships, family, academic, and work experiences. I aim to establish and maintain rapport through effective working relationships, offering psychoeducation related to life transitions by setting attainable goals that build upon healthy inclusive, and supportive connections.
(323) 897-8386 View (323) 897-8386
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Dr. Gautami Ashok
Psychologist, PsyD, MSc
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028
I have experience and interest in working with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, history of trauma, relationships, substance use and abuse (including sex addiction), sexually deviant thoughts, sexual abuse, and sexual intimacy.
In dealing with stressors, life events, challenging relationships, and traumatic experiences we develop patterns to keep ourselves safe and sane; which often also limits us. The challenge is unlearning these narratives and trusting our innate wisdom. When we feel safe, secure and accepted for who we are we can begin the process of shedding what doesn’t work for us, while exploring our untapped potential. I believe you are the master of your story; and I hope to create a safe space where we can gain insight about your inner battles, develop skills to enhance holistic development, and realize the potential of your authentic self.
I have experience and interest in working with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, history of trauma, relationships, substance use and abuse (including sex addiction), sexually deviant thoughts, sexual abuse, and sexual intimacy.
In dealing with stressors, life events, challenging relationships, and traumatic experiences we develop patterns to keep ourselves safe and sane; which often also limits us. The challenge is unlearning these narratives and trusting our innate wisdom. When we feel safe, secure and accepted for who we are we can begin the process of shedding what doesn’t work for us, while exploring our untapped potential. I believe you are the master of your story; and I hope to create a safe space where we can gain insight about your inner battles, develop skills to enhance holistic development, and realize the potential of your authentic self.
(916) 848-5866 View (916) 848-5866
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Paul-Roy Taylor
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
You can indeed change your feelings and behaviors, even if that change has seemed unachievable in the past. Perhaps you've already tried to address your concerns on your own. Maybe progress was more difficult than you thought or it proved to be short-lived. If you're ready for change, my goal is to help you move forward toward the life you want to live. I specialize in optimizing peer, romantic, and family relationships; reducing or eliminating substance use and addictive behaviors; and breaking unhelpful patterns around sex, dating, and technology. I welcome and respect all relationship styles and addiction goals.
You can indeed change your feelings and behaviors, even if that change has seemed unachievable in the past. Perhaps you've already tried to address your concerns on your own. Maybe progress was more difficult than you thought or it proved to be short-lived. If you're ready for change, my goal is to help you move forward toward the life you want to live. I specialize in optimizing peer, romantic, and family relationships; reducing or eliminating substance use and addictive behaviors; and breaking unhelpful patterns around sex, dating, and technology. I welcome and respect all relationship styles and addiction goals.
(323) 366-8067 View (323) 366-8067
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Laura Wilhoit
Psychologist, PhD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90068  (Online Only)
I also have an extensive background working with people with substance use disorders and addictions in general.
Hello! My name is Dr. Laura Wilhoit and I offer virtual therapy throughout the state of California. In my 12+ years of experience, I have worked with a variety of people, including those struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and substance use. Outside of depression and anxiety, one of my current areas of focus is helping people as they adjust to parenting challenges, including postpartum depression. I am certified through the Perinatal Mental Health Certification program (PMH-C) to help parents. As a mother of 3 children myself, I know that parenting can be challenging and parents often aren't given sufficient support.
I also have an extensive background working with people with substance use disorders and addictions in general.
Hello! My name is Dr. Laura Wilhoit and I offer virtual therapy throughout the state of California. In my 12+ years of experience, I have worked with a variety of people, including those struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and substance use. Outside of depression and anxiety, one of my current areas of focus is helping people as they adjust to parenting challenges, including postpartum depression. I am certified through the Perinatal Mental Health Certification program (PMH-C) to help parents. As a mother of 3 children myself, I know that parenting can be challenging and parents often aren't given sufficient support.
(858) 422-4146 View (858) 422-4146
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Dexter Mai
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ASW
Verified Verified
23 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
I specialize in supporting people who are experiencing challenges with depression, anxiety, relationships, sexual identity, gender identity, substance use, and men's issues.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Have you experienced traumas that have left you feeling stressed? Or perhaps you're simply looking to understand yourself better and lead to a happier life. If these resonate with you, I can help. As a Taiwanese American who immigrated to America at a young age, I have firsthand experience of the challenges individuals from AAPI/immigrant communities face. I also understand the unique challenges the LGBTQ population faces, and I'm committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all of my clients.
I specialize in supporting people who are experiencing challenges with depression, anxiety, relationships, sexual identity, gender identity, substance use, and men's issues.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Have you experienced traumas that have left you feeling stressed? Or perhaps you're simply looking to understand yourself better and lead to a happier life. If these resonate with you, I can help. As a Taiwanese American who immigrated to America at a young age, I have firsthand experience of the challenges individuals from AAPI/immigrant communities face. I also understand the unique challenges the LGBTQ population faces, and I'm committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all of my clients.
(408) 478-9309 View (408) 478-9309
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Michelle Susan Webber
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
Licensed in both California and Connecticut - Psychotherapist, Addiction Specialist and Life Coach. Living life to the fullest is an adventure. It takes courage to go forward, to harness the power within. This is where Psychotherapy and Life Coaching meet. This is an opportunity to help you make smart choices and assist you in finding a sense of peace and acceptance while you move forward in your life. I am available to help you reach your personal and professional goals. I have studied mindfulness and work with clients who want to know more about it and embrace it. I look forward to hearing from you.
Licensed in both California and Connecticut - Psychotherapist, Addiction Specialist and Life Coach. Living life to the fullest is an adventure. It takes courage to go forward, to harness the power within. This is where Psychotherapy and Life Coaching meet. This is an opportunity to help you make smart choices and assist you in finding a sense of peace and acceptance while you move forward in your life. I am available to help you reach your personal and professional goals. I have studied mindfulness and work with clients who want to know more about it and embrace it. I look forward to hearing from you.
(323) 523-5957 View (323) 523-5957
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Danielle Delaney Counseling, Inc.
Counselor, ThD
Not Verified Not Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
Specializing in Counseling survivors of rape; specifically trained in counseling victims of drug-assisted rape & all Rape Crisis, Adults Molested as Children, Sober Coaching, Sobriety Aftercare, Antabuse Compliance. Award-winning Author of "EXPECT DELAYS: How to Reclaim Your Life, Light and Soul After Trauma." Certified Court Advocate. Worked with LAPD, LBPD SART team/forensic nurses and L.A. County Fire Dept. & L.A. County Deputy District Attorneys and detectives. Works with survivors of Domestic Violence as well. Legally mandated absolute confidentiality. Sessions in person, by phone or Skype, including internationally. DanielleDelaneyCounseling.com DelaneyCounseling@gmail.com skype:danielledelaney007 facebook.com/danielle.delaney twitter:@itsdanidelaney ExpectDelaysBook.com
Specializing in Counseling survivors of rape; specifically trained in counseling victims of drug-assisted rape & all Rape Crisis, Adults Molested as Children, Sober Coaching, Sobriety Aftercare, Antabuse Compliance. Award-winning Author of "EXPECT DELAYS: How to Reclaim Your Life, Light and Soul After Trauma." Certified Court Advocate. Worked with LAPD, LBPD SART team/forensic nurses and L.A. County Fire Dept. & L.A. County Deputy District Attorneys and detectives. Works with survivors of Domestic Violence as well. Legally mandated absolute confidentiality. Sessions in person, by phone or Skype, including internationally. DanielleDelaneyCounseling.com DelaneyCounseling@gmail.com skype:danielledelaney007 facebook.com/danielle.delaney twitter:@itsdanidelaney ExpectDelaysBook.com
(310) 773-0357 View (310) 773-0357
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Darick N. Hendrix
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90068
Ready to Reset & Discover? Finding the right therapist can be daunting. While making that decision, consider this! Darick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who specializes in addiction, trauma, family systems and interpersonal relationships while meeting the client "Where they are". He utilizes understanding and compassion, while encouraging you to push your limits, learn and grow. He utilizes a variety of intervention models designed to treat you as an individual; Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Sober Coaching and being a Sober Companion, both therapy supported.
Ready to Reset & Discover? Finding the right therapist can be daunting. While making that decision, consider this! Darick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who specializes in addiction, trauma, family systems and interpersonal relationships while meeting the client "Where they are". He utilizes understanding and compassion, while encouraging you to push your limits, learn and grow. He utilizes a variety of intervention models designed to treat you as an individual; Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Sober Coaching and being a Sober Companion, both therapy supported.
(323) 701-0478 View (323) 701-0478
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Cesar Jass
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028
I am profoundly aware of the tremendous courage it takes to seek help. Particularly, when you are coming from a life you have often been forced to endure heavily weighed upon by anxiety, trauma, depression, and addiction. This deeply rooted awareness of this pain is why I first entered the field of psychology and has successfully guided my work in assisting my clients to overcome their many barriers and difficulties. My approach offers the skills and self-awareness needed to establish the capacity towards supporting you to reach the kind of life you imagined possible.
I am profoundly aware of the tremendous courage it takes to seek help. Particularly, when you are coming from a life you have often been forced to endure heavily weighed upon by anxiety, trauma, depression, and addiction. This deeply rooted awareness of this pain is why I first entered the field of psychology and has successfully guided my work in assisting my clients to overcome their many barriers and difficulties. My approach offers the skills and self-awareness needed to establish the capacity towards supporting you to reach the kind of life you imagined possible.
(310) 346-1019 View (310) 346-1019
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Natasha Dellinger Singer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028
Most of us have faced challenges in life, and recent times have brought more stress, feelings of isolation, and grief to many. I would love to support you through your challenges and assist you to find the peace you are looking for. You don't have to go it alone. I offer more than 30 years of specialized professional experience in Trauma, Grief, and Substance Abuse. My own life experiences enable me to offer unique assistance in helping you find your way and heal. Specifically, I've attained 42 years of sobriety, recovered from the loss of my daughter due to addiction, and recovered from the trauma of my own childhood.
Most of us have faced challenges in life, and recent times have brought more stress, feelings of isolation, and grief to many. I would love to support you through your challenges and assist you to find the peace you are looking for. You don't have to go it alone. I offer more than 30 years of specialized professional experience in Trauma, Grief, and Substance Abuse. My own life experiences enable me to offer unique assistance in helping you find your way and heal. Specifically, I've attained 42 years of sobriety, recovered from the loss of my daughter due to addiction, and recovered from the trauma of my own childhood.
(818) 629-0126 View (818) 629-0126
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Brigid Quinn Donahue
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
Everybody has a story worth telling. I offer a safe space for you to share that story. Unfortunately, sometimes what has happened in your life or younger years can strongly affect your present moods and behaviors. I have a trauma-focused approach to therapy and am an EMDR Certified Therapist through EMDR International Association. I have extensive experience working with elderly people and people with chronic and or terminal illnesses. I enjoy working with a culturally diverse client population and am supportive of the LGBTQ community.
Everybody has a story worth telling. I offer a safe space for you to share that story. Unfortunately, sometimes what has happened in your life or younger years can strongly affect your present moods and behaviors. I have a trauma-focused approach to therapy and am an EMDR Certified Therapist through EMDR International Association. I have extensive experience working with elderly people and people with chronic and or terminal illnesses. I enjoy working with a culturally diverse client population and am supportive of the LGBTQ community.
(323) 993-8585 View (323) 993-8585
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Evan Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
I believe that everyone has unique strengths that can be harnessed to overcome obstacles and achieve personal growth. In our sessions, we'll work together to identify your goals and create practical, actionable solutions tailored to your specific needs. Whether you're dealing with stress, relationship issues, or seeking personal development.
I believe that everyone has unique strengths that can be harnessed to overcome obstacles and achieve personal growth. In our sessions, we'll work together to identify your goals and create practical, actionable solutions tailored to your specific needs. Whether you're dealing with stress, relationship issues, or seeking personal development.
(323) 690-1152 View (323) 690-1152
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Daphna Cardinale
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
Therapy works. Emotional relief is possible. Changing your life is possible. It takes hard work, dedication, and support from someone who really cares. That's what I offer. I believe that in looking at how we relate to others and ourselves both now and throughout our lives up until this point, we can come to a greater understanding of ourselves and therefore can change. I cater my approach to the individual, couple, family, or group as I get to know you and your needs. When appropriate, I also use dream analysis, meditation, play therapy, and art therapy.
Therapy works. Emotional relief is possible. Changing your life is possible. It takes hard work, dedication, and support from someone who really cares. That's what I offer. I believe that in looking at how we relate to others and ourselves both now and throughout our lives up until this point, we can come to a greater understanding of ourselves and therefore can change. I cater my approach to the individual, couple, family, or group as I get to know you and your needs. When appropriate, I also use dream analysis, meditation, play therapy, and art therapy.
(310) 331-8504 View (310) 331-8504
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James Johansen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CST
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
James engages through a trauma-informed approach, shaped by decades of social advocacy and therapeutic work with the LGBTQ+ community. James has worked with a number of evidence-based modalities and practices from a person-centered philosophy that integrates humanistic and existential perspectives.
James engages through a trauma-informed approach, shaped by decades of social advocacy and therapeutic work with the LGBTQ+ community. James has worked with a number of evidence-based modalities and practices from a person-centered philosophy that integrates humanistic and existential perspectives.
(213) 699-5202 View (213) 699-5202
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Yvonne L. Westbrook
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90068
I do my best to keep an open mind and to create an environment that is conducive to fostering open communication and trust. I respect and value the thoughts and feelings of my client's. I believe that therapy is, ultimately, about freedom and that healing occurs through the process of self-exploration, understanding, finding meaning and deepening one's insight. I tend to work directly and dynamically, rather than passively; I do a lot of listening and I am also active in the therapeutic role.
I do my best to keep an open mind and to create an environment that is conducive to fostering open communication and trust. I respect and value the thoughts and feelings of my client's. I believe that therapy is, ultimately, about freedom and that healing occurs through the process of self-exploration, understanding, finding meaning and deepening one's insight. I tend to work directly and dynamically, rather than passively; I do a lot of listening and I am also active in the therapeutic role.
(323) 387-3979 View (323) 387-3979
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Lital Shvarts
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
Establishing a meaningful therapeutic connection is the foundation for learning how to improve one's quality of life, develop healthy relationships and cope more effectively with life stressors. Through the therapeutic relationship, I work together with my clients to address and resolve various psychological symptoms and underlying concerns to help them lead healthier lives. I specialize in treating individuals who may be having difficulty coping with present life problems or trying to manage living with the impact of traumatic experiences. I believe that developing healthy coping skills and processing underlying issues leads to a relief in symptoms and an ability to re-engage in life.
Establishing a meaningful therapeutic connection is the foundation for learning how to improve one's quality of life, develop healthy relationships and cope more effectively with life stressors. Through the therapeutic relationship, I work together with my clients to address and resolve various psychological symptoms and underlying concerns to help them lead healthier lives. I specialize in treating individuals who may be having difficulty coping with present life problems or trying to manage living with the impact of traumatic experiences. I believe that developing healthy coping skills and processing underlying issues leads to a relief in symptoms and an ability to re-engage in life.
(323) 553-7275 View (323) 553-7275
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Sophia M. Bicos
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028
My intention is to help clients experience healthy, fulfilling relationships with themselves and the people in their lives. I work to gain your trust & be your ally as you take on life's challenges. Our therapeutic collaboration is filled with empathy & compassion. Our work together will have respect, gentleness & consideration as you search for the meaningful, integrated life you deserve. It's your process, whether you're struggling to find your way back to the life you enjoy, or discovering a life you want to live. I work with individuals, couples, and families.
My intention is to help clients experience healthy, fulfilling relationships with themselves and the people in their lives. I work to gain your trust & be your ally as you take on life's challenges. Our therapeutic collaboration is filled with empathy & compassion. Our work together will have respect, gentleness & consideration as you search for the meaningful, integrated life you deserve. It's your process, whether you're struggling to find your way back to the life you enjoy, or discovering a life you want to live. I work with individuals, couples, and families.
(626) 722-5463 View (626) 722-5463

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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.