Addiction Therapists in Los Altos Hills, CA

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Jenny Pepper
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Working with a therapist who you feel safe with and connected to will make all the difference in your healing journey. I am a warm therapist, who will also be directive for the sake of your growth. I am sincerely dedicated to your healing journey. And, I can teach you practical tools to live a balanced and more fulfilling life. I would love to guide you towards better understanding yourself. I am highly trained in CBT, DBT and ACT. My approach is integrative, adapting to fit each person’s unique needs. I’ve worked extensively and closely with people struggling with anxiety, BPD, addiction, depression, and low self-worth.
Working with a therapist who you feel safe with and connected to will make all the difference in your healing journey. I am a warm therapist, who will also be directive for the sake of your growth. I am sincerely dedicated to your healing journey. And, I can teach you practical tools to live a balanced and more fulfilling life. I would love to guide you towards better understanding yourself. I am highly trained in CBT, DBT and ACT. My approach is integrative, adapting to fit each person’s unique needs. I’ve worked extensively and closely with people struggling with anxiety, BPD, addiction, depression, and low self-worth.
(310) 359-1863 View (310) 359-1863
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Personalized Recovery
LVN, Caddac
Verified Verified
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Initial assessment with an addiction specialist and MD, vitamin infused I.
Many of our clients are professionals in their community and prefer the privacy and convenience of an in home Detox plan. Personalized Recovery offers an affordable alternative to inpatient treatment with upscale amenities. Our treatment team always maintains your confidentiality while keeping you as safe and comfortable as possible. We want to help you heal from addiction and find your passion for Life again.
Initial assessment with an addiction specialist and MD, vitamin infused I.
Many of our clients are professionals in their community and prefer the privacy and convenience of an in home Detox plan. Personalized Recovery offers an affordable alternative to inpatient treatment with upscale amenities. Our treatment team always maintains your confidentiality while keeping you as safe and comfortable as possible. We want to help you heal from addiction and find your passion for Life again.
(805) 422-7824 View (805) 422-7824
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Dr. Sean Robertson
MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos Hills, CA 94024  (Online Only)
In addition to couples counseling, I also offer couples intimacy coaching for performance anxiety, sex addiction, sexuality, and open relationships.
Start seeing challenges as opportunities to get your needs met and improve your relationship! I’m Dr. Sean Robertson, creator of RDP. I work as an online Couples Counselor and Intimacy Coach. I know relationships can be hard, even though they’re also one of the most fulfilling parts of our life. In my couples counseling I create an empathic space for learning and deep connection, while also being diligent about ensuring that clients implement the tools I teach. My methods are based in behavioral psychology, Gottman Method, and attachment psychology.
In addition to couples counseling, I also offer couples intimacy coaching for performance anxiety, sex addiction, sexuality, and open relationships.
Start seeing challenges as opportunities to get your needs met and improve your relationship! I’m Dr. Sean Robertson, creator of RDP. I work as an online Couples Counselor and Intimacy Coach. I know relationships can be hard, even though they’re also one of the most fulfilling parts of our life. In my couples counseling I create an empathic space for learning and deep connection, while also being diligent about ensuring that clients implement the tools I teach. My methods are based in behavioral psychology, Gottman Method, and attachment psychology.
(760) 314-4449 View (760) 314-4449
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Silver Lake Psychology
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Los Altos Hills, CA 94024
Relationship and sexual concerns, couples therapy, anxiety, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, stress management, insomnia, women's issues, creativity, LGBTQ- welcome.
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others, and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability, and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience.
Relationship and sexual concerns, couples therapy, anxiety, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, stress management, insomnia, women's issues, creativity, LGBTQ- welcome.
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others, and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability, and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience.
(415) 941-3083 View (415) 941-3083
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Judith (Jae) Davis
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022  (Online Only)
I am a culturally affirming Mental Health Therapist with over 10 yrs of experience in the field. I work with adults and young adults from diverse backgrounds, with a focus on underrepresented groups. We will identify your objectives, potential roadblocks, and strategies for overcoming them. I practice through a lens of self-compassion. My areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: Moms; life/career transitions; addiction; relationships; self-esteem; mood disorders; body image; and trauma. Therapy is a collaborative journey, and I'd like to work with you to improve the quality of your life and achieve mental well-being.
I am a culturally affirming Mental Health Therapist with over 10 yrs of experience in the field. I work with adults and young adults from diverse backgrounds, with a focus on underrepresented groups. We will identify your objectives, potential roadblocks, and strategies for overcoming them. I practice through a lens of self-compassion. My areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: Moms; life/career transitions; addiction; relationships; self-esteem; mood disorders; body image; and trauma. Therapy is a collaborative journey, and I'd like to work with you to improve the quality of your life and achieve mental well-being.
(619) 332-2292 View (619) 332-2292
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Tori Palliccia
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
I specialize in working with trauma, addiction/loved ones of addicts, relationships issues and healing old wounds.
Life is hard and relationships can be complicated. Figuring out how to navigate it all without losing ourselves is one of the greatest challenges we face. Add trauma, loss, self-esteem issues, relationship conflict, addiction, depression, and our whole world view changes. My goal is to help you navigate the journey, identify patterns and behaviors that don't work anymore, heal old wounds and help you feel good about who you are.
I specialize in working with trauma, addiction/loved ones of addicts, relationships issues and healing old wounds.
Life is hard and relationships can be complicated. Figuring out how to navigate it all without losing ourselves is one of the greatest challenges we face. Add trauma, loss, self-esteem issues, relationship conflict, addiction, depression, and our whole world view changes. My goal is to help you navigate the journey, identify patterns and behaviors that don't work anymore, heal old wounds and help you feel good about who you are.
(747) 225-8301 View (747) 225-8301
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Dr. Kimberly Diorio
Pre-Licensed Professional, EdD, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022  (Online Only)
Are you ready to take the first step towards finding clarity, peace, & a trusted ally in navigating life's challenges? Whether you're feeling the pressures of a high-stress career, personal challenges, grieving, or seeking a more balanced, authentic life, therapy offers a path toward less suffering & deeper self-discovery. It's a process of unlearning old patterns & relearning healthier ways of being. Together, we can explore possibilities & work towards the balanced & fulfilling life you deserve. In my 25 years of counseling experience, I consistently witnessed the transformative power of nurturing relationships fostering healing.
Are you ready to take the first step towards finding clarity, peace, & a trusted ally in navigating life's challenges? Whether you're feeling the pressures of a high-stress career, personal challenges, grieving, or seeking a more balanced, authentic life, therapy offers a path toward less suffering & deeper self-discovery. It's a process of unlearning old patterns & relearning healthier ways of being. Together, we can explore possibilities & work towards the balanced & fulfilling life you deserve. In my 25 years of counseling experience, I consistently witnessed the transformative power of nurturing relationships fostering healing.
(650) 487-1667 View (650) 487-1667
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Affie Ghani
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos Hills, CA 94024  (Online Only)
We all juggle many elements in everyday life which can become challenging and overwhelming in ways that lead to hardships or ailments in the form of anxiety, depression, and trauma. I have years of experience helping couples, families, adolescents, and adults find strength within and build upon their own resilience and overcome emotional, mental, and relationship challenges. I'm also experienced working with cultural awareness, first and second generational children of immigrant parents.
We all juggle many elements in everyday life which can become challenging and overwhelming in ways that lead to hardships or ailments in the form of anxiety, depression, and trauma. I have years of experience helping couples, families, adolescents, and adults find strength within and build upon their own resilience and overcome emotional, mental, and relationship challenges. I'm also experienced working with cultural awareness, first and second generational children of immigrant parents.
(626) 788-5093 View (626) 788-5093
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Maria Young
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Altos Hills, CA 94024
Maria specializes in providing support to individuals experiencing stress, anxiety (including panic attacks), childhood trauma, PTSD, and depression. Her approach involves working with their reptilian brain to alleviate the fight, flight, or freeze response and help them imagine and create a healthier life. She also helps them learn from their past experiences, enabling them to strengthen themselves. Maria's expertise extends to couples and families from diverse backgrounds, including those who are multicultural, multiracial, and multi-generational.
Maria specializes in providing support to individuals experiencing stress, anxiety (including panic attacks), childhood trauma, PTSD, and depression. Her approach involves working with their reptilian brain to alleviate the fight, flight, or freeze response and help them imagine and create a healthier life. She also helps them learn from their past experiences, enabling them to strengthen themselves. Maria's expertise extends to couples and families from diverse backgrounds, including those who are multicultural, multiracial, and multi-generational.
(650) 995-5283 View (650) 995-5283

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Jesse Moon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
I offer effective treatments for anxiety, depression, addiction recovery, relationship difficulties, a general sense of dissatisfaction with your life.
Are you currently experiencing anxiety, depression, loneliness, low self esteem, conflicts in a significant relationship, couples counseling? Do you need assistance in overcoming an addiction? or someone you care about is struggling with addiction? I believe that I can help you to feel better! Together we will collaborate on a meaningful,symptom reducing treatment.You can achieve an increased sense of well being And esteem.Your relationships can improve, I offer empathetic and individualized counseling tailored to your unique needs and circumstances. I believe in focencouraging your particular strengths. I offer online and telephone counseling and anxiety coaching.
I offer effective treatments for anxiety, depression, addiction recovery, relationship difficulties, a general sense of dissatisfaction with your life.
Are you currently experiencing anxiety, depression, loneliness, low self esteem, conflicts in a significant relationship, couples counseling? Do you need assistance in overcoming an addiction? or someone you care about is struggling with addiction? I believe that I can help you to feel better! Together we will collaborate on a meaningful,symptom reducing treatment.You can achieve an increased sense of well being And esteem.Your relationships can improve, I offer empathetic and individualized counseling tailored to your unique needs and circumstances. I believe in focencouraging your particular strengths. I offer online and telephone counseling and anxiety coaching.
(650) 273-9813 View (650) 273-9813
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Lawrence Compagnoni
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
Are you looking to improve your relationship with yourself and others in your life? If so, then perhaps I can help. I work with adults, couples, and families wanting healthier, stronger relationships, and an overall better life. I enjoy working with people who want to transform their lives and their relationships; those who are ready to release the past and live more fully in the present in order to create a better future. I work with people on issues of trauma, spirituality, and grief resulting from death, a lost relationship and/or lost opportunities. I also work with people with process and substance addictions and recovery.
Are you looking to improve your relationship with yourself and others in your life? If so, then perhaps I can help. I work with adults, couples, and families wanting healthier, stronger relationships, and an overall better life. I enjoy working with people who want to transform their lives and their relationships; those who are ready to release the past and live more fully in the present in order to create a better future. I work with people on issues of trauma, spirituality, and grief resulting from death, a lost relationship and/or lost opportunities. I also work with people with process and substance addictions and recovery.
(650) 285-4823 View (650) 285-4823
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Irina Tsukanova
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, CADC I
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94041
If alcohol and other substances became the only way for you to deal with daily problems, I can help you to navigate through the endless circle. As parents, we face unique, everyday challenges dealing with our families and professional life. Oftentimes, we neglect to care for our needs and wants. Each person has a unique situation, and I will make your journey to recovery easier. I use motivational interviewing, positive psychology, and many other methods to help my client to overcome the substance use disorder.
If alcohol and other substances became the only way for you to deal with daily problems, I can help you to navigate through the endless circle. As parents, we face unique, everyday challenges dealing with our families and professional life. Oftentimes, we neglect to care for our needs and wants. Each person has a unique situation, and I will make your journey to recovery easier. I use motivational interviewing, positive psychology, and many other methods to help my client to overcome the substance use disorder.
(408) 840-4086 View (408) 840-4086
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Tracey Kane
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94024
Initiating therapy is a courageous and vulnerable step. For many who have experienced trauma, addiction, and relational issues in their past, this is can be an intense experience. I will work closely with you to understand your individual circumstances and needs. Together, we will build a plan that honors your journey of healing. As a therapist, I will work to provide a safe space and act as a guide as you build insight and explore new ways of living. My goal is to promote healing from within, shift pervasive beliefs that no longer serve you, and help you explore and uncover attunement to your purpose and sense of self.
Initiating therapy is a courageous and vulnerable step. For many who have experienced trauma, addiction, and relational issues in their past, this is can be an intense experience. I will work closely with you to understand your individual circumstances and needs. Together, we will build a plan that honors your journey of healing. As a therapist, I will work to provide a safe space and act as a guide as you build insight and explore new ways of living. My goal is to promote healing from within, shift pervasive beliefs that no longer serve you, and help you explore and uncover attunement to your purpose and sense of self.
(714) 844-7414 View (714) 844-7414
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Hazzel Angulo
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
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.
(408) 351-0990 View (408) 351-0990
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Kevin Kuhlow
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAADC, MS
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
Is alcohol or another substance holding you back? Are you a professional or executive who has found that the one thing you haven't been able to overcome is substance use? Many clinicians don't truly understand the stress and loneliness that professional success can create. My experience as a senior executive and addiction professional can help you break free and achieve your true potential. Don't let substance abuse be the one thing you haven't been able to overcome as a professional. I utilize positive counseling techniques designed to capitalize on your strengths to help you overcome substance use and achieve your potential.
Is alcohol or another substance holding you back? Are you a professional or executive who has found that the one thing you haven't been able to overcome is substance use? Many clinicians don't truly understand the stress and loneliness that professional success can create. My experience as a senior executive and addiction professional can help you break free and achieve your true potential. Don't let substance abuse be the one thing you haven't been able to overcome as a professional. I utilize positive counseling techniques designed to capitalize on your strengths to help you overcome substance use and achieve your potential.
(650) 420-4560 View (650) 420-4560
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Robert Scholz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94041
As a licensed mental health professional for over 20 years, I have expertise in the areas of anxiety, depression, addiction, men's issues, career coaching, sports psych, couples/ family therapy, trauma and young adult health.
Thanks for your interest in my practice. My clients are often high-achievers, yet struggling to stay afloat in other aspects of their life. Men and women professionals often seek out my psychotherapy and coaching services when they find themselves stuck in long-standing patterns of addictive behaviors, anxiety and depression or when faced with learning how to manage a significant change in their personal or business life. I provide an empathic ear and will also challenge you in ways to help you meet your goals. I help clients gain focus, develop options and increase the motivation needed to make meaningful, sustainable changes.
As a licensed mental health professional for over 20 years, I have expertise in the areas of anxiety, depression, addiction, men's issues, career coaching, sports psych, couples/ family therapy, trauma and young adult health.
Thanks for your interest in my practice. My clients are often high-achievers, yet struggling to stay afloat in other aspects of their life. Men and women professionals often seek out my psychotherapy and coaching services when they find themselves stuck in long-standing patterns of addictive behaviors, anxiety and depression or when faced with learning how to manage a significant change in their personal or business life. I provide an empathic ear and will also challenge you in ways to help you meet your goals. I help clients gain focus, develop options and increase the motivation needed to make meaningful, sustainable changes.
(805) 742-4471 View (805) 742-4471
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Samantha Hertz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BFA, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022  (Online Only)
My work with creative people informs my therapeutic process when working with teens and young adults, addiction and recovery, life transitions, family systems, women's issues, and the challenges we all face as human beings.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! Do you feel STUCK, OVERWHELMED, or that you are NOT LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE? Do you say to yourself “IF ONLY I COULD...” (fill in the blank: make more money, lose 10 pounds, get that promotion, etc.), then I would be able to live the life I’ve always imagined? Are you struggling in your relationships? Maybe you're looking for someone to talk to about your job, relationships, life goals, or negative thinking patterns. Therapy is not a "one size fits all" process, and I work with my clients to help them navigate life’s challenges. I applaud you for taking the first step and exploring therapy!
My work with creative people informs my therapeutic process when working with teens and young adults, addiction and recovery, life transitions, family systems, women's issues, and the challenges we all face as human beings.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! Do you feel STUCK, OVERWHELMED, or that you are NOT LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE? Do you say to yourself “IF ONLY I COULD...” (fill in the blank: make more money, lose 10 pounds, get that promotion, etc.), then I would be able to live the life I’ve always imagined? Are you struggling in your relationships? Maybe you're looking for someone to talk to about your job, relationships, life goals, or negative thinking patterns. Therapy is not a "one size fits all" process, and I work with my clients to help them navigate life’s challenges. I applaud you for taking the first step and exploring therapy!
(818) 350-5046 View (818) 350-5046
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James Hutt
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94024
Do you experience difficulty managing conflict in your relationship? Maybe one of you has an anger problem, or you withdraw during conflict. Maybe it's time to re-light the flame. Perhaps parenting struggles, particularly with teenagers, are wearing you out. Or, you cannot agree on parenting techniques. Maybe substance abuse is hurting you or a loved one, and you want help addressing it. I have 30 years experience dealing with couple/marital, parenting and substance abuse issues. Learn practical solutions that can help reduce these, and other stressors in your life.
Do you experience difficulty managing conflict in your relationship? Maybe one of you has an anger problem, or you withdraw during conflict. Maybe it's time to re-light the flame. Perhaps parenting struggles, particularly with teenagers, are wearing you out. Or, you cannot agree on parenting techniques. Maybe substance abuse is hurting you or a loved one, and you want help addressing it. I have 30 years experience dealing with couple/marital, parenting and substance abuse issues. Learn practical solutions that can help reduce these, and other stressors in your life.
(650) 918-5875 View (650) 918-5875
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Kelly Blaser
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RYT
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94039
The issues I have worked with deeply include relationship struggles, parenting, grief, addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, and spiritual crises, and co-occurring disorders.
Having a good relationship with oneself is a process and a practice, and can be cultivated through the therapeutic process. Every relationship is dependent on how we talk to ourselves, and this inner conversation is what therapy can shift. If you have the willingness, huge transformation is possible. I am in this field to help people sort out a way through and beyond unnecessary suffering, and towards deep peace with themselves and others. I have successfully treated high-functioning CEOs as well as people traumatized, addicted, and broke. Being human is challenging, and with the right support, beautiful. Call. I can help!
The issues I have worked with deeply include relationship struggles, parenting, grief, addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, and spiritual crises, and co-occurring disorders.
Having a good relationship with oneself is a process and a practice, and can be cultivated through the therapeutic process. Every relationship is dependent on how we talk to ourselves, and this inner conversation is what therapy can shift. If you have the willingness, huge transformation is possible. I am in this field to help people sort out a way through and beyond unnecessary suffering, and towards deep peace with themselves and others. I have successfully treated high-functioning CEOs as well as people traumatized, addicted, and broke. Being human is challenging, and with the right support, beautiful. Call. I can help!
(831) 346-1195 View (831) 346-1195
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Christine Rivlin
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
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.
(408) 418-2143 View (408) 418-2143

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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.