Addiction Therapists in Los Altos, CA

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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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Lawrence Compagnoni
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
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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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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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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Darin A Conway
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PPSC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022
My specialty is working with anxiety, depression, bipolar, self-harm, substance use, suicidal ideation and relationship issues.
Working with individuals who feel they need some extra support to tackle challenges that life throws at them is my passion. I believe that through the relationship and work between client and therapist, behaviors can be adjusted, relationships can be mended, unhealthy coping skills can be identified and reworked, and healthy change can occur. I create a safe, comfortable therapeutic environment where individuals can succeed in making positive growth in their lives. Taking a straightforward, honest, relaxed and empathetic approach to supporting clients frees clients to open up, discover their strengths and make the most of therapy.
My specialty is working with anxiety, depression, bipolar, self-harm, substance use, suicidal ideation and relationship issues.
Working with individuals who feel they need some extra support to tackle challenges that life throws at them is my passion. I believe that through the relationship and work between client and therapist, behaviors can be adjusted, relationships can be mended, unhealthy coping skills can be identified and reworked, and healthy change can occur. I create a safe, comfortable therapeutic environment where individuals can succeed in making positive growth in their lives. Taking a straightforward, honest, relaxed and empathetic approach to supporting clients frees clients to open up, discover their strengths and make the most of therapy.
(650) 646-3309 View (650) 646-3309
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Chen Bentov-Hamam
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94023
In my role as your therapist, I listen, think , propose, explore, teach, and challenge. My approach to therapy is best described as caring, and compassionate. I am committed to providing depth-oriented psychotherapy for you and your loved one. I bring a warm, non-judgmental approach that provides a safe environment and opportunities to address both short and long terms goals. Grief, loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, ADHD, Asperger, divorce, postpartum depression, cultural diversity and adjustment, are among the different issues I have experience working with. I work with adult, couples, school-age children, pre-teens, adolescents, and their families.
In my role as your therapist, I listen, think , propose, explore, teach, and challenge. My approach to therapy is best described as caring, and compassionate. I am committed to providing depth-oriented psychotherapy for you and your loved one. I bring a warm, non-judgmental approach that provides a safe environment and opportunities to address both short and long terms goals. Grief, loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, ADHD, Asperger, divorce, postpartum depression, cultural diversity and adjustment, are among the different issues I have experience working with. I work with adult, couples, school-age children, pre-teens, adolescents, and their families.
(650) 489-9650 View (650) 489-9650
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Margot Paul
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022  (Online Only)
I have experience working with diverse adult populations struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, performance (sport, school, or work) difficulties, burnout, chronic pain, trauma, and/or substance use. My practice places a high value on patient compatibility, and I am committed to fostering a patient-centered, collaborative environment. Drawing upon evidence-based treatment modalities, my approach is deeply rooted in research to ensure optimal outcomes. I am also trained in using virtual reality as a tool to augment treatment and use this modality with clients when appropriate and desired.
I have experience working with diverse adult populations struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, performance (sport, school, or work) difficulties, burnout, chronic pain, trauma, and/or substance use. My practice places a high value on patient compatibility, and I am committed to fostering a patient-centered, collaborative environment. Drawing upon evidence-based treatment modalities, my approach is deeply rooted in research to ensure optimal outcomes. I am also trained in using virtual reality as a tool to augment treatment and use this modality with clients when appropriate and desired.
(650) 540-7164 View (650) 540-7164
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John McKellar
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
I am a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Los Altos, CA. I have over 20 years of experience providing psychological services to individuals and couples. My specializations include treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, chronic pain, insomnia, stress management, trauma, and couples therapy. I work with adolescents, adults, and couples.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Los Altos, CA. I have over 20 years of experience providing psychological services to individuals and couples. My specializations include treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, chronic pain, insomnia, stress management, trauma, and couples therapy. I work with adolescents, adults, and couples.
(650) 265-4745 View (650) 265-4745
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Geri D Weitzman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with clients around themes of depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship/couples therapy, LGBT concerns, polyamory, kink/bdsm concerns, transgender and non-binary concerns, substance abuse, and codependency. I am licensed in California, New York and Washington States, as well as having the Florida Telehealth registration. I am passionate about social justice causes in both my professional and volunteer pursuits.
I enjoy working with clients around themes of depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship/couples therapy, LGBT concerns, polyamory, kink/bdsm concerns, transgender and non-binary concerns, substance abuse, and codependency. I am licensed in California, New York and Washington States, as well as having the Florida Telehealth registration. I am passionate about social justice causes in both my professional and volunteer pursuits.
(408) 338-5638 View (408) 338-5638
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Mara L Bronstein
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94024
My treatment specialties and areas of interest include: therapy for depression and anxiety, relationship issues, work and career issues, stress management, aging, living with medical issues, parenting issues, conflict resolution, grief counseling, addiction and recovery, identity development, and men's issues.
Welcome! With a warm, open, and interactive style, I aim to work collaboratively with you to help you examine what is getting in the way of your well being, learn new ways to approach your challenges and concerns, and move your life in a direction that is reflective of what matters to you most. I offer both brief and long term psychotherapy. I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
My treatment specialties and areas of interest include: therapy for depression and anxiety, relationship issues, work and career issues, stress management, aging, living with medical issues, parenting issues, conflict resolution, grief counseling, addiction and recovery, identity development, and men's issues.
Welcome! With a warm, open, and interactive style, I aim to work collaboratively with you to help you examine what is getting in the way of your well being, learn new ways to approach your challenges and concerns, and move your life in a direction that is reflective of what matters to you most. I offer both brief and long term psychotherapy. I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
(650) 830-5336 View (650) 830-5336
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Jacqueline R Shannon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CADCIII
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94024
Jackie is a passionate and experienced therapist who has been working in the field of mental health and addiction counseling for nearly 20 years.
Jackie Shannon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Jackie makes use of a humanistic and existential approach through a variety of experiential modalities. By creating a safe space for individuals to experience the discomfort of life’s challenges, Jackie supports individuals in developing relationship through trust, empathy, direct and candid inquiry, and down to earth humor. Jackie encourages intuitive exploration through integrating talk therapy with present moment awareness using sound, music, role play and energy work.
Jackie is a passionate and experienced therapist who has been working in the field of mental health and addiction counseling for nearly 20 years.
Jackie Shannon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Jackie makes use of a humanistic and existential approach through a variety of experiential modalities. By creating a safe space for individuals to experience the discomfort of life’s challenges, Jackie supports individuals in developing relationship through trust, empathy, direct and candid inquiry, and down to earth humor. Jackie encourages intuitive exploration through integrating talk therapy with present moment awareness using sound, music, role play and energy work.
(503) 751-8716 View (503) 751-8716
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Caitlin R. Burgess
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94024
My approach is evidence-based, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Family Systems Therapy, to address issues including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors in children, parenting concerns, low self-esteem, separation/divorce, domestic violence, and life transitions.
I am both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, Washington, and Texas, and an attorney licensed to practice in California and Washington. I use a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach as a counselor to promote personal growth, healing, and empowerment. I am passionate about working with children, adults, couples, and families. I believe a strong therapeutic alliance between the therapist and the client is critical to effective treatment, and central to building and maintaining that alliance is trust. Paramount to my practice is creating a space where clients can feel safe.
My approach is evidence-based, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Family Systems Therapy, to address issues including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors in children, parenting concerns, low self-esteem, separation/divorce, domestic violence, and life transitions.
I am both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, Washington, and Texas, and an attorney licensed to practice in California and Washington. I use a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach as a counselor to promote personal growth, healing, and empowerment. I am passionate about working with children, adults, couples, and families. I believe a strong therapeutic alliance between the therapist and the client is critical to effective treatment, and central to building and maintaining that alliance is trust. Paramount to my practice is creating a space where clients can feel safe.
(831) 531-2902 View (831) 531-2902
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Robert M Freitas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94024
My experience ranges from community-based mental health organizations to private practice and substance use treatment.
A client should feel empowered to express their current symptoms, needs and goals. A person's identity is not defined by a clinical diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan. An ideal client comes with some awareness and willingness to expose vulnerability and work toward their goals. At first, that task can be frightening and daunting. A client must be courageous and vigilant in the pursuit of their goals and on the path to healing. They do not walk that path alone, but lean on the support of a trustworthy, experienced and professional therapist that lights up a path.
My experience ranges from community-based mental health organizations to private practice and substance use treatment.
A client should feel empowered to express their current symptoms, needs and goals. A person's identity is not defined by a clinical diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan. An ideal client comes with some awareness and willingness to expose vulnerability and work toward their goals. At first, that task can be frightening and daunting. A client must be courageous and vigilant in the pursuit of their goals and on the path to healing. They do not walk that path alone, but lean on the support of a trustworthy, experienced and professional therapist that lights up a path.
(408) 909-2665 View (408) 909-2665
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Christene Lozano (Certified Sex Therapist)
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, CST, CSAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022  (Online Only)
I integrate a unique blend of expertise working as a Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.
If you are struggling with sexual concerns, you have come to the right place. Some sexual concerns may include: low/high sexual desire, desire discrepancy, a sexless relationship, sexual difficulties (e.g. painful sex, early/delayed ejaculation), sexual trauma, rebuilding emotional and sexual intimacy, and unhealthy relationship patterns. Or perhaps you are struggling with compulsive sexual behaviors. You have realized that your sexual thoughts and behaviors are getting out of hand, or you have discovered that your partner is compulsively using sex or porn. You are feeling understandably betrayed, hurt, angry, and confused.
I integrate a unique blend of expertise working as a Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.
If you are struggling with sexual concerns, you have come to the right place. Some sexual concerns may include: low/high sexual desire, desire discrepancy, a sexless relationship, sexual difficulties (e.g. painful sex, early/delayed ejaculation), sexual trauma, rebuilding emotional and sexual intimacy, and unhealthy relationship patterns. Or perhaps you are struggling with compulsive sexual behaviors. You have realized that your sexual thoughts and behaviors are getting out of hand, or you have discovered that your partner is compulsively using sex or porn. You are feeling understandably betrayed, hurt, angry, and confused.
(888) 912-7556 View (888) 912-7556
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Alex Lerza
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022  (Online Only)
This is the last time. I can stop anytime. It's not like I'm the only one who does this. If you, your partner or child has said these words you are not alone. My clients select me because I offer practical tools to stop compulsive behaviors, have hundreds of hours of training in sexual addiction, can treat the underlying issues with scientifically validated techniques and have an approach that is compassionate and relational. I take a holistic approach that integrates addict, partner and couples therapy which is critical to lasting change. Check out my website for more info: alexlerza.com
This is the last time. I can stop anytime. It's not like I'm the only one who does this. If you, your partner or child has said these words you are not alone. My clients select me because I offer practical tools to stop compulsive behaviors, have hundreds of hours of training in sexual addiction, can treat the underlying issues with scientifically validated techniques and have an approach that is compassionate and relational. I take a holistic approach that integrates addict, partner and couples therapy which is critical to lasting change. Check out my website for more info: alexlerza.com
(408) 610-1356 View (408) 610-1356
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Robert S Badame
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychologist in practice for over 35 years. A primary interest is working with men, particularly problems with men and aging, men and issues of retirement, anger/stress mgmt., and sexual addiction. I enjoy consulting with corporations. (I also have an MBA). I have extensive background and training in infertility and adoption issues. My wife and I are adoptive parents. I also have an interest in working with couples, issues of intimacy, sexuality, soulmate and kindred relationships.
I am a clinical psychologist in practice for over 35 years. A primary interest is working with men, particularly problems with men and aging, men and issues of retirement, anger/stress mgmt., and sexual addiction. I enjoy consulting with corporations. (I also have an MBA). I have extensive background and training in infertility and adoption issues. My wife and I are adoptive parents. I also have an interest in working with couples, issues of intimacy, sexuality, soulmate and kindred relationships.
(415) 375-0918 View (415) 375-0918
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Amy Anderson, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94024
We all can feel overwhelmed when dealing with life's obstacles & hurdles. At times, having a safe person to talk things out confidentially - promotes self-reflection, self-worth and compassion, improves personal and relationship outcomes, and emotional depth to overcome and evolve throughout life. Life can feel amplified when we harness our authentic values, trust our intuition, embrace emotional regulation & effective communication skills that allows us to connect deeply to self & others. I love working with ambitious professionals & parents who have been impacted by trauma & attachment disruptions, ADHD, CPTSD, & substance use.
We all can feel overwhelmed when dealing with life's obstacles & hurdles. At times, having a safe person to talk things out confidentially - promotes self-reflection, self-worth and compassion, improves personal and relationship outcomes, and emotional depth to overcome and evolve throughout life. Life can feel amplified when we harness our authentic values, trust our intuition, embrace emotional regulation & effective communication skills that allows us to connect deeply to self & others. I love working with ambitious professionals & parents who have been impacted by trauma & attachment disruptions, ADHD, CPTSD, & substance use.
(619) 597-1505 View (619) 597-1505
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Kevin Cornelius
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022
Are you suffering and struggling in the living nightmare of an anxiety problem? Perhaps you are avoiding people, places or activities because of fear, panic or obsessive worrying. Maybe you have been suffering from a lack of sleep and feeling stressed and tired most of the time. Sleep medications and advice from friends or the internet might just make the problems worse. Maybe you're stuck in the never-ending rut of a bad habit or addiction that you can't seem to stop turning to for relief from your problems. Maybe you're unsatisfied in your relationships, overwhelmed by conflicts and a lack of closeness with people you care about.
Are you suffering and struggling in the living nightmare of an anxiety problem? Perhaps you are avoiding people, places or activities because of fear, panic or obsessive worrying. Maybe you have been suffering from a lack of sleep and feeling stressed and tired most of the time. Sleep medications and advice from friends or the internet might just make the problems worse. Maybe you're stuck in the never-ending rut of a bad habit or addiction that you can't seem to stop turning to for relief from your problems. Maybe you're unsatisfied in your relationships, overwhelmed by conflicts and a lack of closeness with people you care about.
(650) 603-5472 View (650) 603-5472
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Halima S .
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022  (Online Only)
Our clinicians have experience working with various issues including relationship/marriage conflicts, eating disorders, transgenerational trauma, racial trauma, adults with severe mental illness, substance use, homelessness, familial conflicts, being a first generation college student, religious and cultural barriers, etc.
We are currently accepting clients! AMALY is a virtual mental health organization that serves individuals and couples across California. We specialize in providing services to BIPOC clients.
Our clinicians have experience working with various issues including relationship/marriage conflicts, eating disorders, transgenerational trauma, racial trauma, adults with severe mental illness, substance use, homelessness, familial conflicts, being a first generation college student, religious and cultural barriers, etc.
We are currently accepting clients! AMALY is a virtual mental health organization that serves individuals and couples across California. We specialize in providing services to BIPOC clients.
(619) 505-3750 View (619) 505-3750
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Silver Lake Psychology
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
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
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.