Substance Use Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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David Borof
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90031
I treat depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and I specialize in the treatment of addictions, including substance use and sex addiction.
My name is David Borof, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the State of California. Providing therapy and being able to serve others is my passion. I consider providing therapy as my art, although I stay on top of the latest research and evidence-based practices. I look forward to working with you! Research shows that what is most effective in therapy is a therapeutic alliance and good rapport. My main focus is to establish a safe space to explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with empathy and by supporting the client's self-determination.
I treat depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and I specialize in the treatment of addictions, including substance use and sex addiction.
My name is David Borof, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the State of California. Providing therapy and being able to serve others is my passion. I consider providing therapy as my art, although I stay on top of the latest research and evidence-based practices. I look forward to working with you! Research shows that what is most effective in therapy is a therapeutic alliance and good rapport. My main focus is to establish a safe space to explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with empathy and by supporting the client's self-determination.
(323) 924-3027 View (323) 924-3027
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Nicholas Charles Russi
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAADC-S, CCS, ICAADC
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90077
It's important to note that I am a Counselor specializing in Substance Use/Addictions/Alcoholism AND other problems that commonly associated.
**Telehealth Video sessions are available** Are you having trouble controlling your drinking but feel like "rehab" isn't for you? Have loved ones in your life pleaded with you to stop? Is your alcohol or drug use causing relationship issues? Anxiety problems? I know exactly how your feeling. Alcohol or drug abuse can extremely difficult to manage on your own. For the last 19 years I’ve been helping clients navigate the personal recovery process and the trials and tribulations they come with it. If you are in a place in your life where you are ready to make some needed changes, I can help you be free from the grips of addiction.
It's important to note that I am a Counselor specializing in Substance Use/Addictions/Alcoholism AND other problems that commonly associated.
**Telehealth Video sessions are available** Are you having trouble controlling your drinking but feel like "rehab" isn't for you? Have loved ones in your life pleaded with you to stop? Is your alcohol or drug use causing relationship issues? Anxiety problems? I know exactly how your feeling. Alcohol or drug abuse can extremely difficult to manage on your own. For the last 19 years I’ve been helping clients navigate the personal recovery process and the trials and tribulations they come with it. If you are in a place in your life where you are ready to make some needed changes, I can help you be free from the grips of addiction.
(310) 526-8418 View (310) 526-8418
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Alexander Gilburd
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT , LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
I work alongside all my clients, collaboratively developing goals that matter to them. I have an extensive background in community mental health and have helped individuals cope with symptoms related to their chronic mental illness, as well as those suffering from Substance Use Disorders, Anxiety and Depression. I also have years of experience working with Autistic children and young adults, as well as their families. In addition, I absolutely love helping couples and families work on improving their communication!
I work alongside all my clients, collaboratively developing goals that matter to them. I have an extensive background in community mental health and have helped individuals cope with symptoms related to their chronic mental illness, as well as those suffering from Substance Use Disorders, Anxiety and Depression. I also have years of experience working with Autistic children and young adults, as well as their families. In addition, I absolutely love helping couples and families work on improving their communication!
(310) 868-2217 View (310) 868-2217
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Tara Rodriquez
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Finding a good therapeutic fit can be a real challenge! When you're at a low point, it can seem even more daunting to reach out and take on this task. I aim to make this process as simple and effective as possible, providing a supportive, gentle, compassionate, and nonjudgmental presence. My main areas of experience and expertise are substance use, ketamine-assisted therapy and psychedelic integration, anxiety and mood issues, trauma, and life transitions.
Finding a good therapeutic fit can be a real challenge! When you're at a low point, it can seem even more daunting to reach out and take on this task. I aim to make this process as simple and effective as possible, providing a supportive, gentle, compassionate, and nonjudgmental presence. My main areas of experience and expertise are substance use, ketamine-assisted therapy and psychedelic integration, anxiety and mood issues, trauma, and life transitions.
(323) 577-6857 View (323) 577-6857
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Jonathan Reith-Thompson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
I provide individual and couples therapy for a range of issues including relationship problems, anxiety and depression, and substance use issues.
I have maintained a private practice providing individual, couple, and group psychotherapy in the Los Angeles area for the last 21 years. Life is not easy, and sometimes it gets really hard. But the measure of success is how we cope with life's challenges.
I provide individual and couples therapy for a range of issues including relationship problems, anxiety and depression, and substance use issues.
I have maintained a private practice providing individual, couple, and group psychotherapy in the Los Angeles area for the last 21 years. Life is not easy, and sometimes it gets really hard. But the measure of success is how we cope with life's challenges.
(323) 825-0855 View (323) 825-0855
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Felicia Less
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90027  (Online Only)
When we feel powerless, alone, or taken advantage of, it makes sense that we numb to cope. We often do this through alcohol and substance use, isolation, and unhealthy relationships. The things we chose to cope initially work really well - until they don't. I work with adults and teens and focus on experiences of trauma, and the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors we develop to live our lives around the people and events that have hurt us.
When we feel powerless, alone, or taken advantage of, it makes sense that we numb to cope. We often do this through alcohol and substance use, isolation, and unhealthy relationships. The things we chose to cope initially work really well - until they don't. I work with adults and teens and focus on experiences of trauma, and the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors we develop to live our lives around the people and events that have hurt us.
(213) 510-3208 View (213) 510-3208
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Dr. Howard C. Samuels Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90028
You want to overcome addiction, substance use disorder, relationship or family issues but don't know how or where to begin.
You want to overcome addiction, substance use disorder, relationship or family issues but don't know how or where to begin.
(323) 693-8521 View (323) 693-8521
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Stella Dennett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90048
My specialties include: addictions, substance use disorders, eating disorders, relational conflict, codependency, ADHD, anxiety and stress, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, identity and personality development - if you are looking for a therapist who is relatable, direct, open, honest, and compassionate, you’re in the right place.
I place great value on equipping you with the social and psychological resources and skills necessary to thrive. It's difficult to focus on the deeper aspects of our mental health when this is left unaddressed. As a depth-oriented therapist, I also work with you to uncover your shadow—those hidden aspects of your personality that influence your life patterns. Identifying these unconscious patterns, understanding how they've been built, and why they continue to persist gives you the power of choice in how you'd like to show up to life moving forward.
My specialties include: addictions, substance use disorders, eating disorders, relational conflict, codependency, ADHD, anxiety and stress, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, identity and personality development - if you are looking for a therapist who is relatable, direct, open, honest, and compassionate, you’re in the right place.
I place great value on equipping you with the social and psychological resources and skills necessary to thrive. It's difficult to focus on the deeper aspects of our mental health when this is left unaddressed. As a depth-oriented therapist, I also work with you to uncover your shadow—those hidden aspects of your personality that influence your life patterns. Identifying these unconscious patterns, understanding how they've been built, and why they continue to persist gives you the power of choice in how you'd like to show up to life moving forward.
(310) 651-7655 View (310) 651-7655
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Lindsey D Herrera
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, CADC, III
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
No individual is the same and therefore, I believe, no recovery journey is identical. I work to create an environment where my clients feel heard, understood, and supported as they explore their relationship with substances. I like to approach sessions as a team and empower my clients to make more effective decisions that can move them towards their personal goals. Additionally, I work with families and loved ones of those where substance use is causing dysfunction and stress by offering support, education, improving communication skills, establishing healthy boundaries, and guiding them to additional resources.
No individual is the same and therefore, I believe, no recovery journey is identical. I work to create an environment where my clients feel heard, understood, and supported as they explore their relationship with substances. I like to approach sessions as a team and empower my clients to make more effective decisions that can move them towards their personal goals. Additionally, I work with families and loved ones of those where substance use is causing dysfunction and stress by offering support, education, improving communication skills, establishing healthy boundaries, and guiding them to additional resources.
(310) 742-0889 View (310) 742-0889
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Armando Rodriguez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90036
I'm Armando Rodriguez, LCSW, specializing in LGBTQ+ issues, substance use, and trauma. With six years of experience, I offer personalized therapy in English and Spanish. My approach prioritizes your unique needs and fosters a safe, judgment-free space for healing. Let's work together to empower you on your journey towards growth and well-being.
I'm Armando Rodriguez, LCSW, specializing in LGBTQ+ issues, substance use, and trauma. With six years of experience, I offer personalized therapy in English and Spanish. My approach prioritizes your unique needs and fosters a safe, judgment-free space for healing. Let's work together to empower you on your journey towards growth and well-being.
(323) 701-0481 View (323) 701-0481
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C. D. Taylor
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90066
My approach is to meet each person where they are emotionally, to assess their vulnerabilities, and their assets, and to engage those assets in the pursuit of the solutions they seek. I am a licensed MFT and also hold a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I have supported the growth of many people over the last 20 years, including those challenged by substance use and related diagnoses, as well as supporting their families, and others faced by anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship challenges, and struggles to find meaning in life.
My approach is to meet each person where they are emotionally, to assess their vulnerabilities, and their assets, and to engage those assets in the pursuit of the solutions they seek. I am a licensed MFT and also hold a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I have supported the growth of many people over the last 20 years, including those challenged by substance use and related diagnoses, as well as supporting their families, and others faced by anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship challenges, and struggles to find meaning in life.
(310) 807-2838 View (310) 807-2838
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Andrew S Kurtz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90024  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have over 15 years of experience in supporting mental health in adolescents, adults, and couples with specializations in substance use disorders, motivational coaching, and trauma-informed treatments.
You would be the ideal client if you're curious about therapy. You may not be completely ready for the work involved, you may not even know exactly what you want to do, but you recognize that some part of your mental health deserves a little more support that you might be able to provide on their own. You know that the goal of therapy isn't a "fix," and you're open to the process of moving towards improved wellbeing in ways meaningful for you. If you're looking for someone to collaborate in this effort, and you're willing to take the uncomfortable step of figuring out how we can build trust together, I'd be honored to work with you.
I have over 15 years of experience in supporting mental health in adolescents, adults, and couples with specializations in substance use disorders, motivational coaching, and trauma-informed treatments.
You would be the ideal client if you're curious about therapy. You may not be completely ready for the work involved, you may not even know exactly what you want to do, but you recognize that some part of your mental health deserves a little more support that you might be able to provide on their own. You know that the goal of therapy isn't a "fix," and you're open to the process of moving towards improved wellbeing in ways meaningful for you. If you're looking for someone to collaborate in this effort, and you're willing to take the uncomfortable step of figuring out how we can build trust together, I'd be honored to work with you.
(424) 484-8307 View (424) 484-8307
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Nicholas Charles Russi
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAADC-S, CCS, ICAADC
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011
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 you’re 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 you’re 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.
(323) 746-0755 View (323) 746-0755
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Jack Senese IV
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90027
I have significant experience working with stress, anxiety, body image issues, and substance use/addiction.
I am a licensed therapist who approaches therapy with a direct, strengths-based approach. I spent my life in New York before moving out to LA to do therapy. While here, I have worked my professional career in a diverse number of settings, including a neurofeedback clinic, rehab center, and LGBTQ center. I was driven to the mental health field because I genuinely enjoy working with others to train their brain and create a better future. I am also an industrial-organizational psychologist where my focus is on work-life balance.
I have significant experience working with stress, anxiety, body image issues, and substance use/addiction.
I am a licensed therapist who approaches therapy with a direct, strengths-based approach. I spent my life in New York before moving out to LA to do therapy. While here, I have worked my professional career in a diverse number of settings, including a neurofeedback clinic, rehab center, and LGBTQ center. I was driven to the mental health field because I genuinely enjoy working with others to train their brain and create a better future. I am also an industrial-organizational psychologist where my focus is on work-life balance.
(917) 719-5691 View (917) 719-5691
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Mason Nutter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90057
My name is Mason Nutter, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I approach therapy in a very person-centered and collaborative way. I am particularly focused on anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use, and relapse prevention. I have worked in the mental health field for many years. I have treated patients with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse disorders. I have primarily worked with adult individuals.
My name is Mason Nutter, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I approach therapy in a very person-centered and collaborative way. I am particularly focused on anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use, and relapse prevention. I have worked in the mental health field for many years. I have treated patients with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse disorders. I have primarily worked with adult individuals.
(510) 518-3935 View (510) 518-3935
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Jason Wu
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90004  (Online Only)
My specialties include complex trauma, childhood abuse/neglect, healing from narcissistic/abusive relationships, codependency and relationship problems, substance use disorders, masculinity and men's issues, parenting, and working with Asian American/minority issues such as family conflict, intergenerational trauma, cultural identity & racism.
Though I work with most issues, I specialize in helping people recover from complex trauma. People with narcissistic, abusive, or neglectful parents or partners sometimes develop issues with trusting themselves, have difficulty maintaining close relationships, struggle with an inner critic, vacillate often between depression and anxiety, lack a solid sense of identity, or feel a sense of emptiness when their lives seem great on paper. Sometimes that trauma can even become part of one's identity - I work with clients to build insight, boundaries, self-compassion, and acceptance to free themselves from it & live more fulfilling lives.
My specialties include complex trauma, childhood abuse/neglect, healing from narcissistic/abusive relationships, codependency and relationship problems, substance use disorders, masculinity and men's issues, parenting, and working with Asian American/minority issues such as family conflict, intergenerational trauma, cultural identity & racism.
Though I work with most issues, I specialize in helping people recover from complex trauma. People with narcissistic, abusive, or neglectful parents or partners sometimes develop issues with trusting themselves, have difficulty maintaining close relationships, struggle with an inner critic, vacillate often between depression and anxiety, lack a solid sense of identity, or feel a sense of emptiness when their lives seem great on paper. Sometimes that trauma can even become part of one's identity - I work with clients to build insight, boundaries, self-compassion, and acceptance to free themselves from it & live more fulfilling lives.
(415) 423-2518 View (415) 423-2518
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Oscar Valdez
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90041
I'm Oscar Valdez, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with individuals on issues like anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, life transitions, substance use, and spirituality. I use trauma-informed care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), gestalt work, Motivational interviewing, and Client-centered work and I use the internal family systems model. I am a Unites States Marine Corps veteran and aim to follow a motto that I was taught leave it better than you found it. I aim to partner alongside my clients as a means to attain this goal.
I'm Oscar Valdez, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with individuals on issues like anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, life transitions, substance use, and spirituality. I use trauma-informed care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), gestalt work, Motivational interviewing, and Client-centered work and I use the internal family systems model. I am a Unites States Marine Corps veteran and aim to follow a motto that I was taught leave it better than you found it. I aim to partner alongside my clients as a means to attain this goal.
(951) 366-1255 View (951) 366-1255
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Michael John Hagan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, SUDCC
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Together, let's find your path! I am an LMFT and a substance use counselor with extensive personal and professional experience in addiction.
Being addicted to alcohol or drugs is like being in a dark pit where you do not know what is up and what is down. It is cold and lonely, and you can feel hopeless about finding any escape. Being the family member of a loved one who is struggling with addiction is scary and can leave you sad and in a constant state of uncertainty. You are always asking yourself why is your loved one pushing aside the life ring you toss out and grabbing the anchor of drugs and alcohol over and over and over again. You see they are drowning and feel you cannot save them. Addiction is insidious, but there are paths to recovery.
Together, let's find your path! I am an LMFT and a substance use counselor with extensive personal and professional experience in addiction.
Being addicted to alcohol or drugs is like being in a dark pit where you do not know what is up and what is down. It is cold and lonely, and you can feel hopeless about finding any escape. Being the family member of a loved one who is struggling with addiction is scary and can leave you sad and in a constant state of uncertainty. You are always asking yourself why is your loved one pushing aside the life ring you toss out and grabbing the anchor of drugs and alcohol over and over and over again. You see they are drowning and feel you cannot save them. Addiction is insidious, but there are paths to recovery.
(619) 932-4581 View (619) 932-4581
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Elisha Harris
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MS, LAADC
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Educating what negative effects brought on by trauma have become a new unwelcomed reality as well as how the extensive substance use has caused you to be damaged rather than healed.
I am a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with 8 years of experience. I have a diverse professional background, specializing in substance abuse, mental health, anger management, self-worth. When trauma occurs it affects you to the core. Every part of you is on edge and in fear of the known or unknown. Difficult memories become so overwhelming that your only way of managing is with alcohol and substances. What starts as a temporary relief from reality can turn into an overwhelming cycle of despair and struggle. Your new trauma is now an addiction to alcohol or substances and all of the hopelessness that comes along with it.
Educating what negative effects brought on by trauma have become a new unwelcomed reality as well as how the extensive substance use has caused you to be damaged rather than healed.
I am a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with 8 years of experience. I have a diverse professional background, specializing in substance abuse, mental health, anger management, self-worth. When trauma occurs it affects you to the core. Every part of you is on edge and in fear of the known or unknown. Difficult memories become so overwhelming that your only way of managing is with alcohol and substances. What starts as a temporary relief from reality can turn into an overwhelming cycle of despair and struggle. Your new trauma is now an addiction to alcohol or substances and all of the hopelessness that comes along with it.
(909) 318-2841 View (909) 318-2841
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Elizabeth Obrien
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 91335
My name is Elizabeth O'Brien, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I work with adults who seek a deeper understanding of themselves and their experiences in order to feel their best. I am eclectic in my approach to treatment, incorporating elements of CBT, DBT, strengths-based psychotherapy, and psychodynamic work. I enjoy the challenges of working with clients experiencing difficulties with relationships and life transitions, managing stress and anxiety, depression, and substance use and addiction disorders.
My name is Elizabeth O'Brien, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I work with adults who seek a deeper understanding of themselves and their experiences in order to feel their best. I am eclectic in my approach to treatment, incorporating elements of CBT, DBT, strengths-based psychotherapy, and psychodynamic work. I enjoy the challenges of working with clients experiencing difficulties with relationships and life transitions, managing stress and anxiety, depression, and substance use and addiction disorders.
(707) 466-7861 View (707) 466-7861

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.