Addiction Therapists in Los Gatos, CA

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Gail Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032  (Online Only)
Welcome to my psychotherapy practice, where I believe in the transformative power of therapy. I have several openings for Telehealth sessions at $150 (for individual). With a personalized and empathetic approach, I provide a safe space for you to explore your thoughts, behavioral choices, emotions, and challenges. My goal is to guide you towards self-discovery, resilience, and lasting positive change. I specialize in addiction recovery, relationship challenges, young adult coaching and parental support. I am dedicated to supporting you on your journey to mental and emotional well-being. ALL are Welcome here. LGBTQ+
Welcome to my psychotherapy practice, where I believe in the transformative power of therapy. I have several openings for Telehealth sessions at $150 (for individual). With a personalized and empathetic approach, I provide a safe space for you to explore your thoughts, behavioral choices, emotions, and challenges. My goal is to guide you towards self-discovery, resilience, and lasting positive change. I specialize in addiction recovery, relationship challenges, young adult coaching and parental support. I am dedicated to supporting you on your journey to mental and emotional well-being. ALL are Welcome here. LGBTQ+
(669) 200-0519 View (669) 200-0519
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Lynn Lipari, LMFT, LPCC
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95030
My areas of focus include substance abuse, addictions, co-dependency, domestic violence, trauma, mood disorders, relationship issues, anger management, adjustment issues, and parenting.
Life can be challenging and sometimes we need support to navigate our way. Whether you are stuck in a pattern that is no longer working for you, facing a new challenge, or wanting to improve the quality of your life and relationships, I offer a supportive, yet direct approach to therapy.
My areas of focus include substance abuse, addictions, co-dependency, domestic violence, trauma, mood disorders, relationship issues, anger management, adjustment issues, and parenting.
Life can be challenging and sometimes we need support to navigate our way. Whether you are stuck in a pattern that is no longer working for you, facing a new challenge, or wanting to improve the quality of your life and relationships, I offer a supportive, yet direct approach to therapy.
(408) 351-2926 View (408) 351-2926
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Morgan Joines
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Sometimes we do not know where to start in addressing that disturbing feeling, that challenging relationship or that overwhelming addiction.
Welcome! There comes a time in everyone's life when talking to someone is a healthy step in bringing peace and balance to ones life. If you are reading this, you are one step closer to deciding if talking to a therapist is right for you at this time in your life. My goal is to help you feel comfortable and safe in the therapeutic process. To help build trust, that therapy can be a useful and effective tool to help achieve the health, healing and balance that you wish to bring to your life.
Sometimes we do not know where to start in addressing that disturbing feeling, that challenging relationship or that overwhelming addiction.
Welcome! There comes a time in everyone's life when talking to someone is a healthy step in bringing peace and balance to ones life. If you are reading this, you are one step closer to deciding if talking to a therapist is right for you at this time in your life. My goal is to help you feel comfortable and safe in the therapeutic process. To help build trust, that therapy can be a useful and effective tool to help achieve the health, healing and balance that you wish to bring to your life.
(408) 609-3863 View (408) 609-3863
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Les Washburn
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LADDC
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032  (Online Only)
I have over 29 years of addiction counseling experience.
Do you feel unsatisfied and unhappy with where you are? Does your substance use stop you from realizing the life you deserve? Have you hit a point in your life where it’s getting harder and harder to hold it all together? Do you say “everything is fine” just to keep people away? Do you minimize or ignore the harm alcohol or other drugs do to you? Can you imagine what it would be like if the weight was lifted? It will take courage for you to decide that you need help. By doing so you will create a life that you feel is worth living. A life where you are confident, fulfill your needs, and gain control over your life.
I have over 29 years of addiction counseling experience.
Do you feel unsatisfied and unhappy with where you are? Does your substance use stop you from realizing the life you deserve? Have you hit a point in your life where it’s getting harder and harder to hold it all together? Do you say “everything is fine” just to keep people away? Do you minimize or ignore the harm alcohol or other drugs do to you? Can you imagine what it would be like if the weight was lifted? It will take courage for you to decide that you need help. By doing so you will create a life that you feel is worth living. A life where you are confident, fulfill your needs, and gain control over your life.
(408) 317-1560 View (408) 317-1560
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Connor Moss
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Many of my clients have suffered from trauma, depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol addiction, and more.
Do you want to understand more about how and why you are the way you are? Are you contending with difficult and painful symptoms in your emotional and mental life? Do you need a safe, neutral, and compassionate third party to hear you, reflect your story, offer feedback, and try to make sense of your life together with you? Everyone contends with painful experiences and emotions in their lives. Often times we are confused by our pain because despite our best efforts, we can’t seem to make sense of why we are hurting so much or what to do about it. So often the pain in life is a result of unconscious energies within us.
Many of my clients have suffered from trauma, depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol addiction, and more.
Do you want to understand more about how and why you are the way you are? Are you contending with difficult and painful symptoms in your emotional and mental life? Do you need a safe, neutral, and compassionate third party to hear you, reflect your story, offer feedback, and try to make sense of your life together with you? Everyone contends with painful experiences and emotions in their lives. Often times we are confused by our pain because despite our best efforts, we can’t seem to make sense of why we are hurting so much or what to do about it. So often the pain in life is a result of unconscious energies within us.
(831) 204-0131 View (831) 204-0131
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Bryan Vasquez
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, CATCIII
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Struggling with addiction & feel rehab isn’t an option? Want to adjust your relationship with a substance instead of being told you must quit? Leaving your family, job, school or responsibilities for an extended period of time is not always needed to get yourself healthy & on track. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, I know the challenges of this lifestyle. Being caught in the cycle of addiction is hard-feelings of anxiety, guilt, & shame. You may have tried cutting back or stopping on your own, only to find yourself engaging in the same unhelpful behavior. I specialize in Moderation & abstinence based approaches.
Struggling with addiction & feel rehab isn’t an option? Want to adjust your relationship with a substance instead of being told you must quit? Leaving your family, job, school or responsibilities for an extended period of time is not always needed to get yourself healthy & on track. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, I know the challenges of this lifestyle. Being caught in the cycle of addiction is hard-feelings of anxiety, guilt, & shame. You may have tried cutting back or stopping on your own, only to find yourself engaging in the same unhelpful behavior. I specialize in Moderation & abstinence based approaches.
(657) 214-4613 View (657) 214-4613
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Kevin J Kuhlow
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAADC
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95030  (Online Only)
My expertise lies in Executive Coaching, Human Performance Improvement, and Addiction Treatment with diversified experience that includes recent positions as a Counselor for Addiction Recovery and former role as an Advisor to high-net-worth clients. I have focused on leveraging combined background to provide advisement to executives and other professionals struggling with addiction. I am currently completing a Ph.D. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and previously earned a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies. Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC).
My expertise lies in Executive Coaching, Human Performance Improvement, and Addiction Treatment with diversified experience that includes recent positions as a Counselor for Addiction Recovery and former role as an Advisor to high-net-worth clients. I have focused on leveraging combined background to provide advisement to executives and other professionals struggling with addiction. I am currently completing a Ph.D. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and previously earned a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies. Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC).
(925) 744-6912 View (925) 744-6912
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Jonah Ray Berger
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, CADC-II
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Whether its addiction, or some other malformed coping skill this solution works.
Being a human being is an amazing, terrifying, and sometimes really confusing and painful experience. We all live through these things, some of us are more familiar with depression, anxiety, avoidance, or hyper fixation on trying to control everything so that you KNOW that it's all the way it should be. These are just a few of the symptoms of the human condition. When we can step back and look at them with a different set of tools we can build awareness of how we may be able to approach these feelings with a more useful perspective. This leads us to feeling more grounded and in control of our physical, mental, and spiritual goals.
Whether its addiction, or some other malformed coping skill this solution works.
Being a human being is an amazing, terrifying, and sometimes really confusing and painful experience. We all live through these things, some of us are more familiar with depression, anxiety, avoidance, or hyper fixation on trying to control everything so that you KNOW that it's all the way it should be. These are just a few of the symptoms of the human condition. When we can step back and look at them with a different set of tools we can build awareness of how we may be able to approach these feelings with a more useful perspective. This leads us to feeling more grounded and in control of our physical, mental, and spiritual goals.
(408) 916-5558 View (408) 916-5558
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Erin Brayton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CADC-II
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95030
I specialize in addiction issues, alcohol/drug abuse/dependence, codependency, depression/anxiety, self-esteem/personal growth, spirituality, stress management, LGBT population, grief/loss, communication skills, family dynamics, intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships, couples counseling/pre-marital therapy, adolescents and crisis counseling.
I am doing Telehealth only. My therapeutic approach to treating clients is individualized and eclectic, emphasizing strengths and encouraging self exploration as a means to discover solutions to issues brought to therapy. I believe that life is about relationships with self and others and that our desire to be loved, accepted and understood are some of the driving forces in how we interact with ourselves and others. I want to assist you in trying new approaches to the issues and relationships in your life and help you understand how your life experiences shape your world view. You have the answers; let's find solutions!
I specialize in addiction issues, alcohol/drug abuse/dependence, codependency, depression/anxiety, self-esteem/personal growth, spirituality, stress management, LGBT population, grief/loss, communication skills, family dynamics, intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships, couples counseling/pre-marital therapy, adolescents and crisis counseling.
I am doing Telehealth only. My therapeutic approach to treating clients is individualized and eclectic, emphasizing strengths and encouraging self exploration as a means to discover solutions to issues brought to therapy. I believe that life is about relationships with self and others and that our desire to be loved, accepted and understood are some of the driving forces in how we interact with ourselves and others. I want to assist you in trying new approaches to the issues and relationships in your life and help you understand how your life experiences shape your world view. You have the answers; let's find solutions!
(831) 219-4730 View (831) 219-4730
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Kate Henderson Bartenhagen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95030  (Online Only)
Regarding substance use, I believe that there is not one way to recover but rather multiple paths.
My approach to mental health is collaborative and includes a strong belief that people strive towards wellness and have within them the capacity to heal and grow. I see individuals, couples, and families age 18 and up. I treat couples, sex/infidelity, substance use/abuse, mood disorders, grief and loss, silicon valley stress, life struggles.
Regarding substance use, I believe that there is not one way to recover but rather multiple paths.
My approach to mental health is collaborative and includes a strong belief that people strive towards wellness and have within them the capacity to heal and grow. I see individuals, couples, and families age 18 and up. I treat couples, sex/infidelity, substance use/abuse, mood disorders, grief and loss, silicon valley stress, life struggles.
(408) 840-4106 View (408) 840-4106
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Anthony Medaro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95032
The most common issues that people seek help with include: feelings of sadness or depression, excessive worry, fear or anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, codependency, enhancing and fine tuning one’s recovery program, relationship issues, grief and loss of a loved one, surviving trauma, life change or transition decisions, cyber addiction, dealing with other’s substance abuse, social anxiety and conflict at work.
The most common issues that people seek help with include: feelings of sadness or depression, excessive worry, fear or anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, codependency, enhancing and fine tuning one’s recovery program, relationship issues, grief and loss of a loved one, surviving trauma, life change or transition decisions, cyber addiction, dealing with other’s substance abuse, social anxiety and conflict at work.
(408) 762-5993 View (408) 762-5993
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Christina Johnston
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032
I specialize in trauma, eating disorders and substance abuse.
I am truly grateful that you have chosen to embark on this inspiring journey of self-discovery and personal growth. As a therapist, my purpose and passion lie in supporting individuals like you to become the person they aspire to become. I firmly believe that each individual possesses the innate ability to grow and evolve. I am here to guide, empower, and facilitate your journey as you navigate the path towards self-actualization.
I specialize in trauma, eating disorders and substance abuse.
I am truly grateful that you have chosen to embark on this inspiring journey of self-discovery and personal growth. As a therapist, my purpose and passion lie in supporting individuals like you to become the person they aspire to become. I firmly believe that each individual possesses the innate ability to grow and evolve. I am here to guide, empower, and facilitate your journey as you navigate the path towards self-actualization.
(831) 604-1465 View (831) 604-1465
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Elizabeth Essner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Are you overwhelmed by alcohol or drug use? Is it creating problems for you? I help people with substance use issues live better lives. I can help you address these problems and find a way out of the pain and despair. I provide you a safe environment, which is free from judgment. Whether you want to quit completely (abstinence) or cut down and control your drinking or using (harm reduction), I will support you in your journey. If you are already in recovery, I respect and support your efforts as you participate in therapy. I work with couples struggling around alcohol, addiction, and codependency issues in their relationship.
Are you overwhelmed by alcohol or drug use? Is it creating problems for you? I help people with substance use issues live better lives. I can help you address these problems and find a way out of the pain and despair. I provide you a safe environment, which is free from judgment. Whether you want to quit completely (abstinence) or cut down and control your drinking or using (harm reduction), I will support you in your journey. If you are already in recovery, I respect and support your efforts as you participate in therapy. I work with couples struggling around alcohol, addiction, and codependency issues in their relationship.
(408) 549-9732 View (408) 549-9732
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Kevin Kuhlow
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAADC, MS
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032
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.
(310) 361-4295 View (310) 361-4295
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Ellen Noon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSAT, CEMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95033  (Online Only)
I am a sex therapist and couples counselor. I provide expert care for couples’ issues, intimacy struggles, sexual struggles, infidelity, sexual compulsivity, sexual addiction and trauma. My goal is to create an intimate space where both partners can share their experience and feelings. I also work with individuals on their relationship issues. My intention is to share a journey that will allow you to unlock the whatever it is that is keeping you from having a happy, fulfilling life. The work that you do now can positively impact you and your partner for a life time. If you are serious about change deep transformation is possible.
I am a sex therapist and couples counselor. I provide expert care for couples’ issues, intimacy struggles, sexual struggles, infidelity, sexual compulsivity, sexual addiction and trauma. My goal is to create an intimate space where both partners can share their experience and feelings. I also work with individuals on their relationship issues. My intention is to share a journey that will allow you to unlock the whatever it is that is keeping you from having a happy, fulfilling life. The work that you do now can positively impact you and your partner for a life time. If you are serious about change deep transformation is possible.
(669) 254-3007 View (669) 254-3007
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Dr. Thomas Lucking, PhD
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Autism/Asperger’s, ADHD, and digital addiction are specialties in my practice.
Change and growth are hard but regressive change is ultimately harder. My approach to change is integrative: mind, body, spirit, social. My decades of experience enable me to bring objectivity, knowledge, and compassion to our task of uncovering your truth and your path to individual and relational health. As a psychology professor I stay current with new research. I use a diverse set of tools to help you achieve your goals: IFS, CBT, EFT, EMDR, trauma-informed therapy, and Neurofeedback. I am a communications expert who uses powerful tools to implement research-backed processes to help your relationships thrive.
Autism/Asperger’s, ADHD, and digital addiction are specialties in my practice.
Change and growth are hard but regressive change is ultimately harder. My approach to change is integrative: mind, body, spirit, social. My decades of experience enable me to bring objectivity, knowledge, and compassion to our task of uncovering your truth and your path to individual and relational health. As a psychology professor I stay current with new research. I use a diverse set of tools to help you achieve your goals: IFS, CBT, EFT, EMDR, trauma-informed therapy, and Neurofeedback. I am a communications expert who uses powerful tools to implement research-backed processes to help your relationships thrive.
(831) 337-4228 View (831) 337-4228
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Carrie Neal
Pre-Licensed Professional, RADT
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032  (Online Only)
Carrie is a new member of the Visit Health Recovery Team, whose commitment to helping others is fueled by her profound sense of compassion. With a Masters in Addiction Counseling and extensive leadership and clinical experience, Carrie has dedicated herself to guiding individuals through the journey of recovery from addiction. Carrie's approach to treatment is rooted in empathy for others and backed by clinical expertise. She seamlessly integrates various modalities, including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Conscious Recovery, and other holistic approaches, to provide comprehensive care
Carrie is a new member of the Visit Health Recovery Team, whose commitment to helping others is fueled by her profound sense of compassion. With a Masters in Addiction Counseling and extensive leadership and clinical experience, Carrie has dedicated herself to guiding individuals through the journey of recovery from addiction. Carrie's approach to treatment is rooted in empathy for others and backed by clinical expertise. She seamlessly integrates various modalities, including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Conscious Recovery, and other holistic approaches, to provide comprehensive care
(408) 539-6970 View (408) 539-6970
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Alison Silvius Casanova
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95030
I love helping people of all ages who struggle with social skills, who have suffered from trauma/loss/addiction, or who are affected by people in their lives who struggle with addiction.
Finding a therapist is hard! It doesn't help that there are so many to choose from. I think the most important part is actually liking the person you are talking to. Take a look at my page (and website), and if you think we may be a good fit, I encourage you to call me for a free 15 minute consultation. If we end up working together, I will do my best to find which methods align with you so that I can help you get to the place you want to be.
I love helping people of all ages who struggle with social skills, who have suffered from trauma/loss/addiction, or who are affected by people in their lives who struggle with addiction.
Finding a therapist is hard! It doesn't help that there are so many to choose from. I think the most important part is actually liking the person you are talking to. Take a look at my page (and website), and if you think we may be a good fit, I encourage you to call me for a free 15 minute consultation. If we end up working together, I will do my best to find which methods align with you so that I can help you get to the place you want to be.
(408) 214-6656 View (408) 214-6656
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Ericka Grinna
Marriage & Family Therapist, LPCC, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95030  (Online Only)
Specialties include stress management, life transitions, coping skills, substance abuse, boundary work, trauma and women's treatment.
My current focus is working with adult individuals. Issues may include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, difficulty understanding or setting boundaries, or feeling stuck or somehow dissatisfied with life. I also have extensive experience treating those who suffer from substance abuse issues, and those whose loved ones suffer from substance abuse issues. Click my website button to see my availability and book a session.
Specialties include stress management, life transitions, coping skills, substance abuse, boundary work, trauma and women's treatment.
My current focus is working with adult individuals. Issues may include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, difficulty understanding or setting boundaries, or feeling stuck or somehow dissatisfied with life. I also have extensive experience treating those who suffer from substance abuse issues, and those whose loved ones suffer from substance abuse issues. Click my website button to see my availability and book a session.
(408) 703-5567 View (408) 703-5567
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Caitlin R. Burgess
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032
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
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.