Substance Use Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Halima S .
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified
San Diego, CA 92111  (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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Megan Elliott
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Diego, CA 92154
My name is Megan Elliott, and I am an LMFT. I believe therapy is most successful when a healthy alliance is formed between the therapist and the client. My goal is to create a safe space for the client to bring whatever is most pressing for them and to support them with creating tools to manage the challenges and stressors they may be experiencing. I am trauma-focused on my training, as well as experience with anxiety/panic, and depression. I work primarily with people who have symptoms/issues related to trauma, ranging from anxiety and depression to substance use, to thought and mood disorders.
My name is Megan Elliott, and I am an LMFT. I believe therapy is most successful when a healthy alliance is formed between the therapist and the client. My goal is to create a safe space for the client to bring whatever is most pressing for them and to support them with creating tools to manage the challenges and stressors they may be experiencing. I am trauma-focused on my training, as well as experience with anxiety/panic, and depression. I work primarily with people who have symptoms/issues related to trauma, ranging from anxiety and depression to substance use, to thought and mood disorders.
(619) 356-2398 View (619) 356-2398
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Center for Motivation and Change:California
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
San Diego, CA 92121
The Center For Motivation and Change (“CMC”) is a unique outpatient private group practice with locations in NYC, Long Island, DC and San Diego. We are a team of experienced psychologists who are driven by an optimism about people’s capacity to change as well as a commitment to the science of change. Our clinicians are all deeply trained in research-supported therapies that target substance use/compulsive behaviors patterns as well as mental health issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/complex trauma and anxiety/mood disorders. The cornerstone of our approach is motivational.
The Center For Motivation and Change (“CMC”) is a unique outpatient private group practice with locations in NYC, Long Island, DC and San Diego. We are a team of experienced psychologists who are driven by an optimism about people’s capacity to change as well as a commitment to the science of change. Our clinicians are all deeply trained in research-supported therapies that target substance use/compulsive behaviors patterns as well as mental health issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/complex trauma and anxiety/mood disorders. The cornerstone of our approach is motivational.
(858) 212-0985 View (858) 212-0985
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Dale Ayres
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Diego, CA 92104  (Online Only)
Welcome to Connection2Life.com. Operating as a private pay practice, I don't work with insurance but offer dedicated therapy in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, South Carolina, and Florida. My approach is welcoming and inclusive, ensuring a stigma-free, sex-positive environment, and support for ethical non-monogamy, kink-awareness, sex work, and LGBTQ concerns. As an integration therapist, I focus on treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, and perfectionism, as well as managing addictions ( sexual, pornographic, alcohol, substance use, and CHEM sex) and addressing relationship and intimacy issues. Healing starts today.
Welcome to Connection2Life.com. Operating as a private pay practice, I don't work with insurance but offer dedicated therapy in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, South Carolina, and Florida. My approach is welcoming and inclusive, ensuring a stigma-free, sex-positive environment, and support for ethical non-monogamy, kink-awareness, sex work, and LGBTQ concerns. As an integration therapist, I focus on treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, and perfectionism, as well as managing addictions ( sexual, pornographic, alcohol, substance use, and CHEM sex) and addressing relationship and intimacy issues. Healing starts today.
(619) 853-2924 View (619) 853-2924
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Anna Ponder
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92107  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, substance use, and life transitions using evidence-based practices.
Throughout life we face struggles, challenges, and unpleasant emotions and events, and therapy can be a helpful platform to ease emotional burden and increase balance and fulfillment in life. I want to work alongside you towards pursuing a life that inspires you as you become your favorite version of yourself. I am honored by my clients who choose to trust me during their therapeutic journey, one that is filled with growth, and empowerment leading towards goal attainment and self-discovery.
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, substance use, and life transitions using evidence-based practices.
Throughout life we face struggles, challenges, and unpleasant emotions and events, and therapy can be a helpful platform to ease emotional burden and increase balance and fulfillment in life. I want to work alongside you towards pursuing a life that inspires you as you become your favorite version of yourself. I am honored by my clients who choose to trust me during their therapeutic journey, one that is filled with growth, and empowerment leading towards goal attainment and self-discovery.
(619) 486-9231 View (619) 486-9231
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Gaelle Carey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Diego, CA 92104  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Gaëlle Carey and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have worked with all types of people, from CEOs to stay-at-home parents. My ideal client is anyone who is interested in empowering their life. I am a direct person and like to get right down to business, but I also genuinely care about my clients' success. I have experience providing clinical assessment and therapeutic care to adolescents and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use disorders, anger management, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Personality Disorders, ADHD management, and LGBTQ+ issues.
Welcome! My name is Gaëlle Carey and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have worked with all types of people, from CEOs to stay-at-home parents. My ideal client is anyone who is interested in empowering their life. I am a direct person and like to get right down to business, but I also genuinely care about my clients' success. I have experience providing clinical assessment and therapeutic care to adolescents and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use disorders, anger management, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Personality Disorders, ADHD management, and LGBTQ+ issues.
(619) 329-8438 View (619) 329-8438
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Caroline Ridout Stewart
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103
I work with and advocate for patients with substance use disorders providing both clinicians and a clinical case manager to help patients and family members access resources.
I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are creative yet highly anxious and depressed. Innovators find an improved capacity to create with informed anxiety management. I am a harm reductionist who embraces the belief that addiction is a brain disease and not a character defect and that persons with addictive illness need more clinically-informed care. I support authenticity for both the client and the therapist, understanding that little can hurt us when we are at peace with the truth of our own stories.
I work with and advocate for patients with substance use disorders providing both clinicians and a clinical case manager to help patients and family members access resources.
I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are creative yet highly anxious and depressed. Innovators find an improved capacity to create with informed anxiety management. I am a harm reductionist who embraces the belief that addiction is a brain disease and not a character defect and that persons with addictive illness need more clinically-informed care. I support authenticity for both the client and the therapist, understanding that little can hurt us when we are at peace with the truth of our own stories.
(619) 207-4649 View (619) 207-4649
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Dr. Lauren Flynn
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC
Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
Hello I am Dr. Lauren Flynn, I specialize in helping clients build self compassion, process trauma and stressors, & work through issues of substance use/abuse as well as many things that relate to these areas. I have developed my expertise in these areas through working in varying levels of mental health care including hospital settings, residential programs, & outpatient care, and through research & teaching. I offer a warm yet structured environment in therapy. Working together to tapping into your values and strengths, I can help you to improve the quality of your life by engaging with life in more authentic and fulfilling ways.
Hello I am Dr. Lauren Flynn, I specialize in helping clients build self compassion, process trauma and stressors, & work through issues of substance use/abuse as well as many things that relate to these areas. I have developed my expertise in these areas through working in varying levels of mental health care including hospital settings, residential programs, & outpatient care, and through research & teaching. I offer a warm yet structured environment in therapy. Working together to tapping into your values and strengths, I can help you to improve the quality of your life by engaging with life in more authentic and fulfilling ways.
(619) 848-3450 View (619) 848-3450
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Danette L. Montoya
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
I specialize in addressing issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.
I am interested in learning about you, your struggles and strengths. I can help you by providing a compassionate, nurturing, and non-judgmental environment to express your deepest thoughts and feelings in order to explore ways to resolve the problems you encounter. As we build our therapeutic relationship, I will deliver honest, direct therapy to you. Ideally reducing defensiveness and allowing you to hear what you need to hear. Together, we will help you recognize your strengths, identify new perspectives, and develop healthy coping skills so that you can maximize your personal potential.
I specialize in addressing issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.
I am interested in learning about you, your struggles and strengths. I can help you by providing a compassionate, nurturing, and non-judgmental environment to express your deepest thoughts and feelings in order to explore ways to resolve the problems you encounter. As we build our therapeutic relationship, I will deliver honest, direct therapy to you. Ideally reducing defensiveness and allowing you to hear what you need to hear. Together, we will help you recognize your strengths, identify new perspectives, and develop healthy coping skills so that you can maximize your personal potential.
(619) 639-9657 View (619) 639-9657
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Michael John Hagan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, SUDCC
Verified
San Diego, CA 92102
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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Peggy Sue Black
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified
San Diego, CA 92122  (Online Only)
If you're seeking support for yourself or a loved one facing the complexities of substance use, anxiety, trauma and depression or any major life barrier, a path forward is within reach.
Navigating the challenges of substance abuse, anxiety, trauma and depression requires a nuanced, compassionate approach. Understanding that each person's journey is unique, I meet clients where they're at, offering a tailored path towards healing and self-discovery. Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we explore the intricate relationship between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, aiming to cultivate resilience and empowerment. My goal is to create a supportive environment where individuals feel seen, heard, and capable of navigating their experiences with newfound strength and clarity
If you're seeking support for yourself or a loved one facing the complexities of substance use, anxiety, trauma and depression or any major life barrier, a path forward is within reach.
Navigating the challenges of substance abuse, anxiety, trauma and depression requires a nuanced, compassionate approach. Understanding that each person's journey is unique, I meet clients where they're at, offering a tailored path towards healing and self-discovery. Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we explore the intricate relationship between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, aiming to cultivate resilience and empowerment. My goal is to create a supportive environment where individuals feel seen, heard, and capable of navigating their experiences with newfound strength and clarity
(858) 786-2317 View (858) 786-2317
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Amy Modlin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Diego, CA 92128
My name is Amy Modlin. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have 15 years of experience providing therapy for individuals facing a variety of issues. I specialize in addictions/substance use, depression/anxiety, trauma/PTSD, grief/loss, work-life stressors and life transitions. My approach to therapy is person-centered. I use a variety of modalities, including CBT, ACT, DBT, MI, and Mindfulness to help my clients develop the coping skills they need to manage their symptoms and achieve goals of overall well-being. I walk alongside my clients to guide the process of growth, healing, and increased insight.
My name is Amy Modlin. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have 15 years of experience providing therapy for individuals facing a variety of issues. I specialize in addictions/substance use, depression/anxiety, trauma/PTSD, grief/loss, work-life stressors and life transitions. My approach to therapy is person-centered. I use a variety of modalities, including CBT, ACT, DBT, MI, and Mindfulness to help my clients develop the coping skills they need to manage their symptoms and achieve goals of overall well-being. I walk alongside my clients to guide the process of growth, healing, and increased insight.
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Demet Çek
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, for individuals with OCD, anxiety and problematic substance use.
I help individuals who are feeling stuck or disconnected explore what's getting in the way, and create a life that they find meaningful and fulfilling. I do this using evidence based methods that are tailored to the person's specific values, preferences, and needs. I believe that identifying your strengths and what drives you is as important as pinpointing problem areas. I strive to create a safe, supportive, and judgment-free atmosphere so you can connect with your purpose, your most authentic self, and in turn, with others in your life.
I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, for individuals with OCD, anxiety and problematic substance use.
I help individuals who are feeling stuck or disconnected explore what's getting in the way, and create a life that they find meaningful and fulfilling. I do this using evidence based methods that are tailored to the person's specific values, preferences, and needs. I believe that identifying your strengths and what drives you is as important as pinpointing problem areas. I strive to create a safe, supportive, and judgment-free atmosphere so you can connect with your purpose, your most authentic self, and in turn, with others in your life.
(619) 275-2286 View (619) 275-2286
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Shawanda Powell
Pre-Licensed Professional, ACSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92117  (Online Only)
My experience includes working with a variety of populations including individuals diagnoses with a variety of mental health issues including Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, and Substance Use Disorder; Corrections, and inpatient and outpatient clinics.
Hello. My name is Shawanda Powell. I am currently an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW). I received my Masters Degree in Social Work from Mississippi Valley State University, and have been practicing social work for over 10 years in the states of Mississippi, California, and Arkansas. I have experience in providing services to both children and adults in-patient and out-patient.
My experience includes working with a variety of populations including individuals diagnoses with a variety of mental health issues including Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, and Substance Use Disorder; Corrections, and inpatient and outpatient clinics.
Hello. My name is Shawanda Powell. I am currently an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW). I received my Masters Degree in Social Work from Mississippi Valley State University, and have been practicing social work for over 10 years in the states of Mississippi, California, and Arkansas. I have experience in providing services to both children and adults in-patient and out-patient.
(415) 903-8261 View (415) 903-8261
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Michele Hodelin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified
San Diego, CA 92103  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Michele and I'm very glad to meet you. I am a licensed social worker specializing in substance use disorders, psychiatric/mental health disorders, and the treatment and recovery process. Together we will walk the road toward your recovery, health, and healing. I believe in You! With each session, my hope is that you will leave with less turmoil, fear, and hurt; and more understanding, motivation, and hope than you entered with.
Hello! I'm Michele and I'm very glad to meet you. I am a licensed social worker specializing in substance use disorders, psychiatric/mental health disorders, and the treatment and recovery process. Together we will walk the road toward your recovery, health, and healing. I believe in You! With each session, my hope is that you will leave with less turmoil, fear, and hurt; and more understanding, motivation, and hope than you entered with.
(760) 423-4745 View (760) 423-4745
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Connie Padera
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with substance use or disordered eating habits? Or maybe you need some guidance on self-esteem or relationship issues? It's okay to not be okay, and I'm here to help you through whatever life has brought your way. I believe in treating each these issues from a whole person perspective, and will work with you to enrich all areas of your well-being. Through openhearted and compassionate communication, we will create a safe space for you to mindfully explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and identify which among them no longer serve you.
Are you struggling with substance use or disordered eating habits? Or maybe you need some guidance on self-esteem or relationship issues? It's okay to not be okay, and I'm here to help you through whatever life has brought your way. I believe in treating each these issues from a whole person perspective, and will work with you to enrich all areas of your well-being. Through openhearted and compassionate communication, we will create a safe space for you to mindfully explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and identify which among them no longer serve you.
(760) 456-2524 View (760) 456-2524
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Alex Santana
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Diego, CA 92145
I have extensive experience working with military and veteran populations to support transition, Veteran Affairs navigation, substance use, anxiety, stress management, emotional regulation, and trauma.
Accepting the responsibility to change is a difficult task but once you take the initiative, it is highly rewarding. Sometimes we need to take a step back to reflect on a new way to approach situations when "our way" seems to be getting in our way. These are common responses to trauma, depression, and many other conditions that we can't always think our way out of, despite our best efforts.
I have extensive experience working with military and veteran populations to support transition, Veteran Affairs navigation, substance use, anxiety, stress management, emotional regulation, and trauma.
Accepting the responsibility to change is a difficult task but once you take the initiative, it is highly rewarding. Sometimes we need to take a step back to reflect on a new way to approach situations when "our way" seems to be getting in our way. These are common responses to trauma, depression, and many other conditions that we can't always think our way out of, despite our best efforts.
(619) 759-5847 View (619) 759-5847
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Elisha Harris
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MS, LAADC
Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
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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Heidi Schlig
Counselor, LPCC, MA, PPSC
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Heidi and I look forward to being able to navigate whatever life may be throwing at you. I became a mental health provider because everyone’s gone through something in their life that made them the person they are today. Good or bad, I truly feel passionate about using my experiences to help others achieve their goals and feel supported. I have been providing counseling services for over 12 years. I have experience with children, teens, and adults with concerns such as special education, career counseling, system involvement, test anxiety, behavioral concerns, substance use, trauma, etc.
Hello! My name is Heidi and I look forward to being able to navigate whatever life may be throwing at you. I became a mental health provider because everyone’s gone through something in their life that made them the person they are today. Good or bad, I truly feel passionate about using my experiences to help others achieve their goals and feel supported. I have been providing counseling services for over 12 years. I have experience with children, teens, and adults with concerns such as special education, career counseling, system involvement, test anxiety, behavioral concerns, substance use, trauma, etc.
(909) 280-7652 View (909) 280-7652
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Maxwell Maris
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified
San Diego, CA 92121
I also specialize in working with athletes, men and masculinities, and individuals who struggle with substance use.
We have immediate openings and we return calls within 24 hours! I utilize evidence-based practices, primarily Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). By working together, my focus is to help you discover how to create a rich and meaningful life. Additionally, we will build skills in effective communication, stress management, motivation, and psychological flexibility. My clients are individuals and couples who may suffer from depression, anxiety, or who want to figure out how to live a fuller life.
I also specialize in working with athletes, men and masculinities, and individuals who struggle with substance use.
We have immediate openings and we return calls within 24 hours! I utilize evidence-based practices, primarily Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). By working together, my focus is to help you discover how to create a rich and meaningful life. Additionally, we will build skills in effective communication, stress management, motivation, and psychological flexibility. My clients are individuals and couples who may suffer from depression, anxiety, or who want to figure out how to live a fuller life.
(858) 544-1202 View (858) 544-1202

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Substance Use Therapists

How do substance and drug recovery or rehabilitation programs work?

In inpatient programs, individuals live in a facility with other clients in recovery; in outpatient programs, individuals reside at home. These facilities are staffed with healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, and psychotherapists. Staff often also includes people who have recovered themselves, serving as mentors and guides. These programs may use abstinence, harm reduction, detoxification, psychotherapy, and other methods.

How do 12-step programs combined with psychotherapy work?

Members of 12-step programs help each other reach abstinence and work to maintain it. These programs promote complete change in the individual’s emotional, mental, physical, and even spiritual perspectives. Some programs require that new members attend 90 meetings in 90 days. Many people do attend these programs in conjunction with their work in psychotherapy; the combination of therapy along with 12-step can be extremely effective.

How does harm reduction combined with psychotherapy work?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, harm reduction prevents death, injury, disease, overdose, and substance misuse. People who choose harm reduction for substance use reduce the amount of drugs they consume. It is not abstinence-based like a 12-step program, but combining harm reduction with psychotherapy proves to be effective for many people.

Are there specific medications for substance and drug use?

There are medications approved to treat substance use disorder—such as buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone, and acamprosate. These medications do help people cope with substance use as well as avoid the problem of relapse. Naltrexone can help reduce cravings, methadone is an opioid medication used to treat severe pain, and acamprosate may help ease symptoms like poor sleep and anxious feelings.