Substance Use Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Erica L Spartos
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94132
I welcome individuals, families and adolescents to my private practice. A few of my specialties: Standard EMDR therapy protocols to resolve trauma and other related symptoms; Teaching coping & life skills to safely & effectively improve sleep and reduce stress, anxiety & depression; Helping adolescents and young people thrive by addressing low-self-esteem, relationship issues, ADHD and behavioral challenges; Supporting individuals and families through issues around substance use & co-occurring disorders; Providing a compassionate and supportive place for you to explore balance, self-awareness and life satisfaction.
I welcome individuals, families and adolescents to my private practice. A few of my specialties: Standard EMDR therapy protocols to resolve trauma and other related symptoms; Teaching coping & life skills to safely & effectively improve sleep and reduce stress, anxiety & depression; Helping adolescents and young people thrive by addressing low-self-esteem, relationship issues, ADHD and behavioral challenges; Supporting individuals and families through issues around substance use & co-occurring disorders; Providing a compassionate and supportive place for you to explore balance, self-awareness and life satisfaction.
(628) 600-2894 View (628) 600-2894
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Melissa Morelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical social worker in a private practice in San Francisco. My psychotherapy practice is primarily focused on helping people who are struggling with the effects of trauma, relationship stress, depression, anxiety, substance use and addiction. I have expertise in working with people who have a current or past history with drug & alcohol use and recognize that substance use may result from different psychological, social and biological factors that are unique to each person.
I am a licensed clinical social worker in a private practice in San Francisco. My psychotherapy practice is primarily focused on helping people who are struggling with the effects of trauma, relationship stress, depression, anxiety, substance use and addiction. I have expertise in working with people who have a current or past history with drug & alcohol use and recognize that substance use may result from different psychological, social and biological factors that are unique to each person.
(415) 942-1461 View (415) 942-1461
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Irina Slutsky
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94114
Struggling with relationships? Experiencing the many ways substance use can create pain, whether for you or someone you love? Are you living with a mental health condition that requires support? Identifying limiting beliefs and unhelpful behaviors is an essential step to living an emotionally stable life, whatever difficult crossroads you may be experiencing. Often, emotional recovery begins with healing long-buried childhood trauma. My goal in therapy with you is to be your guide on this healing journey. You don't have to do it alone. And I believe relief can sometimes happen as early as the first session. Licensed in CA and FL.
Struggling with relationships? Experiencing the many ways substance use can create pain, whether for you or someone you love? Are you living with a mental health condition that requires support? Identifying limiting beliefs and unhelpful behaviors is an essential step to living an emotionally stable life, whatever difficult crossroads you may be experiencing. Often, emotional recovery begins with healing long-buried childhood trauma. My goal in therapy with you is to be your guide on this healing journey. You don't have to do it alone. And I believe relief can sometimes happen as early as the first session. Licensed in CA and FL.
(650) 731-5084 View (650) 731-5084
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Joanna Keller
Psychologist, PsyD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical psychologist working with adults of all ages. I have significant experience supporting adults in the tech industry through my role as the Mental Health Manager at the onsite wellness center at Meta/Facebook for 7+ years. Additionally, I am certified in perinatal mental health and specialize in supporting individuals through the complicated journey of parenthood, including fertility challenges, fetal loss, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Other areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, substance use/addiction, life transitions, personal/professional growth, and relationships/dating.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist working with adults of all ages. I have significant experience supporting adults in the tech industry through my role as the Mental Health Manager at the onsite wellness center at Meta/Facebook for 7+ years. Additionally, I am certified in perinatal mental health and specialize in supporting individuals through the complicated journey of parenthood, including fertility challenges, fetal loss, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Other areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, substance use/addiction, life transitions, personal/professional growth, and relationships/dating.
(415) 801-3703 View (415) 801-3703
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Vanessa Brown
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
I have extensive experience working with issues of anxiety, depression, stress management, racial trauma, post traumatic stress, relationship conflict, navigating toxic work environments, sexuality and gender, and substance use issues.
Are you experiencing issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, loss of identity, trauma, or lack of confidence? Are these issues causing you to neglect your own self-care, misuse substances, and/or isolate from family and friends? Do you need support with navigating personal or professional relationships? Are you exploring your sexual or gender identity? Managing a major life transition or preparing for one? These are the times when therapy can be helpful. We can work together to identify your goals, improve your quality of life, and develop a strong sense of self in the process.
I have extensive experience working with issues of anxiety, depression, stress management, racial trauma, post traumatic stress, relationship conflict, navigating toxic work environments, sexuality and gender, and substance use issues.
Are you experiencing issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, loss of identity, trauma, or lack of confidence? Are these issues causing you to neglect your own self-care, misuse substances, and/or isolate from family and friends? Do you need support with navigating personal or professional relationships? Are you exploring your sexual or gender identity? Managing a major life transition or preparing for one? These are the times when therapy can be helpful. We can work together to identify your goals, improve your quality of life, and develop a strong sense of self in the process.
(415) 914-9354 View (415) 914-9354
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Sergio Ruiz Psychotherapy
Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115
I want to assist you in examining why you feel like your life is not where you think or sense it should be. Why you have a nagging feeling that perhaps you're wasting time and not living your life in a more deep and fulfilling manner. You may think you're “not good enough,” or “if only this would have/not have happened," life would be different. The activities you do feel banal, going to work/school is dreadful, relationships and family are difficult, and the values and beliefs that once held you have lost their ground. You feel lonely, depressed, anxious, and perhaps substance use is worsening. You’re wondering about doing therapy.
I want to assist you in examining why you feel like your life is not where you think or sense it should be. Why you have a nagging feeling that perhaps you're wasting time and not living your life in a more deep and fulfilling manner. You may think you're “not good enough,” or “if only this would have/not have happened," life would be different. The activities you do feel banal, going to work/school is dreadful, relationships and family are difficult, and the values and beliefs that once held you have lost their ground. You feel lonely, depressed, anxious, and perhaps substance use is worsening. You’re wondering about doing therapy.
(408) 868-2217 View (408) 868-2217
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Emily Ryan: Emdr Intensives
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
It is possible to heal rapidly and permanently from the impacts of trauma, substance use, and addiction/codependence.
I am committed to you and to transformation in your life. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides specialized treatment in the areas of PTSD, anxiety, cancer care, depression and addiction. I have been providing therapy and counseling services to individuals, groups and families since 1999. Together we will focus on real solutions to problems and accessing your personal strengths. My background in mindfulness, IFS, EMDR and CBT based practices provides a framework for healing that is focused on both the internal strengths and resources of the individual, and the dynamic interplay between the person and their environment.
It is possible to heal rapidly and permanently from the impacts of trauma, substance use, and addiction/codependence.
I am committed to you and to transformation in your life. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides specialized treatment in the areas of PTSD, anxiety, cancer care, depression and addiction. I have been providing therapy and counseling services to individuals, groups and families since 1999. Together we will focus on real solutions to problems and accessing your personal strengths. My background in mindfulness, IFS, EMDR and CBT based practices provides a framework for healing that is focused on both the internal strengths and resources of the individual, and the dynamic interplay between the person and their environment.
(415) 787-4246 View (415) 787-4246
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Shawanda Powell
Pre-Licensed Professional, ACSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94104  (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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Stefanie Schlief
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94110  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting clients across all identities, in both traditional and ethically non-monogamous relationships, who seek support with topics of guilt and shame, attachment issues, love and intimacy concerns, substance use, trauma, and more.
I am an associate Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in sex therapy, harm reduction, trauma-informed care, PTSD, and LGBTQIA+ issues. I am currently accepting both couples and individuals at my practice. My work is non-judgmental, client focused, sex positive, open to those practicing ethical non-monogamy and polyamory, kink-positive, and welcomes humans of all shapes, sizes, colors, and backgrounds. I love to help people navigate through their relationships, both casual and serious, and offer support and care in making tough changes or realizations. Together, we can explore shame, identity, and what scares or challenges us.
I am currently accepting clients across all identities, in both traditional and ethically non-monogamous relationships, who seek support with topics of guilt and shame, attachment issues, love and intimacy concerns, substance use, trauma, and more.
I am an associate Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in sex therapy, harm reduction, trauma-informed care, PTSD, and LGBTQIA+ issues. I am currently accepting both couples and individuals at my practice. My work is non-judgmental, client focused, sex positive, open to those practicing ethical non-monogamy and polyamory, kink-positive, and welcomes humans of all shapes, sizes, colors, and backgrounds. I love to help people navigate through their relationships, both casual and serious, and offer support and care in making tough changes or realizations. Together, we can explore shame, identity, and what scares or challenges us.
(510) 288-6085 View (510) 288-6085
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Jason Wu
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94104  (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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John ' Andy ' Bradshaw
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104
I work with adults and teens on a range of issues including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, depression, and substance use. I take a pragmatic approach to therapy and work collaboratively with clients to help them identify the sources of their distress and how to overcome them. I help clients recognize thought patterns that may not be serving them well and teach them to incorporate more effective ways of thinking in their lives. I use a range of techniques including mindfulness, acceptance, and a focus on values.
I work with adults and teens on a range of issues including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, depression, and substance use. I take a pragmatic approach to therapy and work collaboratively with clients to help them identify the sources of their distress and how to overcome them. I help clients recognize thought patterns that may not be serving them well and teach them to incorporate more effective ways of thinking in their lives. I use a range of techniques including mindfulness, acceptance, and a focus on values.
(510) 426-9091 View (510) 426-9091
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Kelle A Kirk
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118
For 19 years I have supported folks with mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
Have you made significant changes in your life but find yourself stuck in old patterns? Are you in recovery from drugs or alcohol or disordered eating, but still find yourself struggling in other ways? My Name is Kelle Kirk and I help folks in recovery STAY in recovery. Many of us have found out that cutting out the drinking or drugging or changing our relationship to food or our bodies didn't "fix" everything; in some ways, maybe we found things to be more intense or complicated in this new landscape. You have come so far and made such progress, let's work on the being human and truly do something different.
For 19 years I have supported folks with mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
Have you made significant changes in your life but find yourself stuck in old patterns? Are you in recovery from drugs or alcohol or disordered eating, but still find yourself struggling in other ways? My Name is Kelle Kirk and I help folks in recovery STAY in recovery. Many of us have found out that cutting out the drinking or drugging or changing our relationship to food or our bodies didn't "fix" everything; in some ways, maybe we found things to be more intense or complicated in this new landscape. You have come so far and made such progress, let's work on the being human and truly do something different.
(612) 778-3943 View (612) 778-3943
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Kate Franza
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94116
My name is Kate Franza, and I am a licensed therapist, providing services in both California and New York. I am originally from New York, where I received my MSW degree from Fordham University. My practice is grounded in my community mental health background, with a focus on LGBTQ issues, anxiety, depression and substance use. My clients experience relationship struggles, trauma, chronic relapse, and many are interested in exploring and understanding their sexuality and gender identity. I use a harm reduction approach and I draw from a range of therapeutic modalities, including cognitive and mindfulness-based skill building.
My name is Kate Franza, and I am a licensed therapist, providing services in both California and New York. I am originally from New York, where I received my MSW degree from Fordham University. My practice is grounded in my community mental health background, with a focus on LGBTQ issues, anxiety, depression and substance use. My clients experience relationship struggles, trauma, chronic relapse, and many are interested in exploring and understanding their sexuality and gender identity. I use a harm reduction approach and I draw from a range of therapeutic modalities, including cognitive and mindfulness-based skill building.
(312) 548-8813 View (312) 548-8813
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Aaron Rohrer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94103  (Online Only)
Tired of therapists making assumptions about you? Judging you for your substance use or other life choices? You are in the right place! These sessions are for you - and need to cater to your unique circumstances, history, and the journey you have taken thus far. I specialize in supporting people who are seeking to address their relationship with substances, progressing with personal or professional goals, improving relationships with their family or friends, managing life transitions, and recovering from depression, anxiety, or burn out.
Tired of therapists making assumptions about you? Judging you for your substance use or other life choices? You are in the right place! These sessions are for you - and need to cater to your unique circumstances, history, and the journey you have taken thus far. I specialize in supporting people who are seeking to address their relationship with substances, progressing with personal or professional goals, improving relationships with their family or friends, managing life transitions, and recovering from depression, anxiety, or burn out.
(510) 369-2678 View (510) 369-2678
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Megan Elliott
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94117
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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Hannah Roberts
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94111
I offer an in-depth, personalized therapy experience, supporting individuals facing stress and anxiety, finding work-life balance, dealing with life changes, recovering from recent or past trauma, or reducing their substance use, as well as those wishing to deepen their relationships.
Openings available this week with my team of therapists at Thrive SLO. I work with college students and adults feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and/or anxious. Need balance in your life? Facing grief, past trauma, or coping with difficult family situations? Or maybe you are thinking about coming out to your family and friends? I offer expertise, guidance and support for you to navigate these challenges. I'm passionate about the personal transformation that comes through therapy. I love working with curious individuals who want to better understand themselves, their emotions, & their relationships.
I offer an in-depth, personalized therapy experience, supporting individuals facing stress and anxiety, finding work-life balance, dealing with life changes, recovering from recent or past trauma, or reducing their substance use, as well as those wishing to deepen their relationships.
Openings available this week with my team of therapists at Thrive SLO. I work with college students and adults feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and/or anxious. Need balance in your life? Facing grief, past trauma, or coping with difficult family situations? Or maybe you are thinking about coming out to your family and friends? I offer expertise, guidance and support for you to navigate these challenges. I'm passionate about the personal transformation that comes through therapy. I love working with curious individuals who want to better understand themselves, their emotions, & their relationships.
(805) 284-0451 View (805) 284-0451
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Dr. Joshua Morrison
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103  (Online Only)
Finding and embracing an authentic sense of self is one of the core missions of adult life. What too often corrupts this search, though, is the phenomenon of shame - a destructive force if there ever was one. Shame can contribute to substance use, depression, anxiety, interpersonal struggles, poor health outcomes, maladaptive trauma responses, and, at extremes, psychosis and suicidal ideation. Such maladies, when approached in the context of a compassionate and trusting therapeutic relationship, can be transformed into signs pointing the way toward a more meaningful and fulfilling sense of self.
Finding and embracing an authentic sense of self is one of the core missions of adult life. What too often corrupts this search, though, is the phenomenon of shame - a destructive force if there ever was one. Shame can contribute to substance use, depression, anxiety, interpersonal struggles, poor health outcomes, maladaptive trauma responses, and, at extremes, psychosis and suicidal ideation. Such maladies, when approached in the context of a compassionate and trusting therapeutic relationship, can be transformed into signs pointing the way toward a more meaningful and fulfilling sense of self.
(619) 815-4658 View (619) 815-4658
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Gaelle Carey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94121  (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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Jennifer Bielenberg
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I am a licensed psychologist specializing in treating high achieving adults who seek to heal their relationships with anxiety, trauma, grief, and addiction/substance use.
Do you long to be free from the traps of perfectionism, self-criticism, and unhelpful overcontrol? Do your go-to strategies to "get rid" of your emotions feel unsustainable? I will help you clarify your deepest values, even in the midst of challenge and uncertainty. Whether you want to set boundaries, use your voice in relationships, or develop a more flexible and compassionate perspective, you will be empowered to take action, with a sense of purpose and agency. You will learn to view your emotions as wise communication from the body, without letting them overrun your life, and embrace your full, evolving identity.
I am a licensed psychologist specializing in treating high achieving adults who seek to heal their relationships with anxiety, trauma, grief, and addiction/substance use.
Do you long to be free from the traps of perfectionism, self-criticism, and unhelpful overcontrol? Do your go-to strategies to "get rid" of your emotions feel unsustainable? I will help you clarify your deepest values, even in the midst of challenge and uncertainty. Whether you want to set boundaries, use your voice in relationships, or develop a more flexible and compassionate perspective, you will be empowered to take action, with a sense of purpose and agency. You will learn to view your emotions as wise communication from the body, without letting them overrun your life, and embrace your full, evolving identity.
(425) 230-5819 View (425) 230-5819
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Michael John Hagan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, SUDCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94129
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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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.