Addiction Therapists in San Jose, CA

Rosemarie Carver
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95124
Over 25 year working in the field addiction alcohol/drugs.
Stag of life issues for client. Job ,relationship issues, Additions. Depression. aging and mental health/depression.
Over 25 year working in the field addiction alcohol/drugs.
Stag of life issues for client. Job ,relationship issues, Additions. Depression. aging and mental health/depression.
(408) 831-6981 View (408) 831-6981
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Giorgio Andrea Quittan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126
My specialty is Treating Addiction, PTSD and Trauma.
I am an Italian who has been living in The Bay Area for the last 40 years. I am fluent in English, Italian and Spanish. I have extensive experience and training in Hakomi, Somatic Based Psychotherapy and EMDR. I have more than 15 years of experience with Santa Clara County, Department of Families and Children Services, providing support and services to individuals, children and families who have been involved with the Child Welfare System. I also have 5 years of experience providing therapeutic services at a Medical Hospital Specialized in Treating HIV/AIDS patients who suffer from Addiction, PTSD and Trauma.
My specialty is Treating Addiction, PTSD and Trauma.
I am an Italian who has been living in The Bay Area for the last 40 years. I am fluent in English, Italian and Spanish. I have extensive experience and training in Hakomi, Somatic Based Psychotherapy and EMDR. I have more than 15 years of experience with Santa Clara County, Department of Families and Children Services, providing support and services to individuals, children and families who have been involved with the Child Welfare System. I also have 5 years of experience providing therapeutic services at a Medical Hospital Specialized in Treating HIV/AIDS patients who suffer from Addiction, PTSD and Trauma.
(408) 872-8948 View (408) 872-8948
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Irina Tsukanova
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, CADC I
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
If alcohol and other substances became the only way for you to deal with daily problems, I can help you to navigate through the endless circle. As parents, we face unique, everyday challenges dealing with our families and professional life. Oftentimes, we neglect to care for our needs and wants. Each person has a unique situation, and I will make your journey to recovery easier. I use motivational interviewing, positive psychology, and many other methods to help my client to overcome the substance use disorder.
If alcohol and other substances became the only way for you to deal with daily problems, I can help you to navigate through the endless circle. As parents, we face unique, everyday challenges dealing with our families and professional life. Oftentimes, we neglect to care for our needs and wants. Each person has a unique situation, and I will make your journey to recovery easier. I use motivational interviewing, positive psychology, and many other methods to help my client to overcome the substance use disorder.
(408) 840-4086 View (408) 840-4086
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Katie Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126  (Online Only)
You’re a woman overwhelmed by intense emotions, struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use. You fear being alone, worry you’ll never stop using, and dread facing your painful emotions. Your deepest fears include abandonment and the thought that you’ll never escape your current state. You feel lost and in need of a safe space to process these overwhelming feelings, find mental balance, and start healing. You long for genuine connection, support, and understanding to navigate your path to recovery and the confidence to rebuild your life, free from the shadows of your past.
You’re a woman overwhelmed by intense emotions, struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use. You fear being alone, worry you’ll never stop using, and dread facing your painful emotions. Your deepest fears include abandonment and the thought that you’ll never escape your current state. You feel lost and in need of a safe space to process these overwhelming feelings, find mental balance, and start healing. You long for genuine connection, support, and understanding to navigate your path to recovery and the confidence to rebuild your life, free from the shadows of your past.
(650) 460-1882 View (650) 460-1882
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Joanne Talbot
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
I graduated from the University of Luton in England and continued her education, earning her Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with a background in crisis intervention. I began my career as an MFT, working in an emergency shelter program for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking with substance abuse and severe mental health issues. I provided individual and group therapy in residential and outpatient transitional housing programs.
I graduated from the University of Luton in England and continued her education, earning her Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with a background in crisis intervention. I began my career as an MFT, working in an emergency shelter program for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking with substance abuse and severe mental health issues. I provided individual and group therapy in residential and outpatient transitional housing programs.
(408) 668-0391 View (408) 668-0391
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Scott Henrywestwood Licensed
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, LAADC, NCAC-II, SAP, IS-E
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
Mental health problems and substance abuse are often seen together because one makes you more vulnerable to the other.
Accepting New Clients - My goal is to provide clients with safe, effective, comprehensive, and life-changing counseling and intervention services. I use both time tested and cutting-edge methods to break the cycle of addiction and/or poor behaviors. I never suggest to a client to do something that I have not done. I assist the client to stay abstinent for the long-term, and I assist the client to restore relationships. I enjoy being able to guide a client through the changes they want to make on their life journey. I witness extraordinary miracles daily. I strive for a more affordable rate $90/session; Call direct 408 203 0964
Mental health problems and substance abuse are often seen together because one makes you more vulnerable to the other.
Accepting New Clients - My goal is to provide clients with safe, effective, comprehensive, and life-changing counseling and intervention services. I use both time tested and cutting-edge methods to break the cycle of addiction and/or poor behaviors. I never suggest to a client to do something that I have not done. I assist the client to stay abstinent for the long-term, and I assist the client to restore relationships. I enjoy being able to guide a client through the changes they want to make on their life journey. I witness extraordinary miracles daily. I strive for a more affordable rate $90/session; Call direct 408 203 0964
(408) 409-8277 View (408) 409-8277
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Kelly Blaser
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RYT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
The issues I have worked with deeply include relationship struggles, parenting, grief, addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, and spiritual crises, and co-occurring disorders.
Having a good relationship with oneself is a process and a practice, and can be cultivated through the therapeutic process. Every relationship is dependent on how we talk to ourselves, and this inner conversation is what therapy can shift. If you have the willingness, huge transformation is possible. I am in this field to help people sort out a way through and beyond unnecessary suffering, and towards deep peace with themselves and others. I have successfully treated high-functioning CEOs as well as people traumatized, addicted, and broke. Being human is challenging, and with the right support, beautiful. Call. I can help!
The issues I have worked with deeply include relationship struggles, parenting, grief, addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, and spiritual crises, and co-occurring disorders.
Having a good relationship with oneself is a process and a practice, and can be cultivated through the therapeutic process. Every relationship is dependent on how we talk to ourselves, and this inner conversation is what therapy can shift. If you have the willingness, huge transformation is possible. I am in this field to help people sort out a way through and beyond unnecessary suffering, and towards deep peace with themselves and others. I have successfully treated high-functioning CEOs as well as people traumatized, addicted, and broke. Being human is challenging, and with the right support, beautiful. Call. I can help!
(831) 346-1195 View (831) 346-1195
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Anthony Moore
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95153  (Online Only)
As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I warmly welcome clients from diverse backgrounds, including those who've faced homelessness, incarceration, and trauma. My expertise enables me to compassionately assist individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, substance use, and adjusting to change or loss. I provide a secure and accepting space for those feeling stuck, guiding them towards positive steps in their lives. My non-judgmental approach fosters a therapeutic environment where all clients find support and healing. Together, we navigate life's challenges, promoting growth and resilience.
As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I warmly welcome clients from diverse backgrounds, including those who've faced homelessness, incarceration, and trauma. My expertise enables me to compassionately assist individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, substance use, and adjusting to change or loss. I provide a secure and accepting space for those feeling stuck, guiding them towards positive steps in their lives. My non-judgmental approach fosters a therapeutic environment where all clients find support and healing. Together, we navigate life's challenges, promoting growth and resilience.
(408) 868-5053 View (408) 868-5053
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Demetria Zappacosta-Iacocca
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, LAADC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
Addiction and Recovery Counseling is for anyone who feels that alcohol or drugs are affecting them negatively. As a Licensed Recovery Counselor I offer individuals, couples and families help to develop plans for reaching their recovery goals and making positive changes in their lives. Addiction and Recovery Counseling is an opportunity for families to learn about addiction and the behaviors that go along with it. I help families understand what role they play in their loved ones addiction and recovery.
Addiction and Recovery Counseling is for anyone who feels that alcohol or drugs are affecting them negatively. As a Licensed Recovery Counselor I offer individuals, couples and families help to develop plans for reaching their recovery goals and making positive changes in their lives. Addiction and Recovery Counseling is an opportunity for families to learn about addiction and the behaviors that go along with it. I help families understand what role they play in their loved ones addiction and recovery.
(408) 320-0867 View (408) 320-0867
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Christine Rivlin
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
I also specialize in working with individuals experiencing addiction issues, and eating disorders.
I work primarily with adults who are wanting to manage symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and trauma. I will be with you on your path to discovery, recovery, and finding the person you would like to become. I approach therapy with a client-centered approach in order to create a safe, comfortable space for you to share and express yourself, and your vulnerabilities. We will explore healthy ways to process your trauma, regulate difficult emotions, and restore broken relationships. I believe the trust built between Client and Therapist is powerful, and necessary in order to help you through your healing journey.
I also specialize in working with individuals experiencing addiction issues, and eating disorders.
I work primarily with adults who are wanting to manage symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and trauma. I will be with you on your path to discovery, recovery, and finding the person you would like to become. I approach therapy with a client-centered approach in order to create a safe, comfortable space for you to share and express yourself, and your vulnerabilities. We will explore healthy ways to process your trauma, regulate difficult emotions, and restore broken relationships. I believe the trust built between Client and Therapist is powerful, and necessary in order to help you through your healing journey.
(408) 418-2143 View (408) 418-2143
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Hazzel Angulo
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
Trauma, anxiety, and addiction can make you feel stuck. The most important step towards healing is to address the unresolved emotion inside you. Healing requires feelings. Acceptance slowly dissolves pain. When we function from the fear and scarring of our trauma, the cycles continue until we learn how to transmute that energy into love. I apply a Holistic approach that integrates physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual forms of well-being, addressing the “whole” self. Through a holistic framework tailored to your unique needs, the goal is to support you develop a deeper understanding of the self on all these levels.
Trauma, anxiety, and addiction can make you feel stuck. The most important step towards healing is to address the unresolved emotion inside you. Healing requires feelings. Acceptance slowly dissolves pain. When we function from the fear and scarring of our trauma, the cycles continue until we learn how to transmute that energy into love. I apply a Holistic approach that integrates physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual forms of well-being, addressing the “whole” self. Through a holistic framework tailored to your unique needs, the goal is to support you develop a deeper understanding of the self on all these levels.
(408) 351-0990 View (408) 351-0990
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Melissa E Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95117  (Online Only)
EMDR therapy is a speedy and effective way to relieve your emotional distress from traumatic events, fears, phobias and anxiety, and to treat your substance abuse problems, eating disorders, and chronic pain.
Are you a worried parent of a teenager who's headed for trouble, or is already there? I'll help you get your kid back on track. Are you suffering the aftereffects of trauma (nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, feeling disconnected from yourself and loved ones)? We'll find a way to heal your pain and make you whole again. Had enough of the bipolar roller-coaster? Want to break free of alcohol, substances, and other addictions, including eating disorders? Let's develop a plan for your recovery, so you have your life back.
EMDR therapy is a speedy and effective way to relieve your emotional distress from traumatic events, fears, phobias and anxiety, and to treat your substance abuse problems, eating disorders, and chronic pain.
Are you a worried parent of a teenager who's headed for trouble, or is already there? I'll help you get your kid back on track. Are you suffering the aftereffects of trauma (nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, feeling disconnected from yourself and loved ones)? We'll find a way to heal your pain and make you whole again. Had enough of the bipolar roller-coaster? Want to break free of alcohol, substances, and other addictions, including eating disorders? Let's develop a plan for your recovery, so you have your life back.
(408) 676-9909 x408835 View (408) 676-9909 x408835
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Chris M Packham: Licensed
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MSW, LAADC, M-RAS, CCDS, CADTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95128
Embrace liberation from the grip of substance abuse and shed the burden of shame that accompanies Together, we can address your individual needs and set goals. Acquiring tools and strategies to prevent relapses in behavior or addiction. Individuals will learn step-by-step how to navigate through difficult times without shame, thus stopping the healing process. I will help guide you to repairing and rebuilding strained relationships with family, friends, and partners damaged by the consequences of By gaining a set of coping mechanisms to take back your life, my counseling style uses philosophies that promote resilience and growth.
Embrace liberation from the grip of substance abuse and shed the burden of shame that accompanies Together, we can address your individual needs and set goals. Acquiring tools and strategies to prevent relapses in behavior or addiction. Individuals will learn step-by-step how to navigate through difficult times without shame, thus stopping the healing process. I will help guide you to repairing and rebuilding strained relationships with family, friends, and partners damaged by the consequences of By gaining a set of coping mechanisms to take back your life, my counseling style uses philosophies that promote resilience and growth.
(408) 763-4968 View (408) 763-4968
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Anthony Medaro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95124
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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Terry Fowler
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95136
My name is Terry Fowler and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in California. I work with adolescents and adults and specialize in eating disorders, addiction medicine, anxiety, stress, and depression. The approaches I use are Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Client Centered Therapy to help clients gain the skills to help themselves. My approach to goal setting is driven by you client and what you want and need. In order to establish clear goals, I will work with you to establish your needs and build on your existing strengths. You are the expert in you! I want to help you find that within.
My name is Terry Fowler and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in California. I work with adolescents and adults and specialize in eating disorders, addiction medicine, anxiety, stress, and depression. The approaches I use are Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Client Centered Therapy to help clients gain the skills to help themselves. My approach to goal setting is driven by you client and what you want and need. In order to establish clear goals, I will work with you to establish your needs and build on your existing strengths. You are the expert in you! I want to help you find that within.
(408) 533-1529 View (408) 533-1529
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Isaac Abraham Gutierrez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
I specialize in addiction, relational conflicts, and co-occuring disorders.
Thank you for considering therapy with me. I want to make this process as easy as possible and help you feel comfortable speaking about your feelings. I am bi-cultural and bi-lingual Mexican American who understands cultural issues surrounding mental health and addiction. I have more than 15 years working with families , youth and couples. I have worked in locked facilities with clients who suffer with mental illness, therefore I understand it maybe difficult but it's the first step to a new you. Let's take baby steps together. I will meet you where you are at and together discover how to create more happiness in your life.
I specialize in addiction, relational conflicts, and co-occuring disorders.
Thank you for considering therapy with me. I want to make this process as easy as possible and help you feel comfortable speaking about your feelings. I am bi-cultural and bi-lingual Mexican American who understands cultural issues surrounding mental health and addiction. I have more than 15 years working with families , youth and couples. I have worked in locked facilities with clients who suffer with mental illness, therefore I understand it maybe difficult but it's the first step to a new you. Let's take baby steps together. I will meet you where you are at and together discover how to create more happiness in your life.
(650) 563-1364 View (650) 563-1364
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Christine Lee
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95124
I have a certificate in addictions studies with years of experience helping clients recover from alcohol and substance abuse.
Need someone to help you with relationship issues, anxiety, alcohol or drug abuse, or sexual addiction? I am dedicated and passionate about helping individuals and couples regain a healthier sense of self and work through relationship obstacles. My approach to healing includes the integration of psychological, biblical, and recovery principles. I work regularly with issues related to loss of self in relationships, trust and intimacy issues, difficulty setting boundaries, unresolved hurts or trauma, addictions, and spirituality.
I have a certificate in addictions studies with years of experience helping clients recover from alcohol and substance abuse.
Need someone to help you with relationship issues, anxiety, alcohol or drug abuse, or sexual addiction? I am dedicated and passionate about helping individuals and couples regain a healthier sense of self and work through relationship obstacles. My approach to healing includes the integration of psychological, biblical, and recovery principles. I work regularly with issues related to loss of self in relationships, trust and intimacy issues, difficulty setting boundaries, unresolved hurts or trauma, addictions, and spirituality.
(408) 816-2301 View (408) 816-2301
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Kate Henderson Bartenhagen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95124  (Online Only)
Regarding substance use, I believe that there is not one way to recover but rather multiple paths.
Do you question your purpose in life? Are you still looking for your "passion?" Do you want a deeper connection with others? Do you sometimes feel that there must be more to life than working and buying things? I am passionate about helping you answer these questions. 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 15 and up. I treat couples, sex/infidelity, substance use/abuse, mood disorders, grief and loss, life struggles.
Regarding substance use, I believe that there is not one way to recover but rather multiple paths.
Do you question your purpose in life? Are you still looking for your "passion?" Do you want a deeper connection with others? Do you sometimes feel that there must be more to life than working and buying things? I am passionate about helping you answer these questions. 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 15 and up. I treat couples, sex/infidelity, substance use/abuse, mood disorders, grief and loss, life struggles.
(408) 840-4106 View (408) 840-4106
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Shayma Mortazavi
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
My name is Shayma Mortazavi, Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist, working in this field past decade. I specialize in helping adults who have faced severe psychological challenges, depression, mood instability, anxiety, anger management, work stress, relationship and parenting issues, phase of life adjustments, grief and loss, and cultural transitions experiences. I also have extensive knowledge of addiction and recovery.
My name is Shayma Mortazavi, Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist, working in this field past decade. I specialize in helping adults who have faced severe psychological challenges, depression, mood instability, anxiety, anger management, work stress, relationship and parenting issues, phase of life adjustments, grief and loss, and cultural transitions experiences. I also have extensive knowledge of addiction and recovery.
(408) 868-2445 View (408) 868-2445
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Ed Gresick
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSAT, LAADC, EMDR(C), CSOTP
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95124
I am a true addiction specialist and I am considered "The Addiction Therapist" because of my unique experience and credentials well beyond the training and experience required for licensing as an LMFT.
My ideal client is motivated to engage in the change process and is willing to follow suggestions and direction that will result in real second order change that is truly life changing. I am uniquely qualified in treating various addictions including alcohol and drug abuse, sex addictions and compulsive behaviors, problem gambling and the many underlying issues involved. I am very effective in getting to and helping my clients resolve the root causes of their addictions. I am very effective in helping clients resolve addiction related issues including self-esteem, codependency, anxiety, anger and trauma using CBT, EMDR and FSAP.
I am a true addiction specialist and I am considered "The Addiction Therapist" because of my unique experience and credentials well beyond the training and experience required for licensing as an LMFT.
My ideal client is motivated to engage in the change process and is willing to follow suggestions and direction that will result in real second order change that is truly life changing. I am uniquely qualified in treating various addictions including alcohol and drug abuse, sex addictions and compulsive behaviors, problem gambling and the many underlying issues involved. I am very effective in getting to and helping my clients resolve the root causes of their addictions. I am very effective in helping clients resolve addiction related issues including self-esteem, codependency, anxiety, anger and trauma using CBT, EMDR and FSAP.
(408) 498-5610 View (408) 498-5610
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.