Addiction Therapists in San Mateo, CA

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Steven Barney
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94404
I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) with IITAP, the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (# 2008C-575).
I am passionate about collaborating with you in moving your life towards a more whole, productive and vibrant self. I will assist you, being directive when appropriate, but with grace and patient sensitivity. I love to help individuals, couples, families and organizations develop their communication skills; and thereby, improve their relationships and overall family and organizational lives. I have an easy relaxed style, caring heart that also allows me to speak straight when there is need.
I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) with IITAP, the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (# 2008C-575).
I am passionate about collaborating with you in moving your life towards a more whole, productive and vibrant self. I will assist you, being directive when appropriate, but with grace and patient sensitivity. I love to help individuals, couples, families and organizations develop their communication skills; and thereby, improve their relationships and overall family and organizational lives. I have an easy relaxed style, caring heart that also allows me to speak straight when there is need.
(650) 241-4256 View (650) 241-4256
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Ali Nazir
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
I specialize in the treatment of substance abuse/addiction, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, interpersonal conflict, stress management, coping skills, and men’s issues.
Emigrated from England in 2010, I have over 13 years of clinical experience in the Bay Area. During this time, I have honed skills, therapeutic tools, developed a unique style of engagement to facilitate positive change. I adopt humor, present authentically, and challenge those seeking support appropriately. I offer a therapeutic relationship built on collaboration, respect, accountability, and a safe environment conducive to personal growth. You will be supported to identify the root causes of challenges faced and helped to find effective pathways to achieve individualized goals.
I specialize in the treatment of substance abuse/addiction, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, interpersonal conflict, stress management, coping skills, and men’s issues.
Emigrated from England in 2010, I have over 13 years of clinical experience in the Bay Area. During this time, I have honed skills, therapeutic tools, developed a unique style of engagement to facilitate positive change. I adopt humor, present authentically, and challenge those seeking support appropriately. I offer a therapeutic relationship built on collaboration, respect, accountability, and a safe environment conducive to personal growth. You will be supported to identify the root causes of challenges faced and helped to find effective pathways to achieve individualized goals.
(650) 910-2131 View (650) 910-2131
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Bay Area Therapy Now
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, CA-ODC, MAC
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
I understand the profound impact addiction has not only on the addict, but also on his family.
You're using drugs/alcohol too much, and you can't stop. You are lost, miserable and scared, and you want to be found. I offer a compassionate, supportive and direct approach to help you meet your needs and achieve your goals. You're ready to explore your underlying, and probably ancient, beliefs that you hold about yourself and that fuel chronic negative thoughts and behaviors. We will work together to rediscover your authentic self, that person who was somehow left behind and is waiting for you to come back. I provide an eclectic approach. You receive a personal assessment, then focused treatment that best fits you.
I understand the profound impact addiction has not only on the addict, but also on his family.
You're using drugs/alcohol too much, and you can't stop. You are lost, miserable and scared, and you want to be found. I offer a compassionate, supportive and direct approach to help you meet your needs and achieve your goals. You're ready to explore your underlying, and probably ancient, beliefs that you hold about yourself and that fuel chronic negative thoughts and behaviors. We will work together to rediscover your authentic self, that person who was somehow left behind and is waiting for you to come back. I provide an eclectic approach. You receive a personal assessment, then focused treatment that best fits you.
(415) 903-4145 View (415) 903-4145
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Marcia Avila
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94401
Not accepting new clients
I am a practical therapist helping clients deal with their relationships, addiction, depression, anxiety,job stress, loneliness, anger, grief. I work with women as they face their unique challenges including childbirth, miscarriage, menopause, and so much more. I have extended experience and compassion working with those who struggle with addiction or live with someone who does. I also focus my practice to help individuals, couples, and families cope with life challenges. I offer a warm and nonjudgmental atmosphere where you can share your dreams and hopes. Although there may be tears, I also believe in sharing laughter. Both are healing.
I am a practical therapist helping clients deal with their relationships, addiction, depression, anxiety,job stress, loneliness, anger, grief. I work with women as they face their unique challenges including childbirth, miscarriage, menopause, and so much more. I have extended experience and compassion working with those who struggle with addiction or live with someone who does. I also focus my practice to help individuals, couples, and families cope with life challenges. I offer a warm and nonjudgmental atmosphere where you can share your dreams and hopes. Although there may be tears, I also believe in sharing laughter. Both are healing.
(650) 400-5293 View (650) 400-5293
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Carol Jaron
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT, CHT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401
You can clear patterns at a deeper level that create problems in your relationships, or learn to lessen pain and worry from loss,body image issues, addiction, trauma, ADD and more.
Your mind and body make a powerful, interwoven pair. Is your body expressing what the thoughts are repressing? Easing and gently lifting your sense of heaviness from anxiety, depression, grief, isolation and emptiness of spirit can be closer than you ever believed! Let me guide you to the other side of "stuck" in your personal and professional relationships, emotions, body issues, and success. When we are in a session all the focus is on being fully present for,and deeply listening to you, offering a clear, kind and soothing direction, towards releasing unhealthy thought patterns by integrating with body feelings.
You can clear patterns at a deeper level that create problems in your relationships, or learn to lessen pain and worry from loss,body image issues, addiction, trauma, ADD and more.
Your mind and body make a powerful, interwoven pair. Is your body expressing what the thoughts are repressing? Easing and gently lifting your sense of heaviness from anxiety, depression, grief, isolation and emptiness of spirit can be closer than you ever believed! Let me guide you to the other side of "stuck" in your personal and professional relationships, emotions, body issues, and success. When we are in a session all the focus is on being fully present for,and deeply listening to you, offering a clear, kind and soothing direction, towards releasing unhealthy thought patterns by integrating with body feelings.
(650) 684-1374 View (650) 684-1374
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Roger Grossman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
I specialize in couples therapy, addiction counseling and working with victims of trauma, emergency services and veterans.
My name is Roger Grossman I literally wrote to book on how to have a successful marriage: "Making Marriage Work: A User’s Guide To A Successful Marriage" by Roger Grossman, I Am Not The Smile and Nod Therapist. I roll up my sleeves and get in there with you. I have a great BS detector. I’ll call you on your stuff. We’ll laugh (a lot).
I specialize in couples therapy, addiction counseling and working with victims of trauma, emergency services and veterans.
My name is Roger Grossman I literally wrote to book on how to have a successful marriage: "Making Marriage Work: A User’s Guide To A Successful Marriage" by Roger Grossman, I Am Not The Smile and Nod Therapist. I roll up my sleeves and get in there with you. I have a great BS detector. I’ll call you on your stuff. We’ll laugh (a lot).
(858) 533-2684 View (858) 533-2684
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John T Duda
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94402
I specialize in treating anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse, pornography addiction, sexual disorders, and couples therapy.
I have been doing individual and couples therapy for over 25 years. I help clients reduce anxiety and depression through cognitive behavioral therapy. I work with substance abuse and addiction issues and teach coping skills. Helping couples improve communication and teach problem solving skills is one of my primary objectives. My ability to connect with people is very strong and I am often told that I am very easy to talk to and confide in and trust.
I specialize in treating anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse, pornography addiction, sexual disorders, and couples therapy.
I have been doing individual and couples therapy for over 25 years. I help clients reduce anxiety and depression through cognitive behavioral therapy. I work with substance abuse and addiction issues and teach coping skills. Helping couples improve communication and teach problem solving skills is one of my primary objectives. My ability to connect with people is very strong and I am often told that I am very easy to talk to and confide in and trust.
(650) 469-8751 View (650) 469-8751
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Susan Bowen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94404
Living life in peace can be challenging when suddenly you are confronted with unexpected change...relationship status, health, recovery from loss, trauma and/or addiction. The truth is life is full of change, and the challenges we face often impact the quality of our connection to ourselves and others. I offer confidential, compassionate, effective care by combining the best of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness, for a wide range of issues we find ourselves faced with in modern life. A dual approach that encourages healing, connection, focus, and personal growth.
Living life in peace can be challenging when suddenly you are confronted with unexpected change...relationship status, health, recovery from loss, trauma and/or addiction. The truth is life is full of change, and the challenges we face often impact the quality of our connection to ourselves and others. I offer confidential, compassionate, effective care by combining the best of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness, for a wide range of issues we find ourselves faced with in modern life. A dual approach that encourages healing, connection, focus, and personal growth.
(650) 532-0514 View (650) 532-0514
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Kevin J Kuhlow
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAADC
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
My expertise lies in Executive Coaching, Human Performance Improvement, and Addiction Treatment with diversified experience that includes recent positions as a Counselor for Addiction Recovery and former role as an Advisor to high-net-worth clients. I have focused on leveraging combined background to provide advisement to executives and other professionals struggling with addiction. I am currently completing a Ph.D. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and previously earned a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies. Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC).
My expertise lies in Executive Coaching, Human Performance Improvement, and Addiction Treatment with diversified experience that includes recent positions as a Counselor for Addiction Recovery and former role as an Advisor to high-net-worth clients. I have focused on leveraging combined background to provide advisement to executives and other professionals struggling with addiction. I am currently completing a Ph.D. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and previously earned a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies. Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC).
(925) 744-6912 View (925) 744-6912
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Zari Alipour
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94402
Each of us is responsible for our own destiny. It has been my honor to witness people transforming their lives and living their dreams. I am a licensed psychologist and an RN. I provide treatment for individuals, couples, and I am a compassionate therapist and a good listener. I build up reports with my clients easily. My therapy modalities are specifically tailored to client needs. My therapeutic modalities are specifically tailored to client needs. My specialties are addiction, alcohol and drug counseling, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Each of us is responsible for our own destiny. It has been my honor to witness people transforming their lives and living their dreams. I am a licensed psychologist and an RN. I provide treatment for individuals, couples, and I am a compassionate therapist and a good listener. I build up reports with my clients easily. My therapy modalities are specifically tailored to client needs. My therapeutic modalities are specifically tailored to client needs. My specialties are addiction, alcohol and drug counseling, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
(805) 360-5746 View (805) 360-5746
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Daniel Powell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94404
I'm a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I'm comfortable working with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, bi-polar, substance abuse, psychosis, autism spectrum disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder. I implement individual evidenced based interventions designed to positive behavior change. I enjoy working with couples, families, parent training, adults and adolescents.
I'm a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I'm comfortable working with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, bi-polar, substance abuse, psychosis, autism spectrum disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder. I implement individual evidenced based interventions designed to positive behavior change. I enjoy working with couples, families, parent training, adults and adolescents.
(619) 305-0826 View (619) 305-0826
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Lindsey D Soennichsen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CADC, MS
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94402  (Online Only)
I have experience in co-occurring substance and mental health along with family/couple therapy.
I know what it's like being scared to seek help. I know that asking for help can sometimes feel like things are failing and I caused them. I also know how nervous I felt when I looked for assistance and wanting to begin therapy, scared with questions like, will I be judged? Will they keep my confidence? Can I trust them? I knew that when seeking therapy and looking for help all I wanted was for things to be better, get better, live healthier and be accepted. Therapy is scary, it can bring up issues that may be more frightening than you would like to cope with. Therapy is also helpful, healthy and the best part is, you're not alone.
I have experience in co-occurring substance and mental health along with family/couple therapy.
I know what it's like being scared to seek help. I know that asking for help can sometimes feel like things are failing and I caused them. I also know how nervous I felt when I looked for assistance and wanting to begin therapy, scared with questions like, will I be judged? Will they keep my confidence? Can I trust them? I knew that when seeking therapy and looking for help all I wanted was for things to be better, get better, live healthier and be accepted. Therapy is scary, it can bring up issues that may be more frightening than you would like to cope with. Therapy is also helpful, healthy and the best part is, you're not alone.
(559) 337-6254 View (559) 337-6254
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Wallace Earl Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401
I specialize in the treatment of substance abuse/addiction, anxiety/depression, low self-esteem, and those struggling with intimacy and interpersonal connection.
As a psychotherapist with over 10 years of counseling experience in the Bay Area I have come to appreciate the importance of humor and honesty in developing a therapeutic relationship that encourages positive life changes. I work hard to develop a comfortable and safe space for my clients to identify and address barriers to progress in their personal and professional lives. When we are honest with ourselves, I think we so often find that our most ardent critic and obstacle to living a fulfilling and happy life is ourselves.
I specialize in the treatment of substance abuse/addiction, anxiety/depression, low self-esteem, and those struggling with intimacy and interpersonal connection.
As a psychotherapist with over 10 years of counseling experience in the Bay Area I have come to appreciate the importance of humor and honesty in developing a therapeutic relationship that encourages positive life changes. I work hard to develop a comfortable and safe space for my clients to identify and address barriers to progress in their personal and professional lives. When we are honest with ourselves, I think we so often find that our most ardent critic and obstacle to living a fulfilling and happy life is ourselves.
(650) 727-1875 View (650) 727-1875
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Carolee Stabno
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94402
As a solution-focused, culturally sensitive therapist, my treatment approach is to provide support and feedback to clients to help them resolve current problems, and work through life transitions and issues. Additionally, I have had extensive experience in the treatment of depression, panic disorder, anxiety, addiction, trauma, and loss & grief. With sensitivity and compassion, I help clients find solutions to a wide range of life challenges and psychological issues.
As a solution-focused, culturally sensitive therapist, my treatment approach is to provide support and feedback to clients to help them resolve current problems, and work through life transitions and issues. Additionally, I have had extensive experience in the treatment of depression, panic disorder, anxiety, addiction, trauma, and loss & grief. With sensitivity and compassion, I help clients find solutions to a wide range of life challenges and psychological issues.
(650) 209-7713 View (650) 209-7713
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Blanca Pena
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94403
I specialize in Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Low self-esteem, Stress, and Substance use disorders.
Blanca Pena, LMFT 138765, is an integrative therapist who aims to match evidence-based treatments with each client's particular concern(s), and to discover and understand the individual's personality traits, preferences, needs, spiritual beliefs, openness, and motivation level. Specialize in Trauma, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Mindfulness, Humanistic Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Crisis Management. I approach goal setting by meeting my clients where they are at and working together to find treatment goals based on their challenges.
I specialize in Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Low self-esteem, Stress, and Substance use disorders.
Blanca Pena, LMFT 138765, is an integrative therapist who aims to match evidence-based treatments with each client's particular concern(s), and to discover and understand the individual's personality traits, preferences, needs, spiritual beliefs, openness, and motivation level. Specialize in Trauma, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Mindfulness, Humanistic Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Crisis Management. I approach goal setting by meeting my clients where they are at and working together to find treatment goals based on their challenges.
(650) 644-4808 View (650) 644-4808
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Sonia Paz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94401
I specialize in relationships, self-esteem building, addiction and recovery, co-dependency, women's issues, stress, anxiety and finding balance in life.
Congratulations on taking the first step towards a happier, fuller and more fulfilling life that you deserve. I have been working with individuals, couples and families since 2008. As a Marriage and Family Therapist I am committed to help you resolve your life, career, family and relationship challenges.
I specialize in relationships, self-esteem building, addiction and recovery, co-dependency, women's issues, stress, anxiety and finding balance in life.
Congratulations on taking the first step towards a happier, fuller and more fulfilling life that you deserve. I have been working with individuals, couples and families since 2008. As a Marriage and Family Therapist I am committed to help you resolve your life, career, family and relationship challenges.
(650) 547-8908 View (650) 547-8908
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Elizabeth A. Bruno
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
My experience includes working with clients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, addiction, suicidality, life transitions and more.
I am a strength-based Clinical Therapist whose goal is to walk with you through therapy to increase your own self-warmth, hope, insight and healing. I believe that addiction or mental health issues are just a small piece of the multi-faceted jigsaw puzzle of who you are. Both my Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts are from Santa Clara University, where my basketball jersey is retired as I hold the "All Time Men and Women's Rebounding Record". I believe that athletics were the genesis of my relentless positivity, embracement of strengths, and belief in the perseverance of the human heart.
My experience includes working with clients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, addiction, suicidality, life transitions and more.
I am a strength-based Clinical Therapist whose goal is to walk with you through therapy to increase your own self-warmth, hope, insight and healing. I believe that addiction or mental health issues are just a small piece of the multi-faceted jigsaw puzzle of who you are. Both my Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts are from Santa Clara University, where my basketball jersey is retired as I hold the "All Time Men and Women's Rebounding Record". I believe that athletics were the genesis of my relentless positivity, embracement of strengths, and belief in the perseverance of the human heart.
(425) 629-0687 View (425) 629-0687
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Rami Mogannam
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94403
I specialize in psychological assessments and psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. Assessments are often conducted to assess for ADHD, autism, learning disorders, cognitive problems, and psychiatric disorders. I use an evidence based approach to assessment and provides treatment recommendations that make the evaluation meaningful to each individual. I also have extensive experience working with individuals struggling with substance use and mental health problems. I explore underlying reasons for the development of these psychiatric problems and provide treatment that focuses both on reducing use and living a life worth living.
I specialize in psychological assessments and psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. Assessments are often conducted to assess for ADHD, autism, learning disorders, cognitive problems, and psychiatric disorders. I use an evidence based approach to assessment and provides treatment recommendations that make the evaluation meaningful to each individual. I also have extensive experience working with individuals struggling with substance use and mental health problems. I explore underlying reasons for the development of these psychiatric problems and provide treatment that focuses both on reducing use and living a life worth living.
(650) 437-1506 View (650) 437-1506
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Maddie Foster
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94401
I work with teens, adults, couples and families from a wide range of concerns including: childhood trauma, intimacy/attachment issues, depression, anxiety, substance use and co-occuring disorders, dysfunctional family dynamics, and relationship struggles. I believe that we find healing in our relationships (both therapeutic and personal), and a strong therapeutic relationship can be the foundation for you to find safety, connection and fulfillment in your personal relationships and endeavors.
I work with teens, adults, couples and families from a wide range of concerns including: childhood trauma, intimacy/attachment issues, depression, anxiety, substance use and co-occuring disorders, dysfunctional family dynamics, and relationship struggles. I believe that we find healing in our relationships (both therapeutic and personal), and a strong therapeutic relationship can be the foundation for you to find safety, connection and fulfillment in your personal relationships and endeavors.
(650) 629-0787 View (650) 629-0787
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Pamela Poindexter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401
Due to our ever-increasing reliance on only ourselves, many individuals often carry burdens and stressors alone which result in anxiety, depression, substance use, relationship challenges, and an inability to skillfully navigate life transitions on their own.
Greetings! My name is Pam Poindexter and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Long Beach, CA. I enjoy assisting adults to reclaim hope and meaning, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, change addictive patterns, navigate relationship challenges and manage life transitions by combining multiple empowering strategies gathered from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy.
Due to our ever-increasing reliance on only ourselves, many individuals often carry burdens and stressors alone which result in anxiety, depression, substance use, relationship challenges, and an inability to skillfully navigate life transitions on their own.
Greetings! My name is Pam Poindexter and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Long Beach, CA. I enjoy assisting adults to reclaim hope and meaning, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, change addictive patterns, navigate relationship challenges and manage life transitions by combining multiple empowering strategies gathered from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy.
(650) 910-6930 View (650) 910-6930
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.