Addiction Therapists in Santa Clara, CA

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Scott Henrywestwood Licensed
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, LAADC, NCAC-II, SAP, IS-E
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95050
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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Susan Valkenaar
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CADC-CA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Clara, CA 95052  (Online Only)
In addition to being a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I'm also a Certified Addiction Specialist and a Certified Women's Issues Specialist.
When people make a choice to utilize therapy to change their lives, I believe there is no greater gift they can give themselves. I am so lucky to have made helping people change their lives into my full time career.
In addition to being a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I'm also a Certified Addiction Specialist and a Certified Women's Issues Specialist.
When people make a choice to utilize therapy to change their lives, I believe there is no greater gift they can give themselves. I am so lucky to have made helping people change their lives into my full time career.
(408) 606-2416 View (408) 606-2416
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Christine Rivlin
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95054
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.
(669) 201-4356 View (669) 201-4356
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Alex Urrutia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95051
I have worked in several areas of mental health care and have truly found my purpose and passion in assisting those who struggle with trauma and/or addiction. I understand how trauma has been locked within the psyche and having an individual feel as though they are stuck within themselves. I understand that addiction was a solution to several problems at the time because it allowed relief but in reality it only masked the underlying issues. My goal for each of my clients is to have them recognize their own strengths and abilities so they may continue or begin to live meaningful lives.
I have worked in several areas of mental health care and have truly found my purpose and passion in assisting those who struggle with trauma and/or addiction. I understand how trauma has been locked within the psyche and having an individual feel as though they are stuck within themselves. I understand that addiction was a solution to several problems at the time because it allowed relief but in reality it only masked the underlying issues. My goal for each of my clients is to have them recognize their own strengths and abilities so they may continue or begin to live meaningful lives.
(619) 393-5483 View (619) 393-5483
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Hazzel Angulo
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95054
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.
(669) 260-7348 View (669) 260-7348
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Tracey Fuller
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95050  (Online Only)
I specialize in Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR, and Brainspotting, tailored for those eager to heal from trauma and addiction and restore their sense of self-worth.
Are you navigating life's hurdles with the best resources you have, yet still feeling like it's not enough? You're not alone in this journey. In our sessions, we'll explore the diverse facets of your personality that shape your thoughts, feelings, actions, and relationships, impacting everything from personal connections to your career path. Whether it's healing from trauma or overcoming addictions - alcohol, screen time, food, or relationship challenges - we're in this together.
I specialize in Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR, and Brainspotting, tailored for those eager to heal from trauma and addiction and restore their sense of self-worth.
Are you navigating life's hurdles with the best resources you have, yet still feeling like it's not enough? You're not alone in this journey. In our sessions, we'll explore the diverse facets of your personality that shape your thoughts, feelings, actions, and relationships, impacting everything from personal connections to your career path. Whether it's healing from trauma or overcoming addictions - alcohol, screen time, food, or relationship challenges - we're in this together.
(831) 453-0480 View (831) 453-0480
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Donald D St Louis
Marriage & Family Therapist, DMin, LMFT, CSAT
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95050
I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and use Pia Mellody's model of trauma resolution and shame reduction with abuse survivors.
Family of origin is our primary learning lab for life. It is where we get our most basic information: is the world a safe place? What does it mean to be a human person? What about feelings? Is it ok to talk about them? it is where we learn about relationships, communication, and intimacy, and where we learn rules and roles that we use to navigate our way through life. Accordingly, in therapy we will explore these early experiences to illuminate why we are the way we are and why we do the things we do in the present.
I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and use Pia Mellody's model of trauma resolution and shame reduction with abuse survivors.
Family of origin is our primary learning lab for life. It is where we get our most basic information: is the world a safe place? What does it mean to be a human person? What about feelings? Is it ok to talk about them? it is where we learn about relationships, communication, and intimacy, and where we learn rules and roles that we use to navigate our way through life. Accordingly, in therapy we will explore these early experiences to illuminate why we are the way we are and why we do the things we do in the present.
(408) 580-8797 View (408) 580-8797
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Cynthia Stern
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95054  (Online Only)
Some presenting challenges include high conflict, finances, child problems, substance abuse, infidelity, a mental illness and more.
The individuals, families, and couples I treat should expect to produce true fundamental change.I practice a brief systemic solution focused treatment. Be ready to work with me to construct a clear understanding of the problem/symptom in order to co-create an action plan. Clients should expect to practice new patterns of behavior both in and out of sessions. I prescribe strategic interventions such as tasks, rituals, enactments, and assignments. I have integrated my expertise as a psychotherapist with my life coaching skills.I see my role as a change agent. I specialize in high conflict relational challenges and divorce.
Some presenting challenges include high conflict, finances, child problems, substance abuse, infidelity, a mental illness and more.
The individuals, families, and couples I treat should expect to produce true fundamental change.I practice a brief systemic solution focused treatment. Be ready to work with me to construct a clear understanding of the problem/symptom in order to co-create an action plan. Clients should expect to practice new patterns of behavior both in and out of sessions. I prescribe strategic interventions such as tasks, rituals, enactments, and assignments. I have integrated my expertise as a psychotherapist with my life coaching skills.I see my role as a change agent. I specialize in high conflict relational challenges and divorce.
(310) 494-7260 View (310) 494-7260
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Laura Crabb
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95055  (Online Only)
Welcome, and congratulations! Finding the right therapist is a big step. If you'd like to understand how your mind causes you mischief--anxiety, stress, depression, anger, addictions, or relationship problems--I can help you to pursue these goals. I have many years of experience in mindfulness meditation and practice, and a thorough understanding of how our thoughts, stories, and assumptions result in increased stress or increased happiness. I also make good use of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in helping adults and teens with sexual abuse or addiction issues. Clients tell me that I am "an easy person to talk to."
Welcome, and congratulations! Finding the right therapist is a big step. If you'd like to understand how your mind causes you mischief--anxiety, stress, depression, anger, addictions, or relationship problems--I can help you to pursue these goals. I have many years of experience in mindfulness meditation and practice, and a thorough understanding of how our thoughts, stories, and assumptions result in increased stress or increased happiness. I also make good use of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in helping adults and teens with sexual abuse or addiction issues. Clients tell me that I am "an easy person to talk to."
(408) 412-5613 View (408) 412-5613
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Tanya Pekker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Common issues I treat include relationship conflict, anxiety, depression, addiction, unhealthy sexual patterns, dating problems, and past trauma.
Do you want to have a healthier life and more satisfying relationships? Therapy consists of a direct and compassionate approach to help individuals, couples and families. You have found me on the Web through your own search, so you are presumably trying to find an affordable professional therapist who would suit your particular needs. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I can offer counseling and therapy. Caring professional support and understanding can provide relief and healing during stressful times.
Common issues I treat include relationship conflict, anxiety, depression, addiction, unhealthy sexual patterns, dating problems, and past trauma.
Do you want to have a healthier life and more satisfying relationships? Therapy consists of a direct and compassionate approach to help individuals, couples and families. You have found me on the Web through your own search, so you are presumably trying to find an affordable professional therapist who would suit your particular needs. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I can offer counseling and therapy. Caring professional support and understanding can provide relief and healing during stressful times.
(650) 452-6311 View (650) 452-6311
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Simi Bhaurla
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95054  (Online Only)
Struggling with mental health is a difficult task to handle alone. With my clients, not only do I listen to their story I also teach clients coping skills to help them manage their symptoms. My clients typically experience anxiety, depression, substance use issues, or are struggling with difficult life transitions. I provide clients with the tools they need to help improve their lives and become the best version of themselves. The most important part of this process is to find the right therapist for you. Feel free to send me an email or leave a voicemail and we can see if we would be a good fit for each other!
Struggling with mental health is a difficult task to handle alone. With my clients, not only do I listen to their story I also teach clients coping skills to help them manage their symptoms. My clients typically experience anxiety, depression, substance use issues, or are struggling with difficult life transitions. I provide clients with the tools they need to help improve their lives and become the best version of themselves. The most important part of this process is to find the right therapist for you. Feel free to send me an email or leave a voicemail and we can see if we would be a good fit for each other!
(408) 413-4512 View (408) 413-4512
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Csilla Feher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95050
My name is Csilla Feher, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I believe in treating everyone with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. I have experience working with a diverse population, ranging from severely emotionally disturbed adults, elderly adults, persons struggling with substance abuse, the homeless, psychotic persons, and persons with mood disorders. I am working with clientele suffering from depression, anxiety, substance use, and general psychosocial stressors.
My name is Csilla Feher, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I believe in treating everyone with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. I have experience working with a diverse population, ranging from severely emotionally disturbed adults, elderly adults, persons struggling with substance abuse, the homeless, psychotic persons, and persons with mood disorders. I am working with clientele suffering from depression, anxiety, substance use, and general psychosocial stressors.
(209) 340-1156 View (209) 340-1156
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Hollis Theon Rogers
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Clara, CA 95051
I am Hollis 'Theon" Rogers, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I am also a certified substance abuse counselor with many years of experience. I utilize mainly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solutions focused as my approach. My focus is on Black/ African American and Hispanic cultures and the specific issues that come from the group. I also address military issues including trauma and help with getting the benefit military personnel deserve. I typically work with the military and veterans and people of color. I have experience with addressing domestic violence issues.
I am Hollis 'Theon" Rogers, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I am also a certified substance abuse counselor with many years of experience. I utilize mainly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solutions focused as my approach. My focus is on Black/ African American and Hispanic cultures and the specific issues that come from the group. I also address military issues including trauma and help with getting the benefit military personnel deserve. I typically work with the military and veterans and people of color. I have experience with addressing domestic violence issues.
(909) 314-1718 View (909) 314-1718
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Angelia Victorian
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95051
I have mostly counseled clients with depressive and anxiety disorders, as well as substance use disorders, severe mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorders.
My name is Angelia Victorian and I am a licensed clinical social worker. I see individuals, couples, families, and teens. Some of the therapeutic approaches I utilize include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, person-centered therapy, and holistic therapy.
I have mostly counseled clients with depressive and anxiety disorders, as well as substance use disorders, severe mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorders.
My name is Angelia Victorian and I am a licensed clinical social worker. I see individuals, couples, families, and teens. Some of the therapeutic approaches I utilize include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, person-centered therapy, and holistic therapy.
(530) 489-4751 View (530) 489-4751
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Edward Alvo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Throughout my career working with the adult addiction and mental health population, I have witnessed men and women change their lives, reach their goals, and reunite with their families.
Hello, my name is Eddie Alvo, LMFT 125795. I am also certified with CAADE & CCAPP as a drug and alcohol counselor. I am in recovery and my focus has been with men, women and their families to recover from addiction. My approach to therapy is to meet every client where they are at and treat them as an individual. To build rapport and listen to your current symptoms, so as a team we can determine the path to take and begin to minimize your symptom's.
Throughout my career working with the adult addiction and mental health population, I have witnessed men and women change their lives, reach their goals, and reunite with their families.
Hello, my name is Eddie Alvo, LMFT 125795. I am also certified with CAADE & CCAPP as a drug and alcohol counselor. I am in recovery and my focus has been with men, women and their families to recover from addiction. My approach to therapy is to meet every client where they are at and treat them as an individual. To build rapport and listen to your current symptoms, so as a team we can determine the path to take and begin to minimize your symptom's.
(323) 927-7961 View (323) 927-7961
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Emma Reyes-Ramirez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Clara, CA 95050
My clinical interests and experience are in postpartum adjustments and difficulties, trauma work, launching/life transitions, work/school adjustments/difficulties, treatment of mood disorders, alcohol/substance use disorders, anxiety and depression.
I have worked in the mental health field for over 20 years. I have provided array of clinical services; including individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention and case management. I am holistic in my approach as I strongly believe in meeting my client's needs with evidence based treatment modalities that work for that individual. My goal is to work with my clients to develop a treatment plan along side them that best suits them and their needs.
My clinical interests and experience are in postpartum adjustments and difficulties, trauma work, launching/life transitions, work/school adjustments/difficulties, treatment of mood disorders, alcohol/substance use disorders, anxiety and depression.
I have worked in the mental health field for over 20 years. I have provided array of clinical services; including individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention and case management. I am holistic in my approach as I strongly believe in meeting my client's needs with evidence based treatment modalities that work for that individual. My goal is to work with my clients to develop a treatment plan along side them that best suits them and their needs.
(408) 617-9564 View (408) 617-9564
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Olivia Schulz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Hi there, I'm Olivia, an LMFT based in Sacramento, CA. I am a Woman, Mother, Wife, and Therapist, in that order. I am a Latina and have lived in California my entire life. I have experience with children, teens, foster youth, at-risk youth, young adults, young professionals, persons in the helping field, and couples. I have experience working with issues and diagnoses such as addiction, recovery, self-harm, life transitions, parental loss, blended families, LGBTQ, parent-child relational issues, communication issues, anger, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
Hi there, I'm Olivia, an LMFT based in Sacramento, CA. I am a Woman, Mother, Wife, and Therapist, in that order. I am a Latina and have lived in California my entire life. I have experience with children, teens, foster youth, at-risk youth, young adults, young professionals, persons in the helping field, and couples. I have experience working with issues and diagnoses such as addiction, recovery, self-harm, life transitions, parental loss, blended families, LGBTQ, parent-child relational issues, communication issues, anger, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
(562) 268-4115 View (562) 268-4115
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Mary Deyo
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95050
NOW ACCEPTING CLIENTS for individual, couples and group therapy. PLEASE ASK ABOUT ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS Anyone who is currently struggling with emotional pain and wanting to change, is my ideal client. I am here to guide you through a journey into your mind and heart, to help you face your greatest fears, and discover your unimaginable strength. Out of the ashes, rises the phoenix and out of a personal crisis, comes tremendous growth and healing. Whether you are dealing with mood swings, depression, anxiety, addiction, panic, trauma or relationship issues, I am here to help. https://fitforjoy.org/guests1/dr-mary-deyo
NOW ACCEPTING CLIENTS for individual, couples and group therapy. PLEASE ASK ABOUT ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS Anyone who is currently struggling with emotional pain and wanting to change, is my ideal client. I am here to guide you through a journey into your mind and heart, to help you face your greatest fears, and discover your unimaginable strength. Out of the ashes, rises the phoenix and out of a personal crisis, comes tremendous growth and healing. Whether you are dealing with mood swings, depression, anxiety, addiction, panic, trauma or relationship issues, I am here to help. https://fitforjoy.org/guests1/dr-mary-deyo
(707) 336-8493 View (707) 336-8493
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Heather Litke
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Hello, I'm Heather Litke, a licensed professional counselor. It is my honor and joy to support and witness people creating their inner strength. As a seasoned counselor, I have had the opportunity to assist clients in self-discovery and transforming blocks to a happy and fulfilling life. I draw from a tool kit of CBT, Humanistic, Insight Oriented, and Spiritual approaches to support clients in achieving desired changes. My specialties are anxiety, depression, substance abuse, chronic illness, non-medical pain management, and more.
Hello, I'm Heather Litke, a licensed professional counselor. It is my honor and joy to support and witness people creating their inner strength. As a seasoned counselor, I have had the opportunity to assist clients in self-discovery and transforming blocks to a happy and fulfilling life. I draw from a tool kit of CBT, Humanistic, Insight Oriented, and Spiritual approaches to support clients in achieving desired changes. My specialties are anxiety, depression, substance abuse, chronic illness, non-medical pain management, and more.
(209) 989-1564 View (209) 989-1564
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Sanya Litch
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor , LPCC
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Many years of non-profit employment have afforded me the opportunity to work with a vast array of clients who struggle with managing symptoms of depression, symptoms of anxiety, substance abuse, chronic mental illness, trauma, family issues, grief and loss, LGBTQ+ issues, and socio-cultural issues.
Hi. My name is Sanya Litch and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Everyone’s needs are unique. I tailor my approach accordingly to assist you in acquiring awareness, making choices, and initiating those choices to overcome challenges. Some challenges that I focus on are depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and socio-cultural issues.
Many years of non-profit employment have afforded me the opportunity to work with a vast array of clients who struggle with managing symptoms of depression, symptoms of anxiety, substance abuse, chronic mental illness, trauma, family issues, grief and loss, LGBTQ+ issues, and socio-cultural issues.
Hi. My name is Sanya Litch and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Everyone’s needs are unique. I tailor my approach accordingly to assist you in acquiring awareness, making choices, and initiating those choices to overcome challenges. Some challenges that I focus on are depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and socio-cultural issues.
(562) 280-2167 View (562) 280-2167

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.