Addiction Therapists in Newington, CT

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New Wave Counseling & Consulting, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Newington, CT 06111
Over 20 years of clinical experience working with adolescents, teenagers, and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and addiction in various treatment settings. Diversity and multicultural issues are embedded in everything we do and contribute to presenting problems. I am conscious of varying decision-making preferences, the role of family dynamics, stages of life, socioeconomic status, and issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. As well as the stigma associated with seeking mental health services.
Over 20 years of clinical experience working with adolescents, teenagers, and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and addiction in various treatment settings. Diversity and multicultural issues are embedded in everything we do and contribute to presenting problems. I am conscious of varying decision-making preferences, the role of family dynamics, stages of life, socioeconomic status, and issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. As well as the stigma associated with seeking mental health services.
(860) 530-2988 View (860) 530-2988
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Chemical Addictions Treatment Services (CATS)
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MEd, LADC
Verified Verified
Newington, CT 06111
Had enough? Are you tired of the conflicts, the personal, financial, and relationship problems that result from substance use and abuse in your life? There is a new opportunity for help at Chemical Addictions Treatment Services. Recovery works if you want it. You can learn about recovery strategies while discovering your strengths and building new ones. You are invited to complete Chemical Addictions Treatments Services Workbook that you can keep for future use and reference. Picture yourself putting energy into healing your addiction by understanding the medical and psychological effects of alcohol and drug addiction or addictive behaviors.
Had enough? Are you tired of the conflicts, the personal, financial, and relationship problems that result from substance use and abuse in your life? There is a new opportunity for help at Chemical Addictions Treatment Services. Recovery works if you want it. You can learn about recovery strategies while discovering your strengths and building new ones. You are invited to complete Chemical Addictions Treatments Services Workbook that you can keep for future use and reference. Picture yourself putting energy into healing your addiction by understanding the medical and psychological effects of alcohol and drug addiction or addictive behaviors.
(860) 786-4512 View (860) 786-4512
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Melissa Linden
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Newington, CT 06111
Waitlist for new clients
I have experience in multiple settings working with substance use disorders, relapse prevention, co-occuring disorders, institutional / urban trauma, CPTSD/PTSD, LGBTQ+ community, and legally involved individuals.
I believe a sense of trust is a key component for someone feeling safe in therapy. My goal is to provide a non-judgmental therapeutic relationship that will provide that experience for all of my clients. My unique, person-centered approach to therapy gives you the space to feel safe, secure and supported while using evidenced based modalities. I am trained in EMDR, DBT, CBT and Motivational Interviewing and tailor treatment to the individual. My role as your therapist is to help provide the tools needed to gain insight, self-discovery and healing from past experiences, allowing you to live a happier and more fulfilling future
I have experience in multiple settings working with substance use disorders, relapse prevention, co-occuring disorders, institutional / urban trauma, CPTSD/PTSD, LGBTQ+ community, and legally involved individuals.
I believe a sense of trust is a key component for someone feeling safe in therapy. My goal is to provide a non-judgmental therapeutic relationship that will provide that experience for all of my clients. My unique, person-centered approach to therapy gives you the space to feel safe, secure and supported while using evidenced based modalities. I am trained in EMDR, DBT, CBT and Motivational Interviewing and tailor treatment to the individual. My role as your therapist is to help provide the tools needed to gain insight, self-discovery and healing from past experiences, allowing you to live a happier and more fulfilling future
(860) 831-4261 View (860) 831-4261
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Kimberly Platt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LADC
Verified Verified
Newington, CT 06111
I am a licensed clinical social worker and a Licensed Addiction Counselor. I have worked in the mental health field since 1997, counseling men, women, children, families, and couples. I specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy, patient-centered, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic therapy treating anxiety, PTSD, depression, addiction and behavioral issues. I believe in treating the person with empathy, integrity, and respect. I work with all ages from child to older population. No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay. Sliding fee scale available. I offer in office or Teletherapy in Connecticut.
I am a licensed clinical social worker and a Licensed Addiction Counselor. I have worked in the mental health field since 1997, counseling men, women, children, families, and couples. I specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy, patient-centered, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic therapy treating anxiety, PTSD, depression, addiction and behavioral issues. I believe in treating the person with empathy, integrity, and respect. I work with all ages from child to older population. No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay. Sliding fee scale available. I offer in office or Teletherapy in Connecticut.
(860) 300-3388 View (860) 300-3388
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Rachel Genesky
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Newington, CT 06111  (Online Only)
Welcome! I’m a licensed social worker accepting new clients. I provide therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults. I also provide adolescent and young adult substance use services, including supportive services to their parents and/or caregivers. I currently provide all services through a telehealth based platform. I have experienced providing services to those with co-occurring MH and substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, grief and loss,
Welcome! I’m a licensed social worker accepting new clients. I provide therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults. I also provide adolescent and young adult substance use services, including supportive services to their parents and/or caregivers. I currently provide all services through a telehealth based platform. I have experienced providing services to those with co-occurring MH and substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, grief and loss,
(860) 968-0310 View (860) 968-0310
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Melissa Morgan
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Newington, CT 06111
Whether there is addiction, anxiety, depression, and/or trauma; I will utilize therapeutic techniques that demonstrate how developing healthy boundaries and coping skills help us to find meaning, purpose and hope while providing a safe place to allow for you to process and validate your emotions and find freedom and peace in healing.
Do you feel burdened or like you are not able to live life with freedom, joy and peace? Whether we have hurts from the past or anxiety and depression that seem overwhelming; it can be helpful to have someone there who understands and provides non-judgmental, supportive feedback. When we experience challenges, crisis and difficult circumstances; important goals in therapy are learning to identify how our thoughts trigger our emotions and developing coping skills to process them.
Whether there is addiction, anxiety, depression, and/or trauma; I will utilize therapeutic techniques that demonstrate how developing healthy boundaries and coping skills help us to find meaning, purpose and hope while providing a safe place to allow for you to process and validate your emotions and find freedom and peace in healing.
Do you feel burdened or like you are not able to live life with freedom, joy and peace? Whether we have hurts from the past or anxiety and depression that seem overwhelming; it can be helpful to have someone there who understands and provides non-judgmental, supportive feedback. When we experience challenges, crisis and difficult circumstances; important goals in therapy are learning to identify how our thoughts trigger our emotions and developing coping skills to process them.
(860) 200-3705 View (860) 200-3705
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Courage Counseling Center, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newington, CT 06111
My educational background includes my Bachelors in Social Work from Central Connecticut State University. My Masters in Social Work from Fordham University in New York. I currently hold my L.M.S.W in Social Work. I have working experiences with mental health, working with children (ages from 5-18) with DMDD (disruptive mood dysregulation disorder), PTSD, Schizoaffective Disorder and severe behaviors. I am currently working as a substance use counselor. When people are exposed to trauma or tremendous difficulties in life, their quality of life frequently disintegrate.
My educational background includes my Bachelors in Social Work from Central Connecticut State University. My Masters in Social Work from Fordham University in New York. I currently hold my L.M.S.W in Social Work. I have working experiences with mental health, working with children (ages from 5-18) with DMDD (disruptive mood dysregulation disorder), PTSD, Schizoaffective Disorder and severe behaviors. I am currently working as a substance use counselor. When people are exposed to trauma or tremendous difficulties in life, their quality of life frequently disintegrate.
(860) 785-6222 View (860) 785-6222
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Stefanie Cervero
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newington, CT 06111
Struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, or just unsure on how to become unstuck? We may be a good part to see the light on shore and create a holistic healing circle that pulls from any negative experiences in the past and turning them into a new line of strength, hope love and resiliency.
Searching for answers and help in unsteady times can be daunting, terrifying, and stressful, but here you are taking the first step in advocating for change in your life. I would love to help you navigate the rough waters back to a safe place of healing and hope.
Struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, or just unsure on how to become unstuck? We may be a good part to see the light on shore and create a holistic healing circle that pulls from any negative experiences in the past and turning them into a new line of strength, hope love and resiliency.
Searching for answers and help in unsteady times can be daunting, terrifying, and stressful, but here you are taking the first step in advocating for change in your life. I would love to help you navigate the rough waters back to a safe place of healing and hope.
(860) 295-3137 View (860) 295-3137
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Anairis Rodriguez
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newington, CT 06111
Currently, I hold a master's degree in social work specializing in Mental Health Services from the University of Saint Joseph. I received the bachelor’s degree in criminology from Central Connecticut State University and hold an associates degree in criminal justice. I have experience with the court system and the stigma it has in many aspects. in addition, I have 4 years of experience working as a Counselor/Clinician specializing in Substance Use and have helped patients improve their lives.
Currently, I hold a master's degree in social work specializing in Mental Health Services from the University of Saint Joseph. I received the bachelor’s degree in criminology from Central Connecticut State University and hold an associates degree in criminal justice. I have experience with the court system and the stigma it has in many aspects. in addition, I have 4 years of experience working as a Counselor/Clinician specializing in Substance Use and have helped patients improve their lives.
(860) 851-3690 View (860) 851-3690
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Stephanie Watkins
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newington, CT 06111
My emphasis is centered around issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, behavioral addictions, and eating disorders.
Our mind is a battlefield. Individuals often fight thoughts and feelings of guilt, shame, worthlessness, and regret throughout their lifetime and often engage in maladaptive behaviors to medicate the pain they are dealing with. Many times mental health problems stem from spiritual issues and deep rooted, distorted core beliefs. When life gets rough, these core beliefs often rise to the surface and cause us to go in a downward spiral of depression and negative harmful behaviors. Therapy is a powerful ally to help conquer the negative and often debilitating thoughts that try to take over every aspect of our lives.
My emphasis is centered around issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, behavioral addictions, and eating disorders.
Our mind is a battlefield. Individuals often fight thoughts and feelings of guilt, shame, worthlessness, and regret throughout their lifetime and often engage in maladaptive behaviors to medicate the pain they are dealing with. Many times mental health problems stem from spiritual issues and deep rooted, distorted core beliefs. When life gets rough, these core beliefs often rise to the surface and cause us to go in a downward spiral of depression and negative harmful behaviors. Therapy is a powerful ally to help conquer the negative and often debilitating thoughts that try to take over every aspect of our lives.
(860) 485-7733 View (860) 485-7733
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My Story Counseling, LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Newington, CT 06111
Practice currently has new providers and is now accepting new clients. My goal as a therapist is to provide a, welcoming and non-judgmental space for us to join together to effectively address and resolve your specific concerns. In order to help you reach your true potential we must consider the whole person; mind, body, and spirit. I specialize in working with the adolescent population and adults with anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD, family therapy and couples counseling. I utilize various models such as CBT, DBT, Solution focused therapy and narrative therapy.
Practice currently has new providers and is now accepting new clients. My goal as a therapist is to provide a, welcoming and non-judgmental space for us to join together to effectively address and resolve your specific concerns. In order to help you reach your true potential we must consider the whole person; mind, body, and spirit. I specialize in working with the adolescent population and adults with anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD, family therapy and couples counseling. I utilize various models such as CBT, DBT, Solution focused therapy and narrative therapy.
(860) 631-5039 View (860) 631-5039
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Safiya Ruddock
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Newington, CT 06111
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationships, self esteem, life transitions, or recovery from substance use, identifying the source of these issues can lead to being able to see the world through a new lens.
Do you feel as though your life is stuck in the same place and that you are unable to make necessary changes? Do you feel powerless in managing intolerable feelings and struggle to identify why you have these feelings in the first place? Well, I am here to tell you that you can indeed have a life of abundance, joy, and peace. My goal is to understand your beliefs and personality to support you in aligning your actions with who you are. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in assisting clients with identifying the root cause of these issues and how these issues can be addressed.
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationships, self esteem, life transitions, or recovery from substance use, identifying the source of these issues can lead to being able to see the world through a new lens.
Do you feel as though your life is stuck in the same place and that you are unable to make necessary changes? Do you feel powerless in managing intolerable feelings and struggle to identify why you have these feelings in the first place? Well, I am here to tell you that you can indeed have a life of abundance, joy, and peace. My goal is to understand your beliefs and personality to support you in aligning your actions with who you are. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in assisting clients with identifying the root cause of these issues and how these issues can be addressed.
(860) 791-4618 View (860) 791-4618
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James Andersen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newington, CT 06111
I treat trauma, PTSD, phobias, grief and loss, and anxiety disorders of all kinds, even OCD. I help people who are having challenges in their relationships; people who are struggling with depression or substance abuse; people who want to feel more confident, motivated, fulfilled, or connected; or who simply want to be more at peace in the world.
I treat trauma, PTSD, phobias, grief and loss, and anxiety disorders of all kinds, even OCD. I help people who are having challenges in their relationships; people who are struggling with depression or substance abuse; people who want to feel more confident, motivated, fulfilled, or connected; or who simply want to be more at peace in the world.
(860) 542-2316 View (860) 542-2316
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Wethersfield Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newington, CT 06111
As an LCSW, I am dedicated to helping adolescents, adults, couples and families to cope with daily challenges and transitions. I strive to help create a greater sense of overall peace, hope and self-awareness. It is my honor to be able to work with clients who are brave enough to show me into their world, so that I can help create and support better coping. I specialize in addressing complex trauma, anxiety and panic, depression, OCD, reactivity, addiction, problem sexual behaviors, and other life transitions. I also have a personal interest in working with the donor-conceived population, not parent expected and adoptees.
As an LCSW, I am dedicated to helping adolescents, adults, couples and families to cope with daily challenges and transitions. I strive to help create a greater sense of overall peace, hope and self-awareness. It is my honor to be able to work with clients who are brave enough to show me into their world, so that I can help create and support better coping. I specialize in addressing complex trauma, anxiety and panic, depression, OCD, reactivity, addiction, problem sexual behaviors, and other life transitions. I also have a personal interest in working with the donor-conceived population, not parent expected and adoptees.
(203) 769-9611 View (203) 769-9611
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Michelle Lynn Zarucha-Buscarello
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MS, LADC, CCDP
Verified Verified
Newington, CT 06111
I believe that all individuals struggling with addiction have the ability to change as it is the desire within themselves that leads them to this change. The therapist is simply the vehicle that helps to create a safe environment for this journey to begin, and fosters this change and personal growth. The therapist provides tools and helps the client explore their unhealthy behaviors as well as helping them develop their own recoverty plan. Let me be your guide and help you on your journey to recovery, creating an improved and healthier you.
I believe that all individuals struggling with addiction have the ability to change as it is the desire within themselves that leads them to this change. The therapist is simply the vehicle that helps to create a safe environment for this journey to begin, and fosters this change and personal growth. The therapist provides tools and helps the client explore their unhealthy behaviors as well as helping them develop their own recoverty plan. Let me be your guide and help you on your journey to recovery, creating an improved and healthier you.
(860) 934-0230 View (860) 934-0230
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Kari Ann Greaves
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LADC
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Newington, CT 06111
I specialize in working with individuals and their families who have been influenced or affected by addiction.
Do you find yourself drinking more and more due to stress at work or issues in your relationships? You think you have it under control but know deep down, it may be time to talk to someone and are feeling embarrassed. I understand that asking for help can be hard and believe that by reflecting on what's currently contributing to your drinking will help motivate you to make changes. You want to feel better and drink less and I can help support you in cutting back and getting back into doing things you once enjoyed.
I specialize in working with individuals and their families who have been influenced or affected by addiction.
Do you find yourself drinking more and more due to stress at work or issues in your relationships? You think you have it under control but know deep down, it may be time to talk to someone and are feeling embarrassed. I understand that asking for help can be hard and believe that by reflecting on what's currently contributing to your drinking will help motivate you to make changes. You want to feel better and drink less and I can help support you in cutting back and getting back into doing things you once enjoyed.
(860) 452-0113 View (860) 452-0113
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Amanda Begin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newington, CT 06111  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Amanda! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I have a primary focus in disordered eating and body image issues, but I also specialize in: anxiety, relationships, addiction, life transitions (i.e. college, job changes), perinatal/postpartum support, and parenting support.
Hi, I’m Amanda! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I have a primary focus in disordered eating and body image issues, but I also specialize in: anxiety, relationships, addiction, life transitions (i.e. college, job changes), perinatal/postpartum support, and parenting support.
(860) 891-2946 View (860) 891-2946
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Loly Gallego- Divine Healing, LLC
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LADC, LMSW, LLC
Verified Verified
Newington, CT 06111  (Online Only)
I specialize in substance use disorders and have experience with co-occurring mental health disorders.
Sometimes we dwell on the past, our emotions and thoughts linger and we unconsciously remain stuck not knowing how to move forward with ourselves.. our thoughts can either break us or make us. Dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues and the monkey wrenches that life throws at us is hard ! Difficult times teaches us to be resilient and we learn more about ourselves.
I specialize in substance use disorders and have experience with co-occurring mental health disorders.
Sometimes we dwell on the past, our emotions and thoughts linger and we unconsciously remain stuck not knowing how to move forward with ourselves.. our thoughts can either break us or make us. Dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues and the monkey wrenches that life throws at us is hard ! Difficult times teaches us to be resilient and we learn more about ourselves.
(860) 744-5655 View (860) 744-5655
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Ellie Mental Health
LCSW, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newington, CT 06111
In addition to the modalities described above, we treat conditions such as anger management, self-esteem concerns, stress & burnout, loss & bereavement, divorce, peri-partum & postpartum psychiatric issues, self-harm & suicidal thoughts, substance abuse & behavioral addictions, panic disorder & social anxiety, OCD, ADHD, ODD, PTSD, depression, Bipolar Disorders, anxiety disorders, and specific phobias.
Ellie Mental Health in West Hartford, Connecticut isn’t your average therapy clinic. We’ve created a comfortable, judgment-free zone where you can be authentic, get real about where you’re at in your mental health, and receive the compassionate care you deserve. We strive to break down treatment barriers and provide you with customized counseling services that meet your therapy needs. Our lovely and amazing therapists see clients ages 3-end of life, and work with individuals, couples, and families.
In addition to the modalities described above, we treat conditions such as anger management, self-esteem concerns, stress & burnout, loss & bereavement, divorce, peri-partum & postpartum psychiatric issues, self-harm & suicidal thoughts, substance abuse & behavioral addictions, panic disorder & social anxiety, OCD, ADHD, ODD, PTSD, depression, Bipolar Disorders, anxiety disorders, and specific phobias.
Ellie Mental Health in West Hartford, Connecticut isn’t your average therapy clinic. We’ve created a comfortable, judgment-free zone where you can be authentic, get real about where you’re at in your mental health, and receive the compassionate care you deserve. We strive to break down treatment barriers and provide you with customized counseling services that meet your therapy needs. Our lovely and amazing therapists see clients ages 3-end of life, and work with individuals, couples, and families.
(860) 775-6142 View (860) 775-6142
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Fabiana Silva
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newington, CT 06111
With nearly a decade of experience in the field of psychotherapy, I am Fabiana Silva, a passionate and dedicated professional specializing in healing trauma. My extensive expertise spans across various therapeutic modalities, enabling me to provide comprehensive and personalized care to my clients. As a multilingual therapist fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, I am the founder of Sunrise Mental Health Services, dedicated to offering compassionate and culturally sensitive mental health support.
With nearly a decade of experience in the field of psychotherapy, I am Fabiana Silva, a passionate and dedicated professional specializing in healing trauma. My extensive expertise spans across various therapeutic modalities, enabling me to provide comprehensive and personalized care to my clients. As a multilingual therapist fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, I am the founder of Sunrise Mental Health Services, dedicated to offering compassionate and culturally sensitive mental health support.
(860) 846-3728 View (860) 846-3728
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.