Addiction Therapists in Washington, DC

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Michael A Vigorito
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, CGP, CST-S
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
As a sexual health psychotherapist, I treat what is commonly labeled as "sexual addiction" or "compulsive sexual behavior" as a problem of competing motivations - men wanting to both stop and continue their sexual behavior despite harmful consequences.
How do you know if your sexual behavior is out of control? It's a subjective question that many men unfortunately wait until relationship, occupational or medical consequences accumulate before considering. I believe the most important person to evaluate concerns with regulating sexual behavior is the man experiencing the dilemma. I start with two basic questions: "What is your conflict with your sexual behavior?" and "What is your vision for your sexual health?" Since 2001, I have provided a safe, informed and confidential space for sexual health conversations with heterosexual, gay and bisexual men.
As a sexual health psychotherapist, I treat what is commonly labeled as "sexual addiction" or "compulsive sexual behavior" as a problem of competing motivations - men wanting to both stop and continue their sexual behavior despite harmful consequences.
How do you know if your sexual behavior is out of control? It's a subjective question that many men unfortunately wait until relationship, occupational or medical consequences accumulate before considering. I believe the most important person to evaluate concerns with regulating sexual behavior is the man experiencing the dilemma. I start with two basic questions: "What is your conflict with your sexual behavior?" and "What is your vision for your sexual health?" Since 2001, I have provided a safe, informed and confidential space for sexual health conversations with heterosexual, gay and bisexual men.
(202) 949-7872 View (202) 949-7872
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Mili Tilahun
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
I am a bilingual therapist in English and Amheric with over 13 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group counseling settings. I have worked with a diverse population of ethnic minorities including Ethiopians. I specialize in depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, self-esteem, substance use and addiction, pregnancy loss, fertility challenges, life transitions and stress, and grief and loss.
I am a bilingual therapist in English and Amheric with over 13 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group counseling settings. I have worked with a diverse population of ethnic minorities including Ethiopians. I specialize in depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, self-esteem, substance use and addiction, pregnancy loss, fertility challenges, life transitions and stress, and grief and loss.
(202) 931-7997 View (202) 931-7997
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Jerry St Louis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20019  (Online Only)
Helping you find the best you. I tend to focus on LGBTQIA+ Issues, which include but are not limited to social anxiety, fear about coming out or being rejected, and concerns about being alone. I also provide therapeutic services to individuals dealing with addiction (i.e. Crystal Meth, Sex-Drug Fusion). It is important that people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, and body size feel respected and heard with me. People of all backgrounds should be able to get the help they need without fear of microaggressions or further oppression by the therapist. I am also an officiant and offer pre-martial counseling.
Helping you find the best you. I tend to focus on LGBTQIA+ Issues, which include but are not limited to social anxiety, fear about coming out or being rejected, and concerns about being alone. I also provide therapeutic services to individuals dealing with addiction (i.e. Crystal Meth, Sex-Drug Fusion). It is important that people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, and body size feel respected and heard with me. People of all backgrounds should be able to get the help they need without fear of microaggressions or further oppression by the therapist. I am also an officiant and offer pre-martial counseling.
(202) 915-3834 View (202) 915-3834
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Charles Harney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
Are you feeling stuck in life, unable to move forward and grow? Life can sometimes feel out of control, leading to feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, frustration, loneliness, isolation, and boredom. These emotions can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as drug or alcohol abuse, excessive spending, or other destructive behaviors. My approach focuses on helping clients regain control and develop healthy coping skills. I work with young adults, adults and couples, specializing in LGBTQ issues, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, trauma, and mood disorders.
Are you feeling stuck in life, unable to move forward and grow? Life can sometimes feel out of control, leading to feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, frustration, loneliness, isolation, and boredom. These emotions can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as drug or alcohol abuse, excessive spending, or other destructive behaviors. My approach focuses on helping clients regain control and develop healthy coping skills. I work with young adults, adults and couples, specializing in LGBTQ issues, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, trauma, and mood disorders.
(202) 831-3804 View (202) 831-3804
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Cara N. Burton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
My background is in mental health, trauma and addiction.
Many of us are looking outside ourselves for love, fulfillment and joy only to find ourselves deeply dissatisfied, lonely and separated from connection and intimacy with others and ourselves. Life can be difficult and is filled with challenges and traumatic experiences that require our attention and care in order to heal. We are skilled at silencing the aching inside via escape hatches: excessive shopping, over/under eating, using drugs or alcohol, sex, gambling, gaming, etc. I believe the therapeutic relationship can offer support as we move into freedom by learning to live in the present moment with all life has to offer.
My background is in mental health, trauma and addiction.
Many of us are looking outside ourselves for love, fulfillment and joy only to find ourselves deeply dissatisfied, lonely and separated from connection and intimacy with others and ourselves. Life can be difficult and is filled with challenges and traumatic experiences that require our attention and care in order to heal. We are skilled at silencing the aching inside via escape hatches: excessive shopping, over/under eating, using drugs or alcohol, sex, gambling, gaming, etc. I believe the therapeutic relationship can offer support as we move into freedom by learning to live in the present moment with all life has to offer.
(202) 991-3396 View (202) 991-3396
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Zachary James Pyne
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
I work with clients from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, who have all come to a shared realization: that their way of living is no longer working for them. Whether they are struggling with addiction or depression or find themselves experiencing relationship difficulties, they all aspire to something new; something more. Together we identify the nature of their particular dissatisfaction, discover how they got there, and develop a more desirable and sustainable reality. I believe that my role is to be a nonjudgmental companion to my clients on their unique journey of self-discovery and profound change.
I work with clients from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, who have all come to a shared realization: that their way of living is no longer working for them. Whether they are struggling with addiction or depression or find themselves experiencing relationship difficulties, they all aspire to something new; something more. Together we identify the nature of their particular dissatisfaction, discover how they got there, and develop a more desirable and sustainable reality. I believe that my role is to be a nonjudgmental companion to my clients on their unique journey of self-discovery and profound change.
(202) 759-8387 View (202) 759-8387
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Laura J Winton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
I am a respected trainer in Professionalism and Ethical, Preventing Victimization, Co-occurring Disorders: Mental Illness and Substance Abuse, and the Management of Self-Injurious Behaviors.
"Lives, hopes and dreams can be actualized." My approach is open minded and non-judgmental, embracing individuality and strength while assisting the development of understanding and acceptance. In my 33 years of experience providing psychotherapy, I have developed expertise in individualized treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use and trauma. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. Working with young adults and adults, I offer individualized specialized therapy. Treatment offered targets understanding and management of emotions, surviving and managing crisis, being present and mindful, interpersonal effectiveness, and learning to think and behave in ways that enhance life and building a better future.
I am a respected trainer in Professionalism and Ethical, Preventing Victimization, Co-occurring Disorders: Mental Illness and Substance Abuse, and the Management of Self-Injurious Behaviors.
"Lives, hopes and dreams can be actualized." My approach is open minded and non-judgmental, embracing individuality and strength while assisting the development of understanding and acceptance. In my 33 years of experience providing psychotherapy, I have developed expertise in individualized treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use and trauma. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. Working with young adults and adults, I offer individualized specialized therapy. Treatment offered targets understanding and management of emotions, surviving and managing crisis, being present and mindful, interpersonal effectiveness, and learning to think and behave in ways that enhance life and building a better future.
(301) 804-2287 View (301) 804-2287
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Duncan Price
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
My clinical expertise includes the treatment of mood disorders, addiction, and trauma.
My goal is to create a safe and accepting environment that allows us to better explore the issues you are facing. I believe that one of the most important elements of counseling is the therapeutic relationship. I value a trusting, open, and interactive relationship that allows us to improve insight into your struggles and issues, and develop a plan for recovery and healing.
My clinical expertise includes the treatment of mood disorders, addiction, and trauma.
My goal is to create a safe and accepting environment that allows us to better explore the issues you are facing. I believe that one of the most important elements of counseling is the therapeutic relationship. I value a trusting, open, and interactive relationship that allows us to improve insight into your struggles and issues, and develop a plan for recovery and healing.
(202) 601-3836 View (202) 601-3836
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David A Ross
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in DC. My main areas of expertise are adults with substance use, LGBTQ+ issues, trauma, anxiety, and depression. I'm great at listening, problem solving, stress-reduction techniques, creative writing, and cooking. I tend to utilize a combination of approaches, including psychodynamic, CBT, and holistic practices. Therapy is different for everyone, and I will work with you to find what works best for you and your goals. I can help you achieve your goals if you know what they are, and I can help you find your goals if you don't. Also, I frequently have evening session availabilities.
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in DC. My main areas of expertise are adults with substance use, LGBTQ+ issues, trauma, anxiety, and depression. I'm great at listening, problem solving, stress-reduction techniques, creative writing, and cooking. I tend to utilize a combination of approaches, including psychodynamic, CBT, and holistic practices. Therapy is different for everyone, and I will work with you to find what works best for you and your goals. I can help you achieve your goals if you know what they are, and I can help you find your goals if you don't. Also, I frequently have evening session availabilities.
(855) 691-6012 View (855) 691-6012
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Agustin Aguirre Herrera
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
Waitlist for new clients
If you are interested in connecting for issues related to anxiety, trauma, addiction, or strengthening emotional balance, I welcome you.
I am an affirming, trauma-trained therapist who believes in the capacity for healing in a collaborative and compassionate therapeutic space. As a result of our co-created safe space and relationship, you will experience increased resiliency, less reactive behaviors, emotional balance, self-compassion, and an enhanced connection with your internal energy. If you feel overwhelmed by emotions that you consider unhelpful, or if you are feeling hopeless, unsure of what is next, fearful, ashamed, or unable to enjoy life despite being supported and loved by others, therapy might be an ideal opportunity to liberate some of those burdens.
If you are interested in connecting for issues related to anxiety, trauma, addiction, or strengthening emotional balance, I welcome you.
I am an affirming, trauma-trained therapist who believes in the capacity for healing in a collaborative and compassionate therapeutic space. As a result of our co-created safe space and relationship, you will experience increased resiliency, less reactive behaviors, emotional balance, self-compassion, and an enhanced connection with your internal energy. If you feel overwhelmed by emotions that you consider unhelpful, or if you are feeling hopeless, unsure of what is next, fearful, ashamed, or unable to enjoy life despite being supported and loved by others, therapy might be an ideal opportunity to liberate some of those burdens.
(866) 764-6174 View (866) 764-6174
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Kim Harris Cobb
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
Some of my specific specialties are Trauma, PTSD, Depression; Bi-Polar D/O; Bullying, Addiction, and Adolescent/ Parenting Issues.
My therapeutic viewpoint is that all clients can change if they have a supportive therapist in a therapeutic environment that is conducive to change. Additionally, they must have the desire to change, set goals, and work on the skills needed outside of the counseling session to create lasting change.
Some of my specific specialties are Trauma, PTSD, Depression; Bi-Polar D/O; Bullying, Addiction, and Adolescent/ Parenting Issues.
My therapeutic viewpoint is that all clients can change if they have a supportive therapist in a therapeutic environment that is conducive to change. Additionally, they must have the desire to change, set goals, and work on the skills needed outside of the counseling session to create lasting change.
(202) 759-6236 View (202) 759-6236
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Lisa Kays
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
I work with clients who are distressed or confused by why they engage in the behaviors they do, whether it's addiction, anger, or relationship difficulties and challenges. I believe this is because my stance is non-judgmental and I genuinely believe that all behavior is rational given past experience or the actual situation, even if it is not helpful in the present. I work to help clients navigate how these behaviors may have arisen, to develop self-compassion, and then to provide support and strategies to do the hard work of adopting new, more helpful behaviors.
I work with clients who are distressed or confused by why they engage in the behaviors they do, whether it's addiction, anger, or relationship difficulties and challenges. I believe this is because my stance is non-judgmental and I genuinely believe that all behavior is rational given past experience or the actual situation, even if it is not helpful in the present. I work to help clients navigate how these behaviors may have arisen, to develop self-compassion, and then to provide support and strategies to do the hard work of adopting new, more helpful behaviors.
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Grace H Depp
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006
Patients with a history of trauma, addiction, or Attachment Issues will find comfort, guidance, education and even community in this practice through individual and/or group therapy as well as award-winning psychoeducation.
Patients with a history of trauma, addiction, or Attachment Issues will find comfort, guidance, education and even community in this practice through individual and/or group therapy as well as award-winning psychoeducation.
(202) 335-9550 View (202) 335-9550
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Adam Bloom
Counselor, MS, LPC, LCPC, NCC, MAC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
I have advanced training in treating anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, substance use concerns, relational struggles, attachment injury and trauma.
Making the decision to embark on a therapeutic journey takes courage and vulnerability. Congratulations on taking this step towards improving your personal wellness. Productive therapy starts by creating a safe space and working on building a relationship that fosters trust. We will discuss your current reasons for engaging in therapy, explore parts of your history that may inform our work together, and develop a tailored plan to support symptom relief and address the root causes to optimize your healing and growth.
I have advanced training in treating anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, substance use concerns, relational struggles, attachment injury and trauma.
Making the decision to embark on a therapeutic journey takes courage and vulnerability. Congratulations on taking this step towards improving your personal wellness. Productive therapy starts by creating a safe space and working on building a relationship that fosters trust. We will discuss your current reasons for engaging in therapy, explore parts of your history that may inform our work together, and develop a tailored plan to support symptom relief and address the root causes to optimize your healing and growth.
(202) 759-2255 View (202) 759-2255
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Sid Binks
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP-CN
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20008
I have been working with clients for almost two decades around issues of identity development, sexual orientation, anxiety, depression and addiction.
Ideal clients are those who are looking for help and feel ready to challenge themselves and are ready for change. Issues of happiness, fulfullment, identity development, sexual orientation, gender, addiction, anxiety, depression and psychosis are some of the typical things clients bring into treatment.
I have been working with clients for almost two decades around issues of identity development, sexual orientation, anxiety, depression and addiction.
Ideal clients are those who are looking for help and feel ready to challenge themselves and are ready for change. Issues of happiness, fulfullment, identity development, sexual orientation, gender, addiction, anxiety, depression and psychosis are some of the typical things clients bring into treatment.
(844) 931-3479 View (844) 931-3479
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Tim Martin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, CSAT, CMAT, CPTT, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20015  (Online Only)
Infidelity? Porn addiction? Sex addiction? Trauma? These issues can be tough to deal with, but I can help. I have specialized training so that you're not wasting your time and money. Not just talk, talk, talk that gets you nowhere. I used evidence-based treatments so that you're feeling better soon. As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), a Certified Partner Trauma Therapist (CPTT), and a Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT), I'm trained in many addictions, including substances. Most therapists aren't trained in all these issues. I offer EMDR, as well. There is hope. Together, we'll figure things out.
Infidelity? Porn addiction? Sex addiction? Trauma? These issues can be tough to deal with, but I can help. I have specialized training so that you're not wasting your time and money. Not just talk, talk, talk that gets you nowhere. I used evidence-based treatments so that you're feeling better soon. As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), a Certified Partner Trauma Therapist (CPTT), and a Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT), I'm trained in many addictions, including substances. Most therapists aren't trained in all these issues. I offer EMDR, as well. There is hope. Together, we'll figure things out.
(202) 951-8669 View (202) 951-8669
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Meme Rhee
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MFT
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20007  (Online Only)
My area of expertise include: (teens and adults) Borderline Personality Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Addiction, Eating Disorders/Body Image EMDR/Trauma Resolution, Cross Cultural Counseling for Asian Americans, Creativity/Performance Enhancement, Couples/Family Therapy.
As a certified psychoanalyst, I specialize in treating teens and adults who struggle with depression; intense anxiety; obsessive-compulsive symptoms including invasive, disturbing thoughts; intolerable, painful emotions; high-conflict relationships; impulsive behaviors including suicidal and self-injurious behavior; substance and/or alcohol abuse; eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress symptoms. Our collaboration strives to help you find internal harmony. My method of investigation of the mind is designed to help you gain clarity in your thinking, achieve emotional containment and experience self-empowerment.
My area of expertise include: (teens and adults) Borderline Personality Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Addiction, Eating Disorders/Body Image EMDR/Trauma Resolution, Cross Cultural Counseling for Asian Americans, Creativity/Performance Enhancement, Couples/Family Therapy.
As a certified psychoanalyst, I specialize in treating teens and adults who struggle with depression; intense anxiety; obsessive-compulsive symptoms including invasive, disturbing thoughts; intolerable, painful emotions; high-conflict relationships; impulsive behaviors including suicidal and self-injurious behavior; substance and/or alcohol abuse; eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress symptoms. Our collaboration strives to help you find internal harmony. My method of investigation of the mind is designed to help you gain clarity in your thinking, achieve emotional containment and experience self-empowerment.
(202) 946-7632 View (202) 946-7632
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Steve Donovan
Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20007
Real Men. Real Addiction Help. Real Talk Therapy. How does addiction work? How do I counteract it? What is behind my addictive behavior? In addiction recovery since 2006 and professionally helping others since 2011 to realize their own recovery, I am uniquely positioned to help you with your struggles with addictive substances and behaviors. Let’s start right now. Today your life changes from suffering to success.
Real Men. Real Addiction Help. Real Talk Therapy. How does addiction work? How do I counteract it? What is behind my addictive behavior? In addiction recovery since 2006 and professionally helping others since 2011 to realize their own recovery, I am uniquely positioned to help you with your struggles with addictive substances and behaviors. Let’s start right now. Today your life changes from suffering to success.
(202) 793-8057 View (202) 793-8057
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Graham Hall
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20007
Prior to opening my private practice in Georgetown, I worked at the Kolmac Clinic on K Street in Washington, DC, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. I work with clients to improve self-esteem, identify what it is that they really want in their lives and help them to improve the overall quality of their lives and thrive more fully.
Prior to opening my private practice in Georgetown, I worked at the Kolmac Clinic on K Street in Washington, DC, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. I work with clients to improve self-esteem, identify what it is that they really want in their lives and help them to improve the overall quality of their lives and thrive more fully.
(202) 499-4548 View (202) 499-4548
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Sahar Kabiri
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC , CSAC, CAADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20007  (Online Only)
I am a Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
I am a therapist because I am passionate about accompanying individuals on their self-understanding, exploration, and healing journey. The environment I provide is nonjudgmental, open, and safe. It focuses on an integration of mind, body, and spirit. I believe each individual is unique so I use a variety of approaches to assist my clients, depending on individual needs. I completed my internship and residency in Community Mental Health (IOP), Juvenile Detention Center, Methadone Clinic, Private Practice (PHP), and Residential/Acute. Currently, I provide services in DC and Virginia, but I only provide virtual sessions at this time.
I am a Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
I am a therapist because I am passionate about accompanying individuals on their self-understanding, exploration, and healing journey. The environment I provide is nonjudgmental, open, and safe. It focuses on an integration of mind, body, and spirit. I believe each individual is unique so I use a variety of approaches to assist my clients, depending on individual needs. I completed my internship and residency in Community Mental Health (IOP), Juvenile Detention Center, Methadone Clinic, Private Practice (PHP), and Residential/Acute. Currently, I provide services in DC and Virginia, but I only provide virtual sessions at this time.
(703) 828-8830 View (703) 828-8830
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.