Substance Use Therapists in Washington, DC

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Kris Oseth
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCPC, LPCC, CPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20010
I will work with you to illuminate the meaning of your experience and help you practice greater self-acceptance. Therapy goals/counseling/education will be tailored to your unique needs. I may show you how to change your behavior by using Mindfulness/changing your thoughts, recovery/harm reduction tools to address substance use, guidance/education/resources for exploring sexual orientation/gender identity/transitioning/coming out, provide couples/individual work for better communication in relationships, and/or I can apply EMDR/somatic-based approaches for trauma/anxiety and even substance using/behavioral urges.
I will work with you to illuminate the meaning of your experience and help you practice greater self-acceptance. Therapy goals/counseling/education will be tailored to your unique needs. I may show you how to change your behavior by using Mindfulness/changing your thoughts, recovery/harm reduction tools to address substance use, guidance/education/resources for exploring sexual orientation/gender identity/transitioning/coming out, provide couples/individual work for better communication in relationships, and/or I can apply EMDR/somatic-based approaches for trauma/anxiety and even substance using/behavioral urges.
(202) 759-8060 View (202) 759-8060
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Emily Foster
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
In addition to treating anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, I have experience in substance use counseling and enjoy working with clients who are concerned about their substance use.
I specialize in adult psychotherapy, including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, substance use, trauma, relationships, and LGBTQ issues. It can be hard to experience hope when we feel stuck in old patterns of thinking and feeling about life, ourselves, and our relationships. This can lead to feelings of stress, confusion, unhappiness, or disappointment. I work to help individuals and couples to examine these patterns and to explore and experiment with new ways of thinking and acting, which in turn can have dramatic impact on how they are feeling.
In addition to treating anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, I have experience in substance use counseling and enjoy working with clients who are concerned about their substance use.
I specialize in adult psychotherapy, including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, substance use, trauma, relationships, and LGBTQ issues. It can be hard to experience hope when we feel stuck in old patterns of thinking and feeling about life, ourselves, and our relationships. This can lead to feelings of stress, confusion, unhappiness, or disappointment. I work to help individuals and couples to examine these patterns and to explore and experiment with new ways of thinking and acting, which in turn can have dramatic impact on how they are feeling.
(202) 804-0315 View (202) 804-0315
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Melanie Minges
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
My expertise extends across various topics, including trauma, substance use, anxiety and mood disorders, as well as severe and persistent mental illnesses.
I firmly believe that change occurs through addressing faulty or unhelpful thought patterns, challenging learned behaviors, and acquiring improved coping mechanisms. Throughout our sessions, my mission is to establish an authentic rapport and create a nurturing space for clients, meeting them at their current point in their journey. I assist clients in identifying and challenging negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, fostering a profound catalyst for lasting change by illuminating paths toward self-discovery, resilience, and growth.
My expertise extends across various topics, including trauma, substance use, anxiety and mood disorders, as well as severe and persistent mental illnesses.
I firmly believe that change occurs through addressing faulty or unhelpful thought patterns, challenging learned behaviors, and acquiring improved coping mechanisms. Throughout our sessions, my mission is to establish an authentic rapport and create a nurturing space for clients, meeting them at their current point in their journey. I assist clients in identifying and challenging negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, fostering a profound catalyst for lasting change by illuminating paths toward self-discovery, resilience, and growth.
(855) 628-4166 View (855) 628-4166
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Robert Muller
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016  (Online Only)
I assist individuals to honestly evaluate their need to control substance use, anger and other potentially self-destructive and hurtful behaviors.
If you cling to habitual patterns of reaction and interaction that keep you from reaching your full social, romantic and career potential... If a traumatic life event or ongoing family conflict is overwhelming you... If depression, poorly controlled emotions or stifling self-consciousness are holding you back... It's time to take charge of your life again and begin the path to greater personal fulfillment. For more details on my background and how I work, consult my website at: RobMullerPhD.org. Please note, I am currently licensed in Washington, DC & New York.
I assist individuals to honestly evaluate their need to control substance use, anger and other potentially self-destructive and hurtful behaviors.
If you cling to habitual patterns of reaction and interaction that keep you from reaching your full social, romantic and career potential... If a traumatic life event or ongoing family conflict is overwhelming you... If depression, poorly controlled emotions or stifling self-consciousness are holding you back... It's time to take charge of your life again and begin the path to greater personal fulfillment. For more details on my background and how I work, consult my website at: RobMullerPhD.org. Please note, I am currently licensed in Washington, DC & New York.
(202) 596-7222 View (202) 596-7222
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Massimo Scano
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CAC II , CSAC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
After several years in the Italian Navy and then working as a Registered Nurse, I received training in Counseling Psychology and worked for many years in community-based outpatient settings and private practice where I help people address their issues with depression, anxiety, and substance use.
In my practice I am guided by the belief that change is possible and that every person has the capacity for healthy growth and development but may at times need help in accessing inner resources for positive change. I believe a therapist-client relationship that is characterized by empathy, curiosity, acceptance and caring is what facilitates the therapeutic process. I aim to provide an environment where my clients feel safe and free to explore their feelings, thoughts, needs and goals - an environment where we can work together at understanding what is keeping them from living a more fulfilling life.
After several years in the Italian Navy and then working as a Registered Nurse, I received training in Counseling Psychology and worked for many years in community-based outpatient settings and private practice where I help people address their issues with depression, anxiety, and substance use.
In my practice I am guided by the belief that change is possible and that every person has the capacity for healthy growth and development but may at times need help in accessing inner resources for positive change. I believe a therapist-client relationship that is characterized by empathy, curiosity, acceptance and caring is what facilitates the therapeutic process. I aim to provide an environment where my clients feel safe and free to explore their feelings, thoughts, needs and goals - an environment where we can work together at understanding what is keeping them from living a more fulfilling life.
(202) 618-5440 View (202) 618-5440
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Sheila Delvalle—Substance Abuse•Couples•Teens
Licensed Master Social Worker, MSW, LMSW, LGSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20005
Do you struggle with substance use? Has addiction taken over your life? Your past does not have to dictate your present or your future. You can recover from traumatic experiences. In therapy, you can defuse the factors powering addiction. You can build practical coping skills for sustained recovery. You can save your relationship with couples therapy. I am a social worker with advanced training in substance abuse, harm reduction, and trauma therapy. Experienced therapist for teenagers. Reach out now. I look forward to hearing your story and helping you, your teenager, or your relationship get back on track.
Do you struggle with substance use? Has addiction taken over your life? Your past does not have to dictate your present or your future. You can recover from traumatic experiences. In therapy, you can defuse the factors powering addiction. You can build practical coping skills for sustained recovery. You can save your relationship with couples therapy. I am a social worker with advanced training in substance abuse, harm reduction, and trauma therapy. Experienced therapist for teenagers. Reach out now. I look forward to hearing your story and helping you, your teenager, or your relationship get back on track.
(202) 796-6511 View (202) 796-6511
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Liz McLaughlin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
I help people work on anxiety, depression, substance use problems, stress, and more.
I offer an individualized therapy experience based on modern, evidence-based practices. Your goals may include exploring identity issues, managing life transitions, improving the quality of your relationships, or something else; I look forward to hearing your unique story. I use cognitive-behavioral, acceptance-based, and motivational enhancement-based strategies. We’ll start with a thorough assessment of what is troubling you. We’ll collaborate on identifying what is working for you and what is not, and test new strategies you can use to cope more effectively. All along, I’ll provide a safe setting where you can work things out.
I help people work on anxiety, depression, substance use problems, stress, and more.
I offer an individualized therapy experience based on modern, evidence-based practices. Your goals may include exploring identity issues, managing life transitions, improving the quality of your relationships, or something else; I look forward to hearing your unique story. I use cognitive-behavioral, acceptance-based, and motivational enhancement-based strategies. We’ll start with a thorough assessment of what is troubling you. We’ll collaborate on identifying what is working for you and what is not, and test new strategies you can use to cope more effectively. All along, I’ll provide a safe setting where you can work things out.
(202) 335-7841 x4 View (202) 335-7841 x4
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Mary Catherine Donahue
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C, NBCCH, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with individuals in recovery from substance use, those who have faced personal loss in life or are struggling with life transitions and are seeking a place of peace. At the initial interview, we will jointly set treatment goals and determine the course to achieve those goals. In sessions, neuroscience informed skills are utilized to activate and heal emotional pain, examine obstructive thinking and barriers to growth, determine more supportive self choices, increase self and other awareness and to ultimately bring about greater presence, joy and calmness in life.
I specialize in working with individuals in recovery from substance use, those who have faced personal loss in life or are struggling with life transitions and are seeking a place of peace. At the initial interview, we will jointly set treatment goals and determine the course to achieve those goals. In sessions, neuroscience informed skills are utilized to activate and heal emotional pain, examine obstructive thinking and barriers to growth, determine more supportive self choices, increase self and other awareness and to ultimately bring about greater presence, joy and calmness in life.
(804) 570-2055 View (804) 570-2055
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Tonia Gregory
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20007
My expertise includes alcohol and substance use disorders, adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, chronic illness and interpersonal challenges.
My belief in the therapeutic relationship as foundational for personal growth and change in individual psychotherapy motivates me to ensure a therapeutic environment that is both safe and validating. My style is collaborative and non-judgmental as I work in partnership with individuals to promote healing, foster strengths and move toward positive change.
My expertise includes alcohol and substance use disorders, adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, chronic illness and interpersonal challenges.
My belief in the therapeutic relationship as foundational for personal growth and change in individual psychotherapy motivates me to ensure a therapeutic environment that is both safe and validating. My style is collaborative and non-judgmental as I work in partnership with individuals to promote healing, foster strengths and move toward positive change.
(703) 596-2793 View (703) 596-2793
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TheraCouch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20001  (Online Only)
TheraCouch is a Tele-therapy mental health practice. We help individuals combat the effects of Depression, Anxiety and other mental health and substance use diagnoses . We do this by providing a safe space where our words, tools and techniques will help individuals and couples face their challenges. TheraCouch makes therapy convenient by taking away the stress of travelling to your appointment. You can connect with your therapist instantly online. We currently accept clients in New Jersey and Washington D.C.
TheraCouch is a Tele-therapy mental health practice. We help individuals combat the effects of Depression, Anxiety and other mental health and substance use diagnoses . We do this by providing a safe space where our words, tools and techniques will help individuals and couples face their challenges. TheraCouch makes therapy convenient by taking away the stress of travelling to your appointment. You can connect with your therapist instantly online. We currently accept clients in New Jersey and Washington D.C.
(908) 738-9690 View (908) 738-9690
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Jasmine B.
Counselor, MA, LGPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20004
I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) and have experience supporting individuals who experience affective disorders, anxiety, depression, intellectual and developmental disabilities, trauma, and recovering from substance use. I utilize person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing to support clients in obtaining their goals. I have experience in supporting clients and facilitating groups focusing on anger management, women’s trauma, mood regulation, and mindfulness.
I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) and have experience supporting individuals who experience affective disorders, anxiety, depression, intellectual and developmental disabilities, trauma, and recovering from substance use. I utilize person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing to support clients in obtaining their goals. I have experience in supporting clients and facilitating groups focusing on anger management, women’s trauma, mood regulation, and mindfulness.
(240) 332-5116 View (240) 332-5116
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Billie Mitzner
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CACI, MBA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
My experience includes providing treatment for 15 years to people struggling with substance use.
I'm licensed in DC and Virginia. My work is with adults experiencing difficult transitions who are trying to cope with the resulting stressors and uncertainties. The goal is to build capacity, make and sustain changes that are meaningful: including changes/losses related to career and relationships, new circumstances such as grief, sexuality, return to school, and retirement. My expertise is in the treatment of issues related addiction/recovery, and the impact on family and significant others. We work together so that you may effectively reengage in your personal and professional life and handle any potential license/clearance
My experience includes providing treatment for 15 years to people struggling with substance use.
I'm licensed in DC and Virginia. My work is with adults experiencing difficult transitions who are trying to cope with the resulting stressors and uncertainties. The goal is to build capacity, make and sustain changes that are meaningful: including changes/losses related to career and relationships, new circumstances such as grief, sexuality, return to school, and retirement. My expertise is in the treatment of issues related addiction/recovery, and the impact on family and significant others. We work together so that you may effectively reengage in your personal and professional life and handle any potential license/clearance
(202) 760-4673 View (202) 760-4673
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Di Lauro & Associates Counseling, PLLC
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, LGPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
Latrice brings a wealth of expertise in addressing a diverse range of challenges, including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, life transitions, self-esteem issues, occupational challenges and stress, substance use disorder, and physical disabilities. Her therapeutic approach is rooted in empathy, warmth, and trust, creating a collaborative space for clients to explore and embrace their feelings and experiences. Latrice plays a crucial role in helping clients understand themselves, their past, relationships, and self-awareness, fostering authenticity and life transformation.
Latrice brings a wealth of expertise in addressing a diverse range of challenges, including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, life transitions, self-esteem issues, occupational challenges and stress, substance use disorder, and physical disabilities. Her therapeutic approach is rooted in empathy, warmth, and trust, creating a collaborative space for clients to explore and embrace their feelings and experiences. Latrice plays a crucial role in helping clients understand themselves, their past, relationships, and self-awareness, fostering authenticity and life transformation.
(855) 629-2418 View (855) 629-2418
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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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Samantha Knox
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
I have wide array of experience, which is not limited to depression/ anxiety, geriatrics/ end of life care, aging out of foster care, substance use disorders, severe mental illness, grief/ loss, trauma, and adjustment related issues.
Do you find yourself feeling hopeless or depressed? Are you tired of being in the same old rut, day in and day out? Relationship issues have you feeling down? Are you trying to make sense of your own spiritual path? As a therapist, my goal is to support and empower you to meet your full potential. I like to use Adlerian and Cognitive Behavioral Techniques to support you in identifying and working through those irrational thoughts that often keep us stagnant. The goal is for us to identify the underlying cause, and stop if from continuing to wreak havoc in your emotional life.
I have wide array of experience, which is not limited to depression/ anxiety, geriatrics/ end of life care, aging out of foster care, substance use disorders, severe mental illness, grief/ loss, trauma, and adjustment related issues.
Do you find yourself feeling hopeless or depressed? Are you tired of being in the same old rut, day in and day out? Relationship issues have you feeling down? Are you trying to make sense of your own spiritual path? As a therapist, my goal is to support and empower you to meet your full potential. I like to use Adlerian and Cognitive Behavioral Techniques to support you in identifying and working through those irrational thoughts that often keep us stagnant. The goal is for us to identify the underlying cause, and stop if from continuing to wreak havoc in your emotional life.
(202) 335-4299 View (202) 335-4299
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Michael A Vigorito
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, CGP, CST-S
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
In addition to providing therapy for men concerned about their sexual health, I conduct individual and couple therapy for a variety presenting problems related to sexuality, mental health, substance use and wellness.
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.
In addition to providing therapy for men concerned about their sexual health, I conduct individual and couple therapy for a variety presenting problems related to sexuality, mental health, substance use and wellness.
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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Joseph Melendez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
I am a holistic and integrative therapist and my core principles are compassion, collaboration, and transparency. I have extensive experience in counseling individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, work/life balance stressors, life transitions, substance use, and other areas. I provide counseling to couples and families to address stress, communication concerns, and conflict. I am committed to helping clients feel their best and believes clients are the experts in their journey.
I am a holistic and integrative therapist and my core principles are compassion, collaboration, and transparency. I have extensive experience in counseling individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, work/life balance stressors, life transitions, substance use, and other areas. I provide counseling to couples and families to address stress, communication concerns, and conflict. I am committed to helping clients feel their best and believes clients are the experts in their journey.
(202) 417-2396 View (202) 417-2396
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Ashley Lauren Harrell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20001  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have experience supporting clients with substance use, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Every client I work with is multifaceted and has many identities. I adapt my approach to meet people where they are, and honor the differences between us. People often come to therapy looking for change. I aim to provide a supportive space where change can safely occur. I have training in Somatic Experiencing, and believe that supporting the mind-body connection can be a fundamental part of a full healing and growth process. I believe every person has an innate capacity to heal, adapt, and thrive, once genuine support and safety are in place. Whether you reach out to me or another therapist, I hope you find what you need.
I have experience supporting clients with substance use, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Every client I work with is multifaceted and has many identities. I adapt my approach to meet people where they are, and honor the differences between us. People often come to therapy looking for change. I aim to provide a supportive space where change can safely occur. I have training in Somatic Experiencing, and believe that supporting the mind-body connection can be a fundamental part of a full healing and growth process. I believe every person has an innate capacity to heal, adapt, and thrive, once genuine support and safety are in place. Whether you reach out to me or another therapist, I hope you find what you need.
(202) 946-6331 View (202) 946-6331
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Doug Eifert
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
Life can place difficult obstacles in our path. Challenges at work, with relationships, or from our childhood can feel overwhelming. My goal is to help you move those obstacles out of your way. I specialize in supporting people challenged by anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, and substance use. I work with adults in individual and group therapy.
Life can place difficult obstacles in our path. Challenges at work, with relationships, or from our childhood can feel overwhelming. My goal is to help you move those obstacles out of your way. I specialize in supporting people challenged by anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, and substance use. I work with adults in individual and group therapy.
(855) 304-3630 x132 View (855) 304-3630 x132
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Sahaya Therapy, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
I specialize in Individual, Marriage, and Family Therapy serving late teens, adults, couples suffering from psychological, substance use issues and co-occurring disorders.
I believe that each individual that seeks therapy makes an important decision to create a change. I understand that asking for help and taking the first step feels difficult. I am qualified with professional and life experience for 30 years to assist you in making the desired change. I am sincerely committed, enthusiastic, dedicated, and available to assist you to take charge and create that positive desired outcome to discover the road to recovery. My mission is to provide quality psychotherapy and recovery services for late teens, adults, couples, and families for them to reach their fullest potential and personal growth.
I specialize in Individual, Marriage, and Family Therapy serving late teens, adults, couples suffering from psychological, substance use issues and co-occurring disorders.
I believe that each individual that seeks therapy makes an important decision to create a change. I understand that asking for help and taking the first step feels difficult. I am qualified with professional and life experience for 30 years to assist you in making the desired change. I am sincerely committed, enthusiastic, dedicated, and available to assist you to take charge and create that positive desired outcome to discover the road to recovery. My mission is to provide quality psychotherapy and recovery services for late teens, adults, couples, and families for them to reach their fullest potential and personal growth.
(571) 297-2579 View (571) 297-2579
Substance Use Therapists

How do substance and drug recovery or rehabilitation programs work?

In inpatient programs, individuals live in a facility with other clients in recovery; in outpatient programs, individuals reside at home. These facilities are staffed with healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, and psychotherapists. Staff often also includes people who have recovered themselves, serving as mentors and guides. These programs may use abstinence, harm reduction, detoxification, psychotherapy, and other methods.

How do 12-step programs combined with psychotherapy work?

Members of 12-step programs help each other reach abstinence and work to maintain it. These programs promote complete change in the individual’s emotional, mental, physical, and even spiritual perspectives. Some programs require that new members attend 90 meetings in 90 days. Many people do attend these programs in conjunction with their work in psychotherapy; the combination of therapy along with 12-step can be extremely effective.

How does harm reduction combined with psychotherapy work?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, harm reduction prevents death, injury, disease, overdose, and substance misuse. People who choose harm reduction for substance use reduce the amount of drugs they consume. It is not abstinence-based like a 12-step program, but combining harm reduction with psychotherapy proves to be effective for many people.

Are there specific medications for substance and drug use?

There are medications approved to treat substance use disorder—such as buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone, and acamprosate. These medications do help people cope with substance use as well as avoid the problem of relapse. Naltrexone can help reduce cravings, methadone is an opioid medication used to treat severe pain, and acamprosate may help ease symptoms like poor sleep and anxious feelings.