Addiction Therapists in Sarasota, FL

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O2 Recovery Support Services
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, NCRC-I, NCIP, CAC, ICRC-AD
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34236
If you or your loved one has a problem with drugs, alcohol, or another addiction, I can help. Because no two individuals are alike, I offer a wide array of recovery support services, such as Intensive Out-Patient, Recovery Coaching (sober coach), Intervention, Recovery Companion (sober companion), Safe Transport, Drug/Alcohol Testing, and Case Management. I can help you or your loved one break free from a destructive cycle and rebuild a healthy lifestyle.
If you or your loved one has a problem with drugs, alcohol, or another addiction, I can help. Because no two individuals are alike, I offer a wide array of recovery support services, such as Intensive Out-Patient, Recovery Coaching (sober coach), Intervention, Recovery Companion (sober companion), Safe Transport, Drug/Alcohol Testing, and Case Management. I can help you or your loved one break free from a destructive cycle and rebuild a healthy lifestyle.
(941) 254-2961 View (941) 254-2961
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John Mann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34233
Hello, my name is John Mann and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1980. I have experience working with mental health, adjustment disorders, relationship dynamics, self esteem, anxiety, depression, life change, trauma, relationship issues, family dynamics, and substance abuse issues with young adults, adults and older adults. I do not believe that people are “broken”, needing to be fixed by a professional. I believe that there are many approaches towards achieving a goal and that working together is the key to establishing an effective and sustainable treatment approach.
Hello, my name is John Mann and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1980. I have experience working with mental health, adjustment disorders, relationship dynamics, self esteem, anxiety, depression, life change, trauma, relationship issues, family dynamics, and substance abuse issues with young adults, adults and older adults. I do not believe that people are “broken”, needing to be fixed by a professional. I believe that there are many approaches towards achieving a goal and that working together is the key to establishing an effective and sustainable treatment approach.
(941) 241-2261 View (941) 241-2261
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Dr. Todd Snyder
Counselor, EdD, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34231
Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depressed mood, addiction, lack of direction or motivation, or relationship issues, it’s important to know you don’t have to be alone in this journey.
Hello and welcome! Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed or worried in your life? Have you lost interest in doing things that used to be fulfilling? Are you struggling with the pain or anxiety of something that has happened in your life? Have you tried to solve these problems on your own and come to realize you need help from someone else? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then you have made the right choice by being here! I know it’s difficult. You’ve quite likely been considering what to do for a very long time. I’m very pleased you’ve found me and taken the courageous step to be here.
Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depressed mood, addiction, lack of direction or motivation, or relationship issues, it’s important to know you don’t have to be alone in this journey.
Hello and welcome! Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed or worried in your life? Have you lost interest in doing things that used to be fulfilling? Are you struggling with the pain or anxiety of something that has happened in your life? Have you tried to solve these problems on your own and come to realize you need help from someone else? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then you have made the right choice by being here! I know it’s difficult. You’ve quite likely been considering what to do for a very long time. I’m very pleased you’ve found me and taken the courageous step to be here.
(941) 236-5078 View (941) 236-5078
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Victoria Guenther
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34239
Through supportive counseling I help clients face challenges of recovery from substance abuse, codependency, depression, grief, trauma, anxiety and co-occurring mental disorders.
I offer supportive, client centered and strength based psychotherapy, and invite you to engage in authentic and intuitive exchange in our work together. If you or a family member struggle with addiction, or the depression, trauma, co-dependency, anxiety that accompany it, I can help you into a more satisfying life with mindfulness, empowering your innate strengths and coping skills. Experienced with co-occurring disorders, I can help you find the best treatment combination for you.
Through supportive counseling I help clients face challenges of recovery from substance abuse, codependency, depression, grief, trauma, anxiety and co-occurring mental disorders.
I offer supportive, client centered and strength based psychotherapy, and invite you to engage in authentic and intuitive exchange in our work together. If you or a family member struggle with addiction, or the depression, trauma, co-dependency, anxiety that accompany it, I can help you into a more satisfying life with mindfulness, empowering your innate strengths and coping skills. Experienced with co-occurring disorders, I can help you find the best treatment combination for you.
(469) 773-6024 View (469) 773-6024
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Serenity Psychotherapy LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMHC
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34232  (Online Only)
Getting to the root of your pain, learning to deal with it, building upon your strengths then learning to act versus react to people and events is the goal of our approach. We have a long history of working with diverse populations, who have developed varied problems: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Marital, Parenting, Occupational, grief and more Our approach is to work with your strengths; help you to develop new views and skills and then organize them into a plan that works in obtaining your goals. As a psychotherapy group practice, we can see just about anyone no matter what you're dealing with.
Getting to the root of your pain, learning to deal with it, building upon your strengths then learning to act versus react to people and events is the goal of our approach. We have a long history of working with diverse populations, who have developed varied problems: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Marital, Parenting, Occupational, grief and more Our approach is to work with your strengths; help you to develop new views and skills and then organize them into a plan that works in obtaining your goals. As a psychotherapy group practice, we can see just about anyone no matter what you're dealing with.
(352) 703-0313 View (352) 703-0313
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Brittany Hoff
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34232
My passion is working with people who are experiencing life transitions, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma symptoms, addiction and relationship challenges and are motivated to make positive lifestyle changes. I work with individuals, adults, and adolescents. I have worked with both the mental health and substance use populations for the past seven years, working in both residential programs and outpatient settings. My goal is to sit with you in your experience, providing encouragement and support while teaching you skills to help you maintain long-term stability and improve your overall mental well-being.
My passion is working with people who are experiencing life transitions, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma symptoms, addiction and relationship challenges and are motivated to make positive lifestyle changes. I work with individuals, adults, and adolescents. I have worked with both the mental health and substance use populations for the past seven years, working in both residential programs and outpatient settings. My goal is to sit with you in your experience, providing encouragement and support while teaching you skills to help you maintain long-term stability and improve your overall mental well-being.
(941) 541-3875 View (941) 541-3875
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Kimberly S Benson
Counselor, EdD, LMHC, CAP, CCTP, QS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34236
Addiction and Trauma can cause debilitating and frightening symptoms and it is my goal to assist in gaining long term relief from distressing psychological thoughts and feelings.
It is my goal and priority to provide an environment that enhances growth and change within your life. I believe in assisting people in attaining resolution with their past and working towards a healthier present and future. Helping others grow through pain and attain a new healthy way of living is my personal and professional passion. I offer Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, & Couples Counseling. In addition to these treatment modalities I also provide expressive art therapy with children, adolescents and adults upon request. I facilitate Supervision for Mental Health Counselors seeking licensure in the state of Florida.
Addiction and Trauma can cause debilitating and frightening symptoms and it is my goal to assist in gaining long term relief from distressing psychological thoughts and feelings.
It is my goal and priority to provide an environment that enhances growth and change within your life. I believe in assisting people in attaining resolution with their past and working towards a healthier present and future. Helping others grow through pain and attain a new healthy way of living is my personal and professional passion. I offer Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, & Couples Counseling. In addition to these treatment modalities I also provide expressive art therapy with children, adolescents and adults upon request. I facilitate Supervision for Mental Health Counselors seeking licensure in the state of Florida.
(941) 564-9973 View (941) 564-9973
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Jennifer Barmash
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34237
My areas of expertise include mood and anxiety challenges, relationship issues, life transitions, and substance abuse.
Have you been struggling to fix things on your own or hoping they’ll just get better? Do you find yourself overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety, trapped in the cycle of depression, or concerned about substance use? Change is possible and I can help. Your first act of courage is reaching out to a therapist and making an investment in yourself. With 25+ years of experience, I've helped countless individuals to create lasting change through new ways of thinking and feeling.
My areas of expertise include mood and anxiety challenges, relationship issues, life transitions, and substance abuse.
Have you been struggling to fix things on your own or hoping they’ll just get better? Do you find yourself overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety, trapped in the cycle of depression, or concerned about substance use? Change is possible and I can help. Your first act of courage is reaching out to a therapist and making an investment in yourself. With 25+ years of experience, I've helped countless individuals to create lasting change through new ways of thinking and feeling.
(941) 208-6691 View (941) 208-6691
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Christina Ercoli
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34236
Hello! My name is Christina Ercoli and I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Sarasota Florida and currently work within Sarasota Addiction Specialists and Mindsol Wellness Center. I know that initiating therapy can be difficult and sometimes intimidating, I’m glad you’re here taking the first step towards change. I believe that the therapeutic rapport between therapist and client is most important and that trust and safety in the relationship helps nurture growth. My approach focuses on addressing the core issues that are fueling the symptoms and causing distress in your life.
Hello! My name is Christina Ercoli and I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Sarasota Florida and currently work within Sarasota Addiction Specialists and Mindsol Wellness Center. I know that initiating therapy can be difficult and sometimes intimidating, I’m glad you’re here taking the first step towards change. I believe that the therapeutic rapport between therapist and client is most important and that trust and safety in the relationship helps nurture growth. My approach focuses on addressing the core issues that are fueling the symptoms and causing distress in your life.
(941) 241-3614 View (941) 241-3614
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Loary Viola Coates
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34239  (Online Only)
Marriage/Couples Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Grief and Loss Counseling, Depression/Anxiety Counseling, Conflict Resolution/Communication, Addiction Recovery, and Abuse and Trauma .
I provide professional and clinical counseling. My goal is to promote the beauty of restoration and that healing and transformation are real possibilities. I believe that within a trusting relationship, I will be able to help my clients identify the pain areas that need the most work. As a licensed professional, I am committed to the highest standards of therapeutic practice and adhere to state ethical codes. I draw upon my clinical training and formal education to address each unique need. I am licensed in the State of Florida and the State of Wisconsin.
Marriage/Couples Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Grief and Loss Counseling, Depression/Anxiety Counseling, Conflict Resolution/Communication, Addiction Recovery, and Abuse and Trauma .
I provide professional and clinical counseling. My goal is to promote the beauty of restoration and that healing and transformation are real possibilities. I believe that within a trusting relationship, I will be able to help my clients identify the pain areas that need the most work. As a licensed professional, I am committed to the highest standards of therapeutic practice and adhere to state ethical codes. I draw upon my clinical training and formal education to address each unique need. I am licensed in the State of Florida and the State of Wisconsin.
(715) 243-4753 View (715) 243-4753
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Kathy Ronek
Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34234
If you are looking for happiness or contentment, peace, fulfillment, and success please give me a call. I have 8 years of experience working with clients of all ages to overcome issues such as depression, self-esteem deficits, stress management, bipolar, addiction, anxiety, adjustments/life transitions, loss, and women’s issues. I am licensed to practice professional counseling in Florida and Missouri and I am a certified School Guidance Counselor for grades K-12. I have worked in assessment and referral, inpatient, intensive outpatient, and outpatient settings using the modalities of individual, group, and family counseling.
If you are looking for happiness or contentment, peace, fulfillment, and success please give me a call. I have 8 years of experience working with clients of all ages to overcome issues such as depression, self-esteem deficits, stress management, bipolar, addiction, anxiety, adjustments/life transitions, loss, and women’s issues. I am licensed to practice professional counseling in Florida and Missouri and I am a certified School Guidance Counselor for grades K-12. I have worked in assessment and referral, inpatient, intensive outpatient, and outpatient settings using the modalities of individual, group, and family counseling.
(844) 988-0172 View (844) 988-0172
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Kristina B. Paape
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34231
Waitlist for new clients
As an Independent Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida I provide flexible, person-centered therapy that helps individuals realize their ability to change and overcome their challenges. If you are coping with depression, anxiety, addiction/substance abuse, or trauma I am here to help. Therapy should be effective, uplifting, and person centered. My counseling approach combines traditional therapy techniques with a practical, problem-solving approach that assists you in seeking the inner strength needed to reach your goals. I work with adults 18 and older.
As an Independent Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida I provide flexible, person-centered therapy that helps individuals realize their ability to change and overcome their challenges. If you are coping with depression, anxiety, addiction/substance abuse, or trauma I am here to help. Therapy should be effective, uplifting, and person centered. My counseling approach combines traditional therapy techniques with a practical, problem-solving approach that assists you in seeking the inner strength needed to reach your goals. I work with adults 18 and older.
(941) 203-3179 View (941) 203-3179
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Carrie Lynn Phelps
Counselor, LMHC, CST-T, LMT
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34233
Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is for people with mental health or substance abuse issues that need a little more support getting through the rough patches.
My areas of expertise include issues of substance abuse, anxiety, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I have a Body, Mind, Spirit approach, where I help clients connect within themselves to find the underlying issues that are creating problems in their lives, then help clients learn to identify the thought patterns that can cause dysfunction and develop strategies to lead happier and healthier lives.
Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is for people with mental health or substance abuse issues that need a little more support getting through the rough patches.
My areas of expertise include issues of substance abuse, anxiety, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I have a Body, Mind, Spirit approach, where I help clients connect within themselves to find the underlying issues that are creating problems in their lives, then help clients learn to identify the thought patterns that can cause dysfunction and develop strategies to lead happier and healthier lives.
(941) 803-1724 View (941) 803-1724
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Judith Hammond Sperling
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MS, ICADC, BRI, CSAT
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34232
She holds her masters in mental health counseling working with families and individuals with substance abuse, eating disorders, sex addiction, depression, and other mental health issues.
Judy Sperling is a Masters level Interventionist and founder of Interventions International.. Judy has 20 years of experience treating adults, adolescents and families suffering with addiction issues. She is experienced in conducting interventions and treating the whole family. Judy has completed Module 3 of CSAT Training and is educated in working with the trauma associated.
She holds her masters in mental health counseling working with families and individuals with substance abuse, eating disorders, sex addiction, depression, and other mental health issues.
Judy Sperling is a Masters level Interventionist and founder of Interventions International.. Judy has 20 years of experience treating adults, adolescents and families suffering with addiction issues. She is experienced in conducting interventions and treating the whole family. Judy has completed Module 3 of CSAT Training and is educated in working with the trauma associated.
(941) 357-4042 View (941) 357-4042
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Mary Moonen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CAP
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34232  (Online Only)
Many times when people call, they have concerns including: Mental Health issues, Addiction, Family, Couples,Relationships,Problems, Work Stress, Medical Conditions, Trauma, Loss, Grief, or everyday stressors. I will treat you with utmost dignity, and respect, honoring your cultural/ religious values. My creative approaches are what my clients like the best. I have used music, appropriate use of humor, and other artisitc ways to help people express themselves. As a TEAM, we will work TOGETHER to identify, set and achieve your goals, and I give you tangible strategies to reach them.
Many times when people call, they have concerns including: Mental Health issues, Addiction, Family, Couples,Relationships,Problems, Work Stress, Medical Conditions, Trauma, Loss, Grief, or everyday stressors. I will treat you with utmost dignity, and respect, honoring your cultural/ religious values. My creative approaches are what my clients like the best. I have used music, appropriate use of humor, and other artisitc ways to help people express themselves. As a TEAM, we will work TOGETHER to identify, set and achieve your goals, and I give you tangible strategies to reach them.
(941) 962-6784 View (941) 962-6784
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Mary T Skinner
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34234  (Online Only)
Addiction is expertise; however, anxiety, depression, grief, adjustment, moods, LGBTQP (esp.
I offer Online therapeutic services to reach all of Florida State. So I am lighting the candle while you sit back, take 3 slow breaths in and out, and say to yourself, “I am in control.” You are the only one in control of your thoughts, your behaviors, and your reactions. My goal is to work with you as you gain coping skills until you can maintain your control once again. But what if you never felt that control or felt that confidence. I focus on the ‘present’ & ‘here and now’ because this moment matters more than the past or future. This is where we can work on perspective, which changes behavior.
Addiction is expertise; however, anxiety, depression, grief, adjustment, moods, LGBTQP (esp.
I offer Online therapeutic services to reach all of Florida State. So I am lighting the candle while you sit back, take 3 slow breaths in and out, and say to yourself, “I am in control.” You are the only one in control of your thoughts, your behaviors, and your reactions. My goal is to work with you as you gain coping skills until you can maintain your control once again. But what if you never felt that control or felt that confidence. I focus on the ‘present’ & ‘here and now’ because this moment matters more than the past or future. This is where we can work on perspective, which changes behavior.
(941) 960-7558 View (941) 960-7558
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Robin Mathews
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34231
In working with individuals, we can work on varying things such as addiction, relationship stresses, anxiety, depression, trauma, or phase of life changes.
Are you looking to explore varying emotions? Searching for clarity or guidance? Looking for a safe place to process things out loud? Then lets chat. There is empowerment in knowledge. Once you have the knowledge and develop an understanding, you are empowered to do with it what you will. Positive or negative. Something or nothing. The chose is yours. Knowledge can offer you clarity in seeing patterns never noticed before or in changing patterns you are fully aware of yet need the tools to promote change. My goal is to empower you gain insight and understanding as well as encouraging you as you make positive change in your life.
In working with individuals, we can work on varying things such as addiction, relationship stresses, anxiety, depression, trauma, or phase of life changes.
Are you looking to explore varying emotions? Searching for clarity or guidance? Looking for a safe place to process things out loud? Then lets chat. There is empowerment in knowledge. Once you have the knowledge and develop an understanding, you are empowered to do with it what you will. Positive or negative. Something or nothing. The chose is yours. Knowledge can offer you clarity in seeing patterns never noticed before or in changing patterns you are fully aware of yet need the tools to promote change. My goal is to empower you gain insight and understanding as well as encouraging you as you make positive change in your life.
(941) 999-3342 View (941) 999-3342
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Jennifer Ouellet
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CAP, QS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34230
Do you want to improve how you're feeling? Or feel more optimistic about the future and what you are capable of? Understand how stress and trauma affects your body on a daily and long-term basis and begin the healing process? I have experience in these areas. My goal and passion are to be the best healer possible in any realm I serve in while meeting you where you are at to begin the growth and healing process. I bring over 25 years of service working with substance use disorders and over 15 years providing behavioral health services, I provide counseling to children, adolescents, and adults.
Do you want to improve how you're feeling? Or feel more optimistic about the future and what you are capable of? Understand how stress and trauma affects your body on a daily and long-term basis and begin the healing process? I have experience in these areas. My goal and passion are to be the best healer possible in any realm I serve in while meeting you where you are at to begin the growth and healing process. I bring over 25 years of service working with substance use disorders and over 15 years providing behavioral health services, I provide counseling to children, adolescents, and adults.
(941) 336-5813 View (941) 336-5813
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Kimberley E May
Counselor, LMHC, CAP, CEAP, SAP, CRC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34230
I am a Licensed therapist, Certified Addictions Professional, Substance Abuse Professional, Certified Employee Assistance Professional as well as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. I have worked and practiced in the Tampa area for over 20 years. I provide individual, couples and family counseling. My treatment specialization includes: *PTSD *Children *Therapy for Depression and Anxiety *Couples Counseling *Family "Repair" *Parenting Support *Grief Counseling * *Addiction & Recovery *DUI evaluations *DOT SAP evaluation * I am EMDR trained. Counseling Services: Individual, Family, Couples Therapy, Child & Teen Therapy, PTSD
I am a Licensed therapist, Certified Addictions Professional, Substance Abuse Professional, Certified Employee Assistance Professional as well as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. I have worked and practiced in the Tampa area for over 20 years. I provide individual, couples and family counseling. My treatment specialization includes: *PTSD *Children *Therapy for Depression and Anxiety *Couples Counseling *Family "Repair" *Parenting Support *Grief Counseling * *Addiction & Recovery *DUI evaluations *DOT SAP evaluation * I am EMDR trained. Counseling Services: Individual, Family, Couples Therapy, Child & Teen Therapy, PTSD
(813) 579-2530 View (813) 579-2530
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Kelley Sgroi
Counselor, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34230
If you are feeling stuck, unfulfilled, struggling with anxiety, depression, trying to overcome past traumas and searching for the way to live a life filled with joy, then let’s do it! Aspire for greatness and transform your life through self empowerment! When you work with me, you will be met with compassion and empathy no matter what challenges you may be facing. I specialize in complex trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders and couples therapy. For couples, I am Gottman Level 1,2 and 3 certified and certified as a Leader in the 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work. If building a stronger marriage is important, I can help.
If you are feeling stuck, unfulfilled, struggling with anxiety, depression, trying to overcome past traumas and searching for the way to live a life filled with joy, then let’s do it! Aspire for greatness and transform your life through self empowerment! When you work with me, you will be met with compassion and empathy no matter what challenges you may be facing. I specialize in complex trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders and couples therapy. For couples, I am Gottman Level 1,2 and 3 certified and certified as a Leader in the 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work. If building a stronger marriage is important, I can help.
(941) 214-7140 View (941) 214-7140

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.