Addiction Therapists in Indianapolis, IN

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Photo of Kate Fisch, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Indianapolis, IN
Kate Fisch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Northside is a group practice dedicated to creating a space where you can confront life's challenges head on; challenges that are holding you back from living your best life. We specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, substance abuse, mood disorders, trauma, and more. Our providers work with all ages, families, and couples.
Northside is a group practice dedicated to creating a space where you can confront life's challenges head on; challenges that are holding you back from living your best life. We specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, substance abuse, mood disorders, trauma, and more. Our providers work with all ages, families, and couples.
(317) 561-6904 View (317) 561-6904
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Gary D Nunnally
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DMin, LCSW, LCAC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46256
I have a passion for working with couples, addiction clients and clients with anxiety and depression.
Everybody can benefit from having support in their life, at times we may need it more. I have a Doctorate in Counseling and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Addictions Counselor, and Pastoral Counselor. I have worked in the counseling field for 25 years.I work at Buckingham and Associates in Indianapolis. I enjoy working with adults, couples, families, and teens. I help my clients grow, change, improve, and overcome issues in their lives. I treat Addictions, ADHD, Anxiety, Behavioral Problems, Christian Counseling, Couple Issues, Depression, Divorce,Gambling Problems, Marital Issues, and Grief and Loss Issues.
I have a passion for working with couples, addiction clients and clients with anxiety and depression.
Everybody can benefit from having support in their life, at times we may need it more. I have a Doctorate in Counseling and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Addictions Counselor, and Pastoral Counselor. I have worked in the counseling field for 25 years.I work at Buckingham and Associates in Indianapolis. I enjoy working with adults, couples, families, and teens. I help my clients grow, change, improve, and overcome issues in their lives. I treat Addictions, ADHD, Anxiety, Behavioral Problems, Christian Counseling, Couple Issues, Depression, Divorce,Gambling Problems, Marital Issues, and Grief and Loss Issues.
(317) 434-3853 View (317) 434-3853
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Jessica Cate
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, PhD, LCAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46202  (Online Only)
Interested in exploring what your life may be like without alcohol or substances? With more than 15 years of experience, I understand the complex journey of those struggling with substance abuse. My approach is rooted in empathy and tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual client. I recognize that recovery is not a one-size-fits-all process and offer a range of evidence-based approaches to support clients. My approach is collaborative and client-centered. By actively listening to my clients' experiences, goals, and concerns, I empower them to take ownership of their journey and make meaningful changes in their lives.
Interested in exploring what your life may be like without alcohol or substances? With more than 15 years of experience, I understand the complex journey of those struggling with substance abuse. My approach is rooted in empathy and tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual client. I recognize that recovery is not a one-size-fits-all process and offer a range of evidence-based approaches to support clients. My approach is collaborative and client-centered. By actively listening to my clients' experiences, goals, and concerns, I empower them to take ownership of their journey and make meaningful changes in their lives.
(765) 202-9764 View (765) 202-9764
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Matthew A Thompson
MS
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46228  (Online Only)
Do you feel all alone? Do you often feel like you are just existing? Do you feel like addiction is in control of your life? Don't know where to turn? Have you felt negative emotions for so long and overwhelming that you don't believe you can be helped? Hope is real; it will not be easy, but it will be worth it.
Change is a choice. Asking for help is the first step to making lasting, beneficial life changes. Life happens and can be very difficult and even overwhelming. Counseling can help you navigate those challenging times, no matter the circumstances. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, overcoming abuse, substance abuse or a history of violence, behavioral issues, grief, difficulty adjusting, or just need to learn more healthy and practical coping skills, consider giving counseling a try. If you want to change and are willing to try honestly, that is all it takes.
Do you feel all alone? Do you often feel like you are just existing? Do you feel like addiction is in control of your life? Don't know where to turn? Have you felt negative emotions for so long and overwhelming that you don't believe you can be helped? Hope is real; it will not be easy, but it will be worth it.
Change is a choice. Asking for help is the first step to making lasting, beneficial life changes. Life happens and can be very difficult and even overwhelming. Counseling can help you navigate those challenging times, no matter the circumstances. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, overcoming abuse, substance abuse or a history of violence, behavioral issues, grief, difficulty adjusting, or just need to learn more healthy and practical coping skills, consider giving counseling a try. If you want to change and are willing to try honestly, that is all it takes.
(317) 483-7592 View (317) 483-7592
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Stephanie Kaylor
Counselor, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46240
I specialize in child & adolescent counseling, defiant behaviors, academic skills and substance use issues.
I work with children, teens and young adults struggling with a variety of mental health issues. I have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, substance use, self-esteem, family discord, academic issues, suicidal ideation, and more. I recognize that each person comes to counseling for their own unique reason and need. I aim to meet you where you're at and work through things with you every step of the way so you can reach the goal of becoming a healthier person both inside and out.
I specialize in child & adolescent counseling, defiant behaviors, academic skills and substance use issues.
I work with children, teens and young adults struggling with a variety of mental health issues. I have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, substance use, self-esteem, family discord, academic issues, suicidal ideation, and more. I recognize that each person comes to counseling for their own unique reason and need. I aim to meet you where you're at and work through things with you every step of the way so you can reach the goal of becoming a healthier person both inside and out.
(317) 593-8485 View (317) 593-8485
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Christina Behrendt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46260  (Online Only)
Asking for help is the hardest part. I commend you for taking that step! You are not alone. I am here to support you in your journey to understand and learn how to manage your struggles, whatever they may be. My specialty areas include PTSD, stress management, eating disorders, substance abuse, behavioral problems, and family conflict just to name a few. Overall, whatever you are struggling with, together, we can identify the core problems and come up with the best ways to work through those. I offer online and in person sessions, 7 days a week, both day and evening sessions. Email or call me to get started today!
Asking for help is the hardest part. I commend you for taking that step! You are not alone. I am here to support you in your journey to understand and learn how to manage your struggles, whatever they may be. My specialty areas include PTSD, stress management, eating disorders, substance abuse, behavioral problems, and family conflict just to name a few. Overall, whatever you are struggling with, together, we can identify the core problems and come up with the best ways to work through those. I offer online and in person sessions, 7 days a week, both day and evening sessions. Email or call me to get started today!
(463) 223-9299 View (463) 223-9299
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Kevin Minnick
Counselor, LMHC, LCAC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46229  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor in Indiana. I have spent most of my career as an addictions counselor and mental health counselor. I work with adults struggling with substances, relationships, self esteem and other forms of issues that cause discomfort and problems. I like to be "down to earth" and more directive in therapy because I'd like to get your problems solved as quickly as we can. I believe we, as humans, can benefit from having someone to talk to at any point in our lives and I'm ready to talk to you!
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor in Indiana. I have spent most of my career as an addictions counselor and mental health counselor. I work with adults struggling with substances, relationships, self esteem and other forms of issues that cause discomfort and problems. I like to be "down to earth" and more directive in therapy because I'd like to get your problems solved as quickly as we can. I believe we, as humans, can benefit from having someone to talk to at any point in our lives and I'm ready to talk to you!
(317) 548-6708 View (317) 548-6708
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Elisabeth Kessler Gibboney
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46220
I specialize in treating addiction, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues for adults and adolescents.
Are you feeling stuck in your life? Do you feel mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically exhausted, confused, or disconnected? It's easy to get stuck in our patterns, ways of functioning in life become habitual, and often these patterns become damaging to us- personally and relationally. What's more, it's not always easy to see exactly where we are getting stuck and how to move beyond that place. I offer support, encouragement, and trust as you begin a new journey toward healing and growth.
I specialize in treating addiction, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues for adults and adolescents.
Are you feeling stuck in your life? Do you feel mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically exhausted, confused, or disconnected? It's easy to get stuck in our patterns, ways of functioning in life become habitual, and often these patterns become damaging to us- personally and relationally. What's more, it's not always easy to see exactly where we are getting stuck and how to move beyond that place. I offer support, encouragement, and trust as you begin a new journey toward healing and growth.
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Thania Hernandez
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
I have experience working with individuals struggling with substance use, depression, anxiety, daily stressors, military life adjustments, anger management, grief, traumatic experiences, and suicidal ideation.
Do you find yourself feeling stuck due to painful emotions and life stressors? It is easy to become lost in pain, but I assure you there is a way out! With therapy, it is possible to find the peace, love, and joy you long for. I can support you through this challenging time by providing a comfortable and accepting space for you to process challenging emotions and hurtful situations, while I teach techniques that can help to improve management of stressors while decreasing feelings of depression, anxiety, and anger.
I have experience working with individuals struggling with substance use, depression, anxiety, daily stressors, military life adjustments, anger management, grief, traumatic experiences, and suicidal ideation.
Do you find yourself feeling stuck due to painful emotions and life stressors? It is easy to become lost in pain, but I assure you there is a way out! With therapy, it is possible to find the peace, love, and joy you long for. I can support you through this challenging time by providing a comfortable and accepting space for you to process challenging emotions and hurtful situations, while I teach techniques that can help to improve management of stressors while decreasing feelings of depression, anxiety, and anger.
(463) 219-2362 View (463) 219-2362
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Brendan Conn
Counselor, MS, LMHCA, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46202  (Online Only)
My specialties include substance use, trauma, voice hearing or auditory hallucinations, and masculinity issues.
There is no "ideal client" in my eyes. I think the most important part of this experience is finding the right therapeutic relationship. If your needs fall into one of my specialties, great. If not, that is okay too. Feel free to reach out and we can chat about what you are wanting out of services and I promise to be transparent if I think we would be a good fit. My goal is not to find the "ideal client" but instead help in any way that I can. If that means finding someone else, I am good with that and will help you find someone that would benefit you more than myself.
My specialties include substance use, trauma, voice hearing or auditory hallucinations, and masculinity issues.
There is no "ideal client" in my eyes. I think the most important part of this experience is finding the right therapeutic relationship. If your needs fall into one of my specialties, great. If not, that is okay too. Feel free to reach out and we can chat about what you are wanting out of services and I promise to be transparent if I think we would be a good fit. My goal is not to find the "ideal client" but instead help in any way that I can. If that means finding someone else, I am good with that and will help you find someone that would benefit you more than myself.
(317) 978-4507 View (317) 978-4507
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Marlo Walters
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
Concerned anxiety, depression, or trauma contributes to your substance use? It's quite common.
Hello, I'm Dr. Walters- licensed Psychologist. Sick and tired of being sick and tired? Ready to make some changes? Let's work together to get you on the path to recovery.
Concerned anxiety, depression, or trauma contributes to your substance use? It's quite common.
Hello, I'm Dr. Walters- licensed Psychologist. Sick and tired of being sick and tired? Ready to make some changes? Let's work together to get you on the path to recovery.
(317) 676-2247 View (317) 676-2247
Photo of John Krieg, Marriage & Family Therapist in Indianapolis, IN
John Krieg
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Several areas I have extensive experience include addiction and the impact of addiction on the family, couples and marital family therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma.
Life can be difficult to deal with. Issues from our past or on-going relationship problems can cause us considerable stress. Issues of shame and guilt can make us to feel depressed and anxious and keep us from living to our fullest potential. If you relate to this, I would like the opportunity to help and empower you and/or your family to overcome these obstacles.
Several areas I have extensive experience include addiction and the impact of addiction on the family, couples and marital family therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma.
Life can be difficult to deal with. Issues from our past or on-going relationship problems can cause us considerable stress. Issues of shame and guilt can make us to feel depressed and anxious and keep us from living to our fullest potential. If you relate to this, I would like the opportunity to help and empower you and/or your family to overcome these obstacles.
(317) 483-8107 View (317) 483-8107
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Tony M Talley
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LCAC, MAC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46236
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor, and marriage counselor.
You want to try therapy one day and the next day you feel like you can handle it alone. You want to feel happy but cannot imagine what that would look like for you. You want be a better partner, friend, family member, employee, and over person. You want closer because whatever "it" is continues to go through your mind. You want to find peace in your life but don't know where to start. I provide a listening ear, comfort, systematic feedback, education, and over time, our collaborative work will help you meet your goals. We will work well together if you are motivated, teachable, and open minded.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor, and marriage counselor.
You want to try therapy one day and the next day you feel like you can handle it alone. You want to feel happy but cannot imagine what that would look like for you. You want be a better partner, friend, family member, employee, and over person. You want closer because whatever "it" is continues to go through your mind. You want to find peace in your life but don't know where to start. I provide a listening ear, comfort, systematic feedback, education, and over time, our collaborative work will help you meet your goals. We will work well together if you are motivated, teachable, and open minded.
(317) 900-4082 View (317) 900-4082
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Branda-Lee Maurushes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
The stress of life is inevitable, it is how we manage it that makes all the difference in the world. Living in a time of uncertainty, it can cause feelings of helplessness and sadness. I am here to support you along your journey towards peace and happiness. I serve the adult population between the ages of 18 and 75 who may be experiencing issues related to the following: anger management, anxiety, low self-esteem/poor body image, depression, addiction, grief, unresolved childhood experiences, and relationship or marital conflicts. I also enjoy working with individuals who simply feel stuck and want to achieve greater fulfillment.
The stress of life is inevitable, it is how we manage it that makes all the difference in the world. Living in a time of uncertainty, it can cause feelings of helplessness and sadness. I am here to support you along your journey towards peace and happiness. I serve the adult population between the ages of 18 and 75 who may be experiencing issues related to the following: anger management, anxiety, low self-esteem/poor body image, depression, addiction, grief, unresolved childhood experiences, and relationship or marital conflicts. I also enjoy working with individuals who simply feel stuck and want to achieve greater fulfillment.
(317) 204-8404 View (317) 204-8404
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Mark Graeser
Counselor, DMin, LMHC, LCAC, LMFTA
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Waitlist for new clients
My experience with addiction and recovery gives me some insight into human transformation from brokenness to wholeness, and how this recovery process involves both external and internal life changes.
I enjoy working with clients who come to me in crisis with some awareness that their existing coping resources and skills have been overwhelmed to the point they need some help to grow through the situation. Though it typically begins concretely with stress and conflict management, this work often deepens into fruitful reexamination of personal values, family dynamics, problematic relationship patterns, and existential or spiritual themes. I see individual problems as often having been forged in the crucible of one's family of origin, which has often severely limited one's ability to respond well to all of life's demands.
My experience with addiction and recovery gives me some insight into human transformation from brokenness to wholeness, and how this recovery process involves both external and internal life changes.
I enjoy working with clients who come to me in crisis with some awareness that their existing coping resources and skills have been overwhelmed to the point they need some help to grow through the situation. Though it typically begins concretely with stress and conflict management, this work often deepens into fruitful reexamination of personal values, family dynamics, problematic relationship patterns, and existential or spiritual themes. I see individual problems as often having been forged in the crucible of one's family of origin, which has often severely limited one's ability to respond well to all of life's demands.
(317) 608-1975 View (317) 608-1975
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Duane W Moore
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LCAC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Special interest areas are giving parents tools to manage difficult behaviors, strengthening the child-parent bond, building relationship skills for individuals and couples, addiction counseling that includes care coordination with medication-assisted treatments for opioid and other use disorders, and therapies that work for managing depression and anxiety.
Are you looking for help with child/parenting concerns, relationship issues, and/or unhealthy patterns, including addictions? You don’t have to face these things alone! My experience and skills are helping children, families, adults and couples to work toward building healthy connections and relationships. My background includes training and practice in child-centered play therapy, early childhood mental health development at Riley Hospital, as well as marriage and family therapy. In addition to my private practice, I have worked extensively with incarcerated youth and women.
Special interest areas are giving parents tools to manage difficult behaviors, strengthening the child-parent bond, building relationship skills for individuals and couples, addiction counseling that includes care coordination with medication-assisted treatments for opioid and other use disorders, and therapies that work for managing depression and anxiety.
Are you looking for help with child/parenting concerns, relationship issues, and/or unhealthy patterns, including addictions? You don’t have to face these things alone! My experience and skills are helping children, families, adults and couples to work toward building healthy connections and relationships. My background includes training and practice in child-centered play therapy, early childhood mental health development at Riley Hospital, as well as marriage and family therapy. In addition to my private practice, I have worked extensively with incarcerated youth and women.
(317) 659-8394 View (317) 659-8394
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Bradford McClarnon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, EdS, LMFT, LMHC, MAC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46220
As a counselor and consultant for over 20 years, I have had the privilege to work with a variety of clients in diverse settings. My licenses and certifications also reflect a diverse background and experience as a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), Family and Marriage Therapist (LMFT), Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Master Career Counselor (NCCC, MCC) and Employee Assistance Consultant (CEAP). The primary focus of my experience has been in family, marriage, career and substance abuse counseling. In general, I use an eclectic approach to counseling but tend to emphasize cognitive-behavioral and solution focus.
As a counselor and consultant for over 20 years, I have had the privilege to work with a variety of clients in diverse settings. My licenses and certifications also reflect a diverse background and experience as a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), Family and Marriage Therapist (LMFT), Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Master Career Counselor (NCCC, MCC) and Employee Assistance Consultant (CEAP). The primary focus of my experience has been in family, marriage, career and substance abuse counseling. In general, I use an eclectic approach to counseling but tend to emphasize cognitive-behavioral and solution focus.
(317) 891-5842 View (317) 891-5842
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American Behavioral Counseling LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, PsyD, LCSW, LMFT
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46219
American Behavioral Counseling is a trusted counseling provider that offers hope to individuals, groups, couples, families, and children in all of Central Indiana. Our mission is to provide personalized counseling services that meet your individualized needs in a safe and understanding environment. Our team of therapists are trusted experts who can help you in a wide range of specialties, including substance abuse addictions, family therapy, couples or group therapy, depression, alcohol treatment, and anger management. Our goal is to invest the time it takes to get to know you and to empower you with the right solution for you.
American Behavioral Counseling is a trusted counseling provider that offers hope to individuals, groups, couples, families, and children in all of Central Indiana. Our mission is to provide personalized counseling services that meet your individualized needs in a safe and understanding environment. Our team of therapists are trusted experts who can help you in a wide range of specialties, including substance abuse addictions, family therapy, couples or group therapy, depression, alcohol treatment, and anger management. Our goal is to invest the time it takes to get to know you and to empower you with the right solution for you.
(317) 349-5513 View (317) 349-5513
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Chase Jennette
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46239  (Online Only)
Why should you choose me? I bring over 9+ years of experience in helping patients overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, anger issues, substance abuse, etc.
I see clients from all walks of life dealing with many different struggles and issues. I find most people are often just trying to manage the stresses of everyday life, overcome negative habits, or find closure and peace with past trauma. Often they just want to find new and better ways to cope or be able to change how they think and feel.
Why should you choose me? I bring over 9+ years of experience in helping patients overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, anger issues, substance abuse, etc.
I see clients from all walks of life dealing with many different struggles and issues. I find most people are often just trying to manage the stresses of everyday life, overcome negative habits, or find closure and peace with past trauma. Often they just want to find new and better ways to cope or be able to change how they think and feel.
(317) 932-7147 View (317) 932-7147
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James N. Linville, LMHC, LLC
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46226
If you have questioned why you are not experiencing life to the fullest, if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, addictions, compulsions or life controlling issues, or your relationships are not working as you had intended, I would love to help you find answers. I have worked with individuals, children, and adolescents, through out my career to help individuals and their families receive emotional healing. Historically, I have worked in inpatient, outpatient, substance abuse treatment centers, as well as individual outpatient settings. When you contact me I will work with you to develop a course of treatment that is best for you and your family.
If you have questioned why you are not experiencing life to the fullest, if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, addictions, compulsions or life controlling issues, or your relationships are not working as you had intended, I would love to help you find answers. I have worked with individuals, children, and adolescents, through out my career to help individuals and their families receive emotional healing. Historically, I have worked in inpatient, outpatient, substance abuse treatment centers, as well as individual outpatient settings. When you contact me I will work with you to develop a course of treatment that is best for you and your family.
(317) 653-4079 View (317) 653-4079

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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.