Addiction Therapists in Louisville, KY

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Cheryl Ades
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40206
For over 20 years, I have specialized in eating disorders/food addiction/addiction and trauma. Licensed in Kentucky and Illinois, I am a Certified IFS therapist and my goal is to help individuals and couples improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being by helping them clear up issues that get in their way. These may include addictions, difficulty with family/couple relationships, sexual abuse and unresolved trauma. By involving mind, body, and spirit, I hope to lead my clients toward deeper levels of integration and fuller lives.
For over 20 years, I have specialized in eating disorders/food addiction/addiction and trauma. Licensed in Kentucky and Illinois, I am a Certified IFS therapist and my goal is to help individuals and couples improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being by helping them clear up issues that get in their way. These may include addictions, difficulty with family/couple relationships, sexual abuse and unresolved trauma. By involving mind, body, and spirit, I hope to lead my clients toward deeper levels of integration and fuller lives.
(502) 324-3471 View (502) 324-3471
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Oreatha Hurt
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MEd, LPCA, TCADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222
Accepting new clients! Have you ever wondered if therapy is for you? Well, I'm here to tell you that therapy is for everyone. Whether you are struggling with adjusting to life's curve balls, anxiety, depression, or substance use; My goal as a therapist is to create a safe space where you and I can reduce any mental suffering that you may be facing, and help develop new ways to live life to your fullest potential.
Accepting new clients! Have you ever wondered if therapy is for you? Well, I'm here to tell you that therapy is for everyone. Whether you are struggling with adjusting to life's curve balls, anxiety, depression, or substance use; My goal as a therapist is to create a safe space where you and I can reduce any mental suffering that you may be facing, and help develop new ways to live life to your fullest potential.
(502) 747-1685 View (502) 747-1685
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Holly Sumner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Do you feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious? Has an addiction or the addiction of a loved one stolen years of your life? Are you angry, scared, feeling alone? Reaching out for help is the first step towards a whole new life. Life can be amazing, we just have to find our path to the life we want. Today can be the start of a whole new life. The life you have always wanted and now is the time to take the steps to creating this amazing life. Together we will make a plan for change. You have the power to make a life you love and I am here to help you find the power within.
Do you feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious? Has an addiction or the addiction of a loved one stolen years of your life? Are you angry, scared, feeling alone? Reaching out for help is the first step towards a whole new life. Life can be amazing, we just have to find our path to the life we want. Today can be the start of a whole new life. The life you have always wanted and now is the time to take the steps to creating this amazing life. Together we will make a plan for change. You have the power to make a life you love and I am here to help you find the power within.
(502) 206-0274 View (502) 206-0274
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Joseph Mull
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, LCADC, NCC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40243
My areas of experience include Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Substance Abuse, Acquired Brain Injury, as well as other behavior and mood disorders. I help individuals overcome personal or interpersonal difficulties affecting mental health.
My areas of experience include Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Substance Abuse, Acquired Brain Injury, as well as other behavior and mood disorders. I help individuals overcome personal or interpersonal difficulties affecting mental health.
(502) 200-1934 View (502) 200-1934
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Rochelle Williams
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPCA, T-CADC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40243
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression or a history of substance abuse? Are you searching for coping skills to manage your stress and improve your mood? Are you struggling with negative thoughts about yourself, troubling thoughts from your past, or distressing thoughts about the future? I can help. My philosophy for mental health involves helping people gain insight into how events from the past shape how one thinks, feels, and acts in the present. These insights lead to a deeper understanding into how to change thoughts, emotions, and behaviors through coping strategies and increased self-awareness.
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression or a history of substance abuse? Are you searching for coping skills to manage your stress and improve your mood? Are you struggling with negative thoughts about yourself, troubling thoughts from your past, or distressing thoughts about the future? I can help. My philosophy for mental health involves helping people gain insight into how events from the past shape how one thinks, feels, and acts in the present. These insights lead to a deeper understanding into how to change thoughts, emotions, and behaviors through coping strategies and increased self-awareness.
(502) 842-4594 View (502) 842-4594
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Tonya Silcox
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Individuals and families afflicted by addiction (Alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, food, etc.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the expectations of personal or professional roles? Do you find yourself numbing, hiding or avoiding feelings or painful/uncomfortable situations? Maybe, you have a family member caught in destructive patterns and it's impacting your life? I'd love to help you change unhealthy habits, transform your thoughts, and reconnect with your true self. Together, we can work to replace pain with self-love, change unhealthy patterns, and find healthy ways to deal with life's stressors. I have a strong background in behavior modification strategies, sustaining change, mental health-related issues, and addictions.
Individuals and families afflicted by addiction (Alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, food, etc.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the expectations of personal or professional roles? Do you find yourself numbing, hiding or avoiding feelings or painful/uncomfortable situations? Maybe, you have a family member caught in destructive patterns and it's impacting your life? I'd love to help you change unhealthy habits, transform your thoughts, and reconnect with your true self. Together, we can work to replace pain with self-love, change unhealthy patterns, and find healthy ways to deal with life's stressors. I have a strong background in behavior modification strategies, sustaining change, mental health-related issues, and addictions.
(502) 806-8336 View (502) 806-8336
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Cassandra D Harris-Gray
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCADC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40243
I provide individual, couple, family and group therapy in the various areas of mental health, marriage, substance abuse, relationship difficulty, family conflicts, adolescent treatment other life challenging issues.
Cassandra D. Harris-Gray is the CEO of Creative Spirits Networks, INC a full serviced outpatient mental health corporation. Cassandra is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist(LMFT), Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor(LCADC), and Mental Health Coach. I work with clients utilizing strength based competences to promote and navigate through life changes. She has authored her first book "90 Days of Power" and has served as a monthly columnist, a motivational speaker, corporate trainer and relationship seminar leader. She has over 20 plus years of clinical practice working with clients to create change.
I provide individual, couple, family and group therapy in the various areas of mental health, marriage, substance abuse, relationship difficulty, family conflicts, adolescent treatment other life challenging issues.
Cassandra D. Harris-Gray is the CEO of Creative Spirits Networks, INC a full serviced outpatient mental health corporation. Cassandra is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist(LMFT), Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor(LCADC), and Mental Health Coach. I work with clients utilizing strength based competences to promote and navigate through life changes. She has authored her first book "90 Days of Power" and has served as a monthly columnist, a motivational speaker, corporate trainer and relationship seminar leader. She has over 20 plus years of clinical practice working with clients to create change.
(502) 410-4138 View (502) 410-4138
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Aysha Tariq
Counselor, LPCA
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Many of us struggle to face the unknown, but change is the only constant in life. I believe that everyone has the ability to embrace change in order to foster growth and progress for themselves. I have experience and a strong compassion for people who wrestle with the problems of addiction and mental health. I am committed to providing personalized care to each client to promote resiliency, recovery, and healing. I have a deep understanding of multicultural and bilingual dynamics.I bring a unique perspective to my practice as I have an awareness of cultural nuances that allow me to connect with clients from various backgrounds.
Many of us struggle to face the unknown, but change is the only constant in life. I believe that everyone has the ability to embrace change in order to foster growth and progress for themselves. I have experience and a strong compassion for people who wrestle with the problems of addiction and mental health. I am committed to providing personalized care to each client to promote resiliency, recovery, and healing. I have a deep understanding of multicultural and bilingual dynamics.I bring a unique perspective to my practice as I have an awareness of cultural nuances that allow me to connect with clients from various backgrounds.
(502) 906-6235 View (502) 906-6235
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Laketa Matlock
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222
I provide individualized care to help my Clients work through anxiety, depression, grief, loss, addiction/recovery, trauma and other life problems.
I’m a Licensed Therapist with over a decade experience in helping people deal with various life challenges. I have a Master’s degree in Education in Mental Health Counseling, earned from Lindsey Wilson College. I specialize in Addiction Counseling and have spent much of my career helping Individuals and Families recover and heal from trauma associated with addiction and unhealthy cycles. I'm passionate about helping people who have the desire to live healthier but lack the ability to effectively cope with their struggles. I'm dedicated to helping these individuals understand their inner ability to improve their functioning.
I provide individualized care to help my Clients work through anxiety, depression, grief, loss, addiction/recovery, trauma and other life problems.
I’m a Licensed Therapist with over a decade experience in helping people deal with various life challenges. I have a Master’s degree in Education in Mental Health Counseling, earned from Lindsey Wilson College. I specialize in Addiction Counseling and have spent much of my career helping Individuals and Families recover and heal from trauma associated with addiction and unhealthy cycles. I'm passionate about helping people who have the desire to live healthier but lack the ability to effectively cope with their struggles. I'm dedicated to helping these individuals understand their inner ability to improve their functioning.
(502) 427-6949 View (502) 427-6949
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Louisville Health And Healing
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
***IN-PERSON AND TELETHERAPY APPOINTMENTS***NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS***Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. We specialize in a variety of issues: trauma, anxiety, depression, adjustments through difficulty life situations, addiction, men's issues; and we work with teens and adults in an individual, couple or family setting.
***IN-PERSON AND TELETHERAPY APPOINTMENTS***NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS***Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. We specialize in a variety of issues: trauma, anxiety, depression, adjustments through difficulty life situations, addiction, men's issues; and we work with teens and adults in an individual, couple or family setting.
(502) 237-8453 View (502) 237-8453
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Clairemarie LoCicero
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40204
Some common matters I can help with: substance misuse, grief, trauma, interpersonal conflict, mood disorders, and personal improvement.
When I meet a new client, I like to acknowledge that therapy is a courageous choice. Our first meeting is a time for me to learn why you reached out and what kind of change you are seeking. It is also a time for you to learn how you feel about me! If you return, then ongoing therapy sessions will consist of evidence-based practices that are specific to your goals and needs. We will measure and record your progress, so that you can make informed decisions about what works for you. Some people remain in therapy indefinitely because they like the ongoing support, while others exit after succeeding toward a specific, time-limited goal.
Some common matters I can help with: substance misuse, grief, trauma, interpersonal conflict, mood disorders, and personal improvement.
When I meet a new client, I like to acknowledge that therapy is a courageous choice. Our first meeting is a time for me to learn why you reached out and what kind of change you are seeking. It is also a time for you to learn how you feel about me! If you return, then ongoing therapy sessions will consist of evidence-based practices that are specific to your goals and needs. We will measure and record your progress, so that you can make informed decisions about what works for you. Some people remain in therapy indefinitely because they like the ongoing support, while others exit after succeeding toward a specific, time-limited goal.
(502) 465-8980 View (502) 465-8980
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Bridge the Gap Addiction and Mental Health Service
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MS, LCADC, LAACD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40202
We place special emphasis on all addiction disorders moderate and chronic issues. We specialize in non-medical detoxification that place emphasis's on spirituality. We promote abstinence by providing individualized treatment plans, family education, legal resources, local community resources, and Twelve Step groups. We provide other valuable classes court ordered domestic violence (men & women), driver under the influence and marriage/relationship classes. We offer four hour marijuana education classes.
We place special emphasis on all addiction disorders moderate and chronic issues. We specialize in non-medical detoxification that place emphasis's on spirituality. We promote abstinence by providing individualized treatment plans, family education, legal resources, local community resources, and Twelve Step groups. We provide other valuable classes court ordered domestic violence (men & women), driver under the influence and marriage/relationship classes. We offer four hour marijuana education classes.
(502) 547-8096 View (502) 547-8096
Photo of Katie Fulinello, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Louisville, KY
Katie Fulinello
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
I am also experienced in treating substance abuse and addictive behaviors.
I believe the greatest gift is to feel confident being fully ourselves. My work is based on the belief that the best outcomes develop from the strongest relationships, including our relationship with self. I'm passionate about helping clients break negative habits and develop new tools to lead life more fully, and in greater alignment with self, though holistic psychotherapy. Learn more about my practice and areas of focus here: www.katiefulinello.com
I am also experienced in treating substance abuse and addictive behaviors.
I believe the greatest gift is to feel confident being fully ourselves. My work is based on the belief that the best outcomes develop from the strongest relationships, including our relationship with self. I'm passionate about helping clients break negative habits and develop new tools to lead life more fully, and in greater alignment with self, though holistic psychotherapy. Learn more about my practice and areas of focus here: www.katiefulinello.com
(502) 306-0242 View (502) 306-0242
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Sarah Lynn Granberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MAC, CTTS, SAP, CCTP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222  (Online Only)
The most common need I hear from clients is that they have done a lot of talk therapy in the past and they are stuck. I get it. That's the client I'm excited to work with. My ideal client is one who wants to do the work because I show up for my half of the therapeutic relationship. I bring my varied 24 years of experience to every session. My specialties are complex trauma and addiction, and this also encompasses obsessive overthinking, chronic low self-confidence, generalized anxiety, relationship issues, etc. Therapy is a team effort to make lasting changes outside of the therapy environment.
The most common need I hear from clients is that they have done a lot of talk therapy in the past and they are stuck. I get it. That's the client I'm excited to work with. My ideal client is one who wants to do the work because I show up for my half of the therapeutic relationship. I bring my varied 24 years of experience to every session. My specialties are complex trauma and addiction, and this also encompasses obsessive overthinking, chronic low self-confidence, generalized anxiety, relationship issues, etc. Therapy is a team effort to make lasting changes outside of the therapy environment.
(502) 206-1437 View (502) 206-1437
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Louisville Recovery Center
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223
Our approach focuses on treating the whole individual rather than just treating the addiction.
Treatment at Louisville Recovery Center aims to treat the whole person -mind, body, and spirit. Our program supports holistic recovery by providing a wide range of behavioral and experiential therapies, medication-assisted treatment, and nutritional assistance.
Our approach focuses on treating the whole individual rather than just treating the addiction.
Treatment at Louisville Recovery Center aims to treat the whole person -mind, body, and spirit. Our program supports holistic recovery by providing a wide range of behavioral and experiential therapies, medication-assisted treatment, and nutritional assistance.
(502) 383-0306 View (502) 383-0306
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Iesha Richards - Core Counseling
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, LMHC, MAC, CEAP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Hello, I'm Iesha, Founding Clinical Director of Core Counseling. My Team and I, have the amazing privilege of working with clients from all walks of life, with a Client-centered approach. It’s an honor to journey alongside our Clients who trust us with their most vulnerable thoughts, feelings and experiences. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a United States Veteran. I have a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from South University. I specialize in Addiction Counseling with a national Masters Addiction Counselor certification. At Core Counseling we work with Adult Individuals & their Family Members.
Hello, I'm Iesha, Founding Clinical Director of Core Counseling. My Team and I, have the amazing privilege of working with clients from all walks of life, with a Client-centered approach. It’s an honor to journey alongside our Clients who trust us with their most vulnerable thoughts, feelings and experiences. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a United States Veteran. I have a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from South University. I specialize in Addiction Counseling with a national Masters Addiction Counselor certification. At Core Counseling we work with Adult Individuals & their Family Members.
(502) 206-0273 View (502) 206-0273
Photo of Andrew M Davidson, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Louisville, KY
Andrew M Davidson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
I have a vast amount of experience in working with people struggling with substance abuse, co-dependency, early childhood and adult trauma, mild mental health issues, grief, difficulty in transitions with work, family and relationships and stress.
I work with individuals, families, couples, and adolescents facing tough challenges, transitions, and growth opportunities. I have over 16 years in practice with experience treating general mental health issues, substance abuse, co-dependency, trauma and grief. I work from a solution-focused, person-centered approach and address not only the individual in therapy, but their family unit or family of choice. I believe that individuals have the strength to create meaningful change in their lives, and as a helping professional, I offer support, facilitate and witness that change in a positive, friendly and collaborative way.
I have a vast amount of experience in working with people struggling with substance abuse, co-dependency, early childhood and adult trauma, mild mental health issues, grief, difficulty in transitions with work, family and relationships and stress.
I work with individuals, families, couples, and adolescents facing tough challenges, transitions, and growth opportunities. I have over 16 years in practice with experience treating general mental health issues, substance abuse, co-dependency, trauma and grief. I work from a solution-focused, person-centered approach and address not only the individual in therapy, but their family unit or family of choice. I believe that individuals have the strength to create meaningful change in their lives, and as a helping professional, I offer support, facilitate and witness that change in a positive, friendly and collaborative way.
(502) 443-9220 View (502) 443-9220
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Dr. Paul F Schmidt
Psychologist, PhD, CSAT
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40245
I've worked with many love relationships both single and married, especially ones damaged by addiction and infidelity.
I am a clinical psychologist in Louisville, KY. Educated at Vanderbilt and Colorado, I'm trained with marriage therapy and chemical, sex, work/money addictions. A pro-marital Christian, I'm pro-recovery and proactive. I'm homework intensive using workbooks, community support, and my user-friendly blog and podcast on my secure website. Personally trained by Drs. Patrick Carnes and John Gottman, I am internationally certified to counsel sex addicts and their partners. I'm called and gifted for guidance, encouragement, recovery, and healing. Dialog with me is lively, I work quickly, and I do take phone calls.
I've worked with many love relationships both single and married, especially ones damaged by addiction and infidelity.
I am a clinical psychologist in Louisville, KY. Educated at Vanderbilt and Colorado, I'm trained with marriage therapy and chemical, sex, work/money addictions. A pro-marital Christian, I'm pro-recovery and proactive. I'm homework intensive using workbooks, community support, and my user-friendly blog and podcast on my secure website. Personally trained by Drs. Patrick Carnes and John Gottman, I am internationally certified to counsel sex addicts and their partners. I'm called and gifted for guidance, encouragement, recovery, and healing. Dialog with me is lively, I work quickly, and I do take phone calls.
(502) 633-2860 View (502) 633-2860
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Erin D Jarrett
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LSGC, TCADC, EMDR
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40218
As a skilled Psychotherapist and Mental Health Clinician, I understand how anxiety, depression, and addiction can have devastating effects on individuals and their families.
Troubled by PTSD? Anxiety? Depression? I'm the behavioral health professional for you! I employ a cutting edge therapeutic model called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a powerful, psychotherapy technique for treatment of anxiety, panic, depression, and post-traumatic stress. I will teach you practical tools and techniques that are evidence-based and designed to help you quickly work through your current situation. I specialize in working with adults, adolescents, and military veterans with symptoms of trauma/PTSD, depression, and anxiety. My clinical style is very warm, strengths-based, and collaborative.
As a skilled Psychotherapist and Mental Health Clinician, I understand how anxiety, depression, and addiction can have devastating effects on individuals and their families.
Troubled by PTSD? Anxiety? Depression? I'm the behavioral health professional for you! I employ a cutting edge therapeutic model called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a powerful, psychotherapy technique for treatment of anxiety, panic, depression, and post-traumatic stress. I will teach you practical tools and techniques that are evidence-based and designed to help you quickly work through your current situation. I specialize in working with adults, adolescents, and military veterans with symptoms of trauma/PTSD, depression, and anxiety. My clinical style is very warm, strengths-based, and collaborative.
(502) 410-3199 View (502) 410-3199
Photo of Katie Esquibel, Art Therapist in Louisville, KY
Katie Esquibel
Art Therapist, MA, ATR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40299
I specialize in people living with anxiety, substance abuse, depression, trauma, those searching for fluidity within all life transitions, to develop more intuitive coping skills, or those seeking space to empower and define themselves.
I am a Licensed Art Therapist Associate who believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship to facilitate change. My therapeutic approach is integrative, using strength based, client-centered, and holistic practices. As an art therapist, clients have the option to engage in art therapy. No experience with art required. The creative process, artwork, and discussion provides an opportunity to integrate fractured pieces of the mind, body, and spirit.
I specialize in people living with anxiety, substance abuse, depression, trauma, those searching for fluidity within all life transitions, to develop more intuitive coping skills, or those seeking space to empower and define themselves.
I am a Licensed Art Therapist Associate who believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship to facilitate change. My therapeutic approach is integrative, using strength based, client-centered, and holistic practices. As an art therapist, clients have the option to engage in art therapy. No experience with art required. The creative process, artwork, and discussion provides an opportunity to integrate fractured pieces of the mind, body, and spirit.
(502) 936-6546 View (502) 936-6546
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.