Addiction Therapists in Saint Louis, MO

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Daniel J Christy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CEAP, SAP
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63122
I am also CEAP (Certified Employee Assistance Professional) certified and SAP (substance abuse professional) certified.
I take a compassionate approach to counseling focusing on your needs and assisting you with attaining your goals. I practice an eclectic approach utilizing various techniques to best fit you. I enjoy helping you find your inner strength and resiliency that can help you overcome life's problems. I have experience working with people to overcome anxiety issues, substance abuse, and work-life balance. If you want to get the most out of life, overcome your difficulties and reframe negative thoughts so that you can see the positive, I would love to help you.
I am also CEAP (Certified Employee Assistance Professional) certified and SAP (substance abuse professional) certified.
I take a compassionate approach to counseling focusing on your needs and assisting you with attaining your goals. I practice an eclectic approach utilizing various techniques to best fit you. I enjoy helping you find your inner strength and resiliency that can help you overcome life's problems. I have experience working with people to overcome anxiety issues, substance abuse, and work-life balance. If you want to get the most out of life, overcome your difficulties and reframe negative thoughts so that you can see the positive, I would love to help you.
(314) 526-3693 View (314) 526-3693
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Anthony F. Pickens
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63112
I am a trauma informed licensed Christain counselor with experience working with addiction, depression, anxiety, shame, life transitions, homelessness, spiritual formation and career concerns.
I work with families and individuals ages 12 and up who are seeking support with daily life challenges related to emotional, relational, spiritual or career concerns.
I am a trauma informed licensed Christain counselor with experience working with addiction, depression, anxiety, shame, life transitions, homelessness, spiritual formation and career concerns.
I work with families and individuals ages 12 and up who are seeking support with daily life challenges related to emotional, relational, spiritual or career concerns.
(314) 912-3085 View (314) 912-3085
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Solutions for Wellbeing, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CCDP-D, MARS
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63146  (Online Only)
I have over 15 years of experience working with clients who experience anxiety, depression, major-life set-backs, stress-related concerns, and substance use concerns.
Our lives can get very busy--making it hard to find time for counseling. I provide counseling via Telehealth and offer convenient evening and weekend time slots. Life can sometimes “knock our socks off”—I focus on helping clients get back on track and thriving again. Together, we develop a step-by-step plan to identify the problem, explore possible solutions, and develop strategies to move forward. We will explore the things that are getting in the way of you feeling your best self.
I have over 15 years of experience working with clients who experience anxiety, depression, major-life set-backs, stress-related concerns, and substance use concerns.
Our lives can get very busy--making it hard to find time for counseling. I provide counseling via Telehealth and offer convenient evening and weekend time slots. Life can sometimes “knock our socks off”—I focus on helping clients get back on track and thriving again. Together, we develop a step-by-step plan to identify the problem, explore possible solutions, and develop strategies to move forward. We will explore the things that are getting in the way of you feeling your best self.
(314) 690-9876 View (314) 690-9876
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Midwest Institute for Addiction (dba SLBWC)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63141
As a quality service focused St. Louis, Missouri addiction treatment center for alcohol and drug abuse and dependency, our focus is person-centered. At our St. Louis addiction treatment center we understand that service is part of care and maintain a culture of accessibility, responsiveness, compassion, and adaptability. The MIA difference involves going beyond best practices regarding medical, psychiatric, and behavioral care and providing a culture of quality service that our clients find invaluable. At MIA, your addiction treatment experience is one that promotes recovery and well-being without forgetting client satisfaction.
As a quality service focused St. Louis, Missouri addiction treatment center for alcohol and drug abuse and dependency, our focus is person-centered. At our St. Louis addiction treatment center we understand that service is part of care and maintain a culture of accessibility, responsiveness, compassion, and adaptability. The MIA difference involves going beyond best practices regarding medical, psychiatric, and behavioral care and providing a culture of quality service that our clients find invaluable. At MIA, your addiction treatment experience is one that promotes recovery and well-being without forgetting client satisfaction.
(314) 887-3841 View (314) 887-3841
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Scott Heuer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Each of us has a long list of personal strengths within our “SELF”, but too often they go unnoticed due to the overwhelm of life in general. Life is full of experiences that hold a lasting effect on us and deter us from moving forward. I work with you to identify, and utilize these strengths by processing through the barriers of past trauma, stress and anxiety, and the heaviness of a lack of self-worth. I work with any individual no matter their identity, but being someone who has personal life experiences with addiction, who identifies as LGBTQ and is an adoptive parent, I have developed a special interest in these individuals.
Each of us has a long list of personal strengths within our “SELF”, but too often they go unnoticed due to the overwhelm of life in general. Life is full of experiences that hold a lasting effect on us and deter us from moving forward. I work with you to identify, and utilize these strengths by processing through the barriers of past trauma, stress and anxiety, and the heaviness of a lack of self-worth. I work with any individual no matter their identity, but being someone who has personal life experiences with addiction, who identifies as LGBTQ and is an adoptive parent, I have developed a special interest in these individuals.
(314) 328-8731 View (314) 328-8731
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The Right Solution Counseling Service
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63139
We offer a wide range of services, including group and individual counseling for issues such as depression, anxiety, divorce, stress or substance use.
The Right Solution offers counseling services for individuals, families and children. We offer both in person and tele-health options.
We offer a wide range of services, including group and individual counseling for issues such as depression, anxiety, divorce, stress or substance use.
The Right Solution offers counseling services for individuals, families and children. We offer both in person and tele-health options.
(314) 315-4348 View (314) 315-4348
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New Dawn Family Healing-St. Louis, Missouri
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63141
New Dawn Family Healing is a family therapy specialized program focused in treating the family members and loved ones of those impacted by Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). New Dawn offers group and individual famly therapy that focus on your individual journey with your loved ones struggle with addiction whether they are in active addiction or have met recovery.
New Dawn Family Healing is a family therapy specialized program focused in treating the family members and loved ones of those impacted by Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). New Dawn offers group and individual famly therapy that focus on your individual journey with your loved ones struggle with addiction whether they are in active addiction or have met recovery.
(314) 648-8633 View (314) 648-8633
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Debbie Pullin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63141  (Online Only)
Have you experienced trauma? Do you feel anxious, depressed or out of control? Do you want to make changes but are uncertain about how to go about making those changes? Start feeling better TODAY by starting your healing journey! I specialize in abuse, trauma and those who are actively recovering from addiction. I am passionate about helping you transform your life. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, unwanted thoughts, abuse, an addiction, or going through a sad transition; please know that there is always hope to turn things around. Whatever issues you are facing, I would be honored to work with you!
Have you experienced trauma? Do you feel anxious, depressed or out of control? Do you want to make changes but are uncertain about how to go about making those changes? Start feeling better TODAY by starting your healing journey! I specialize in abuse, trauma and those who are actively recovering from addiction. I am passionate about helping you transform your life. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, unwanted thoughts, abuse, an addiction, or going through a sad transition; please know that there is always hope to turn things around. Whatever issues you are facing, I would be honored to work with you!
(314) 287-5466 View (314) 287-5466
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Jessie McLaughlin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63108  (Online Only)
Life is hard. Many of us struggle with issues related to anxiety, depression, and addiction making life even harder. Overthinking and endless negative thoughts may have you ready to give up. Feelings of inadequacy, hopelessness, and self-doubt may be holding you back. Fortunately, those thoughts and feelings don't have to be permanent. You are capable of developing emotional resilience and self-empowerment to enable you to thrive. It is my belief that everyone deserves to live an enjoyable life with intention as their genuine self.
Life is hard. Many of us struggle with issues related to anxiety, depression, and addiction making life even harder. Overthinking and endless negative thoughts may have you ready to give up. Feelings of inadequacy, hopelessness, and self-doubt may be holding you back. Fortunately, those thoughts and feelings don't have to be permanent. You are capable of developing emotional resilience and self-empowerment to enable you to thrive. It is my belief that everyone deserves to live an enjoyable life with intention as their genuine self.
(816) 578-6116 View (816) 578-6116
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Nancy Straatmann
Counselor, LPC, CRADC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63145
If your are in the process of recovery from any time of addiction, I have experience to help you reclaim your life.
My priority is to create a safe environment for you to explore thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Especially during this time of Covid, many people are feeling anxiety, depression or confusion about their next steps; or you may be experiencing grief or loss. We'll work to identify your strengths, discover insights, and find clarity to move toward a greater sense of wellbeing. I focus on empowering clients to make positive changes that lead to healthier lives. My goal is to help you rediscover meaning, joy, and purpose in life.
If your are in the process of recovery from any time of addiction, I have experience to help you reclaim your life.
My priority is to create a safe environment for you to explore thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Especially during this time of Covid, many people are feeling anxiety, depression or confusion about their next steps; or you may be experiencing grief or loss. We'll work to identify your strengths, discover insights, and find clarity to move toward a greater sense of wellbeing. I focus on empowering clients to make positive changes that lead to healthier lives. My goal is to help you rediscover meaning, joy, and purpose in life.
(844) 505-4679 View (844) 505-4679
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Laila Merz
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63124
Some of my specialty areas are Attachment- Based Issues, Anxiety and Depressive/ Mood Disorders, Addictions/Substance Abuse, Post Traumatic Disorders, Trauma, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Couples Therapy, Divorce, Women's Health Issues, Chronic Pain, Yoga, Somatic based Therapies, and Spirituality.
I went into the field of psychology because I love helping people transform to the best version of themselves. We all need a safe place to understand ourselves and how we relate to others/self. I often say "We need to be Mindful of our Total-Well Being and that our minds and our bodies are an inter-connected systems. Where the mind goes, so does the man or woman in their actions and body states. We go to the physician for our physical health, so how much healthier would we be if we went to our psychologist for our mental health?" At heart, I am a holistic practitioner and love seeing my clients Thrive.
Some of my specialty areas are Attachment- Based Issues, Anxiety and Depressive/ Mood Disorders, Addictions/Substance Abuse, Post Traumatic Disorders, Trauma, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Couples Therapy, Divorce, Women's Health Issues, Chronic Pain, Yoga, Somatic based Therapies, and Spirituality.
I went into the field of psychology because I love helping people transform to the best version of themselves. We all need a safe place to understand ourselves and how we relate to others/self. I often say "We need to be Mindful of our Total-Well Being and that our minds and our bodies are an inter-connected systems. Where the mind goes, so does the man or woman in their actions and body states. We go to the physician for our physical health, so how much healthier would we be if we went to our psychologist for our mental health?" At heart, I am a holistic practitioner and love seeing my clients Thrive.
(314) 485-4853 View (314) 485-4853
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Sara Farrell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63132
I'm also trained in helping with addictions, substance abuse, and at risk adolescents.
Now virtual and in person! Challenging times and unforeseen life deviations happen. Relationships struggle and sometimes end. Hurt, stress, grief, depression and anxiety are often a result. Counseling is a powerful benefit to help you navigate your journey to reach healing and growth. You do not have to walk through it alone. I can help you to understand your situation, cope, and move through life productively.
I'm also trained in helping with addictions, substance abuse, and at risk adolescents.
Now virtual and in person! Challenging times and unforeseen life deviations happen. Relationships struggle and sometimes end. Hurt, stress, grief, depression and anxiety are often a result. Counseling is a powerful benefit to help you navigate your journey to reach healing and growth. You do not have to walk through it alone. I can help you to understand your situation, cope, and move through life productively.
(314) 328-8667 View (314) 328-8667
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Heiser Counseling and Healing Arts
Licensed Professional Counselor, ATR, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63126
Other models used to treat trauma and related disorders (performance, relationship, depression, anxiety, substance use, mood disorders) include psycho-education, IFS, CBT and MI.
I enjoy helping people become self-aware, accepting, heal and improve their quality of life and relationships. I use a variety of approaches, including client centered, strengthbased, focused on goals set with client. I enjoy helping people grow, and become self and spiritually aware. I work with children, (6 -19), and adults dealing with PTSD, trauma, anxiety, attachments issues, relationships, addictions, and mortality. I enjoy working with individuals, partners, couples and families. I believe in the power of focused healing, increased awareness, acceptence, hope and love.
Other models used to treat trauma and related disorders (performance, relationship, depression, anxiety, substance use, mood disorders) include psycho-education, IFS, CBT and MI.
I enjoy helping people become self-aware, accepting, heal and improve their quality of life and relationships. I use a variety of approaches, including client centered, strengthbased, focused on goals set with client. I enjoy helping people grow, and become self and spiritually aware. I work with children, (6 -19), and adults dealing with PTSD, trauma, anxiety, attachments issues, relationships, addictions, and mortality. I enjoy working with individuals, partners, couples and families. I believe in the power of focused healing, increased awareness, acceptence, hope and love.
(618) 712-0291 View (618) 712-0291
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Jennifer Patricia Campbell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63101  (Online Only)
This little thing called life is not working for you. Your struggle with sexuality, gender, addiction, depression, or anxiety can be overwhelming. You feel odd, weird, alone. You don't need to be alone. We will work together to tailor our approach to meet your unique and specific needs. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. You want to laugh again, and not sarcastically or ironically, let's rediscover the humor in this little thing called life.
This little thing called life is not working for you. Your struggle with sexuality, gender, addiction, depression, or anxiety can be overwhelming. You feel odd, weird, alone. You don't need to be alone. We will work together to tailor our approach to meet your unique and specific needs. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. You want to laugh again, and not sarcastically or ironically, let's rediscover the humor in this little thing called life.
(314) 390-9006 View (314) 390-9006
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Leilani Louise Faber
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CRAADC, CPPP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63131  (Online Only)
I am one of the most open-minded, non-judgmental people you will ever work with. Many times, clients have begun sessions afraid and timid about sharing details of their life with me. Once they get to know me, they understand that they are truly in a judgment-free zone. I am curious about you, your life, and what brought you to therapy. I have worked with a wide range of clients from adults in custody with substance use disorders to vulnerable populations with serious mental illness. Whatever the problem is, we can tackle it together.
I am one of the most open-minded, non-judgmental people you will ever work with. Many times, clients have begun sessions afraid and timid about sharing details of their life with me. Once they get to know me, they understand that they are truly in a judgment-free zone. I am curious about you, your life, and what brought you to therapy. I have worked with a wide range of clients from adults in custody with substance use disorders to vulnerable populations with serious mental illness. Whatever the problem is, we can tackle it together.
(816) 441-3693 View (816) 441-3693
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Christopher Vollmer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CSW-G, ACHP-SW, CDP, PEL
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63104
In addition, I have worked in the substance abuse community since 1998 and have a deep knowledge of the complications addiction can present.
Life can be difficult. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and to lose our sense of well-being and security. We look around each day and wonder why other people seem to have no trouble living life free from the sort of difficulties with which we struggle. We can begin to feel hopeless. But there is something inside each and every one of us, something beautiful and strong that cannot be touched by our trauma and recurring troubles, but can be obscured by them. Reconnecting with this part of ourselves in a safe, healing atmosphere can help us meet life’s challenges with a greater measure of peace with ourselves and the world.
In addition, I have worked in the substance abuse community since 1998 and have a deep knowledge of the complications addiction can present.
Life can be difficult. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and to lose our sense of well-being and security. We look around each day and wonder why other people seem to have no trouble living life free from the sort of difficulties with which we struggle. We can begin to feel hopeless. But there is something inside each and every one of us, something beautiful and strong that cannot be touched by our trauma and recurring troubles, but can be obscured by them. Reconnecting with this part of ourselves in a safe, healing atmosphere can help us meet life’s challenges with a greater measure of peace with ourselves and the world.
(618) 230-4620 View (618) 230-4620
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Deborah S Scallorn
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, EMDR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63141
Together we can work to: recover from substance abuse, improve relationships, create healthy boundaries, break undesirable and damaging life patterns, overcome disturbing memories or traumas, cope with issues related to aging, make self-care a priority, manage stress or pain, and move towards creating a new dream.
Please consider allowing me to help guide you to live your life to the fullest, to live the life you have always wanted, to become all you are meant to be. Do you find that joy and happiness are missing from your life? Are negative beliefs holding you back from living the life you truly want? You do not have to live like this any longer. Let me help you discover your true potential and awaken to the life you have always imagined. A life with more happiness, joy and gratitude.
Together we can work to: recover from substance abuse, improve relationships, create healthy boundaries, break undesirable and damaging life patterns, overcome disturbing memories or traumas, cope with issues related to aging, make self-care a priority, manage stress or pain, and move towards creating a new dream.
Please consider allowing me to help guide you to live your life to the fullest, to live the life you have always wanted, to become all you are meant to be. Do you find that joy and happiness are missing from your life? Are negative beliefs holding you back from living the life you truly want? You do not have to live like this any longer. Let me help you discover your true potential and awaken to the life you have always imagined. A life with more happiness, joy and gratitude.
(636) 779-3820 View (636) 779-3820
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Rachel Williamson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, MARS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63132
I specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance use.
I know, emotions and feelings are not easy or fun to talk about, and they are definitely not always easy to feel. When you are feeling anxious, sad, lost, or maybe you can't even decide how you feel, and you give so much of yourself to others, that you have nothing left for yourself. My approach is compassionate, non-judgmental, and tailored to your needs. Together, we will identify the hard feelings, process the hard experiences, and learn skills and strategies to grow, heal, and feel better. (Sometimes, we may even develop strategies to deal with other people in life who won't go to therapy.)
I specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance use.
I know, emotions and feelings are not easy or fun to talk about, and they are definitely not always easy to feel. When you are feeling anxious, sad, lost, or maybe you can't even decide how you feel, and you give so much of yourself to others, that you have nothing left for yourself. My approach is compassionate, non-judgmental, and tailored to your needs. Together, we will identify the hard feelings, process the hard experiences, and learn skills and strategies to grow, heal, and feel better. (Sometimes, we may even develop strategies to deal with other people in life who won't go to therapy.)
(314) 876-8352 View (314) 876-8352
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Vanessa L Lowrey
Counselor, LCPC, CADC, LPC
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63141  (Online Only)
I work with adolescents and adults with addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, communication concerns, transitions, & other difficult areas of life.
Change can be difficult, especially if you think you have to endure the journey alone. Making a choice to ask someone to assist you in making changes is a brave and honorable request. My aim is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to engage and approach change. I look forward to assisting you in your journey of healing.
I work with adolescents and adults with addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, communication concerns, transitions, & other difficult areas of life.
Change can be difficult, especially if you think you have to endure the journey alone. Making a choice to ask someone to assist you in making changes is a brave and honorable request. My aim is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to engage and approach change. I look forward to assisting you in your journey of healing.
(872) 244-6255 View (872) 244-6255
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Chris Scarberry
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63109
Main specialty areas: Chronic Illnesses including HIV/AIDS and cancer, Gender Dysphoria, general sexual/sexual orientation concerns, depression, grief, substance abuse, anxiety/trauma, sleep hygiene.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 20 years of experience working both as a therapist and doing community-based crisis intervention. I enjoy helping clients to maximize their potential by focusing upon their strengths and past successes. I believe that therapy is a cooperative endeavor that should assist the client in discovering his/her/their own abilities and coping strategies. I relish the opportunity to support clients through trying situations and to help them to process grief. I speak at conferences on HIV/AIDS, work with LGBTQIA clients, and other topics. I served on the HIV service funding Planning Council.
Main specialty areas: Chronic Illnesses including HIV/AIDS and cancer, Gender Dysphoria, general sexual/sexual orientation concerns, depression, grief, substance abuse, anxiety/trauma, sleep hygiene.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 20 years of experience working both as a therapist and doing community-based crisis intervention. I enjoy helping clients to maximize their potential by focusing upon their strengths and past successes. I believe that therapy is a cooperative endeavor that should assist the client in discovering his/her/their own abilities and coping strategies. I relish the opportunity to support clients through trying situations and to help them to process grief. I speak at conferences on HIV/AIDS, work with LGBTQIA clients, and other topics. I served on the HIV service funding Planning Council.
(314) 877-8381 View (314) 877-8381


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.