Substance Use Therapists in Greensboro, NC

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Amy O'Hearn
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MSW, LCAS, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27408
Are you struggling with anxiety, social settings, negative self-talk, guilt, shame, or substance use? Would you like help developing healthy coping skills, learning how to change your self-talk and behaviors? Do you have difficulty feeling confident making choices in your life? Have you struggled to connect to higher power or feel a sense of spirituality? If so, I would love to help explore these areas with you and assist you in developing a plan that allows you to accomplish your goals. We will work together to develop a plan for you and allow you to persevere through your challenges.
Are you struggling with anxiety, social settings, negative self-talk, guilt, shame, or substance use? Would you like help developing healthy coping skills, learning how to change your self-talk and behaviors? Do you have difficulty feeling confident making choices in your life? Have you struggled to connect to higher power or feel a sense of spirituality? If so, I would love to help explore these areas with you and assist you in developing a plan that allows you to accomplish your goals. We will work together to develop a plan for you and allow you to persevere through your challenges.
(336) 810-0157 View (336) 810-0157
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Dontae Donnell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS-A
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27407
My goals is to educate my clients and their supports on how to live healthy lives with their substance use, mental illness and/or trauma.
CBT, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, I use them all. I work to building strong therapeutic rapport with my clients, and my ability to empathize with them on issues they are dealing with daily are my strongest qualities. Depression, grief\loss, anxiety-GAD, PTSD, trauma, conflict management, peer pressure, ADHD, and behavioral problems are issues within my scope that I assist with. Decreasing negative symptoms and helping each client and his/her family live healthier lives is the ultimate goal. I have an eclectic approach to dealing with each client so that everyone’s treatment is individualized.
My goals is to educate my clients and their supports on how to live healthy lives with their substance use, mental illness and/or trauma.
CBT, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, I use them all. I work to building strong therapeutic rapport with my clients, and my ability to empathize with them on issues they are dealing with daily are my strongest qualities. Depression, grief\loss, anxiety-GAD, PTSD, trauma, conflict management, peer pressure, ADHD, and behavioral problems are issues within my scope that I assist with. Decreasing negative symptoms and helping each client and his/her family live healthier lives is the ultimate goal. I have an eclectic approach to dealing with each client so that everyone’s treatment is individualized.
(336) 439-1982 View (336) 439-1982
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Ashley Martin
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, MS, LCMHCA, LCASA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27410
I specialize in providing support and guidance to those individuals who are struggling with substance use and addictions.
Life can be tough, am I right? Between work, your social life, and family priorities, you may feel stressed out, overextended, or constantly tense. Turning to a bottle, a pill, or a pipe has brought you comfort in the past, but is no longer providing the relief you seek. You are at a crossroads. You want to regain control over your life but aren’t sure where to start, and sure as heck don’t have the time or funds to go to rehab. I am here to tell you that you don’t have to do this alone. Together we can work on managing the stressors in your life by developing healthy coping strategies and cultivating a stronger sense of self-worth.
I specialize in providing support and guidance to those individuals who are struggling with substance use and addictions.
Life can be tough, am I right? Between work, your social life, and family priorities, you may feel stressed out, overextended, or constantly tense. Turning to a bottle, a pill, or a pipe has brought you comfort in the past, but is no longer providing the relief you seek. You are at a crossroads. You want to regain control over your life but aren’t sure where to start, and sure as heck don’t have the time or funds to go to rehab. I am here to tell you that you don’t have to do this alone. Together we can work on managing the stressors in your life by developing healthy coping strategies and cultivating a stronger sense of self-worth.
(336) 276-0062 View (336) 276-0062
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Rashida Wise
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, MA Ed, LCMHCA, LCAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27401
As a dually Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, I have experience serving those who struggle with substance use, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, anger management, relationship conflicts, stress, racial/systemic trauma and more.
I know how difficult it is to seek help and ultimately, finding a good fit in a counselor is vital to the journey ahead. Are you struggling with life? Self-image conflicts due to societal pressures? Addiction? Experienced past trauma that is impacting your current relationships or your ability to function? Or are you feeling overwhelmed and unsure if you have the tools to make any lasting changes? If you can relate to any of those questions, I want to thank you for coming here. Thank you for making the uncomfortable step to seek professional support. I am here to help you navigate and create a life that is balanced and authentic.
As a dually Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, I have experience serving those who struggle with substance use, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, anger management, relationship conflicts, stress, racial/systemic trauma and more.
I know how difficult it is to seek help and ultimately, finding a good fit in a counselor is vital to the journey ahead. Are you struggling with life? Self-image conflicts due to societal pressures? Addiction? Experienced past trauma that is impacting your current relationships or your ability to function? Or are you feeling overwhelmed and unsure if you have the tools to make any lasting changes? If you can relate to any of those questions, I want to thank you for coming here. Thank you for making the uncomfortable step to seek professional support. I am here to help you navigate and create a life that is balanced and authentic.
(336) 933-4943 View (336) 933-4943
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Susan Blair Hardison
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LCAS, MSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27408
As a counselor in addiction treatment since 1991, and a person in long-term recovery, I am passionate about helping others achieve a new life beyond addiction. Challenges are inherent in the recovery process, along with immeasurable rewards. I've seen how counseling can empower people to make changes and transform their lives. I specialize in providing relapse prevention treatment for those recovering from substance use disorders and addressing the many related issues that accompany early, middle and late stage recovery. If you are considering how to move forward in your life, growth, or recovery, I'd love to work with you!
As a counselor in addiction treatment since 1991, and a person in long-term recovery, I am passionate about helping others achieve a new life beyond addiction. Challenges are inherent in the recovery process, along with immeasurable rewards. I've seen how counseling can empower people to make changes and transform their lives. I specialize in providing relapse prevention treatment for those recovering from substance use disorders and addressing the many related issues that accompany early, middle and late stage recovery. If you are considering how to move forward in your life, growth, or recovery, I'd love to work with you!
(336) 502-7478 View (336) 502-7478
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Dr. LaToya Chevelle Waddell
PhD, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS, CCTP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27406  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor and a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator. I am currently available to supervise LCASA and LCMHCA clinicians and CCS-Int. I have worked in community, private, non-profit, hospital and higher education clinical settings. I have experience working with people of all ages and with a variety of mental health, substance use, relationship issues and life issues. I specialize in working with individuals aiming to cope with life stressing events, and in need of understanding the strength in transferable skills.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor and a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator. I am currently available to supervise LCASA and LCMHCA clinicians and CCS-Int. I have worked in community, private, non-profit, hospital and higher education clinical settings. I have experience working with people of all ages and with a variety of mental health, substance use, relationship issues and life issues. I specialize in working with individuals aiming to cope with life stressing events, and in need of understanding the strength in transferable skills.
(336) 948-1595 View (336) 948-1595
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SolTerra Wellness Center
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27406
At SolTerra Wellness Center, we approach mental health with empathy, compassion, and support. Our counseling services provide clients with healthy skills for daily living as well as treatment for mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and substance use. When you are ready to talk, we are here to help.
At SolTerra Wellness Center, we approach mental health with empathy, compassion, and support. Our counseling services provide clients with healthy skills for daily living as well as treatment for mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and substance use. When you are ready to talk, we are here to help.
(336) 568-0745 View (336) 568-0745
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Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services, PLLC.
PA-C, Chap
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410
We are here to serve clients ages 7 - 77, who are challenged by a multitude of behavioral health concerns to include substance use disorders, and complex mental health scenarios where both medical and psychiatric conditions coexist. Moreover, as a trained Healthcare Chaplain, I seek to provide incarnational care. The aim of " Beautiful Mind" is to be incarnational. Therefore, to provide a holistic treatment approach to all who call upon our services.
We are here to serve clients ages 7 - 77, who are challenged by a multitude of behavioral health concerns to include substance use disorders, and complex mental health scenarios where both medical and psychiatric conditions coexist. Moreover, as a trained Healthcare Chaplain, I seek to provide incarnational care. The aim of " Beautiful Mind" is to be incarnational. Therefore, to provide a holistic treatment approach to all who call upon our services.
(984) 464-7746 View (984) 464-7746
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Mary Woodson
Counselor, MS, LCAS, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27412  (Online Only)
I provide counseling services to families, adults, and adolescents (ages 12-19) with general mental health concerns and substance use disorders.
If you or your teenager can answer yes to ANY of these questions, let's schedule a time to meet conveniently online: Feeling hopeless or like things aren't going to get better? Having difficulty speaking up for yourself or communicating with others?Is it hard adjusting to change? Do you wish you had a clear plan towards reaching your goals? Do you deal with stress? Are you in an open, poly, or non-monogamous relationship (ENM)? Do you have negative thoughts or struggle with low self-esteem? Are you starting to use alcohol or drugs to cope with your problems and worried it may be getting out of control?
I provide counseling services to families, adults, and adolescents (ages 12-19) with general mental health concerns and substance use disorders.
If you or your teenager can answer yes to ANY of these questions, let's schedule a time to meet conveniently online: Feeling hopeless or like things aren't going to get better? Having difficulty speaking up for yourself or communicating with others?Is it hard adjusting to change? Do you wish you had a clear plan towards reaching your goals? Do you deal with stress? Are you in an open, poly, or non-monogamous relationship (ENM)? Do you have negative thoughts or struggle with low self-esteem? Are you starting to use alcohol or drugs to cope with your problems and worried it may be getting out of control?
(919) 899-2841 View (919) 899-2841
Heather Replogle
Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27410
I am a licensed mental health and addictions counselor committed to helping individuals overcome challenges and develop healthier relationships with themselves and others. My passion is in helping individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, PTSD/trauma, life transitions, relationship issues, and self-esteem/identity issues. Incorporating elements of cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and solution-focused therapies, we can work together to discover what works best for you.
I am a licensed mental health and addictions counselor committed to helping individuals overcome challenges and develop healthier relationships with themselves and others. My passion is in helping individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, PTSD/trauma, life transitions, relationship issues, and self-esteem/identity issues. Incorporating elements of cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and solution-focused therapies, we can work together to discover what works best for you.
(336) 810-1657 View (336) 810-1657
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Christien Harden
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27407  (Online Only)
While attending graduate school, my focuses were the LGBT community, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, and Substance Use Disorders.
Hello! My name is Christien Harden, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (NC and VA), Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (NC) and Certified Clinical Supervisor (NC). It is my wish to assist those struggling with mental health and substance use issues by providing an experienced, caring atmosphere to grow and heal. Overall, I want to talk about the matters that matter to you. Life isn't always easy but, it should not always be a struggle.
While attending graduate school, my focuses were the LGBT community, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, and Substance Use Disorders.
Hello! My name is Christien Harden, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (NC and VA), Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (NC) and Certified Clinical Supervisor (NC). It is my wish to assist those struggling with mental health and substance use issues by providing an experienced, caring atmosphere to grow and heal. Overall, I want to talk about the matters that matter to you. Life isn't always easy but, it should not always be a struggle.
(336) 916-1586 View (336) 916-1586
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Traci Abernethy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27408
I am a trauma-focused therapist with a specialty of treating an array of mental health and substance use disorders.
My ideal client doesn't have all the answers and may not even know where to start. My ideal client may feel unworthy or undeserving. My ideal client may also struggle with settling for less. My ideal client wants more but there is something within them that is holding them back. My ideal client may struggle with grief or have relationship issues. My ideal client wants more. I hold pride in the fact that I provide a Safe Space for people to share things that they aren't comfortable sharing with anyone else. My ideal client understands that they have to be the change that they want to see.
I am a trauma-focused therapist with a specialty of treating an array of mental health and substance use disorders.
My ideal client doesn't have all the answers and may not even know where to start. My ideal client may feel unworthy or undeserving. My ideal client may also struggle with settling for less. My ideal client wants more but there is something within them that is holding them back. My ideal client may struggle with grief or have relationship issues. My ideal client wants more. I hold pride in the fact that I provide a Safe Space for people to share things that they aren't comfortable sharing with anyone else. My ideal client understands that they have to be the change that they want to see.
(336) 234-3304 View (336) 234-3304
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Krumroy Counseling Group
LCSW
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27401
Michael has been working in the substance use arena for years and has helped many lives along the way.
We are a full treatment center with therapists who specialize in our own areas for whatever your specific need may be. Are you struggling with emotional mood swings, been told you are bipolar or out of control, concerned about "adulting" and learning how to build confidence coming out of college? Then our therapist Taylor Krumroy may be a great fit for you. Taylor specializes in working with personality disorders (specifically Borderline Personality Disorders) and has great success in helping to develop better emotional control, improving interpersonal relationships, and creating effective boundaries with those relationships that have a bit of toxicity to them.
Michael has been working in the substance use arena for years and has helped many lives along the way.
We are a full treatment center with therapists who specialize in our own areas for whatever your specific need may be. Are you struggling with emotional mood swings, been told you are bipolar or out of control, concerned about "adulting" and learning how to build confidence coming out of college? Then our therapist Taylor Krumroy may be a great fit for you. Taylor specializes in working with personality disorders (specifically Borderline Personality Disorders) and has great success in helping to develop better emotional control, improving interpersonal relationships, and creating effective boundaries with those relationships that have a bit of toxicity to them.
(336) 664-8231 View (336) 664-8231
Michael G Yow
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LCAS
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27408
I have had a 36-year career working with clients who are dealing with substance use disorders.
Being heard. Being seen. Being validated. Having your voice. Having someone be present in the dark and the light. In the pain and the joy. These are vital needs we all have and deserve. I have worked hard through the years at helping clients find their voice and to reclaim what is rightfully theirs - themselves. For those folks dealing with substance use issues, recovery issues and accompanying grief, loss and trauma issues it can feel overwhelming and hopeless. I want to help you find a safe place where you can begin a process of recovery that offers you freedom and hope.
I have had a 36-year career working with clients who are dealing with substance use disorders.
Being heard. Being seen. Being validated. Having your voice. Having someone be present in the dark and the light. In the pain and the joy. These are vital needs we all have and deserve. I have worked hard through the years at helping clients find their voice and to reclaim what is rightfully theirs - themselves. For those folks dealing with substance use issues, recovery issues and accompanying grief, loss and trauma issues it can feel overwhelming and hopeless. I want to help you find a safe place where you can begin a process of recovery that offers you freedom and hope.
(336) 827-9588 View (336) 827-9588
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Matthew Reiland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LLCAS
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410  (Online Only)
What if you could become a mental gymnast, capable of flexing your mind to navigate challenges with resilience? What if I said that many emotional obstacles arise from a tension between our rational thoughts and the instincts shaped by our life experiences? Mental flexibility is key to resolving this inner conflict and promoting emotional well-being. As a North Carolina-based therapist specializing in mental health and substance use issues, my approach centers on meeting you where you are and establishing a foundation of trust and collaboration.
What if you could become a mental gymnast, capable of flexing your mind to navigate challenges with resilience? What if I said that many emotional obstacles arise from a tension between our rational thoughts and the instincts shaped by our life experiences? Mental flexibility is key to resolving this inner conflict and promoting emotional well-being. As a North Carolina-based therapist specializing in mental health and substance use issues, my approach centers on meeting you where you are and establishing a foundation of trust and collaboration.
(336) 568-0665 View (336) 568-0665
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Mat Sandifer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CSI
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27403
I have been a therapist and consultant for 32 years, supporting those that are looking for solutions to life's difficulties. Whether it is relationships, internal struggles, career guidance, or family conflicts, I love using evidence-based tools to support the discovery of your solutions. Having worked in the substance use disorder and mental health profession and at the executive level of larger organizations, I have years of practice allowing me to be creative and individualized in supporting your needs.
I have been a therapist and consultant for 32 years, supporting those that are looking for solutions to life's difficulties. Whether it is relationships, internal struggles, career guidance, or family conflicts, I love using evidence-based tools to support the discovery of your solutions. Having worked in the substance use disorder and mental health profession and at the executive level of larger organizations, I have years of practice allowing me to be creative and individualized in supporting your needs.
(336) 939-0230 View (336) 939-0230
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James H. Tunstall IV
Counselor, MAEd, LCMHC, CADC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27403
I specialize in substance use and process addictions, trauma, anxiety and depression.
NC & SC. Congratulations on taking this step! I honor the diversity of human experience, respecting differences in gender expression, sexual identity, race, ethnicity, spirituality, and non-traditional relationship structures. I believe in a holistic approach to wellness and utilize Brainspotting, Mindfulness, meditation and insight practices to help clients develop their internal and external resources for resiliency and expand their capacity for joy. As a Certified Brainspotting Therapist I strive to create a space that facilitates your deepest healing and activates resources for your highest good.
I specialize in substance use and process addictions, trauma, anxiety and depression.
NC & SC. Congratulations on taking this step! I honor the diversity of human experience, respecting differences in gender expression, sexual identity, race, ethnicity, spirituality, and non-traditional relationship structures. I believe in a holistic approach to wellness and utilize Brainspotting, Mindfulness, meditation and insight practices to help clients develop their internal and external resources for resiliency and expand their capacity for joy. As a Certified Brainspotting Therapist I strive to create a space that facilitates your deepest healing and activates resources for your highest good.
(336) 612-8364 View (336) 612-8364
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Erin Boyle
Counselor, LCMHCA, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27407
I see you're looking for a therapist! Whether you're new to therapy or looking for a tune-up, looking at profiles is a great place to start. I am a North Carolina Board Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate. Prior to working in Ramsuer, I lived in Upstate New York and worked with adults and teens on a variety of mental health and substance use concerns for the first 5 years of my career. I love working with those with ADHD, neurodivergence, depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, as well as stress management and general life transitions.
I see you're looking for a therapist! Whether you're new to therapy or looking for a tune-up, looking at profiles is a great place to start. I am a North Carolina Board Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate. Prior to working in Ramsuer, I lived in Upstate New York and worked with adults and teens on a variety of mental health and substance use concerns for the first 5 years of my career. I love working with those with ADHD, neurodivergence, depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, as well as stress management and general life transitions.
(336) 585-7209 View (336) 585-7209
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Inner Love Counseling, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LCSW
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27407  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with clients who are battling issues with depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD, grief and loss, substance use, relationships, medical issues and difficulty coping with chronic health (kidney disease, cancer, etc), effects of trauma, feelings of worthlessness, being lost in life, self esteem, self love, goal setting, finding solutions, loneliness, and employment. I also help people who just need to vent and get it out (talk therapy). I also specialize in helping people use assertive communication to help better communication with others for the betterment of themselves for the present and the future.
I specialize in working with clients who are battling issues with depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD, grief and loss, substance use, relationships, medical issues and difficulty coping with chronic health (kidney disease, cancer, etc), effects of trauma, feelings of worthlessness, being lost in life, self esteem, self love, goal setting, finding solutions, loneliness, and employment. I also help people who just need to vent and get it out (talk therapy). I also specialize in helping people use assertive communication to help better communication with others for the betterment of themselves for the present and the future.
(336) 739-5980 View (336) 739-5980
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Courtney Cheek
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27406
Working with clients of a variety of ages, I specialize in assisting individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, problematic substance use, or symptoms of trauma.
Something feels off. Something in life just is not working. You feel defeated. Despite numerous successes or reasons you feel you should be happy, you are overcome with sadness, guilt, and shame. You find yourself uncomfortable in your own skin, leading you to avoid everyday life, or overindulging in drugs or alcohol to cope. You feel trapped, and unsure how to fix it. When you make the decision to seek help, it can be an intimidating and overwhelming step to take. As a therapist, I strive to create a space that is safe for clients to be themselves and realize their personal vision for change.
Working with clients of a variety of ages, I specialize in assisting individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, problematic substance use, or symptoms of trauma.
Something feels off. Something in life just is not working. You feel defeated. Despite numerous successes or reasons you feel you should be happy, you are overcome with sadness, guilt, and shame. You find yourself uncomfortable in your own skin, leading you to avoid everyday life, or overindulging in drugs or alcohol to cope. You feel trapped, and unsure how to fix it. When you make the decision to seek help, it can be an intimidating and overwhelming step to take. As a therapist, I strive to create a space that is safe for clients to be themselves and realize their personal vision for change.
(336) 792-6267 View (336) 792-6267
Substance Use Therapists

How do substance and drug recovery or rehabilitation programs work?

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

How do 12-step programs combined with psychotherapy work?

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

How does harm reduction combined with psychotherapy work?

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

Are there specific medications for substance and drug use?

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