Addiction Therapists in New York, NY

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Suzanne Bien Bonet
Licensed Psychoanalyst, MPS, LCAT, LP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10025
I have a general practice which includes adults, adolescents and couples who come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds as well as extensive experience treating substance abuse and addiction.
Do you feel blocked, stuck, unfulfilled by your relationships or work? I can help by providing a safe space to explore the issues that may be holding you back from reaching your full potential. I have 20 years+ in practice and my approach is interactive and supportive. We begin by establishing a basis of trust and honesty, the foundation for dealing with the present as well as uncovering obstacles and patterns that have their roots in the past. Through this process new perspectives are gained as we work together to make the changes that lead to satisfying and meaningful choices.
I have a general practice which includes adults, adolescents and couples who come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds as well as extensive experience treating substance abuse and addiction.
Do you feel blocked, stuck, unfulfilled by your relationships or work? I can help by providing a safe space to explore the issues that may be holding you back from reaching your full potential. I have 20 years+ in practice and my approach is interactive and supportive. We begin by establishing a basis of trust and honesty, the foundation for dealing with the present as well as uncovering obstacles and patterns that have their roots in the past. Through this process new perspectives are gained as we work together to make the changes that lead to satisfying and meaningful choices.
(646) 386-2238 View (646) 386-2238
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Diane Churchill, PhD
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, CASAC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
If you are concerned about your use of substances or if you hope to break the bonds of an addiction, I am prepared to help.
Perhaps you are at a crossroads in your life; or, feeling stuck in some way and want to reflect on what brought you here and where this stage may lead. If this describes how you feel, you are taking a courageous step in seeking a therapist and I support you in this courage. I am ready to listen, explore your needs and whether or not you may want to make changes. I will work with you to set goals for yourself and in making desired changes. I have years of experience successfully working as a relational psychotherapist and alcohol/drug counselor.
If you are concerned about your use of substances or if you hope to break the bonds of an addiction, I am prepared to help.
Perhaps you are at a crossroads in your life; or, feeling stuck in some way and want to reflect on what brought you here and where this stage may lead. If this describes how you feel, you are taking a courageous step in seeking a therapist and I support you in this courage. I am ready to listen, explore your needs and whether or not you may want to make changes. I will work with you to set goals for yourself and in making desired changes. I have years of experience successfully working as a relational psychotherapist and alcohol/drug counselor.
(212) 633-9069 View (212) 633-9069
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Rodrigo Dasilva
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10036  (Online Only)
I understand how shame affects many of us and its correlation to issues such as addiction and difficulties with intimacy.
I am currently seeing clients in New York, California and Florida State. I believe Psychotherapy is a collaborative venture that can help people lead a fulfilling life and maintain healthy relationships. In our work together my intention is to create a judgement-free space where I can understand your personal experience and nurture and support you in your journey towards authenticity and change. If you suffer with states of depression, anxiety, or loneliness, or you feel generally dissatisfied with aspects of your life, through our work together we can explore skills and tools that move you toward growth.
I understand how shame affects many of us and its correlation to issues such as addiction and difficulties with intimacy.
I am currently seeing clients in New York, California and Florida State. I believe Psychotherapy is a collaborative venture that can help people lead a fulfilling life and maintain healthy relationships. In our work together my intention is to create a judgement-free space where I can understand your personal experience and nurture and support you in your journey towards authenticity and change. If you suffer with states of depression, anxiety, or loneliness, or you feel generally dissatisfied with aspects of your life, through our work together we can explore skills and tools that move you toward growth.
(914) 809-8119 View (914) 809-8119
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Jonah Mishaan
Counselor, LMHC, CASAC, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10024
I specialize in guiding clients through life transitions, addressing addiction and trauma, and offering support in psychedelic integration. I help clients create meaning and gain freedom from negative patterns within a collaborative therapeutic relationship. I enjoy working with clients from diverse walks of life, addressing a variety of challenges. I'm most interested in facilitating movement towards healing and wholeness, in whichever form that takes for the client I am working with. I use a number of modalities to apply a holistic approach which empowers my clients to gain insights, find harmony, and cultivate meaningful change.
I specialize in guiding clients through life transitions, addressing addiction and trauma, and offering support in psychedelic integration. I help clients create meaning and gain freedom from negative patterns within a collaborative therapeutic relationship. I enjoy working with clients from diverse walks of life, addressing a variety of challenges. I'm most interested in facilitating movement towards healing and wholeness, in whichever form that takes for the client I am working with. I use a number of modalities to apply a holistic approach which empowers my clients to gain insights, find harmony, and cultivate meaningful change.
(347) 970-5187 View (347) 970-5187
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Dr. Max Craig Kusovitsky
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LSCW, CASAC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10065
I am a psychoanalyst specializing in the phenomena of unconscious mental life. Patients are often referred to my practice after previous efforts have felt unhelpful, limited or kept one "stuck" in and out of therapy. My focus is both on the material functioning within awareness, and dynamics operating underneath our wish--and fears--to change. This substance generates felt and unfelt strife within all individuals, regardless of symptoms, situation or diagnosis. That is to say, there is invaluable MEANING and FUNCTION to any thought, feeling or behavior. We do not operate separately from our selves.
I am a psychoanalyst specializing in the phenomena of unconscious mental life. Patients are often referred to my practice after previous efforts have felt unhelpful, limited or kept one "stuck" in and out of therapy. My focus is both on the material functioning within awareness, and dynamics operating underneath our wish--and fears--to change. This substance generates felt and unfelt strife within all individuals, regardless of symptoms, situation or diagnosis. That is to say, there is invaluable MEANING and FUNCTION to any thought, feeling or behavior. We do not operate separately from our selves.
(646) 693-9226 View (646) 693-9226
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Bart Mandell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, CSAT-S
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Bart Mandell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R) and Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT-S), specializes in the treatment of sexual addiction. In addition to his expertise in sex addiction, he has treated individuals suffering from substance abuse, compulsive behaviors, interactive addictions and trauma. With more than 25 years in the field, Bart helps individuals, couples and families overcome the effects of addiction and transform their lives. Bart's empathic, caring and sensitive style have been noted as one of the keys to his success.
Bart Mandell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R) and Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT-S), specializes in the treatment of sexual addiction. In addition to his expertise in sex addiction, he has treated individuals suffering from substance abuse, compulsive behaviors, interactive addictions and trauma. With more than 25 years in the field, Bart helps individuals, couples and families overcome the effects of addiction and transform their lives. Bart's empathic, caring and sensitive style have been noted as one of the keys to his success.
(646) 832-2234 View (646) 832-2234
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Muneera Zaidi
Counselor, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10004
Muneera Zaidi, a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, works primarily with individuals seeking recovery and support to cope with mental health disorders, alcohol and other substance abuse issues. Muneera also offers couple's and family sessions for patients seeking to strengthen their relationships which are typically impacted when one is struggling to balance their life and emotions.
Muneera Zaidi, a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, works primarily with individuals seeking recovery and support to cope with mental health disorders, alcohol and other substance abuse issues. Muneera also offers couple's and family sessions for patients seeking to strengthen their relationships which are typically impacted when one is struggling to balance their life and emotions.
(347) 464-0075 View (347) 464-0075
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Marilyn A. Powell
Counselor, LMHC, CASAC-T
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
Mental health conditions and substance use problems affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. These conditions are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover and thrive. Changes in thinking, mood, and behavior affect how one relates to self, another and how choices are made. When experiencing on-going personal conflict, relationship issues, family troubles, depression, stress, anxiety, and or substance dependency to cope, many people turn to a therapist for help. Early intervention is important. I help clients achieve their goals.
Mental health conditions and substance use problems affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. These conditions are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover and thrive. Changes in thinking, mood, and behavior affect how one relates to self, another and how choices are made. When experiencing on-going personal conflict, relationship issues, family troubles, depression, stress, anxiety, and or substance dependency to cope, many people turn to a therapist for help. Early intervention is important. I help clients achieve their goals.
(646) 941-8749 View (646) 941-8749
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Dr. Dylan Marks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, MA, DSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
I imagine you may wonder what your life means. You might want to feel vitally connected to nature, the spiritual world and people in your life. Or you feel sad or numb and want to understand why, to feel more energy. Or you just want to sit still and not worry about the future. In one way or another, you are looking to feel safe and fulfilled, to relieve distress and feel less alone. Perhaps you feel loneliness and don't know what to do about it or have an addiction you sometimes hide and sometimes admit to yourself. You may have a child or adolescent you're concerned about, with conflicts you hope can heal.
I imagine you may wonder what your life means. You might want to feel vitally connected to nature, the spiritual world and people in your life. Or you feel sad or numb and want to understand why, to feel more energy. Or you just want to sit still and not worry about the future. In one way or another, you are looking to feel safe and fulfilled, to relieve distress and feel less alone. Perhaps you feel loneliness and don't know what to do about it or have an addiction you sometimes hide and sometimes admit to yourself. You may have a child or adolescent you're concerned about, with conflicts you hope can heal.
(646) 760-4884 View (646) 760-4884
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Beth Covelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
I am a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in the field of social work and substance abuse and addiction treatment for almost 30 years in the field.
The goal of therapy is to enhance healthier coping skills to deal with life stressors. I provide a safe, nurturing, therapeutic environment to help achieve your goals and objectives. Whether you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you are ready to move in a new direction in your life, I assist you in achieving your goals. My specialty areas include, but are not limited to, Addiction, Trauma / PTSD, Parent/Child Conflict, Relationship Issues, Anger Management, Depression & Anxiety.
I am a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in the field of social work and substance abuse and addiction treatment for almost 30 years in the field.
The goal of therapy is to enhance healthier coping skills to deal with life stressors. I provide a safe, nurturing, therapeutic environment to help achieve your goals and objectives. Whether you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you are ready to move in a new direction in your life, I assist you in achieving your goals. My specialty areas include, but are not limited to, Addiction, Trauma / PTSD, Parent/Child Conflict, Relationship Issues, Anger Management, Depression & Anxiety.
(516) 242-2794 View (516) 242-2794
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Alden Cass
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017
It is my belief that mental illness and addiction can be treated successfully when a therapist and client have an active, open, and trusting, collaborative relationship. Sometimes an individual who is suffering needs to believe that there are solutions available for them and the chance to change. I have extensive training in working clinically with adolescents, young adults, and adults suffering from depression, anxiety, job burnout, addiction, or painful life transitions. I am a cognitive behavioral therapist and am extremely focused on helping my clients find solutions for their current problems.
It is my belief that mental illness and addiction can be treated successfully when a therapist and client have an active, open, and trusting, collaborative relationship. Sometimes an individual who is suffering needs to believe that there are solutions available for them and the chance to change. I have extensive training in working clinically with adolescents, young adults, and adults suffering from depression, anxiety, job burnout, addiction, or painful life transitions. I am a cognitive behavioral therapist and am extremely focused on helping my clients find solutions for their current problems.
(646) 600-9011 View (646) 600-9011
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Kelly Hackett
Counselor, MSEd, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10025
I am a licensed therapist passionate about working with individuals dealing with addiction (or a family member’s addiction), anxiety, depression, and codependency. Do you struggle to feel content or whole without using something external (substances, relationships, food)? Do you have difficulties setting boundaries with others or practicing self-compassion? It can feel overwhelming to be vulnerable with another person in therapy and to let yourself truly be seen, but there can be freedom and connection from doing so. I create a non-judgmental space for you to strengthen your inner resources through awareness and self-acceptance.
I am a licensed therapist passionate about working with individuals dealing with addiction (or a family member’s addiction), anxiety, depression, and codependency. Do you struggle to feel content or whole without using something external (substances, relationships, food)? Do you have difficulties setting boundaries with others or practicing self-compassion? It can feel overwhelming to be vulnerable with another person in therapy and to let yourself truly be seen, but there can be freedom and connection from doing so. I create a non-judgmental space for you to strengthen your inner resources through awareness and self-acceptance.
(973) 834-8054 View (973) 834-8054
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Ronnit Nazarian
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, and relationship difficulties in children, adolescents, and adults. I also have expertise in substance use and addiction (e.g, alcohol, cocaine, opioids, porn, social media, marijuana) and focus on understanding and treating the underlying disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder) that drive the addiction. Many of my clients seek treatment because they are having difficulty connecting socially, managing busy daily commitments, asserting needs to others, and becoming motivated to accomplish goals.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, and relationship difficulties in children, adolescents, and adults. I also have expertise in substance use and addiction (e.g, alcohol, cocaine, opioids, porn, social media, marijuana) and focus on understanding and treating the underlying disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder) that drive the addiction. Many of my clients seek treatment because they are having difficulty connecting socially, managing busy daily commitments, asserting needs to others, and becoming motivated to accomplish goals.
(914) 639-5717 View (914) 639-5717
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Scene Creative Life Solutions
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10013  (Online Only)
That brought me to the USC where I graduated with a Masters Degree which allowed me to work in Mental Health Private Practice in New York where I have helped people from all walks of life overcome depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, drug addiction, self worth issues, and relationship discord.
Embarking on your first therapy session is a courageous step towards self-discovery and healing. In this safe and welcoming space, you can anticipate an experience akin to being enveloped in empathy, where your feelings are not only acknowledged but truly understood. I am committed to seeing you for who you are, creating an environment where your thoughts and emotions are heard with genuine compassion
That brought me to the USC where I graduated with a Masters Degree which allowed me to work in Mental Health Private Practice in New York where I have helped people from all walks of life overcome depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, drug addiction, self worth issues, and relationship discord.
Embarking on your first therapy session is a courageous step towards self-discovery and healing. In this safe and welcoming space, you can anticipate an experience akin to being enveloped in empathy, where your feelings are not only acknowledged but truly understood. I am committed to seeing you for who you are, creating an environment where your thoughts and emotions are heard with genuine compassion
(347) 407-8529 View (347) 407-8529
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Mark Colterjohn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
This can range from more mild issues such as generalized anxiety to more significant issues such as major depression and addiction.
Mark Colterjohn, LCSW is a psychotherapist practicing in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. He has over 25-years experience as a psychotherapist and is committed to providing you the highest level of care. Mr. Colterjohn holds advanced degrees in Psychology and Clinical Social Work. Mr. Colterjohn also holds post-graduate certifications in Gestalt Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and EMDR. Mr. Colterjohn is on the faculty of Columbia University as an adjunct professor who supervises psychotherapy students.
This can range from more mild issues such as generalized anxiety to more significant issues such as major depression and addiction.
Mark Colterjohn, LCSW is a psychotherapist practicing in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. He has over 25-years experience as a psychotherapist and is committed to providing you the highest level of care. Mr. Colterjohn holds advanced degrees in Psychology and Clinical Social Work. Mr. Colterjohn also holds post-graduate certifications in Gestalt Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and EMDR. Mr. Colterjohn is on the faculty of Columbia University as an adjunct professor who supervises psychotherapy students.
(917) 451-6190 View (917) 451-6190
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Ilana Maria Price
Art Therapist, LCAT, ATR-BC, CLAT
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
Trauma and the destabilizing events of our lives can impact our ability to grow no matter when or how they happen. We can find ourselves in harmful or unmanageable cycles that persist. By creating a safe space to creatively experiment in therapy you can provide yourself with the means and intention to grow. As a Clinician I have worked with clients experiencing addiction, the impact of trauma, and family dysfunction. Perhaps these challenges have led to unhealthy behaviors that don't fit who you are and what you need anymore. Or that you have reached many of your goals, but realize the cost has been an internal battle that persists.
Trauma and the destabilizing events of our lives can impact our ability to grow no matter when or how they happen. We can find ourselves in harmful or unmanageable cycles that persist. By creating a safe space to creatively experiment in therapy you can provide yourself with the means and intention to grow. As a Clinician I have worked with clients experiencing addiction, the impact of trauma, and family dysfunction. Perhaps these challenges have led to unhealthy behaviors that don't fit who you are and what you need anymore. Or that you have reached many of your goals, but realize the cost has been an internal battle that persists.
(332) 895-2612 View (332) 895-2612
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Maggie Zellner
Licensed Psychoanalyst, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10011
I have experience with a range of issues, including low self-esteem, depression, relationships, work issues, substance abuse and recovery.
(Unfortunately, at the moment I am not able to take new patients; I'm leaving my profile active so former and current patients can find me. I may have availability in early October.)
I have experience with a range of issues, including low self-esteem, depression, relationships, work issues, substance abuse and recovery.
(Unfortunately, at the moment I am not able to take new patients; I'm leaving my profile active so former and current patients can find me. I may have availability in early October.)
(646) 798-8337 View (646) 798-8337
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Vivian Bader
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10023
Additionally, I have expertise in the area of addiction, including sex addiction and have been able to effect change quickly with these kinds of issues.
It's perfectly normal and expected to feel some ambivalence about beginning psychotherapy. There is a natural fear that talking about one's concerns will make them worse and that even things that are going well could worsen in the process. My experience and training over 30 years has shown me however, that the therapeutic process enriches and strengthens what is already going well. The areas that one wants to improve become much better understood through the process, thereby clearing the way for real change to occur, which will only lead to a significantly more fulfilled life.
Additionally, I have expertise in the area of addiction, including sex addiction and have been able to effect change quickly with these kinds of issues.
It's perfectly normal and expected to feel some ambivalence about beginning psychotherapy. There is a natural fear that talking about one's concerns will make them worse and that even things that are going well could worsen in the process. My experience and training over 30 years has shown me however, that the therapeutic process enriches and strengthens what is already going well. The areas that one wants to improve become much better understood through the process, thereby clearing the way for real change to occur, which will only lead to a significantly more fulfilled life.
(646) 783-1538 View (646) 783-1538
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Kaitlin Marie Komar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10032  (Online Only)
As a born and raised New Yorker, I can appreciate everyone's individuality as well as each person's potential. With that being said, sometimes we are our own barrier to being able to thrive and shine. I am a psychotherapist who specializes in treating anxiety, depression, anger, substance use disorders, trauma, and general mental health. Using an integrative model paired with a person-centered lens, I provide a nonjudgmental, calm, and safe atmosphere where you will be able to shed the emotional weight you carry and feel balanced.
As a born and raised New Yorker, I can appreciate everyone's individuality as well as each person's potential. With that being said, sometimes we are our own barrier to being able to thrive and shine. I am a psychotherapist who specializes in treating anxiety, depression, anger, substance use disorders, trauma, and general mental health. Using an integrative model paired with a person-centered lens, I provide a nonjudgmental, calm, and safe atmosphere where you will be able to shed the emotional weight you carry and feel balanced.
(347) 926-1326 View (347) 926-1326
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Victor Stuart Alan Fraser
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10030
I specialize in mens’ issues, substance use and recovery, LGBTQ+ issues, adolescents and young adults, depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship struggles.
I take an eclectic approach to therapeutic modalities, incorporating psychodynamic and relational approaches with specific CBT, DBT, and mindfulness skills. I believe that exploring our past experiences and the ways we carry patterns of relating to people throughout our lives is the bedrock of therapeutic change, but that at times, it is important to focus on here and now skills in order to deal with acute crises.
I specialize in mens’ issues, substance use and recovery, LGBTQ+ issues, adolescents and young adults, depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship struggles.
I take an eclectic approach to therapeutic modalities, incorporating psychodynamic and relational approaches with specific CBT, DBT, and mindfulness skills. I believe that exploring our past experiences and the ways we carry patterns of relating to people throughout our lives is the bedrock of therapeutic change, but that at times, it is important to focus on here and now skills in order to deal with acute crises.
(332) 895-1714 View (332) 895-1714
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.