Addiction Therapists in Columbus, OH

Photo of Kevin Kulwik, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Columbus, OH
Kevin Kulwik
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW, CDCA
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43235
I am now offering in person sessions with evening appointment opportunities and same week availability. Spaces will fill quickly! I specialize in adolescent and young adult mental health, adolescent and young adult LGBTQIA concerns, adolescent and young adult addiction, as well as life transitions, peer relationships, stress, grief, family conflict, relationship issues, school issues, boundary setting, and self-care implementation.
I am now offering in person sessions with evening appointment opportunities and same week availability. Spaces will fill quickly! I specialize in adolescent and young adult mental health, adolescent and young adult LGBTQIA concerns, adolescent and young adult addiction, as well as life transitions, peer relationships, stress, grief, family conflict, relationship issues, school issues, boundary setting, and self-care implementation.
(614) 389-9163 View (614) 389-9163
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Darby Ivan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43240
I am a passionate therapist dedicated to building strong bonds with clients based on trust, communication, and collaboration. My goal is to help clients embrace their authentic selves by confronting negative self-talk & channeling their inherent strengths. I find joy in helping clients find practical solutions for life's challenges, witnessing their personal growth, and supporting their journey of self-discovery. I earned my bachelor's & master's degrees in social work from The Ohio State University and gained invaluable experience including in a long-term residential treatment center for those struggling with substance abuse.
I am a passionate therapist dedicated to building strong bonds with clients based on trust, communication, and collaboration. My goal is to help clients embrace their authentic selves by confronting negative self-talk & channeling their inherent strengths. I find joy in helping clients find practical solutions for life's challenges, witnessing their personal growth, and supporting their journey of self-discovery. I earned my bachelor's & master's degrees in social work from The Ohio State University and gained invaluable experience including in a long-term residential treatment center for those struggling with substance abuse.
(380) 221-8614 View (380) 221-8614
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Robert Oaks
Counselor, MA, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43219
I work with you to help break through the shells that are impacting your life by assisting you in securing new roots and growing in strength and stability. If you are struggling with addiction and need support to help replacing the old thoughts and behaviors with positive skills, including communication, relationships and self-esteem I can help. If you are wanting help in developing coping skills for issues, such as depression, anxiety, anger management I can assist you.
I work with you to help break through the shells that are impacting your life by assisting you in securing new roots and growing in strength and stability. If you are struggling with addiction and need support to help replacing the old thoughts and behaviors with positive skills, including communication, relationships and self-esteem I can help. If you are wanting help in developing coping skills for issues, such as depression, anxiety, anger management I can assist you.
(614) 705-0544 View (614) 705-0544
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Robert William Frazier Jr.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43220  (Online Only)
I specialize in Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Grief, Post-Traumatic Stress, Addiction, etc,.
I am currently accepting new clients via Telehealth due to COVID-19 (video conferencing or telephone). I provide a safe and confidential environment for healing; either in an individual or group setting. "We don't control what happens in life but we can challenge ourselves to control how we respond to life. That is our true strength and power". My experience in counseling those who struggle with life's overwhelming issues has allowed me to see the miracle that happens when they unlock their inner values and strength. I welcome you to join me in your journey to uncover, discover and recover the real you that was lost.
I specialize in Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Grief, Post-Traumatic Stress, Addiction, etc,.
I am currently accepting new clients via Telehealth due to COVID-19 (video conferencing or telephone). I provide a safe and confidential environment for healing; either in an individual or group setting. "We don't control what happens in life but we can challenge ourselves to control how we respond to life. That is our true strength and power". My experience in counseling those who struggle with life's overwhelming issues has allowed me to see the miracle that happens when they unlock their inner values and strength. I welcome you to join me in your journey to uncover, discover and recover the real you that was lost.
(380) 205-8638 View (380) 205-8638
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Josh Gill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43229  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
It takes courage to ask for help. If you're reading this then you’ve already taken the first step toward healing, and I applaud you for that. I am a licensed independent social worker and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor with over 15 years of experience with individuals and groups from many different backgrounds and settings. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, addiction, and personality disorders. I'm interested in your mental health and overall recovery. There are a lot of therapies out there that claim to be ‘the’ way, but I find that if something is too good to be true, it probably is.
It takes courage to ask for help. If you're reading this then you’ve already taken the first step toward healing, and I applaud you for that. I am a licensed independent social worker and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor with over 15 years of experience with individuals and groups from many different backgrounds and settings. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, addiction, and personality disorders. I'm interested in your mental health and overall recovery. There are a lot of therapies out there that claim to be ‘the’ way, but I find that if something is too good to be true, it probably is.
(614) 968-8966 View (614) 968-8966
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Patrick Mettle
Counselor, MA, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43215
Do you feel like you are not being heard? Do you feel overwhelmed or stuck? If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, addiction issues, or find yourself in a season of life that is causing you pain, I can help. Your story is important to me. Our past hurts and struggles can have a tremendous impact on the quality of life we live today. By working together, we can partner on a journey that can help you achieve your therapy goals.
Do you feel like you are not being heard? Do you feel overwhelmed or stuck? If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, addiction issues, or find yourself in a season of life that is causing you pain, I can help. Your story is important to me. Our past hurts and struggles can have a tremendous impact on the quality of life we live today. By working together, we can partner on a journey that can help you achieve your therapy goals.
(614) 454-4116 View (614) 454-4116
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Hiedi Konsol
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW-S, EAS-C
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
I have a diverse background of experiences, however, the majority of them center around life transitions, addiction related issues, trauma, anxiety, depression and specialty issues.
If I were to say if I had a type of client, it would someone that wants help. If there is a need for me to work harder than the person coming for the therapy session, then maybe they just might not yet be ready to address some of the deeper-rooted issues that led them to step out and ask for help. I know I try to remain more attuned and aware that the readiness to change is key to the success of therapy for a client. I want to work in tandem with the person to reach the goals they have set for themselves.
I have a diverse background of experiences, however, the majority of them center around life transitions, addiction related issues, trauma, anxiety, depression and specialty issues.
If I were to say if I had a type of client, it would someone that wants help. If there is a need for me to work harder than the person coming for the therapy session, then maybe they just might not yet be ready to address some of the deeper-rooted issues that led them to step out and ask for help. I know I try to remain more attuned and aware that the readiness to change is key to the success of therapy for a client. I want to work in tandem with the person to reach the goals they have set for themselves.
(614) 739-9626 View (614) 739-9626
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Maxine D. Sims
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MSEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215
"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional." ~Haruki Murakami.. Interpretations of events throughout our lives plays a fundamental role in our level of satisfaction in life. Understanding perspective, which shapes our view of the world, is essential in the change process. Because of this understanding I use an eclectic approach to counseling with an emphasis on Cognitive Restructuring to help my clients navigate through life's ups and downs. Working in several different areas of mental health including community mental health, substance abuse, and home- based family counseling has given me the opportunity to work with individuals and families from diverse populations and socioeconomic statuses.
"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional." ~Haruki Murakami.. Interpretations of events throughout our lives plays a fundamental role in our level of satisfaction in life. Understanding perspective, which shapes our view of the world, is essential in the change process. Because of this understanding I use an eclectic approach to counseling with an emphasis on Cognitive Restructuring to help my clients navigate through life's ups and downs. Working in several different areas of mental health including community mental health, substance abuse, and home- based family counseling has given me the opportunity to work with individuals and families from diverse populations and socioeconomic statuses.
(614) 940-4868 View (614) 940-4868
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Madeline Slack
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43235  (Online Only)
I help individuals who struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, and other mental illnesses find a way to finally get the future that they deserve.
Hi there, I'm Madi! Have you been struggling to move forwards with your life? Are you struggling to figure out how to take those next steps towards your future? Have you wanted to make a change but been too scared to take that first step?
I help individuals who struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, and other mental illnesses find a way to finally get the future that they deserve.
Hi there, I'm Madi! Have you been struggling to move forwards with your life? Are you struggling to figure out how to take those next steps towards your future? Have you wanted to make a change but been too scared to take that first step?
(614) 945-4317 View (614) 945-4317
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R Jason Jones
Counselor, MA, LPCC-S, LICDC-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43214
If you are having difficulties with addiction, anxiety, panic, depression, grief/loss, anger management, or stress management, then we should talk.
I am an independently licensed Profession Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) in the State of Ohio and have been working in the field for over thirty years, helping individuals from a variety of backgrounds with substance use and mental health issues. I have experience working in residential treatment settings, outpatient community mental health programs, and in private practice. While I specialize in treating addictions to drugs or alcohol, gambling, or the internet, I have learned that these issues are often accompanied by depression, anxiety, panic, and grief.
If you are having difficulties with addiction, anxiety, panic, depression, grief/loss, anger management, or stress management, then we should talk.
I am an independently licensed Profession Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) in the State of Ohio and have been working in the field for over thirty years, helping individuals from a variety of backgrounds with substance use and mental health issues. I have experience working in residential treatment settings, outpatient community mental health programs, and in private practice. While I specialize in treating addictions to drugs or alcohol, gambling, or the internet, I have learned that these issues are often accompanied by depression, anxiety, panic, and grief.
(614) 714-1294 View (614) 714-1294
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Chad Kays
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MACMHC, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43220
I provide counseling services for: Adults age 18+Addictions Counseling & Intervention, Substance Abuse Assessments and Recovery Needs Support, Alcohol & Drug Education/Awareness, Career Training and Lifestyle, Grief/Loss, Couples and Relationship issues, Adjustment Issues, Stress Management and Coping Skills, Trauma and Recovery, Spiritual Issues and Growth.
Are you tired of trying to overcome your problems on your own? I believe you are not alone in your challenges and that you do not have to carry the burden by yourself. I strive to create a safe and nurturing environment in which individuals can be supported in their efforts to grow and transform their lives for the better. I hold extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds in the areas of counseling, alcohol and drug addiction, postsecondary education, and health & wellness.
I provide counseling services for: Adults age 18+Addictions Counseling & Intervention, Substance Abuse Assessments and Recovery Needs Support, Alcohol & Drug Education/Awareness, Career Training and Lifestyle, Grief/Loss, Couples and Relationship issues, Adjustment Issues, Stress Management and Coping Skills, Trauma and Recovery, Spiritual Issues and Growth.
Are you tired of trying to overcome your problems on your own? I believe you are not alone in your challenges and that you do not have to carry the burden by yourself. I strive to create a safe and nurturing environment in which individuals can be supported in their efforts to grow and transform their lives for the better. I hold extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds in the areas of counseling, alcohol and drug addiction, postsecondary education, and health & wellness.
(614) 289-1871 x717 View (614) 289-1871 x717
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Hiedi Konsol
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW-S, EAS-C
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43220
I have a diverse background of experiences, however, the majority of them center around life transitions, addiction related issues, trauma, anxiety, depression and specialty issues.
If I were to say if I had a type of client, it would someone that wants help. If there is a need for me to work harder than the person coming for the therapy session, then maybe they just might not yet be ready to address some of the deeper-rooted issues that led them to step out and ask for help. I know I try to remain more attuned and aware that the readiness to change is key to the success of therapy for a client. I want to work in tandem with the person to reach the goals they have set for themselves.
I have a diverse background of experiences, however, the majority of them center around life transitions, addiction related issues, trauma, anxiety, depression and specialty issues.
If I were to say if I had a type of client, it would someone that wants help. If there is a need for me to work harder than the person coming for the therapy session, then maybe they just might not yet be ready to address some of the deeper-rooted issues that led them to step out and ask for help. I know I try to remain more attuned and aware that the readiness to change is key to the success of therapy for a client. I want to work in tandem with the person to reach the goals they have set for themselves.
(380) 333-5840 View (380) 333-5840
Photo of Jeremy Andrew Love, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Columbus, OH
Jeremy Andrew Love
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, BA, CDCA
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43211
Jeremy Love is a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) serving our agency with an experienced focus on Alcohol and other Drug use. He works with clients to focus on skill building and positive reinforcement. Jeremy graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In his college tenure he played Lacrosse as a two-time team Capitan, a Conference Champion, and an All-American. Jeremy’s passion to become a counselor arose in high school and ascended when he lost several friends to substance use. “I want to reach out to any one I can and be a helping hand to them no matter what.”
Jeremy Love is a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) serving our agency with an experienced focus on Alcohol and other Drug use. He works with clients to focus on skill building and positive reinforcement. Jeremy graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In his college tenure he played Lacrosse as a two-time team Capitan, a Conference Champion, and an All-American. Jeremy’s passion to become a counselor arose in high school and ascended when he lost several friends to substance use. “I want to reach out to any one I can and be a helping hand to them no matter what.”
(614) 892-9816 x170 View (614) 892-9816 x170
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Thomas Nemerovsky
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPCC-S, LICDC-C, ICCS
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
I specialize in substance use disorders, mood disorders, stress management, trauma, and PTSD. I enjoy working with clients who are motivated for change and are open to exploring strategies to help them improve their mental health and quality of life. I appreciate individuals engaged in the therapeutic process and sharing their thoughts and feelings openly, allowing for a collaborative therapeutic relationship.
I specialize in substance use disorders, mood disorders, stress management, trauma, and PTSD. I enjoy working with clients who are motivated for change and are open to exploring strategies to help them improve their mental health and quality of life. I appreciate individuals engaged in the therapeutic process and sharing their thoughts and feelings openly, allowing for a collaborative therapeutic relationship.
(614) 768-2724 View (614) 768-2724
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Brian Ayer
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LISW
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing feelings of sadness, fear, distress, or isolation due to issues related to gambling, gaming, sexual behavior, or pornography? Have you noticed a decrease in your ability to control these behaviors, leading to feelings of despair, anxiety, depression, or loneliness? With over fifteen years of tenure as a deeply experienced Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor specializing in mental health and behavioral addiction treatment, my commitment is to offer understanding and empathetic support to those seeking help.
Are you experiencing feelings of sadness, fear, distress, or isolation due to issues related to gambling, gaming, sexual behavior, or pornography? Have you noticed a decrease in your ability to control these behaviors, leading to feelings of despair, anxiety, depression, or loneliness? With over fifteen years of tenure as a deeply experienced Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor specializing in mental health and behavioral addiction treatment, my commitment is to offer understanding and empathetic support to those seeking help.
(380) 205-2918 View (380) 205-2918
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Dr. James A. Fidelibus
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43229
I have experience working with infidelity, alcoholism and substance abuse, parenting issues, and a variety of emotional problems.
I am passionate about relationships. Maybe it's my Italian genes, or maybe it's my sense of family values. For whatever reason, I care about helping relationships survive and thrive. My training includes Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy. What you can expect is a structured approach in which we specify goals and work to build strong emotional alliances. I facilitate your interaction as a couple to lead you into a deeper understanding of each other first, and then move on to problem-solving and practical decision-making.
I have experience working with infidelity, alcoholism and substance abuse, parenting issues, and a variety of emotional problems.
I am passionate about relationships. Maybe it's my Italian genes, or maybe it's my sense of family values. For whatever reason, I care about helping relationships survive and thrive. My training includes Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy. What you can expect is a structured approach in which we specify goals and work to build strong emotional alliances. I facilitate your interaction as a couple to lead you into a deeper understanding of each other first, and then move on to problem-solving and practical decision-making.
(614) 383-9828 View (614) 383-9828
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Lisa Marie McNally
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, M Ed, LPCC, LICDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43206  (Online Only)
I am a compassionate and dedicated counselor, dually licensed in Mental Health and Addiction counseling.
Congratulations on taking the first step in the journey to heal. Seeking out therapy is an act of self-love and takes courage and commitment. If you are someone who has been seeking healing, I hope you will take a look at my profile and reach out if you feel called to do so. I work with clients who feel stuck, overwhelmed and are seeking answers to life's deeper questions. I am a believer in the power of stories. The stories we were told when we were younger often follow us into adulthood and leave us feeling confused and helpless. I want to help you take back your power by reclaiming your story and beginning to write a new one.
I am a compassionate and dedicated counselor, dually licensed in Mental Health and Addiction counseling.
Congratulations on taking the first step in the journey to heal. Seeking out therapy is an act of self-love and takes courage and commitment. If you are someone who has been seeking healing, I hope you will take a look at my profile and reach out if you feel called to do so. I work with clients who feel stuck, overwhelmed and are seeking answers to life's deeper questions. I am a believer in the power of stories. The stories we were told when we were younger often follow us into adulthood and leave us feeling confused and helpless. I want to help you take back your power by reclaiming your story and beginning to write a new one.
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Mandi Pierson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43214
For over fifteen years, I have counseled individuals impacted by trauma and addiction. I specialize in working with vulnerable populations who have complex trauma or post traumatic stress disorder with a focus on survivors of human trafficking. Over the years, I have also had the opportunity to address the unique needs of the first responder community. Much of my experience has been with individuals impacted by substance abuse or addiction, including those in recovery and their loved ones. I have been trained in a variety of interventions that allow clients to process their traumatic experiences effectively and efficiently.
For over fifteen years, I have counseled individuals impacted by trauma and addiction. I specialize in working with vulnerable populations who have complex trauma or post traumatic stress disorder with a focus on survivors of human trafficking. Over the years, I have also had the opportunity to address the unique needs of the first responder community. Much of my experience has been with individuals impacted by substance abuse or addiction, including those in recovery and their loved ones. I have been trained in a variety of interventions that allow clients to process their traumatic experiences effectively and efficiently.
(380) 207-1187 View (380) 207-1187
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Keera Wilmoth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43235
EMDR is an evidence-based treatment that can be used to help with PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, grief, and many other things you may want to work on.
Hey there, I'm Keera! You deserve a warm and inviting space to be authentically yourself without the fear of judgment. It is never too late to make a change in our lives to help us reach our goals. I believe that the opportunity to learn about and alongside clients is an incredible privilege, and I admire the decision to begin any healing journey. I work with clients with anxiety, substance use disorders, trauma, depression, stress, and life transitions.
EMDR is an evidence-based treatment that can be used to help with PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, grief, and many other things you may want to work on.
Hey there, I'm Keera! You deserve a warm and inviting space to be authentically yourself without the fear of judgment. It is never too late to make a change in our lives to help us reach our goals. I believe that the opportunity to learn about and alongside clients is an incredible privilege, and I admire the decision to begin any healing journey. I work with clients with anxiety, substance use disorders, trauma, depression, stress, and life transitions.
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Jennie Anahata
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, LICDC, OMC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43219  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, and/or substance misuse? Do you struggle with maintaining loving and harmonious relationships? If so, I offer a warm, compassionate, safe space to invite you to relax, open, and embark upon the process of healing, transforming, and awakening to your highest potential. Together we will deep dive and explore the root causes of whatever is holding you back from experiencing greater love, connection, trust, and peace of mind. Life is short, so reach out and let's get started.
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, and/or substance misuse? Do you struggle with maintaining loving and harmonious relationships? If so, I offer a warm, compassionate, safe space to invite you to relax, open, and embark upon the process of healing, transforming, and awakening to your highest potential. Together we will deep dive and explore the root causes of whatever is holding you back from experiencing greater love, connection, trust, and peace of mind. Life is short, so reach out and let's get started.
(614) 957-3929 View (614) 957-3929
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.