Addiction Therapists in Nashville, TN

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Brad Smith
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, LADACII
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37214  (Online Only)
As an addictions counselor, I have helped countless others who are in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.
Have you promised yourself or others that you will cut back or refrain from drinking alcohol or using drugs? Are you frustrated with repeating the same old cycle? Do you feel like you have let yourself or others down? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? There is hope.
As an addictions counselor, I have helped countless others who are in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.
Have you promised yourself or others that you will cut back or refrain from drinking alcohol or using drugs? Are you frustrated with repeating the same old cycle? Do you feel like you have let yourself or others down? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? There is hope.
(615) 857-5521 View (615) 857-5521
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Amy Narusas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37204
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my Master of Social Work degree with a specialization in mental health and substance use disorders. I have experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings with adults struggling with co-morbid mental health and substance use disorders. I have a passion for continuing education and I enjoy learning about new techniques and research to provide evidence-based treatment and best practices. I am a big believer in finding balance within life’s ups and downs and I understand the importance of processing thoughts, emotions, and experiences in a safe and meaningful way.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my Master of Social Work degree with a specialization in mental health and substance use disorders. I have experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings with adults struggling with co-morbid mental health and substance use disorders. I have a passion for continuing education and I enjoy learning about new techniques and research to provide evidence-based treatment and best practices. I am a big believer in finding balance within life’s ups and downs and I understand the importance of processing thoughts, emotions, and experiences in a safe and meaningful way.
(615) 454-9914 View (615) 454-9914
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Angela Tamayo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37211  (Online Only)
I work with individuals who deal with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, and grief.
My passion is to see my clients being successful in healing and thriving. From my experience, each individual has unique needs. I work with clients to address such needs with tailored therapies, counseling, and education. I am a bilingual therapist and counselor who approaches humans with empathy, dignity, and no judgment. I am fluent in both English and Spanish and see clients in both languages. I use evidence-based therapies to meet the needs of individuals, families, and groups.
I work with individuals who deal with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, and grief.
My passion is to see my clients being successful in healing and thriving. From my experience, each individual has unique needs. I work with clients to address such needs with tailored therapies, counseling, and education. I am a bilingual therapist and counselor who approaches humans with empathy, dignity, and no judgment. I am fluent in both English and Spanish and see clients in both languages. I use evidence-based therapies to meet the needs of individuals, families, and groups.
(615) 709-0873 View (615) 709-0873
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Angela Moscheo Benson
MDiv, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37204
Addiction attacks a person's mind, body and spirit and then it tries to take away everything else.
I began counseling in New York when I was working as a chaplain during graduate school. I began in community centers, hospitals and prisons. During that time I discovered I have a genuine connection and desire to work with people suffering from the disease of addiction. When I returned to Nashville (the city of my birth), I began teaching middle school and high school, primarily with underserved populations. There I found that same connection with hard to reach youth, adolescents and their families. It is my sincere goal to help individuals, couples and families find a path to mental and emotional health and serenity.
Addiction attacks a person's mind, body and spirit and then it tries to take away everything else.
I began counseling in New York when I was working as a chaplain during graduate school. I began in community centers, hospitals and prisons. During that time I discovered I have a genuine connection and desire to work with people suffering from the disease of addiction. When I returned to Nashville (the city of my birth), I began teaching middle school and high school, primarily with underserved populations. There I found that same connection with hard to reach youth, adolescents and their families. It is my sincere goal to help individuals, couples and families find a path to mental and emotional health and serenity.
(615) 235-6664 View (615) 235-6664
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Jeffrey Allan Browning
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LADACII
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37205
Do you or someone you love struggle with addiction? My passion is working with individuals and families dealing with drug and alcohol abuse. Feelings of shame, anger, and confusion are common when faced with this illness. You are not alone! For the past 20 years, I have worked with the best addiction professionals in the country, and bring their collective knowledge and compassion to each individual that I work with. Every client is different, and what works for one person, may not work for another. Together, we can find a solution so you can reclaim your life and your purpose.
Do you or someone you love struggle with addiction? My passion is working with individuals and families dealing with drug and alcohol abuse. Feelings of shame, anger, and confusion are common when faced with this illness. You are not alone! For the past 20 years, I have worked with the best addiction professionals in the country, and bring their collective knowledge and compassion to each individual that I work with. Every client is different, and what works for one person, may not work for another. Together, we can find a solution so you can reclaim your life and your purpose.
(615) 236-6766 View (615) 236-6766
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Janet V Heilbronn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
I love working with clients that are actively on the path of healing. I have extensive experience working with addiction (both process and substance) and trauma and welcome sober and newly sober people to step in to a process with me. I am an 'out of the box' therapist and work best with those that are open to doing their therapeutic work 'beyond the talking'. In addition to recovery I love to help people identify ways in which to be more fully who they know inside that they are - even if they don't have the fully formed picture of what that is yet!
I love working with clients that are actively on the path of healing. I have extensive experience working with addiction (both process and substance) and trauma and welcome sober and newly sober people to step in to a process with me. I am an 'out of the box' therapist and work best with those that are open to doing their therapeutic work 'beyond the talking'. In addition to recovery I love to help people identify ways in which to be more fully who they know inside that they are - even if they don't have the fully formed picture of what that is yet!
(615) 560-7991 View (615) 560-7991
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Mary Beth Heaney-Gárate
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212
Welcome New Clients! Saturday & Sunday appointments available. I believe in the resilience of people who are doing the best they can and want better. You are capable. I've helped clients navigate challenges in their relationships, families, school & workplace. Together, we've addressed: anxiety & depression; substance use; grief, stress, & burnout; abandonment & neglect, shame & self-confidence; and trauma including rape, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse. I also provide licensure supervision. My mission is to ensure you feel heard, supported, & empowered to achieve your goals and experience your best life.
Welcome New Clients! Saturday & Sunday appointments available. I believe in the resilience of people who are doing the best they can and want better. You are capable. I've helped clients navigate challenges in their relationships, families, school & workplace. Together, we've addressed: anxiety & depression; substance use; grief, stress, & burnout; abandonment & neglect, shame & self-confidence; and trauma including rape, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse. I also provide licensure supervision. My mission is to ensure you feel heard, supported, & empowered to achieve your goals and experience your best life.
(615) 576-3480 View (615) 576-3480
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Cathy Hacker
PhD, SPE
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
(COVID-19 NOTICE: Online Sessions Now Offered) It takes a lot of courage to enter into psychotherapy. If you are looking at this website, you may be suffering anxiety, emotional or relational pain, and wondering where to get relief. Choosing a therapist can be overwhelming. I work with couples and individual clients, many who have suffered anxiety and depression, grief, trauma, addiction, painful relationships, and eating disorders. Because of life experience as well as extensive training, I can offer practical tools that can help relieve you now as well as long after you leave my office. I am glad to answer any of your questions
(COVID-19 NOTICE: Online Sessions Now Offered) It takes a lot of courage to enter into psychotherapy. If you are looking at this website, you may be suffering anxiety, emotional or relational pain, and wondering where to get relief. Choosing a therapist can be overwhelming. I work with couples and individual clients, many who have suffered anxiety and depression, grief, trauma, addiction, painful relationships, and eating disorders. Because of life experience as well as extensive training, I can offer practical tools that can help relieve you now as well as long after you leave my office. I am glad to answer any of your questions
(615) 956-2169 View (615) 956-2169
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Julianne Reed
Pre-Licensed Professional, MMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
Growth requires a willingness to be vulnerable and honest, both with ourselves and others. True healing can only occur when we are brave enough to shine a light on the darkest corners of our souls. My professional experience includes working with previously incarcerated individuals, those facing addiction, and clients dealing with trauma and relational issues. Therapy works when clients bring their courage, openness, and honesty into session. The work is not always a pleasant stroll in the park; rather, it's a challenging trek that requires resilience and determination.
Growth requires a willingness to be vulnerable and honest, both with ourselves and others. True healing can only occur when we are brave enough to shine a light on the darkest corners of our souls. My professional experience includes working with previously incarcerated individuals, those facing addiction, and clients dealing with trauma and relational issues. Therapy works when clients bring their courage, openness, and honesty into session. The work is not always a pleasant stroll in the park; rather, it's a challenging trek that requires resilience and determination.
(615) 488-5239 View (615) 488-5239
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Landon Rives
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37220
Addiction, life transitions, grief, anxiety/depression, and interpersonal relationships are the primary content in which I work.
Typical clientele: Anxious, avoidant, indecisive, looking for insights or solutions focused. Primary goals typically involve awareness and action orientation. The client is typically looking for something to change in their lives. They may not know what yet, but are seeking diligently and genuinely.
Addiction, life transitions, grief, anxiety/depression, and interpersonal relationships are the primary content in which I work.
Typical clientele: Anxious, avoidant, indecisive, looking for insights or solutions focused. Primary goals typically involve awareness and action orientation. The client is typically looking for something to change in their lives. They may not know what yet, but are seeking diligently and genuinely.
(615) 247-6631 View (615) 247-6631
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Tara Booker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37216
Tara Booker has 10+ years of experience as a therapist. She has a passion for walking alongside clients into the depths of their stories. Complex trauma & substance addiction are two of her areas of passion & expertise in therapy. Tara believes strongly in each person’s ability & right to heal their deepest wounds in hopes to actualize their truest self. Through repairing the root issues in our stories, these gifts can be possible for us all. One of the keys to her style of therapy is eclectic - taking into consideration a client's needs on an individual, ever-evolving basis. Tara believes the quality of the therapeutic relationship
Tara Booker has 10+ years of experience as a therapist. She has a passion for walking alongside clients into the depths of their stories. Complex trauma & substance addiction are two of her areas of passion & expertise in therapy. Tara believes strongly in each person’s ability & right to heal their deepest wounds in hopes to actualize their truest self. Through repairing the root issues in our stories, these gifts can be possible for us all. One of the keys to her style of therapy is eclectic - taking into consideration a client's needs on an individual, ever-evolving basis. Tara believes the quality of the therapeutic relationship
(629) 209-6712 View (629) 209-6712
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Kimberlee Massey-Owen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
I am passionate about those from all walks of life and addressing a variety of issues such as addiction, anxiety, relational issues, grief, and transitions.
Life can be complicated, overwhelming, challenging, and messy. People don’t tend to fit in neat little boxes, but I find that beautiful. The people I comes in contact with never cease to amaze and inspire me with their stories, struggles, and victories. I am committed to creating a safe and nonjudgemental space for people to explore healing and reconnect with themselves, others, and with hope beyond ourselves. My focus is relational and I believe this is the most healing aspect of any treatment modal. “We are wounded in relationship, and we heal in relationship.”
I am passionate about those from all walks of life and addressing a variety of issues such as addiction, anxiety, relational issues, grief, and transitions.
Life can be complicated, overwhelming, challenging, and messy. People don’t tend to fit in neat little boxes, but I find that beautiful. The people I comes in contact with never cease to amaze and inspire me with their stories, struggles, and victories. I am committed to creating a safe and nonjudgemental space for people to explore healing and reconnect with themselves, others, and with hope beyond ourselves. My focus is relational and I believe this is the most healing aspect of any treatment modal. “We are wounded in relationship, and we heal in relationship.”
(530) 240-7801 View (530) 240-7801
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Stephani Shinbaum
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37207
With experience working with a wide range of mental health and addiction issues and specialization in trauma resolution and recovery, I utilize an integrated approach in order to fit the needs of each unique individual.
Many of us struggle with defenses and behaviors we have developed in order to escape the pain of our lives, whether it be in the form of substances, food, sex/relationships, work, perfectionism, dissociation, or something else, and in our understandable attempts to avoid this pain we become disconnected from our authentic self and body in the process. As a result, we can often wind up creating even more suffering for ourselves and begin to not only numb the pain, but the joys as well.
With experience working with a wide range of mental health and addiction issues and specialization in trauma resolution and recovery, I utilize an integrated approach in order to fit the needs of each unique individual.
Many of us struggle with defenses and behaviors we have developed in order to escape the pain of our lives, whether it be in the form of substances, food, sex/relationships, work, perfectionism, dissociation, or something else, and in our understandable attempts to avoid this pain we become disconnected from our authentic self and body in the process. As a result, we can often wind up creating even more suffering for ourselves and begin to not only numb the pain, but the joys as well.
(615) 656-5413 View (615) 656-5413
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Sherrie E. McKinney
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, BS, LADC II, NCAC II, SAP, P4LIFE
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37221  (Online Only)
Addiction is progressive, incurable and can be fatal; relapse is common but not a requirement.
I work with clients who have some desire to move toward abstinence and/or recovery. Many of my clients have experienced negative consequences due to alcohol or drug use, including contact with the criminal justice system, loss of their driver's license, job, children, etc. I provide substance abuse counseling, drug education and an Alcohol and Drug Assessment that will satisfy most state requirements.
Addiction is progressive, incurable and can be fatal; relapse is common but not a requirement.
I work with clients who have some desire to move toward abstinence and/or recovery. Many of my clients have experienced negative consequences due to alcohol or drug use, including contact with the criminal justice system, loss of their driver's license, job, children, etc. I provide substance abuse counseling, drug education and an Alcohol and Drug Assessment that will satisfy most state requirements.
(615) 454-9428 View (615) 454-9428
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Leslie Ann Binch
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37206
My specialties include: PTSD and Trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety and adjustment disorders and co-occurring disorders.
Talk therapy is not enough. My approach to therapy focuses on combining cognitive and somatic therapies to strengthen connection to self, and reduce the blocks to healing. The goal is to connect to your authenticity, and have the freedom to find positive and affirming ways to enjoy relationships with self and others. The goal is to experience life without shutting down or disconnecting, and/or using destructive behaviors to reduce pain and distress. Attaining the freedom to choose what you want for yourself, begins with taking the first step.
My specialties include: PTSD and Trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety and adjustment disorders and co-occurring disorders.
Talk therapy is not enough. My approach to therapy focuses on combining cognitive and somatic therapies to strengthen connection to self, and reduce the blocks to healing. The goal is to connect to your authenticity, and have the freedom to find positive and affirming ways to enjoy relationships with self and others. The goal is to experience life without shutting down or disconnecting, and/or using destructive behaviors to reduce pain and distress. Attaining the freedom to choose what you want for yourself, begins with taking the first step.
(615) 274-4233 View (615) 274-4233
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Derrell Seigler
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMHSP, MA, NCC, MTS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
If you have addiction, alcohol use, or anger management issues due to trauma and PTSD or family dysfunction, you may have experienced judgement & painful perceptions from others that are just not true. Anxiety, grief, stress, substance use, and suicidal ideation may be familiar companions you wish weren't there. Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality (BPD), and Dual Diagnosis, may have been words thrown around, causing relational issues. These may be part of your story, but there's more in store for you through the healing work of counseling. You deserve a life of connection, serenity, and meaning. Let's begin!
If you have addiction, alcohol use, or anger management issues due to trauma and PTSD or family dysfunction, you may have experienced judgement & painful perceptions from others that are just not true. Anxiety, grief, stress, substance use, and suicidal ideation may be familiar companions you wish weren't there. Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality (BPD), and Dual Diagnosis, may have been words thrown around, causing relational issues. These may be part of your story, but there's more in store for you through the healing work of counseling. You deserve a life of connection, serenity, and meaning. Let's begin!
(615) 909-5820 View (615) 909-5820
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Sonya Adkins
MA-CMHC
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37204
Areas of clinical interests include, but are not limited to, life transitions/rebranding, managing stress, anxiety, & depression, substance use disorders, relational issues, self-esteem, & healthy boundaries.
We all at times feel inadequate, have a loss of direction, identity, and/or authenticity which transitions into a loss of real relationship. Our feelings, anxiety, depression, life losses, medical conditions, and other mental health challenges can knock us off balance. I am here to walk alongside others in finding a healthy path and learning to deal with reality in a positive way. My goal is to equip clients with healthy tools to live their best lives- a life that is true to themselves, that is whole, authentic, and empowering, providing contentment & fulfillment.
Areas of clinical interests include, but are not limited to, life transitions/rebranding, managing stress, anxiety, & depression, substance use disorders, relational issues, self-esteem, & healthy boundaries.
We all at times feel inadequate, have a loss of direction, identity, and/or authenticity which transitions into a loss of real relationship. Our feelings, anxiety, depression, life losses, medical conditions, and other mental health challenges can knock us off balance. I am here to walk alongside others in finding a healthy path and learning to deal with reality in a positive way. My goal is to equip clients with healthy tools to live their best lives- a life that is true to themselves, that is whole, authentic, and empowering, providing contentment & fulfillment.
(615) 434-5024 View (615) 434-5024
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Catherine Bost Taylor
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LCAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37228
I also specialize in addiction treatment.
The greatest privilege of our lives is to be seen, heard, and truly known by the ones we love. In the end, we are all we have. Whether it’s your partner or family member, when you feel disconnected from the one you love most, it can be extremely painful. My specialty is adult love and creating bonding experiences in couples and families. Helping people repair and reconnect after times of distress is my passion. I help couples heal their wounds from the past through emotional re-engagement and responsiveness. This allows them to move forward in a healthier way, so the past doesn’t keep sabotaging their present and future.
I also specialize in addiction treatment.
The greatest privilege of our lives is to be seen, heard, and truly known by the ones we love. In the end, we are all we have. Whether it’s your partner or family member, when you feel disconnected from the one you love most, it can be extremely painful. My specialty is adult love and creating bonding experiences in couples and families. Helping people repair and reconnect after times of distress is my passion. I help couples heal their wounds from the past through emotional re-engagement and responsiveness. This allows them to move forward in a healthier way, so the past doesn’t keep sabotaging their present and future.
(615) 455-2193 View (615) 455-2193
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Melissa Hudgens at Stone Counseling & Consulting
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, LADACII, QCS
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37214
I am a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in addictions, anxiety, depression and life transitions.
Life can be messy and full of challenges. Having the right guide through those challenges can help you not just overcome them but excel to live the life you desire. My therapy style is warm, collaborative, interactive and informed by evidence-based approaches. I offer compassionate care and direction in addition to a safe and honest environment that will foster self-knowledge, growth, and healing. Treatment approaches are tailored for each client to explore problematic behaviors and painful feelings while building skills for lasting change.
I am a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in addictions, anxiety, depression and life transitions.
Life can be messy and full of challenges. Having the right guide through those challenges can help you not just overcome them but excel to live the life you desire. My therapy style is warm, collaborative, interactive and informed by evidence-based approaches. I offer compassionate care and direction in addition to a safe and honest environment that will foster self-knowledge, growth, and healing. Treatment approaches are tailored for each client to explore problematic behaviors and painful feelings while building skills for lasting change.
(615) 703-2891 View (615) 703-2891
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Matthew Andrews
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37204
Do you ever feel like life can be overwhelming? Has depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or other problems taken control of you life? As a therapist, I believe that everyone has the capacity to heal . Sometimes it just takes a little guidance to help you get better. I have been in this field since 2013 and have been honored to help clients achieve their goals, grow as human beings, and become happier and healthier.
Do you ever feel like life can be overwhelming? Has depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or other problems taken control of you life? As a therapist, I believe that everyone has the capacity to heal . Sometimes it just takes a little guidance to help you get better. I have been in this field since 2013 and have been honored to help clients achieve their goals, grow as human beings, and become happier and healthier.
(629) 201-7128 View (629) 201-7128
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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.