Addiction Therapists in Austin, TX

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Rachelle Adams Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, ADS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
I have experience counseling adults, families and couples coping with grief, trauma, addiction, existential concerns, sexuality and recovery.
Are you struggling to find healthier ways to cope with the challenges life has presented? Perhaps you have a history of relapse or worry that therapy won't help you. You do not have to do it alone; seeking counseling is a courageous first step. My counseling style is warm, empathetic, integrative, pragmatic and person-centered. I believe that a therapeutic relationship should be a collaborative one in which you and I work together to discover creative strategies, solutions and, at times, even humorous insights to help you practice new ways to thrive. I am here to guide and support you on your journey.
I have experience counseling adults, families and couples coping with grief, trauma, addiction, existential concerns, sexuality and recovery.
Are you struggling to find healthier ways to cope with the challenges life has presented? Perhaps you have a history of relapse or worry that therapy won't help you. You do not have to do it alone; seeking counseling is a courageous first step. My counseling style is warm, empathetic, integrative, pragmatic and person-centered. I believe that a therapeutic relationship should be a collaborative one in which you and I work together to discover creative strategies, solutions and, at times, even humorous insights to help you practice new ways to thrive. I am here to guide and support you on your journey.
(737) 204-8311 View (737) 204-8311
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Elisabeth Burleson-Porras
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
She has spent the majority of her career providing support to those struggling with anxiety, depression, psychosis, relationship difficulties, life transitions or challenges, substance use, trauma, grief and crisis.
Libby Burleson-Porras is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Supervisor who specializes in working with young adults and adults. She is passionate about helping to expose behavioral and thought patterns that are no longer serving her clients in order to help them become the best versions of themselves. With a relaxed and nonjudgmental approach, Libby welcomes clients into a collaborative journey of healing and hope, using an eclectic combination of evidence-based treatment models to target the specific needs and goals of each individual. With over 15 years of experience in the field of social work.
She has spent the majority of her career providing support to those struggling with anxiety, depression, psychosis, relationship difficulties, life transitions or challenges, substance use, trauma, grief and crisis.
Libby Burleson-Porras is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Supervisor who specializes in working with young adults and adults. She is passionate about helping to expose behavioral and thought patterns that are no longer serving her clients in order to help them become the best versions of themselves. With a relaxed and nonjudgmental approach, Libby welcomes clients into a collaborative journey of healing and hope, using an eclectic combination of evidence-based treatment models to target the specific needs and goals of each individual. With over 15 years of experience in the field of social work.
(737) 355-9841 View (737) 355-9841
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Will Crosswell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCDC, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
I am deeply committed to helping men and women overcome addiction, heal trauma and thrive in the face of mood disorders.
We all just want to feel comfortable in our own skin. We want to live our lives feeling inspired, happy, and purposeful. Somewhere along the way we may have sought out external things to achieve this goal: drugs, alcohol, relationships, jobs, social circles, money, status, etc. These things work for a little while…until they don’t. We finally get to a place where we realize we need help turning inward. We become willing to examine our trauma and core wounds and heal from what is in the way of us emerging into our fullest selves. This is where transformation begins.
I am deeply committed to helping men and women overcome addiction, heal trauma and thrive in the face of mood disorders.
We all just want to feel comfortable in our own skin. We want to live our lives feeling inspired, happy, and purposeful. Somewhere along the way we may have sought out external things to achieve this goal: drugs, alcohol, relationships, jobs, social circles, money, status, etc. These things work for a little while…until they don’t. We finally get to a place where we realize we need help turning inward. We become willing to examine our trauma and core wounds and heal from what is in the way of us emerging into our fullest selves. This is where transformation begins.
(737) 377-1309 View (737) 377-1309
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Emilio Anguiano
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, CGP, CIRT, LCDC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78757
I am a fluent bilingual Counselor (EN/SP) capable of helping those challenged by addiction issues to address or recover from them while also managing your relationships with friends, families, and loved ones.
I am a fluent bilingual Counselor (EN/SP) capable of helping those challenged by addiction issues to address or recover from them while also managing your relationships with friends, families, and loved ones.
(512) 645-2404 View (512) 645-2404
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Journey Online Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCC, ICAADC, CCATP, CTMH
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Are you overwhelmed and confused? Do you feel like you are at a crossroads and don’t know which way to go? Are you losing sleep at night due to worries, fears, or racing thoughts? Maybe you feel like you are always on edge or never content? Have you wondered if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs? Or perhaps you’re tired of numbing your pain with a substance or a habit? If so, you are not alone!
Are you overwhelmed and confused? Do you feel like you are at a crossroads and don’t know which way to go? Are you losing sleep at night due to worries, fears, or racing thoughts? Maybe you feel like you are always on edge or never content? Have you wondered if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs? Or perhaps you’re tired of numbing your pain with a substance or a habit? If so, you are not alone!
(866) 826-4057 View (866) 826-4057
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Jamie Lee Glick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
This can lead to challenges including depression, anxiety, addiction, bad habits, unfulfilled relationships, and loneliness.
It's is time to put in that work for a successful 2024! Are you struggling with motivation or finding it difficult to accomplish your goals? Have you developed bad habits or feel stuck? I work with people to achieve peak performance. Through my model, the Spire of Performance, I help to people to define the areas of their life they want to see maximum potential and then we develop a plan in 6 different domains. I believe that physical health is closely tied to mental health and incorporate wellness interventions into every treatment plan. I offer yearly mental health check-ups and free phone/video consultation.
This can lead to challenges including depression, anxiety, addiction, bad habits, unfulfilled relationships, and loneliness.
It's is time to put in that work for a successful 2024! Are you struggling with motivation or finding it difficult to accomplish your goals? Have you developed bad habits or feel stuck? I work with people to achieve peak performance. Through my model, the Spire of Performance, I help to people to define the areas of their life they want to see maximum potential and then we develop a plan in 6 different domains. I believe that physical health is closely tied to mental health and incorporate wellness interventions into every treatment plan. I offer yearly mental health check-ups and free phone/video consultation.
(512) 402-6185 View (512) 402-6185
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Heather M. Allen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LCDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Are you ready to take charge of your life and embark on a journey of self-improvement? If so, you've come to the right place. My passion is guiding individuals who are determined to make positive changes and overcome challenges including anxiety, depression, and the lingering effects of substance use or addiction. If you've tried counseling before but didn't feel understood or supported, I'm here to provide the compassionate and non-judgmental environment you deserve.
Are you ready to take charge of your life and embark on a journey of self-improvement? If so, you've come to the right place. My passion is guiding individuals who are determined to make positive changes and overcome challenges including anxiety, depression, and the lingering effects of substance use or addiction. If you've tried counseling before but didn't feel understood or supported, I'm here to provide the compassionate and non-judgmental environment you deserve.
(737) 520-7438 View (737) 520-7438
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Dr. Diana Lynn Monsour
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, LCDC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Substance use disorders, eating disorders, & other destructive behaviors are often used as a way to cope with emotional distress and/or avoid pain. I help individuals heal by being curious & compassionate about the destructive behaviors to discover what purpose they serve. This often looks like assessing biological & social factors, healing unresolved trauma, grief, attachment issues, and learning new coping skills. I utilize a collaborative & holistic approach to treatment. Together, we can heal the pain, and find new ways to cope with emotional distress.
Substance use disorders, eating disorders, & other destructive behaviors are often used as a way to cope with emotional distress and/or avoid pain. I help individuals heal by being curious & compassionate about the destructive behaviors to discover what purpose they serve. This often looks like assessing biological & social factors, healing unresolved trauma, grief, attachment issues, and learning new coping skills. I utilize a collaborative & holistic approach to treatment. Together, we can heal the pain, and find new ways to cope with emotional distress.
(737) 530-4018 View (737) 530-4018
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Daphne Jaguar Browell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCDC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78738  (Online Only)
I have a comprehensive background in addiction, mental health disorders, sex therapy and couples counseling.
So you are looking for a therapist and possibly wondering “why should I choose this therapist over any other?” Good question. Once you’ve found a therapist with a solid background in what you want to address, it is all about therapeutic approach and personality fit (the elusive rapport). In our initial introductory conversation (15 minute call) you can tell me about what you are looking for, I'll tell you about myself, and we’ll see if I am a fit. You can also visit my website for more details on me and my practice: TherapistBrowell.com
I have a comprehensive background in addiction, mental health disorders, sex therapy and couples counseling.
So you are looking for a therapist and possibly wondering “why should I choose this therapist over any other?” Good question. Once you’ve found a therapist with a solid background in what you want to address, it is all about therapeutic approach and personality fit (the elusive rapport). In our initial introductory conversation (15 minute call) you can tell me about what you are looking for, I'll tell you about myself, and we’ll see if I am a fit. You can also visit my website for more details on me and my practice: TherapistBrowell.com
(214) 833-7390 View (214) 833-7390
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Austin Weber
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFT-A, MFT-IT, LCDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
My specialty is working with couples who have been impacted by substance abuse, along with those that have stopped believing in themselves. I believe in working with the whole family system focusing on healing the internal conflict that lies within the system. I do this by using several therapeutic approaches such as Internal Family Systems, Structural Family Therapy, Emotional Focused Couples Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I work with my clients on addressing attachment injuries, internal conflict, finding internal balance, and increasing individuals' confidence in themselves.
My specialty is working with couples who have been impacted by substance abuse, along with those that have stopped believing in themselves. I believe in working with the whole family system focusing on healing the internal conflict that lies within the system. I do this by using several therapeutic approaches such as Internal Family Systems, Structural Family Therapy, Emotional Focused Couples Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I work with my clients on addressing attachment injuries, internal conflict, finding internal balance, and increasing individuals' confidence in themselves.
(737) 637-4079 View (737) 637-4079
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Collin Speciale
Licensed Professional Counselor, M Ed, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
It takes a lot of courage to seek out mental health services, I'm glad you found my page! I'm eager to help individuals, couples, or families seeking support for Substance Use Disorders, Anxiety and Depression, ADHD, Bipolar, Personality Disorders, Simple or Complex Traumas, or any type of Relationship Issues. Additionally, our work could include improving self-esteem, self-worth, communication and boundaries in relationships, grief and loss, direction in school, career, or difficult life decisions that you'd like to work on, work through, or resolve.
It takes a lot of courage to seek out mental health services, I'm glad you found my page! I'm eager to help individuals, couples, or families seeking support for Substance Use Disorders, Anxiety and Depression, ADHD, Bipolar, Personality Disorders, Simple or Complex Traumas, or any type of Relationship Issues. Additionally, our work could include improving self-esteem, self-worth, communication and boundaries in relationships, grief and loss, direction in school, career, or difficult life decisions that you'd like to work on, work through, or resolve.
(512) 234-4849 View (512) 234-4849
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Erin Schovanec
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, R-DMT
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78747  (Online Only)
Erin Schovanec is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and dance/movement therapist who has 16 years of experience as an expressive and creative mental health professional. Erin’s clinical experience has ranged in various treatment settings including outpatient therapy, Treatment Foster Care, and residential treatment. She has served children, adolescents, and adults experiencing symptoms related to attachment, anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse.
Erin Schovanec is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and dance/movement therapist who has 16 years of experience as an expressive and creative mental health professional. Erin’s clinical experience has ranged in various treatment settings including outpatient therapy, Treatment Foster Care, and residential treatment. She has served children, adolescents, and adults experiencing symptoms related to attachment, anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse.
(512) 641-5847 View (512) 641-5847
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Chad Wysong - New Clients Accepted
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
If you are burdened with addiction or codependency that you feel is holding you hostage or fixed in the past, you are grappling with PTSD, or bogged down in emotional pain, I can help you understand, come to terms with the underlying causes, and relieve your distress.
I understand, it is a big step to reach out for help if you are in pain. While most of us tend to hunker down when feeling overwhelmed and out of control that is actually the best time to seek support. If you suffer from anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addiction, or other challenges I can help. I enjoy most working with clients seeking changes that help them overcome distress, feel good, and reach their goals. Reach out for your free 15 minute consultation to find out how I can assist you and if I am the right therapist for you.
If you are burdened with addiction or codependency that you feel is holding you hostage or fixed in the past, you are grappling with PTSD, or bogged down in emotional pain, I can help you understand, come to terms with the underlying causes, and relieve your distress.
I understand, it is a big step to reach out for help if you are in pain. While most of us tend to hunker down when feeling overwhelmed and out of control that is actually the best time to seek support. If you suffer from anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addiction, or other challenges I can help. I enjoy most working with clients seeking changes that help them overcome distress, feel good, and reach their goals. Reach out for your free 15 minute consultation to find out how I can assist you and if I am the right therapist for you.
(737) 232-5907 x4805 View (737) 232-5907 x4805
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Amber Clemens
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
I have specialized in addiction treatment & families of those with a substance use disorder.
My clients are individuals, couples or families who want to improve their emotional wellness. They might be going through a challenging period in their life, may struggle with interpersonal relationships, conflict at work, or they may be looking to improve their marital or family dynamics. Ultimately, they possess the tools they need to improve their lives - through therapy, we bring those tools to life.
I have specialized in addiction treatment & families of those with a substance use disorder.
My clients are individuals, couples or families who want to improve their emotional wellness. They might be going through a challenging period in their life, may struggle with interpersonal relationships, conflict at work, or they may be looking to improve their marital or family dynamics. Ultimately, they possess the tools they need to improve their lives - through therapy, we bring those tools to life.
(737) 234-9380 View (737) 234-9380
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Austin B Sheffield
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78762
I have extensively counseled individuals who have struggled with substance abuse, depression, and anxiety; as well as individuals who have suffered a brain injury and their respective family members.
As a counselor, my goal is to assist you in finding your purpose in this world. I want to help you discover your values and your meaning through in-depth exploration into your belief system so that you can find the answers to your questions and the power to overcome life's obstacles. Working from an existential philosophy and foundation, I utilize a variety of techniques and tools depending on the needs of the client.
I have extensively counseled individuals who have struggled with substance abuse, depression, and anxiety; as well as individuals who have suffered a brain injury and their respective family members.
As a counselor, my goal is to assist you in finding your purpose in this world. I want to help you discover your values and your meaning through in-depth exploration into your belief system so that you can find the answers to your questions and the power to overcome life's obstacles. Working from an existential philosophy and foundation, I utilize a variety of techniques and tools depending on the needs of the client.
(512) 881-9092 View (512) 881-9092
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Kami C Land
LPC Associate, MAAT, LPC, ATR-BC, LCDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78748
My experience also extends to working with a diverse population of adults, focusing on addiction recovery, co-occurring disorders, anxiety/depression, grief/loss, and life transitions.
​​A popular proverb states, “it takes a village to raise a child” and though the saying has become almost cliche, I believe it can apply to a person at any stage of life. Whether it be a season of happiness and celebration or a time of pain, stress, and crisis, we all need to know that someone sees us, hears us, and truly cares. Each person comes to therapy with individualized beliefs, thoughts, experiences, and stories. I want to get to know who you are, what your goals are, and how I can best support your healthy growth.
My experience also extends to working with a diverse population of adults, focusing on addiction recovery, co-occurring disorders, anxiety/depression, grief/loss, and life transitions.
​​A popular proverb states, “it takes a village to raise a child” and though the saying has become almost cliche, I believe it can apply to a person at any stage of life. Whether it be a season of happiness and celebration or a time of pain, stress, and crisis, we all need to know that someone sees us, hears us, and truly cares. Each person comes to therapy with individualized beliefs, thoughts, experiences, and stories. I want to get to know who you are, what your goals are, and how I can best support your healthy growth.
(512) 722-7763 View (512) 722-7763
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Cori East-Long
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78748
I am Cori Jo East-Long. a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Tarleton State University. I have worked in the mental health field for over 8 years. I have a history of working with clients with depression and anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse issues. My other areas of expertise include foster care, adoption, parenting issues, and LGBTQ+ issues. I use approaches such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), and Adlerian therapy.
I am Cori Jo East-Long. a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Tarleton State University. I have worked in the mental health field for over 8 years. I have a history of working with clients with depression and anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse issues. My other areas of expertise include foster care, adoption, parenting issues, and LGBTQ+ issues. I use approaches such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), and Adlerian therapy.
(512) 991-5292 View (512) 991-5292
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Suzanne Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78734
If you have these questions, I will help you assess the impact substance use is having in your life and then develop a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.
Hello. I am happy you are checking out my profile for the possibility of working together. I was first licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist in California in 2006. I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 24 years and have now relocated back to Central Texas where I grew up. I attended John F Kennedy University and Graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a Certificate in Addictions Studies. I am passionate about assisting individuals to achieve their maximum potential in all areas of their lives. Are you questioning if substance abuse is interfering with your life? Are your relationships suffering?
If you have these questions, I will help you assess the impact substance use is having in your life and then develop a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.
Hello. I am happy you are checking out my profile for the possibility of working together. I was first licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist in California in 2006. I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 24 years and have now relocated back to Central Texas where I grew up. I attended John F Kennedy University and Graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a Certificate in Addictions Studies. I am passionate about assisting individuals to achieve their maximum potential in all areas of their lives. Are you questioning if substance abuse is interfering with your life? Are your relationships suffering?
(512) 515-3800 View (512) 515-3800
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Sarah Billingsley
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MSW, LCDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78745
I know both personally & professionally the power of addiction & the distressing effects that it has on generations of families.
Reaching out can be so hard, but it is such an important first step! We are not made to do the hard things alone. More and more research has shown that we are deeply wired for connection and support. The most fundamental human need we have is for relationships. The most overlooked relationship is the one you have with yourself. Counseling is about moving towards healing and growth as we learn to trust ourselves. Your unconscious mind determines how you relate to yourself & to others. Science has shown us how adaptive our bodies and brains are as they change to manage the stress or trauma of our lived experiences.
I know both personally & professionally the power of addiction & the distressing effects that it has on generations of families.
Reaching out can be so hard, but it is such an important first step! We are not made to do the hard things alone. More and more research has shown that we are deeply wired for connection and support. The most fundamental human need we have is for relationships. The most overlooked relationship is the one you have with yourself. Counseling is about moving towards healing and growth as we learn to trust ourselves. Your unconscious mind determines how you relate to yourself & to others. Science has shown us how adaptive our bodies and brains are as they change to manage the stress or trauma of our lived experiences.
(512) 856-1727 View (512) 856-1727
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Megan Souther
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78744
I have a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Six years ago, I began working in substance use disorder treatment centers in various roles. I fell in love with the process of watching people change. I have spent several years working with young adults (male and female) who have suffered from substance use disorders and have helped them reignite their passion for life. I have also helped them find a career path or enroll in higher education. I have also worked as a life development coach, helping individuals develop the skills needed to thrive.
I have a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Six years ago, I began working in substance use disorder treatment centers in various roles. I fell in love with the process of watching people change. I have spent several years working with young adults (male and female) who have suffered from substance use disorders and have helped them reignite their passion for life. I have also helped them find a career path or enroll in higher education. I have also worked as a life development coach, helping individuals develop the skills needed to thrive.
(737) 727-3645 View (737) 727-3645
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.