Addiction Therapists in Garden Ridge, TX

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Jennifer Free
Counselor, LPC, CCTP, CAATS, CAIMHP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Garden Ridge, TX 78266
Your PEACE doesn't have to be limited. The devastation of betrayal, abandonment, divorce, disease, or death can change you instantly. Perhaps resentment, depression and anxiety are interfering with the quality of your life. Is addiction keeping you in bondage? Is Post-Acute Withdrawal limiting your day to day functioning?Trauma keeping you from experiencing life? If anything is preventing you from getting to a healthy place, maybe it's time to examine what your next steps will be. Don't allow fear, work, and life's hustle to keep you from having peace. FIND PEACE REGARDLESS OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES. Life can get better!
Your PEACE doesn't have to be limited. The devastation of betrayal, abandonment, divorce, disease, or death can change you instantly. Perhaps resentment, depression and anxiety are interfering with the quality of your life. Is addiction keeping you in bondage? Is Post-Acute Withdrawal limiting your day to day functioning?Trauma keeping you from experiencing life? If anything is preventing you from getting to a healthy place, maybe it's time to examine what your next steps will be. Don't allow fear, work, and life's hustle to keep you from having peace. FIND PEACE REGARDLESS OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES. Life can get better!
(830) 302-3619 View (830) 302-3619
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Carmina Ledezma
LPC Associate, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Garden Ridge, TX 78266
I have experience in these areas: trauma, infidelity, anger, abuse, depression, anxiety, substance use, and pornography addiction.
As your therapist I have made the agreement to meet you where you are. I will not force or tell you what to do, but I will walk beside you. I will be present and provide a safe place for you to share what you feel comfortable sharing. Therapy is an investment in yourself, your future and your loved ones. I am a committed therapist that will help assist you in getting to the root of your problems, overcoming challenges and making positive changes. Life is short and the quality of your life matters, I understand the importance of feeling presence and connection.
I have experience in these areas: trauma, infidelity, anger, abuse, depression, anxiety, substance use, and pornography addiction.
As your therapist I have made the agreement to meet you where you are. I will not force or tell you what to do, but I will walk beside you. I will be present and provide a safe place for you to share what you feel comfortable sharing. Therapy is an investment in yourself, your future and your loved ones. I am a committed therapist that will help assist you in getting to the root of your problems, overcoming challenges and making positive changes. Life is short and the quality of your life matters, I understand the importance of feeling presence and connection.
(830) 282-3060 View (830) 282-3060
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Alisa A Brzek Veteran
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Garden Ridge, TX 78266
Veterans, First Responders, Medical and Flight professionals, Civilian Trauma Survivors, Sexual Assault & Abuse Survivors...I am here for you. Are you experiencing: PTSD, anxiety, anger, irritation, panic attacks, nightmares, cannot go where you used to go, using drugs and alcohol to cope, fighting with your significant other, feeling guilty or shameful? Are you carrying secrets that you think nobody will understand? Have you lost yourself or your purpose? Are you isolating from friends/family, or experience self-loathing? You are not crazy or damaged...you have experienced trauma and I can help you.
Veterans, First Responders, Medical and Flight professionals, Civilian Trauma Survivors, Sexual Assault & Abuse Survivors...I am here for you. Are you experiencing: PTSD, anxiety, anger, irritation, panic attacks, nightmares, cannot go where you used to go, using drugs and alcohol to cope, fighting with your significant other, feeling guilty or shameful? Are you carrying secrets that you think nobody will understand? Have you lost yourself or your purpose? Are you isolating from friends/family, or experience self-loathing? You are not crazy or damaged...you have experienced trauma and I can help you.
(210) 987-9198 View (210) 987-9198
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Eunice Ballesteros
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Garden Ridge, TX 78266
I would like to congratulate you for taking the first step into slowly making yourself a priority. Looking for a therapist is not an easy step to take however, you are here now. I would like to share with you a bit about me I am a bilingual. My specialties are primarily on addictions, co-occurring disorders and codependency. I have worked in the past with mental health disorders such as Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Bipolar and Schizophrenia. I have recently also started to work with trauma. As a therapist I have learned that mental health is beautiful piece of art made of many different elements and details.
I would like to congratulate you for taking the first step into slowly making yourself a priority. Looking for a therapist is not an easy step to take however, you are here now. I would like to share with you a bit about me I am a bilingual. My specialties are primarily on addictions, co-occurring disorders and codependency. I have worked in the past with mental health disorders such as Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Bipolar and Schizophrenia. I have recently also started to work with trauma. As a therapist I have learned that mental health is beautiful piece of art made of many different elements and details.
(210) 405-3683 View (210) 405-3683
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Laura Kotlowski
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCDC, NCC, CCTP, EMDR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Garden Ridge, TX 78266
I feel privileged & blessed to witness clients' change processes. I seek to use therapy modalities that work best for individualized client care, & I am grateful to serve in settings that align perfectly with my beliefs in achieving recovery. I am humbled to witness the healing that occurs in therapy where there was previously confusion, pain, & hopelessness. It is my life's passion to support & encourage others.
I feel privileged & blessed to witness clients' change processes. I seek to use therapy modalities that work best for individualized client care, & I am grateful to serve in settings that align perfectly with my beliefs in achieving recovery. I am humbled to witness the healing that occurs in therapy where there was previously confusion, pain, & hopelessness. It is my life's passion to support & encourage others.
(210) 791-6972 View (210) 791-6972
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Antony Ashby
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Garden Ridge, TX 78266
My desire is to provide my clients a clear perspective, free from the clutter that is likely clouding judgment, understanding, or perspective. Together we can navigate the issues and concerns and create a solution that is fitting for each client. Our solutions will ultimately be Specific to your needs - Measurable as your journey improves - Attainable as you gain more confidence - Realistic as you determine your strengths and weaknesses - Time sensitive as you regain your independence (SMART). These motivational factors will be key to my focus and your recovery in any aspect of your life.
My desire is to provide my clients a clear perspective, free from the clutter that is likely clouding judgment, understanding, or perspective. Together we can navigate the issues and concerns and create a solution that is fitting for each client. Our solutions will ultimately be Specific to your needs - Measurable as your journey improves - Attainable as you gain more confidence - Realistic as you determine your strengths and weaknesses - Time sensitive as you regain your independence (SMART). These motivational factors will be key to my focus and your recovery in any aspect of your life.
(210) 981-3248 View (210) 981-3248
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Javier Escobar
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Garden Ridge, TX 78266
I work with adults and adolescents who feel stuck in patterns of anxiety and depression, or who are adapting to life challenges. You may feel that you're missing the immediacy and vitality of your life because your energy is sinking into habits of overthinking, arguing with yourself, and struggling with your emotions. You think there might be an easier way, but you're not sure how to begin un-learning years of self-blame and criticism. My focus is to provide quality, results oriented counseling services to individuals, families and couples.
I work with adults and adolescents who feel stuck in patterns of anxiety and depression, or who are adapting to life challenges. You may feel that you're missing the immediacy and vitality of your life because your energy is sinking into habits of overthinking, arguing with yourself, and struggling with your emotions. You think there might be an easier way, but you're not sure how to begin un-learning years of self-blame and criticism. My focus is to provide quality, results oriented counseling services to individuals, families and couples.
(855) 522-5753 View (855) 522-5753
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Courtney Moltzer
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Garden Ridge, TX 78266  (Online Only)
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. I received my Master's Degree in School Counseling and LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC).
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. I received my Master's Degree in School Counseling and LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC).
(737) 265-8249 View (737) 265-8249
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Brenda Banks
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Garden Ridge, TX 78266  (Online Only)
Are you dealing with symptoms associated with trauma, addictions or anxiety? Have you notice that you have little or no memories, trouble sleeping or concentrating? Is there increased stress in your life due to feeling emotionally overwhelm, depression, self destructive behavior, loss of sense of "who you are"? If so, I'd like to help you. I will focus on helping you cope with difficult feelings that can occur when faced with trauma or challenging life changes. Working together, I can help you learn ways to feel more in control, reduce your stress, improve your relationships, and reclaim joy and hope in your life.
Are you dealing with symptoms associated with trauma, addictions or anxiety? Have you notice that you have little or no memories, trouble sleeping or concentrating? Is there increased stress in your life due to feeling emotionally overwhelm, depression, self destructive behavior, loss of sense of "who you are"? If so, I'd like to help you. I will focus on helping you cope with difficult feelings that can occur when faced with trauma or challenging life changes. Working together, I can help you learn ways to feel more in control, reduce your stress, improve your relationships, and reclaim joy and hope in your life.
(737) 367-1442 View (737) 367-1442

More Therapists Nearby

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Linda M Mockeridge
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Converse, TX 78109  (Online Only)
My experience spans an understanding of depression, addiction issues, adolescent and young adult struggles and the dynamic issues of relationships.
Many times, we have stressors and issues that impact our lives. When sleep or appetite is affected, functioning at work or home is compromised it may help to explore these concerns with a professional to find solutions and relief.
My experience spans an understanding of depression, addiction issues, adolescent and young adult struggles and the dynamic issues of relationships.
Many times, we have stressors and issues that impact our lives. When sleep or appetite is affected, functioning at work or home is compromised it may help to explore these concerns with a professional to find solutions and relief.
(210) 255-2403 View (210) 255-2403
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Nolan Martinez
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NBCC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78259
I work with couples, families, and individuals (teens, kids, and adults). Do you want to experience things like growth, change, and healing? Are you experiencing grief, trauma (PTSD), addiction, anxiety, depression, or psychosis? Do you take medication, but it feels like something is missing or off? Maybe it’s something else. I help by treating the SOURCE of what you are facing, and I help with the day-to-day and the past of how to deal with the source, so you can be your best self. The source is a ‘root cause’ or a ‘seed’ of how it started.
I work with couples, families, and individuals (teens, kids, and adults). Do you want to experience things like growth, change, and healing? Are you experiencing grief, trauma (PTSD), addiction, anxiety, depression, or psychosis? Do you take medication, but it feels like something is missing or off? Maybe it’s something else. I help by treating the SOURCE of what you are facing, and I help with the day-to-day and the past of how to deal with the source, so you can be your best self. The source is a ‘root cause’ or a ‘seed’ of how it started.
(210) 309-2006 View (210) 309-2006
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Dr. Amy Kemter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, DSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Universal City, TX 78148
I specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, and mindfulness strategies to overcome trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, and relationship problems.
Life is a constant process of change-and sometimes that change can seem so overwhelming that we may feel too stuck to move. I work with individuals who recognize that growth is needed; however, the fear of change can make us compare ourselves to others, silence us from saying what our heart needs to say, stop us from growing, and imprison us with the "what ifs". My job is to help you find your inner strength and voice to grow, break unhealthy habits, reach goals, and recover from the pain of your past.
I specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, and mindfulness strategies to overcome trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, and relationship problems.
Life is a constant process of change-and sometimes that change can seem so overwhelming that we may feel too stuck to move. I work with individuals who recognize that growth is needed; however, the fear of change can make us compare ourselves to others, silence us from saying what our heart needs to say, stop us from growing, and imprison us with the "what ifs". My job is to help you find your inner strength and voice to grow, break unhealthy habits, reach goals, and recover from the pain of your past.
(210) 405-1218 View (210) 405-1218
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Abraham Marshall
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S, LCDC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78217
I have over 25 years counseling experience as both a mental health and substance abuse counselor. Some of those years were as a Psychiatric Medic in the military, including the Gulf War. I am committed to counseling those who are struggling with life adversities, trials and tribulations who are suffering from mood disorders, anxiety, grief, stress, substance abuse, relationship issues, and issues concerning parents of LGBT children, as well as other life stressors or disorders. I counsel mostly adults from ages 18 to 64. I use the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a primary approach to conduct therapy.
I have over 25 years counseling experience as both a mental health and substance abuse counselor. Some of those years were as a Psychiatric Medic in the military, including the Gulf War. I am committed to counseling those who are struggling with life adversities, trials and tribulations who are suffering from mood disorders, anxiety, grief, stress, substance abuse, relationship issues, and issues concerning parents of LGBT children, as well as other life stressors or disorders. I counsel mostly adults from ages 18 to 64. I use the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a primary approach to conduct therapy.
(210) 880-2135 View (210) 880-2135
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Isela Vilchis
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78259  (Online Only)
Having worked with clients dealing with addiction, trauma and relationship conflict for over a decade, I have developed a set of tools with proven results to identify the root of the challenges and start the healing process.
Hi! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) based in San Antonio, Texas. I received my Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southwestern Assemblies of God and have been practicing for over 10 years. I help adults struggling with addictions, trauma and relationships issues.
Having worked with clients dealing with addiction, trauma and relationship conflict for over a decade, I have developed a set of tools with proven results to identify the root of the challenges and start the healing process.
Hi! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) based in San Antonio, Texas. I received my Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southwestern Assemblies of God and have been practicing for over 10 years. I help adults struggling with addictions, trauma and relationships issues.
(210) 964-4887 View (210) 964-4887
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Jessica Garcia
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
I've had the opportunity of working with clients ages 14 and above struggling with symptoms of PTSD, ADHD, substance use, depression, anxiety and hallucinations.
Creating a space where one can feel emotionally safe; yet, challenged their growth is what I strive for in my sessions. Within my developmental approach, I emphasize the mind-body connection so that you can eventually develop that safe space for yourself.
I've had the opportunity of working with clients ages 14 and above struggling with symptoms of PTSD, ADHD, substance use, depression, anxiety and hallucinations.
Creating a space where one can feel emotionally safe; yet, challenged their growth is what I strive for in my sessions. Within my developmental approach, I emphasize the mind-body connection so that you can eventually develop that safe space for yourself.
(830) 505-5891 View (830) 505-5891
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Larry Gerald Williamson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCDC
Verified Verified
Live Oak, TX 78233
I specialize in providing counseling and treatment to those who are struggling with alcohol and substance abuse and dependence.
Do you ever find yourself feeling anxious or fearful without knowing why? Do you feel like life’s difficulties are overwhelming you? If you do, you are not alone. The challenges of everyday life, can at times become overwhelming for us all. It is at times like these when we need the guidance, support and a positive perspective from a trained professional. You may not believe it, but the answers to your struggles and challenges lie within you. As your therapist, I will utilize a goal directed collaborative approach to help you identify your needs and goals to achieve the life that you desire.
I specialize in providing counseling and treatment to those who are struggling with alcohol and substance abuse and dependence.
Do you ever find yourself feeling anxious or fearful without knowing why? Do you feel like life’s difficulties are overwhelming you? If you do, you are not alone. The challenges of everyday life, can at times become overwhelming for us all. It is at times like these when we need the guidance, support and a positive perspective from a trained professional. You may not believe it, but the answers to your struggles and challenges lie within you. As your therapist, I will utilize a goal directed collaborative approach to help you identify your needs and goals to achieve the life that you desire.
(210) 645-5542 View (210) 645-5542
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Gordon Shaw Leith
Counselor, MA, LPC-S, MAC, SAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78239  (Online Only)
Specializing in depression, anxiety, addiction, and compulsive behaviors, I offer a compassionate approach to healing.
My primary focus in counseling is helping people who have difficulty with their emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Frankly, there are as many issues as there are people. Everyone is unique. I have acquired specialties in helping individuals with problems over the years that include hypnotherapy, brief counseling and consultations, employee back-to-work evaluations, organizational development projects, and consultations for mgrs seeking services for on-site injury or deaths. But if you are someone who is struggling with stress and worry, or self-esteem problems, I'm sure we can help there, too
Specializing in depression, anxiety, addiction, and compulsive behaviors, I offer a compassionate approach to healing.
My primary focus in counseling is helping people who have difficulty with their emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Frankly, there are as many issues as there are people. Everyone is unique. I have acquired specialties in helping individuals with problems over the years that include hypnotherapy, brief counseling and consultations, employee back-to-work evaluations, organizational development projects, and consultations for mgrs seeking services for on-site injury or deaths. But if you are someone who is struggling with stress and worry, or self-esteem problems, I'm sure we can help there, too
(726) 600-8608 View (726) 600-8608
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Jamey Hinman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCDC, EMDR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78233
I work with trauma, addiction, adjustment disorders, relationship issues including aspects of self and others as well conflict resolution.
I believe recovery and growth is a deeply personal individualized experience. I feel privileged being a part of each clients journey. Empathy, compassion, self-worth, vulnerability & relationships with yourself & others are areas that I can help you with on your journey to healing, growing and excelling. Finding the right counselor is paramount to achieving success. I’m an Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) & Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). I received both my B.A. in Psychology & M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M. I’ve worked in various settings such as private practice, outpatient & residential.
I work with trauma, addiction, adjustment disorders, relationship issues including aspects of self and others as well conflict resolution.
I believe recovery and growth is a deeply personal individualized experience. I feel privileged being a part of each clients journey. Empathy, compassion, self-worth, vulnerability & relationships with yourself & others are areas that I can help you with on your journey to healing, growing and excelling. Finding the right counselor is paramount to achieving success. I’m an Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) & Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). I received both my B.A. in Psychology & M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M. I’ve worked in various settings such as private practice, outpatient & residential.
(830) 310-6112 View (830) 310-6112
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Nikkala Kordzik
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, RPT, LCDC, NCC
Verified Verified
Cibolo, TX 78108
I specialize in counseling children, adolescents, and adults, who are experiencing anxiety, ADD/ADHD, and life transitions, as well as career and substance use concerns. I also provide play therapy services to children and teenagers, and counsel Texas clients in-office and via telehealth. I offer flexible counseling appointment times, including daytime, evening, and weekend appointments. I provide individualized and holistic counseling techniques, and help clients create solutions to meet their goals and needs. Visit my website at www.solutionfocusedcounselingtexas.com and call me at (830) 376-2657, today to schedule an appointment!
I specialize in counseling children, adolescents, and adults, who are experiencing anxiety, ADD/ADHD, and life transitions, as well as career and substance use concerns. I also provide play therapy services to children and teenagers, and counsel Texas clients in-office and via telehealth. I offer flexible counseling appointment times, including daytime, evening, and weekend appointments. I provide individualized and holistic counseling techniques, and help clients create solutions to meet their goals and needs. Visit my website at www.solutionfocusedcounselingtexas.com and call me at (830) 376-2657, today to schedule an appointment!
(830) 376-2657 View (830) 376-2657
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Julie Chinni- Crossroads Wellness Llc
Licensed Professional Counselor, MC, LPC
Verified Verified
Cibolo, TX 78108
I am a licensed counselor in TX with experience helping pre-teens, teens, and adults. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including substance abuse, depression, self-harm, anxiety, relationship issues, ADHD, ODD, and emotional and physical abuse. I have also helped clients cope with current and past trauma.
I am a licensed counselor in TX with experience helping pre-teens, teens, and adults. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including substance abuse, depression, self-harm, anxiety, relationship issues, ADHD, ODD, and emotional and physical abuse. I have also helped clients cope with current and past trauma.
(830) 580-2919 View (830) 580-2919

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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.