Addiction Therapists in Universal City, TX

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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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Teresa Bethany
Marriage & Family Therapist, MEd, LMFT
Verified Verified
Universal City, TX 78148  (Online Only)
For the past 10 years, I have worked with at-risk populations from addiction/substance recovery to family violence and sexual assault survivors ranging in ages from adolescents to adults.
Your present circumstances do not determine where you go...they merely determine where you start. — Nido Qubein. Hello! I'm glad you are here. I believe in meeting my clients where they are, providing a safe space to process and learn, and helping them overcome obstacles preventing personal growth. Working through a cognitive-behavioral lens, we will work towards identifying patterns of thoughts and behaviors that do not align with goals for yourself and your relationships.
For the past 10 years, I have worked with at-risk populations from addiction/substance recovery to family violence and sexual assault survivors ranging in ages from adolescents to adults.
Your present circumstances do not determine where you go...they merely determine where you start. — Nido Qubein. Hello! I'm glad you are here. I believe in meeting my clients where they are, providing a safe space to process and learn, and helping them overcome obstacles preventing personal growth. Working through a cognitive-behavioral lens, we will work towards identifying patterns of thoughts and behaviors that do not align with goals for yourself and your relationships.
(210) 972-5852 View (210) 972-5852
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Tisdale Counseling Service
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Universal City, TX 78148
* Adults, * Anxiety, * Couples, * Depression,* EMDR, * Grief/Loss, * Life Coaching, * Meditation, * Mood Disorders, * Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, * Relationships, * Self Esteem, * Spiritual Issues, * Stress, * Substance Abuse, * Trauma.
I am a therapist who is empathetic, caring, and considerate. I can help you no matter how big or how little the situation or problem is. I have spent over half of my life helping people and truly believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I work with individuals, couples, same sex, and anyone wanting to be rid of pain or sorrow. I am here to help you. A call to my office is the first step.
* Adults, * Anxiety, * Couples, * Depression,* EMDR, * Grief/Loss, * Life Coaching, * Meditation, * Mood Disorders, * Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, * Relationships, * Self Esteem, * Spiritual Issues, * Stress, * Substance Abuse, * Trauma.
I am a therapist who is empathetic, caring, and considerate. I can help you no matter how big or how little the situation or problem is. I have spent over half of my life helping people and truly believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I work with individuals, couples, same sex, and anyone wanting to be rid of pain or sorrow. I am here to help you. A call to my office is the first step.
(210) 598-5054 View (210) 598-5054
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Purposed By Design, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS-A
Verified Verified
Universal City, TX 78148  (Online Only)
If you're asking how can your therapeutic needs be met, let me answer with the following statement: It is my passion to educate individuals about the impact of trauma and the ripple effect of resiliency. My personal and educational experience motivates my interest in helping children and adults experiencing trauma and toxic stress related issues. I often incorporate my own real-life experiences and personal stories in my sessions. It is my goal to purposely be transparent with the people I counsel and train. It helps to build healthy connections with others to ensure the therapeutic process and outcomes are successful.
If you're asking how can your therapeutic needs be met, let me answer with the following statement: It is my passion to educate individuals about the impact of trauma and the ripple effect of resiliency. My personal and educational experience motivates my interest in helping children and adults experiencing trauma and toxic stress related issues. I often incorporate my own real-life experiences and personal stories in my sessions. It is my goal to purposely be transparent with the people I counsel and train. It helps to build healthy connections with others to ensure the therapeutic process and outcomes are successful.
(210) 934-7559 View (210) 934-7559
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Peggy Avent
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Universal City, TX 78148  (Online Only)
I seek to provide a safe, encouraging, non-judgmental, Christian atmosphere where people can heal and feel empowered. I believe that God designed people to heal and live in harmony, but sometimes life's problems and past experiences get in the way. Traumatic experiences and/or destructive attitudes, addictions, or behaviors can have a detrimental impact on all aspects of life. I use EMDR, a remarkably effective and proven treatment for quickly healing old wounds and helping people embrace their own spiritual and emotional strengths.
I seek to provide a safe, encouraging, non-judgmental, Christian atmosphere where people can heal and feel empowered. I believe that God designed people to heal and live in harmony, but sometimes life's problems and past experiences get in the way. Traumatic experiences and/or destructive attitudes, addictions, or behaviors can have a detrimental impact on all aspects of life. I use EMDR, a remarkably effective and proven treatment for quickly healing old wounds and helping people embrace their own spiritual and emotional strengths.
(210) 796-6953 View (210) 796-6953
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Mary Moore LCSW L.Ac.- Acupuncture and Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LAC
Verified Verified
Universal City, TX 78148
Aberrations in the human condition can be very complex with roots that extend throughout the bio-psycho-social context. It often takes more than one treatment modality. I approach each client with an open mind to discover what will work in each client as I see them. Each client is given resources for self-discovery, self-healing, and self-empowerment.
Aberrations in the human condition can be very complex with roots that extend throughout the bio-psycho-social context. It often takes more than one treatment modality. I approach each client with an open mind to discover what will work in each client as I see them. Each client is given resources for self-discovery, self-healing, and self-empowerment.
(210) 591-8032 View (210) 591-8032

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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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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Frankie Jenkins Jr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Converse, TX 78109
I have experience in running psychoeducation and substance abuse groups with veterans.
I am a Licensed Master's Social Worker, Air force veteran who profoundly cares about life experience. I graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University. I am supervised by Jackson Wiggins LCSW-S. Life is hard, finding a good therapist shouldn't be. As a therapist, my goal is to create a safe space for you. I am aware that no two people are the same, so I work closely with clients to explore their concerns and therapeutic goals. Being vulnerable is one of the biggest hurdles when you are seeing a therapist. I build strong therapeutic bonds by being non-judgmental and open to your life experiences.
I have experience in running psychoeducation and substance abuse groups with veterans.
I am a Licensed Master's Social Worker, Air force veteran who profoundly cares about life experience. I graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University. I am supervised by Jackson Wiggins LCSW-S. Life is hard, finding a good therapist shouldn't be. As a therapist, my goal is to create a safe space for you. I am aware that no two people are the same, so I work closely with clients to explore their concerns and therapeutic goals. Being vulnerable is one of the biggest hurdles when you are seeing a therapist. I build strong therapeutic bonds by being non-judgmental and open to your life experiences.
(210) 791-9789 View (210) 791-9789
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Juanita Arredondo-Ortega
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Selma, TX 78154
My primary specialty is working with women who have experienced trauma, individuals with substance use disorders and any individual experiencing workplace stress.
As a first-generation Mexican-American, I am sensitive to the multi-cultural needs of my clients. I am fluent in Spanish and English and able to effectively provide therapy in the language in which the individual is most comfortable, in doing so, their goals have a higher probability of being achieved. My clinical experience has provided me with the abilities to work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues related to trauma, depression, stress management, grief, parental support, and substance use.
My primary specialty is working with women who have experienced trauma, individuals with substance use disorders and any individual experiencing workplace stress.
As a first-generation Mexican-American, I am sensitive to the multi-cultural needs of my clients. I am fluent in Spanish and English and able to effectively provide therapy in the language in which the individual is most comfortable, in doing so, their goals have a higher probability of being achieved. My clinical experience has provided me with the abilities to work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues related to trauma, depression, stress management, grief, parental support, and substance use.
(210) 446-4953 View (210) 446-4953
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Dr. James F. Whittenberg
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC-S, LCDC, NCC, ACS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Schertz, TX 78154  (Online Only)
I have trained other therapists in cutting-edge therapies for treatment of stress, anxiety, depression, anger, and addiction.
Some people fear therapy as intimidating. You can be assured that it is just a conversation, and I want to hear your story. You have the strength and resources to achieve any goals that you set in life, with just a little guidance. You can enjoy the process of therapy and learn to love yourself at a deeper level. Calling a therapist can create a little bit of anxiety, but few therapists are as down-to-earth as me. Just take a slow, deep breath and give me a call at (956) 271-8487 or visit our website at inmindout.com
I have trained other therapists in cutting-edge therapies for treatment of stress, anxiety, depression, anger, and addiction.
Some people fear therapy as intimidating. You can be assured that it is just a conversation, and I want to hear your story. You have the strength and resources to achieve any goals that you set in life, with just a little guidance. You can enjoy the process of therapy and learn to love yourself at a deeper level. Calling a therapist can create a little bit of anxiety, but few therapists are as down-to-earth as me. Just take a slow, deep breath and give me a call at (956) 271-8487 or visit our website at inmindout.com
(956) 271-8487 View (956) 271-8487
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Carlos Velazquez
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC, ADHD, -CCSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Schertz, TX 78154
Carlos Velazquez is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Army veteran whose professional therapeutic experience centers on working with traumatized adults and children of all ages and their families. Primarily within judicial and community organizations, he has worked with clients living with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, domestic violence, familial conflict, childhood behavioral challenges, and environmental hardships.
Carlos Velazquez is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Army veteran whose professional therapeutic experience centers on working with traumatized adults and children of all ages and their families. Primarily within judicial and community organizations, he has worked with clients living with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, domestic violence, familial conflict, childhood behavioral challenges, and environmental hardships.
(210) 750-4757 View (210) 750-4757
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Living Tree New Braunfels Counseling Center PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPCS, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Schertz, TX 78154
My professional experience includes working with our military services members and their dependents working through deployments, suicide, multiple relocation's, marital issues, PTSD and other issues that military families face. In addition, I have worked with families, teens and children on multiple issues such as depression, anxiety, family issues, divorce, substance abuse, anger management, grief and loss, parenting skills, domestic violence and adolescent issues. now offering mental health evals, fit for duty evaluations , custody evaluation , dwi evaluations and other and testing. Now offering supervision to LPC-A's
My professional experience includes working with our military services members and their dependents working through deployments, suicide, multiple relocation's, marital issues, PTSD and other issues that military families face. In addition, I have worked with families, teens and children on multiple issues such as depression, anxiety, family issues, divorce, substance abuse, anger management, grief and loss, parenting skills, domestic violence and adolescent issues. now offering mental health evals, fit for duty evaluations , custody evaluation , dwi evaluations and other and testing. Now offering supervision to LPC-A's
(210) 987-8367 View (210) 987-8367
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Nikkala Kordzik
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, RPT, LCDC, NCC
Verified Verified
Schertz, TX 78154
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
Schertz, TX 78154  (Online Only)
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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Laura Kotlowski
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCDC, NCC, CCTP, EMDR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Schertz, TX 78154
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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Alisa A Brzek Veteran
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Schertz, TX 78154
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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Munira Moiz Tajkhanji
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Selma, TX 78154
I am best suited to adults and teens who are struggling with stress, work and family issues, personal challenges and past trauma resolution. My approach to counseling includes creative methods to keep my clients engaged, goal setting and strength based techniques that empower the individual. Clients who really want to see results and are prepared to partner with their therapist will definitely see overall change as we work together to address their concerns.
I am best suited to adults and teens who are struggling with stress, work and family issues, personal challenges and past trauma resolution. My approach to counseling includes creative methods to keep my clients engaged, goal setting and strength based techniques that empower the individual. Clients who really want to see results and are prepared to partner with their therapist will definitely see overall change as we work together to address their concerns.
(210) 405-7275 View (210) 405-7275
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Dr. Amanda Strivings; Striving Onward Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Schertz, TX 78154  (Online Only)
Has your ability to continue "Striving Onward" been impacted? Our fundamental beliefs about ourselves and others are molded by our past experiences. These beliefs can either nourish life or be the root of profound distress, anxiety, depression, complex PTSD, and diminished resilience. They influence our values and the way we perceive and engage with the world and ourselves. Understanding our core beliefs, values, and their origins is crucial in restoring our identity, rediscovering our sense of meaning and purpose, and Striving Onward towards healing and well-being!
Has your ability to continue "Striving Onward" been impacted? Our fundamental beliefs about ourselves and others are molded by our past experiences. These beliefs can either nourish life or be the root of profound distress, anxiety, depression, complex PTSD, and diminished resilience. They influence our values and the way we perceive and engage with the world and ourselves. Understanding our core beliefs, values, and their origins is crucial in restoring our identity, rediscovering our sense of meaning and purpose, and Striving Onward towards healing and well-being!
(830) 218-1929 View (830) 218-1929
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CHART Counseling Services, Erin Smith-Spearman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Converse, TX 78109  (Online Only)
Are you ready to surrender to the fact that your way of managing your personal and professional life is only making things worse? If so, I am ready to jump in and help! I specialize in conflict resolution, restoring relationships, and improving personal, academic, and professional development. In addition, I help my clients work to identify, explore, address, and resolve any unprocessed traumas or stressors that may be affecting their ability to be the best version of themselves. I not only help clients become new people, I strive to promote change that can break family cycles and significantly improve the entire family's dynamic.
Are you ready to surrender to the fact that your way of managing your personal and professional life is only making things worse? If so, I am ready to jump in and help! I specialize in conflict resolution, restoring relationships, and improving personal, academic, and professional development. In addition, I help my clients work to identify, explore, address, and resolve any unprocessed traumas or stressors that may be affecting their ability to be the best version of themselves. I not only help clients become new people, I strive to promote change that can break family cycles and significantly improve the entire family's dynamic.
(210) 908-5198 View (210) 908-5198

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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.