Addiction Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Allison Gutscher
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, SUDPT, RYT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103
Waitlist for new clients
I am passionate about supporting folks struggling with addiction.
I work from a holistic, trauma-informed lens and offer a unique combo of talk and somatic therapy. A deeper level of healing can be achieved when we tap into the innate wisdom of the body to cultivate body-mind integration. My somatic approach is informed by yoga therapy, Polyvagal Theory, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Together we get to know and befriend the nervous system and build new pathways toward connection and safety. My therapeutic yoga offerings support every-body. Clients are empowered to reclaim a greater sense of choice and respect for their bodies as they develop their resiliency.
I am passionate about supporting folks struggling with addiction.
I work from a holistic, trauma-informed lens and offer a unique combo of talk and somatic therapy. A deeper level of healing can be achieved when we tap into the innate wisdom of the body to cultivate body-mind integration. My somatic approach is informed by yoga therapy, Polyvagal Theory, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Together we get to know and befriend the nervous system and build new pathways toward connection and safety. My therapeutic yoga offerings support every-body. Clients are empowered to reclaim a greater sense of choice and respect for their bodies as they develop their resiliency.
(206) 222-6134 View (206) 222-6134
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Brad Galvin: EMDR Intensives
Counselor, MS, LMHC, LPC, SUDP, ICGC-II
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98101
Welcome to my practice! I specialize in EMDR intensives - 90-minute to 3-hour sessions done in-person in Seattle or by video anywhere in Florida, Washington or Alaska. Designed to heal deeply-rooted habit patterns and the negative effects of unresolved trauma and addictive disorders including substance abuse, relationship addiction, and disordered gambling, these sessions are intended to jump start your healing. With over 5,000 hours' experience using EMDR, I can effectively tailor treatment to your unique needs. As an IFS-informed psychotherapist, I seek to honor all parts of you as we do the deep work of healing old pain.
Welcome to my practice! I specialize in EMDR intensives - 90-minute to 3-hour sessions done in-person in Seattle or by video anywhere in Florida, Washington or Alaska. Designed to heal deeply-rooted habit patterns and the negative effects of unresolved trauma and addictive disorders including substance abuse, relationship addiction, and disordered gambling, these sessions are intended to jump start your healing. With over 5,000 hours' experience using EMDR, I can effectively tailor treatment to your unique needs. As an IFS-informed psychotherapist, I seek to honor all parts of you as we do the deep work of healing old pain.
(206) 487-1942 View (206) 487-1942
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Michael A Galloway
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LMFT, SUDP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103
My practice specializes in mental health, family life, trauma, and addiction recovery for adolescents and adults. I have expertise in treating co-occurring issues of addiction, depression, anxiety, adjustment and trauma. I provide couples counseling and family therapy and have much success with persons for whom therapy has not been helpful. I help families and individuals face issues of addiction and offer alternatives to 12-step programs. My approach is relational, existential and focuses on making meaningful changes. I integrate principles and strategies of change derived from interpersonal neurobiology and affect regulation.
My practice specializes in mental health, family life, trauma, and addiction recovery for adolescents and adults. I have expertise in treating co-occurring issues of addiction, depression, anxiety, adjustment and trauma. I provide couples counseling and family therapy and have much success with persons for whom therapy has not been helpful. I help families and individuals face issues of addiction and offer alternatives to 12-step programs. My approach is relational, existential and focuses on making meaningful changes. I integrate principles and strategies of change derived from interpersonal neurobiology and affect regulation.
(206) 752-5702 View (206) 752-5702
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Patrick James Hart
Counselor, PsyD, LMHC, MHP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
Private Addiction Treatment | Family Intervention Specialist for Alcohol Drug Crisis Prevention: Evidence based cognitive behavior therapy that goes far beyond the mundane alcohol drug addiction "rehabilitation" programs model.
Mental Health Counseling in Seattle | Psychotherapy Private Practice: Psychotherapist and counselor for problems of depression and anxiety. Therapy for panic disorder, generalized anxiety, post traumatic stress, simple phobia, anger management, stress reduction, social anxiety, phobias and avoidance. I help people by providing skills based therapy to assure you effectively manage your moods, emotions and behavior. I'll help you learn the competencies to resolve unwanted life defeating habits. Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Learn effective personal solutions from anxiety and panic to sex & pornography addiction - lasting behavior change. Thanks for your interest in my practice! I'm just a phone call away!
Private Addiction Treatment | Family Intervention Specialist for Alcohol Drug Crisis Prevention: Evidence based cognitive behavior therapy that goes far beyond the mundane alcohol drug addiction "rehabilitation" programs model.
Mental Health Counseling in Seattle | Psychotherapy Private Practice: Psychotherapist and counselor for problems of depression and anxiety. Therapy for panic disorder, generalized anxiety, post traumatic stress, simple phobia, anger management, stress reduction, social anxiety, phobias and avoidance. I help people by providing skills based therapy to assure you effectively manage your moods, emotions and behavior. I'll help you learn the competencies to resolve unwanted life defeating habits. Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Learn effective personal solutions from anxiety and panic to sex & pornography addiction - lasting behavior change. Thanks for your interest in my practice! I'm just a phone call away!
(253) 642-7941 View (253) 642-7941
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Kat Allen
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98136
I specialize in relationships, emotional regulation, anxiety-depression, trauma, and addiction.
Experienced and insightful, I help clients find their way back to themselves and their relationships by increasing curiosity, compassion, and insight through the ability to self-reflect. Employing mindfulness, emotionally-focused and body-awareness therapies along with traditional talk therapy, I share ways to recognize ineffective patterns, increase somatic and emotional intelligence, understand and develop new coping skills, and enhance empathy and positivity.
I specialize in relationships, emotional regulation, anxiety-depression, trauma, and addiction.
Experienced and insightful, I help clients find their way back to themselves and their relationships by increasing curiosity, compassion, and insight through the ability to self-reflect. Employing mindfulness, emotionally-focused and body-awareness therapies along with traditional talk therapy, I share ways to recognize ineffective patterns, increase somatic and emotional intelligence, understand and develop new coping skills, and enhance empathy and positivity.
(206) 745-6322 View (206) 745-6322
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Joshua Aaron Ginzler
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
My mission is to help people & families understand their emotions so that they are less likely to be reactive & more likely to be responsive in life. During my earlier career as a research psychologist at the University of Washington I focused on working with youth & adults facing issues of homelessness & substance use problems. As a result I also studied & work with treatments for suicidality, personality issues, & a wide array of stress related disorders.
My mission is to help people & families understand their emotions so that they are less likely to be reactive & more likely to be responsive in life. During my earlier career as a research psychologist at the University of Washington I focused on working with youth & adults facing issues of homelessness & substance use problems. As a result I also studied & work with treatments for suicidality, personality issues, & a wide array of stress related disorders.
(206) 558-9142 View (206) 558-9142
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Sober SoulTide Coaching with Your Sober Guide
Counselor, LMHCA, CDPT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98155  (Online Only)
Welcome to Sober SoulTide, a coaching program uniquely designed for those seeking not just sobriety but a transformative lifestyle change. My approach integrates a rich tapestry of professional knowledge with a decade of personal experience in sobriety and motherhood. With a Master's in Addiction Studies and a specialization in cooccurring disorders, alongside certification in mental wellness coaching, I offer a comprehensive program that addresses the multifaceted nature of recovery and well-being.
Welcome to Sober SoulTide, a coaching program uniquely designed for those seeking not just sobriety but a transformative lifestyle change. My approach integrates a rich tapestry of professional knowledge with a decade of personal experience in sobriety and motherhood. With a Master's in Addiction Studies and a specialization in cooccurring disorders, alongside certification in mental wellness coaching, I offer a comprehensive program that addresses the multifaceted nature of recovery and well-being.
(425) 549-9749 View (425) 549-9749
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Amy C Zoloth
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CDP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102
I am experienced in the areas of addiction/recovery, anxiety, depression, stress management, trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, life transitions, family reunification and reconciliation.
I work with individuals and families through a multitude of issues. I enjoy working with and am passionate about adolescents and families with adolescents. The teen years are such a layered and sometimes difficult period in life that often impacts the entire family, I enjoy helping families to better communicate and connect in order to preserve and improve family functioning.
I am experienced in the areas of addiction/recovery, anxiety, depression, stress management, trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, life transitions, family reunification and reconciliation.
I work with individuals and families through a multitude of issues. I enjoy working with and am passionate about adolescents and families with adolescents. The teen years are such a layered and sometimes difficult period in life that often impacts the entire family, I enjoy helping families to better communicate and connect in order to preserve and improve family functioning.
(206) 639-2839 View (206) 639-2839
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Stephen J Delaney
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
I help individuals improve the quality of their lives and life experiences. My work for the past eight years has been focused on general practice with a specialty in addiction and co-dependency all within a relaxed and respectful environment. I work with individuals and couples to promote hope, health, and wellness by creating a safe space conducive to facilitating change, reflection, and interpersonal growth. My goal is that each person feels supported to become the best possible expression of themselves, in a responsive and non-judgmental environment.
I help individuals improve the quality of their lives and life experiences. My work for the past eight years has been focused on general practice with a specialty in addiction and co-dependency all within a relaxed and respectful environment. I work with individuals and couples to promote hope, health, and wellness by creating a safe space conducive to facilitating change, reflection, and interpersonal growth. My goal is that each person feels supported to become the best possible expression of themselves, in a responsive and non-judgmental environment.
(206) 966-4294 View (206) 966-4294
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Connie Lawson
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, SUPT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103
Waitlist for new clients
I first became an addiction counselor in 2017 and supported those struggling with substance use concerns, implementing a harm-reduction approach.
I am a believer in the power of therapy for everyone. We all need a safe place to vent, feel validated in our experiences and be able to process the difficult parts of life. Humor and hope are two key elements of my work with clients. I have been working as a counselor for over 8 years and have found that through humor, collaboration and understanding- we can make incredible leaps towards healing and becoming our best selves. I look forward to guiding you along this journey.
I first became an addiction counselor in 2017 and supported those struggling with substance use concerns, implementing a harm-reduction approach.
I am a believer in the power of therapy for everyone. We all need a safe place to vent, feel validated in our experiences and be able to process the difficult parts of life. Humor and hope are two key elements of my work with clients. I have been working as a counselor for over 8 years and have found that through humor, collaboration and understanding- we can make incredible leaps towards healing and becoming our best selves. I look forward to guiding you along this journey.
(206) 984-7277 View (206) 984-7277
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Maria Costello
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98155  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with individuals struggling with trauma, codependency, and alcohol and substance use. I understand the interconnected nature of these challenges and the profound impact they can have on one's life and ability to cope with day to day stressors. I work collaboratively with clients to navigate through their struggles and cultivate resilience, self-awareness, and empowerment. Whether you're seeking support in breaking free from addictive patterns, unraveling the dynamics of codependency, or healing from past traumas, I'm here to provide a safe and compassionate space for your journey towards transformation.
I specialize in working with individuals struggling with trauma, codependency, and alcohol and substance use. I understand the interconnected nature of these challenges and the profound impact they can have on one's life and ability to cope with day to day stressors. I work collaboratively with clients to navigate through their struggles and cultivate resilience, self-awareness, and empowerment. Whether you're seeking support in breaking free from addictive patterns, unraveling the dynamics of codependency, or healing from past traumas, I'm here to provide a safe and compassionate space for your journey towards transformation.
(206) 594-5154 View (206) 594-5154
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Mark L Rose
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, CDP, ICRC, CIP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
I am an interventionist and an addictions therapist. My ideal client is family, employer, individual, and stakeholders that need addiction services and family consultation. I have worked extensively with families and persons of concern in guiding them to treatment. I work with clients with a need for referral to follow up services following treatment such as therapy, psychiatry, medical, dental, and legal. I specialize in coaching and case managing the addicted in this phase of their recovery.
I am an interventionist and an addictions therapist. My ideal client is family, employer, individual, and stakeholders that need addiction services and family consultation. I have worked extensively with families and persons of concern in guiding them to treatment. I work with clients with a need for referral to follow up services following treatment such as therapy, psychiatry, medical, dental, and legal. I specialize in coaching and case managing the addicted in this phase of their recovery.
(206) 785-3835 View (206) 785-3835
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Thomas P Essex
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, SUDP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98136  (Online Only)
Perhaps this involves death, chronic illness, substance dependence, family discord, infertility, or marital difficulties.
Life is unpredictable and difficult at times. Things don’t always work out the way we planned or expected they would. When we find ourselves out of balance and upset; it can be helpful to talk about our thoughts and feelings with someone who will listen. In a safe space, it will be easier to consider what is working for you and what is not. I’d like to offer you that safe space and to help you by listening and discussing your situation and experience. I believe in the strength and resiliency of each individual. I know you possess the power to regain balance in your life and I’d like to help you do that.
Perhaps this involves death, chronic illness, substance dependence, family discord, infertility, or marital difficulties.
Life is unpredictable and difficult at times. Things don’t always work out the way we planned or expected they would. When we find ourselves out of balance and upset; it can be helpful to talk about our thoughts and feelings with someone who will listen. In a safe space, it will be easier to consider what is working for you and what is not. I’d like to offer you that safe space and to help you by listening and discussing your situation and experience. I believe in the strength and resiliency of each individual. I know you possess the power to regain balance in your life and I’d like to help you do that.
(206) 401-8627 View (206) 401-8627
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Eileen Scholtz, PLLC
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, SUDPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I am a Washington mental health and substance use professional that works with adult individuals seeking support for their mental health and/or issues related to substance use and addiction. I believe in approaching clients from a holistic perspective to connect mind, body, and spirit by collaborating and acting as a member of their team. I hope to work with individuals to understand the potential and authenticity we all innately hold and be a supportive ally. I work from a social justice and anti-oppression framework because I believe that providing compassion and understanding is not based on linear imperialist belief systems.
I am a Washington mental health and substance use professional that works with adult individuals seeking support for their mental health and/or issues related to substance use and addiction. I believe in approaching clients from a holistic perspective to connect mind, body, and spirit by collaborating and acting as a member of their team. I hope to work with individuals to understand the potential and authenticity we all innately hold and be a supportive ally. I work from a social justice and anti-oppression framework because I believe that providing compassion and understanding is not based on linear imperialist belief systems.
(206) 752-6369 View (206) 752-6369
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Jessamyn Dean
Counselor, LMHC, MAC, SUDP, SD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103
Waitlist for new clients
Spirituality is the foundation of the form of synthesized addiction and mental health counseling I offer. My clients engage in the powerful experience of looking within to reconnect with their own Self, which powerfully transforms relationships with others, and most importantly, the relationship with oneself. Throughout this individualized process, clients are better able to release self-destructive thought and behavior patterns, which greatly enhances the quality of life. I have counseled many in and out of addiction recovery and am well versed in spiritual recovery methods and trauma-informed healing modalities.
Spirituality is the foundation of the form of synthesized addiction and mental health counseling I offer. My clients engage in the powerful experience of looking within to reconnect with their own Self, which powerfully transforms relationships with others, and most importantly, the relationship with oneself. Throughout this individualized process, clients are better able to release self-destructive thought and behavior patterns, which greatly enhances the quality of life. I have counseled many in and out of addiction recovery and am well versed in spiritual recovery methods and trauma-informed healing modalities.
(206) 965-8033 View (206) 965-8033
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Molly Laich
Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC, TLLP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
Is that you? I specialize in depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, addiction, work/life balance, narrative therapy and more.
When times get hard, having someone in your corner can make all the difference. I approach therapy from a holistic, client-centered perspective. My goal is to help you navigate the challenges in your life by working together to make real, lasting changes for the better. My approach is at once compassionate and pragmatic, and my work with clients is never one-size-fits-all. I want to get to know who you are, what’s been working for you and what needs work. From there, we can work together to build a treatment plan tailored to your lifestyle and goals, on your timeline, with you in mind.
Is that you? I specialize in depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, addiction, work/life balance, narrative therapy and more.
When times get hard, having someone in your corner can make all the difference. I approach therapy from a holistic, client-centered perspective. My goal is to help you navigate the challenges in your life by working together to make real, lasting changes for the better. My approach is at once compassionate and pragmatic, and my work with clients is never one-size-fits-all. I want to get to know who you are, what’s been working for you and what needs work. From there, we can work together to build a treatment plan tailored to your lifestyle and goals, on your timeline, with you in mind.
(248) 422-0447 View (248) 422-0447
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John White
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, CMHS
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117
Experience with: Youth and adolescents struggling with mental health and/or substance use disorders.
Now accepting clients via teletherapy. Teletherapy is secure and easy to use: you simply need access to strong WiFi or cellular, privacy, and a smartphone/tablet/laptop. As a therapist with more than 13 years’ experience in the Seattle area, I provide strengths-based, solution-focused mental health therapy to clients from diverse backgrounds. I specialize in working with young adults, adolescents, and their families. I also frequently work with men and women to address addiction, work performance, relationship challenges, and other life stressors.
Experience with: Youth and adolescents struggling with mental health and/or substance use disorders.
Now accepting clients via teletherapy. Teletherapy is secure and easy to use: you simply need access to strong WiFi or cellular, privacy, and a smartphone/tablet/laptop. As a therapist with more than 13 years’ experience in the Seattle area, I provide strengths-based, solution-focused mental health therapy to clients from diverse backgrounds. I specialize in working with young adults, adolescents, and their families. I also frequently work with men and women to address addiction, work performance, relationship challenges, and other life stressors.
(360) 810-5480 View (360) 810-5480
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Jaime Moss
Counselor, LMHC, SUDP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104
Life not quite what you expected? Come in and we can turn it around together. I have training and experience with a variety of issues including substance and non-substance addictions, deafness and hearing loss, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, adjusting to life changes, grief and loss, divorce, identifying and evolving toward life goals. Intimacy, improving self-esteem, self-confidence, and ability to communicate are often areas that people chose to work on. Sharing your life with another can be joyful and difficult. Therapy is a neutral place to explore the relationship.
Life not quite what you expected? Come in and we can turn it around together. I have training and experience with a variety of issues including substance and non-substance addictions, deafness and hearing loss, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, adjusting to life changes, grief and loss, divorce, identifying and evolving toward life goals. Intimacy, improving self-esteem, self-confidence, and ability to communicate are often areas that people chose to work on. Sharing your life with another can be joyful and difficult. Therapy is a neutral place to explore the relationship.
(206) 278-3439 View (206) 278-3439
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Darby Robertson | Deep Roots Counseling
Mental Health Counselor Associate, MA, LMHCA, MHP, SUDPT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I enjoy helping clients explore their identity, relationships, and family of origin, and working with folks to address anxiety, shame, grief, and addictive behaviors—ranging from substance use to codependency to perfectionism.
Whether you're hoping to process past events, address specific patterns of behavior, or figure out how to navigate an uncharacteristically difficult time—I'm glad you're here. I offer a warm, supportive environment for clients to explore the parts of themselves and their experiences that feel challenging, shameful, or unknown. Using an attachment-based approach, my goal is to assist you in better understanding yourself, the people around you, and how your relationships and life experiences have shaped who you are. Together, we will pursue deeper insight, growth, connection, and healing.
I enjoy helping clients explore their identity, relationships, and family of origin, and working with folks to address anxiety, shame, grief, and addictive behaviors—ranging from substance use to codependency to perfectionism.
Whether you're hoping to process past events, address specific patterns of behavior, or figure out how to navigate an uncharacteristically difficult time—I'm glad you're here. I offer a warm, supportive environment for clients to explore the parts of themselves and their experiences that feel challenging, shameful, or unknown. Using an attachment-based approach, my goal is to assist you in better understanding yourself, the people around you, and how your relationships and life experiences have shaped who you are. Together, we will pursue deeper insight, growth, connection, and healing.
(206) 672-6529 View (206) 672-6529
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Esau McMorris
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MS, MHCA, LADACII, MAC, QCS
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I am highly experienced in mental health and addiction counseling, There comes a point when all your emotional resources seem to fail, and you're faced with a situation that doesn't have a textbook answer. At this point, you must realize that most problems aren't solved- they're outgrown. This shift in perspective leads to a deeper understanding. I specialize in providing support to individuals dealing with severe addiction, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and adjustment disorder. My approach is centered on helping individuals understand themselves and avoid overidentifying with their issues.
I am highly experienced in mental health and addiction counseling, There comes a point when all your emotional resources seem to fail, and you're faced with a situation that doesn't have a textbook answer. At this point, you must realize that most problems aren't solved- they're outgrown. This shift in perspective leads to a deeper understanding. I specialize in providing support to individuals dealing with severe addiction, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and adjustment disorder. My approach is centered on helping individuals understand themselves and avoid overidentifying with their issues.
(629) 217-2535 View (629) 217-2535
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.