Addiction Therapists in Milwaukee, WI

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Carly Klein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Waitlist for new clients
Your journey towards healing and self-discovery begins today! Carly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with her Substance Abuse Counseling in training license. Carly has eight years of direct clinical experience and specializes in working with adults with co-occurring substance use and mental health concerns, trauma, anxiety and depression disorders and individuals facing adversity. Carly uses a variety of techniques including Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Motivational Interviewing and Internal Family Systems.
Your journey towards healing and self-discovery begins today! Carly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with her Substance Abuse Counseling in training license. Carly has eight years of direct clinical experience and specializes in working with adults with co-occurring substance use and mental health concerns, trauma, anxiety and depression disorders and individuals facing adversity. Carly uses a variety of techniques including Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Motivational Interviewing and Internal Family Systems.
(414) 348-5349 x5 View (414) 348-5349 x5
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Dr. Joanne L. Barian Psy.D.HP. (Dr. Jo)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyDHP, MSW, LCSW, NCCAP, AAMFT
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53227  (Online Only)
I am currently practicing as an MSW, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, w/ a specialization in Marriage & Family Therapy, & a sub-specialty in substance abuse issues & addiction.
Surrender to what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be. Creating profound Peace, Love, Deep Fulfillment, & Spiritual Transformation and tapping into one's natural born potential. It Is Never Too Late To Be What You Were Meant To Become. BE – The best version of your Highest Self DO – The next “right thing” in becoming your “Authentic Self." HAVE – A new found freedom within yourself, to create the peace, love, happiness & fulfillment.
I am currently practicing as an MSW, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, w/ a specialization in Marriage & Family Therapy, & a sub-specialty in substance abuse issues & addiction.
Surrender to what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be. Creating profound Peace, Love, Deep Fulfillment, & Spiritual Transformation and tapping into one's natural born potential. It Is Never Too Late To Be What You Were Meant To Become. BE – The best version of your Highest Self DO – The next “right thing” in becoming your “Authentic Self." HAVE – A new found freedom within yourself, to create the peace, love, happiness & fulfillment.
(414) 501-2759 View (414) 501-2759
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American Behavioral Clinics
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53226
American Behavioral Clinics is an outpatient treatment facility that specializes in psychiatric and behavioral health services for children, teens, and adults. As a center of mental health excellence, we continually remove barriers to ensure quick access to the right care for our clients. We empower every individual with the opportunity to receive a full continuum of recovery-oriented and compassionate care that is built around our industry leading experts. Our clinical team delivers specialized treatment for people who suffer from a variety of mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, addiction issues, and more.
American Behavioral Clinics is an outpatient treatment facility that specializes in psychiatric and behavioral health services for children, teens, and adults. As a center of mental health excellence, we continually remove barriers to ensure quick access to the right care for our clients. We empower every individual with the opportunity to receive a full continuum of recovery-oriented and compassionate care that is built around our industry leading experts. Our clinical team delivers specialized treatment for people who suffer from a variety of mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, addiction issues, and more.
(414) 420-1681 View (414) 420-1681
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Amy Lynn Kerznar
Counselor, MS, LPC, SACIT, CCTP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53227  (Online Only)
Many people with trauma or PTSD also suffer from substance use issues . Feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, grief, depression, loneliness, feeling judged, and misunderstood are very normal. You may not trust the world around you and may not know how to cope with symptoms of trauma alone and will instead seek to numb your emotional turmoil. Both are lonely and isolating issues. Substance use is an outward manifestation of your pain and with supportive trauma and substance use counseling combined, your addiction can be treated as well as the underline symptoms that cause the need to numb your emotions and avoid your reality.
Many people with trauma or PTSD also suffer from substance use issues . Feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, grief, depression, loneliness, feeling judged, and misunderstood are very normal. You may not trust the world around you and may not know how to cope with symptoms of trauma alone and will instead seek to numb your emotional turmoil. Both are lonely and isolating issues. Substance use is an outward manifestation of your pain and with supportive trauma and substance use counseling combined, your addiction can be treated as well as the underline symptoms that cause the need to numb your emotions and avoid your reality.
(262) 383-4468 View (262) 383-4468
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Joleena Abrams
CCTSA, MA, CLC, CMEMI
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53201  (Online Only)
Joleena is Certified in the Treament of Sexual Addiction, is a Certified Betrayal Trauma Coach, a Certified Clinical Trauma and Addiction Specialist, with a Masters of Psychology in Grief Counseling, and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Joleena specializes in helping couples working through betrayal and addiction of all kinds. She also works with clients that are struggling with anxiety, addictive behaviors, depression, PTSD, emotional abuse, mental abuse and trauma of various kinds. Her passion is to provide a safe space for her clients and to walk hand-in-hand with them, guiding them through the healing process.
Joleena is Certified in the Treament of Sexual Addiction, is a Certified Betrayal Trauma Coach, a Certified Clinical Trauma and Addiction Specialist, with a Masters of Psychology in Grief Counseling, and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Joleena specializes in helping couples working through betrayal and addiction of all kinds. She also works with clients that are struggling with anxiety, addictive behaviors, depression, PTSD, emotional abuse, mental abuse and trauma of various kinds. Her passion is to provide a safe space for her clients and to walk hand-in-hand with them, guiding them through the healing process.
(414) 441-5732 View (414) 441-5732
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Mehwish Aqueel
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LPC, MSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53221
I have indepth experience and training in DBT Dialectical Behavior Therapy for treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorder, ADHD, PTSD, Trauma, Grief, Self-esteem, Stress, Anger-Management, Marriage Counseling, Parenting, Interpersonal Skills Development & Addiction.
“A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP” (Tao Te Ching) I am a National Board Certified Counselor specialized in Evidence Based Treatment. My treatment philosophy is to help Adolescents, Adults and families manage stressful life situations, relational stressors, embrace change, acceptance and meet challenging goals.
I have indepth experience and training in DBT Dialectical Behavior Therapy for treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorder, ADHD, PTSD, Trauma, Grief, Self-esteem, Stress, Anger-Management, Marriage Counseling, Parenting, Interpersonal Skills Development & Addiction.
“A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP” (Tao Te Ching) I am a National Board Certified Counselor specialized in Evidence Based Treatment. My treatment philosophy is to help Adolescents, Adults and families manage stressful life situations, relational stressors, embrace change, acceptance and meet challenging goals.
(414) 246-5601 View (414) 246-5601
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Patricia A Aniakudo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LPC, LCSW, CSAC, ICS
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53213  (Online Only)
Specialties: Addiction Specialist, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Anxiety Disorders, Bereavement-Grief Counseling, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Domestic Violence, Gay-Lesbian Issues, Gender Identity, Women's Issues, Mens Issues, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual-Physical Abuse, Stress Management, and Parenting.
My name is Patricia Aniakudo. I have over 30 years of experience in the field and am happy to walk with you on your path as you develop and meet your goals. A little bit about me; I have Master’s in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work. Over the years I have trained and specialized in multiple areas such as: gender specific treatment for women and men, filial (parent/child) therapy, trauma informed/trauma specific treatments including responding to and managing chronic community violence, Criminality, Violence in Families, Gambling, Addiction, Parenting & Co-Parenting. individuals/ families involved in multiple systems.
Specialties: Addiction Specialist, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Anxiety Disorders, Bereavement-Grief Counseling, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Domestic Violence, Gay-Lesbian Issues, Gender Identity, Women's Issues, Mens Issues, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual-Physical Abuse, Stress Management, and Parenting.
My name is Patricia Aniakudo. I have over 30 years of experience in the field and am happy to walk with you on your path as you develop and meet your goals. A little bit about me; I have Master’s in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work. Over the years I have trained and specialized in multiple areas such as: gender specific treatment for women and men, filial (parent/child) therapy, trauma informed/trauma specific treatments including responding to and managing chronic community violence, Criminality, Violence in Families, Gambling, Addiction, Parenting & Co-Parenting. individuals/ families involved in multiple systems.
(414) 626-0624 View (414) 626-0624
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Shawna Reiter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53215
My name is Shawna Reiter, and I was born to advocate for people. I started with an education in treating substance use disorders and worked my way up to a BS in Human Development and Family Studies. I then got a master's in social work and became credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am dually credentialed to treat substance use disorders and all types of mental illnesses.
My name is Shawna Reiter, and I was born to advocate for people. I started with an education in treating substance use disorders and worked my way up to a BS in Human Development and Family Studies. I then got a master's in social work and became credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am dually credentialed to treat substance use disorders and all types of mental illnesses.
(414) 877-8070 View (414) 877-8070
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West Grove Clinic, SC
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53222
WGC offers individual therapy for both mental health and addiction concerns.
West Grove Clinic (WGC) offers our patients comprehensive treatment. We provide you a knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate treatment team that works together to help provide you the best care. Additionally we do not believe in a 'cookie cutter' approach. We know everyone is unique and believe in individualized treatment. At this site we offer the following services: individual counseling and medication management.
WGC offers individual therapy for both mental health and addiction concerns.
West Grove Clinic (WGC) offers our patients comprehensive treatment. We provide you a knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate treatment team that works together to help provide you the best care. Additionally we do not believe in a 'cookie cutter' approach. We know everyone is unique and believe in individualized treatment. At this site we offer the following services: individual counseling and medication management.
(414) 810-4844 View (414) 810-4844
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Rachel Vohnoutka
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, SAC
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53202  (Online Only)
I am a dually-licensed telehealth therapist with 10 years of experience providing mental health and substance abuse counseling in the state of Wisconsin. I specialize in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders; I also regularly work with individuals struggling with substance abuse (AODA) concerns, self-harm, OCD, perfectionism, high stress, and with young adults/college students.
I am a dually-licensed telehealth therapist with 10 years of experience providing mental health and substance abuse counseling in the state of Wisconsin. I specialize in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders; I also regularly work with individuals struggling with substance abuse (AODA) concerns, self-harm, OCD, perfectionism, high stress, and with young adults/college students.
(608) 879-6895 View (608) 879-6895
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Many Roads Clinic
Counselor, MA, LPC, CSAC
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Many Roads Clinic (MRC), provides psychotherapy and other mental health services to a broad range of clients in the Milwaukee area. Inspired by the notion that there are many roads to recovery, MRC strives to meet the needs of it's clients by providing diverse, evidence based therapies and interventions that are personalized to each individual. We provide for a wide range of client issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, addictions, substance use, trauma, relationship/family issues, stress management, anger management and grief/loss. MRC provides a safe, warm and nurturing environment for clients to heal and grow.
Many Roads Clinic (MRC), provides psychotherapy and other mental health services to a broad range of clients in the Milwaukee area. Inspired by the notion that there are many roads to recovery, MRC strives to meet the needs of it's clients by providing diverse, evidence based therapies and interventions that are personalized to each individual. We provide for a wide range of client issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, addictions, substance use, trauma, relationship/family issues, stress management, anger management and grief/loss. MRC provides a safe, warm and nurturing environment for clients to heal and grow.
(414) 255-2563 View (414) 255-2563
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Katie McCulloch
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53202  (Online Only)
I provide a wide range of services, however, my expertise lies in the provision of trauma treatment, addiction, medical psychology, and psychological assessment.
Reflect on your life as it is today. What comes to mind? Are you content? Feeling overwhelmed? Make a change today. I am here to provide you with the guidance needed in order to live your best life. After all, when you choose to do things differently, you are choosing a different out come. "May your CHOICES reflect your HOPES, not your fears."(Nelson Mandela).
I provide a wide range of services, however, my expertise lies in the provision of trauma treatment, addiction, medical psychology, and psychological assessment.
Reflect on your life as it is today. What comes to mind? Are you content? Feeling overwhelmed? Make a change today. I am here to provide you with the guidance needed in order to live your best life. After all, when you choose to do things differently, you are choosing a different out come. "May your CHOICES reflect your HOPES, not your fears."(Nelson Mandela).
(262) 239-4697 View (262) 239-4697
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Lee Hildebrand
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Free phone consultations. I offer highly effective marriage and couples therapy, as well as individual therapy for substance abuse, sexual/internet addiction, depression, anxiety, life transitions, divorce, health/sports psychology, trauma (childhood, sexual, military), spiritual and other concerns. I also treat adolescents facing a wide variety of issues. My 18+ years of clinical experience include: VA Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI; Froedert Hospital, The Medical College of Wisconsin; VA Medical Center, Milwaukee; Marquette University Counseling Center; The Counseling Center of Milwaukee; St. Charles Youth and Family Agency.
Free phone consultations. I offer highly effective marriage and couples therapy, as well as individual therapy for substance abuse, sexual/internet addiction, depression, anxiety, life transitions, divorce, health/sports psychology, trauma (childhood, sexual, military), spiritual and other concerns. I also treat adolescents facing a wide variety of issues. My 18+ years of clinical experience include: VA Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI; Froedert Hospital, The Medical College of Wisconsin; VA Medical Center, Milwaukee; Marquette University Counseling Center; The Counseling Center of Milwaukee; St. Charles Youth and Family Agency.
(414) 446-3109 View (414) 446-3109
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Julie Ford
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT, CGT
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Waitlist for new clients
Are you living in a distressed or conflicted marriage? Connection with a skilled and compassionate therapist can help couples work through conflict and ease communication problems. I work with couples facing these issues, as well as infidelity, substance abuse, and lack of intimacy. I believe that by learning new skills, you can deal with problems in a healthier way. Relationships can grow through crisis, and deep healing is possible.
Are you living in a distressed or conflicted marriage? Connection with a skilled and compassionate therapist can help couples work through conflict and ease communication problems. I work with couples facing these issues, as well as infidelity, substance abuse, and lack of intimacy. I believe that by learning new skills, you can deal with problems in a healthier way. Relationships can grow through crisis, and deep healing is possible.
(262) 671-1380 View (262) 671-1380
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Red Willow Therapy, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Immediate openings, no wait list schedule same week. My appointments are either via the office or via video. If you struggle and have difficulty getting out of the problem, I am here to help you seek solutions. Experiencing issues with addiction, anger, or anxiety is dulling your hope and getting in the way of meeting your needs. Unhappy or dissatisfied with your job, life choices, or family situation and want to be in a better place? Acceptance, courage, and wisdom is a recipe that works, and we can work together to get there.
Immediate openings, no wait list schedule same week. My appointments are either via the office or via video. If you struggle and have difficulty getting out of the problem, I am here to help you seek solutions. Experiencing issues with addiction, anger, or anxiety is dulling your hope and getting in the way of meeting your needs. Unhappy or dissatisfied with your job, life choices, or family situation and want to be in a better place? Acceptance, courage, and wisdom is a recipe that works, and we can work together to get there.
(608) 200-2787 View (608) 200-2787
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Robin Block
MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53213
She brings “fresh eyes” to stories of pain told by people affected by life's challenges, mental health and substance abuse issues, and trauma.
Robin believes people are hurting, are worthy of respect, and are doing their best to navigate life. She offers individual and group sessions which use an “all hands on deck” approach and focus on mindfulness, positive regard for self and others, value identification, boundary setting, honesty in recovery, and community building.
She brings “fresh eyes” to stories of pain told by people affected by life's challenges, mental health and substance abuse issues, and trauma.
Robin believes people are hurting, are worthy of respect, and are doing their best to navigate life. She offers individual and group sessions which use an “all hands on deck” approach and focus on mindfulness, positive regard for self and others, value identification, boundary setting, honesty in recovery, and community building.
(414) 404-3970 View (414) 404-3970
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Jacob Peters
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Areas of Clinical Interest: LBGTIQA+, Life Transitions, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Use Disorders.
For me, the first and most important thing I can possibly know about you is how you want to feel at the very end of our therapeutic relationship. You might wonder why that is so important to me, and the answer is as simple and complex as this: When you tell me where you want to go, I will invest energy and resources during our time together to make sure that we are moving towards that goal in each and every session. While we address your challenges, I will help you discover your strengths and dig in to find resources that you already have in your life. When you meet your goal, that's when I know I've done my best.
Areas of Clinical Interest: LBGTIQA+, Life Transitions, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Use Disorders.
For me, the first and most important thing I can possibly know about you is how you want to feel at the very end of our therapeutic relationship. You might wonder why that is so important to me, and the answer is as simple and complex as this: When you tell me where you want to go, I will invest energy and resources during our time together to make sure that we are moving towards that goal in each and every session. While we address your challenges, I will help you discover your strengths and dig in to find resources that you already have in your life. When you meet your goal, that's when I know I've done my best.
(262) 233-2353 View (262) 233-2353
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Amy M Schloer (Diaz)
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53206
Amy has a master’s degree in forensic psychology and she has been practicing in the field for over 13 years. Her clinical expertise includes having worked in a variety of clinical settings such as residential, community mental health centers, hospitals, and correctional settings. Amy has experience working with adolescents, emerging adults and adults who present with life stressors/changes, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, binge eating disorder, bariatric patients, issues related to legal issues/incarceration, trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and sex and sexuality concerns.
Amy has a master’s degree in forensic psychology and she has been practicing in the field for over 13 years. Her clinical expertise includes having worked in a variety of clinical settings such as residential, community mental health centers, hospitals, and correctional settings. Amy has experience working with adolescents, emerging adults and adults who present with life stressors/changes, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, binge eating disorder, bariatric patients, issues related to legal issues/incarceration, trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and sex and sexuality concerns.
(224) 421-6235 View (224) 421-6235
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Michael P Rospenda
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SAC
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53228
I see individuals and couples working through depression, anxiety, life transition, relationship issues, and substance dependence recovery.
Do you find yourself focusing on past adversities or future concerns? Do you notice that they seem to take you away from making the changes you want for yourself or your relationships? I would like to work with you in determining how to process and work through these challenges while staying in the present moment. I will work collaboratively with you to help you become the best version of yourself while taking into account your life’s circumstances. I bring a warm, empathetic, and energetic approach that fosters a safe environment to put you at ease in order to explore the challenges you face.
I see individuals and couples working through depression, anxiety, life transition, relationship issues, and substance dependence recovery.
Do you find yourself focusing on past adversities or future concerns? Do you notice that they seem to take you away from making the changes you want for yourself or your relationships? I would like to work with you in determining how to process and work through these challenges while staying in the present moment. I will work collaboratively with you to help you become the best version of yourself while taking into account your life’s circumstances. I bring a warm, empathetic, and energetic approach that fosters a safe environment to put you at ease in order to explore the challenges you face.
(262) 592-8960 View (262) 592-8960
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Shelley Ramsey DeJongh, LPC, CSAC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53202  (Online Only)
I have 25 years of experience in the mental health and addiction field, serving all ages at various levels of care.
I know that trying to cope with added pressures in life can create anxiety and depressive symptoms that, at times, feel lonely, strenuous, and persistent. What is often overlooked is the fear, guilt, loss, anger, and sadness associated with the changes it has brought to your life and those around you. Attending counseling can be an essential aspect of your healthcare strategy.
I have 25 years of experience in the mental health and addiction field, serving all ages at various levels of care.
I know that trying to cope with added pressures in life can create anxiety and depressive symptoms that, at times, feel lonely, strenuous, and persistent. What is often overlooked is the fear, guilt, loss, anger, and sadness associated with the changes it has brought to your life and those around you. Attending counseling can be an essential aspect of your healthcare strategy.
(715) 240-4987 View (715) 240-4987

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.