Finding An Addiction Therapist Near Me

Updated December 29, 2022by BetterHelp Editorial Team

If You Are Struggling With Addiction, Get Professional Help

Addiction issues are a serious mental health disorder in the United States. Whether you excessively drink alcohol, smoke, use drugs, or gamble, you are not alone. Over 20,000,000 individuals in the United States have an addiction, and more than 100 people per day die of an overdose, which has tripled in the last two decades. For example, American adults has an alcohol addiction according to a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry. This is a 49% increase in the past decade. Of those who have addictions, about seven percent have a mental health condition as well. You are in the right place if you are wondering about “Where is addiction counseling near me?” If you are living an addiction of any kind, you know how difficult it is to deal with and may be coming to terms your need for professional help.  You can take the first step by looking for a licensed addiction therapist— online therapy can be an affordable and convenient option.

Different Types Of Dependencies

Before you start looking for licensed mental health professionals, understanding the types of addiction may help you find the one that is right for you. Addictions can be caused by substance dependency and  range from life-threatening drug or alcohol use to nicotine addiction or caffeine. to impulse control disorders, such as gambling. There are also impulse control or behavioral addictions to food, the internet, shopping, or gambling. Often, different mental health professionals specialize in specific mental health issues or addiction types. These professionals are often equipped to take on multiple issues, especially due to the coexisting mental disorders and trauma-related behavioral responses that people in addiction recovery are living through.

Alcohol

Drinking alcohol (especially in excess) can lead to alcohol use disorder and greatly increase your risk for developing serious health complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that over 88,000 adults die because of alcohol-related disease or injuries. These include: 

  • Liver cirrhosis

  • Stroke

  • Hypertension

  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

  • Infections

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Several types of cancers

Alcohol use is legal and common at social gatherings and certain events. This means that alcohol is easy to consume, and problematic use can be easy to ignore or cover-up. Alcohol abuse has gone up by 49% since the year 2000, and it keeps rising. One out of every eight adults in the United States meets the criterion for alcoholism according to a study by JAMA. Because alcoholism is on the rise, the toll on America's health care costs is rising as well. 

Narcotics

According to the  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),  about seven million people over the age of 12 in the United States use or abuse drugs. Five million of them are considered to have a drug addiction, and this amount, like alcohol addiction, has been steadily rising for the past two decades. The numbers are up over eight percent in the past decade, with marijuana being the most common drug at 70% of the overall drug use. If you are not sure whether you or your loved one has a problem, there are certain signs you can look for, which include:

  • Lack of motivation

  • Missing school or work

  • Changes in behavior

  • Appetite changes

  • Hyperactivity or talking more than usual

  • Staggering, stumbling, slurring words

  • Falling asleep sitting up

  • Poor hygiene

  • Coughing or stuffy nose

  • Swelling of the face or hands

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Needle marks

  • Breath and body smell different

  • Shaking or sweating

  • Laziness

  • Sleeping difficulties

  • Dilated pupils

  • Red eyes

  • Cravings

  • Lack of interest in other things

Causes And Associated Risk Factors

There are also many risk factors for drug and alcohol addiction. For example, drug and alcohol addiction can be genetic or hereditary. Your environment can also be a cause of drug or alcohol addiction or use. If you have been around drugs and alcohol in your home for a long time such as having a parent with an addiction, your chances are much higher than average of using drugs or alcohol. There are many other risk factors including:

  • Coping with a chronic or terminal illness like cancer

  • Mental or emotional disorders

  • Abusive family dynamic

  • Rebelling against parents or authority

  • Peer pressure

  • To feel good

  • Parents who are neglectful or abusive

  • Curiosity or experimentation

BetterHelp Can Help

If you or someone you love has an addiction, no matter what it is, there is an addiction therapist out there who can help. You can find one online by just typing in your zip code. However, there are some important things to consider when looking for addiction therapy. When you have decided to get the help, spend time researching your addiction to figure out what type of therapy would be best. If you are unsure about if you have an addiction or what specific type of addiction you have, it may be difficult to know where to start. In your search for a therapist, feel free to ask for resource materials that can give you more information about any questions you may have. You can also speak with your healthcare provider who can answer some questions and point you in the right direction. 

Certain addiction therapists will specialize in different kinds of addictions. For example, some addiction therapists are best for alcohol or drug addiction while other addiction therapists may be better for impulse control or behavioral addictions, such as gambling or internet addiction. It is important to investigate what kind of counseling services you are looking for when you seek treatment because your therapy sessions will focus on different coping skills and underlying issues depending on your specific needs.

Overcoming Drug And Alcohol Dependency With A Counselor

Addiction treatment can help you overcome addiction by helping you find your addiction triggers and find better ways to cope with those triggers. If you have been addicted to alcohol or drugs for a long time, you may need to be hospitalized because it is  without medical help. With the help of a doctor, you can get medication that will ease the side effects of quitting that some drugs and severe alcoholism can cause. Some of these side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and even seizures. This can be done at inpatient or outpatient treatment centers, depending on the severity of the side effects. However, no single treatment provider is right for everyone because everyone is different, and each person has their tolerance and withdrawal symptoms.

Long-Term Treatment

You will need a treatment that addresses all your needs including medical, mental, and emotional. It is not just about quitting the addictive substance. It is about addressing your problems holistically, which includes examining underlying issues and enacting necessary behavior changes to ensure long term recovery. Counseling or behavioral therapy is essential in treating addictions no matter what you are addicted to. With the help of mental health professionals and treatment providers, such as an addiction psychiatrist or substance use disorder mental health professionals, you have a greater chance to success in quitting and staying clean and sober.

 Long-term evaluation and therapy are important in staying away from whatever you are addicted to. Although it is common to struggle with staying completely and sober, having long-term counseling and personalized treatment will help relapse prevention. Some addictive substances cause such severe withdrawals that the user completely avoids quitting due to the unbearable associated symptoms. In these cases, hospitalization or out-patient care often includes medications that make recovery easier and with fewer withdrawal symptoms. For example, if you are addicted to opioids, medications such as methadone or naltrexone are given to help with the effects of withdrawal and will relieve cravings as well. Naltrexone is also used in treating those with severe alcoholism because it blocks the opioid receptors, lowers dopamine levels, and minimizes cravings for alcohol.

Motivational Therapy

Motivational therapy is a form of addiction treatment that utilizes techniques derived from cognitive-behavioral therapy (a form of talk therapy that helps you change patterns and behavior). It was specifically designed to treat substance or alcohol addiction or abuse from a humanistic perspective. Motivational therapy is a patient-centered method that focuses on motivating the person with the addiction to change negative behaviors through empathy, compassion, and personal accountability. Publicized by , this type of therapy was found to have excellent results in treating substance use disorder (previously called substance abuse), especially opiates or other euphoric drugs. Motivational therapy focuses on the stages of change, which include:

  • Precontemplation, when you are not ready to change

  • Contemplation, when you are thinking about changing

  • Preparation, when you are getting ready to change

  • Action, during the change and doing therapy

  • Maintenance, which is sustaining behavior change

  • Relapse is slipping back into your previous behavior

  • Termination means you are done with the cycle and have moved on

Getting Help

There are a wide variety of exercises and treatments that are excellent for drug and alcohol abuse to improve mental health. If you are interested in starting on your mental health journey, you can so do through BetterHelp. As mentioned above, there are many potential ways to treat addictions with counseling. One of the most common is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is particularly well-studied for its online effectiveness.  For example, in an extensive review published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research,  researchers found that remotely delivered cognitive behavioral therapy was just as effective as face-to-face. Concomitantly, the study reported that people who lived in rural locations or unable to make it to in-person sessions were able to get the help they needed due to the convenience and accessibility of online sessions. 

Being put on a waitlist is another potential problem for some as they seek out mental health professionals, but BetterHelp pairs most people with mental health professionals within 24 hours. 

Taking on addiction is a big life step for anyone. Overcoming it will involve finding the right balance of support and treatment. You can take that first step today with BetterHelp. Take a look at the following reviews about other people seeking addiction recovery:

BetterHelp Reviews

“Rebecca is a phenomenal counselor, her background and experience in a few areas like the judicial system and drug and alcohol treatment offers great insight for those who may have loved ones working through those issues. They are highly available, always willing to open additional appointments if you can't find a time that works for you, respond quickly through chat. I would highly recommend anyone interested in working with cognitive behavioral therapy to reach out and see if they are available for a chat.”

“Samuel is an extremely smart man and makes me feel like he cares about me and my mental health. He goes the extra mile in finding me local groups and clinics and refers me to books to read. I still have a long way to go but I’m glad it’s with him. Thank you, Sam.”

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