Information on Addiction Therapists and Counselors

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The process of therapy and counseling is among the most integral within the treatment and recovery process in general.  For those of you unfamiliar with the many potential components affecting the sufferer, it’s important to note that the treatment of addiction, alcoholism, eating disorders, etc is anything BUT a one-size-fits-all protocol.  No two addicts or alcoholics are alike and consequently, each enters the recovery process with any potential myriad of issues that may need to be further examined by a licensed and well trained addiction counselor or therapist such as a grief & trauma specialist or an MFT – marriage & family therapist.

Find Help on Addiction Therapists and CounselorsTherapists and counselors work in various settings.  Most common is to see them working in a private practice, group practice or within some type of specialty institution.  Such institutions may be drug rehabilitation centers, eating disorder facilities, jails, etc.  The process of therapy occurs on individual and group levels.  The reason for this is because each provides its own distinct type of internal discovery and subsequent healing process.  We describe this here in a very general sense but are trying to basically paint a broad picture of the important role a therapist or counselor plays in the process of treatment.

When attempting to find the right therapist for your needs it’s important to ask questions and do your research.  You have every right to ask what their experience is as it pertains specifically to yours or your loved one’s needs.


Approaches to Therapy (as described by WebMD):

  1. Psychodynamic Therapy is based on the assumption that a person is having emotional problems because of unresolved, generally unconscious conflicts, often stemming from childhood. The goal of this type of therapy is for the patient to understand and cope better with these feelings by talking about the experiences. Psychodynamic therapy is administered over a period of three to four months, although it can last longer, even years.

  2. Interpersonal Therapy focuses on the behaviors and interactions a patient has with family and friends. The primary goal of this therapy is to improve communication skills and increase self-esteem during a short period of time. It usually lasts three to four months and works well for depression caused by mourning, relationship conflicts, major life events, and social isolation.

  3. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy helps people with mental illness to identify and change inaccurate perceptions that they may have of themselves and the world around them. The therapist helps the patient establish new ways of thinking by directing attention to both the “wrong” and “right” assumptions they make about themselves and others.

The process of counseling & therapy with regard to the addict or alcoholic often times has greater implications, in that, addiction and alcoholism can be a life or death malady!  Do as much research as possible about a therapist and ask as many questions as you can.  Most importantly, never forget that a word-of-mouth recommendation by a friend, neighbor, colleague, etc is among the most valuable of all.

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The information above is intended as a general guide based on the experience of many.  The creators of this web page are not licensed physicians; we are caring individuals whom have experienced the horrors of addictive-type illnesses on many levels.  We speak from many years of personal and professional experience.  Please feel free to contact us for any reason at:


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