Addiction Therapists In NYC

Find the best therapists specializing in addiction recovery in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, New York.

Addictions are most often defined by using a substance like drugs or alcohol (commonly called substance use disorders), but may also include compulsive engagement in behaviors such as sex addiction, gambling addiction, or porn addiction.

Several different treatment methods have been shown to be helpful for various addictions. Most commonly, these include: motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Therapy sessions for addictions are usually 45 minutes - 1 hour long, and therapists may also recommend adjunct treatments such as support groups and medication. If you think you may have an addiction, find a therapist who can help you understand your addiction and take steps toward recovery.

Because therapy for addiction recovery and substance use requires advanced training, it can be difficult to find specialists who offer addiction recovery services and take health insurances. Therapists who specialize in addictions in NYC typically cost between $150 - $250+ per session, if you’re paying out of pocket. You may, however, be able to receive reimbursement from your health insurance company.

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Addiction Therapists in NYC

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How to find addiction therapists in NYC

What should I look for in an addiction therapist?

Look for a therapist who has a specialty in treating addictions similar to yours. If you’re not sure where to start, these questions may prove helpful when interviewing potential therapists:

  • Do you specialize in the specific addiction I am struggling with?

  • What approach to treatment do you use when treating addictions?

  • Are you able to help me/my loved one transition to a higher level of care if necessary?

Several different treatment methods have been shown to be helpful for various addictions. A few of the most common include:

Outpatient therapists may also recommend clients have additional supports available in addition to therapy sessions — such as support groups and medication management — and may refer clients to a higher level of care as appropriate.

You may also want a therapist who has specific credentials, such as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).

What types of addictions can therapists help with?

Addictions can come in many forms. A few of the most common addictions include:

  • Alcohol Use Disorder

  • Drug Use Disorders: This category includes addictions to, among other substances: amphetamines, cocaine, heroine, prescription drugs, and opioids. Tobacco addiction falls under this category of addiction.

  • Behavioral Addictions: These are addictions to activities, rather than substances. Some common activities that can be addictive include sex, gambling, shopping, working, exercising, and using the Internet.

What are some symptoms of an addiction?

Symptoms of addiction can vary, but the most common indicators are as follows:

  • Compulsive use of a substance or engagement in a behavior: Individuals struggling with addictions may wish to stop or decrease use of a substance or behavior, but they find it difficult to do so. Cravings for the substance or behavior may be intense enough to interfere with other activities or even thoughts.

  • Risky use and/or harmful consequences: If you have an addiction, you might continue to use a substance or engage in a behavior even when it is dangerous—driving a car after drinking, for instance—or has a negative impact on you or those around you. Examples of such consequences might include problems at work, conflicts with friends or family, or excessive spending.

  • Lack of enjoyment: Substances or activities that once provided happiness or entertainment are now sources of stress, pain, or conflict.

  • Tolerance: You might need to use more of the substance or engage in the activity more frequently to experience the same effects you once did from a lesser amount.

  • Withdrawal: If you stop using the substance or engaging in the activity, you experience painful physical and/or psychological symptoms. Please note that some withdrawal symptoms are dangerous, and even lethal (for example, severe alcohol withdrawal). If you’re experiencing withdrawal symptoms (such as hand tremors, hallucinations, and seizures), consult with a medical professional immediately.