Find the Best Addiction Therapists in NYC

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.

Addictions are generally considered highly treatable. If you may have an addiction, find a therapist who can help you understand your addiction and take steps toward recovery. 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). Because addition therapists typically receive highly specialized training, many in NYC are not in-network with health insurances, and charge $150-$200 per session.

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 addiction. If you’re not sure where to start, these questions may prove helpful when interviewing potential therapists:

  • What modality do you use when treating addictions?

  • Do you have a harm reduction or abstinence-based philosophy?

  • 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:

Keep in mind that outpatient therapists often prefer clients to have other supports available simultaneously, and/or may refer clients to a higher level of care, as appropriate.

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.