Therapists Specializing in Drug Addiction & Abuse in Boston Area

Drug addiction refers to the experience in which an individual has difficulty controlling their use of a substance in a way that is compulsive, consuming, and results in potentially harmful consequences.

Substance-related and addictive disorders are diagnosable mental health conditions that involve the use of drugs, such as cannabis, opioids, hallucinogens, or sedatives. Misuse of other types of substances that also impact an individual’s wellbeing and everyday life is equally important to treat.

Drug addiction and abuse requires specialized and knowledgeable therapeutic care, often for both the individual experiencing addiction or in recovery, as well as their family and loved ones. The following therapists in Boston Area have been vetted for their expertise in addiction, including the use of harm reduction and motivational interviewing techniques. They can help you or a loved one understand the role of substances in one's life in order to lessen their impact.

Find a therapist who specializes in drug addiction and abuse below; visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Amy  McCarthy-James

Amy McCarthy-James

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

Balancing the demands of day to day life can be challenging, especially when you are healing from trauma, addiction, and loss. I seek to create a space of healing, growth, and self discovery in which you can create positive change in your life and achieve your goals.

In my therapeutic work, I use a person centered approach to support clients to rewrite their own stories in a way that is empowering and helps them achieve their goals, and to create a safe and open environment in which people can feel comfortable sharing their stories.

Reaching out is the first, and sometimes the hardest step in healing. I look forward to meeting you and learning more about your story.


Brian  Orr

Brian Orr

319 Littleton Road, Westford, MA, 01886

Online Sessions, MA

117 Appleton Street, Boston, MA, 02116

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

I am a big believer that, when we are able to feel more at peace with ourselves, we find greater joy in life. The journey to feeling peaceful and satisfied is not always smooth–it can feel so personal that we may avoid talking about the “bumps” with our loved ones. Talking with (and thinking together with) someone who is objective & private can be so useful. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over seven years of clinical experience. I have worked with patients who have felt down, worried about every day stressors, dealt with burnout, struggled with a work/life balance, and wanted to find more satisfaction out of life.

I have also worked with people who wanted to make changes but did not know where to begin. I have worked with those clients to help them identify their individual needs, and I collaborate with them to help find ways to move forward. My goal as a therapist is to create a compassionate and non-judgmental space where you are able to express yourself.

Together, we can help you further develop self-compassion. This will lead you to feel more present at work, with family and friends, and things you feel passionate about in life. I am also skilled in working with people who have struggled with substances in the past and are looking to continue in recovery, as well as family/friends of those using substances.


Laura  Alvarado

Laura Alvarado

117 Norwood Avenue, Newton, MA, 02460

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $140 per session

In the current environment, it is more important than ever to prioritize your mental and emotional well-being. Regardless of the challenges you are facing in your life, positive change is possible. Getting started can sometimes be the toughest part, but taking this step is showing yourself well-deserved kindness and compassion. I look forward to hearing your story and figuring out together how I can best support you.


Paul  Sawyer

Paul Sawyer

24 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA, 02461

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

No matter what circumstances led us to where we are today, I believe that we all have the potential to be happy and content. It takes work to get there, but with a commitment to therapy, you’ll soon find yourself on the path to a better future.

Choosing to begin therapy and addressing difficult emotions, behaviors, and thinking patterns head-on is an act of courage and bravery. I consider it an honor for individuals, like yourself, to allow me to partner with you on this journey. I am happy to answer any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment with you.


Keavy  Smith

Keavy Smith

Online Sessions, MA

69 Agnes Drive, Framingham, MA, 01701

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 per session

I believe therapy is an essential part of processing and working through many of life's changes and challenges. Something we can all benefit from, I don’t see it as a need to be “fixed” or that something is “wrong.” Everyone has their own challenges and life can be difficult but it can also be a fun and joyful journey when you work on yourself and address the experiences and behaviors that may be holding you back.

It’s my honor to support you to pursue the life you desire and have always deserved. Each of us has a purpose and we can live the best life possible despite difficulty, challenges, and even trauma, while bringing more joy into the journey.


Through The Forest Counseling

Through The Forest Counseling

100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA, 02114

Online Sessions, MA

859 Willard Street, Quincy, MA, 02169

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare, Optum, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Tufts Health Plan (Commercial Plans, not via Mass Health or Navigator), Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $90 - $125 per session

Through the Forest Counseling is a full-service psychotherapy practice in the Boston area that offers, individual, couples, and group counseling.

They see teens, adults across the lifespan, including young adults and college students, parents, couples, and families. In addition the English, some of their clinicians are fluent in Spanish and Hatian Creole.


Erica  Miller

Erica Miller

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 per session

Imagine the change you want to realize. This is a solution focused approach that keeps the focus on your goals.

In 40 years of broad experience as a psychotherapist, I have had the privilege of treating individuals, couples and families from age 3 to 80 plus, for a great variety of problems.

My professional foundation is cognitive behavioral therapy; that is working with the connection between actions, thoughts and emotions, changing problematic behaviors and thoughts to reduce emotional distress. I integrate body-mind techniques such as relaxation training, breathwork and meditation into traditional psychotherapy. I can help you to develop healthy coping skills to deal with past trauma and current stress.

Although most clients are interested in a brief course of treatment that has immediate results, I also have expertise in helping people manage challenging conditions such as ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression through coaching and long-term support.

I am delighted to facilitate the use of your own strengths and inner wisdom to reach your goals.


Jacob  Howe

Jacob Howe

1419 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446

Online Sessions, MA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $300 per session

The decision to enter psychotherapy is often a deeply personal one, and even taking steps toward it can require a great deal of insight and strength. Choosing a therapist is an important part of the process, as research has consistently shown that the therapeutic relationship between patient and therapist is the most important predictor of positive outcomes.
I consider it a privilege to facilitate patients’ realization of their therapeutic goals using evidence-based treatments. In my Brookline practice, I provide my patients with a comfortable and empathic environment in which to engage in therapy. Many benefit from psychotherapy alone. When indicated, I offer integrated psychotherapy and medication treatment. Together, we determine the best treatment plan for you.


Annet  Kabuusu

Annet Kabuusu

256 Franklin Street, Boston, MA, 02110

303 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA, 02451

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Optum, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Tufts Health Plan (Commercial Plans, not via Mass Health or Navigator), Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $120 per session

I values a holistic approach, which combines evidence-based practices to client care, including therapeutic communication, patient-centered care and shared decision making to help each individual’s specific need and values to achieve an overall sense of well being through psychoeducation, collaboration and client advocacy. I have specialized interest in children and adolescents, and I treat adults, also.


David  Kilgallon

David Kilgallon

23 Massachusetts 134, Dennis, MA, 02660

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, Medicare (through Blue Cross Blue Shield), Tufts Health Plan, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $165 per session

I hope to provide a safe space each week that allows you a break from the responsibilities and expectations of work, family, and friends to focus on yourself. In a day and age, where we are always accessible and an immediate response is generally expected from us majority of the time, the decision to actively make time to focus on your own needs deserves praise in itself. My hope is that by helping you prioritize yourself for just one hour each week, that the other 167 hours of your week will feel more useful…providing hope that tomorrow will be better than today.


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