Therapists Specializing in Drug Addiction & Abuse in Los Angeles

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 Los Angeles 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!


Carissa  Gustafson

Carissa Gustafson

Online Sessions, CA

Insurances: Lyra Health
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $250 per session

Do you feel like you are not enough? Is it as though you are perpetually falling short? Is each day becoming increasingly difficult just to get through? You are not alone.

Using evidence-based therapy, I can help you learn skills to handle difficult thoughts and feelings as well as take action to build the life you want.

Please know that whatever you may be struggling with, you are not broken; you are fundamentally, unconditionally whole, and in possession of everything that is needed to build the life you want. I know reaching out can be hard, but if you are even thinking about it please do.


Monica  Blauner

Monica Blauner

Online Sessions, CA

822 South Robertson Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $200 per session

How I approach treatment varies with each person, depending on their needs.  I see my role as being like a mountain climbing guide: I know how to climb a mountain, what equipment to use, how to deal with ice or rock, when to push forward and when to proceed with caution.  I  always encourage you to tell me how you are feeling in our work together.

I will put your experience into context, so that even seemingly irrational thoughts and feelings make sense. These may include explanations about things such as how the mind works, what makes events traumatic, and what the components of trauma recovery are.  I offer feedback, always checking in to see if it feels right to you.  I “throw the pasta on the wall, and you tell me what sticks.”  Teaching you strategies such as mindfulness, grounding, and communication skills may also be part of our work.

I am a white, cisgender, heterosexual woman, pronouns, she/her, with awareness and sensitivity to culture and race.

You are welcome to contact me for a consultation to see if we’re a good fit to work together.


Paul-Roy  Taylor

Paul-Roy Taylor

Online Sessions, CA

8255 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA, 90046

Insurances: Beacon Health Options, Emblem Health, Medicare, Kaiser Permanente PPO, Kaiser Permanente HMO, MHN/Health Net
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

In every challenge, there's an opportunity to help you create the life you want to live.

So many of my clients look around at their careers, relationships, and behaviors and find themselves wondering, "How did I get here?" From reliance on substances to decompress or distract from problems; struggling to develop or maintain romantic relationships; or just not living the life they know they can have. I aim for clients to make fundamental change. Once you start taking charge of your life, you never stop.

Therapy isn't safe. If change were safe and easy, everyone would be living their most optimal lives. Therapy is about taking healthy risks, facing tough challenges, and tackling short-term discomfort for long-term, satisfying growth and personal fulfillment. But I will be there with you along the way, helping you develop your innate ability to solve these problems and move toward your ultimate goals.


Amir  Ahuja

Amir Ahuja

450 North Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 - $300 per session

Welcome to my page at ZenCare. I would be humbled and honored to work with you in pursuing your mental health goals. My work is to meet with you and create a detailed treatment plan focused specifically on your needs. You could be someone who has a diagnosable mental illness and want to work on management, someone with severe and persistent mental illness who has not found the right management, or someone who just wants to work on better coping skills and relationships.

Broadly, I love working with clients who are motivated to change. I can promise you that I will be available to address your concerns, I will not push any treatment on you without you being comfortable, and I will personalize your care.

So, let's get started on our work, and accomplish your goals together!


Janette  Boire

Janette Boire

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $80 - $150 per session

It can be scary and frustrating when life changes. And sometimes you think to yourself, how did I get here? You feel like you've tried everything, but nothing has improved. You may be worried that things are never going to change. You struggle to focus, feel scared of your thoughts, become distracted, or triggered by the world around you. But, imagine what it would be like to thrive! Imagine what it would feel like to have self-confidence, heal from the past, and have the ability to overcome day to day stress. With such a challenging year, mental health is so important now more than ever. Let's move through this together!
It is difficult to find time for therapy because life is so unplanned! I'm here to support you through telehealth sessions, including a flexible schedule of availability both nights and weekends. I am also offering reduced rates for COVID-19 essential workers.
Have questions? Please send them my way! I will respond within 24 hours. I look forward to speaking with you!


Michael  Pezzullo

Michael Pezzullo

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $200 per session

Anyone can give advice.  In my experience, clients come to therapy looking for something they cannot get anywhere else. Usually they are struggling with anxiety, depression, or some other issue, that they have not been able to solve on their own.

How can therapy help? I believe that we heal through relationship—not in isolation. So rather than providing a list of pre-scripted tools, I strive to develop real, authentic connections with my clients. Beyond looking for relief from troubling symptoms, my goal is to help you resolve underlying conflicts that interfere with your life today.


Daniel A. Linder

Daniel A. Linder

Online Sessions, CA

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

The common denominator in virtually all of my clients' struggles and problems is the lack of relationship with Self.

The relationship with your Self is the most important relationship. It's the “X-factor” for empowerment, change through awareness and action, and what makes transformation possible.

The common denominator in virtually all of the problems and symptoms that bring people to therapy is relationships, past and current and there is a prevailing lack of knowhow to boot.

Most of the relationships I work come in are mired in discord and disconnection due to the backlog of unexpressed feelings and unresolved issues that never get any airtime and a palpable wedge of mistrust and unsafety between them

Relationships are as good as the conversations had. Can you talk to each other? How much do you talk to each other? What can you talk about? But, more importantly, how well do they understand each other and feel in the process.

Usually the first conversation I facilitate and one you can expect to have, one I consider to be perhaps the most standard and basic one every couple needs to be able to have is, How are you feeling in the relationship and towards each other?

I create a safe space for you to begin having these ‘more difficult’ conversations and facilitate a process that ensures that you talk and listen to each other in a way, and about things, you never did before.


Elle  Michel

Elle Michel

10801 National Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 - $250 per session

Do you struggle with trauma, relationships, and anxiety, or worry that you might be beyond help? Give me a call--I've been there and, through my own healing, as well as extensive training and experience, I'm uniquely fit to help others. I specialize in healing trauma, depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder, using EMDR, DBT, Brainspotting, and TRM, to achieve tangible results quickly. My clients often tell me that no other therapist has helped them in the way that I have, and that they finally have the tools they need to let go of trauma thrive.

Because life happens outside the therapy office, I offer phone coaching free of charge to all my clients. This allows me to offer you support in your daily life, as challenges arise, and will help you implement what we work on in therapy quickly and easily.

In my approach to therapy I pull from cutting-edge neuroscience, using therapeutic modalities that are clinically proven to be effective. Additionally, I have in-depth training and experience helping people recover from sexual abuse, neglect, substance abuse, suicidality, self-harm, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and depression.


Kristen Kochamba Lisson

Kristen Kochamba Lisson

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $225 per session

Sometimes we may find ourselves struggling through a particularly difficult life experience in which we just can’t seem to find our footing. Moments like this can leave us anxious, depressed, feeling inadequate, or worried that life is spiraling out of control.

When it seems our inner resources are completely tapped out, therapy can be a lifeline.

In my private practice, I work with adults who want to build self-confidence, improve relationship or family issues, manage emotions that seem out of control, or overcome social anxiety. My approach to individual therapy is founded on evidence-based treatment methods within the context of a genuinely warm and caring therapeutic relationship. It’s a collaborative process that is highly customized to your goals and needs.

I know from personal experience that it can take immense courage to seek help, and I appreciate your trust in reaching out to me. I look forward to speaking with you soon.


Ryan  Chandler

Ryan Chandler

Online Sessions, CA

2200 California 1, Hermosa Beach, CA, 90254

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $225 per session

It takes a great deal of courage to ask for help. Appreciating and respecting that courage, my work is to help my clients attain their goals, discarding whatever has prevented them from doing so in the past. I consider therapy a collaborative effort between the individual and therapist. My hope is that the clients with whom I work feel supported and empowered to make the changes they desire.

Treatment focuses on increasing awareness about life patterns, building on strengths, and developing new coping abilities. My professional strengths include: a knowledge of a variety of presenting issues and treatment options, an innate ability to connect easily with clients, and the capacity to incorporate the realities of daily living into the process.


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