Therapists Specializing in Drug Addiction & Abuse in Washington DC

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 Washington DC 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!


Aly  Lynch

Aly Lynch

Online Sessions, VA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $100 per session

I view therapy as an agent of change, and am excited to partner with you to make meaningful changes in your life. My aim is to provide unbiased feedback, compassionate support, and expert guidance throughout your discovery and change process. Together we will explore ways to be more effective at reaching your goals and managing your challenges. You can expect me to foster a strong and supportive therapeutic alliance, within which you will learn new skills and insight. It is my privilege to know your story and participate in your growth. There is no secret, but together we can find solutions and create lasting improvements in your life.


Drew  Joseph

Drew Joseph

2000 P Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20036

Online Sessions, DC

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

If your relationship or marriage is in a tough spot, don’t despair! It’s normal to encounter problems in intimate relationships. Since couples seeking counseling typically feel embarrassed, or like they have failed in some significant way, I prefer to lead with what’s positive. My first priority is to restore hope—hope that, although you may have fought the same fight a thousand times, it is still possible for you and your partner to learn and grow.

I believe that love and intimacy are essential to all of our lives. Even if your relationship is mired in negativity, I will still be your champion. I have never told a couple, “You guys should split up.” That’s your decision, not mine. But if you ask me, I will tell you what I’m thinking or feeling. I definitely do not serve as a “blank screen.” I have biases. I am biased toward telling the truth; toward working things out together; toward laughter and play; toward women’s empowerment; and toward honoring the wisdom of feelings.

When you and your partner are facing greater problems than you can manage on your own, please give me a call. I can help you sort things out.


Katie  Schwartz

Katie Schwartz

1350 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, 20036

Online Sessions, DC

Waitlist available in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $195 per session

One of my favorite therapist sayings is, "if nothing changes, nothing changes." I sincerely enjoy helping clients explore all of the unique strengths and coping skills that they already know, and then supporting them in discovering and using new skills to improve their mental health. In my practice, connection-building with my clients is extremely important. I always want to create a safe space where any person can feel validated, supported, and understood. All of us deserve the opportunity to feel our best and I would be honored to help you discover what your best looks like.


Online Virtual Counselors

Online Virtual Counselors

Online Sessions, VA

Online Sessions, MD

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO), United Healthcare, FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Oxford Health Plans, Aetna Student Health Insurance, United Healthcare Student 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), Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna), New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 - $175 per session

Online Virtual Counselors is a group practice whose providers offer online therapy and psychological support to clients living in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, DC, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts Maryland, Colorado, California and Washington. They specialize in working with all childhood disorders, individuals and couples for anxiety, trauma. relationship counseling, addictions, and infidelity.

Online Virtual Counselors are committed to providing supportive and highly individualized care for their clients, and helping them navigate times of transition and change within their relationships, family, career, and identities.


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