Therapists Specializing in Substance Abuse in Boston Area

Substance abuse is a mental health concern that involves the harmful use of alcohol, drugs, or other substances. Any substance use that raises concern, leads to impairments in daily functioning, or causes distress is important to discuss with a professional. Specialized and knowledgeable therapeutic care can help both the individual experiencing addiction or navigating recovery, as well as their family and loved ones.

The following therapists can help individuals understand the role of substances in their life and lessen their impact. Treatment approaches vary, but therapists with expertise in this area may use harm reduction or motivational interviewing techniques to help clients build momentum and commitment toward behavior change. Other therapists might bring specific expertise in other efficacious modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or family behavior therapy (FBT).

Find therapists in Boston Area who specialize in substance abuse below. These therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Riser + Tread

Riser + Tread

49 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA, 02421

Online Sessions, MA

383 Elliot Street, Newton, MA, 02464

9 Pond Lane, Concord, MA, 01742

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

The experts in young male mental fitness, Riser+Tread aims to help young guys step up and move forward in their lives through a combination of therapy and coaching.  While the typical client at Riser+Tread is male between 8-25 years of age, their work has spanned the entire age and gender range.

Riser+Tread is uniquely feedback-driven and goal-oriented. Clients leave with concrete steps they can take, strategies they can use, and insight that quickly generates personal momentum.


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.


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.


Andrew  Kang

Andrew Kang

90 Canal Street, Boston, MA, 02114

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $225 per session

Let's have a conversation about what you need and want.


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.


Marcos  Rosenbaum

Marcos Rosenbaum

185 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA, 02110

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, 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), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $90 - $140 per session

In my practice, by face to face sessions or by using online confidential therapy, I work with clients to feel comfortable and to form a bond, based on trust, that will foster a relaxed positive therapeutic interaction. It is important to me that, from the very first session, the client can communicate his or her story and feels heard, so that I can understand the presenting issues, communicate hope, and formulate mutually agreeable goals to achieve in our work together. I have over 18 years of experience treating clients suffering from relationship or financial issues, depression, anxiety, addiction, life transitions such acculturation, job change, or retirement. I enjoy working with individual adults and couples, am fluent in Spanish, and have a good communication understanding of Portuguese. Based on client's presenting issues, my treatment approach varies from concrete problem solving, using mindfulness, or on working to recognize and speak for one's parts following the Internal Family Systems, (IFS), model, EMDR, Hypnosis and/or psychodynamic approaches. I am sensitive to diversity, multicultural, and adjustment situations.


Liza  Mordkovich

Liza Mordkovich

Online Sessions, MA

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

I provide a supportive, collaborative, emphatic and safe environment for you to explore confusing or distressing parts in your life. You will learn specific day to day tools to assist in a change-oriented therapeutic style.


United Paths

United Paths

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Options, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Cigna, First Health, Harvard Pilgrim, Medicaid, Medicaid (through Tufts), Medicaid (through United Health), Medicare, Medicare (through Blue Cross Blue Shield), Medicare (through United Health), Tricare, Tufts Health Plan, United Healthcare, Providence College Student Health Insurance (Cigna), Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare), RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), United Healthcare Student Health Plan
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $90 - $120 per session

United Paths is a boutique clinical practice that provides services to children, teenagers (13-18), young adults/college students, adults, parents, couples, families, and older adults.
Clinicians at United Paths utilize a number of treatment options, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness practices, and more.


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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