Therapists Specializing in Substance Abuse in Chicago

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 Chicago 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!


Cappy   Silver

Cappy Silver

Chicago, IL, 60613

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $145 per session

I look forward to working with you.


Richard  Rodgers

Richard Rodgers

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Cigna, Medicare, Tricare, Optum, Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna), Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $50 - $120 per session

It has been in my heart to be a therapist ever since I was young. I truly find purpose in helping others and improving your quality of life. This is why I added to my practice with Yoga. I want to ensure that I have the tools to help you reach your goals.

If you are open and willing, you can make a change. The biggest reason I see people not moving forward with change is that facing trauma is extremely uncomfortable, and who can blame them. With me, I use Cognitive Processing Therapy. This means we don't go into detail about your trauma unless you want to. Our main goal is to figure out what is keeping you stuck, and help you get unstuck.

I think working as a team is the most important thing. I am not going to make you do anything you don't want to do. I may make suggestions you disagree with, and that's okay. This is your treatment and my goal is to give you the tools and challenge you to reach your goals. We are looking for small changes, as most change does not happen overnight. I have confidence that you can make that change.


Sonja  Seglin

Sonja Seglin

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Humana, Magellan Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

Say goodbye to sleepless nights, tossing and turning with worry. In our work together, we will talk through your vision for yourself. We will identify how your anxiety might be holding you back from achieving that vision. Then, we will make a plan to help you tame the power that anxiety has on you. I am confident that if we put in the time and effort, you will witness deep change in yourself.


David  Ley

David Ley

3530 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60657

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $65 - $125 per session

I offer a safe and confidential space to mindfully review your thoughts and feelings and gain new ways of understanding and approaching the challenges you are facing.


Kristen  Simons

Kristen Simons

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Optum
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 per session

It takes a great deal of strength to reach out for support and I applaud you for taking the first step! If you’d like to learn more about how I might be able to support your mental and physical wellness journey, please set up a phone consultation with me. I’d love to chat about your needs and help you get back to feeling more like yourself.


Sue  Blomberg

Sue Blomberg

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 per session

I have a broad set of life experiences combined with the necessary knowledge and utilization of several therapy techniques to help you live the life you desire. I am an engaged therapist that will work with you as you face the challenges of daily stressors, decision-making, anxiety, depression, addiction and many other issues. I provide a safe place to share these difficult feelings in a non-judgmental setting. Through talk therapy, you will increase your awareness and make changes to better your life. My role is to listen, help you utilize coping skills, guide you through crisis and difficult times and empower you in order to live your life in a healthy way.


Diana  Flemma

Diana Flemma

1830 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL, 60201

Online Sessions, IL

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

I am dedicated to meeting the emotional and psychological needs of my clients. My approach is to be caring and compassionate, while also trying to be direct in guiding clients through their process. I believe that counseling can help individuals and families move in new directions, fostering growth and a sense of well-being. I work with people from all walks of life. Change is possible; what we long for is not beyond reach.
My goal in working with clients is to help them gain the skills needed to cope effectively with life’s stressors, engage meaningfully with others, manage distressing feelings, regulate emotions, reduce impulsivity, increase self-confidence, communicate effectively, and to learn to express their needs successfully. I am a firm believer that we all want to do well.


Clint  Zavakos

Clint Zavakos

307 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60601

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Cigna, Multiplan or PHCS, United Healthcare, Magellan Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Optum
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $45 - $99 per session

There are times in life where we all feel overwhelmed. Whether the day to day grind is wearing you down or overwhelming anxiety is making it difficult for you to leave the house, I am here to be on your side. I am a big believer that effective therapy is a collaborative effort between the client and the therapist and that healing is achieved by working together.
I believe any trauma is deserving of my attention and care. I strive to provide an environment where you feel free to open up and feel safe. Call today for a free consultation.


Cathryn  Biga

Cathryn Biga

200 East Evergreen Avenue, Mount Prospect, IL, 60056

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Cigna, Humana, Multiplan or PHCS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $125 per session

Taking care of you is a healthy and productive way to be the best version of yourself.


Elizabeth  Elliott

Elizabeth Elliott

2858 West Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60647

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $250 per session

Hi! I’m Liz. I’m an experienced and compassionate therapist in the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago. I work with a variety of clients, but central to all my therapeutic relationships is the belief that everyone has the potential to feel and function better and more effectively than they think. Whatever may be troubling you, I will hold space for you while working collaboratively to get at the roots of what may be making your life harder than it needs to be. I am very casual and use humor abundantly, so sitting down with a total stranger and discussing your innermost self isn’t nearly as hard as it might seem. I’d love to meet you!


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