Mental Health Practitioners

There are many psychological illnesses such as mood and anxiety disorders as well as psychological traumas including physical and sexual abuse that can predispose a person to addiction. Optimal treatment for these persons includes psychiatric treatment and/or psychotherapy. Other people may only choose to work on recovery and relapse prevention issues with a drug or alcohol counselor.

ADDICTION COUNSELORS
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) (www.naadac.org/sap-directory)
NAADAC is the professional membership organization and the nation's largest network of alcoholism and drug abuse treatment professionals. Enter your zip code for a list certified counselors in your geographic area.

PASTORAL COUNSELING
Some people may prefer to seek help for their addiction problems from their pastor, rabbi, priest or other spiritual leader, rather than from a mental health practitioner or addiction counselor. Pastoral counselors work within traditional faith communities using counseling, prayer and spirituality to help in the addiction recovery process.

In addition, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) accredits Pastoral Counseling Centers throughout the U.S. that provide counseling and psychotherapy services. To Find a Certified Pastoral Counselor, visit the AAPC web site at www.aapc.org and select either Find a Counselor or Find a Center.

PSYCHIATRISTS
AMA Doctor Finder (ama-assn.org/ama/pub/patients/patients.page)
To locate a psychiatrist in your area or to check practice and biographical details on a psychiatrist to whom you have been referred, follow these instructions.

Under “Featured Resources” in the upper right section of the page click on “DoctorFinder”. Select “For Patients”, then “DoctorFinder” again. Click Accept and search for a doctor by name or scroll down and search by specialty such as Psychiatry, enter your state, city or zip code and click Quick Search. At the bottom of the list you can also click on “View Non-Members”. This will expand the number of physicians listed for each specialty.

PSYCHOLOGISTS
Find a Psychologist
This online guide provides a searchable directory of psychologists by geographic area with various specialties and specialty board certifications. In the Find a Psychologist box at the top right of the page, list your city or zip code and hit search. A list will come up but you can tailor it to your needs by clicking on Filter by name, areas of expertise, languages spoken and other options. Here you can scroll down the list under Areas of Expertise and select Substance-Related Disorder and those with Credentials from the College of Professional psychology of the APA Practice Organization – Treatment of Alcohol and other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders.