Mental Health Practitioners

Illnesses such as longstanding depression and anxiety as well as psychological traumas including physical and sexual abuse can predispose a person to addiction.  For these people the optimal recovery approach includes psychiatric treatment and/or psychotherapy.  Other people may choose to work on recovery and relapse issues with a drug or alcohol counselor.


Psychology Today (
Click on “Find a Therapist” on the top menu bar to locate therapists, psychiatrists, and therapy groups throughout the U.S. and Canada. You can limit by area, insurance, health issue (addiction), language, faith and other factors.


National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) (
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.


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 and select either Find a Counselor or Find a Center.


AAMA (American Medical Association) (
To reach the Doctor Finder database click on this URL Search by physician specialty.  Click on “expanded list.” In the drop-down list under Specialty, choose Addiction Psychiatry.


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”.  You can then scroll down the list and under Areas of Expertise select “Substance Misuse” and under Credentials select “College of Professional Psychology of the APA Practice Organization – Treatment of Alcohol and other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders.”

Updated May 14, 2018