Image of a therapist and client in a counseling session.

686,000 people sought help with Thriveworks in the last year

Discover how starting addiction counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

Meet with a provider as soon as this week


Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Indiana | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Carelon, +11 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Men’s Issues, +11 more

As a therapist who has worked in many different settings with clients from different cultures, identities, and perspectives, I believe that therapy ca... As a therapist who has worked in many different settings with clients from different cultures, identities, and perspectives, I believe that therapy can benefit anyone. Read more

5 more therapist available in Indiana

Give us a call to schedule your next appointment, or browse through our full list of available providers.

Starting Addiction counseling

What is Addiction counseling?

Addiction counseling therapists at Thriveworks in Indianapolis, IN can help people manage their urges to use the substance or engage in the activity they're addicted to. In addition, it can help people manage the challenges that stem from their addiction from relationship issues to problems at work as well as those that their addiction may stem from like trauma.

How does Addiction counseling work?

Addiction counseling at Thriveworks in Indianapolis, IN works by helping one understand the underlying causes of their addiction, teaching them coping strategies, and recognizing their specific triggers. Long-term or ongoing addiction counseling can also help to prevent relapse.

Is Addiction counseling conducted in person or online?

Addiction counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Addiction counseling last?

The length of addiction counseling depends on the individual's needs as well as the extent and severity of their addiction as well as the problems that might stem from it. That said, people can make meaningful progress in addiction counseling in the first weeks to months.

Need more help deciding?

J. D. Vance outlines an experience many can understand in his best-selling memoir, Hillbilly Elegy. J. D. grew up with a mother who had an addiction. In many ways, J. D.’s story is remarkable—he was an average student at a failing school who went on to graduate from Yale Law School. In other ways, J. D.’s story is normal and representative of the harm addiction can cause to individuals and their families. J. D.’s mother experienced the typical risk factor for many who have an addiction: a volatile childhood with physical and emotional abuse. As is typical with addiction, the disease does not just affect one person. It will take people’s families without intervention, and eventually, for his own safety, J. D. had to live with his grandmother (his mamaw). Addiction is destructive, terrible disease. Addiction takes and takes and takes. The more addiction grows within a person, the more they feel isolated and alone, and the more they are separated from the interventions that could help them. Addiction is a serious illness, but it is one that has treatments. Many people have reached out for help, found healing, and broken free from addiction to live their own life.

“I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: ‘Wait a minute –
if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities?’
And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk.”
― Craig Ferguson

Addiction is a very personal disease. How it develops and the forms it takes can vary from individual to individual. It can strike young or old, men or women, rich or poor. Addiction may look like substance abuse: cocaine, prescription drugs, alcohol, marijuana, and more. Addiction may look like a compulsive behavior: shopping, video games, sex, Internet, and more. Whatever form it takes… whomever it attacks… the disease fundamentally functions in the same way: addiction changes the way that people’s brains function. Like many other serious illnesses, without intervention, it can cause severe harm, even death. Like many other serious illnesses, there are treatments available. Many people are like Craig Ferguson. They have reclaimed their lives and are living their dreams.

The counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Indianapolis have helped many people fight their addiction and have connected them to the resources they needed. Some need community resources, some need therapy, some need medication—many need all three. Battling an addiction is not easy, but it is worth every effort.

Red Flags for Addiction

Addiction is an illness that attacks how people’s brains function. While this aspect of the disease is not visible to the naked eye, it is very real. Addiction is most easily seen in its signs and its effects. Its effects can rob people of their health, finances, relationships, and even life. As addiction forms, there are many emotional, behavioral, and physical signs. When people see these signs, it is important to seek help. Early intervention may lead to more effective treatment and less severe effects.

Emotional Signs of Addiction

  • Loss of interest in people/activities that were once valued.
  • Irritability.
  • Defensiveness.
  • An inability to handle stress or challenges in life.
  • Lacking awareness about one’s behavior: diversions, denial, blame, minimizations, rationalizations.
  • Being silly, obnoxious, or easily confused.

Behavioral Signs of Addiction

  • Hiding and keeping secrets.
  • Regularly missing school or work or personal engagements.
  • Work or school challenges—low grades, poor review, or being fired.
  • Lying to hide one’s behavior (especially to loved ones).
  • Disconnecting from relationships and activities—isolating oneself.
  • Relational problems—fighting, tension, strain, worry, and more.
  • Financial difficulties (especially needing money).

Physical Signs of Addiction

  • Being undernourished or pale.
  • Red eyes, dilated pupils.
  • Weight loss.
  • Being hyperactive or lethargic (depending upon the drug).
  • Excessive sniffing while not ill.
  • Repetitive speech.
  • Body odor that is different or unpleasant.

These signs of addiction give a glimpse of the destruction that addiction can wreak within an individual’s life and within the lives of their loved ones. Addiction often results in what therapists call addiction’s three C’s: cravings, control, and consequences. Addiction takes over control in a person’s life, using cravings that must be satisfied despite the negative consequences that will occur. Fighting addiction requires rewiring the brain so that the cravings can no longer bypass an individual’s natural self-control mechanisms.

“What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress.
It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood.”
– Alice Miller

Addiction Counseling at Thriveworks Indianapolis: Scheduling an Appointment

Approximately 21 million Americans are fighting an addiction, and they do not have to fight alone. There are many 12-step groups who are filled with people who are ready to support your recovery. There are many therapists who can help you find the support groups, counseling options, and/or medications that may be right for you. Thriveworks Indianapolis has support many addicts on their journey toward health, and we have appointments available.

When you contact our office, here are some things that may be helpful to know. A real person answers our phones and helps our clients make appointments. New clients often meet with their therapists within 24 hours of their first call to our office. We offer weekend and evening sessions because we know not everyone can make an appointment during business hours. We also accept many different insurance plans and work with many different insurance companies. Call Thriveworks Indianapolis today for an appointment.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Indianapolis therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Indiana | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Encore Health Network

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

Show more
Self-pay costs at Indianapolis
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session


Ongoing sessions


Talk therapy


Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session


Ongoing sessions


Hear from our clients

Thriveworks Indianapolis has no reviews yet, but check out these reviews from locations in Indiana.

4.5 Thriveworks Indianapolis reviews are collected through
Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
Read more Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
Anonymous Thriveworks Client
Review left on

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Child Therapy Indianapolis is located on the corner of E. Michigan St. and N. Pennsylvania St, one block north of University Park. Our building is shared with TA Services and Stenz Construction Corporation, and is neighbored by the Indiana War Memorial and Museum to our west and Kids’ Voice of Indiana to our east.

Phone number

(463) 218-6599

Languages spoken by IN providers

  • Arabic
  • English
Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Monday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm

Shown in ET

Wednesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Thursday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Friday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm

Shown in ET

0 photos