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1,412 people sought addiction counseling help in Maryland in the last year

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

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Starting Addiction counseling

What is Addiction counseling?

Addiction counseling therapists at Thriveworks in Silver Spring, MD 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 Silver Spring, MD 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?

Addiction is a complicated and not completely understood area of mental health. There are a number of competing theories that attempt to explain the causes of addiction. It is clear, however, that there are numerous factors that lead to its development – a combination of genetics, family history and environmental conditions all have a role to play. Experts estimate that one’s genetics and family history account for 50% of the risk of becoming an addict, while environmental factors account for the other 50%. It is not possible to address the genetic and familial causes of addiction, consequently treatments such as addiction counseling focus on treating consequences relating to the environment of an addict. 

There are two major subtypes of addiction – psychological, or mental, and physical. Psychological addictions stem from a mental compulsion to carry out the addictive behavior, one is driven to do so without control. Physical addictions, on the other hand, are essentially biological dependencies on particular substances – one’s body becomes so used to the presence of the addictive substance that if consumption is stopped, withdrawal symptoms ensue, often accompanied by dangerous side effects. These two subtypes of addiction regularly occur in conjunction with each other. 

No one is immune to addiction, and even celebrities succumb to the power of addiction. Well known celebrities, such as Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson, lost their battle with addiction and even though their legacies live on, their fans and loved ones were and still are devastated by the loss of these two extremely talented men. Addiction is no small task to defeat, but here at Thriveworks, we believe addiction counseling can be particularly effective at helping these individuals manage the behaviors and thoughts associated with their addiction. Work with a Thriveworks Silver Spring addiction counselor or psychologist in Montgomery County today.

Causes and Symptoms of Addiction

Many things can assist in the causation of an addiction. How do you know when your desire to do or have something becomes so severe it is considered an addiction? Signs and symptoms of addiction can vary from person to person. An easy sign to spot is if your loved one begins to neglect putting effort into their appearance and/or their hygiene. With addiction, signs and symptoms tend to snowball, meaning one symptom can lead to the next. Depending on the addiction, symptoms tend to vary, however one symptom that seems to remain consistent between all types of addiction is denying the fact that an addiction is present.

The physical aspects of addiction are addressed through a process of detoxification: an addict stops consuming the drug and progresses through the withdrawal symptoms until he or she is recovered. The psychological aspects, however, have to managed over a longer period of time. Once the addict has recovered from the physical dependency, he or she may still have to cope with a psychological addiction. This is the point at which treatments such as addiction counseling are particularly valuable. Addiction counseling aims to provide the addict with the tools and capabilities to cope with the mental triggers that may drive him or her to relapse into addiction. 

Schedule a Counseling Session at Thriveworks Silver Spring in Montgomery County

Here at Thriveworks Silver Spring, MD we endeavor to create a welcoming and personalized environment to treat our patients. We recognize that there are no “one size fits all” approaches to managing addiction and design our addiction counseling around our patients’ individual needs. Why not reach out to us now and book your first session with one of our expert addiction counselors?

At Thriveworks Silver Spring we strive to create a personalized treatment plan for every patient. In this manner we try to ensure that our clients’ individual needs are met in the best way possible. At Thriveworks we accept many different insurance plans as well as offer flexible hours with weekend and evening availability. Thriveworks has a “no waiting list” policy. We want our clients to get the help they need as soon as possible, and new clients can have an appointment set up within 24 hours. 

One of our addiction counselors or psychologists would be happy to further discuss the effects addiction can have on someone and ways to overcome it. Our counselors are always ready to talk to new clients. Call to book a session today at (202) 478-9619. 

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 Silver Spring therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) | BCBS

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Silver Spring
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

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

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

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My zoom session was very worthwhile. Counselor was supportive and challenging- what I need! The email reminders very helpful and the zoom connections worked perfectly! 5 stars all around!
Read more My zoom session was very worthwhile. Counselor was supportive and challenging- what I need! The email reminders very helpful and the zoom connections worked perfectly! 5 stars all around!
W Feb 2024
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Alma is the best!!
Silver Spring Feb 2022
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Ive been seeing Stacey Scott for a few months now and she is an excellent therapist. Shes very organized, friendly, and easy to talk to. Ive been having issues with Anxiety and Depression lately, Stacey his been most helpful. Working with her has improved my mood a lot! 10/10 Would recommend
Read more Ive been seeing Stacey Scott for a few months now and she is an excellent therapist. Shes very organized, friendly, and easy to talk to. Ive been having issues with Anxiety and Depression lately, Stacey his been most helpful. Working with her has improved my mood a lot! 10/10 Would recommend
Silver Spring Oct 2019
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★★★★★
Stacey Scott is an exceptional listener. She uses her ability to listen to help you work through your situation and come up with strategies to help you overcome them. She hears what you are telling her. She is intentional with her responses. Stacey's professionalism and committment to her clients is enduring. Stacy is committed to ensuring her clients progress. It was one of the best experiences. I would recommend her with high regards.
Read more Stacey Scott is an exceptional listener. She uses her ability to listen to help you work through your situation and come up with strategies to help you overcome them. She hears what you are telling her. She is intentional with her responses. Stacey's professionalism and committment to her clients is enduring. Stacy is committed to ensuring her clients progress. It was one of the best experiences. I would recommend her with high regards.
Silver Spring Oct 2019
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A'Lisa made the whole required process of alcohol treatment not seem so bad. I should not have had to do it. But her approach to teaching the group made me actually look forward to coming. Her lessons could be applied as whole life lessons, not just in reference to recovery. I was actually so satisfied with her that I began individual sessions with her after program completion. Thanks so much for this experience.
Read more A'Lisa made the whole required process of alcohol treatment not seem so bad. I should not have had to do it. But her approach to teaching the group made me actually look forward to coming. Her lessons could be applied as whole life lessons, not just in reference to recovery. I was actually so satisfied with her that I began individual sessions with her after program completion. Thanks so much for this experience.
Silver Spring Aug 2019
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Judy Upshaw has the years of counseling experience to help those individuals who are burdened with poor mental health and addictive coping styles. Her years of treating individuals from various backgrounds and cultures on our campus counseling center make her an excellent choice. You will find her committed to helping you overcome your personal problems.
Read more Judy Upshaw has the years of counseling experience to help those individuals who are burdened with poor mental health and addictive coping styles. Her years of treating individuals from various backgrounds and cultures on our campus counseling center make her an excellent choice. You will find her committed to helping you overcome your personal problems.
Silver Spring Aug 2019
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A'Lisa Andrade is a most intelligent and knowledgeable counselor. Her insight, compassion, and counseling skills make her a top choice for individuals seeking mental health assistance. Her background, education, and experience make her a great choice.
Read more A'Lisa Andrade is a most intelligent and knowledgeable counselor. Her insight, compassion, and counseling skills make her a top choice for individuals seeking mental health assistance. Her background, education, and experience make her a great choice.
Silver Spring Aug 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Silver Spring is located off Lamberton Drive, across the street from Truist Bank and CVS Pharmacy. We currently share the building with Champion Martial Arts and Ben Yehuda restaurant.

Phone number

(202) 915-2842

Languages spoken by MD providers

  • English
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Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
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