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Starting Addiction counseling

What is Addiction counseling?

Addiction counseling therapists at Thriveworks in Washington, DC 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 Washington, DC 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 can take many forms. There are chemical addictions—such as alcoholism, and addiction to other drugs—and then there are non-chemical addictions, which include gambling addiction, sex addiction, internet addiction, video game addiction, shopping addiction, and others. While people differentiate “chemical” and “non-chemical”, in truth—for the addict—both literal drugs and non-chemical addictions like gambling create a strong chemical response in the addicted person’s brain.

If you are struggling with an addiction, you might be thinking, “How could this happen to me?” Truly, people from all walks of life, from all socio-economic levels, can experience an addiction. Addiction is shockingly common in the United States. Recent research has revealed that 23.5 million Americans are experiencing an addiction to alcohol or drugs. This means that about 1 out of every 10 Americans over 12 years of age is struggling with a chemical dependency.

Hence, the important thing for you to know is that you can get help and get clean from whatever it is that’s binding you to your addiction. At Thriveworks Washington, DC, our therapists, counselors, and coaches have years of experience helping people break free from addiction. Let’s talk, to see if our care is a good fit for you. Call us today at (202) 221-8410​ to schedule an appointment.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Addiction?

Addiction doesn’t follow a linear path. Instead, an individual can be addicted to a variety of substances or behaviors (as we mentioned above). Additionally, the individual can experience a variety of symptoms! Your addiction counselor can help you to better understand your symptoms, including how to manage them. For now, here is a list of common addiction symptoms:

  • Obsession with a substance or behavior
  • Failure to stop using
  • Continued use despite negative effects
  • Guilt and shame
  • Uncontrollable, rebellious, or dangerous behavior
  • Mood swings, irritability
  • Changes in appetite
  • Withdrawal from loved ones
  • Denial
  • Secrecy

If you experience any combination of the above symptoms as a result of your substance use or repetitive behavior, you might have an addiction problem. And it’s important that you get the help that you need, right now. Consider working with an addiction counselor at Thriveworks Washington, DC (Metro Center). Our professionals care about you and they want to help you live a better life. They are equipped to help you better manage your symptoms and make progress toward a life free of addiction.

How Does Counseling for Addiction Work?

Here at Thriveworks Washington, DC, we understand just how difficult it can be to manage your addiction. But we also know that it is possible and we want to help you make that possibility a reality. The counselors and therapists at Thriveworks are leaders in their field and they have helped many clients, just like you, to find health and happiness again.

It might be hard for you to admit that you have a problem. We respect and understand that. But the first step in getting help is admitting that you need help. Don’t worry, our therapists will keep your information confidential. Additionally, they will offer a judgment-free space that optimizes healing.

Scheduling Addiction Counseling at Thriveworks Washington, DC

Our most important mission at Thriveworks Washington, DC is to help people live happier, healthier lives. Sometimes, this means helping our clients through an addiction. If you are struggling with an addiction, reach out to Thriveworks Washington, DC today. We have counselors and therapists on staff who are experts in helping people to manage their addiction symptoms, recover, and stay sober.

When you call to schedule your appointment, a scheduling specialist will help you through the quick and easy process. They’ll quickly assess your needs and then set you up with a counselor or therapist with the right skillset and training to best help you. If you are ready to book your session, give Thriveworks Washington, DC a call at (202) 221-8410.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Washington therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (DC) | BCBS

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) | BCBS

  • 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 Washington
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

5.0 Thriveworks Washington reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I’ve really been helped by Thriveworks. I have a wonderful counselor who has been able to arm me with resources and knowledge surrounding my mental illness so I can be more prepared against my own future thoughts or environments. I’ve been able to request a different psychiatrist when one was not entirely a correct match for me, and I always get great positive feedback and respect from my mental health care professionals. It seems like they actually want you to have a good match with someone and will help you along the way.
Read more I’ve really been helped by Thriveworks. I have a wonderful counselor who has been able to arm me with resources and knowledge surrounding my mental illness so I can be more prepared against my own future thoughts or environments. I’ve been able to request a different psychiatrist when one was not entirely a correct match for me, and I always get great positive feedback and respect from my mental health care professionals. It seems like they actually want you to have a good match with someone and will help you along the way.
DC Dec 2021
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★★★★★
As an educator of students with a variety of special needs, I can attest to Sam's pedigree as a counselor. He is a skillful communicator, a staunch advocate for his clients, and he demonstrates an uncanny ability to remain calm and knowledgeable despite every and any difficult situation. Sam has been an invaluable resource to me in understanding the underlying conditions and trauma that provoke certain behaviors in children. In short, he has made me a better teacher!
Read more As an educator of students with a variety of special needs, I can attest to Sam's pedigree as a counselor. He is a skillful communicator, a staunch advocate for his clients, and he demonstrates an uncanny ability to remain calm and knowledgeable despite every and any difficult situation. Sam has been an invaluable resource to me in understanding the underlying conditions and trauma that provoke certain behaviors in children. In short, he has made me a better teacher!
Washington, D.C. Jun 2020
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★★★★★
As the mother of a son with behavioral challenges finding an advocate to join your team is essential. Sam, my son’s therapist, came into our lives and changed our lives. We is extremely competent, caring, committed, tenacious and firm, unrelenting as an advocate and therapist for my son. He has also encouraged me and assured me of my successes. Everyone NEEDS a Sam...he’s available!
Read more As the mother of a son with behavioral challenges finding an advocate to join your team is essential. Sam, my son’s therapist, came into our lives and changed our lives. We is extremely competent, caring, committed, tenacious and firm, unrelenting as an advocate and therapist for my son. He has also encouraged me and assured me of my successes. Everyone NEEDS a Sam...he’s available!
Washington, D.C. Jun 2020
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★★★★★
I've known Sam for many years and I can honestly say he truly cares. If you have Sam on your side, he'll give you the shirt off his back if you need it. He is hardworking, ethical and completely committed to his clients and their wellbeing.
Read more I've known Sam for many years and I can honestly say he truly cares. If you have Sam on your side, he'll give you the shirt off his back if you need it. He is hardworking, ethical and completely committed to his clients and their wellbeing.
Washington, D.C. Jun 2020
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry DC is located on Wisconsin Ave near the waterfront. We currently share a building with Core Architecture and Design, Quarterlife Center, and Window Wears.

Phone number

(202) 932-7587

Languages spoken by DC providers

  • English
  • Creole
  • French
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