Top addiction therapists in Downtown, San Diego.

Real help for hurts and habits in 92101, Downtown, San Diego. Internet, substance abuse, gambling, co-dependency, sex and pornography addictions.


Kevin Fleming Ph.D.
Addiction Counselor

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

San Diego, California 92101 | 1-877-606-6161

While most treatment approaches to addiction include 12 step programs, rehabs, and now sober living houses, Grey Matters International, Inc. provides a wildly successful alternative to traditional models of addiction treatment----that keeps the brain in mind. That is, talking to the conscious brain while the primal brain is deciding things even before you are consciously aware? Well, that is the problem to solve in addiction. We have the solution utilizing a new cutting edge neuroscience-centered brain rebalancing system. Contact kevin@kevinflemingphd.com or call 877-606-6161.

Cynthia Valentine, MA
Addiction Counselor

Cynthia Valentine, MA

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

2816 Adams Ave, San Diego, California 92116 | 619-736-1176

If you know the Serenity Prayer, you may have experienced addiction recovery in a group setting, known a family member who has or read about its affiliation with self-help programs. While the anonymous/self-help programs are effective for many learning a new way of life when it comes to a specific drug and alcohol addiction; others find they need recovery, not only from addiction but, further, from early childhood trauma, or codependency or panic attacks and any number of other underlying stressors. Therapy can help peel the onion of hurt and struggle that addiction has left.

Scott Wood, M.A.
Addiction Counselor

Scott Wood, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

2333 Camino del Rio S., Ste 250, San Diego, California 92108 | 858.449.1835

If your sexual behavior is causing problems in your life or relationships, help is available. I am a certified sexual addiction therapist candidate (CSAT) and have specialized training to help assess for and treat sexual addiction. Not everyone who acts out sexually is an addict and not all addicts exhibit the same patterns. Sexual addiction is devastating and difficult to overcome just be willpower. I provide a compassionate and supportive environment to work toward recovery from unhealthy patterns, establishing sexual health, and restoring damaged relationships. Contact me and together we can assess your situation and work toward putting you back in command of your life.

David Peters, MS, MFT
Addiction Counselor

David Peters, MS, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

2525 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 205, San Diego, California 92108 | 619-491-3492

Alcohol and drug issues sometimes underlie our troubles in work or homelife. It may be substance abuse, or it may be addiction. There is a difference, and treatment approaches must be adaptable. I take a practical approach, using the latest research findings, and adapting to your needs. I'll suggest options, and we'll collaborate on the plan. No need for guilt and shame here. Sometimes gambling, eating, and sex can take on addictive patterns. I can show you ways to address these also, taking into account your lifestyle and values. My approach emphasizes increasing your knowledge of how your brain works, and using that to your advantage in making changes. Let's work together on this!

Philip Kolba, MA LMHC NCC
Addiction Counselor

Philip Kolba, MA LMHC NCC

Psychotherapist

San Diego, California 92105 | 503-606-6412

Addiction is a mental health condition and I treat addiction by a multi-pronged process predominately from a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) model. I help my clients understand the reasons they use a substance or engage in an addictive behavior, teach them skills regulate their emotions and tolerance distress that might otherwise lead them to engage in their addiction, and address any underlying issues that contribute to their addiction. I also help clients with with concerns about their substance use or compulsive behavior to avoid developing addictions.

Paul Santero, Psy. D.
Addiction Counselor

Paul Santero, Psy. D.

Licensed Psychologist

3252 Holiday Dr. #205, La Jolla, California 92037 | 619-750-0970

Addictions, whether it be sex, food, drugs, alcohol, work, etc. can be caused by un-resolved trauma experiences. The unresolved trauma leads to an uncomfortable feeling or state which the person medicates to feel better. This medication, or behavior, soon become an addicting behavior which the person has trouble stopping. I find the best way to attack an addiction is to resolve the trauma and find a healthy substitute behavior. I help the individual resolve the trauma using the technique called EMDR. The individual can gain strength by de-isolating (having an accountability partner) and substituting a healthy, enjoyable behavior in place of the harmful addicting one.

Dennis Harris, MFT
Addiction Counselor

Dennis Harris, MFT

MFT

680 Telegraph Cyn Rd, Chula Vista, California 91910 | 619=992=3233

Weather you find yourself compulsively drinking, drugging, eating, gambling or sexually acting out, (to name a few) you know you have a problem when these behaviors are causing you difficulties in you relationships, work, or your emotionally or physical health. I use a combination of 12 steps, mindfulness and rational recovery to assist you in dealing with the voice in your head that talks you into acting in ways that you know are destructive so you can manage your mind rather than having your mind manage you.

John Kane, AMFT, APCC
Addiction Counselor

John Kane, AMFT, APCC

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Chula vista, California 92154 | 4086568564

I specialize in working with internet, video game, cell phone, social media, and porn addictions. These process addictions have acquired a power over you that is difficult to break. I take a multi-faceted approach to helping you experience the change you desire. I use Motivational Interviewing to help you solidify your desire to change, I utilize abstinence based strategies and methods to help you establish and sustain sobriety, I help you learn how to replace these addictions with real relationships and interests that foster real relationships and I support you in identifying or establishing a natural support network that helps you to maintain and sustain the new changes in your life!

Tami Chelew, MA, CSAT
Addiction Counselor

Tami Chelew, MA, CSAT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - LMFT #79759

10065 Old Grove Rd Ste 102, San Diego, California 92131 | 858-254-6169

I am an Emotionally Focused therapist (EFT) & I am a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist Candiate Level 4 0f 4 (CSAT). These two modalities work hand in hand for recovery and healing. EFT is an attachment model - helping individuals to become more securely attached to those who mean most. Sexual disorders & addiction disorders are disorders of bonding - a misguided attempt to secure attachment. When we dont have healthy, accessible people we can turn to for comfort & care, we often turn away to other things to cope & manage painful feelings. This is where addiction often forms. I work with someone who has some sobriety established to help them build secure relationship with self & others.

Aleksandra Drecun, Psy.D.
Addiction Counselor

Aleksandra Drecun, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

12526 High Bluff Drive, Suite 300, San Diego, California 92130 | (858) 792-3541

There are various types of addictions that include drugs, alcohol, spending, overeating, gambling, computer, smoking, pornography, sex, etc. Having a willingness to get the support one needs is essential in recovering from addiction—no matter how bad the addiction or how powerless you feel. Working with a professional who specializes in addiction is critical. Taking a holistic approach to treatment and recovery will help release you from the prison of addiction. Staying free from addiction for the long term will require building a new, meaningful life where addiction no longer has a place and you are in control of your own life and existence.

Deborah Moyer, LMFT
Addiction Counselor

Deborah Moyer, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

11440 W Bernardo Ct, Suite 200, San Diego, California 92127 | 858-731-6013

Has your “retail therapy” gotten out of control? Perhaps you used to gamble for fun, but now you keep gambling even though the fun is long gone. Or maybe you can’t understand why you sometimes ruin a whole day of healthy eating with nighttime kitchen raids. These or other compulsive behaviors don’t need to control you any more. I am eager to talk to you about how I can help.

Pamela Polcyn, Ph.D, MFT
Addiction Counselor

Pamela Polcyn, Ph.D, MFT

Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist

701 Garden View Ct., #15, Encinitas, California 92024 | 760-7531551

Addiction is a complex set of behavioral, thinking, and feeling patterns that interfere with an experience of health, happiness, and love in oneself and in relationships. Addictive behavior normally has an important function for a person. Finding and making alternative lifestyle choices can be both challenging and painful. Therapy assists in looking inwards at the situation created by addictive behavior, considering more satisfying alternatives, and exploring options that will contribute to a happier life.

Jenny Liu, MEd. MFT. NLP. Confidence Coach
Addiction Counselor

Jenny Liu, MEd. MFT. NLP. Confidence Coach

Online Therapist & Coach, Online Career Counselor

Simi Valley, California 93065 | 8053806308

Addicted to alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, romance or food? Counseling can help! I work with clients from a holistic approach addressing the mind, body and spirit. Addiction is associated with deep emotional pain in the human psyche. In order to truly heal your pain, you will need to address the needs of all aspects of yourself. Call me for a consult!

Thomas Schmierer, Catholic Therapist, Licensed MFT
Addiction Counselor

Thomas Schmierer, Catholic Therapist, Licensed MFT

Healing and Peace Catholic Therapy Services

3088 Pio Pico Dr, Ste 203, Carlsbad, California 92008 | (760) 529-0830

Need a therapist who specializes in addictions? One who knows about the mixed feelings of both wanting to continue in the addiction and also wanting to change? Sometimes the part of you who wants to stay addicted will be the most powerful, the most present, ...and that's okay. Other times you will so desperately want to climb out of the hole of addiction... and that's okay too. Thomas Schmierer, Catholic Therapist, LMFT can help you observe what it is like to be in both places at the same time using a technique called a "cognitive interweave." This technique is one of the latest methods for resolving this conflict and moving you towards freedom from your addiction. Contact Thomas today!

Adrienne Levy, MA LMFT
Addiction Counselor

Adrienne Levy, MA LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

2558 Roosevelt Street, Suite 204, Carlsbad, California 92008 | 760-720-5320

My primary orientation to work with clients is on relationships, with other AND with our selves. Inner peace comes from living an authentic life. When people feel anxious about some aspect of life, places where we CAN'T know what will happen, we are vulnerable to turning to substances to feel better or not feel at all. I believe we can find ways to tolerate ambiguity and emotional discomfort to create the lives we most want.

The Center for Change, M.S., M.A., LMFT
Addiction Counselor

The Center for Change, M.S., M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

400 S. Melrose Drive, Ste. 103, Vista, California 92081 | 760 806-4350

You cannot begin the work of releasing an addiction until you can acknowledge that you are addicted. Recognition of your own addictions requires inner work. It requires that you look clearly at the places where you lose power in your life, where you feel controlled by external circumstances. It requires going through your defenses. This approach applies to all addictions. In order to release your addiciion, it is necessary to enter your inadequacies, to recognize that they are real, an to bring them into the light of consciousness to heal. I will help you through this process so that you can find true happiness and fullfillment in your life.


92101 is a zip code located in San Diego County and part of San Diego, California. It has a land area of 4.721 square miles.  The population of 92101 is 37,095 people.