LMFT, CAS, CIP
Larry Fritzlan is passionate about helping addicts—and their families—escape the downward spiral of addiction.
For the last twenty-five years, in his work and his life, he has witnessed the transformative power of recovery. He has seen, firsthand, that when addicted individuals and their families choose to recover, and do the work to restore themselves to wellness, they not only repair the damage to the family caused by addiction but create fulfilling lives and healthier relationships. He has discovered the almost limitless capacity of individuals to grow and change their dysfunctional relationships—not only to drugs, but also to family members—utilizing family therapy for addiction treatment and ongoing recovery work.
Fritzlan is a licensed family therapist and a certified addiction specialist. In his books and his case work, he has demonstrated that sustained sobriety for the addict, as well as sustenance and growth of family relationships, can best be achieved when the individuals in a family engage together in comprehensive, long-term treatment that can save both lives and money. The paradigm-shifting treatment approach Fritzlan has developed, Family Recovery Therapy, is built on the principle that the family is the client.
“From day one of treatment,” Larry says, “we view the addictive/codependent family system as the client. Actually, we typically start therapy for addiction treatment with the family members, rather than the addict. It is they who have the power to change themselves in ways that can effectively support the addict’s decision to choose sobriety and sustain recovery.”
Larry lives in Mill Valley, California with his partner and wife, Avis Rumney.
Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.
Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases.
— American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2019
Each of these books is specifically directed at a family member with an addicted loved one. Offering hope and help for families affected by addiction, these books describe an effective, family-centered, addiction treatment approach that leads to sustained sobriety for the addict as well as to renewed and restored family relationships.
My son, with Larry's gentle but firm guidance, was able to finish high school, complete junior college, go to Cal Berkeley, and become a successful CPA…. I can vouch for Larry as a skilled therapist and the go-to guy for families struggling with addiction or codependency issues.
When my daughter was 9 weeks away from turning 18, I had real thoughts we might lose her. She was an addict and had several years of stunted mental and emotional growth because of drug use…. I cannot recommend Larry Fritzlan highly enough and the importance of the parents’ involvement in the program.
This man is the best. Period. He works with the addict and parents in a way that is effective and works.
Larry has a unique way of looking at addiction as a family issue which I think is a game-changer. Along with a very scientific approach, this perspective has really opened my eyes and increased my peace of mind with regards to understanding how coming from a family-of-origin with addiction issues has shaped my life. I can highly recommend Larry's approach to addicts or concerned loved ones.