Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Certified Addiction Specialist

Board Certified Intervention Professional

Larry Fritzlan Family Recovery TherapyLarry 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. 

In Family Recovery Therapy,
the Family is the Client

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 Fritzlan’s credentials include:

  • California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (1996)
  • Certified Addiction Specialist (1996)
  • Board Certified Intervention Professional
  • Member, Association of Intervention Specialists
  • Active in the treatment of alcoholism and addiction since 1992
  • Founder of Larry Fritzlan Recovery Services, located in Corte Madera, California
  • Former adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California
  • Lecturer for professional associations and academic institutions
  • Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Author of three books on the family system-based treatment of addiction: My Addicted Child, My Addicted Spouse, and My Addicted Parent

Larry lives in Mill Valley, California with his partner and wife, Avis Rumney.


Definition of Addiction

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.

New Book Coming Soon!

Addiction Therapy and Treatment