If you think someone is overdosing, call 911 immediately.
Support is offered in group settings. Most Community Services Boards (CSBs) offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT, a regulated process that combines counseling and safely administered medication, has proved to be successful at helping people through recovery.
Some private clinics and doctors specialize in treating substance use disorders and addiction. Search for opioid treatment services near you here.
If you need drug or counseling treatment at any time, you can call this toll-free number: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
The journey away from opioid misuse starts one step at a time. Together, we can curb the crisis.
If you have insurance, ask your insurer whether it has a network of preferred providers, or contact your local Community Services Board (CSB) to see whether it accepts your insurance.
For those without insurance, your local CSB can still provide needed services, on a sliding fee scale. Learn about your eligibility for low-cost or no-cost health insurance at CoverVA.org.
Following are guidelines to consider as you seek options for effective, high-quality treatment. One indicator of quality is the ability to get an appointment quickly — within 48 hours.
Accreditation: Find out by calling or researching online whether the program is accredited. It should be licensed or certified by the state, and staff members should have received training in treatment of substance use and mental disorders and be licensed or registered in the state.
Medication: FDA-approved drugs are part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT), a successful part of many people’s recovery. More than 61% of treatment participants using MAT, one study found, remained abstinent from opioid misuse three years later — far better results than found for those not using MAT. But be wary of other claims: No drug prevents relapse for alcohol or opioid use disorder. (Read more about MAT here.)
Evidence-Based Practices: Programs should include counseling or therapeutic treatments, peer support, and education about the risks of drug and alcohol use, all practices that have proved effective. They should also provide, or help someone obtain, medical care for physical health problems.
Families: Make sure the program includes family members: They can provide much-needed support, and they will need to understand the short- and long-term process of recovery.
Ongoing Support: The program should provide support beyond immediate treatment, such as ongoing counseling, recovery coaching and support, sober housing, employment support, and continued family involvement. Addiction is a chronic condition that may require ongoing medication in addition to recovery-related supports.
No matter who you are — a friend or loved one of someone who is misusing opioids, a policymaker, a law enforcement official, a healthcare provider, or simply a concerned citizen — we all have a role to play in the fight against the Virginia opioid crisis. Volunteering with a community coalition is a great way to join with others to make an impact. Check out the Community Coalitions of Virginia or this map to connect with a coalition in your area.