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Drug & Alcohol Detoxification Facilities in Virginia

As one of the oldest states in the U.S., Virginia is as rich in history as it is beautiful. With impressive mountain ranges, hundreds of miles of Atlantic coastline, strong roots in politics and activism, and a unique mixture of diverse cultures, Virginia is certainly a jewel of a state with lots to offer. Although it’s been affected by the recent heroin epidemic like the rest of the country, Virginia remains a favorite destination among individuals in need of addiction treatment due to its combination of scenery, culture, and a broad range of addiction treatment and detox centers.

Virginia Addiction & Detox Statistics

  • Over the course of 2015, there were 850 deaths from heroin and opioid overdose in the state of Virginia alone; this was an increase of about 9 percent from the year before.
  • Research has shown that addiction has high rates of comorbidity with many psychological disorders. In fact, it was recently found that about 30 percent of all Virginia residents with mental or emotional disorders also suffer from some type of substance abuse disorder.
  • Although heroin has become a major problem in Virginia as in most other states, cocaine use remains high in Virginia, too. In fact, there were 3,200 Virginia residents admitted to addiction treatment programs for cocaine use and addiction in 2009 alone.
  • Interestingly, many of the drug poisoning or overdose deaths that occur in Virginia are limited to a Dickenson County. According to estimates, about 73 percent of the drug poisoning deaths that occurred last year were in Dickenson County, Virginia.
  • There’s estimated to be 196 facilities that treatment substance abuse and addiction located throughout the state of Virginia. Of those facilities, only 42 are residential or inpatient facilities and only 20 have the resources to provide comprehensive treatment for heroin and opioid addiction.

Getting Sober in Virginia

Many people have found Virginia to be an ideal place for getting and staying sober. The state has a diverse population that’s at once dedicated to the traditions of its history and increasingly progressive in its cultural sensibilities. Whether you’ve been in recovery for years or are still getting sober, Virginia is a wonderful place in which to focus on overcoming an addiction.

Virginia Addiction & Substance Abuse Organizations

  • The Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance — called SAARA for short — is a grassroots, community-based and volunteer-driven recovery organization based in Fairfax, Virginia. Among many other things, this group promotes social, education, legal, research, and health care resources for the purposes of improving individual accountability, enhancing addiction prevention strategies in communities, and to provide intervention, treatment, and recovery support to those in need.
  • The Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals, or VAAP, is an affiliate of NAADAC and is a coalition of addiction treatment and healthcare professionals that have joined forces to promote alcoholism and drug addiction counseling as well as ethical and quality standards of addiction treatment and recovery services.
  • The Virginia Summer Institute for Addiction Studies — or VSIAS — is an education-focused organization that promotes the furtherment in education and training of addiction treatment professionals as well as young adults who are looking to enter the addiction treatment field. This group coordinates and organizes summertime educational programs for addiction and recovery as well as manages a mentorship program for future addiction treatment professionals to get additional experience and practical knowledge.
  • The McShin Foundation is an organization that was founded in 2004 and which claims to be Virginia’s leading full-service recovery community organization (RCO), helping individuals and their families to overcome substance abuse disorders. In effect, the group helps individuals in need to get the addiction recovery resources that will allow them to return to health and become independent, productive members of their communities. The McShin Foundation has a strong basis in outreach and activism, too.
  • The Addiction Recovery Council of Virginia, or ARCVA for short, is a peer-run nonprofit organization consisting of individuals who are actively in recovery and who want to be a driving force behind the direction in which Virginia’s substance abuse-related legislation and policies are going. In short, the group wants to improve accessibility and delivery of recovery support to Virginia residents in need.

Virginia Looks to Unconventional Methods to Address Substance Abuse

Despite there being over 14,000 addiction treatment and detox facilities in the U.S., rates of recovery remain low with only about 10 perfect of addicts getting help. Numerous factors have contributed to the low recovery rates, including fear of withdrawals, lack of access, prohibitively high cost of treatment, and so on. Hoping to improve rates of recovery, the state of Virginia has begun exploring alternative and even rather unconventional methods by which to offer substance abuse support. One method that’s being tested throughout the state is called telemedicine, which could increase the treatment capacity of Virginia rehabs by allowing patients to connect with addiction treatment and healthcare professionals via video chat.

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