Substance Abuse Information
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In 2018, there were 39 overdose deaths in Chesapeake according to the Virginia Department of Health [1]. One of the ways to prevent these senseless tragedies is to become aware of the dangers of drugs, such as opioids, and to familiarize yourself with some prevention tips.. Here are some tips for substance abuse prevention. 

Never share prescription medication with anyone. You may be just trying to help a loved one, but your prescription could have a dangerous effect on another. 

Keep an eye on your prescription medication. Ask your PCP or pharmacist if the medications you are prescribed can pose a risk of misuse. If so, then place the medication in a lockable box, cabinet or drawer and out of reach of children or adults who could misuse them. If you feel that you maybe in danger of misusing medication, talk with your doctor or pharmacist about alternative medications or leave the medication with someone you trust who can give you the prescribed amount when needed. 


Dispose of medication. "Properly disposing of your prescription drugs can help prevent your child or loved one from recreational drug use. Teens and young adults are especially vulnerable to prescription drug abuse. Young adults (18-25) abuse prescription drugs at the highest rate and use them for non-prescribed reasons. 1 in 4 teens report misusing or abusing prescription drugs- a 33% increase in the past five years. Additionally, over 2/3 of people (over 12) who abuse prescription medications report that they obtained the medicine from a family member or friend for free."-

There are a few ways to dispose of medication in your area that keeps drugs out of the wrong hands. Do not dispose of medication through the sink or toilet as this can can pollute our waterways. You can always find a medication disposal location here.

You can also use a drug disposal bag. If you do not have one, you can request one by sending an email to, or make one yourself with household items by following the steps here.

Communication. Talk to your children about the dangers of substance abuse and model healthy behaviors for children. Parents should also be aware of the risk factors for developing substance abuse, such as a mental health condition, history of trauma, and and having a family member with a history of addiction, and monitor children accordingly.


Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare's (CIBH) Substance Abuse program provides a variety of assessment, treatment and prevention services to the citizens of Chesapeake. These include individual and group counseling for adults and individual therapy for adolescents. CIBH provides outpatient services only. For those requiring detox or inpatient treatment, there are a limited number of options available with which we may be able to link you. Call 547-9334 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for more information. CIBH also offering virtual support groups! Information for Support Groups for: Dialetical Behavioral therapy, Motivational Enhancement therapy, Intensive Outpatient programRelapse prevention.

The Community-Based Clinical Services Program of the Tidewater Youth Services Commission offers a variety of services: including a substance abuse program, assessments, individual and family counseling, crisis intervention, substance abuse education, and aggressive replacement training. Call 757-488-9161 or visit their website here.

Training and Seminars

Attend a REVIVE Training

Revive is Virginia's Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education (one) program, helping people learn how to recognize and respond to opioid overdose emergencies by administering naloxone, a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Medical experience is helpful but not necessary. REVIVE training is recommended for those who are currently using opioids such as heroin or prescription pain medications, or have used in the past, a friend or family member of someone who is currently using opioids, someone who works in a setting where opioid overdoses may occur and someone who is just interested in potentially saving a life.

Attend a Revive Training:

Monday, July 20 → 10:00am-11:00am on Zoom: Register here

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 → 10:00am-11:00am on Zoom: Register here