Per the CDC, around 18% of Virginia adults report binge drinking within the last month. For VA high-schoolers, it’s around 16%. When it comes just to using alcohol with any regularity, just over half of Virginia adults partake. Scarier yet, around 20% of Virginians have reported either driving drunk or being the passenger of a drunk driver.
Alcohol abuse is a prevalent issue in Old Dominion, but unfortunately, it’s the same story all across America. Fortunately, however, there’s plenty of free help out there for those in need. We want to share some of these resources with you. Alcoholism is a disease, and the cure begins with helping yourself. Let us help you do just that.
Alcohol Awareness Hotline
The website alcoholawareness.org sponsors a 24/7 hotline that offers free help to anyone suffering from alcohol abuse. Call 855-955-0771 to be connected to a specialist who will listen and help in any way possible. The site also offers direct links to helpful resources and support groups. Their mission is to raise awareness of alcohol abuse by means of offering free help and resources. Call today.
Community Services Boards (CSBs)
The state’s Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services offers a comprehensive list of Virginia CSBs by location, with phone numbers, on their website. The CSBs exist to “…provide treatment for mental health issues, substance use and addiction, and intellectual and developmental disabilities for adults and children,” per the DBHDS website. Call the department direct at 804-786-3921 for more info.
Also sponsored by the DBHDS, the REACH program exists as a statewide crisis system. Aimed primarily to help those with developmental disabilities, any VA resident can call 855-917-8278 for adult help, or 888-908-0486 for help with those under age 18. Click here to visit the website.