Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services is committed to providing treatment services to those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. This program serves individuals over the age of 18 who are addicted to or abuse alcohol and/other drugs. We recognize that problems associated with alcohol or other drug use effect not only the individual but also the family, the workplace, and the general community.
Substance abuse is present when a person’s use of alcohol or other drugs continues despite problems it causes in any area of life: personal, social, familial, medical, and/or employment. While alcohol is the substance most frequently abused, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and multiple drug abuse are also common. A high percentage of Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services clients are dually diagnosed, having significant mental health problems in conjunction with primary drug or alcohol problems.
The agency provides a variety of services to assist individuals and families toward recovery:
Services start with a thorough evaluation. Treatment recommendations are made based on the result of the evaluation. Recommendations may range from individual counseling, substance abuse education groups, addiction treatment groups, detoxification or residential treatment. Urine drug screens may be utilized as part of the initial assessment and ongoing support of treatment. In addition to the clinic-based services, there are extensive addiction treatment services offered in the Henrico Jail.
Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (HAMHDS) offers specialized evidence-based outpatient substance abuse treatment programming for women. HAMHDS gives priority to pregnant & post-partum women who are using drugs and/or alcohol. Therapeutic interventions address issues such as relapse prevention, self-care, relationships and intimacy, healthy boundaries, parenting, domestic violence/abuse, and exploitation. Providers help participants link to community-based resources.
“I was placed in the women’s recovery group here at Henrico County Mental Health and I began to attend it. It was my twice weekly appointment that I had to keep. Having that scheduled time and consistent familiar faces each week was vital to keeping me sober in early recovery. It was in this group of women that I found my voice, my strength and began my recovery.” – Graduate from women’s services
We recognize the growing use of opiates in our region. We provide an Opiate Recovery Program to those addicted to opiates. Individual and group therapy is provided. This treatment may include medication assisted treatment through contracts with local MAT providers. Those using opiates are a priority population and will be opened to services upon their request.
Detoxification and Residential Treatment
Detoxification and Residential Treatment are available through arrangements with local hospitals and specialized treatment facilities.
Building Blocks Education Group
HAMHDS offers an 6.5 hour Substance Use education class for those that are in the pre-contemplative stage of change. This class is offered monthly and those interested can register by calling Access at 804-727-8515.
Involvement in self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and Narcotics Anonymous is an important component of treatment.