Community Recovery Resources
Rebuilding Connections During the Recovery Process
Rebuilding connections to our self and others is a large part of the recovery process. Often addiction is referred to a disease of isolation because we tend to let go of the things and people we once enjoyed while our relationship with a substance takes over our lives. Within the recovery process we get a chance to rebuild – rebuild ourselves, our relationships, our hobbies - and it can take awhile to regain a sense of peace about who we are. Connecting with others who are on this journey with us can help hold us accountable and offer support during times that are challenging. We all need someone that we can trust and count on in our recovery.
There are a variety of challenges that people can face early on in recovery; finding support should not be one of them. The following resources may help during the recovery process. View additional family and teen resources.
- Mutual Aid Meetings
- Recovery Housing
- Warm Lines
- Harm Reduction
- Grief and Trauma Resources
- Family Resources
Mutual Aid Meetings
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) - Alcoholics Anonymous is an international mutual aid fellowship dedicated to abstinence based recovery from alcoholism through its spiritually inclined twelve-step program.
- Dharma Recovery - Dharma Recovery uses Buddhist practice and principles to heal the suffering caused by all types of addiction. It is an international community of people who host and participate in weekly meetings to support our sobriety and wellbeing through meditation, self-inquiry, and sharing.
- LifeRing - LifeRing is an secular organization of people who share practical experiences and sobriety support. There are as many ways to live free of illicit or non-medically indicated drugs and alcohol. LifeRing respectfully embraces what works for each individual.
- Moderation Management - Moderation Management is a behavioral change program and national support group network for people concerned about their drinking who desire to make positive lifestyle changes. MM empowers individuals to accept personal responsibility for choosing and maintaining their own path, whether moderation or abstinence. We promote early self-recognition of risky drinking behavior, when moderate drinking may be an achievable goal.
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA) - Narcotics Anonymous is a twelve-step program for recovery from addiction.
- Secular Organizations for Sobriety - Secular Organizations for Sobriety is a nonprofit network of autonomous, non-professional local groups, dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety/abstinence from alcohol and drug addiction, food addiction and more.
- SMART Recovery - SMART Recovery is a mental health and educational program, focused on changing human behavior. SMART Recovery meetings are serious but often fun. We don’t dredge up the past, about which we can do nothing. We can do something about the present and the future. Meeting discussions focus on how to apply SMART’s tools for change so that you can go on to lead a more productive and connected life.
- Women for Recovery - Women for Sobriety (WFS) is an organization and a self-help program for women with substance use disorders. Based upon the thirteen acceptance statements, the new life program is one of positivity that encourages emotional and spiritual growth. Women for Sobriety welcomes all expressions of female identity and our peer-supported resources are available to all sisters from the LGBTQIA community.
- Oxford Houses - Oxford House has as its primary goal the provision of housing and rehabilitative support for the people who want to stop drinking or using drugs and stay stopped. In its simplest form, an Oxford House describes a self-run, self-supported recovery house.
- Virginia Association of Recovery Residences (VARR) - View a list of recovery houses that participate in voluntary accreditation through VARR.
Warmlines are similar to hotlines in that they are free, peer-run phone lines that connect callers to clinically supervised and trained mental health advocates, including social workers, who provide emotional support.
- Alive RVA - Alive RVA is a peer-run warm line for addiction recovery and is available at 1-833-473-3782.
- Mental Health Warm Line - This warm line is a non-emergency line for mental health concerns and is available at 1-866-400-6428.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline - The suicide prevention lifeline can help you or a loved one who is struggling with thoughts of suicide and is available at 1-800-273-8255.
- Trevor Project - The Trevor Project provides phone, text and chat services for LGBTQ+ youth and can help with thoughts of suicide and gender identity and is available at 212-695-8650.
- Veterans Crisis Line - The veterans crisis line provides confidential crisis services for veterans. Call 1-800-273-8255, press 1, or text 838255.
- Free Narcan, safer sex supplies, and fentanyl testing strips can be accessed in Chesterfield by calling Lauren Herschler at 804-717-6169 or by reaching out via email.
- Health Brigade - Health Brigade provides Comprehensive Harm Reduction (CHR) services in the Richmond area including needle exchange, health screenings, Narcan, safer sex supplies, and referrals to services.
Grief and Trauma Resources
- Full Circle Grief Center - Full Circle provides support for grieving children, families, adults and communities through support groups, individual counseling services, remembrance programs, and grief education support. Full Circle has groups for overdose loss, suicide loss, perinatal loss and many others.
- Robin's Hope - We offer a variety of free support groups to assist anyone 18+ in healing from any type of emotional trauma. Experiences of childhood abuse, domestic violence, the unexpected death of a loved one, substance use disorder, etc. can overwhelm one’s ability to cope. Our participants, members, volunteers and staff have lived and seen it all. We welcome you and your lived experience to our spaces! Robin’s Hope uses both licensed, trained counselors and peer specialists (who have lived experience) to facilitate groups.
- Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change by Jeffrey Foote, et. al. This resource may be available from the Chesterfield County Public Library.
- Families Anonymous - Families Anonymous is a faith-based group for those with loved ones struggling with or recovering rom substance use disorder.
- Northstar Community - Northstar is, first and foremost, a group of people. We gather in support groups, classes, and even faith-based services to help each other brainstorm ways to respond to life challenges such as stress, family challenges, mental health issues, substance use, and more. We are a little bit like therapy, a little bit like a 12-step meeting, and a little bit like church.
- SMART Recovery Friends and Family Program - Our meetings (available both in-person and online) provide concerned significant others the tools they need to effectively support their loved one, without supporting the addictive behavior. These tools also help family and friends better cope with their loved one’s situation and regain their peace of mind.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA provides educational resources and leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.