Opioid Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Program

​Virginia Beach can now do more to help people overcome opioid addiction thanks to a federal grant of nearly a million dollars. 

The funds will be used to address the opioid epidemic that is claiming lives across the country and, sadly, right here in our city. 

According to the Virginia Beach Police Department, from 2015 to 2016 opioid overdoses increased by more than 150 percent and the number of deaths nearly doubled. 

The grant is funding a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program designed to assist Virginia Beach citizens trying to conquer an opiate addiction. The funds will help break down barriers to successful treatment by aiding participants with household expenses and childcare. The program will also provide increased treatment support, such as residential or outpatient services.  ​


Virginia Beach citizens are eligible for the program based on the following criteria:  ​

    • ​Virginia Beach residency
    • Diagnosed opioid use disorder
    • Does not have insurance to cover MAT 
    • Not currently enrolled in a MAT program with other funding
    • May have health, housing, childcare or other needs                                                                                                                                                                               

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to heroin, fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, or other opioid drugs, contact the Virginia Department of Human Services, at: 

Individuals accepted into the program will need to sign a Release of Information (ROI) form for the Opioid Prevention Treatment (OPT) clinic of choice.  They will also need to sign ROIs for any child care service, hotel, residential service, etc. that will utilize payments through this program. 

Signs of Opioid Abuse:

  • Physical signs that someone may be abusing an opiate:
    • Noticeable elation/euphoria
    • Marked sedation/drowsiness
    • Confusion
    • Constricted pupils
    • Slowed breathing
    • Intermittent nodding off, or loss of consciousness
    • Constipation.
  • Behavioral signs that someone may be abusing an opiate:
    • Doctor shopping (getting multiple prescriptions from different doctors)
    • Mood swings
    • Extra pill bottles turning up in the trash
    • Social withdrawal/isolation
    • Sudden financial difficulties
  • Opiate withdrawal symptoms (can mimic flu symptoms):​
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Sweatin.
    • Fatigue
    • Anxiety
    • Inability to sleep


Contact Information

Related Documents:

REVIVE for 2018.pdf