Virginia Beach Offers Free 13-Week Program for Families Affected by Substance Abuse

Human Services Launches New Cycle of Celebrating Families!

Thursday, November 05, 2015

​Families affected by drug or alcohol abuse can get free help, starting Nov. 18, with a 13-week class called Celebrating Families! The class will meet every Wednesday at Pembroke Elementary School, 4622 Jericho Road, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. It is sponsored by the Behavioral Health and Wellness Prevention Services program of the Virginia Beach Human Services Department.

Celebrating Families! is an evidence-based education support group that provides weekly instruction focusing on a healthy lifestyle, free from drugs and alcohol. This strength-based, skill-building program helps the whole family recover from the disease of addiction and have an opportunity to live a safe, healthy and happy life. The class is free and includes dinner and activities to promote healthy family relationships. Following a healthy, nutritious family meal, parents and children will participate in an age-appropriate 90-minute instructional group session devoted to a particular theme. Afterwards, families are reunited for a 30-minute activity to practice what they learned. Session topics include information on nutrition, communication, facts about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, effects of chemical dependency on families, healthy relationships and goal-setting that strengthens family bonding.

If interested, please contact Sabrina Pugh at (757) 385-0827 or

The mission of the Human Services Department is to help Virginia Beach citizens achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency, safety and quality of life, through an array of coordinated services delivered in a climate of dignity, respect and accountability. Celebrating Families! is for families in which one or both parents have been affected by substance use or abuse. Celebrating Families! works with every member of the family, from ages 4 through adult, to strengthen recovery from alcohol or other drugs, break the cycle of addiction and increase successful family reunification. Learn more about mental health substance abuse services available through Human Services at

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