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Substance Abuse Stats in Virginia Beach

Like much of VA, Virginia Beach struggles with a drug and alcohol problem. The area is a tourist town and all of the traffic makes it a hotspot for partying. 

A study found that drivers in Virginia Beach crash 3.98 times more often under the influence of alcohol. During the 20 months of the study, over 3,000 people were involved in drug-related car crashes. 

Besides alcohol, other drugs found in these Virginia Beach drivers included: 

  • Antidepressants
  • Cannabis 
  • Narcotics
  • Opioids
  • Sedatives
  • Stimulants

Choosing Between an Outpatient and Inpatient Rehab

Wondering what kind of rehab is best for substance abuse? The two primary kinds are inpatient and outpatient rehab. Each kind is ideal for different situations. 

  • Outpatient rehab is a good choice if you need to balance recovery with life and responsibilities. It lets you attend rehab in sessions while living at home. 
  • Inpatient rehab is the right choice for most clients. It offers you a place to focus on recovery, with no distractions or temptations. 

How Long Can Treatment at a Rehab Last?

No two treatment stints are quite the same. That’s because no two clients have the same needs. You won’t recover at exactly the same rate as the next person. 

Still, we know from research that 90 days of treatment is the shortest period that works. Going to treatment for less than three months puts you at a higher risk for relapse. 

If you’re being treated with Suboxone for opioid use disorder, then 12 months of treatment is recommended. 

What to Expect at Rehab

Not sure what to expect at a rehab in Virginia Beach? Your treatment team will help you create a treatment plan that’s right for you. 

Your treatments may include: 

  • Support groups: 12 Step groups and other support groups can help you realize you’re not alone. Support is more important than you think in recovery. 
  • Therapy: Talk therapy can help you understand why you use drugs. The more you understand about your disorder, the better you can control it. 
  • Medication: Some clients are eligible to use medications like Suboxone to control cravings. 

When Would You Need to Go to Detox?

Your treatment team will tell you if you should go to detox. It’s important that you go to detox and stay for the full period. Skipping detox puts you at a higher risk of relapse. 

You should go to detox if you: 

  • Are physically dependent
  • Have cravings
  • Have tried to stop using but failed
  • Have withdrawal when you try to stop
  • Use drugs despite bad consequences 

Detox helps you through the most difficult part of recovery. You’re at the highest risk for relapse during withdrawal. 

How Long is Detox?

Many detox centers offer programs that vary from five days to 21 days in length. 

Different drugs take different times to clear your system. For instance, alcohol leaves your system in days, but some stimulants can hang around for weeks. 

Be honest with your treatment team about your drug use when planning detox. The more information they have, the better they can estimate your detox length. A detox that’s too short puts you at risk for relapse. 


  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2016). Drug and alcohol crash risk: a case-control study
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (n.d.). 8: Medical detoxification
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (n.d.). 7: Duration of treatment