Substance Use and Recovery


Our Peer Support Specialist helps those suffering from mental health and/or addiction navigate a personal path to recovery by building on individual strengths and successes. Peer support specialists share the unique “lived experience” of recovering from mental illness and/or addiction issues at some point in their lives.

Anyone who is willing to put in the work toward recovery.  Our catchment area is the four counties surrounding Lynchburg (Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell) and Lynchburg itself.  They will be assessed, referred to resources in the area and/or they will be expected to complete a series of appointments leading up to the completion of a recovery plan.  The referrals could be for medications, therapy, mutual support groups, etc.  The goal is to provide clients with the tools they need to help them feel more in control and help them discover how to get more stable in their life.

Currently there is no cost associated with this program.  This is a grant funded program.  In the future we are hoping to be able to bill Medicare and their MCO's for covered services.

To sign up, call 434.477.5967 or 434.363.7689


Our staff offers Rapid REVIVE trainings, which are short, 30-minute presentation on the use of Narcan and how to identify and respond to an overdose.  Attendees receive Narcan for free after the training.

We offer Rapid REVIVE trainings at the Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell County health departments every month on the second Thursday of every month from 12:00 - 2:00 PM.  You can stop into any of those locations during that time period to receive the training.

Additionally, we offer Rapid REVIVE to individuals upon request.  You can use the Rapid REVIVE Narcan Training Request form to request a training.


We also offer fentanyl test strips and drug disposal bags that are available for community members, which you can receive by emailing

If you would like someone from the Central Virginia Health District to come speak about substance use, please contact us at



CVARR-Central VA Addiction Recovery Resources