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Have you ever felt you ought to cut down on your drinking or drug use?

Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking or drug use?

Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking or drug use?

Have you ever had a drink or used drugs first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover (eye-opener)?


Answering yes to three or four of  these questions may indicate your drinking or substance use is problematic.





A client is referred to a particular group following an initial assessment by a clinician who determines the type of group that is most appropriate.

Weekly Group

The group is focused on individuals who are experiencing difficulty in day to day life due to the use of alcohol or drugs, but who might be uncertain about identifying their use as a substance abuse problem. This group helps individuals take ownership of the nature of the problem, and develop strategies for change. This group can lead to a decision for more intensive treatment or to pursue individual or family therapy.

This group meets for an hour and a half over a fourteen week period.  Members are asked to maintain abstinence from all drugs and alcohol, and to attend four 12-step program meetings.



Intensive Outpatient Group

Designed for clients who have a problematic use of drugs or alcohol that has substantially impacted their ability to have successful relationships, to work responsibly, to maintain good health, to manage finances, and to control behavior,  this group meets three days a week for three hour sessions over a six week period.

The group therapy is focused on the challenges of abstinence, the emotional and psychological issues that are both the cause and the result of substance abuse, and the relationship damage caused by substance abuse. In a supportive and understanding atmosphere, clients are encouraged to build a personal recovery program and to create healthy goals for themselves.

Since relationships are an integral part of recovery, this group invites family members to participate in a part of the group once a week. Group participants are also expected to participate in a 12-step group or other support group while in the intensive program.




Suboxone Treatment Group

Suboxone is a medication for the treatment of addiction to opiate painkillers and heroin.  Our Suboxone treatment team consists of clinicians who have special expertise in helping to transition patients with opioid dependence to Suboxone in the privacy and convenience of our medical offices.  The overall goal for each patient is to achieve a life free from all addictive substances including opiate pain medications and heroin.  The length of time required to achieve this will vary with each individual, but the general goal is to achieve a complete taper of opiates and Suboxone within 12 months.

The Suboxone program is a comprehensive outpatient group therapy and educational program addressing opiate dependency problems.  A variety of educational and therapeutic issues are targeted.  This includes the physical, psychological, social, spiritual and family aspects of abuse.  The program first requires that the individual be assessed for admission to the program by a Suboxone admission clinician.  The individual will then be scheduled to undergo a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation by a TPS psychiatrist, who will then decide if the individual is appropriate to begin Suboxone medication treatment.

The group therapy and the medication are both necessary to support recovery from the opioid and heroin addiction.  Most insurance carriers will cover these services.




Tidewater Psychotherapy Services is a multidisciplinary mental health practice where psychiatrists, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers and licensed professional counselors provide a wide range of services to individuals, families and groups. Treatment is provided for patients of all ages, and services include individual therapy, family and marital therapy, medication management, and groups in specialty areas such as substance abuse.




As of January 9, 2017 Tidewater Psychotherapy Services will be in our new office.

260 Grayson Road

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Tel: (757) 497-3670

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