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Substance Use & Addictions

Substance AbuseProviding Strengths-Based Services to Individuals and Families to Support Recovery and Wellness Efforts

HCRS offers a comprehensive continuum of services for individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their lives resulting from their use of substances or addictive behaviors. The Substance Use Program offers education, assessment, outpatient, and referral services for adults, youth, and families. The goals of this program are to help individuals make healthy choices that support reduced risk, improved health, and recovery from alcohol and substances when indicated to promote wellness.

Co-occurring & Collaborative Treatment

Experience and research indicate that substance use issues often occur alongside mental health issues, are best treated when family or other supportive people are involved, and that services need to be tailored to match someone’s readiness to make changes. At HCRS we embrace the philosophy that recovery is not just about stopping your alcohol use, substance use, or addictive behavior; true recovery means a willingness to look at how you think, make decisions, engage in relationships, address your self-care, set boundaries with others, and open yourself up to possibilities.

What to expect when you come for services:

When you come to one of our substance use programs, an experienced and licensed counselor will help you examine how your drug or alcohol use affects your life. In a respectful, confidential, and non-threatening manner, our staff will collaborate with you to set your treatment goals, whether to get a better understanding of your relationship with substances, find strategies to achieve and maintain abstinence from substances, or to meet various legal requirements, such as license reinstatement, probation, or DCF requirements.

If you or someone you know is interested in our Substance Use Program services please call one of our offices or come to a Walk-in Clinic to speak with someone in person.

Part of our work includes helping individuals connect with natural and community supports and including them in the treatment and recovery process. Please see our “Related Links” page for more information on local and nationwide resources.

Pregnant and Postpartum Women:

If you are pregnant or postpartum and experiencing substance use challenges, please let us know. Due to the elevated risks to you and your baby, we will expedite services for you. 

IDRP Services:

HCRS offers counseling services to meet your IDRP licensing reinstatement requirements. To locate an IDRP program near you, please call 802-651-1574 or visit the Vermont's IDRP webpage.


Check Out These Other Resources

Windham County Consortium on Substance Use