Written by Emma Grosskopf
The Roanoke Valley HOPE Initiative (RVHI) is a volunteer-based organization here in the valley that focuses on helping individuals who suffer from substance use disorders. Substance use disorders (SUDs) can include alcohol, marijuana and opiates, and are extremely common across the nation; the greater Roanoke County area is no exception.
The RVHI mission aims “to inform the community at large as to the severity of the opioid epidemic confronting the community.” Services offered by the volunteers of this organization include detoxification programs, residential treatment programs, support groups and much more.
The RVHI hosts “drop in” sessions where people suffering from SUDs can get information about professional health services that are available to them. The next community-based sessions will be held on Feb. 11, March 11, April 15 and May 13 at the Bradley Free Clinic from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. These consultations are held on the second Monday of each month.
For more information on SUDs, service availability, future “drop in” dates, how to volunteer and more, call the HOPE Line at 540-339-9010. You may also visit the RVHI website at bradleyfreeclinic.com/services/roanoke-hope-initiative/.