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Substance Use Disorder

Supporting children, adolescents, adults and their family members who are challenged or affected by substance use disorder.
Supporting children, adolescents, adults and their family members who are challenged or affected by substance use disorder.

About the Program

The Up Center’s Substance Use Disorder provides services to children, adolescents, adults and their family members who are challenged or affected by substance use disorder. Challenges may include: strained social or family relationships, chronic relapse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), poor self-care, legal consequences, increased psychiatric symptoms, and physical health illness. We offer a range of evidence-based therapies to ensure that substance abuse treatment is specific to the needs of the client. Our clinicians are specifically trained to facilitate clients through the stages of change along with integrating a support system to create a positive path to improved well-being.
We offer support for children, adolescents, adults, couples, parents and families regardless of whether you are affected directly or indirectly, including:
  • Individual, family and group therapy
  • Substance Use Drug Screen
  • Substance Use Evaluation/Assessment
  • Substance Use Case Management
Additional resources include:

Peer Recovery Services

Peer Recovery Services is community-based support led by a certified Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS). Services include coaching, assistance, and connections to resources for individuals challenged by substance use or mental health disorders.
We offer one-on-one communication whenever needed, connections to community resources and events to aid recovery, modeling effective coping skills to manage challenges and ease everyday triggers, group support to build a social network for recovery, and developing and implementing a personal recovery plan.

New Visions Program

The New Visions program helps youth under age 18 and their families who are impacted by substance use to envision a life of wellness and recovery. This program is designed to help youth better engage in their community to build skills and strategies to change or avoid substance use behavior. The New Visions program is now available to Norfolk and Portsmouth residents with or without insurance.

Richelle Burney

Substance Use Disorder Program Manager
Richelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW/Virginia), Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC/Virginia) and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC/National). She obtained both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from Norfolk State University. Richelle has been providing clinical therapy and other direct care services for the last 10 years with children, adolescents, adults and families. For the last 5 years Richelle has specialized in Substance Use Treatment as a result of the overwhelming need that she saw in the community. As a result, during her tenure at Community Solutions she was instrumental in opening the Hampton Roads first level 3.1 inpatient facility. During this time she served as the clinical and program director while supervising clinicians and peer recovery specialists. Most recently Richelle was drawn to The Up Center to start a Substance Use program to ensure outpatient services were accessible to under and uninsured individuals in her community.

Contact Us

Phone: (757) 965-8623 


  • 222 W 19th St, Norfolk, VA 23517
  • 1805 Airline Blvd, Portsmouth, VA 23707
  • 109.5 Clay St, Suffolk, VA 23434