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Chesapeake, Virginia

Introduction to Chesapeake, Virginia

Chesapeake is a city in southeastern Virginia, situated about 11 miles south of Norfolk and about 12 miles north of the North Carolina border. It is also surrounded by Virginia Beach (to the east) and Suffolk (to the west). The city is serviced by Interstates I-64 and I-464 (connecting it to Norfolk); as well as U.S. Routes 13, 17, 58, and 460; and Virginia State Highway 168. Chesapeake Regional Airport is the city's general aviation facility, with Norfolk International Airport located nearby for commercial passenger service.

The City of Chesapeake was formed in 1963 when Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk merged. The actual history of Chesapeake goes back much further...to the early 1600s when the area was first settled. The historic Battle of Great Bridge took place in what is now Chesapeake in 1775, marking an early Revolutionary War victory for American troops over the forces of British Royal governor Lord Dunmore. In 1793, work began on the Dismal Swamp Canal, which opened in 1805, but later experienced hard times and is today part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. By 1920 South Norfolk had developed to the point where it was incorporated as a city, but by the 1950s, had fallen victim (along with Norfolk County) to annexation suits filed by neighboring cities. Finding it difficult to plan for the future, the two municipalities consolidated as the new city of Chesapeake in 1963. The city has continued to experience growth since that time, and today stands as a unique blend of rural and urban centers, with miles of waterfront industrial, commercial and residential property.

Chesapeake Area Attractions

Few locations offer as wide a variety of things to see and places to visit as the Hampton Roads metro area, and Chesapeake sits at the hub of the activity. The city is only 15 minutes from Norfolk, 20 minutes from the oceanfront, and 40 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg. Chesapeake has plenty of attractions in its own right, some of which are listed here:

  • Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway: the historic waterway linking the Chesapeake Bay to North Carolina’s sounds.
  • Chesapeake Arboretum: Headquartered in an eighteenth century farmhouse with 48 acres of native plants and trees and trail systems which meander through a mature hardwood forest.
  • Chesapeake City Park: A 75-acre site which hosts the annual Chesapeake Jubilee and Symphony Under the Stars and also houses the Chesapeake Skate Park.
  • Chesapeake Planetarium: The first planetarium built by a public school system in the state of Virginia.
  • Chesapeake Veterans’ Memorial: Commemorates the service and sacrifice of Chesapeake citizens who have served or are serving in the military.
  • Deep Creek Lock Park: Heavily wooded with a pedestrian bridge and foot trails.
  • Dismal Swamp Canal Trail: An 8.5 mile long multipurpose trail which accommodates horse owners, bicyclists, walkers, joggers, and boat owners.
  • Great Bridge Lock Park: A 19-acre venue featuring a two-lane boat ramp, picnic shelters, a foot trail, a large play area, and extensive fishing and crabbing areas.
  • Portlock Galleries at SoNo: A renovated contemporary art gallery which hosts local and traveling exhibits.

Virginia is the most populous U.S. state which does not host a major professional sports league franchise. However, the Chesapeake area is within short driving distance from the host venues of some quality minor-league professional teams. The Norfolk Tides, a Class Triple-A farm team for the Baltimore Orioles, play their International League home games at Harbor Park located only 15 minutes away in the city of Norfolk. Also in Norfolk are the Norfolk Admirals, a minor-league pro ice hockey team which competes in the American Hockey League (AHL). The Admirals are affiliated with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. Nearby Hampton is the home of the Hampton Roads Piranhas, a soccer team belonging to the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL).

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPop.Median Family
Income (2000)
Chesapeake199,184$56,302
Hampton146,437$46,110
Newport News180,150$42,520
Norfolk234,403$36,891
Portsmouth100,565$39,577
Suffolk63,677$47,342
Virginia Beach425,257$53,242

High Points

Chesapeake strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Virginia):

CategoryTrophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 9%Chesapeake Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 10%Chesapeake People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 17%Chesapeake Median Family Income


The listings in Chesapeake, Virginia and surrounding areas provide the following services:

(17) Outpatient
(6) Teens and Adolescents
(8) Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
(13) Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders
(8) Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated Offenders
(6) Clients With Legal Issues
(6) Drug/Alcohol Detoxification
(3) Methadone Maintenance
(2) Methadone Detoxification
(12) Females
(1) Halfway House
(2) Gay and Lesbian
(4) Males
(2) Spanish Speaking
(3) Mental Health Services
(2) Hospital Inpatient
(4) American Sign Language
(5) Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment
(1) Short term Residential Care 30 Days or Less
(1) Persons with HIV/AIDS
(1) Women That Are Pregnant or Postpartum
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Do you or someone that you care about live in Chesapeake, Virginia and are seeking help for a drug or alcohol addiction? It does not matter what drugs have been used or how long the addiction has been going on, you are not alone, and help is readily available. We truly understand what you are going through and want to support you through ever single step in the process of finding a Drug Rehab or Alcohol Treatment Program, so that you or your loved one can finally be free of your drug or alcohol addiction. You are not alone in this situation; we are here to hold your hand and guide you every step of the way.

The best possible option for the treatment of a drug or alcohol addiction is to find a quality Alcohol Treatment or Drug Rehabilitation Center in Chesapeake. The most important goal of any Drug Rehabilitation or Alcohol Rehab Program in Chesapeake, VA. should be to help the individual that is in treatment to get to the place where they will be able to live their life successfully without using drugs and alcohol. By doing this, these individuals can avoid the dreadful consequences that are so often associated with addiction and alcoholism. An individual that is able to remain sober will not have to deal with all of the negative consequences are so often linked to a drug or alcohol addiction problem.

There are so many available treatment approaches that are in close proximity to Chesapeake, including Short-term Drug Rehabilitation Facilities, Long-term Drug Treatment Centers, Outpatient Drug Rehabilitation Facilities, Inpatient Drug Treatment Centers, sober living, halfway houses, support group meetings and drug counseling. We are here to help you to figure out what drug rehab treatment approach would best serve you or your loved one in Chesapeake, Virginia that is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction.

A quality Drug Rehab or Alcohol Rehabilitation Center in Chesapeake, should make a point of focusing on both the physical and the psychological aspects of the drug or alcohol addiction. The physical aspect of the drug or alcohol addiction can be treated by the detoxification component of the Chesapeake, Virginia Alcohol Rehab or Drug Rehabilitation Facility; a treatment program will be able to assist the individual by helping to alleviate some of the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that accompany the detox process. The withdrawal symptoms occur because the brain has adapted to the consistent use of the substance; after a period of time, it will take more and more of the substance, in order to produce the same desired effects. It is at this point, that the individual from Chesapeake has developed a physical tolerance to the drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, opiates, and alcohol, just to name a few. When an individual from Chesapeake, Virginia abruptly discontinues any type of substance that their body has become accustomed to having, serious withdrawal symptoms may occur; the body may take several weeks or even months to return to normal functioning, depending on what types of drugs have been abused. If an individual from Chesapeake has been addicted to a drug such as heroin, the associated withdrawal symptoms may be much more severe.

A Drug Treatment or Alcohol Rehabilitation Center in Chesapeake also needs to address the various psychological issues that are invariably associated with a drug or alcohol addiction; a comprehensive recovery program will utilize various treatment techniques in order to accomplish this. These components of the Chesapeake, Virginia Alcohol Rehabilitation or Drug Rehab Facility can include individual or group counseling, drug relapse prevention education and some form of aftercare treatment or follow up care. All of these elements of a Drug Rehabilitation or Alcohol Treatment Facility will work in unison to help the individual from Chesapeake to get to the root of the drug or alcohol addiction, so that they can maintain long term sobriety.

The best possible solution for an individual from Chesapeake, VA. with a severe drug or alcohol addiction, is to locate a Drug Rehabilitation or Alcohol Treatment Center that statistically has a high rate of long term success. A top notch Alcohol Rehabilitation or Drug Rehab Center in Chesapeake will ultimately be equipped to administer a comprehensive treatment program that will help the individual in every single aspect of their daily lives.

In order for an individual from Chesapeake to experience a successful drug recovery, they have to relearn many of the skills that they will use in their daily lives. They will need to use these skills daily, when they return home to Chesapeake, Virginia, where they will encounter some of the reminders and triggers from their drug using days. An Alcohol Treatment or Drug Rehabilitation Facility in Chesapeake will have educated the recovering addict on how to successfully respond to these familiar triggers that can often produce a high amount of psychological stress.

Many individuals from Chesapeake, VA. may try to overcome a drug or alcohol addiction without professional help. Because of the ways in which drugs alter the various functions in the brain, an individual from Chesapeake with the strongest desire to overcome their drug or alcohol addiction on their own will only meet with failure. With all of the above mentioned challenges that are associated with overcoming a drug or alcohol addiction, it is no wonder that so many people from Chesapeake each year enroll in an Alcohol Rehabilitation or Drug Treatment Program. There are so many important reasons why an individual should enroll in a Drug Treatment or Alcohol Rehab Facility in Chesapeake, but the best reason is to be able to once again be close to family and loved ones.

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There are 2 local Alcohol Rehab and Drug Treatment Facilities in Chesapeake, Virginia. We have also provided 18 additional Drug Rehabilitation and Alcohol Rehab Centers that are closest geographically to Chesapeake:

Chesapeake Substance Abuse Program Chesapeake, VA
Primary Service: Drug Treatment and Alcohol Rehab Program
Services Offered: Teens and Adolescents, Outpatient
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicare, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Comprehensive Psychological Services Chesapeake, VA
Primary Service: Drug Treatment and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program
Services Offered: Teens and Adolescents, Clients With Legal Issues, Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated Offenders, Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Outpatient
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Dept of Behavioral Health Care Service Portsmouth, VA 5.2 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center
Services Offered: Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Methadone Detoxification, Drug/Alcohol Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Outpatient, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment
Dept of Behavioral Healthcare Service Portsmouth, VA 6.3 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center
Services Offered: Clients With Legal Issues, Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Gay and Lesbian, Halfway House, Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Methadone Maintenance, Males, Outpatient, Spanish Speaking, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare
T W Neumann and Associates Portsmouth, VA 6.7 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center
Services Offered: Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated Offenders, Outpatient
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Norfolk, VA 9.3 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Alcohol and Drug Rehab Center
Services Offered: American Sign Language, Drug/Alcohol Detoxification, Hospital Inpatient, Mental Health Services
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Adult Outpatient Services Pembroke 6 Virginia Beach, VA 10.0 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery Center
Services Offered: American Sign Language, Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Outpatient, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Tidewater Psychotherapy Services Virginia Beach, VA 10.0 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center
Services Offered: Teens and Adolescents, Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated Offenders, Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Outpatient
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicare, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Norfolk Community Services Board Norfolk, VA 10.5 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Drug and Alcohol Recovery Center
Services Offered: Methadone Detoxification, Drug/Alcohol Detoxification, Gay and Lesbian, Methadone Maintenance, Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment
Atlantic Psychiatric Services Virginia Beach, VA 12.6 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Drug and Alcohol Rehab Program
Services Offered: Teens and Adolescents, Mental Health Services, Outpatient, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
New Bridges Virginia Beach, VA 12.6 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Facility
Services Offered: Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Outpatient, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Norfolk, VA 12.8 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Drug Treatment and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center
Services Offered: Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment, Short term Residential Care 30 Days or Less, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Virginia Beach Virginia Beach, VA 13.4 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Drug Treatment and Alcohol Rehab Facility
Services Offered: Teens and Adolescents, Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Drug/Alcohol Detoxification, Hospital Inpatient, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Mental Health Services, Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicare, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Dominion Psychiatric Associates Virginia Beach, VA 13.4 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Drug Treatment and Alcohol Rehab Facility
Services Offered: Clients With Legal Issues, Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Drug/Alcohol Detoxification, Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated Offenders, Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Outpatient
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Mental Health Substance Abuse Division Virginia Beach, VA 13.4 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Alcohol Treatment and Drug Rehab Facility
Services Offered: Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid
Recovery for the City International Virginia Beach, VA 13.4 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Drug and Alcohol Recovery Center
Services Offered: Teens and Adolescents, Clients With Legal Issues, Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated Offenders, Males, Outpatient, Spanish Speaking, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment
Western Tidewater CSB Suffolk, VA 16.4 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Drug Rehabilitation and Alcohol Rehab Facility
Services Offered: Clients With Legal Issues, Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated Offenders, Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Outpatient, Women That Are Pregnant or Postpartum
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid)
Hampton Veterans Affairs Hampton, VA 18.7 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center
Services Offered: American Sign Language, Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Males, Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Western Tidewater Mental Health Center Suffolk, VA 19.2 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program
Services Offered: American Sign Language, Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated Offenders, Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Outpatient, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicare, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Hampton Veterans Hampton, VA 21.1 miles from Chesapeake
Primary Service: Drug Rehabilitation and Alcohol Rehab Facility
Services Offered: Clients With Legal Issues, Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Drug/Alcohol Detoxification, Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated Offenders, Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Males, Outpatient, Females

Did You Know? ...
Interesting Facts and Statistics:

Patients themselves can take many positive steps in order to ensure that they use prescription medications appropriately. They should always follow the prescribed directions, and be aware of the medication's potential interactions with other drugs. Patients should not ever change a dosing regimen without first discussing it with their doctor and an individual should never use another person's prescription.

With very large doses, an opiate user cannot be awakened, pupils become smaller, and the skin becomes cold, moist, and bluish in color. Breathing slows down and death may occur.

Current illegal drug use differed by employment status in 2008. Among adults aged 18 or older, the rate of illegal drug use was higher for unemployed persons (19.6 percent) than for those who were employed full time (8.0 percent) or part time (10.2 percent). These rates were all similar to the corresponding rates in 2007.

In 2006, 28.3 million adults (12.9 percent of the population 18 years or older) received treatment for mental health problems during the past 12 months. This is similar to the rate in 2005 (13.0 percent).

Symptoms of withdrawal for long-term marijuana users begin within about 1 day following abstinence, peak at 2-3 days, and subside within 1 or 2 weeks following drug cessation.

Among teens aged 12 to 17 in 2005, the rate of current illegal drug use was highest among American Indians or Alaska Natives, about twice the overall rate among teens (19.2 vs. 9.9 percent, respectively). The rates for other groups were 11.0 percent among blacks, 10.1 percent among whites, 9.7 percent among those reporting two or more races, 9.4 percent among Hispanics, and 3.3 percent among Asians.


Drug Addiction doesn't just destroy the addict, it destroys everything around them. Families and friends that have been affected by a loved one using drugs and need help can attend Nar-Anon meetings to get help for dealing with someone else's addiction that is close to them. Nar-Anon meetings in Chesapeake:

Great Bridge Methodist Church
201 Stadium Drive
Chesapeake, Virginia

Meeting Days and Times
Thursdays, 7:00PM
The following survey was completed by residents of Chesapeake, Virginia as part of the USNODRUGS monitoring program. The survey below is a representation of perceptual drug and alcohol usage rates in Chesapeake, Virginia. We cannot guarantee complete accuracy, but our monitoring team uses the highest standards for survey compilation.
You do not have to answer all of the survey questions, you should only answer questions that are relevant to your thoughts and experiences.
Survey results as of September 1, 2014
Perception of marijuana in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Do you believe that using marijuana can be harmful?
Maybe
No
Yes
92%
3%
5%
Marijuana use in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Have you used marijuana in your lifetime?
No
Yes
75%
25%
Have you used marijuana in the past month?
No
Yes
80%
20%
Do you use marijuana regularly?
Maybe
No
Yes
0%
78%
22%
Perception of Alcohol in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Do you believe that drinking alcohol can be harmful?
Maybe
No
Yes
1%
9%
90%
Have you had a binge drinking experience in the past month?
No
Yes
98%
2%
Do you consume alcohol daily?
Maybe
No
Yes
3%
94%
3%
How old were you when you first experimented with alcohol?
0-10
11-21
22-31
32 or older
4%
26%
49%
21%
What motivated you to use drugs or alcohol for the first time in Chesapeake, Virginia?
Boredom
Curiousity
Drugs were all around
Family problem
Hopelessness
It was easy to get
None of the above
Peer Pressure
To fit in
Unhappiness
3%
14%
0%
1%
6%
2%
72%
0%
2%
0%
Most common first drug experience in Chesapeake, Virginia?
Alcohol
Club Drug
Crack Cocaine
Ecstasy
Heroin
Inhalants
Marijuana
Meth
Over The Counter Drug
Powder Cocaine
Prescription Drug
Psychedelic Drug
22%
5%
3%
7%
2%
5%
13%
3%
6%
6%
19%
9%
Use of drugs and alcohol in Chesapeake, Virginia schools.
Have you ever gone to school in Chesapeake, Virginia under the influence of marijuana?
Maybe
No
Yes
1%
97%
2%
Have you ever gone to school in Chesapeake, Virginia under the influence of alcohol?
Maybe
No
Yes
5%
87%
8%
What is the most common drug used in your school in Chesapeake, Virginia?
Alcohol
Club Drug
Crack Cocaine
Ecstasy
Heroin
Inhalants
Marijuana
Meth
Over The Counter Drug
Powder Cocaine
Prescription Drug
Psychedelic Drug
22%
2%
2%
5%
3%
5%
15%
3%
12%
5%
19%
7%
Your Age?
0-10
11-21
22-31
32 or older
5%
10%
63%
22%
Your Gender?
Female
Male
47%
53%
Surveys updated monthly.

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