Powered by Google TranslateTranslate

Search Programs

Search Programs / Substance Use Services
Substance Use Services

When you’re as ready as you can be to stop or change your using and rebuild your life in community, you need programs that can help with the range of problems and concerns that have piled up behind you and pushed you to seek help. This means not only focusing on changing drinking and drug use behaviors, but also managing depression, anxiety, trauma, and other mental health and psychiatric issues; addressing out-of-control or drug-linked sexual behavior; reconnecting to medical care and HIV, Hepatitis C and STI care or testing; rebuilding a safe social support system; and receiving information and referral for other needed services. Let us help you begin to sort it out.

Substance Use Services are here to help you better understand and address use, abuse, misuse, addiction and dependence related to drugs and alcohol. Whether you’re seeking to quit using altogether (abstinence-based) or are ready to change or reduce your use and lessen the resulting harms (harm reduction) we have a range of individual and group programs to help you meet your goals. Programs are available to both patients and non-patients of Whitman-Walker Health.

Because department staff is all licensed psychotherapists and psychologists, Substance Use Services integrate treatment of both mental health and substance use concerns. We offer specialized programming for methamphetamine users, heroin and opioid users, and those whose substance use and sexual behaviors have become strongly linked. Individual substance use-focused psychotherapy may be available as a stand-alone service or in addition to group treatment, depending on your care plan. Some services are location-specific. See program information for more.

 

History of Substance Use Services 

Substance Use Services at Whitman-Walker has its roots in a volunteer-led telephone helpline for gay alcoholics that started in the mid-1970's. Since this beginning, the department and program offerings have evolved, adapting to the needs of community and integrating new language, science, and research. We provide services to individuals regardless of sexual orientation but have special expertise in working with LGBTQ communities.

Well known in community by its longstanding acronym, WWAS (Whitman-Walker Addiction Services, and before that, Whitman-Walker Alcoholism Services), the Substance Use Services department is as committed as ever to providing effective, culturally competent, evidence-based programming, and to treating substance users at every stage of use with the dignity, respect, and love we deserve.

Locations

All our Services are available in multiple languages upon request.

Our bilingual staff and volunteers will help get the language services you need!

202.745.7000

You might also be interested in

40 STORIES

Our 40th Year in Review

October 14, 2018

40 STORIES

Valeria Villalta, “To live exactly who you want...

October 07, 2018

40 STORIES

More than 40 Years Later, What We’ve Learned & ...

September 30, 2018

40 STORIES

Our Journeys to Whitman-Walker

September 23, 2018

40 STORIES

“We Can See the Finish Line” ﹘ A Photo History ...

September 16, 2018

40 STORIES

Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, A Home of Dign...

September 09, 2018

40 STORIES

Amelie Zurn, Embracing Feminist Health Practice...

September 02, 2018

40 STORIES

“Together, Let’s Educate Ourselves to Live” - T...

August 26, 2018

40 STORIES

Ellen Kahn, Finding Purpose & Community During ...

August 19, 2018

40 STORIES

Antonio Hardy, Being a Resource to My Peers

August 12, 2018

40 STORIES

Lesbian Services Program, Meeting the Health Ne...

August 05, 2018

40 STORIES

Michael Shilby, Feeling Calm, Centered & Seen a...

July 29, 2018

40 STORIES

1407 S Street, A Pillar of Hope

July 22, 2018

40 STORIES

The Bill Austin Day Treatment Center

July 15, 2018

40 STORIES

Whitman-Walker Health, We See You

July 08, 2018

40 STORIES

Tony Burns, Learning and Living with HIV in Was...

July 01, 2018

BLOG

Keeping My Community In Mind

June 29, 2018

BLOG

New Transgender Women's Health Study Now Enrolling

June 26, 2018

40 STORIES

Ahmed, Gaining Strength & Living Each Day Like ...

June 24, 2018

40 STORIES

The Power of Mentorship and Thriving with HIV

June 17, 2018

POLICY BLOG

Masterpiece Cake – What Did the Supreme Court D...

June 12, 2018

40 STORIES

Joe Izzo, Re-Defining Safer Sex in the Age of H...

June 10, 2018

40 STORIES

Derrick "Strawberry" Cox, Spreading Joy & Love ...

June 03, 2018

40 STORIES

Lili Leonard, The Strength of Being a Lifelong ...

May 27, 2018

40 STORIES

D. Magrini, A Washingtonian & What She Wishes S...

May 20, 2018

40 STORIES

Winifred Quinn, Advocating for LGBTQ Seniors th...

May 13, 2018

40 STORIES

Don Blanchon, Recognizing 12 Years of Servant L...

May 05, 2018

40 STORIES

Adisa Bakare, A Helpful & Passionate “Leader of...

April 29, 2018

40 STORIES

Randy Pumphrey, Amplifying the Memories of Long...

April 22, 2018

40 STORIES

Bianca Rey, Advocating for Myself and My Commun...

April 15, 2018

40 STORIES

Barbara Lewis, Empowering Women through Healthcare

April 08, 2018

40 STORIES

Max Robinson, A Pioneer of Black Journalism

April 01, 2018

40 STORIES

Gerard Tyler, Disco & Getting Friends Tested

March 25, 2018

40 STORIES

Carl Corbin, Whitman-Walker Makes Me Feel Like ...

March 18, 2018

40 STORIES

Joanne Sincero, Serving Empathy

March 11, 2018

40 STORIES

Chris Straley, Understanding Us as People

March 04, 2018

40 STORIES

Richshaad Ryan, Marking Each Birthday with an H...

February 25, 2018

40 STORIES

Grayson & Christine, I See the Real You

February 17, 2018

40 STORIES

Kermit Turner, Music Notes and the Many Faces o...

February 11, 2018

40 STORIES

Madison Chambers, Growing & Educating with Real...

February 03, 2018

40 STORIES

Jim Graham, An Influential Leader

January 27, 2018

40 STORIES

Meet Dr. Mary Edwards “Walker”

January 20, 2018

40 STORIES

Meet Walt Whitman

January 13, 2018

POLICY BLOG

Moving the Needle on Reproductive Justice and F...

April 17, 2017

POLICY BLOG

A Major Step Forward for LGBTQ Civil Rights

April 13, 2017

POLICY BLOG

Summit on Black Lives: Black America’s Response...

February 08, 2017

Let's Keep in Touch

Get the latest Whitman-Walker Health community news delivered to your inbox!

SUBMIT