drink and medicines 


We treat substance abuse as a medical problem - not a character flaw.

Addiction and Substance Abuse Treatment

At VCU Medical Center, our research shows that addictive behavior is related to changes in brain function. That’s why we believe no one chooses to abuse prescription medication or alcohol–but they can choose to seek treatment.


Conveniently located in Richmond, Virginia's West End, MOTIVATE is an effective, evidence-based substance abuse treatment program led by VCU School of Medicine’s Dr. Gerard Moeller, international expert and chair of the Division of Addiction of the Department of Psychiatry.

MOTIVATE is unlike any other substance abuse treatment program available in our area:

  • Specially designed for adults 18 and older
  • Two hours of outpatient treatment per week for 12 weeks
  • Completely private – no group sessions
  • Includes a thorough psychiatric and non-psychiatric medical screening
  • Offers individualized care plans for medication and therapy

MOTIVATE is not covered by insurance. For an investment in your health and well-being, 

Currently, MOTIVATE is not taking any new clients