The gradual progression of increased use of opioids, alcohol and other substances culminated in a perfect storm. Overprescribing practices, prescription misuse and illegal drugs hit Huntington and West Virginia as a whole particularly hard. 

Recovery doesn’t happen alone. In Huntington, health care providers, hospitals, Marshall University, community organizations and grantors all work together to ensure that everyone has access to the addiction care and treatment they need. Marshall University, its Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Marshall Health are at the center of this change and hope our efforts lead to long-term recovery for individuals within Huntington and throughout southern West Virginia can help establish a model for other communities struggling with similar diseases of despair.

The Road to Recovery


Valley Health Medication Assisted Therapy

Valley Health launches Medication Assisted Therapy in the region allowing FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling, to make this treatment approach available for substance use disorder patients.


Recovery Point West Virginia

Peer-based abstinence model that helps men and women find lasting recovery.


Maternal Addiction Recovery Center

Outpatient addiction care and counseling for expectant mothers through the obstetricians-gynecologists at Marshall Health.


Neonatal Therapeutic Unit

One of the nation's first newborn units dedicated to caring for drug-exposed babies opens at Cabell Huntington Hospital.


Lily's Place

Community-based facility that treats infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.


Harm Reduction Program

Through a partnership with Cabell-Huntington Health Department and the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, Cabell County's Harm Reduction Program become the first one in the state to provide syringe exchange, Naloxone distribution, education and medical services in order to promote public health and safety.


Drug Court

Comprehensive treatment and rehabilitative services for non-violent drug and alcohol abusing crimes.


SBIRT training grant

Marshall receives SAMHSA grant to train students, faculty & community in screening, brief interventions and referral of patients in need of SUD treatment.


Substance Use Recovery Coalition

Marshall University forms Substance Use Recovery Coalition to guide the University’s efforts in fighting the opioid crisis.


Healthy Connections Coalition

25+ groups uniting local efforts including River Valley Child Development Services, a continuum of care for at-risk families coordinated by Marshall Health and Quality Insights.


Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC)

Cabell County Drug Court partners with Marshall University School of Pharmacy and Marshall Health obstetrician-gynecologists to provide voluntary LARC methods to women with a history of substance use.


Quick Response Team

Initiates contact with individuals who have overdosed within 24-72 hours to offer treatment opportunities.


Project Engage

Project Engage is a joint effort between Cabell Huntington Hospital & St. Mary’s Medical Center to unify policies & protocols to increase likelihood that patients with substance use disorder will be prepared for and choose long-term treatment upon discharge.


Child Advocacy Center

Hoops Family Children's Hospital opens dedicated program to reduce trauma experienced by children who are victims of abuse or neglect.


HRSA Training Grant

New education initiatives established by Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine's Department of Family & Community Health with HRSA support to fight the opioid crisis in the region.


Toxicology joint venture

In partnership with Mountain Health Network and Health Track Rx,™ onsite drug screening and advanced analysis helps providers identify and prevent opioid and controlled misuse.


U.S. Surgeon General visits region

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, visits Huntington for first-hand look at community partnerships working together to solve opioid crisis and substance use disorders issues.


CDC Director leads Regional Health Summit

Dr. Robert Redfield visits Huntington to meet with local leaders about addiction recovery efforts underway. Dr. Redfield addresses community members about the national crisis and commends local efforts.



A collaborative model for comprehensive outpatient addiction care and treatment in a single-accessible recovery service hub.


Project Hope for Women & Children

Residential treatment facility for pregnant and postpartum women & their children that operates as a joint partnership between Marshall Health and the Huntington City Mission.


Governor appointment to Office of Drug Control Policy

Marshall's Bob Hansen was appointed Executive Director and Brian Gallagher named Chairman of the West Virginia Office of Drug Control Policy.


Great Rivers Regional System for Addiction Care

With funding from Merck Foundation, Great Rivers works with 70+ organizations to empower 4 local counties to provide comprehensive SUD treatment.


Creating Opportunities for Recovery Employment (CORE)

CORE provides the resources and support necessary to help individuals in recovery re-enter the workforce.


Southern West Virginia Opioid Consortium

Marshall Health supports the development and planning of the Southern West Virginia Opioid Consortium through one year of HRSA planning grant funding. The Consortium is focused on prevention for all populations, as well as treatment and recovery for target populations at highest risk. Rural counties comprising the Consortium include Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo and Wyoming, having a combined population of 156,481 (8.6%) of the state's population.


Compass Project

Huntington launches Compass with Bloomberg Foundation funds to address resiliency and wellness among first responders. 


Wyoming County Initiative

Marshall Health begins overseeing a two-year project in Wyoming County, West Virginia, a county hit hard by changing employment opportunities and the opioid crisis. We're working with community partners to establish a continuum of care for substance use disorders, including reducing barriers to prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery.  


Emergency Department Expansion

To build on success of Huntington's emergency departments (EDs), Marshall Health is working with West Virginia University to identify and partner with five hospitals each on the ED Expansion Grant. This project focuses on developing a comprehensive approach to engaging persons with substance use disorder in the ED and provide linkages to treatment. Marshall's Division of Addiction Sciences is working with Plateau Hospital in Oak Hill, West Virginia, and Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Both hospitals will be fully implemented by fall 2019.


Boone Memorial Partnership

Marshall Health supports local communities in their efforts to expand Medication Assisted Treatment and Certified Peer Recovery Coaching. Marshall Health is partnering with Boone Memorial Hospital to expand Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in their community including the comprehensive recovery supports. Marshall Health is partnering with multiple community partners to expand certified peer coaching curriculum to vulnerable populations such as the homeless, pregnant and postpartum women, veterans and LGBTQ individuals.


SOR Project

Marshall Health, along with West Virginia University and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, received State Opioid Response (SOR) funding to promote education for individuals in the pipeline and those in the workforce to ensure they are equipped to address SUD and specifically support MAT.


For help getting started on the road to recovery, call PROACT at 304-696-8700 or HELP4WV at 1-844-HELP-4WV.