A Recovery-Supporting Visit to Blacksburg, Virginia

If you’re in recovery from addiction and visiting the Blacksburg, Virginia area…

Here’s a list of local support groups with dates, times and locations. (If you need urgent support, here’s a list of our local substance use disorder resources. If you need emergency support, please dial 911 or head to the nearest emergency room. In Blacksburg, that’s here.)

For exercise, the easiest, drop-in place to go with the most options is The Weight Club.

The town pool, Blacksburg Aquatic Center, offers daily swimming passes.

Touring sounds of Blacksburg at Hahn Gardens

Recovery-friendly church services are offered at edges. edges is affiliated with the local Methodist church. Anyone of any faith – or of uncertain, little, or no faith – is welcomed.

The Blacksburg Meditation Group meets every Sunday from 7:30 – 8:30 PM.

Interesting, pleasant, quirky events are held at the library.

NextThreeDays offers a list of current things to do in Blacksburg (incluces many menu specials from local restaurants). Some local events are included in the Roanoke calendar of the Roanoke Times.

In case of rain or snow, try a supportive self-care practice.

On your own…

If you like coffee, something interesting to do might be to taste all the coffees in the local coffee shops and discover your preference. (This is a dialectical behavior therapy-informed activity because it engages the senses, focuses attention, and asks for discernment. DBT is an increasingly evidence-based therapy for supporting abstinence for people with substance use disorders.) Several shops offer locally-roasted beans.

If pizza is more to your taste, there are several, one-of-a-kind pizza shops to try.

In addition to trying out the tastes of Blacksburg, taking other sensory tours of Blacksburg’s offerings could be recovery-supporting.

Sights:

Smells:

Touch:

Sounds:

Kinesthetic:

For more ideas, Melody Warnick features Blacksburg, Virginia in her book This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live.

If you would like or need a support person in the Blacksburg, Virginia area, feel free to call or text me, Anne Giles, 540-808-6334.

Enjoy your visit!

Photo: Z. Kelly Queijo, founder of Blacksburg Lodging and Smart College Visit.

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