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WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center

WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center

  • Morgantown, WV
  • Drug Detox
  • Inpatient
  • Outpatient

WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center in Morgantown, WV, is a leading referral center for mental illness and addiction treatment. Operating within the WVU Medicine system, it serves adults, adolescents, and children. Unique services include a continuum of care and specialized clinics like the PREVENT clinic for adolescent substance use disorders.

The mission of WVU Medicine, which includes Chestnut Ridge Center, is "To improve the health of West Virginians and all we serve through excellence in patient care, research, and education."

  • Continuum of care from outpatient to residential treatment services offers comprehensive support.
  • Provides cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and trauma-focused therapies.
  • PREVENT clinic specializes in adolescent substance use disorders.
  • Acts as the primary training site for WVU's psychiatry and behavioral health programs.

Treats mental health crises, including those actively suicidal, homicidal, or psychotic. Services are beneficial for adults, adolescents, and children experiencing severe mental health and substance use disorders.

  • 6 Conditions Treated
  • Insurance Accepted
  • 9 Levels of Care
  • Speaks English
  • 28 Therapies & Programs


  • James H. Berry, DOProfessor and Chair, Behavioral Medicine & PsychiatryLeads the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at WVU[2][3]
  • Daniel E. ElswickFaculty, Behavioral Medicine & PsychiatryFaculty member in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry[3]
  • John JusticeFaculty, Behavioral Medicine & PsychiatryFaculty member in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry[3]
  • Ahmed S. AborayaFaculty, Behavioral Medicine & PsychiatryFaculty member in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry[3]
  • Walter R. ByrdFaculty, Behavioral Medicine & PsychiatryFaculty member in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry[3]
  • Paramjit ChumberFaculty, Behavioral Medicine & PsychiatryFaculty member in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry[3]
  • Laura R. Lander, MSW, LICSWAddiction Therapist, Behavioral Medicine & PsychiatryAssociate Professor and Addiction Therapist in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry[1]

Conditions and Issues Treated

Substance Abuse + Addiction Treatment

Using both legal medications and illegal substances in order to maintain an addiction is substance abuse. Illegal substances can become addictive after a single use. If you are obtaining legal medications illegally, you may be suffering from substance abuse.

Fortunately facilities like WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center in Morgantown, WV are here to help.

Opioid + Opiate Addiction Treatment

Opioid addiction treatment facilities in West Virginia, like WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center cover both illegal and prescription opioids abuse. Most plans include detoxification and subsequent medications to ease the process. Behavioral therapies and counseling are also necessary to resolve the root cause of addiction.


A dual diagnosis is when someone deals with both alcohol and mental or emotional disorder. Emotional trauma, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression can be part of dual diagnosis therapy. It must happen simultaneously to get care for these conditions to handle any of them effectively.

Levels of Care

This center offers a variety of custom treatment tailored to individual recovery. Currently available are Aftercare Support, Detox, Drug Rehab, Dual-Diagnosis, Inpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Intervention, Outpatient, Partial-Hospitalization, with additional therapies available as listed below.

Detox is a drug rehab process that is designed to remove the drug addict from the drug safely. The problem with solely using detox as a sobriety tool is that it alone provides no therapy or counseling. If a person goes through detox and returns to their everyday life, they may begin using again once the detox has worn off.

Detox does not help with cravings, so for some addicts, this can be extremely difficult and should be both done and supervised by medical professionals. Aftercare is crucial, so selecting a facility that offers additional services is important.

Inpatient treatment takes place when a patient checks into a rehab facility. Patients at WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center receive round the clock care that includes detoxing and therapy. Although outpatient treatments are available, inpatient care is recommended as the first step in rehabilitation. The intensive and comprehensive treatment sets patients on a path for drug free living.

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) comprise regular visits to the West Virginia facility that provides the therapy. IOP is suitable for patients who have been treated in residential treatment programs. WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center‘s patients gradually get back to their routine life.

An outpatient treatment program is set up to help with alcohol or drug addiction, or a co-occurring disorder. The patient must attend the West Virginia facility for their therapy and other programs but are able to return home each night. The frequency of mandatory attendance decreases after much of WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center‘s program is complete.

A partial hospitalization program is set up to cover those struggling with acute symptoms of addiction. This means that the individual is cared for in a hospital-like environment in Morgantown, WV during the struggle of those symptoms, but allowed to go home at night. Most PHPs require approximately six-hours of therapy, at least three days per week.

Not everyone who struggles with addiction in West Virginia is ready to go into a treatment program. For these individuals, intervention services may help. Friends and family of the individual can call and set up an intervention. We have a professional come and lead the discussion.

Treatment is just the first step to maintaining sobriety. After treatment, aftercare support at WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center helps the individual adjust to a life without substances. This support may involve a sober living home in or near Morgantown, WV, career counseling, or educational assistance. This is when a relapse prevention plan begins to take shape.

WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center‘s Therapies & Programs

Treatment programs include individual therapy for the greatest chances of success. Customized individual therapy is counseling involving you and your WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center counselor. Individual therapy leads to greater peace and understanding about your triggers for addiction.

Spousal relationships bear the brunt of alcohol and drug dependence. It becomes critical to submit the relationship to couples therapy to prevent straining it further. Some facilities like WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center in Morgantown, WV offer couples therapy options to manage intimate partnerships amid the recovery process. Other couples-focused treatment plans can provide the patient and their partner tools to get things back to normal.

Results have proven the positive impact of family therapy on a recovering patient’s journey to sobriety. Patients at WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center in Morgantown, West Virginia who receive generous support from their loved ones have better chances of completing their recovery process and maintaining their sobriety.

When family members are more proactive and involved in the treatment procedure, it encourages the patient to advance his or her progress. Moreover, it shouldn’t be ignored that genetics play a role when it comes to addiction, so it’s better to approach the problem as a unit. Also, with proper education, family members can help an individual avoid addiction triggers and guide him or her in making lifestyle changes necessary for his or her sobriety.

Group therapy may occur on an inpatient or outpatient basis and involves groups of clients who have no pre-existing relationships outside the group. Group therapy differs from support groups in two primary ways: group therapy is a kind of psychotherapy and is moderated by a professional therapist at WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center in West Virginia.

It has been said that unhealed trauma is the root of most addictions. Trauma therapy is a way of addressing trauma while in a safe situation in order to heal. Healing past traumas and introducing coping strategies are strong foundations for sustained recovery from addiction. This may involve individual or group counseling or both, in a Morgantown, WV facility. Other forms of therapy have been proven to assist in healing past traumas.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) helps those who attend WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center understand how their feelings, beliefs, and thoughts affect their behaviors. DBT is particularly useful for people with self-harming behaviors, as well as those with substance abuse disorders. DBT teaches people how to tolerate distress, regulate their emotions, and how to become mindful.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on the underlying thoughts and behaviors that caused the problem of addiction in the first place and may cause a relapse. Negative feelings are common in substance abuse disorders, and if not recognized, they can cause co-occurring disorders.

CBT involves strategies that help to change the thinking and behavioral pattern by cognitive restructuring. In simple terms, it helps to remove negative thoughts and provides long-term benefits. Also, CBT promotes self-awareness, self-control, and healthy ways to respond to negative thoughts. It can be administered as a mono-therapy as well as a part of combination therapy.

Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy (REBT) allows the opportunity for quick results for addicts. WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center provides patients in Morgantown, West Virginia the resources to use a ‘rational self-counseling’ technique to cope with their emotions. It seeks to help them move forward without having to deal with ongoing treatment throughout their lives.

The 12-step program is a part of substance abuse treatment. In this program, peers help each other to achieve the goal of abstinence. It was initially developed by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. Due to its huge success, the 12-step program is included as a part of other substance abuse treatments.

The 12 steps guide at an individual level. It begins with the individuals accepting that they are addicts, and they understand its consequences. It is followed by focusing on the recovery process and making amends for hurting others. The program provides the benefit of cognitive restructuring, which refers to the process of change in the negative thoughts that leads to long-term benefits.

Patient Experience

Creative Arts

Many people opt for creative arts therapy at WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center because allowing out the creative side helps them process many situations. Creative arts therapy can include singing, playing instruments, writing, sculpting, fashion, painting, improv, building, and more. The creation process helps people think through puzzles to achieve and end result, which can then be applied to the process from addiction through recovery.

Experiential Therapy at WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center

Experential therapy is a unique type of therapy that deals with the subconscious mind. This treatment offered by WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center in Morgantown, WV encourages individuals to work out their issues with their inner self. Some of the most common examples of experiential therapy are equine therapy, music therapy, adventure therapy, and role playing.

Payment Options

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  • Self-Pay / Cash
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Military Insurance
  • IHS/Tribunal/Urban
  • State-Financed
  • Sliding Scale
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    Location & Contact

    WVU - Chestnut Ridge Center Location and Directions
    930 Chestnut Ridge Rd
    Morgantown, WV 26505

    Phone Number
    (304) 598-6400

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      Female, Male
    • Age
      Adults (20+), Children (0-12), Seniors (65+), Teenagers
    • Modality
      Couples, Family, Group, Individuals
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    Listed May 26, 2020

    Updated July 25, 2024

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