Chillicothe VA Medical Center – Portsmouth Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

Chillicothe VA Medical Center – Portsmouth Community-Based Outpatient Clinic


A service of Chillicothe VA Medical Center, the Portsmouth Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) provides a range of outpatient-based services for active military personnel and veterans struggling with substance abuse issues, mental health issues, or co-occurring disorders. Located in the community of Portsmouth in southeastern Ohio, the outpatient clinic is one of over 800 CBOCs operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


To effectively develop an appropriate treatment plan, patients undergo an initial substance abuse and/or psychiatric assessment before beginning treatment. VA outpatient-based clinics provide specialized therapeutic programming that addresses issues that commonly contribute to behavioral and mental health difficulties among military personnel and veterans.

The VA clinic’s programming to treat issues of substance abuse involves individual and group counseling sessions, as well as educational classes on identifying relapse triggers, relapse prevention, coping skills, and self-awareness. If applicable, marriage, couples, or family counseling is also available to educate loved ones on the process of recovery and help clients to improve relationships.

To promote long-term recovery and help patients develop community-based support systems, many VA clinics incorporate 12-step principles and participation into treatment. The Portsmouth location also offers a QuitSmart Smoking Cessation Program. In some cases, VA outpatient clinics may utilize medication-assisted therapy (MAT), such as Suboxone, to alleviate cravings associated with opioid dependency.

As a treatment facility designed for veterans and active military personnel, treatment curriculums address a range of relevant psychiatric concerns, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and confused thinking. Clients struggling with a primary mental health issue or a dual diagnosis may participate in therapeutic counseling to address emotional regulation, stress management, anger management, and coping skills. In addition, clients may receive ongoing psychiatric evaluations and medication management to alleviate psychiatric symptoms.

Along with therapeutic services, VA clinics also provide case management to help support clients within the community, such as referrals for vocational training and linkages to community-based resources. The Portsmouth outpatient clinic offers its services from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.


VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinics typically employ a team of psychiatrists experienced in addiction medicine, clinical psychologists, licensed professional counselors, social workers, and peer specialists.


The sole alum polled by at the time of this writing praised all areas of the treatment facility, offering perfect five out of five-star ratings for the treatment staff’s level of experience and training and the facility’s counseling options. Describing the facility as “Warmhearted,” the alum also gave maximum five-star ratings for the level of family participation and the facility’s ability to treat co-occurring disorders.

Alumni feedback sourced from secondary review sites supported this positive opinion. On the clinic’s unofficial Facebook page, three reviewers gave the facility perfect five-star ratings, while one individual awarded the facility four stars.[1]


The Portsmouth Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) accepts a range of private insurance providers, as well as various military insurance plans.


Reviews about Chillicothe VA Medical Center – Portsmouth Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

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  • Warmhearted. Great.