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Substance Use Disorder

Assistance for West Virginians with SUD

At Legal Aid of WV, we understand the recovery process is complex, and there are many civil legal issues that stand in the way of creating an environment where those with SUD can focus on recovery.

Our advocates and attorneys help with many issues that can complicate reentry or recovery, such as:

  • Expungement
  • Barriers to employment or housing, including discrimination
  • Driver’s license reinstatement
  • Public benefits

In September 2019, Legal Aid of WV (LAWV) entered into a Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) with Cabin Creek Health Systems in Charleston, WV. Thanks to the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington, services have expanded to Williamson Health and Wellness Center, Rea of Hope, and Project Hope for Women and Children.

Through this MLP, LAWV attorney Brendan Wood receives client referrals directly from recovery program staff who recognize a potential legal issue for their patients/residents. This holistic approach to care helps quickly identify and assist with legal barriers while strengthening community recovery resources.

For more information about this project, contact

Jobs & Hope Program

LAWV also works with West Virginia’s Jobs & Hope Program, assisting clients with civil legal issues surrounding re-entry as part of the recovery process. The LAWV-Jobs & Hope partnership is a true partnership, in which we work closely with program staff and our clients.

The challenges clients face on re-entry include help obtaining proper identification and regaining their drivers license, record expungement, and addressing child custody and child support issues.


Are your children temporarily living with family members while you are in recovery? Mediation may help you get time with your children without going to court. Learn more about Mediation.

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