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Drug Treatment Facilities in Amherst County, Virginia

Amherst County has been affected importantly by substance abuse recently, and it is alcohol abuse that has been causing the most damage. The following statistics will show us how present this issue is within the community. For instance, we have excessive drinking that was reported by 17% of adults in the county in 2017, according to County Health Rankings. This combines heavy and binge drinking and the side effects it may cause can be quite devastating for one’s health. Someone drinking heavily can see some of their vital organs affected, such as the liver, heart, and brain, as well as an increased risk of stroke and psychosis. Alcohol is so common and normalized in a society that one doesn’t even have to be addicted to suffer the previously mentioned consequences. These side effects can happen in just one session of binge drinking, which makes it particularly dangerous. Additionally, alcohol-impaired driving caused the deaths of 5 individuals between 2014 and 2018, accounting for 17% of the 29 driving deaths. We have spoken extensively about the alcohol abuse problem in Amherst County, but the bright side is that there is treatment available out there. Alcohol addiction treatment usually starts with medical detox, since this is the surest way of coming off of the drug. After this, they will then be ready to attack the rest of their program. Finding themselves in a safe and supervised environment, with substance abuse specialists who are there to help them through their treatment, a person who is addicted to alcohol can definitely overcome their addiction.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.