Cumberland County’s county seat is the city of Cumberland and this is an area of Virginia that has undoubtedly been affected by substance abuse. In the past years, it has caused an important amount of damage and harm in the community, and it is still present to this day. The following statistics are from recent years and will be focusing on alcohol abuse. First off, we have alcohol-impaired driving that cost 2 individuals their life, accounting for a quarter (25%) of all driving deaths that occurred in this period, according to County Health Rankings. This is something that could be prevented if those making the decision to drink took some precautions. Planning ahead is the most important thing if you’re going out and know you will be drinking, and if someone is hosting a party where they will be serving alcohol, they should remind their guests to plan ahead and ensure they have a safe way to get home. Staying on the subject of alcohol abuse, we can also note that in 2017, 15% of adults in Cumberland County reported heavy or binge drinking. The essential solution for those who are struggling with alcohol and/or drug abuse is definitely to attend treatment. Most programs will start with detoxification, as this is the safest way for someone to come off any substance they are addicted to. The substance abuse specialists will know exactly how to help the addict through the withdrawal process, so they can come out of this drug-free. After this, they will then be ready to tackle the remainder of their treatment and more of the psychological side of their addiction. The detox process is extremely important and for most people, it is the first step in their recovery path.