Drug Treatment Facilities in Franklin County, Virginia

Created On Wednesday, 08, September 2010
Modified On Tuesday, 09, November 2021


Franklin County has been struggling with substance abuse issues for several years, and this includes its county seat, the city of Rocky Mount. This problem involves not only one drug, which only further proves how much of a concern drug and alcohol abuse are in the area. The first issue we will be looking at is alcohol-impaired driving, as between 2014 and 2018 it caused 11 deaths in the county, accounting for 22% of the 51 driving-related deaths that occurred in this period. Driving under the influence of alcohol or any other drug is extremely dangerous because it can threaten the life of not only the driver but of everyone else on the road as well. On the same subject, excessive drinking was reported by 18% of adults in the county in 2017. Drug overdoses also caused a lot of fatalities in Franklin County, with the mortality rate for 2016-2018 being of 42 deaths per 100,000 population. Finally, since we are going over drug overdose deaths, it is important to note that in 2018 only, there were 15 deaths caused by opioid overdoses, based on the LiveStories Catalog. The opioid epidemic has definitely made its presence felt throughout the nation and in the county as well. Treatment for opioid addiction is available and undoubtedly necessary. This process will usually start with medical detoxification, as a supervised environment is needed for someone to safely come off opioids. It will help the person become completely drug-free and get them ready for the rest of their treatment. Recovery isn't easy, but with the commitment of the person and the help from the substance abuse specialists, opioid abuse treatment can be successful.

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on November 9, 2021

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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.