Drug and alcohol abuse have made their presence felt in Henry County and its county seat, the city of Martinsville. The amount of damage it has caused is only further proof of how much it has impacted the community. Substance abuse should definitely be taken seriously no matter what because the devastation it leads to can cause even more harm and sometimes death. The first problem we will be looking at is excessive drinking, and in 2017, 14% of adults in the county reported heavy or binge drinking. As we’ve said, it can also happen that addiction leads to deaths, and in Henry County, there were 19 people that lost their lives because of alcohol-impaired driving between 2014 and 2018, accounting for 30% of the 64 driving deaths. Drug poisoning also led to fatalities, with a drug overdose mortality rate of 35 deaths per 100,000 population for 2016-2018. To be even more specific, in 2018 only, there were 11 casualties caused by opioid overdoses in the county, according to the LiveStories Catalog. Opioid addiction is extremely serious and unfortunately far too common these days. Treatment for opioid abuse normally starts with medical detoxification, so that the addict can safely come off the drug(s) under the supervision of substance abuse specialists. This type of treatment is quite extensive and comprehensive, which is what is needed for those suffering from opioid addiction. They will be taken completely out of their environment and given the chance to focus solely on their recovery. Through this treatment, they will be assisted in finding the root causes for their addiction so they can in turn learn to deal with their life struggle using alternative solutions that will not affect their health or their life.