Highland County’s county seat is the city of Monterey, and they have been affected greatly by substance abuse in the past few years. It has caused a great deal of damage in the community and it is still present to this day. For us to truly understand the substance abuse problem, we will be looking at some recent statistics focusing on alcohol abuse specifically, as this is what has caused the most harm. Firstly, let’s go over excessive drinking and what it is exactly, so we can understand how dangerous it can be. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), binge drinking is defined as a pattern of drinking that will bring one’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 percent, and this means having 5 or more drinks for males and 4 or more drinks for females in a 2-hour period. As for heavy drinking, it is defined as over 4 drinks for men and over 3 drinks for women, on any day. Well, in Highland County, 15% of the adult population reported either heavy or binge drinking in 2017. Additionally, there were casualties caused by alcohol abuse in the county, with 1 alcohol-impaired driving death between 2014 and 2018, which accounts for 33% of the total amount of driving deaths, based on County Health Rankings. Treatment is obviously extremely important when someone is suffering from alcohol addiction. Alcohol abuse treatment usually begins with medical detox, as this will help take care of the physical side of the addiction and get the person off the drug. Then, they will be ready to tackle the rest of the program and find alternative solutions for the future, so they can learn to deal with whatever life throws at them without abusing any alcohol or any other substance.