Drug Treatment Facilities in Highland County, Virginia

Created On Wednesday, 08, September 2010
Modified On Wednesday, 08, September 2021


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.

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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.