Madison County's county seat is Madison, and in recent years, they have definitely been impacted by substance abuse. This kind of issue is not one that should be overlooked or underestimated, because it can lead to devastating consequences, as it has in the county. The following statistics will be focusing on alcohol abuse, as this is what has harmed this community the most. For instance, we have excessive drinking that was reported in 16% of adults in the county, and this combines both heavy and binge drinking. Drinking excessively impairs a person's judgment and if one should make the decision to get behind the wheel, they can endanger their own life, but also the life of others on the road. In fact, alcohol-impaired driving caused 4 deaths between 2014-2018 in Madison County, which accounts for 33% of all driving deaths, according to County Health Rankings. Such fatalities are always unfortunate, mostly because they are completely preventable. The essential thing to do when a person makes the decision to go out and drink is to already have options laid out to get home safely, to plan ahead. Substance abuse issues should be addressed with treatment, as this is the safest way for someone to overcome them. A common program is inpatient treatment and it is intensive and comprehensive, which for some may be the best option. Depending on different factors, a person may need to be taken out of their usual environment, so they can focus solely on their recovery without any distractions, which a residential program can offer. It will help them address the root causes of their addiction and with their commitment, they can complete treatment and come out of this drug-free.