Mecklenburg County’s county seat is Boydton, and they have been impacted greatly by the abuse of drugs and alcohol in recent years. We will be looking at certain statistics that will help us determine how prevalent substance abuse is and how much damage it has caused within the community. First, there is excessive drinking that is definitely present, as in 2017, 14% of adults in the county reported heavy or binge drinking. Drinking in this way can lead to devastating consequences, including casualties, and in fact, there were 10 alcohol-impaired driving deaths between 2014 and 2018, which accounts for 23% of all driving-related deaths. But this is not all, because drug poisoning also caused fatalities in Mecklenburg County, with a drug overdose mortality rate of 20 deaths per 100,000 population, according to County Health Rankings. This undoubtedly shows us that drug and alcohol abuse is present in the county and that it is something that should be taken very seriously. When someone is struggling with substance abuse problems, they should always seek treatment. But some people may not be able to put their life on pause entirely to attend treatment. For them, an outpatient program might be the best option, as it will be able to accommodate their needs. Instead of living at the facility during the treatment, they get to stay at home and visit the center regularly to meet with specialists, attend group meetings, etc. Outpatient treatment ensures that even those with a family to take care of or a job they can’t leave can overcome their addiction, because everyone deserves to get the help they need.