Drug Treatment Facilities in Northumberland County, Virginia

Last updated: Tuesday, 09, November 2021

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Northumberland County's county seat is the city of Heathsville, and together they have been struggling with substance abuse for a long time and have suffered the consequences that come with such a problem. The statistics we will be looking at will be from recent years and will focus on the damage caused by alcohol abuse. Firstly, there is alcohol-impaired driving that caused one death between 2014-2018, which might seem like a low statistic, but actually, even one substance abuse-related death is one too many. Excessive drinking may have contributed to this fatality because it is known to impair one's judgment and their ability to make good decisions. Well, County Health Rankings found that in 2017, 14% of Northumberland County's adult population reported either binge or heavy drinking. Other health problems that excessive drinking can lead to include an increased risk of stroke, malnutrition, high blood pressure, and lung inflammation or infection. This is a very serious problem and it should be addressed accordingly, which means those struggling with an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs should seek treatment. For certain people, there might be barriers in their way when trying to find an appropriate treatment. For instance, a Spanish-speaking person whose English isn't very fluent may feel reluctant in attending just any program, fearing they might not be fully understood. Thankfully, there are treatment programs with Spanish-speaking staff that can serve those who feel more comfortable communicating in this language. Language should not be something that prevents someone from overcoming their substance abuse problems, and such programs help ensure this.

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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.