Drug Treatment Facilities in Patrick County, Virginia

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


Patrick County’s county seat is Stuart, and together they have suffered greatly from the consequences of alcohol and drug abuse. This is something that has caused a great deal of damage within the community, so it should be taken very seriously and addressed accordingly. The following statistics will show us how present this issue is in the county, focusing specifically on alcohol abuse. For instance, excessive drinking is definitely prevalent in the county, as it was reported by 15% of its adult population in 2017, according to County Health Rankings. Additionally, there is alcohol-impaired driving that caused 2 fatalities between 2014-2018, which accounts for 11% of the 18 deaths that occurred within those years. When people die in such a way, it is always unfortunate, as they could totally be prevented. In fact, the best way to prevent these deaths from happening is to plan ahead; when a person makes the decision to go out and drink, they should already have planned a safe way to get home. Also, if someone is hosting people at their home and is serving alcohol, they should ensure that their guests are getting home safely when they leave. Alcohol is a substance that is quite dangerous, not only because it can be very addictive, but also because of the harm it can cause. For someone to truly overcome such an addiction, a comprehensive treatment would be helpful. This process will usually begin with a medical detox, since this is the way for a person to come off alcohol in a safe and supervised environment. Then, they will be able to get through the remainder of their treatment program and address the underlying issues that may have caused or contributed to their addiction in the first place. With this extensive program, an individual can be given their best chance at making a full recovery.

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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.