Substance abuse has made its presence felt in most areas of the country, and this includes Rappahannock County and its county seat, Washington. Although it is not as prominent as in other Virginia counties, it is still a problem that should be taken seriously, as it has taken many lives in its passing. The following statistics will show us what substance abuse has brought on the county, focusing specifically on alcohol abuse. First, we have alcohol-impaired driving that caused 1 fatality between 2014 and 2018, according to County Health Rankings. This might seem like a low number, but actually, even just one death from substance abuse is one too many, as they are preventable. When someone makes the decision to go out and drink, they should plan ahead and make sure they have a safe way of getting home, so they do not put their own lives in danger or someone else's. Excessive drinking can definitely contribute to such deaths, as it does impair a person's judgment, and in 2017, it was reported by 18% of Rappahannock County's adult population. Substance abuse can undoubtedly affect anyone, and in fact, it can touch those who work every day fighting it. Law enforcement officers work tirelessly to keep drugs off the street, but truth is, with the pressure and the unimaginable situations they are faced with daily, they can fall into this trap themselves. Thankfully, there are treatment programs for law enforcement available that can help them overcome their addiction. Such programs will give them a chance to address the root causes of their addiction and help them learn how to deal with the stress that comes with their job and life in general without having to abuse any substance. After completing treatment, they can go back to serving and protecting their community while being drug-free.
Drug Treatment Facilities in Rappahannock County, Virginia
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on December 21, 2021
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.