Roanoke County is a county that can be found in the state of Virginia. Home to a population that is estimated to be around 94,000 people as of 2019 according to the US Census Bureau, Roanoke County is one of the larger counties in the state by population. But one drawback to being densely populated is the risk of increased rates of drug addiction and overdose, something that has been a problem for most states and counties since America's drug epidemic began in the early 2000s. According to County Health Rankings, from 2015 to 2017 there were 54 drug deaths in Roanoke County, a total that shows the sad truth of just a portion of the victims of addiction. Every drug death could have been avoided if the person had gotten proper treatment from drug and alcohol rehabilitation and detox services. But many of these people had never seen the inside of a treatment center despite dying from addiction. So, we cannot blame America's rehabilitation system without also looking at why we are not helping these people get into treatment before it is too late. We can each do our part by dispelling some of the common myths that have been pervasive in the industry for a long time. Never wait for a person to be "ready" if you know they are using drugs. Every day is roulette and they can easily die before ever being ready. Act before it is too late. No one wants to regret no doing everything possible to save a life.
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on November 25, 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.