Smyth County's county seat is Marion, and they have both suffered from alcohol and drug abuse, as well as the consequences that are related to the presence of substance abuse. This is the type of problem that should not be underestimated because it can cause an enormous amount of damage, as it has in the county in recent years. The following statistics will help prove how prevalent substance abuse is in this area of Virginia. Firstly, if we look at excessive drinking, we will see that in 2017, 17% of the county's adult population reported either heavy or binge drinking. This pattern of drinking can severely impair a person's ability to make decisions, and this can harm not only their own life but also whoever may find themselves in their path. Alcohol-impaired driving caused 6 casualties in Smyth County between 2014 and 2018, accounting for over a fourth of all driving deaths, 27% to be precise. The final statistic we will be looking at relates to drug poisoning, as it has also caused fatalities. For the 2016-2018 period, the drug overdose mortality rate was of 16 deaths per 100,000 population, according to County Health Rankings. Treatment is without a doubt the most effective way for someone to overcome an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs. Some individuals may find comfort in attending a faith-based treatment program. There are many programs like this available, and in fact, they can be quite helpful, not only for those who are religious but also for those who aren't. Everyone is welcome to attend this type of treatment, and they can definitely benefit from incorporating faith in their recovery process. So long as the person is committed to the treatment plan, any program can be successful and free them from the effects of drugs and alcohol.