Substance abuse is definitely an issue that has been affecting Sussex County and its county seat, Sussex. It has caused a great deal of damage within the community and it is a problem that should not be overlooked because it can get worse very quickly. The following statistics will show us how prevalent substance abuse is in the area, with a focus on alcohol abuse. For instance, there is excessive drinking, which includes binge and heavy drinking, which was reported in 2017 by 16% of the county's adult population. This drinking pattern can cause a lot of harm to a person, but it can also lead to fatalities. In fact, during the 2014-2018 period, there were 10 casualties caused by alcohol-impaired driving in Sussex County, accounting for 29% of the total number of driving-related deaths, according to County Health Rankings. Such deaths can always be prevented, and this is partly why it's so unfortunate when they occur. One way to prevent them is to plan ahead, so for example, if someone is hosting people at their home and is serving, they should ensure that their guests have a safe way to get home, whether it be a designated driver or calling a taxi. Additionally, those deaths can be prevented if those struggling with alcohol and/or drug abuse seek help. Treatment is essential, and for some, an outpatient program might be the best fit. This type of treatment is more accommodating, as it does not require that the person reside at the facility during their program. Certain people may not be able to afford putting their life on pause for an extended period of time, but this doesn't mean they shouldn't get help. They can benefit greatly from outpatient treatment, as it will allow for them to focus on their recovery while still being able to go to work and/or go back home to care for their family.