Drug Treatment Facilities in Washington County, Virginia

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

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Alcohol and drug abuse are problems that should always be addressed as a very serious matter and should be tackled accordingly, because just in recent years, it has caused a great deal of damage in Washington County and its county seat, Abingdon. The following statistics will help us understand this issue more concretely and thoroughly so that we can get a better idea of the assistance that is needed. Firstly, there is alcohol-impaired driving that has caused many fatalities in the county, with 7 deaths between 2014-2018, accounting for 17% of the 42 driving deaths that occurred in this period, according to County Health Rankings. Some of these deaths may have been contributed to by excessive drinking, and in 2017, 16% of the county’s adult population reported heavy or binge drinking. The final part of this problem is drug overdoses, as these have led to casualties as well, and in fact, the mortality rate for 2016-2018 was of 25 deaths per 100,000 population. With substance abuse being so present in a community, it means that it is an issue that can touch anyone, no matter their age, lifestyle, etc. For example, it has happened way too often that a teenager got hooked on drugs and/or alcohol. In the high school environment, these young people might feel pressured to perform or to fit in and make friends, and sometimes this can come at a cost. Substance abuse is a trap that a lot of teens can fall into, and with their brain not being fully developed, it can be extremely dangerous to use such substances, even just once. Thankfully, treatment programs for youth do exist and they can serve as a safe environment where they can focus on overcoming their addiction issues and feel free to communicate their problems, knowing they will not be judged. It will give them the opportunity to find alternative solutions to dealing with stress, as well as a second chance at living a drug-free life.

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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.