Drug Treatment Facilities in Westmoreland County, Virginia

Last updated: 21 December 2021


Westmoreland County's county seat is Montross, and they have definitely been taken by drug and alcohol abuse, as well as the consequences related to such a problem. The statistics from the recent years which we will go over will show us how prevalent substance abuse is in this area of Virginia, including the damage it has caused in the community. For instance, there is excessive drinking whose presence can be felt through the 16% of adults who reported either binge or heavy drinking in 2017, according to County Health Rankings. Next, we have alcohol-impaired driving which caused the deaths of 5 individuals between 2014-2018, and this number accounts for 38% of the driving-related deaths for this same period. That is not all, because actually, drug poisoning too caused many casualties, with a drug overdose death rate of 21 deaths per 100,000 population for 2016-2018. Now, we can all agree that treatment is essential if someone wishes to truly overcome their addiction. But sometimes, a person may benefit more from alternative treatment, rather than a traditional program. It incorporates different activities that can help the person in their recovery, as discovering new skills and abilities can get them to learn more about themselves and be more confident. Such activities include yoga, art therapy, animal therapy, etc., and these approaches can all be quite beneficial to a person's recovery. They can be beneficial especially for those who may have tried traditional treatment in the past but has not succeeded. An alternative program could give them a second chance at successfully completing treatment and making a full recovery.

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Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on December 21, 2021

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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.