Substance Abuse Treatment in El Cajon, California

Last updated: Tuesday, 09, November 2021


Located in San Diego County, the city of El Cajon is 17 miles east of downtown San Diego and the city is located in the valley surrounded by mountains. The population of El Cajon is estimated at around 103,000, and the median age is 33 years old, with a poverty rate of approximately 23%. Some of the largest industries within the city are health care, accommodations, and food service, along with mining and oil and gas. Substance abuse and addiction do affect every part of San Diego County and within cities such as El Cajon. This is why it is so important to provide adequate substance abuse treatment services in El Cajon. For example, heroin abuse is recognized as a national problem, and per the 2019 Report Card by Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force (PDATF), young drug users switch to heroin after pain medication has become harder to find.

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In 2018 at the San Diego County ports of entry, over 1200 kilograms of heroin were seized, and the price per gram at that time was between $40 to 100. Approximately 11% of adults who were arrested for a crime tested positive for heroin. During 2018 around 29% of all treatment admissions were within publicly funded programs were because of heroin abuse. The number of heroin-related deaths has changed significantly between 2014 and 2018. In 2014 there were 105 deaths, which then dropped to 90 deaths during 2015 and 2016, and then dropped again to 83 deaths in 2017, but then increased to 105 deaths in 2018. The increases are because of the recent crack-down on prescription pain medication, which increased the demand for heroin. Anyone struggling with addiction can get the help they need from one of the various drug rehab programs in El Cajon.

Here is a list that will help you find the different drug & alcohol treatment services in El Cajon, California. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.

List of Addiction Treatment Services in El Cajon, California


Marcel Gemme, DATS


on November 9, 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.