Substance Abuse Treatment in Bakersfield, California

Created On Saturday, 24, August 2013
Modified On Wednesday, 08, September 2021


Within the city of Bakersfield, methamphetamine is the most widely used drug, and the drug most seized by local law enforcement. The following statistics will help prove the great need for drug rehab programs in Bakersfield. Along with meth, there is also a problem with fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, which have resulted in countless overdose deaths. On average in Bakersfield, around 50% of felony charges are related to meth, and there have been significant increases in methamphetamine juvenile-related probations. According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office, around 39% of the felony prosecutions in the county involve methamphetamine offenses. Approximately one-third of people admitted to the emergency room are there because of meth abuse.

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The methamphetamine problem in this part of California has been continuing for almost two decades. Between 2001 and 2007, methamphetamine offenses made up between 25% and 39% of all felony defendants in Kern County. Between 2007 and 2008, there were over 4,200 treatment admissions to local public rehabilitation programs. Out of the over 4,200 people attending rehabilitation, approximately 80% became involved with treatment because of the criminal justice system. Methamphetamine was named the drug of choice by more than half of the people attending therapy. As of 2019, the methamphetamine problems are still present, and local law enforcement and substance abuse treatment programs in Bakersfield are working with families and individuals every day addicted to this dangerous drug.

The list below will help you on how to find a drug rehab in Bakersfield, 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 Treatment Centers in Bakersfield, California


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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.