Substance Abuse Treatment in Benicia, California

Last updated: 13 December 2021


The city of Benicia is located in Solano County and is a waterside city situated in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The population of Solano is around 29,000 and the median age is 44 with a rate of poverty of about 7%. Much of the economy in Benicia revolves around health care, manufacturing, scientific and technical services, oil and gas, and mining. According to Solano County Indicators, the poverty rate in the county has declined in recent years and is lower than the state poverty rate. The poverty rate in the county is lower for seniors than the overall population. Many people struggling with poverty are also battling addiction.

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According to the Solano County Health Status Report for 2019, the unemployment rate for Solano County in 2016 was 6.2%. In 2017, local agencies in the county counted a total of 1,232 people who identified as homeless. Most of the people who were homeless within the county were unsheltered, approximately 74%, and 15% living in transitional housing, while 11% were in emergency housing. Unfortunately, many who are homeless struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. It often becomes an endless cycle that they are not able to get out of. Drug dealers also pray on homeless encampments selling drugs and keeping many addicts hooked. Finding treatment is the only way for any addict to get themselves out of the problem they are in. Substance abuse treatment programs in Benicia and throughout Solano County can help addicts overcome all addictions.


Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on December 13, 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.