Substance Abuse Treatment in Compton, California

Last updated: Friday, 10, September 2021


Compton is an area part of Los Angeles County and is situated south of downtown Los Angeles, and it is one of the oldest cities in the county, first established on May 11, 1888. The estimated population of Compton is around 97,000, and the median age is 30, with a poverty rate of approximately 23%. Substance abuse and the problems associated with it affect every area of Los Angeles County, some worse than others. According to the Los Angeles County Drug Use Patterns and Trends 2017, between 2012 and 2014, around 4% of adults in the county were misusing illicit drugs other than marijuana. Throughout the county, most of the drug problems are much of the same.

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According to the City and Community Health Profiles (CCHP) for Compton, around 25% of residents are living 100% below the federal poverty line, and 58% are living 200% below the federal poverty line. Struggling with poverty is a strong motivating factor for someone to abuse drugs or alcohol. The continued use of drugs and alcohol does make the financial situation much worse than it is. Struggling to afford housing is also difficult, all across Los Angeles County. Within the city of Compton, around 55% of residents are paying 30% or more of their income on rent, and 29% are paying 50% or more of their income towards rent. When searching for a drug treatment center anywhere in California, it is crucial to consider both public and non-profit private centers.

Here is a list that will help you find the different drug & alcohol treatment services in Compton, 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 Compton, California


Marcel Gemme, DATS


on September 10, 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.