Substance Abuse Treatment in Del Mar, California

Last updated: Tuesday, 09, November 2021


Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment in Del Mar, California, San Diego County

Del Mar is Spanish for 'of the sea' and is part of San Diego County, located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Del Mar is a beach city and has a small population of over 4,300 people. Even small towns part of San Diego County struggle with substance abuse issues. The illicit drugs found in towns such as Del Mar are coming in from larger cities. For example, according to the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force (PDATF) 2019 Report Card, heroin abuse is recognized as a national problem. Some of the local studies note that younger users switch to heroin after pain medication abuse. Pain medications are becoming harder to find and are often no longer affordable to someone who is addicted to them. With all these issues, it is important to have drug rehab centers all over California.

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In 2018 there were 1,247 kilograms of heroin seized at San Diego County ports of entry. The price of heroin per gram within the county in 2018 was $40 to $100. Approximately 11% of adults who are arrested in the county test positive for heroin. Among the local, publicly funded treatment programs, which include any services in Del Mar, approximately 29% of admissions cite heroin as the primary drug of choice. During 2018 there were 105 heroin-related overdose deaths, and 65% of heroin users in the county are men, while 35% are women. Adults aged 26 to 59 account for most of the heroin users within the county, making up 79% of those addicted to heroin.

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


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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.