Substance Abuse Treatment in Downey, California

Last updated: 21 December 2021


Located in the southeast part of Los Angeles County, the city of Downey is 13 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles and is part of the Gateway Cities. There is a great need for drug rehab services in Downey to help those in need. According to the Los Angeles County City and Community Health Profile (CCHP) of Downey, housing affordability in the city is still a significant concern. Approximately 48% of Downey residents are spending 30% or more of their income on housing. Additionally, 22% of Downey residents are spending 50% or more of their income on housing. A high cost of living does add stress to life, and if the stress is not handled in a healthy way, it can build on other stress, leading to using drugs as a way to cope. Drugs and alcohol are commonly used to cope with stress and other problems of life.

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Per the same report mentioned above, in 2016, around 209 people in Downey were homeless, and 8% were children aged 17 and under. There are many contributing factors to why someone becomes homeless, and addiction is a common one. Struggling with substance abuse does lead to homelessness, and it will become more challenging to get out of being homeless while addicted to drugs or alcohol. Substance abuse also leads to suicide and unintentional drug overdose. Within the city of Downey between 2012 and 2016, there were 6.4 suicides per 100,000 population. Additionally, during this same time frame, deaths from an unintentional drug overdose were a rate of 4 deaths per 100,000 people. This is why it is important to have substance abuse treatment in Downey and in the surrounding area.

List of Addiction Treatment Services in Downey, California

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


Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on December 21, 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.