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Created On Thursday, 07, June 2018
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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Services for Addicts with HIV/AIDS in California

When someone is diagnosed with a disease like HIV/AIDS, they may turn to self-medication, such as abusing illegal drugs. Drug addiction in the state of California is a continuous problem that many people struggle with. Unfortunately, for some, HIV/AIDS was contracted because of the addiction. Intravenous drug use will increase the chances of contracting diseases like HIV/AIDS. To properly treat an addiction, an addict must attend one of the many different drug rehab programs in the state. Some of these addiction treatment facilities in California will be able to help addicts who have HIV/AIDS and who are also addicted to drugs. The drug rehabilitation process will be different for each person, but both long-term and short-term options are available in California to help addicts. Choosing the right treatment is important, and a residential drug rehab is a successful option for most addicts.

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Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS in California

Between 2012 and 2016, the annual number and rate of new HIV diagnoses in California declined, per the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The number of new diagnoses declined by around 2.8% from over 5,200 in 2012 to over 5,000 in 2016. From 2012 to 2016, the number of people living in California with HIV infection increased from 121,000 to 132,000. The rate of diagnosed HIV infection in 2016 was 336.4 per 100,000 population, whereas, in 2012, it was 319.1 per 100,000 population. The annual number of deaths during those years due to HIV infection increased from 1,638 in 2012 to 1,718 in 2016.

Unfortunately, substance abuse and addiction are common among people who are diagnosed with HIV. Approximately 50% of persons living with HIV/AIDS have reported current or past histories of drug and alcohol abuse. Some of the dangerous health risks and behaviors associated with substance abuse include immunosuppression, increased sexual risk behaviors, and an increased burden on the health care system. HIV drug users in California have a higher rate of mortality than non-HIV drug users within the state. Typically, someone who is diagnosed with HIV will underutilize substance use treatment. Substance abuse treatment programs are particularly important for someone who is diagnosed with HIV.


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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.