Substance Abuse Treatment in East Palo Alto, California

Last updated: Tuesday, 09, November 2021


Substance Abuse and Addiction in East Palo Alto, California, San Mateo County

The city of East Palo Alto is located in San Mateo County within the San Francisco Bay. The population is estimated at around 30,000, and the median age is 29, with a rate of poverty of about 13%. Much of the primary industry within East Palo Alto is accommodation and food service, retail trade, health care, real estate, and technical services. Most residents in the city are employed, but like the rest of California, the cost of living and housing is high. According to San Mateo County, approximately 63% of renters are spending 30% or more of household income on rent. The median household income in the city is around $58,000, and 17% of children in the city are living below the poverty level. Additionally, about 10% of families in the city are living below the poverty line.

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Approximately 58% of the residents of East Palo Alto between 2013 and 2017 were living 200% below the federal poverty line. Many factors contribute to substance abuse, and financial problems are a common one. Families that are struggling financially are more likely to have someone in the family who may be battling substance abuse and addiction. Across San Mateo County are various types of treatment programs, such as public treatment resources and private treatment services. Public health services in East Palo Alto can help residents find the best treatment resources they need.


Marcel Gemme, DATS


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.