Substance Abuse Treatment in Escondido, California

Last updated: Wednesday, 08, September 2021


Escondido is part of Northern San Diego County, and like many other counties and cities in the part of the state, opioid drugs have hit residents hard. This makes the presence of drug rehab services in Escondido extremely important. However, in 2018, the number of deaths from prescription drugs is down, but deaths involving heroin and fentanyl have increased. The prescription drug deaths in San Diego County declined in 2018, and there were 246 during that year. In 2017 the number of deaths due to prescription drugs was 273. Of the 246 deaths in 2018, approximately 85% of them were caused by prescription opioids. In 2018 there were 105 heroin deaths in the county, which was up from 83 the year before. In 2016 there were 90 people killed by heroin, and in 2015 there was the same number of deaths. During 2014 the number of heroin-related deaths was 105.

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Local law enforcement in San Diego County reported that 11% of adults arrested in 2018 tested positive for heroin. Approximately 78% of heroin users admitted to treatment programs were between the ages of 26 and 59. The number of fentanyl-related deaths in the county increased from 2017 to 2018 and has increased every year since 2012. Recovering from opioid addiction is not easy, and most opioid addicts require withdrawal management. The detox process is crucial in helping opioid addicts safely withdraw from the drug. This is normally the first step when it comes to substance abuse treatment in Escondido.

Here is a list of the different services in Escondido, 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


on September 8, 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.