Substance Abuse Treatment in Gardena, California

Last updated: Tuesday, 09, November 2021


Substance Abuse and Addiction in Gardena, California, Los Angeles County

Located in the South Bay or southwest region of Los Angeles County, the city of Gardena has a population of around 60,000 people. The current median age in the city is approximately 40, and the rate of poverty is about 15%. The largest industries within the city are health care, manufacturing, utilities, and scientific and technical services. Like many other parts of Los Angeles County, there are numerous contributing factors to substance abuse. Housing and being able to afford a place to live is tough for many who live in Gardena. According to a City and Community Health Profile for Gardena, approximately 50% of the population spend 30% of their income on housing, and 25% spend 50% or more of their income on housing.

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When substance abuse takes over, it causes significant changes physically and psychologically. Per the assessment mentioned above, there are around five suicides per 100,000 population in Gardena. Additionally, there are approximately five deaths per 100,000 population from an unintentional drug overdose within the city. Long-term substance abuse and addiction do increase the risk of attempting suicide or suffering from an unintentional overdose resulting in death. Within the city are both public and non-profit private programs to help residents who are struggling with addiction. When choosing a treatment program, it is crucial to find one that will meet all of the counseling needs. Many addicts with the city are unable to access the services they need. For example, Medi-Cal is limited to what it does cover, and private treatment is not always affordable unless payment options are provided.

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


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.