Substance Abuse Treatment in La Mesa, California

Last updated: 21 December 2021


Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse in La Mesa, California, San Diego County

The city of La Mesa is part of San Diego County and is nine miles from downtown San Diego in Southern California. Many of the issues with substance abuse, addiction, and crime associated with addiction flood over from Sand Diego into cities such as La Mesa. According to a 2017 Adult Arrestee Drug Use in the San Diego Region report, in 2017, drug abuse was at an 18-year high for adult males. Approximately 79% of men tested positive for at least one illicit substance, which was an increase of 4% from 2016. Additionally, around 73% of adult females tested positive for an illicit drug that same year. As with the rest of California, the use of methamphetamine has increased, and the effects are felt in cities such as La Mesa and across the San Diego region. This is why it is important to have drug rehabs all over California.

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Out of all adult arrestees, around 90% were using marijuana and first started using marijuana at the age of 14. Approximately two-thirds of adults who tested positive for marijuana tested positive for methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates, and PCP. According to a 2019 Report Card for the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force (PDATF), the number of unintentional prescription-caused deaths have been on the decline since 2018. However, there was a slight increase in fentanyl-related deaths from 2017 to 2018. The number of fentanyl-related deaths from 2016 was 33 and then increased to 84 in 2017, and 92 in 2018. Approximately 56% of juveniles who are arrested reported misusing prescription drugs. Additionally, around 45% of adults who were arrested reported abusing prescription drugs.

List of Addiction Treatment Services in La Mesa, California

Here is a list that will help you find the different drug & alcohol treatment services in La Mesa, 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.