Substance Abuse Treatment in Laguna Beach, California

Last updated: Tuesday, 09, November 2021


Substance Abuse and Addiction in Laguna Beach, California, Orange County

Located in Orange County, Laguna Beach has a population of over 23,000, and tourism is the primary industry within the city. Every year it is estimated that over six million people visit the community annually. Many of the drug problems within the city impact local adolescents and young adults. Drug use at a young age does increase the risk of developing a drug problem later in life. Most teens start with binge drinking, which is a common issue. Binge drinking often leads to marijuana use, prescription drug abuse, and the use of illegal drugs. Prescription drugs, especially opioids, are extremely dangerous. In 2015 in Laguna Beach, there were 105 emergency department visits due to prescription opioids. Since 2011 within the city, this has been a steady increase. This is why it is important to have drug treatments all over California.

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The rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in Laguna Beach was between 9.7 and 13.7 deaths per 100,000 persons. The most commonly abused prescription opioids within Orange County are Hydrocodone, Morphine, Heroin, Oxycodone, and Codeine. In 2015 approximately 74% of the prescription opioid-related deaths in Orange County were an accident, along with 93% of the heroin-related deaths. In 2015 there were five opioid-related deaths in Laguna Beach, and within the county, the rate of opioid-related emergency department visits has more than doubled since 2005. Within Orange County, the residents were more likely to be admitted to the hospital for opioid abuse or methadone poisonings.

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


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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.