Substance Abuse Treatment in South Lake Tahoe, California

Last updated: Tuesday, 09, November 2021


Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse Treatment in South Lake Tahoe, California, El Dorado County

The city of South Lake Tahoe is the most populous city in El Dorado County and is situated within the Sierra Nevada. The city is located along the southern shore of Lake Tahoe, and the population is estimated at around 21,000. The median age within the city is 38, and the rate of poverty is approximately 15%. Much of the economy within the city revolves around accommodation, food services, entertainment, and recreation, along with utility jobs and finance. Despite being a small city, substance abuse does affect some of the residents. Across El Dorado County, drug and alcohol abuse has various impacts socially and economically. According to a 2016 El Dorado County Community Health Assessment, one of the focus areas is behavioral health, which includes substance abuse.

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Per the report mentioned above, the population within El Dorado County is aging at a faster rate than the state of California. Approximately over 50% of the residents are over the age of 45, and the largest age group within the county is the 55 to 64 range. The overall population growth has been relatively modest, but the senior population has grown significantly. Substance abuse among seniors often involves alcohol and prescription drugs. Many of these problems start with boredom or because of a prescription given that was misused. Both public and non-profit treatment centers in El Dorado County can help senior adults who are struggling with addiction.

Here is a list that will help you find the different drug & alcohol treatment services in South Lake Tahoe, 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 South Lake Tahoe, 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.