Substance Abuse Treatment in Lancaster, California

Last updated: Wednesday, 08, September 2021


Located in northern Los Angeles County in the Antelope Valley, the city of Lancaster is the 33rd largest city in the state. Los Angeles County has numerous cities that struggle with problems associated with drug and alcohol abuse. For example, in 2017, within three months, approximately 60 people died in Lancaster due to drug overdose. At the start of 2018, the number of overdose deaths in the county has been on the decline. Countywide in 2017, more than 160 people died from an overdose, which was up more than 40% from 2016. In one month in 2017, the Lancaster Police Department responded to 517 overdose calls, compared to 290 in 2016. This is why it is important to have drug treatment facilities in Lancaster and throughout California.

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Substance abuse and addiction cost the County of Los Angeles billions of dollars annually. Approximately $13 billion is lost annually because of alcohol and drug abuse within Los Angeles County. Overall around 18% of young adults aged 18 to 25 have a substance use disorder, and close to 7% of adults aged 26 and over also struggle with substance abuse. Annually in Los Angeles County, there are over 32,000 DUI arrests, over 22,000 DUI convictions, more than 12,000 DUI collisions, over 7,000 DUI injuries. Annually in LA County over 250 people die due to a DUI fatality. Anyone struggling with alcohol or drug addiction should reach out for help from the various substance abuse treatment programs in Lancaster.

Here is a list of the different services in Lancaster, California. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.



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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.