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Alcohol and Drug Detox & Rehabilitation Programs in Los Angeles County, California

Los Angeles County and the city of dreams, money, and fame. It’s also the city of lost dreams and destroyed lives. So many come to Los Angeles County only to find their hopes crushed. This emotional failure is very difficult. Soon enough someone will show up with some type of illicit mind-altering drug to help ease the pain of failure. This drug use eventually becomes the daily solution, resulting in a new problem called addiction. Los Angeles County law enforcement has their hands full with drug traffickers and small-time dealers. They do all they can to make the streets safe and secure for everyone, including tourists. Then there are those persons who tried the drug and got hooked, they too need help. Los Angeles County like other California counties offers a multitude of resources to help the addict. Services like group meetings, family counseling, and residential treatment facilities for various types of drug addiction and prevention and education programs as well. You have a responsibility to encourage friends and relatives to seek professional help for their addiction problem.

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The Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Los Angeles County, California

In Los Angeles County, for example, annually, there are over 32,000 DUI arrests, over 22,000 DUI convictions, and over 12,000 DUI collisions. Out of all the DUI collisions in LA County, there are over 7,000 injuries and 255 deaths annually. For every DUI case in California, it costs the taxpayer $7000 plus dollars. Annually in LA County are close to 3000 alcohol-related deaths, over 132,000 emergency room visits because of alcohol, over 108,000 alcohol-related hospitalizations. Total hospital charges in LA County are $6.6 billion because of alcohol-related problems. Among US workers, 15% of the American workforce was alcohol-impaired in the last year. Close to 9% of full-time employees use illicit drugs, and 14% of part-time employees use illegal drugs.

ISSUES WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND SOLUTIONS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA

According to data from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, there are many issues that they are facing related to alcohol and drug abuse. For instance, based on data collected from 2014-2016, 10.5% of those aged 18 to 25 have an alcohol use disorder. Of the same age group, 32.2% are using marijuana and 6.6% are using cocaine. Thankfully though, Los Angeles County like other California counties offers a multitude of resources to help the addict. Services like group meetings, family counseling, and residential treatment facilities for various types of drug addiction and prevention and education programs as well. You have a responsibility to encourage friends and relatives to seek professional help for their addiction problem.

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Marcel Gemme, DATS - Author

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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.