Substance Abuse Treatment in Merced, California

Last updated: Friday, 10, September 2021


Substance Abuse and Addiction in Merced, California, Merced County

Located in the San Joaquin Valley, the city of Merced is the county seat for Merced County. The city has a population of over 83,000 people, and it is known as the gateway to Yosemite. The city of Merced and throughout the county struggle with problems associated with substance abuse. The suicide rates in Merced County was more drastically affected by the recession within California, than the rest of the state. Issues such as unemployment often lead to substance abuse as a way to cope with struggling to find work. However, the rate of suicide has decreased within the county over the past several years.

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Approximately 31% of all Merced County adults reported problems with binge drinking within the last year, and around 14% reported binge drinking in the previous month. Roughly 47% of all adults have had at least one drink during the last 30 days. Numerous motivating factors contribute to substance abuse. For example, within Merced County around 8% of adults have had some psychological distress in the last year, and 4% of teens have experienced psychological distress. Roughly 12% of Merced County residents perceive most days as extremely or very stressful, per the Merced County Community Health Assessment. Stress is a common motivating factor for someone to start abusing drugs or alcohol. Using stress as a motivator does lead to binge drinking and excessive drug abuse. This is why it is important to have drug treatment centers all over California.

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


Marcel Gemme, DATS


on September 10, 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.