Substance Abuse Treatment in Mission Viejo, California

Last updated: 21 December 2021


The city of Mission Viejo is a planned community, which is a town that was carefully planned from its inception and these cities are usually built on a part of undeveloped land. The city resides within Orange County and is part of Saddleback Valley. The population of the city is estimated at around 96,000 people, and most of the economy revolves around health care, education, and retail. Cities of this size do struggle with the issues connected to substance abuse and addiction. According to a Creating A Healthy and Resilient Orange County Report by Health Funders Partnership of Orange County (HFPOC) approximately 82% of adults in the county have health insurance. Health insurance does help cover the cost of substance abuse treatment. For example, Medi-Cal, which is the state Medicaid program, will cover substance abuse treatment within the public sector.

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Per the 2018 Community Indicators Report, over the past decade, the number of hospitalizations because of substance abuse has remained steady. Between 2006 and 2015, deaths due to substance abuse have increased. The drug-induced death rate grew by 35% within the county. Drug-related deaths occur because of unintentional or intentional overdose. The combination of multiple drugs at one time does increase the likelihood of someone overdosing. For example, chronic alcohol abuse with the misuse of pain medication or anti-anxiety drugs will increase the chance of overdose. Drug treatment programs in Mission Viejo and across Orange County will help addicts overcome their substance abuse issues.

List of Addiction Treatment Services in Mission Viejo, California

Here is a list that will help you find the different drug & alcohol treatment services in Mission Viejo, California. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.


Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on December 21, 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.