Substance Abuse Treatment in Oakland, California

Last updated: 13 December 2021


Oakland is a major west coast port city and the county seat for Alameda County. Many of the substance abuse issues the city is facing have flooded over from cities such as San Francisco, which is why there is such a great need for drug rehab services in Oakland. Historically the city of Oakland has had a staggering crime rate, and much has been done to reduce this. The primary factor in the increase in crime has been the increase in narcotic drug abuse and sales since the 1970s. Oakland became a major west coast hub for heroin and cocaine distribution and it is the second city in the nation to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms; however, these drugs are still illegal under federal and state law.

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The ongoing opioid epidemic also impacted Oakland and Alameda County, and in 2016 approximately 5.6% of the population aged 12 and older misused opioids, per the California County Spotlight. During 2016 there were 47 opioid-related deaths within the county, and one percent of people who misused opioids were addicted to them. Adolescent drug abuse in the county has been a continuing issue, especially marijuana abuse. According to Alameda County Behavioral Health, in Alameda County, approximately 80% of youth who attend public treatment programs reported marijuana as their primary drug of choice. This reinforces the importance of having substance abuse treatment programs in Oakland and throughout the state.

List of Addiction Treatment Services in Oakland, California

Here is a list that will help you find the different drug & alcohol treatment services in Oakland, 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 13, 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.