Substance Abuse Treatment in Oceanside, California

Last updated: Tuesday, 09, November 2021


Located in California's South Coast, Oceanside is a coastal city and is the third-largest city in San Diego County. Within the county, numerous cities are struggling with substance abuse problems among its population. This makes the need for drug rehab programs in Oceanside very important. Per research findings from the Criminal Justice Clearinghouse for San Diego County, in 2017, around 79% of adults arrested tested positive for at least one illicit drug. The abuse of drugs such as methamphetamine is up, and it has remained a drug of choice for adults who were caught up in the criminal justice system. Approximately 55% of males and 58% of females within the justice system were abusing methamphetamine.

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Marijuana was one of the most frequently used drugs, and 90% of those in the criminal justice system tested positive for the drug. Prescription drugs are also being abused, and around 47% of those surveyed by the Criminal Justice Clearing House reported they misused prescription drugs. Approximately 25% of those who were arrested who were using heroin, said they started abusing prescription pain medication first. In 2019 in San Diego County, there were 265 opioid-related overdose deaths, which was a rate of 9.3 deaths per 100,000 population. Most pain medication addiction does gradually progress to abusing heroin. Heroin is a more accessible drug and an affordable alternative to opioid pain medication. Anyone who is currently struggling with addiction should get the help they need from one of the various substance abuse treatment programs within Oceanside. 

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


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on November 9, 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.