Substance Abuse Treatment in Palm Desert, California

Created On Thursday, 05, May 2016
Modified On Wednesday, 08, September 2021


Substance Abuse and Drug Addiction in Palm Desert, California, Riverside County

Situated in the Coachella Valley 14 miles east of Palm Springs, the city of Palm Desert is part of Riverside County. During the 1980s and 1990s, the city was one of the fastest-growing and nearly doubled its population by the year 2000. Palm Desert is a popular destination for American and Canadian snowbirds, and the population grows every winter. Within Riverside County, there are many things that contribute to substance abuse. For example, many within the homeless population struggle with addiction, which may cause them to become homeless. Homeless populations tend to be larger in warmer, more temperate climates within California. In 2018 there were 486 homeless addicted to drugs and 273 who were struggling with alcohol abuse.

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During 2019 around 97 unsheltered homeless were victims of domestic violence, per the Riverside County Point-In-Time Count Report. During that same year, 239 homeless were incarcerated within the last twelve months. Countless drugs contribute to someone becoming homeless. Opioid addiction is often a common problem. Within Riverside County in 2019, there were 142 opioid-related overdose deaths, which was a rate of 6.9 per 100,000 population. Like many other cites within the county, Palm Desert helps opioid addicts with medication-assisted treatment. Within Riverside County in 2019, close to 30,000 people received buprenorphine as part of treatment. Approximately 42,000 residents in the county struggle with an opioid addiction, which is around 2.1% of the population in 2019.

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


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.