Substance Abuse Treatment in Palm Springs, California

Last updated: 25 March 2022


Substance Abuse and Addiction in Palm Springs, Riverside County, California

Located in the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is a desert resort City part of Riverside County. The city has always been a popular retirement destination and snowbird destination for Americans and Canadians. During the winter months within the city, the population nearly triples. Substance abuse and crime have always been a part of the city. Per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 13% of the population reported past-year marijuana use. Heroin use in the city was reported by 0.19% of the population, and roughly 1.69% of the population reported prior year cocaine use. SAMHSA estimates that approximately close to 7% of the population met the criteria for a drug or alcohol use disorder.

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As of 2019, in Riverside County and the rest of the state, more people are getting addiction treatment under new programs. Many counties have started to participate in the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS). The program provides a continuum of care, which is modeled after the American Society of Addiction Medicine Criteria for treating substance abuse. The homeless problem in the Coachella Valley contributes to the substance abuse issues the county faces. Approximately 55% of the homeless living in the Coachella Valley struggle with addiction. Substance abuse and addiction affect people from all walks of life living in Palm Springs and throughout Riverside County.

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List of Addiction Treatment Services in Palm Springs, California

Here is a list that will help you find the different drug & alcohol treatment services in Palm Springs, 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 March 25, 2022

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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.