Substance Abuse Treatment in Poway, California

Created On Thursday, 05, May 2016
Modified On Friday, 10, September 2021


Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse in Poway, California, San Diego County

The city of Poway was originally an unincorporated community in San Diego County, and it officially became a city in 1980. Poway is north of the city of San Diego, and the city is generally considered part of San Diego's North County. Substance abuse and addiction have an impact socially and economically across all of San Diego County. According to a 2016 San Diego Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) approximately 17.2% of adults aged 18 or older in the county self-report heavy alcohol consumption. Additionally, hospitalization rates for acute substance abuse increased by almost 40% from 2010 to 2013 among residents aged 15 to 24. During that same time, emergency department visits among seniors due to alcohol abuse increased by close to 90%.

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Prescription drug abuse in the county has been problematic for many years, impacting cities such as Poway. For example, going back to 2011, there were 267 unintentional prescription drug-related deaths in the county. Approximately 17% of 11th-grade students that year were misusing prescription drugs. Typically, when adolescents are abusing prescription drugs, they find unused prescriptions within the house. In 2011 the number of treatment admissions was over 13,500, and by 2015, the number of treatment admissions increased to over 15,100. When more people are seeking treatment for substance abuse, there is less of an impact on the surrounding community.

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


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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.