Substance Abuse Treatment in Riverside, California

Created On Saturday, 24, August 2013
Modified On Wednesday, 08, September 2021


The opioid epidemic claimed thousands of lives across California. There are many drug rehab programs in Riverside that can help those struggling with addiction to opioids or any other substance. In 2017 in Riverside County, approximately 125 people died from opiate overdose, which was an increase from 107 in 2016. During 2017 there were over 300 opioid overdose emergency department visits and over 240 hospitalizations involving opioids. Within Riverside County in 2017, more than 1.5 million prescriptions for pain medication were written. The lawsuit filed by Riverside County talks about the financial burden the opioid epidemic created within the county.

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According to the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) in Riverside County, there were 2,811 identified sheltered and unsheltered homeless adults and children countywide. The homeless count included veterans, youth aged 18 to 24, children aged 17 and under, chronically homeless, families with children, and the elderly. Approximately 24% of the homeless population in the county have substance abuse issues, and roughly 18% have a physical disability. Drug dealers will pray on the homeless population keeping them addicted to drugs. This is why it is so important for everyone to have access to substance abuse treatment programs in Riverside.

Here is a list of the different services in Riverside, California. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.



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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.