Substance Abuse Treatment in Salinas, California

Created On Tuesday, 17, December 2013
Modified On Wednesday, 08, September 2021


Situated in Monterey County, the city of Salinas is the county seat and largest municipality and located on the southern portion of the Greater Bay Area. In Salinas, problems with substance abuse and addiction do affect most of the community. Because of this, the presence of drug rehab programs in Salinas is extremely important. According to a 2015 Impact Monterey County Community Assessment, residents of Monterey County were asked to identify the most significant health problems facing their community. Approximately 50% of county residents reported alcohol abuse, especially underage drinking and drug abuse, were significant community health problems.

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The Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMH) put together a 2017 Community Health Needs Assessment, which indicated substance abuse treatment was an on-going need in the county. Indicators included a higher number of non-fatal emergency department visits for substance abuse when compared to the rates within the state. Moreover, there are higher rates of drug-induced mortality within different regions of the county. Those who were surveyed and provided information for this assessment expressed concern about substance use in the county. For example, opioid misuse continues to be an issue. Per a 2019 Monterey County Fact Sheet regarding opioid use and treatment, there were nine opioid overdose deaths in 2019, which was a rate of 2.5 per 100,000. To avoid these deaths, it is essential that those struggling with addiction seek out help from the various substance abuse treatment programs in Salinas.

Here is a list of the different services in Salinas, 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.