Substance Abuse Treatment in San Fernando, California

Last updated: 21 December 2021


Substance Abuse and Addiction in San Fernando, California, Los Angeles County

Situated in the northwestern part of Los Angeles County, the city of San Fernando is part of the Los Angeles metropolitan. The city is bordered on all sides by the city of Los Angeles, and the drug problems found in San Fernando are ones that have overflowed over from Los Angeles. The homeless population in the city and county are severely affected by drug and alcohol abuse. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) estimates that drug addiction affects around 67% of the homeless population. Approximately 78% of those who are unsheltered are drug users, and substance abuse keeps many homeless from getting out.

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Some of the most commonly abused drugs in the city and county are still methamphetamine, heroin, and other opioids. Reports from the medical examiner indicated that methamphetamine was the most frequently identified drug. In 2018 there were also increases with fentanyl, and reports of fentanyl seizures more than doubled from 2016 to 2017. In late 2017, bulk fentanyl was introduced on the street for wholesale purchases. There are still many local concerns surrounding heroin, overall the treatment admissions for heroin addiction were at a relatively high level, but then declined from 2015 to 2016. The number of people being admitted for prescription opioid abuse was at a low level in 2017 and has remained steady since then.

List of Addiction Treatment Services in San Fernando, California

Here is a list that will help you find the different drug & alcohol treatment services in San Fernando, 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 December 21, 2021

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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.