Substance use has been a major concern for countries all over the world as the addiction rates continued to climb. In the United States alone, drug and alcohol abuse are leading causes of death that are killing upwards of 93,000 drug users every year while an even more substantial number of people continue abusing drugs.

As the drug and alcohol abuse rates continue to skyrocket throughout the nation, several of the smaller places in the nation are beginning to also report an increased rate of both drug and alcohol abuse as well as drug-related deaths including in places such as San Luis Obispo County, California which has Atascadero as the largest city within that county. Drug rehabs in San Luis Obispo County, California are available to help anyone that has struggled with a drug or alcohol addiction learn how to properly end a substance use problem while also addressing any of the other difficulties that can arise during a substance use problem to ensure that the drug abuse is ended for good. The state of California has seen an abundance of drug and alcohol abuse throughout the last few years which has only caused the state to report a larger rate of drug addiction and drug-related deaths in many of the counties. In San Luis Obispo County, California alone there were 132 drug-related deaths in a single year while other counties are reporting even more significant rates of drug deaths, according to the County Health Rankings. If you or someone you love has struggled with a drug or an alcohol addiction, you must help them enroll in a drug rehab program to ensure that they have the best chance of achieving sobriety and handling any other problems needed to maintain a sober lifestyle. With the help of one of the many drug rehab centers located throughout the nation, drug users can receive assistance during their entire recovery process to ensure that they handle and overcome all aspects of the addiction. It is important that the drug abuse can be ended as soon as possible to prevent any further complications from arising. Call today to receive additional information about the different drug rehabs in San Luis Obispo County, California, and learn to live without the need for drugs or alcohol ever again. It is never too late to end your substance use problem and lead a sober life for good.

TIPS: If you feel you're going to use

  • Find a peer support group: California 12-step meetings and other resources through the directory.
  • Stay active and distracted—California offers a diverse landscape to explore and endless community events.
  • Access counseling through the Department of Healthcare Services or contact California 2-1-1.
  • Find an activity—there is no shortage of fulfilling experiences and activities in California.
  • Avoid risky situations. Fentanyl and opioids remain the biggest drug threat in the state.

TIPS: If you want to help someone

  • Find local help through the Department of Healthcare Services.
  • Be aware of overdose risks—resources available through California Overdose Prevention Network and Overdose Prevention Initiative with the CDPH.
  • Assessment and screening are available through the Department of Healthcare Services.
  • Organize a family intervention with the help of a professional interventionist.
  • Avoid enabling the individual who is addicted to drugs or alcohol.

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Additional Information on San Luis Obispo County and Substance Use

San Luis Obispo County is located in the southern region of the state, and the population is over 260,000 residents. The county is situated along the Pacific Ocean in Central California between the city of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout the county are small communities along the various beaches, coastal hills, and mountains of the Santa Lucia range. The County of San Luis Obispo Health Agency/Behavioral Health offers drug and alcohol services. The Drug and Alcohol Services Division provides programs to help people with drug and alcohol problems. These programs include public walk-in clinics, outpatient treatment, and court-mandated programs. The adult outpatient substance use disorder treatment programs offer screening and assessment, treatment planning, psychotherapy, medication services, case management, and adult residential placement.

Substance use in the county has impacted the various communities and the families living within them. Like other counties within this part of California, opioids and the opioid epidemic have affected the people living in San Luis Obispo County. In 2018, opioid overdose resulted in 13 deaths, which was a rate of 4.5 deaths per 100,000 population. During that same year, 94 people visited the emergency room because of opioids, and 28 people were hospitalized because of an opioid overdose. The number of opioid prescriptions given to residents of the county is much lower than the rest of the state. In 2018, opioid prescribers wrote 180,528 opioid prescriptions. People struggling with addiction can access different outpatient and inpatient treatment programs throughout the county.

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List of Drug Rehab Centers in San Luis Obispo County, California

Here is a list of the different treatment centers in San Luis Obispo County, 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, DATS


on May 3, 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.