Substance Abuse Treatment in San Marcos, California

Last updated: 21 December 2021


Substance Abuse and Addiction in San Marcos, California, San Diego County

The city of San Marcos is situated in the North County region of San Diego County and has a population of around 93,000 people. The median age in the town is 35, with a current rate of poverty of about 12%. The primary industries that drive the economy in San Marcos are manufacturing, health care, and professional, scientific, and technical services. Substance abuse and addiction do affect families from all over the county and within cities such as San Marcos. Some of the primary drug threats in the county include prescription pain medication, heroin, and methamphetamine. According to a 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), some of the treatment needs assessments in the county include adolescent rehabilitation services, intensive outpatient, detox, and long-term treatments.

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During 2018 there were 210 prescription opioid-related deaths in the county per the 2019 Prescription Drug Report Card. During that same year, the number of deaths involving prescription drugs, excluding opioids, reached 36. In 2018 there were 105 deaths due to heroin overdose, and among all other substances, including alcohol, the number of deaths reached 373 in 2018. With the right treatment, any severity of addiction can be successfully overcome. Drug treatment centers in San Marcos include public programs and the many different private services throughout the county. Drug abuse does not have to be a life-long problem. Unfortunately, too many addicts living in San Diego County do not get the help they need.

List of Addiction Treatment Services in San Marcos, California

Here is a list that will help you find the different drug & alcohol treatment services in San Marcos, 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.