Substance Abuse Treatment in San Mateo, California

Last updated: 13 December 2021


The city of San Mateo is the county seat for San Mateo County and is 20 miles south of San Francisco. There is a diverse economy within the city, such as technology, health care, financial services, retail, tourism, and government. The housing market in San Mateo is the most expensive in the country, and in 2018 a median San Mateo home would cost approximately $1.4 million, and the median rent in the county was the ninth highest in the nation at around $2,200. Being able to afford a place to live is difficult for many families living in the county, and struggling with this stress daily is a strong motivating factor for someone to choose drugs or alcohol. This is why it is essential that drug rehab programs in San Mateo be made available for those needing help.

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According to San Mateo County, approximately 16% of adults who binge drink had done so in the past 30 days. Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused drugs because of access and being socially acceptable. There is a great need for substance abuse treatment programs in San Mateo. San Mateo County also cites that between 2012 and 2017, around 50% of renters in the county were spending 30% of more of household income on rent. Between 2013 and 2017, the median household income in the county was over $103,000, and approximately 30% of this was being spent on rent or mortgages. Within the county, around 9.8% of children are living below the poverty line, and 4.4% of families are also below the poverty line. Overall, between 2013 and 2017, around 8% of the population in San Mateo County was living below the poverty line.

List of Addiction Treatment Services in San Mateo, California

Here is a list that will help you find the different drug & alcohol treatment services in San Mateo, 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 13, 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.