Substance Abuse Treatment in San Rafael, California

Created On Thursday, 05, May 2016
Modified On Friday, 10, September 2021


Substance Abuse and Addiction in San Rafael, California, Marin County

The city of San Rafael is the county seat for Marin County, and it is located in the North Bay Region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The population of the city is estimated at around 60,000 people and the median age is about 41 with a rate of poverty of approximately 14%. Within the city of San Rafael and other cities across the county, substance abuse addiction is a problem that some struggle with. The issues created by substance abuse are felt on various levels. Per a 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), put together by Marin Health outlining an implementation strategy, the MarinHealth Medical Center is taking specific steps to address behavioral health issues. For example, this includes increasing community awareness of prevention efforts and the availability of resources.

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Many addicts who are struggling with an addiction are not always aware of the resources they have available to them. According to the County of Marin Continuum of Substance Use Services Strategic Plan by Marin HHS, between 2006 and 2012, approximately 22% of adults in the county self-reported binge drinking alcohol in the last year. Additionally, roughly 65% of 11th-grade students have consumed alcohol and almost 50% have consumed alcohol four or more times. Between 2010 and 2013, there were over 5,400 hospitalizations and over 8,100 emergency room visits, which involved alcohol and drug use. Too many addicts end up in the hospital because of their alcohol or drug use. Early intervention does prevent these problems from happening and will save a life. And it is important to have drug treatment facilities.

Here is a list that will help you find the different drug & alcohol treatment services in San Rafael, California. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.

List of Addiction Treatment Services in San Rafael, California


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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.