Substance Abuse Treatment in Santa Ana, California

Last updated: 13 December 2021


Santa Ana is located in Orange County, which is part of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, and it is the second-most populous city in the county. Within Southern California, it was ranked as one of the safest cities in the nation. Despite the city having relatively low rates of crime, substance abuse, and addiction do impact many residents. For example, within Orange County, one in seven 11th grade students reported drinking alcohol in the last year. More than one in four motor vehicle crash deaths involved alcohol, and the rate of opioid overdose deaths in Orange County increased by 53% between 2016 and 2017. This makes having alcohol & drug rehab programs in Santa Ana extremely important.

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Within the county and the city, there is a plan to reduce alcohol and drug misuse. By 2020 the county wants to reduce underage drinking by decreasing the amount of 11th-grade students abusing alcohol. Also, by 2020, the county seeks to reduce the amount of alcohol-related crashes by 5% and reduce the rate of opioid-related deaths by 5%. In 2017, this was the peak of the opioid epidemic in the nation, and within California. According to the Orange County Health Information (OC Health Info), the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths has remained relatively level between 2011 and 2015. However, the rate of opioid-related overdose emergency room visits doubled since 2005. Residents in the county between the ages of 45 and 54 had the highest rate of deaths related to a drug overdose. There are substance abuse treatment programs in Santa Ana that can help addicts no matter what circumstances they might be in.


Here is a list of the different services in Santa Ana, 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.