Substance Abuse Treatment in Santa Barbara, California

Last updated: 21 December 2021


Located in Santa Barbara County, the city of Santa Barbara is situated on the south-facing section of the coastline. It is the second most populated city in the county next to Santa Maria and is a popular tourist and resort destination. Substance abuse in Santa Barbara does affect many of the residents and tourists that travel to the area. The Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness offers various public treatment services for residents struggling with addiction. Families can access primary prevention services and early intervention services, targeted to prevent individuals from abusing substances and limit access to drugs or alcohol. Screening and addiction assessment help families find evidence-based treatment resources.

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The outpatient services include intensive outpatient treatment, along with opioid treatment programs. Those who are struggling with opioid addiction can find medication-assisted treatment and withdrawal management. Per the Santa Barbara County 2019 Fact Sheet, there were 31 opioid-related deaths among residents aged 12 and older. During 2019 over 9,400 buprenorphine prescriptions were given out, and there are two opioid treatment programs available. Approximately 2.3% of the residents in the county, including the city of Santa Barbara, struggle with opioid addiction. Other public treatment services provided by the county include residential programs, such as 24-hour nonmedical, and short-term residential programs. Anyone who has been charged with a DUI can access programs that provide education, and drug offenders can find help through drug diversion programs.

List of Addiction Treatment Services in Santa Barbara, California

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