Substance Abuse Treatment in Santa Cruz, California

Last updated: Friday, 10, September 2021


Substance Addiction and Drug Abuse in Santa Cruz, California, Santa Cruz County

The city of Santa Cruz is the county seat for Santa Cruz County, and the population of the city is estimated at around 64,000, Santa Cruz is located on the northern part of Monterey Bay, and is 32 miles south of San Jose. The city is known for its coastline and the redwood forests, making it a popular tourist destination. The economy in the city is made up of agriculture, tourism, education, and technology. The problems connected to substance abuse and addiction affect many residents living within the city and across the county. The methamphetamine problem in this part of California is becoming progressively worse. Since 2008 there has been a steady rise in methamphetamine-related deaths in the county.

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According to the Santa Cruz County Sherriff's Office, meth fatalities outnumbered heroin-related deaths. Going back to 2011 and 2012, approximately 22.7% of adults in Santa Cruz County needed help for a substance abuse problem, per a County Health Report. Roughly 26% were women, and 18% were men who were self-reporting they needed help to treat drug addiction. Additionally, those who did not have health insurance in the county were more likely to need help than those who had insurance. The rates of substance abuse among adolescents within the county were much of the same as the rest of the country. When struggling with addiction, it is crucial to find the proper help. Both public and private treatment services operate in Santa Cruz, along with options across the county.

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


Marcel Gemme, DATS


on September 10, 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.