Substance Abuse Treatment in Santa Maria, California

Last updated: 13 December 2021


The city of Santa Maria is located in the southern part of California along the coast of Santa Barbara County. Santa Maria is 65 miles northwest of Santa Barbara and 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles. In 2018 the population was estimated at over 108,000 people, and it is the most populous city in the county. Much of the economy in Santa Barbara County is based upon industries such as winemaking, distilleries, tourism, and hospitality. Substance abuse and addiction are often seen within these industries among those who work within them. This is why substance abuse treatment programs in Santa Maria are so important.

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The Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness Alcohol and Drug Program has services available across the county. Drug abuse treatment includes publicly funded programs to help addicts struggling with various types of addiction. There has been a growing trend within the county regarding emergency room visits because of drugs or alcohol. In 2017 650 incidents resulted in emergency room visits. According to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, emergency room visits related to opioids have increased by 55%. Struggling with drug or alcohol addiction is not easy, and many do not seek out the help they need. Alcohol and drug treatment in Santa Maria is available for those who are battling addiction.

List of Addiction Treatment Services in Santa Maria, California

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