Substance Abuse Treatment in Santee, California

Last updated: 21 December 2021


Substance Abuse and Treatment in Santee, California, San Diego County

The city of Santee is a suburban region of San Diego County and is part of the east county region. The population of the city is estimated at around 58,000, and the median age is 38 with a rate of poverty of about 6%. Much of the city's economy is based on health care, retail trade, educational services, finance, and insurance. According to a 2019 San Diego Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), behavioral health, which includes substance abuse, was identified as a high priority health need. Substance abuse and addiction are contributing factors to suicide ideation, and in 2017 approximately 11% of adults in the city of San Diego for example, seriously considered committing suicide.

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Between 2014 and 2016, the emergency department discharges for acute substance use rose by 51%, and inpatient discharges dropped by 18%. Across all age groups within the county, the rates of emergency department discharge for chronic substance abuse increased the most for those over the age of 65 years old. Additionally, nearly 20% of adults aged 18 and older self-reported excessive alcohol use. Excessive drinking causes significant health problems in life, and many of these issues can be prevented if the person stops drinking. The drug treatment centers and programs include public and private resources, along with numerous treatment resources throughout San Diego County. Addiction assessment is often an excellent way to determine the severity of the addiction and what type of treatment will work best to treat the underlying issues.

List of Addiction Treatment Services in Santee, California

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