Substance Abuse Treatment in Shafter, California

Last updated: Friday, 05, November 2021


The city of Shafter is in Kern County, just north-west of Bakersfield, and has a population of around 18,500 residents. The median age in the city is about 27 years old with a rate of poverty of approximately 25%. In many cities in California with a population of under 20,000 are residents who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Along with problems created by the opioid epidemic, methamphetamine has been a devastating drug within Kern County. According to Methamphetamine in Kern County, A Special Community Forum, it estimated, on average it takes former meth users nearly two years in recovery to regain control of their lives again.

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Within Kern County, methamphetamine created significant social and economic problems throughout the years. In 2015 approximately 50% of the felonies in Kern County were related to methamphetamine. Roughly 68% of the cases served by the Public Defenders office revolved around methamphetamine. Numerous police encounters within the county were because of meth, which accounted for close to 30% of all encounters with the police. Approximately 36% of children who were removed from homes in the county were done so because of meth-related cases. Close to 43% of the treatment admissions into public programs within Kern County cited methamphetamine as the primary drug of choice. Some of the experts who were interviewed for this report mentioned a significant parallel between methamphetamine and the number of property crimes, identity theft, and violent crimes, which occur within the county. Countless addicts are caught up in a cycle of crime and addiction and have no way of getting out unless they receive substance abuse treatment.

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


Marcel Gemme, DATS


on November 5, 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.