Substance Abuse Treatment in Van Nuys, California

Last updated: Tuesday, 09, November 2021


The neighborhood of Van Nuys is located in the central San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Van Nuys is the most populous neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, and the economy is made up of a diverse commercial district. Along with an extensive commercial district, there are numerous government agencies within the city. Drug use patterns are almost similar throughout Los Angeles County, and population sizes often impact these patterns. Within the San Fernando Valley, which is Service Planning Area 2 for LA County, is over 2.2 million people. The population of LA County is well over 10.1 million people. Some of the commonly abused drugs across LA County include methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin, and prescription pain medication. This is why it is important to have drug treatment centers in California.

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According to the Los Angeles County Sentinel Community Site (SCS) Drug Use Patterns and Trends for 2018, there has been a continuous increase in treatment admissions for methamphetamine addiction. Within the National Forensic Laboratory Information System, methamphetamine was the second most frequently identified drug. The meth being smuggled into areas such as Van Nuys is coming from super labs operated by the Mexican drug cartel. Over the past decade, the number of homegrown meth operations has dwindled, primarily due to the opioid epidemic, and Drug Enforcement Administration crackdown. However, the demand for methamphetamine had never gone away; opioids just overshadowed it. There has always been a demand for methamphetamine, and as of 2019, this demand is being met across the state.

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


Marcel Gemme, DATS


on November 9, 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.