Substance Abuse Treatment in Walnut Creek, California

Last updated: 21 December 2021


Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment in Walnut Creek, California, Contra Costa County

Situated in Contra Costa County, the city of Walnut Creek is located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The city is 16 miles east of Oakland, and the population is estimated at over 70,000 residents. Walnut Creek is considered the hub for some of the neighboring cities, such as Sacramento and San Jose. Many areas of this region of California are negatively affected by drug abuse and addiction. According to a 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment organized by St. Rose Hospital, behavioral health, which includes substance abuse, is a high priority in the community. More than half of all the focus groups and informant interviews in the Easy Bay region for the assessment prioritized behavioral health as a top health need. Therefore, it is important to have substance abuse treatments in California.

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In a 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment put together by the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Walnut Creek, behavioral health, including substance abuse, was a significant priority for the residents of Walnut Creek and Contra Costa County. Approximately 19% of adults in both Alameda County and Contra Costa County need help for behavioral health issues, which includes substance abuse. There are many contributing factors to why people choose to abuse drugs or alcohol. Economic security is often a strong motivating factor, and many people struggle financially and turn to drugs as a solution. The homeless count for Contra Costa County in 2017 was higher than it was in 2015. In fact, homeless counts in both Alameda County and Contra Costa County were higher during that year. Poverty and addiction do cause people to become homeless, and it becomes difficult to find a way out without any help.

List of Addiction Treatment Services in Walnut Creek, California

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