Substance Abuse Treatment in Watsonville, California

Last updated: 28 March 2022


Substance Abuse and Addiction in Watsonville, California, Santa Cruz County

Situated in Santa Cruz County, the city Watsonville is located on the central coast of California, and much of the economy revolves around farming and food processing. Watsonville is located in the Pajaro Valley, and the larger coastal town north of the city is Santa Cruz. Many of the coastal communities throughout California struggle with substance abuse, especially among adolescents and young adults. According to a Santa Cruz County Community Health Improvement Plan, more attention is being placed on access to behavioral health services. For example, when children are exposed to families with substance abuse and have an adverse childhood experience, they are likely to grow up misusing drugs or alcohol. Substance abuse is often related to a variety of child abuse issues, and more intervention is done to help families get the support they need.

Call 1-800-304-2219 to talk to a rehab specialist

According to a 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for Santa Cruz County, more than 75% of middle school youth and their parents in Watsonville identified behavioral health, which includes substance abuse as a priority. It is recognized within the county that substance abuse cuts across all economic levels, and there are not enough services to meet the need. If you are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction in Watsonville, public programs in the city can help. Within Santa Cruz County are private services, which treat varying types of addiction and substance abuse.

Get help for veterans

List of Addiction Treatment Services in Watsonville, California

Here is a list that will help you find the different drug & alcohol treatment services in Watsonville, 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 March 28, 2022

More Information

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.