Substance Abuse Treatment in Woodland, California

Last updated: 21 December 2021


Addiction and Substance Abuse in Woodland, California, Yolo County

Located in Yolo County, Woodland is the county seat and is around 15 miles northwest of Sacramento. Yolo County is in the northern portion of the state, and the total population of the county is over 200,000. Cities the size of Woodland do struggle with drug and alcohol abuse problems, which does impact other parts of the county. According to the Yolo County 2019 Fact Sheet regarding opioid use and treatment, there were eight opioid-related overdose deaths in 2019, which was a rate of 4.2 deaths per 100,000 population. Like many other cities and counties within the state, medication-assisted treatment, in combination with behavioral counseling, is utilized frequently. During 2019 there were over 3,400 buprenorphine prescriptions given out.

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There are no opioid treatment programs in Yolo County, but 703 county residents receive buprenorphine treatment, and 302 receive it from a prescriber in the county. According to the Woodland Memorial Hospital 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment, access to mental, behavioral, and substance abuse services were identified as the number one priority out of ten other significant health needs. The high substance abuse issues in the county were alcohol, methamphetamine, and opioid use, and in the last few years' opioid use has been on the rise. Other problems within the city and county revolved around substance abuse and homelessness. For example, there is a high presence of homeless within Woodland, and it has become hard to find housing for those who are homeless.


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.