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Substance Abuse in California

CA Pot Addiction is Fueled by the Emerald Triangle

No other area in the nation is as famous for openly being involved in the narcotic trade as is the "Emerald Triangle" that encompasses Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino counties. More marijuana is grown in this area two hours outside San Francisco than anywhere else in the nation. Conflicting state and federal laws make it possible for growers to produce marijuana, which brings in an estimated $1 billion dollars for Mendocino County alone.

Proximity to the Pacific Ocean and to Mexico also makes it the most active smuggling location in the nation for marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and club drugs. Its transportation infrastructure is one of the country's best, making it easy for trafficking to occur, especially in SoCal.

At 9 percent, the narcotic use is 1 percent higher than the national average. Thirty-six percent of the people who went to a California drug rehab program did so for stimulants, which include methamphetamine; and about 25 percent received treatment for marijuana use.

Prescription medication abuse is a growing concern across the United States. California has a program called the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES). It is part of a prescription monitoring program that tracks the use of controlled substances prescribed by doctors and dispensed by pharmacies, assists in patient care, provides information on early warning signs and looks for insurance fraud.

Teen addiction is climbing with almost 11 percent of teens in the state reportedly using. The goal for a teen that abuses any substance is to get them into a California treatment facility as soon as possible so that they have a greater chance of abstinence through adulthood. The Office of National Drug Control Policy, a public health and safety agency that has the goal of reducing dependency with young people, has awarded grants to 45 community organizations that help prevent or reduce narcotic use across The Golden State.

More than 2.2 million Californians have an alcohol dependence problem. The most vulnerable are the elderly and the young. As a result, treatment programs for both of these age groups have been increasing.

Drug Threats

Club Drugs – These are increasingly popular among CA teenagers and young adults who use them at all-night parties, clubs and bars. When combined with alcohol, these substances are even more dangerous, causing serious health problems and possible death. Club narcotics include methamphetamine, ecstasy, PCP, ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol or roofies and inhalants.

Cocaine – Powdered and crack cocaine pose a problem throughout the state, especially in Los Angeles, with cocaine being the second-leading cause of drug-related deaths. The purity level of powdered cocaine ranges from 15 to 95 percent, and the purity level of crack cocaine ranges between 16 and 99 percent. Los Angeles serves as a prime transportation and distribution center for cocaine.

Heroin – Heroin is the leading cause of narcotic-related deaths in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The dominant type of heroin found is Mexican black tar heroin. Los Angeles is the prime transportation and distribution center for Mexican black tar and brown powdered heroin.

Marijuana – Although medical marijuana is legal in the state, there are illegal for-profit operations, making it No. 1 in marijuana production for the nation. Trafficking rings grow commercial marijuana and widely distribute it throughout the counties.

Methamphetamines – Meth labs flourish despite keeping over-the-counter medicine that contains pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in meth, behind the pharmacy counter. Methamphetamine manufacturers pay groups of people to buy the medicine for them, which is called "smurfing." Local government, though, has not given up the fight and has a methamphetamine police program called CLEP (Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Program) to arrest and seize methamphetamine labs and their manufacturers.

Different Types of California Drug Rehab Programs

Choosing Which is Right Can Be Confusing

Once a person decides that they need treatment, it is often difficult to determine what sort of rehabilitation program will be most effective. The right treatment program and rehab facility should address all aspects of the addiction and uncover what made the person start abusing narcotics in the first place. As well as how to avoid making the same mistakes in the future.

Addicts generally have poor habits, bad health and cannot face their problems. Besides psychological aspects, a good treatment facility will deal with the physical aspects. Addicts need to be taught a new way to cope once the treatment is over. The California rehab centers that achieve the best success rates allow people to work at their own rate of recovery instead of the standard 28 day clock that many treatment facilities operate from. It could take three months or more to go through the process adequately as the addict needs to learn personal responsibility and respect for themselves and others.

The best California treatment programs use a two-step approach: mental and physical therapy. The mental aspect targets the emotional reliance people have toward their narcotic of choice. The physical dependence is treated to end the cravings that generally occur with substance abuse. The right treatment facility addresses both of these aspects of addiction. The facility will detox the addict's body and will then work toward recovery by giving the person tools to rebuild their life.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches addicts to modify their learned behavior of hiding through destructive actions. Once a narcotic provides good feelings or reduces tension, it becomes the preferred way for a person to escape and achieve a sense of happiness or release. Cognitive-behavioral therapy identifies why people are using addictive substances and helps them find alternative ways to meet their needs.

Research shows that CA outpatient programs, the easiest and most popular methods of rehabilitation, are nowhere near as effective as the more intensive inpatient rehabs. For a program to be effective, it usually needs to last longer than 90 days as it takes at least that long for people to learn to live life without escaping through substance abuse.

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Successful rehabilitation is not an easy process, but help is available. Our counselors can help people find a recovery center that is best able to address their particular needs. There are quality facilities throughout the state that can help people become substance-free for the rest of their lives. Addiction is curable through long-term inpatient treatment methods. Get the help needed to deal with and overcome an addiction.

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Helpful Links for CA

In-State Long-Term Recovery Centers

  • ABC Recovery Center
    Indio /
  • Michael's House
    Palm Springs /
  • New Hope Recovery
    Modesto /
  • Passages
    Malibu /
  • Promises
    Malibu & West Los Angeles /
  • Pur Detox
    Dana Point /
  • Ranch Recovery Centers
    Desert Hot Springs /
  • Sober Living by the Sea
    Newport Beach /
  • Vista Bay
    Lake Tahoe, Placerville & Santa Cruz /

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