California (CA) Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Scope of Problem

California drug and alcohol rehab exists for a wide range of addiction profiles. California is a state that embodies diversity; from its many different environments to the countless identities of its citizens, it’s safe to say that California has a little bit of everything. Unfortunately, with such different personalities comes a plethora of illegal substance abuse problems. From the farmer or migrant worker smoking marijuana on a break, to the high-rise executive snorting cocaine at a party, to the impoverished slum-dweller smoking crack, to the upper-class suburban kid doing ecstasy at a club, there are far too many potential and realistic illegal drug scenarios to quantify, making drug and alcohol rehab in California a thriving and equally fluid operation. Since Mexico shares a border with California and the other southwestern states, Mexican drug trafficking organizations have naturally been successful in their consistent attempts to saturate the illegal drug market with substances such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine. To make matters worse, California is home to a thriving domestic market for methamphetamine and marijuana, the product of which originates in clandestine labs and inconspicuous farms right within the state’s limits. The number of local drug and alcohol rehab facilities have increased sharply in response to this complex and multifaceted problem.

California Drug Rehab

The California illegal drug market is home to every illicit substance of which one can think. California drug rehab centers are unique in their expertise in the widest possible range of addiction profiles and withdrawal processes. Patients fall into addiction through a number of circumstances, some more complex than others. A quality drug rehab program will enable the patient to explore their pathology of addiction, and offer a personalized course of treatment. The staff at these programs are trained in how to best help you deal with the uglier, but necessary side of recovery.

California Alcohol Rehab

With its innumerable bars, disenchanted transplant performance artists and enormous class-gap, California hosts alcoholics of all cultural, economic and social backgrounds. There are alcohol rehab facilities scattered all over the state to help anyone who might have succumbed to the temptations and pitfalls of alcohol addiction. Whether you’re a former student who unwittingly drank too much at college and now can’t stop; a busy professional whose last drink at the end of a hard day turned to be more than they could handle; or a depression victim who has spent your life using alcohol as a coping mechanism, there is an alcohol rehab program for you.

California Detox

California residents who seek addiction help must start by enrolling in a quality and professional detox facility. It is through this process, that you’ll be able launch your recovery by expelling your body of the residual toxins left over from your days of substance abuse. Detox is the best first step for California residents who want to get better in their home state. It would be foolish to endeavor rehab without the benefit of a professionally administered detoxification program.

CA Marijuana Abuse

Widely available through international smuggling, as well as domestic cultivation, marijuana is one of California’s most popular drugs. It’s abused by all facets of the population, and is cheap and highly accessible. Although Mexico is the primary foreign smuggler of marijuana, Canada also plays a considerable role in importing a purer product for connoisseurs and seasoned abusers. Perhaps nowhere in the country is there more locally grown marijuana than California. The state’s farmland is the ideal growth spot for high-potency product, while city dwellers grow the drug right in their living rooms with hydroponic gardening equipment. California also boasts the country’s biggest pro-marijuana lobby, the primary message of which is the legalization of the drug due to its medicinal and practical uses.

CA Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction in California has given birth to a culture of crime and violence, the devastating effects of which can be seen in many of the state’s metropolitan areas. Controlled almost entirely by Mexican drug trafficking organizations, the California cocaine trade is one of the richest and most complex industries in the state’s criminal underworld. Cocaine is shipped to outlying markets all over the country, with a sizable chunk kept within the state for local distribution. The drug usually ships in powdered form via commercial and private ground transportation to Los Angeles, where various local gangs stash the product in warehouses. Once the coke is safely stored, they sell it to local dealers who either convert it to crack, or keep it in its powdered form. The vast network across which the California cocaine trade extends has been one of its most dangerous elements.

CA Heroin Addiction

A number of foreign drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) have a considerable stake in the California heroin trade, the most dominant of which is Mexico. Their brand of “black tar” heroin is easily the most abundant in the state. Colombian and Asian product has also started to make a showing in the California illegal drug market. Heroin addiction has been a steadily increasing cause of rehab admissions in California for the past two decades. To make matters worse, abusers are becoming younger and younger. DTOs, once mainly concerned with marijuana and cocaine distribution, have now set their sites on the California heroin market, giving controlling gangs one more enemy to target with violent territorialism and an influx of new and destructive product.

CA Methamphetamine Abuse

The new king of the California illegal drug underworld is methamphetamine. Methabuse is now more common than any other substance abuse problem in the state, due to the drug’s international and domestic distribution. Abusers can have their pick of a local homegrown recipe or imported product. Mexican cartels are the controlling entities for foreign distribution, while clandestine laboratories are the prevailing venue for domestic production. Seemingly ordinary neighborhoods are often the sites of high-volume meth lab seizures. Over the past few years, law enforcement presence and monitoring has forced much of the California methamphetamine market to move shop toward the state's northern region.

CA Prescription Drug Abuse

Recreational abuse and illegal distribution of prescription drugs is just as big a problem in California as it is in other states - and in some cases, it’s a bigger problem. Drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Valium and Ritalin are the leading substances of choice for prescription abusers. Theft of legitimate prescriptions, pharmacy robberies, incorrect medical diagnoses and general ignorance as to the drugs’ power are all leading causes of abuse. The prescription addict is an ageless, colorless and gender-neutral figure. This could happen to anybody, as is proven by recent data. Prescription drug abuse is an increasingly popular cause of admission to drug rehab programs in the state.

CA Club Drug Abuse

Particularly dangerous due to their appreciation and abuse by teens and young adults, club drugs (molly, GHB, LSD and Ketamine) are widely available in California’s bar and nightclub scene. Club drug abuse has also spread through many of the state’s colleges and universities. Molly, or MDMA, is the most popular drug in the family, and is responsible for more and more accidents and drug rehab admissions each year. Distribution and sales are controlled mainly by Israeli DTOs. Club drugs are meant to complement the nightclub experience, and are often taken in conjunction with marijuana. Abusers tend to be suburban middle-class adolescents, teenagers and young adults.


California’s differing population and general cultural landscape has given way to the proliferation of many addictive and illegal substances. The state has a lot of work to do if it wants to effectively protect its citizens from drug abuse. The development of more alcohol and drug rehab facilities, while an effective maneuver, is only the beginning. Measures need to be taken at the local and state level to rid California of its far-reaching substance abuse culture. Enforcement and treatment are the state’s two best friends in this fight.

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