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Drug Rehab California

Drug addiction in California is a major issue that affects many of the residents of the state, and represents a wide-ranging number of social consequences, thus the need for quality drug rehabilitation in California. A variety of drug rehab approaches are available in California, but it can be confusing if an individual seeking help does not have a sufficient amount of guidance. There are inpatient drug rehabs in California that offer residential drug rehab programs, where the individual can reside in the treatment center and receive around the clock support. Outpatient drug treatment in California is where an individual that is being treated for an addiction will visit the clinic at various intervals for several hours at a time. While many people that are seeking recovery in California for a drug addiction may wish to choose a local outpatient treatment program in order to stay close to home, not everyone will benefit from this limited level of care. Another aspect to consider is the length of drug rehab program, such as long term or short term drug rehab options. There has been much research regarding drug treatment options, and the majority of the data has indicated that long term inpatient drug rehabilitation is by far the best choice for individuals seeking help for serious drug addictions.

The negative effects of drug addiction can be far reaching and can affect both a person's overall mood and performance. The negative effects of a drug addiction can lead to marital problems, job dismissals and legal problems. Drug addiction can negatively impact the entire family and can often lead to destructive patterns of codependency. Codependence is extremely common in a family that is dealing with drug or alcohol addiction; family members may inadvertently enable the drug use through various means, such as covering it up, supplying money for drugs or alcohol, or by being in denial about the substance abuse problem that exists. Oftentimes, as a family is dealing with the individual that is addicted, they become frustrated and feel helpless. Speaking to a professional at a California drug rehab center can help a family to determine the level of the drug or alcohol addiction that exists, which can be instrumental in making the right choice in terms of treatment. Drug addiction negatively affects every person that is involved in the situation, as it is drama filled and totally unpredictable. When an individual is suffering from a drug addiction, the threat of a deadly overdose is never far from the minds of the people who care about the addict. The only way to be sure that the individual will not experience such an episode, is if they seek drug rehabilitation for their addiction at a facility that has a high rate of success in successfully treating drug addiction.


  • According to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2004-2005, over 2 million California citizens over the age of 12 years old reported using an illicit drug at least once in the last month.
  • According to 2004-2005 NSDUH data, almost 350,000, which is over 10% of the teenagers between the ages of 12-17 reported at least one incident of illicit drug use in the last month.
  • The most widely used illegal drug in the state of California is marijuana.
  • Almost 12% of the teenagers in California, reported the past month use of marijuana in 2005.
  • According to a 2004-2005 NSDUH study, over 2% of individuals over the age of 12, admitted to using cocaine at least one time in the last 30 days
  • Additional data gathered by NSDUH studies in 2004-2005 indicated that 880,000 people in the state of California reported that they abused or became addicted to an illegal drug within the last year. Over 600,000 of these citizens reported illicit drug dependence over the last year.
  • The primary drug threat in California recently has been proven to be Methamphetamine. In California, Caucasians and Hispanics are known to be the group who almost exclusively uses meth. The purity levels of meth can range from as little as 11% to a dangerous as a level of 100% pure.
  • Ecstasy (MDMA) used to be considered the most popular teen drug in California. There have been recent indications that the use of ecstasy may be decreasing, even though the drug remains consistently available. The most recent studies indicated that ecstasy use is expanding from raves (all night dance parties), and showing up in high schools, shopping malls, and private residences.
  • Current investigations by the California DEA have indicated that the diversion of opiates, such as hydrocodone products, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, continues to be a major problem in the state.
  • During the year 2005-2006, over 40% of California 11th graders surveyed reported using an illegal drug.
  • Over 60% of the 11th grade students in California reported using alcohol on at least one occasion while in high school.
  • 40.9% of 9th grade students in the state of California have reported using marijuana on at least one occasion in high school.
  • 45% of 11th graders admitted using an illegal drug on at least one occasion.
  • During the 2005-2006 school year, 19% of 11th grade students reported using marijuana at least once in the past 30 days.
  • 1.9% of 11th grade students admitted to using marijuana at least once in the last 30 days in 2005-2006 school year.
  • Cocaine is readily available in the state of California. Los Angeles continues to be one of the nation's largest cocaine shipment and distribution centers.
  • In California there is an increased availability of heroin that is of high purity.

If you or someone that you care about has a drug or alcohol addiction, call a California Drug rehab and speak to a counselor that can help you to develop a plan of action to beat this addiction, starting right now.

California Drug Information and Drug Trafficking

California is known to have substantial drug abuse problems and drug trafficking issues due to the state's diverse culture and unique geography. Drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana are smuggled into the state from Mexico; however, methamphetamine and marijuana are produced or cultivated in large quantities within the state. San Diego and Imperial Counties remain a principal transshipment zone for a variety of drugs - cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine - smuggled from Mexico. Most drug traffickers/organizations that are encountered by law enforcement continue to be polydrug traffickers rather than specializing in one type of drug.

As of September 11, 2001, greater emphasis has been placed on carefully screening people and vehicles at all California Ports of Entry into the U.S. from Mexico. This has forced drug traffickers to attempt other means to smuggle their contraband into the U.S., including the use of tunnels that run underneath the border and more sophisticated hidden compartments in vehicles.

In California, Los Angeles is a drug trafficking and distribution center for all types of illicit drugs destined for other major metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. as well as locally. Increased security measures at Los Angeles International Airport continue to deter drug traffickers from traveling through the airport. Although the northern half of California is awash in methamphetamine in more rural areas, heroin remains the number one drug of abuse in San Francisco, heroin and crack cocaine continue to impact Oakland, and methamphetamine continues in and around Sacramento.

Mexican drug trafficking organizations, working closely with Colombian suppliers, dominate the wholesale cocaine trade. However, the Mexican traffickers continue to specialize in cross-border cocaine transportation by air, land and sea. Typically, traffickers transport the cocaine to Los Angeles in vehicles with hidden compartments and then offload the cocaine into stash houses. Cocaine is readily available throughout the state with Los Angeles remaining one of the nation's largest cocaine transshipment and distribution centers. Cocaine is also widely available in San Francisco and other areas of northern California.

Cocaine bought by the gangs is "rocked" or converted into crack cocaine in the Los Angeles area (including Santa Ana and Riverside) and then sold locally or distributed to other cities in California and nationally. These organizations frequently use intimidation and violence to facilitate their narcotics trafficking activities. Gang members involved in the street distribution of crack are often armed and have a propensity towards violence against other gang members whom they feel are invading their areas of control.

Mexican black tar heroin and Mexican brown tar heroin to a lesser extent have been seized by California-based law enforcement agencies. Mexican black tar heroin is usually smuggled into the U.S. in amounts of five pounds or less, but occasionally law enforcement seizes larger amounts. In addition, Southeast Asian, Southwest Asian, and Colombian heroin seizures periodically occur throughout the state. The increased availability of high purity heroin that can be snorted allows a new, younger population to use heroin without a syringe and needle. Drug treatment specialists stated that these new heroin users ingest large amounts of heroin and become quickly addicted.

California's main drug threat is meth. Mexican organizations continue to dominate the production and distribution of high-quality meth, while a secondary trafficking group, composed primarily of Caucasians, operates small, unsophisticated laboratories. Clandestine laboratories can be found in any location: high density residential neighborhoods, sparsely populated rural areas, remote desert locations in the southern portions of California, and the forested areas in northern California.

In recent years, there has been a decrease in the number of meth labs seized in California and an increase in the number of meth labs just south of the border in Mexico. Rural areas in the Central Valley are the source of much of the meth produced in California and seized elsewhere. Regardless, there has not been a decrease in the availability of methamphetamine originating from (or transshipped through) California and seized elsewhere in the U.S. Within California itself, Hispanics and Caucasians are the almost exclusive consumers of meth. Purity levels of meth have ranged from a low of ten percent to a high of 100 percent purity.

Ecstasy (MDMA) is the most common club drug abused in California among teens and young adults. However, there are indicators that its use may be decreasing across the board, yet consistently available in geographical pockets. First, the Partnership for a Drug Free America conducted a study released in 2004 which stated the use of Ecstasy among teenagers "had dropped 25 percent in the last two years, (that) decrease translates into an additional 770,000 teens rejecting the once trendy drug." Second, law enforcement has targeted rave promoters in the San Diego county area, resulting in their inability to hold such events and thereby decreasing the possibility for distribution of Ecstasy through that channel. Recent studies indicate that use of MDMA is expanding from raves and clubs into schools, malls and residences.

MDMA drug trafficking in California is primarily from the Netherlands. However, Israeli and Russian organized crimes as well as new poly-drug trafficking organizations are also emerging. Specifically, Asian groups that are producing MDMA in Canada and Vietnam and smuggling the drug into California have recently been encountered by law enforcement.

MDMA is widely available in Los Angeles, which is one of three major gateway cities for the influx of MDMA into the U.S. (Miami and New York are the other two cities). Compton (near Los Angeles) remains a primary source of PCP throughout the U.S. Street gangs continue to control both production and distribution of PCP. Though not as widely popular as most rave drugs, LSD remains readily available throughout the Los Angeles area. The ample supply of LSD is due to the number LSD laboratories operating in remote areas of Northern California, which has been the center of LSD production since the 1960's.

Due to the discrepancy in national laws between the U.S. and Mexico, the prolific "border pharmacies" within walking distance across the border in Tijuana and other Mexican border towns remain the primary source of controlled substances in the San Diego metropolitan area. Doctor shopping and prescription forgery are the primary methods of prescription drug abuse in the Los Angeles and San Francisco metropolitan areas.

In Northern California, OxyContin, Vicodin, benzodiazepines and carisoprodol are most commonly abused. In the Los Angeles area, Demerol, Dilaudid, Diazepam, Hydrocodone and steroids remain the principal drugs abused. The San Diego area prescription drugs of choice are Vicodin, VicodinES, Lortab, and Vicoprofen. Rohypnol remains readily available throughout the Los Angeles area, due primarily to the city's proximity to Mexico.

Marijuana remains the most widely available and abused illicit substance in California. Large quantities of low-grade marijuana are trafficked into California from Mexico. Highly potent Canadian marijuana, commonly referred to as "BC bud" is also smuggled into the state. Potent domestic marijuana is also cultivated in sophisticated indoor, hydroponic gardens throughout the state.

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  • California Facts
  • In California, 71% of the substance abuse treatment being received was from outpatient care (National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS)).
  • Meth is also a primary drug threat in the state of California.
  • 45% of the 11th grade students in California have reported using some type of an illegal drug.
  • In California, there will be around 222,099 people arrested this year for drug related charges.
  • California, Statistics
  • The population of California is 33,864,430 with 16,869,379 Males and 16,995,051 Females.

    The population of California, breaks down into the following age groups:

    Under Age 5: 2,486,843
    Age 5-9: 2,725,718
    Age 10-14: 2,570,663
    Age 15-19: 2,450,239
    Age 20-24: 2,380,309
    Age 25-34: 5,227,279
    Age 35-44: 5,483,710
    Age 45-54: 4,330,731
    Age 55-59: 1,467,024
    Age 60-64: 1,146,643
    Age 65-74: 1,887,598
    Age 75-84: 1,282,043
    Over 85: 425,630

    The Median age in California, is 36.8

    California Summary
    California Area - 114421.39 Sq. Miles
    Land - 113684.7 Sq. Miles
    Water - 736.69 Sq. Miles

    The population Density in California is 297.88 People per Sq. Mile
    Elevation of California - 672 Feet
    Timezone - Pacific (GMT -8)

    California School Enrollment Breakdown
    Age 3 and Over enrolled in California schools - 10,128,734
    California children enrolled in Nursery or Preschool - 547,054
    Children in California enrolled in Kindergarten - 554,340
    California children enrolled in Elementary School - 4,349,722
    California Highschool Enrollment - 2,121,743
    California College Enrollment - 2,555,875

    California Economy and Employment
    Employment Breakdown:
    16 years and over - 25,590,136
    Total Males in Work Force in California - 8,764,723
    Total Females in Work Force in California - 7,212,220

    Occupation Breakdown in California:
    Management and Professional Occupation related jobs in California - 5,294,804
    Service related jobs in California - 2,173,666
    Sales and Office Related jobs in California - 3,939,217
    Forestry, Farming and Fishing related jobs in California - 196,653
    Construction and Maintenance related jobs in California - 1,239,081
    Production and Transportation related jobs in California - 1,874,613

    California Houselhold Income Breakdown:
    Household Income-
    Less than $10,000 - 966,947
    $10,000.00 - $14,999 - 648,665
    $15,000 - $24,999 - 1,318,100
    $25,000 - $34,999 - 1,315,023
    $35,000 - $49,999 - 1,745,859
    $50,000 - $74,999 - 2,202,767
    $75,000 - $99,999 - 1,326,479
    $100,000 - $149,999 - 1,192,566
    $150,000 - $199,999 - 385,238
    $200,000 or more - 409,531
    Average Household Income in California - $46,766.47
    Average Household Size in California - 2.76

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