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Drug Abuse Trends in Long Beach

Long Beach is southern California’s third-largest (and Los Angeles County’s second-largest) city. The area is well-known for its surf-perfect beaches and party culture, as well as the drug abuse rampant in those scenes. In the LA-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan area, 15.4% of the population abuses illicit drugs annually. An estimated 9% of Long Beach residents could be classified as having a substance use disorder in the past year. The most commonly abused substances are:

Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse in Long Beach

Though the rate of overdose deaths in Long Beach is lower than the national average, the numbers are still alarmingly high. Prescription opioid deaths in Long Beach are higher than that of surrounding cities in Los Angeles County. In the previous year, 28% of those with an opioid addiction were prescribed opioids by their doctor. Because the risk of long-term opioid abuse increases considerably after 5 days of regular use, many California doctors now prescribe lower quantities of painkillers.

The crackdown on prescription medication has spawned a sharp rise in heroin addiction, as people seek cheaper and more easily available means to feel “normal.” Heroin and opioid addictions can be some of the harshest addictions because of their “hold” over people. These substances hijack the pleasure center of the brain, forcing addiction sufferers to seek out increasing amounts of the drug to get the same high.

We’re definitely seeing an uptick of heroin in Long Beach, and more young people are using it..

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Vicodin and OxyContin are commonly abused opiates but cost $40 daily on the black market (compared to $10 for heroin). Due to increased demand, the amount of heroin seized at the southwest border has tripled in recent years.

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Alcoholism in Long Beach

Though other substances have higher addiction rates, alcohol remains one of the most commonly abused substances in California. Long Beach’s party scene contributes to this, and alcohol is often abused alongside other illicit substances. Significant alcohol abuse continues to be a public concern for Long Beach residents. Until very recently, the second-leading cause of premature death and disability was alcohol-related. Violent crime, vehicle crashes, emergency department visits, hospitalizations, sexual and domestic assault, robbery, homicide, and accidental death generally accompany high rates of alcohol abuse. Rates of binge drinking in the region are high, resulting in an estimated 4,420 motor vehicle crashes; 6,338 injuries; 63,424 emergency room visits; and 2,800 deaths in Los Angeles County in one year.

Addiction and Abuse Statistics for Long Beach

80

thousand

In 2013, approximately 80,000 years of life were lost due to alcohol-related deaths.

8.7

percent

An estimated 8.7% of Long Beach residents could be classified as having a substance use disorder.

10.3

billion dollars

In one year, $10.3 billion was forfeited in healthcare and lost productivity costs due to substance abuse.

Addiction Treatment Services in Long Beach

For individuals suffering from addiction in Long Beach, there are many options when seeking treatment. Los Angeles County is home to some of the nation’s most popular and luxurious addiction treatment centers. California also maintains a number of programs that ensure adequate detox care and rehab services are available to its residents. Every Los Angeles County resident is eligible for access to no-cost substance use treatment services at any provider in the Department of Health and Human Services network. Residents cannot be charged any fees (if they meet medical necessity) or turned away, even when an application is incomplete.

Ninety days to a year-long rehab program is often recommended for individuals recovering from common Long Beach addictions, like heroin or prescription painkillers. Starting in inpatient treatment and moving to outpatient recovery, people can learn how to stay active and develop new passions while maintaining sobriety. To start your path to a healthier way of living, reach out to an addiction treatment provider today.

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Government Programs

Find local government programs that promote sober living and will help you find peace in your day to day life.

Name Location Phone
The Bay Cities Area Narcotics Anonymous 15519 Crenshaw Blvd.
Gardena, CA 90249
310-372-9666
Greater Los Angeles Area of Narcotics Anonymous P.O. Box 512431
Los Angeles, CA 90051
323-933-5395
The Westside Area of Narcotics Anonymous 11313 W. Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90291
310-390-0279
Southern California Area 05 of Alcoholics Anonymous P.O. Box 481193 Los Angeles
California 90048
The Greater Hollywood Area of Narcotics Anonymous 7377 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323-850-1624

College Programs

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

California State University-Long Beach

1250 Bellflower Boulevard
BH-377, Long Beach, California 90840

Psychological Services

California State University-Dominguez Hills

1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747

Counseling Center

Cerritos College

11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650

Spectrum Community Services

Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059

Counseling and Student Success Services

El Camino Community College District

16007 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance
CA 90506

Biola Counseling Center

Biola University

13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada
CA 90639

Whittier College’s Student Counseling Center

Whittier College

13406 E. Philadelphia St.
Whittier, CA 90608

Counseling Services

Orange Coast College

2701 Fairview Road Costa Mesa
California 92626

Counseling Services

Hope International University

2400 E. Katella Ave. #900
Anaheim, CA 92806

AA and NA Meetings in Long Beach

Name Address Fellowship Hours
Group Looking for Sobriety 1327 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90802 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Sunday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Monday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Tuesday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Wednesday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Thursday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Saturday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Beginners Steps on the Beach East Ocean Boulevard and Junipero Avenue, Long Beach, CA, 90803 Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Sunday: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Long Beach New Dawn Group 1223 Cherry Ave. Long Beach, Ca. 90813 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Sunday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Monday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Tuesday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Wednesday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Thursday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Saturday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Catársis Group 2725 E Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 204. Signal Hill, CA 90755 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Sunday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Monday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Tuesday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Wednesday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Thursday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Saturday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Angels Gate 807 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, CA, 90731 Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Saturday: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Spanish Group of Compton 809 E. South Street, Long Beach Ca. 90805 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Sunday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Monday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Tuesday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Wednesday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Thursday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Saturday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Addicts On Fire @ Cabrillo Beach 3800 Stephen M White Drive, San Pedro, CA, 90731 Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Friday: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The South Bay Intergroup 1308 Artesia Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90805 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
11th Step Meditation Meeting 23610 Cabrillo Avenue, Torrance, CA, 90501 Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Wednesday: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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