Long Beach has a vibrant economy and population; it ranks as one of the largest cities in California, a pleasant city to live, a hub of activities, courtesy of the busy ports. Long Beach has a great weather too and ranks as one of the best places to live in Los Angeles county and California at large. Despite all this beauty and vibrancy, Long Beach has a drug abuse problem, there are many people battling drug addiction; and the problem keeps on growing with lots of concerted effort to fight it; from the local authorities to concerned individuals, a lot of efforts have been geared at fighting a menace that has claimed many lives over a couple of years.
It is estimated that out of a population of slightly above half a million, approximately 45,000 people are regular users of drugs. A majority of these people use drugs in quantities that perfectly fit the classification of drug addicts. Most of the victims admit using drugs which were bought off the street as well as obtaining them from friends. In 2015, the city statistics on drug related emergency hospital emergency admission showed that 432 cases were cocaine related, heroin, meth and ecstasy had 962, 192 and 97 emergency hospitalizations respectively. Other drugs such as xanax, Percocet and oxycontin had 481,337 and 384 admissions respectively.
In terms of individual drug and substance abuse breakdown, it is estimated that Long Beach has more than 7,062 people abuse alcohol with an estimated same number of residents combining it with other drugs. The number of people who have succumbed to alcohol related complications has risen and so are the number drunk drivers.
Abuse of marijuana is also high, with 6749 people reported to be victims of its addiction. Since its legalization, the numbers have been increasing as addicts hop from one medical clinic to another getting prescription to purchase marijuana. This is one of the issues that has been noted as a catalyst of marijuana addiction in Long Beach; authorities are discussing the issue. It is estimated that 1.18 percent of Long Beach population is addicted to opiate. It is popular due to its relative ease of access and affordability. Crack cocaine is another drug that has a huge number of addicted persons, it is estimated that 3,441 drug users depend on it daily.
Surveys have shown that children between the ages of 12 and 18 are victims of drug addiction. They start drug experimentation with prescription drugs and then graduate to hard drugs.
There is hope as people who are affected by drugs can recover through assistance of recovery programs offered at Long Beach city and surrounding areas.
Individuals in need of Long Beach sober living and other drug and substance addiction recovery have many options. There are a number of programs that offer detox care, rehab services both in and outpatient. Every resident at Los Angeles County is eligible for addiction treatment services at any department of health and human services network at no fees.
Ninety days to one year long recovery program is recommended for those who are recovering. One starts the treatment as an inpatient and moves to outpatient. Also, people learn how to stay active and develop new passions to assist maintain sobriety. Other government programs that can be accessed in Long Beach and larger Los Angeles area include:
The Bay Cities Area Narcotics Anonymous, Greater Los Angeles Area of Narcotics Anonymous among others
For those who may need assistance in Long Beach, they can seek for support in these centers , at our Long Beach Sober Living they will start a new leaf in life, stay and live sober, free from drug and substance abuse.
Located in the heart of West Los Angeles, our residences are centrally located near the beach, downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and LAX international airport. It provides a safe and comfortable base for young men to involve themselves in the community and to thrive as new and growing individuals.
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Located in the heart of West Los Angeles, our residences are centrally located near the beach, downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and LAX international airport. It provides a safe and comfortable base for men to involve themselves in the community and to thrive as new and growing individuals. Our central location allows easy access from the 405, 105, 10 and 110 freeways. We cater to men who are looking for a sober living home on the Westside of Los Angeles County.