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Drug and Alcohol Addiction In Irvine, California

Located centrally in Orange County, California, Irvine is home to an estimated 276,176 residents. Irvine maintains significantly lower rates of hospitalization and death due to substance abuse compared to other Orange County cities. Overall, the city ranks second-to-last in substance abuse-related deaths and injuries. However, the city has seen an increase in the number of these events since the turn of the century. Orange County’s drug and alcohol deaths climbed 82% since 2000. The most common cause for overdose deaths was poly-drug use involving prescription Opioids (especially OxyContin and Hydrocodone) and Benzodiazepines or alcohol. The most commonly treated addictions are (in order), Methamphetamines, Heroin, alcohol, and Marijuana.

The Los AngelesLong BeachSanta Ana metro area is an international hub for some of the world’s most famous addiction treatment and rehab centers. These facilities attract people from all over the world, as well as thousands of local residents. That being said, some wait lists for these centers may be lengthy. Nevertheless, whether substance abuse treatment is provided by a luxury rehab center or a county-funded facility, getting help is a vital step in recovery.

Opioid And Poly-Drug Abuse In Irvine

The rate of drug-induced death in Orange County is slightly higher than alcohol deaths. Of over 1,000 cases investigated by the coroner’s office, 51.8% involved prescription drugs. In a substantial number of deaths, multiple substances were detected. A combination of alcohol, illicit, and prescription drugs were involved in 19.4% of deaths.

The combination of multiple types of depressants (such as alcohol, Opioids, and Benzodiazepine tranquilizers) represent the greatest danger to the body. Because each substance impairs breathing in distinct ways, using several together prevents the body from properly defending itself against overdose.

Substance Abuse Statistics for Irvine



In 2015, Irvine had 233 drug- or alcohol-related hospitalizations.


per 100,000

Irvine’s rate of drug/alcohol-related deaths from 2013 to 2015 is 7.4 (Orange County’s rate is 22.7).



Among Orange County cities, Irvine has the second-fewest drug/alcohol-related hospitalizations, overdoses, and deaths.

Addiction Treatment In Irvine

There are many recovery options for those seeking addiction treatment in Irvine. However, getting those who need it the most into treatment can be challenging. Orange County saw almost 70,000 hospital-bed days between 2013 and 2015; the average length of stay was 4.3 days. Between 2011 and 2013, only 11,405 people admitted into public treatment (including outpatient, detox, and residential programs).

For many, the symptoms of withdrawal (especially the pain of opioid detox) they experience while hospitalized or in jail can discourage them from entering treatment. Almost half of those hospitalized in the county showed symptoms of withdrawal caused by severe substance abuse (like seizures). According to county data, roughly 10% of patients admitted for drug/alcohol-related injury or illness left against medical advice.

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Detox is a fundamental step in the recovery process but should not be done without professional medical care. The potential side effects of withdrawal can be life-threatening – especially for those with severe addictions. To ease the side effects of detox, many rehab centers are authorized to prescribe addiction treatment medications (like buprenorphine or naltrexone).

To start your journey to sobriety, talk to a treatment provider now for more information about your rehab options.

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  • Destiny Bezrutczyk is a Digital Content Writer from west Iowa. She earned a Bachelor’s in English Language and Literature from Texas Tech University. After working as a freelance script and blog writer, she began writing content for tech startups. Maintaining a passion for words, she took on a variety of projects where her writing could help people (especially those battling mental health and substance use disorders).

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