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Drug Abuse Trends in Irvine, CA

Located centrally in Orange County, California, Irvine is home to an estimated 276,176 residents. The Los AngelesLong BeachSanta Ana metro area is an international hub for some of the world’s most most famous addiction treatment and rehab centers. These facilities often typically attract celebrities and wealthy business people from all over the world, as well as thousands of local residents. Nevertheless, whether substance abuse treatment is provided by a luxury rehab center or a county-funded facility, getting help is a vital step in addiction recovery.

In Irvine’s public detox and recovery centers, the most commonly treated addictions are (in order):

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 addiction-related injuries and fatalities. However, the city has seen similar increases 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.

Opioid and Poly-Drug Abuse in Irvine

The rate of drug-induced death in Orange County is slightly higher than alcohol deaths. Of over a thousand 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 recovery provider now for more information about your rehab options.

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Government Programs

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Irvine, CA 92619-1446

College Programs

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Concordia University-Irvine

The counselor acts as a facilitator to help his client understand more accurately him/herself and the world around him/her. Counseling is a collaborative process that involves the development of...

1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

UCI Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion

University of California-Irvine

We aim to increase students’ self-efficacy through individual education and outreach programs (educational presentations, events, displays) to prevent addiction and to make informed decisions re...

CA 92697

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Vanguard University of Southern California

It is within this feeling of affection and Gods grace that VUCC assists students in characteristic and understanding negative emotions and damaging behaviors that are the results of life’s...

55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Counseling Services

Orange Coast College

To help students identify and clarify personal, career and educational goals we offer Counseling services at Orange Coast College. To improve the quality of their lives is the main intention tha...

2701 Fairview Road Costa Mesa
California 92626

Student Psychological Counseling Services

Chapman University

Student Psychological Counseling Services (SPCS) is an office inside the division of Student Affairs giving brief directing and psychotherapy to students at Chapman University. The mission of SP...

410 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866, USA

Counseling Services

Hope International University

To the university students, staff, faculty and families, as well as, the local community Hope Counseling Center is dedicated to providing quality counseling services. On the Anaheim Campus of Ho...

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

Student Services

Laguna College of Art and Design

LCAD is a close-knit community that offers academic and personalized student services. The dedicated staff at LCAD provides different kind of student services geared towards making a student’s e...

2222 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Student Services

Soka University of America

The objective of Counseling is to upgrade the nature of student life by supporting the emotional and psychological prosperity of students. Our counselor offers help to enable counselor “to...

1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention Student Association (SAAPSA)

California State University-Fullerton

To promote substance abuse awareness and prevention to CSUF students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members through education, outreach and community service is the purpose of Substance A...

P.O. Box 6868
Fullerton, CA 92834-6868

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

California State University-Long Beach

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers short-term counseling for individuals, group counseling, career development counseling, referral services, psychoeducational workshops, and cr...

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

Biola Counseling Center

Biola University

We’re a mental health center that gives psychological services not only to La Mirada, California and its surrounding groups but also to our Orange County office, positioned in Laguna Hills, CA. ...

13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada
CA 90639

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Cerritos College

In developing transitional skills to help them achieve success in their academic, career, and life goals in an inclusive environment that embraces the diversity of our students and community is ...

11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650

Whittier College’s Student Counseling Center

Whittier College

The Counseling Center at Whittier College provides counseling services designed to help students cope with the challenges and stressors in their daily lives to achieve their full human potential...

13406 E. Philadelphia St.
Whittier, CA 90608

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La Sierra University

The La Sierra University Community which is part Counseling Center provides mental health services that aim to facilitate growth, promote wellbeing, and enhance a substantive quality of life. Ou...

11498 Pierce Street Suite #B
Riverside, CA 92505

Personal Counseling Services

Mt San Antonio College

Psychological wellness counselors offer strong, non-judgmental, private short-term individual counseling, and guiding in crisis circumstances. Referrals to group offices are accessible if needs ...

1100 N. Grand Ave.
Walnut, CA 91789

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