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Drug And Alcohol Addiction In Santa Ana

Santa Ana, California is no different than the rest of the nation in its battle against the Opioid epidemic. However, while much of our country is worried about the abuse of prescription Opioids, Santa Ana, along with the rest of Orange County, is seeing a spike in Heroin use. Given the dangers that come with shared needles, many states have implemented needle exchanges to help those addicted stay healthy and stop the spread of diseases.

Luckily, the state of California is home to numerous rehab and treatment facilities that specialize in various forms of addiction and abuse recovery, some of which are very close to Santa Ana.

The Needle Exchange In Santa Ana

In 2016, the volunteer-run Orange County Needle Exchange Program opened. As is typical for needle exchanges, it provided clean, fresh syringes for people to use, while properly disposing of their used, infected needles. Many studies have shown that not only does this help with the spread of diseases, but it actually promotes people entering treatment.

The first thing she did was smile at me and ask me how I was. I don’t know why that had such an impact on me. But it was the first time someone had treated me with dignity and humanity in a very, very long time.

- Alex Smith, Needle Exchanges Help Combat the Opioid Crisis. So Why Was The One in Orange County Shut Down?, 2018

Santa Ana has seen the highest rate of new HIV diagnosis in Orange County, at 20.6 per 100,000 people. With the lack of clean needles available, people who suffer from addiction reuse and share old needles, and further the spread of HIV; a devastatingly vicious cycle of two illnesses: disease and addiction . Within Orange County, there has also been an explosion in the number of people diagnosed with Hepatitis C, increasing 201.2% from 2011 to 2015.

While city officials report that the needle exchange caused more litter and proliferated Heroin use, there was no substantial data to back up their claims.

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Santa Ana Statistics

20.6

HIV rate

As of 2018, 20.6 people per 100,000 are diagnosed with HIV in Orange County, California.

20.8

death rate

From 2013 – 2015, 20.8 people per 100,000 on average died in Santa Ana from drug or alcohol related causes.

415

hospitalizations

415 people were hospitalized due to drugs in 2015.

It is not just the spread of disease that the people of Santa Ana should be worried about. Deaths in Orange County are growing, despite promising numbers in Santa Ana. Drug-related deaths in Santa Ana fell from 76 in 2014 to 68 in 2015. However, these numbers also don’t tell the whole story as they do not account for drug-related hospitalizations. Over a 15-year period, between 2000 and 2015, overdose deaths rose 88% in Orange County; more than half were due to prescription misuse.

Finding Treatment In Santa Ana

Santa Ana, and the rest of California is often a place people retreat to for vacation. But if you suffer from an addiction, it may not be the sunny paradise that it is for others. What you may need is a change that pulls you out of your old life and into a new chapter. If you are looking for treatment for you or a loved one but don’t know where to turn, contact a treatment provider today. They are available around the clock to answer any questions you might have about the process of recovery.

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Government Programs

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Name Location Phone
MSCA P.O. Box 51446
Irvine, CA 92619-1446

College Programs

Student Psychological Counseling Services

Chapman University

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

Counseling Services

Hope International University

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

Counseling Services

Orange Coast College

2701 Fairview Road Costa Mesa
California 92626

Counseling Center

Vanguard University of Southern California

55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

UCI Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion

University of California-Irvine

Irvine
CA 92697

Counseling Center

Concordia University-Irvine

1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention Student Association (SAAPSA)

California State University-Fullerton

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

Student Services

Laguna College of Art and Design

2222 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Biola Counseling Center

Biola University

13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada
CA 90639

AA and NA Meetings in Santa Ana

Name Address Fellowship Hours
Southern Orange County Intergroup Office 1754 Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92707 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
North Orange County Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous 1661 E. CHAPMAN AVE. SUITE 1H, FULLERTON, CA 92831 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Monday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Tuesday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Wednesday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Thursday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Norwalk Gratitude Group 11929 Alondra Blvd. Norwalk, Ca. 90650 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Monday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Thursday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Group There is a Solution 15716 Pioneer Blvd. Norwalk, Ca. 90650 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Sunday: 7:00 pm - 8:30 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
Group Back to Basics 11815 Orange street # 3 Norwalk, Ca 90650 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Sunday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, Monday: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm, Tuesday: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm, Wednesday: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm, Thursday: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm, Friday: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm, Saturday: 11:00 am - 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
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
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

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