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Drug and Alcohol Problems in Garden Grove, California

Similar to much of Orange County, thousands of Garden Grove, California residents suffer with substance abuse. Of particular concern, Opioids, both synthetic and prescription, are abused by many in Garden Grove. Between 2011 and 2015, 52 residents of Garden Grove visited the hospital due to opioid-related effects, 11 of whom lost their lives as a result.

Underage Drinking in Garden Grove

Youth alcohol abuse is a major concern for many living in the Garden Grove community. Underage drinking is very common in the area. 72% of Garden Grove youth see alcohol as something that is easy to get. 54% of 12 to 20-year-olds in Garden Grove have drank alcohol at least once in their life, and at least 27% drink regularly. 16% of Garden Grove adolescents admit to binge drinking.

Teen Alcohol-Related Problems

There are unique challenges with teen alcohol abuse. Teens are still maturing and can be more reckless when under the influence of substances. A report focusing on Garden Grove youth stated 35% of teen drinkers drove a car while drinking. Driving while or tipsy is punishable by jail time, and teens who drive while drinking can endanger their lives and their lives of other drivers.

Teens who drink heavily risk alcohol-related health conditions that can follow them into adulthood. Teens who drink alcohol are more likely to engage in sexually risky behaviors such as unprotected sex. Additionally, they may begin to develop a tolerance, and by adulthood can use it as a crutch to self-medicate. Young women and men who drink alcohol can risk sexual assault if they are around alcohol-fueled environments.

Teen Marijuana Use in Garden Grove

Possibly because of marijuana‘s legal status in California, many teens in Garden Grove experiment with the drug. 8% of Garden Grove 11th graders use marijuana. This is concerning for several However, when teens experiment with the substance, they can have different effects of them when compared to adults.

Teens who smoke marijuana may not have the maturity to use the drug responsibility, and may drive under the influence for example. Studies suggests teens who try marijuana do so due to peer pressure from friends. Equally important is the idea that teens who try marijuana to be cool may also try alcohol. Underaged marijuana users can later develop poor memory and poor decision-making abilities.

Teen girls who smoked weed were 5 times more likely to suffer depression at 21 yeas of age. Teen marijuana use may teach teens to use substance abuse to cope instead of solving problems in a healthy manner. To illustrate, a teen coping with anxiety who doesn’t realize the severity of their condition may turn to marijuana. If they become tolerant, and their anxiety worsens over time, they can become curious about stronger substances.

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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
MSCA P.O. Box 51446
Irvine, CA 92619-1446
Greater Los Angeles Area of Narcotics Anonymous P.O. Box 512431
Los Angeles, CA 90051
323-933-5395
The Bay Cities Area Narcotics Anonymous 15519 Crenshaw Blvd.
Gardena, CA 90249
310-372-9666
Southern California Region of Narcotics Anonymous 1937 S Myrtle Ave
Monrovia, CA 91016
800-863-2962

College Programs

Counseling Services

Hope International University

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

Student Psychological Counseling Services

Chapman University

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

Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention Student Association (SAAPSA)

California State University-Fullerton

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

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

Biola Counseling Center

Biola University

13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada
CA 90639

UCI Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion

University of California-Irvine

Irvine
CA 92697

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

California State University-Long Beach

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

Counseling Center

Concordia University-Irvine

1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

AA and NA Meetings in Garden Grove

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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