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Addiction in Huntington Beach, California

Located about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, California is famous for its excellent surf and beach-town culture. Despite the scenic and relaxing environment, the coastal Orange County city is experiencing increasing hospitalization rates and deaths due to substance abuse. As of 2017, Huntington Beach leads the OC in overdose deaths.

The Opioid Crisis

Opioid abuse is not specific to just one city; it is a national epidemic. Deaths due to opioids increased nationwide by 30% between 2015 and 2016. Although opiate abuse rates are not as high in Orange County as the majority of the country, they have been steadily increasing within the past few years. OxyContin and Hydrocodone were identified as the most commonly abused prescription opioids amongst regular Huntington Beach users. The rate of opioid-related ER visits in the OC has more than doubled since 2005, and higher ER visit rates were found in the coastal and central cities of the county. In fact, Huntington Beach had the second-highest total number of opioid emergency department visits over the last 5 years out of all the cities in Orange County, totaling at 726 visits. The top 5 prescribed opioids in the area include:

Huntington Beach also had the second-highest number of opioid overdose death numbers out of all the OC cities from 2011-2015, at a total of 106 people. 66.8% of Orange County drug-related deaths are caused by prescription opioids, and 75% of those deaths are accidental. A 2015 survey performed by the Orange County Health Care Agency found that women are 1.6% times more likely to overdose from prescription medication compared to males. Residents between the ages of 45-54 had the highest overdose death rates in 2016, and nearly half of all total deaths occurred for those between the ages 45 to 64. The majority of opioid deaths in Orange County also involve other substances, typically benzodiazepines and/or alcohol.

The Orange County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board is currently working on an Opioid Strategic Plan that will identify individual and community needs in Orange County and effective strategies to address those needs.

The Threat of Meth in Huntington Beach

Although non-medical abuse of prescription drugs is lower in the OC compared to national statistics, methamphetamine use is significantly higher in the county compared to the national average. Methamphetamine, more commonly referred to as “crystal” or meth, is a highly addictive illicit drug that causes severe negative physical and psychological health side effects. Because of the potency, easy availability, and low cost of meth, southern California is seeing an influx in abuse compared to the rest of the state due to its proximity to the Mexican border. More and more people that develop a dependency on cocaine in southern and central California are turning to meth as a cheaper alternative that offers a similar, yet more potent high.

Meth was the primary drug of admission for Orange County rehabilitation centers, consisting of 44% of all admissions. According to a 2016 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are currently more treatment admissions in California for amphetamines and other stimulants than for any other class of drug – including opioids, marijuana, and even alcohol.

Alcohol Abuse in Huntington Beach

Over the past decade, the hospitalization rates for both mental health and substance abuse-related concerns have remained relatively steady in the Orange County area; however, alcohol use and related crimes have begun to increase.

Huntington Beach has the worst DUI statistics in Orange County and holds the number one position in the state of California for cities with populations of 100,000 or more for alcohol-related traffic accidents. Additionally, Huntington Beach has the highest rates of DUI arrests and nighttime traffic accidents in the OC. Local officials attribute these statistics to the vast number of liquor licenses in the downtown area and influx of both tourists and Orange County residents that frequent the multitude of bars and restaurants.

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Huntington Beach Statistics

5,500

Hospitalizations

Over 5,500 hospitalizations related to substance abuse take place in Orange County each year. 

88

Percent

According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, there was an 88% increase in drug-related overdose deaths between the years 2000 and 2017.

$430

Million

Substance abuse annually costs the area a total of $430 million in medical-related charges.

Seeking Out Treatment

Addiction is a disease that is almost impossible to overcome alone. Thankfully, Orange County and the Huntington Beach area have multiple rehabilitation options for those struggling with addiction, including:

If you’re ready to retake control of your life, contact a dedicated treatment provider and learn about your options today.

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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
The Bay Cities Area Narcotics Anonymous 15519 Crenshaw Blvd.
Gardena, CA 90249
310-372-9666
Greater Los Angeles Area of Narcotics Anonymous P.O. Box 512431
Los Angeles, CA 90051
323-933-5395

College Programs

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

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

California State University-Long Beach

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

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

Student Services

Laguna College of Art and Design

2222 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention Student Association (SAAPSA)

California State University-Fullerton

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

AA and NA Meetings in Huntington Beach

Name Address Fellowship Hours
Southern Orange County Intergroup Office 1754 Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92707 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
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
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
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
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
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
Addicts On Fire @ Cabrillo Beach 3800 Stephen M White Drive, San Pedro, CA, 90731 Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Friday: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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