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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

233

hospitalizations

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

7.4

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).

2nd

fewest

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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Government Programs

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

College Programs

Counseling Center

Concordia University-Irvine

1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

UCI Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion

University of California-Irvine

Irvine
CA 92697

Counseling Center

Vanguard University of Southern California

55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Counseling Services

Orange Coast College

2701 Fairview Road Costa Mesa
California 92626

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

Student Services

Laguna College of Art and Design

2222 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Student Services

Soka University of America

1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

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 Irvine

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
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 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
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
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
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

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