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Oakland, California Drug Addiction And Abuse

For years, Oakland, California ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the US thanks to its high violent crime rate stemming from gang violence and drug activity. The most commonly abused illicit substances in Oakland are marijuana, heroin, and prescription opioid painkillers. Heroin in particular contributes to the most hospital visits and overdoses annually. Additionally, heroin-related treatment is dispensed at rates seven times that of other opioids.

The Opioid Epidemic in Oakland

Large numbers of legal, American prescription users turn to street heroin after doctors refuse to keep prescribing painkilling medication. The rising cost of living and the over-reliance of residents on prescription opioid, has resulted in heroin addiction and homelessness for many in the urban city. In the 3 years leading up to 2020, new opioid management strategies have helped curb the effects of heroin dependence in Almeda County. Implementation of Narcan training and distribution have saved dozens of lives in Oakland alone. Community leaders are now looking to preventative measures to further shrink the damage of opioids in Oakland.

In Alameda County, there is approximately one opioid prescription written for every two residents. Although the rate of prescription opioid deaths has been lower in the Oakland area compared to national numbers, the overall rate continues to increase annually. Furthermore, Alameda County’s drug deaths are still almost 7 times that of countries like Germany. Making meaningful changes to the ways drugs are prescribed in the US as a whole will help cities like Oakland avoid the crippling addiction issues killing scores of people a day.

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Oakland Drug Abuse Statistics

9.6

million dollars

The approximate cost of opioid-related hospital visits in 2014 totaled $9.6 million.

4,071

people

In 2019, the homeless population in Oakland reached 4,071 individuals, a larger proportion of the city population than San Francisco and Berkely.

66

percent

Two-thirds of opioid-related hospitalizations in 2014 were for patients using public funds.

Oakland Addiction Treatment Services

Located across the Bay from San Francisco, there is a wide variety of addiction treatment options available to Oakland residents. Whether those seeking recovery are looking for luxury rehab centers with diverse amenities or government-funded opportunities close-to-home, the Bay Area has a lot to offer.

Oakland reserves federal funds to provide multiple types of care for those in need; one in four children live in poverty, and 20% of all residents live below the federal poverty level. Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) works with the social services agency to provide substance use treatment services to all eligible residents. The city also passed Measure Z, setting aside more local resources to combat crime rates, drug use, violence, and homelessness.

Alameda County provides the following substance use treatment services to all residents:

  • Opioid treatment program/medication-assisted treatment
  • Withdrawal management (24/7 clinically-managed detox and sober support)
  • Residential services
  • Sober living environments/recovery residences
  • Outpatient treatment, including intensive treatment
  • Recovery support services

Support Groups in Oakland

There are also a number of Alcoholic Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups available to promote lifelong recovery. Whether it’s in the East Bay, the suburbs, or the greater Alameda County, 12-step groups can aid those suffering from addiction stay on track or simply seek sobriety. Group meetings and group therapy can be especially helpful for those with a substance use disorder to build relationships, trust, and maintain a sober network.

If you or a loved one are battling addiction, there is hope. Contact a treatment provider today to discuss available treatment options.

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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
California Northern Coastal Area General Service PO Box 884222
San Francisco, CA 94188-4222
San Francisco Area of Narcotics Anonymous 1290 Fillmore Street #B
San Francisco, CA 94115
415-621-8600
Marin County Fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous PO Box 9056 San Rafael
CA 94912
877-612-7837

College Programs

Counseling Services

California College of the Arts

5212 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618

University Health Services

University of California-Berkeley

2222 Bancroft Way #4300
Berkeley, CA 94720

Counseling Services

Holy Names University

3500 MOUNTAIN BLVD.
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94619

Counseling & Psychological Services

Mills College

5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613

Counseling Center

San Francisco Art Institute

800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Counseling Services

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Saint Mary's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Saint Mary's College of California

1928 Saint Mary’s Road
Moraga, CA 94575

Counseling Center

University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

Student Counseling

City College of San Francisco

50 Phelan Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112

AA and NA Meetings in Oakland

Name Address Fellowship Hours
East Bay Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous 295 27th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Grp. LATIN UNIT 1823 9TH ST., BERKELEY, CA 94710 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Sunday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Monday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Tuesday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Wednesday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Thursday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Saturday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grp. FAITH AND ACTION 1816 International BLvd, Oakland, CA 94606 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Sunday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Monday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Tuesday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Wednesday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Thursday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Friday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Saturday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Grp. MEXICO 1535 23 rd Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Sunday: 5:00 am - 6:30 pm, Monday: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Tuesday: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Wednesday: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Thursday: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Friday: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Saturday: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Grp.FRIUTVALE LATINO 2616 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Sunday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Monday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Tuesday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Wednesday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Thursday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Saturday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grp. FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE 8817 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94605 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Sunday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Monday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Tuesday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Wednesday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Thursday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Saturday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Intercounty Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous 1821 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Monday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Tuesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Wednesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Thursday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Grp. WAKE 3431 B Macdonald Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Sunday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Monday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Tuesday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Wednesday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Thursday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Friday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Saturday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Grp. FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT 159 Harbor Way Richmond, CA 94801 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Monday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Wednesday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Thursday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm, Friday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm

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