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Addiction Treatment in California

State treatment data for substance use disorders are derived from two primary sources-an annual one-day census in N-SSATS and annual addiction treatment admissions from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). In the 2010 N-SSATS survey, California showed a total of 123,611 clients in addiction treatment, the majority of whom (107,515 or 87.0%) were in outpatient addiction treatment. Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 11,648 were under the age of 18.

Across the years for which TEDS data are available, California has seen a substantial shift in the constellation of problems present at treatment admission. There has been a decline in the number of admissions mentioning alcohol, cocaine, or heroin as a substance of abuse. The sharpest increase, however, has been the number of admissions attributable to methamphetamine abuse. 43% of admissions in 2010 cite both alcohol and drug problems.

California Addiction Treatment Admissions

California Primary Addiction Treatment Admissions: The graph at right depicts substance abuse treatment admissions in California in 2010. The data shows that stimulants, primarily methamphetamine, as the primary drug abused by those who enter into treatment in the state, followed by marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and prescription opiates.

The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) is an annual survey of facilities providing substance abuse treatment. It is conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). N-SSATS is designed to collect data on the location, characteristics, services offered, and number of clients in treatment at alcohol and drug abuse treatment facilities (both public and private) throughout the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Support for Community-Based Prevention in California

Recognizing that local problems require local solutions, Drug Free Communities (DFC) organizations mobilize communities to prevent youth drug use by creating local data-driven strategies to reduce drug use in the community. ONDCP works to foster the growth of new coalitions and support existing coalitions through the DFC grants. In FY 2011, the following California coalitions received grants from ONDCP:

A Sobering Choice
Alcohol and Drug Prevention Coalition
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Coalition
Anderson Valley Community Action Coalition
Ashland/ Cherryland Violence Prevention Collaboration (ACVPC)
Boyle Heights Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community
California for Drug Free Youth
Castro Valley Community Action Network
CATALYST Coalition
Cinco De Mayo Con Orgullo (With Pride) Coalition
Coalition for a Drug-Free Nevada County
Coalition for Gang Awareness and Prevention
Coalition for Placer Youth
Community-Supporting Alcohol and Drug Free Environment
Crescenta Valley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition
Hemet Community Action Network (Hemet CAN)
Julian Backcountry Collaborative
Laytonville Healthy Start
Mountain Communities Coalition to Address Substance Abuse
Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth
One East Palo Alto Community-Based Partnership for the 
Prevention of Alco, Tobac, and Other Drugs 
Preventing Alcohol Related Trauma in Salinas (P.A.R.T.S)
Rancho Cordova Children, Youth and Families Collaborative
Safety Wellness Advocacy Community Coalition
San Dieguito for Drug Free Youth
San Luis Obispo County Friday Night Live Partnership
Santa Cruz County Community Prevention Partners
Santa Ynez Valey Coalition
Santee Solutions Coalition
Saving Lives Camarillo
Saving Lives San Fernando Valley California
Siskiyou Substance Abuse Coalition
Solano County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Reducing Rates Coalition
Sonoma County Prevention Partnership
South County Collaborative
South Orange County Coalition
South Sacramento Coalition for Future Leaders
Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence (TTFWDD)
The Faith and Institutions Together for Health Coalition
The Petaluma Coalition to Prevent Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Problems
Vision Coalition of Eldorado Hills
We Stand United! Coalition of the Gridleyans United Against Drugs is a Necessary (GUARDIAN) Collaboration
West End Gangs and Drugs Task Force
YES Partnership

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