With almost 78,000 residents, the city of Bellflower, California, can seem like an idyllic neighborhood that is close to Long Beach, the ocean, job opportunities, and lovely homes.1 However, like much of Southern California, this city in Los Angeles County has its problems with drug and alcohol abuse, especially with heroin, cocaine, and meth.
Los Angeles County reports that 4% of the population abused illicit drugs other than alcohol and marijuana between 2012 and 2014.1 This rate increased from the previous survey period of 2010 to 2012. During this time, high school students seemed to have exposure to dangerous drugs because in 2015, 5% reported abusing cocaine at least once and another 5% reported abusing MDMA once.2
Unfortunately, only 3% of people who need treatment for prescription drug abuse in Bellflower and the surrounding areas get the help they need.2 Between 2011 and 2015, rates of treatment admissions for heroin addiction and meth abuse went up, especially between 2013 and 2015; however, this may be due to the influx of more of these drugs and higher rates of addiction to these substances than higher rates of this population seeking treatment.2
Overcoming addiction to potent illicit drugs requires professional help. Medical supervision is often needed to safely detox, followed by therapy to address the underlying issues behind the substance abuse. We can connect you with high-quality treatment options that are ready to help.