SUBSTANCE ABUSE STATISTICS AND RECOVERY RESOURCES IN ROSEMEAD, CALIFORNIA
Rosemead, California has been proactive in its efforts to curb its drug issues. According to www.drugabuse.gov, the largest current apprehension is that heroin usage will evolve. The fear relates to its growing availability through the state’s DTOs, and a perception of increasing affordability. The economy is strong in Southern California, and there is no indication of a correction any time soon. However, Rosemead’s proximity to Los Angeles enables a certain accessibility and ease of attainment of illegal drugs. This is endemic to locales near large metropolitan areas. The presence of gangs increase the availability of illicit substances.
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Savvy DTOs have taken advantage of chemically altering the strength of meth. For addicts who require an ever-greater fix, the stronger version of the drug, though down somewhat in sales from prior years, remains a great temptation. Also, the ongoing issue of legal medical marijuana has created a new power-base for those who grow and traffic in cannabis. Further economic growth will be a large determinant as to where and how the illicit drug battle will change, or remain stagnant, from here forward. Current politics and ongoing issues regarding illegal immigration, particularly within the Mexican community – a group that has been particularly susceptible to engaging in Los Angeles trafficking – will surely have an effect.
Interestingly, many DTOs have left larger metropolitan areas in favor of smaller communities. Rosemead, and the greater Los Angeles County to which it belongs, may be primed to pivot, positively or negatively, based on several outside factors over and above politics and ever-changing social policy. Where the DTOs will earn the most, where they will be considered “safe” from the local authorities or the federal government, where they can operate and continue to do so – and for how long a time – will all play a role.
The drug battle is ongoing. The availability will continue to be present, and, for many, so will the temptation. But the help is out there.
Perhaps by necessity, Rosemead is particularly active and supportive as it regards the fight against addiction. The centers listed above have been positively reviewed, and friendly staff are readily available to meet your needs. Let the buyer beware, of course. Be sure to read all reviews including the negative, prior to selecting your treatment options. If you know of others who have been through these programs, speak to them. If you have a sponsor, all the better. Always do your own research as well.
You will become your own best friend in this process, by virtue of being aware of your issue and appropriately acting upon it.
One more point we should discuss. We mentioned that online research is a terrific option for trying to locate a treatment center that is right for you. We also discussed contacting the centers directly. When you do, be sure to ask any and all questions you may have. You are what matters in this process. And also this: If you know of anyone who has undergone treatment, and only if they have been open with you about it, speak to them. Ask them about their treatment. Unlike AA and other anonymous groups, in our experience we have found that, when asked, many who have become clean are willing to talk about their days in treatment. As we all know, the process of addiction is day-to-day. Treatment is no different. As long as you understand, however, that help is but a phone call away, taking action is the most positive step you can take for yourself.
We are here to help.
ABOUT THE CITY
Rosemead, California is a Southern California city in the county of Los Angeles. According to the most recent census, Rosemead’s population is approximately 54,615. Los Angeles County is listed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Drug Intelligence Center as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
Rosemead is considered a cluster city of the west San Gabriel Valley, along with San Gabriel proper, San Marino, Monterey Park, Temple City, and Arcadia. Collectively, these SGV clusters, along with downtown Los Angeles’ Chinatown, house the highest percentage of Southern California’s Asian residents. Rosemead’s Asian population is estimated at 61.1%. Hispanics represent the city’s next most populace ethnic group at 33%. Caucasian residents are a distant minority, at 4.56%.
Geographically, Rosemead is 11 miles east of Los Angeles. The demographic make-up of the city changed substantially in the 1990s, when Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants moved in and opened a plethora of ethnic businesses. Asian restaurants and stores became plentiful. It has been said that the city’s atmosphere became more urban and far less conservative at once.
Edison International, the corporate division of Edison companies that provide electric services nationwide, is headquartered in Rosemead. The University of the West, one of the first Buddhist-funded universities in the United States, is a Rosemead landmark, as is (was, with a caveat) the Rosemead School of Psychology (which, though it is now located in the neighboring La Mirada, retains in its name the school’s original location). The popular Panda Restaurant Group, owner of the Panda Bowl chain of fast-food Chinese restaurants, brings in multi-millions of dollars to the local economy, as does the manufacturer of Sriracha hot sauce,
The city’s median household income is $44,906, and its poverty rate stands at 19.3%. 79.5% of Rosemead’s residents are legalized U.S. citizens, and 83.8% of its residents speak a non-English language. Home ownership is strong at 46.5%; median property value is $442,600.
Random statistics, per www.city-data.com: As compared with the rest of the state of California, Rosemead’s unemployment rate is significantly below state average, as is its percentage of African-American residents. Conversely, its foreign-born population is well above the state average. The city also claims several distinctions: It is #1 in the U.S. with the highest percentage of females in personal care and service occupations, #1 with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations, #1 with the most Mainline Protestant congregations, #1 with the most Orthodox adherents, #1 with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply, and #1 with the most Catholic adherents.
In 2017, crime in the city was broken down as follows: 630 counts of theft, 247 counts of burglary, 80 counts of assault, and 43 counts of monetary robbery (as distinguished from theft). Violent crime, defined as murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, are considered a “25” on a scale of “1-100” via various data services. As of February 4, 2018, 55 sex offenders live in the city, statistically a 989 to 1 ratio when measured against its population.
Note: Many of the crimes and arrests committed are drug-related, most prominently due to meth abuse, which, according to the DOJ, is the primary cause for Rosemead’s property and violent crime incidents. The figure is in line with U.S. averages, and contributes to a proactive stance in our national fight against opioids.
As a HIDTA region, Los Angeles County’s drug issues have spilled into the entirely of the San Gabriel Valley clusters, including Rosemead, with little change year-to-year. Illegal drugs are readily available at wholesale prices, and Los Angeles County remains a strong transit area for cash and carry. A nearby prime metropolitan location and its ready access to the rich and famous has enabled drug availability in all surrounding areas.
Los Angeles County shows no sign of slowing down as a Mexican DTO (Drug Trafficking Organization) stronghold, particularly in the transit, sale and distribution of Mexican-produced ice methamphetamine. More ambitious DTOs have chemically enhanced their methamphetamine strength from 50% potency to 70%, exploiting the addict’s chronic need for increasingly powerful agents.
Local politics have also of late conflicted with evolving federal laws as it regards the legalization of marijuana. Pot continues to be produced both indoors and outdoors, in widespread efforts to take advantage of the medical marijuana accessibility. Exploitation of pot laws are expected to remain an ongoing issue for the immediate future.
As to specifics in Los Angeles County, according to the Department of Justice:
- Though local production has declined of late, the region is utilized as a hub for Mexican meth production and distribution due to a) the county’s large illegal Mexican population and b) pseudoephedrine shortages, the primary ingredient of meth, which has encouraged some criminals towards pseudoephedrine diversion and sales. Reason behind the pivot is the ingredient’s federal illegality (the Combat Methamphetamine Act of 2005), since banned from over-the-counter cold medications which used to be readily available.
- Marijuana remains consistent in terms of popularity, and is sometimes sold from mobile vehicles that roam the county in search of buyers.
- Cocaine remains a major issue, which is also imported primarily from Mexico.
- Drinking is an ongoing concern, as Los Angeles County is considered a “party county” and alcohol is readily available and legal. 40% of all car crash deaths in Los Angeles County, also the national average, are alcohol-related.
Rosemead continues to combat under-the-radar issues with ecstasy. On October 13, 2017, police seized several million dollars worth of ecstasy and cocaine during a long-planed raid, discovering an elaborate drug lab in the process. In 2010, a drug trafficking ring was busted in the San Gabriel Valley which moved nearly a million ecstasy tablets. Ecstasy, popular at nightclubs, parties and rave events, is available in both pill and powder form. Known as the original “love drug,” the hallucinogenic stimulant – a synthesized MDMA compound – was regularly prescribed by psychiatrists in the 1970s-1980s for patients suffering from emotional or psychological difficulties. The drug is not as popular for traffickers as pot or meth, though it continues to be a concern.
Further, endemic to both Los Angeles County and Rosemead both is the alarming increase of heroin distribution and use since 2015. In 2016, 237 Los Angeles County hospital admissions were due to heroin overdoses, as compared to 114 in 2010. The exponential increase correlates with the growing epidemic of opioid abuse in the United States. The numbers are expected to double again by the end of 2018. Due to this expectation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been training their staff to carry naloxone (“Narcan”), which blocks the effects of opioid overdose.
Relationships have been drawn between the Mexican Mafia, Los Angeles County’s street and prison gangs in general, and illicit drug distribution. According to the DOJ, the Los Angeles County HIDTA region maintains among the largest percentage of such distributors in the country. Approximately 250 gangs with collectively over 26,000 active members in the city of Los Angeles alone – not counting the surrounding cities, such as Rosemead, which make up the entirety of Los Angeles County – maintain working relationships with Mexican drug cartels. In January of 2011, multiple members of the Hispanic gang Lennox 13 were arrested for, among other charges, narcotics trafficking. This is a practice that continues with other gangs to today, in 2018, as members pay a “tax” to belong in exchange for protection against being imprisoned for drug activities. Such relationships – and memberships – do not appear to be lessening.
Authorities in Los Angeles County have stepped up in response to drug demand, and the national opioid battle.
Rosemead particularly maintains a large number of highly-desirable treatment options for your consideration, both private and public. Regardless of the degree of your use, as ever, you will always be able to find an option that is best suited for your needs.
To determine the extent and nature of one’s addiction, pre-intake questions may include the following: “How long have you been using?” “Do you believe you have a problem?” “Do you think others who know you believe you have a substance-related problem?” “Have others confronted you with questions related to substance abuse?” “Do you ever use alone?” “Have you ever substituted one drug for another, thinking one particular drug was the problem?” “Does the thought of running out of drugs terrify you?” “Have you ever been in a jail, a hospital, or a drug rehabilitation center because of your using?”
You can find pre-intake sample applications online. In this case, as with any other self-diagnostic tool, the questions as asked are exploratory only. You must speak to a trained and licensed professional for any true diagnosis. Still, such online tools such as a pre-intake questionnaire can be extremely useful. If you can honestly answer those questions, you may be validated, or you may dislike your responses. If you were drawn to the tool, likely both will apply. Regardless, consider your results, and then take necessary action
There are pros and cons with online resources such as these, particularly when it comes to completely basing your treatment decisions on your own responses. That would be a negative, as remember, such questions are guidelines only without a trained professional to analyze your answers. Regardless of whether such questions are based on true-life examples of treatment center queries (they usually are), you may not be the best arbiter of your responses. Most especially if you are under the influence of any drug, or alcoholic drink. On the positive side, if you can be truthful with your answers, such online questions will certainly provide a glimpse into your condition, and the need for help.
Kudos to you for checking such online resources to begin with. That’s certainly a proactive start.
A quick note: Even if you don’t believe you are addicted, but are concerned that your usage is growing, help is out there. You do not have to be on the far side of addiction to reach out to various resources on The Recover. In the same spirit, if you are drawn to use, but have not yet, The Recover provides resources available to you as well. It is never too early, nor is it ever too late. These are tools that have been formed for reason, and they are there for you.
Many addicts, or users with a problem whose usage is not yet defined as an addiction, make the mistake of not taking the first step towards sobriety as it regards intake. If you need help in making an informed decision as to what treatment method is right for you, we cannot encourage you strongly enough to, again, speak to family and/or friends who have been there before. Sometimes, a user has a difficult time making such decisions with a clear head.
And once more, if you know of no one who has been through these issues before, please contact one of the centers as listed on this page
Also, we encourage you to ask yourself a few questions: 1) What is holding you back from getting help? 2) Do you believe you have a support system? If so, do you feel comfortable contacting them and speaking about your problem? If not, would you feel more comfortable contacting a professional? And 4) Do you believe you are capable of making an informed decision as to your treatment? If yes, you are well-advised to take advantage of one or more of the resources here. If no, you are strongly advised to contact one of the phone numbers listed here, and discuss your reservations.
Again, they are there to help.
During the intake application process, you will be required to list your prescription medications and days and times taken (if “none,” you check “none”), an authorization of medical care, a list of allergies or other medical issues, and a waiver of responsibility. Some applications ask more. A physician or treatment center representative will then review your application for the proper steps, and treatment.
If you have come this far, kudos to you. You have taken a major step towards reclaiming your life, and your potential.
The concept and practice of detox is typically broken down into three distinct phases: Evaluation, Stabilization, and Transition to Inpatient Drug Rehab.
Evaluation: As overseen by a doctor, who will determine what drugs are presently being used, how long has the patient been using, and how much and how frequently the patient uses.
Stabilization: As expounded on the site, stabilization differs patient to patient, based on specific substance being abused. This is the end result of the withdrawal phase.
Transition to Inpatient Drug Rehab: Many addicts believe that once they complete withdrawal, they are finished with their treatment. That is a dangerous belief, as withdrawal only releases the immediate physical hold of the substance.
Communication is key. Some users are resistant to treatment, most especially when in a treatment center against their will. In this instance, your communication with your specialists will be at risk. Remember, they are there to help you. You have the freedom to ask questions, and the right to receive answers.
That is one of the immense benefits of treatment, a better understanding of your illness.
INPATIENT TREATMENT RESOURCES
Inpatient treatment is frequently misunderstood, as there are several options available to the user under that umbrella title. Many people believe the term to refer to only hospital treatment. Or, only highly-restrictive treatment. In reality, it is neither.
Inpatient treatment can either be PHP (a partial hospitalization providing a highly-structured environment, with typically active treatment of 30 hours per week), the less-intensive IOP (intensive outpatient treatment plan, which requires up to three hours daily over 3-5 days, for a total of nine hours weekly; therapy is usually included, but the patient can live either at their own home or a halfway house during the process), and an RTC (residential).
Though you may be the best determinant of the degree of inpatient recovery resources best suited to your needs, frequently one may need the help of family or friends to help you more clearly identify the treatment options that are most prudent for your needs. From there, only your personal commitment will determine your success.
PHPs and RTCs are amazing resources for those with more severe or difficult abuse issues. Both options are highly-structured, especially the former. The importance of structure cannot be understated. You will have a time for medicinal treatment, a time for personal or group therapy, a time to rest, a time for activities
Frequently, a user has little structure outside of the treatment center. The user is more interested in the high than by scheduling their day via their clock. The structure of PHP treatment, particularly, may be a challenge for some. But, if you allow the treatment to take its course, the end-result can exceed your most optimistic hopes.
So ask yourself: “Do I do well in a structured environment?” “Am I functional in a structured environment, or will I have a better chance to succeed with something less restrictive? As ever, a user if not always the best determinant as to treatment. If a user is high while making the decision, that will be in no one’s best interests. It’s time to commit, with as free a sense of mind as possible.
We will talk more about the level of commitment in a moment.
OUTPATIENT TREATMENT RESOURCES
Outpatient treatment is a comprehensive approach to wellness, and no less impactful than inpatient services. Please research the importance of outpatient treatment resources on The Recover, or speak to loved ones who have been through the process. Recovery is an ongoing process, which requires a substantive lifestyle change to avoid the ever-present threat of a relapse.
Let’s discuss a bit further. Outpatient treatment allows the patient a certain level of responsibility to remain clean while outside of the treatment center. You will face temptations but will have also learned specific strategies as to how to deal with them. It is up to you to take advantage of those lessons. There is a certain degree of trust on the part of the outpatient treatment administrators that the user will remain clean, and at the same time outpatient treatment allows for the user to remain productive on the outside while still receiving help. If you work, you can schedule your outpatient appointments or check-ins after hours.
One very important point, though, under this or any treatment circumstance: The entirely of your treatment is a commitment. Outpatient or not, if you miss one appointment you will likely miss another. That is a recipe for failure. What you allow, you encourage.
Never allow an excuse to fail. More precisely, let’s say it as it is: There are countless reasons why one would fail, in this or any other environment. Laziness, rigidity, intimidation …
There are fewer reasons to succeed: Yourself, first of all, then your loved ones (your collective of family and friends). Which means more to you? The pain of the commitment to get well, or the pleasure of using? If you answer the latter question as your affirmative, consider those loved ones who care about you, and worry about you.
On that note, let us elaborate upon the concept of commitment for a moment. Some users resent the term, thinking many of those who do not use, or who are not otherwise plagued by addiction, tend to believe commitment is that much easier than it truly is. How can a user commit to anything at all, one may ask, much less treatment if said user is overwhelmed by their addiction?
It is very difficult. Really, it is. But you can do this. You can reclaim your life, as none of us are defined by our addictions.
AFTERCARE AND SOBER LIVING RESOURCES
Not all sober houses or aftercare facilities are created equal. However, you will frequently be surrounded by others in a supportive and understanding environment, others who have undergone similar difficulties. Sober houses most frequently prove to the addict – which as you see here is a message on repeat – that you are not alone.
There have been several popular television shows on various networks over the last decade that have dramatized the sober living experience. We suggest that you watch with caution, as several of these shows contain scripted elements that do not necessarily give a positive view of what could be a positive experience.
We’ve seen users looking forward to attending sober houses for all the wrong reasons. The sober house experience is an often integral part of your overall treatment. But, it can be as abused as the substances for which you have been admitted.
You will live among others in a place away from your home. A sober care facility will actually be your new home until you leave. Others can influence you, so be careful. Sober living can be a hugely beneficial and beautiful experience, but you must remember, you are still in treatment.