For those who may not be familiar with El Segundo, which, when translated, means “the second,” it is one of the many cities located in California’s Los Angeles County. Located in Santa Monica Bay, El Segundo is a beachside city located only minutes from the renowned Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). El Segundo was also the proud recipient of the 2006 Eddy award, which recognized the beachside city as being the most business-friendly city in Los Angeles County. Most will agree that this probably has a lot to do with the fact that El Segundo is home to numerous aviation and petroleum-based industries. However, there is a downside worth noting; El Segundo, like many other cities in America, has a significant problem when it comes to substance abuse.


If you live in El Segundo and have a problem with drugs or alcohol, you can take solace in knowing that you are not alone. According to data published by the County of Los Angeles Public Health Substance Abuse Prevention and Control, between 2008 and 2009, the most recent and relevant data available, over 60,000 residents in LA County, which includes El Segundo, were admitted into an addiction recovery facility. The substance abuse problem in LA County is so prevalent that El Segundo, Los Angeles, and many other cities have seen a significant uptick in drug sales, addiction, arrests, and even deaths.


Because El Segundo is a relatively small city in California with less than 17,000 residents, according to the most recent census data, the information in this article will highlight the most commonly abused substances throughout LA County, which will include the city of El Segundo. That said, as a whole, LA County has a problem when it comes to the following:

  • Methamphetamines
  • Crack and cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Alcohol
  • Heroin
  • Stimulants
  • Prescription and street-level opioids

It is important to note that opioids, crack, cocaine, and stimulants are the most problematic for LA County in that they contribute to the most overdose-related deaths. To further put this into perspective, drug overdose ranks as the 4th leading cause of accidental deaths in LA County. Substance abuse also contributed to more than 41,000 felony arrests and 34,000 misdemeanor charges between 2008 and 2009. And while these statistics are several years old, most will agree that the county is still struggling with a chronic and pervasive substance abuse problem. To further illustrate this point, in early 2013, studies show that LA County rehab facilities saw a 19 percent increase in individuals seeking help overcoming an addiction to methamphetamines. They also saw a similar increase in individuals seeking help overcoming heroin and marijuana addictions as well.


If you’re a resident of El Segundo, neighboring Los Angeles, or any of the cities in the greater LA County area and struggling with a substance abuse problem, you will be happy to know that there is no shortage of rehab facilities that you can turn to for help, some of which include

TheĀ El Dorado Community Service Center Inglewood Medical and Mental Health ServicesĀ is a facility that takes great pride in integrating treatments that address both the physical and psychological components of addiction. This outpatient facility provides medically-assisted detox, which includes 24-hour monitoring as well as prescription-based medication, such as Methadone and Suboxone, to help individuals cope with severe withdrawal symptoms. As far as payments, El Dorado Community Service Center Inglewood Medical and Mental Health Services will accept private health insurance, Medicaid, and self-payments.

As its name might suggest, Pacific Asian Counseling Services takes great pride in offering substance abuse treatments to the Asian community; however, they also welcome anyone who needs help overcoming a co-occurring disorder or stand-alone substance abuse problem. Along with traditional substance abuse treatments, the multilingual outpatient facility also provides psychotropic medications for those struggling with a mental illness. In terms of payment, Pacific Asian Counseling Services accepts Medicaid as well as local government funds.

Family United New Beginnings is a rehab facility that is fully committed to helping individuals struggling with addiction turn their lives around. The facility provides world-class substance abuse treatments as well as mental health counseling, which includes rational emotive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, motivational interviewing, and much more. It is important to note, however, that they do not provide treatments for opioid addiction. That said, Family United New Beginnings will accept private and military insurance as well as self-payments. As this facility does not have a website, consider contacting them at 310-644-5600 for more information.

The United States Veterans Initiative Veterans in Progress Program is an inpatient facility that prides itself on helping veterans and active-duty military personnel overcome their addiction to drugs or alcohol. Along with traditional substance abuse treatments, they also provide substance abuse counseling, which includes cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive therapy, trauma-related counseling, and much more. United States Veterans Initiative Veterans in Progress Program provides free substance abuse treatments for veteran and active-military personnel needing help overcoming drugs or alcohol.

The Wings of Refuge is a facility that specializes in providing outpatient treatments to seniors, teens, and those diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. They also offer various treatment and services to victims of sexual assault or domestic violence. That said, Wings of Refuge accepts payments on a sliding scale and self-payments. For more information, consider contacting them at 310-670-6767.

The Lunns Hope Corporation is an outpatient rehab facility that provides substance abuse treatments to a diverse demographic, including senior citizens, young adults, veterans, and active-duty military personnel who are ready to end their relationship with drugs or alcohol. They also provide treatments and services that are specific to those who are the victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Like Wings of Refuge, the Lunns Hope Corporation accepts payments on a sliding scale as well as Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance, and self-payments. As this facility does not have a website, consider contacting them at 310-677-1222 for more information.

Divine Healthcare Services is an outpatient facility that welcomes anyone who is struggling with addiction and ready to turn their lives around. That said, they have outpatient programs that are designed to meet the unique needs of teens, young adults, seniors, and individuals who identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, Or transgender). Divine Healthcare Services is a rehab facility that specializes in treating co-occurring and substance abuse disorders and proudly accepts Medicaid, Medicare, private health insurance, and self-payments.

This list is not an encapsulation of all of the rehab facilities in the El Segundo area; moreover, it is a list of some of the better-rated ones that you can turn to for help when you’re ready to end your relationship with drugs or alcohol. To find even more facilities in your area, consider visiting