Calimesa is a pleasant and affluent city in Riverside County, in the state of California, in the United States of America. The city lies in the Greater Los Angeles area and urban metro sprawl. The population was 7,879 at the 2010 census as reported by the United States Census Bureau, up from 7,139 at the 2000 census. The city rests pleasantly in the San Gorgonio Pass.
Calimesa is a well to do middle class city. The median income for a household in the city was $37,849 in 2000 and $43,557 in 2007, showing an impressive improvement in the local economy. The median income for a family in 2000 was $43,220. Males had a median income of $41,533 versus only about $27,232 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,242. Only about 8.4% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those ages 65 or over, which is slightly above average for California.
Riverside County and San Bernardino County to the north form this metro area, making Calimesa an idyllic bedroom community and small town commuter area. Like many such metro areas in the Southwest, it extends far into uninhabited desert areas, in this case east through the Mojave Desert to the Nevada/Arizona border. Cities in the western area, including Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario, and a patchwork of other communities, are developed suburbs of the Los Angeles area with a rapidly growing and increasingly self-sufficient economy too. All in all this is pretty desirable place to live because the population is growing, the economy is growing, and it is within good commuting distance to other major, big cities.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse on the Rise
Substance abuse is an eternal condition for many in California currently, thanks to an ever-expanding outwards trend in this area. Listed below are just some of the statistics on this gruesome occurrence:
• There is a lot of concern and worry going on right now in regards to the nationwide heroin epidemic that has hit the United States of America. It is especially bad in California. This is a very concerning issue to say the least, and if more actions are not taken to prevent it then it will only grow much worse. Currently the only way to completely handle a heroin addiction issue in any given area is to rehabilitate everyone in that area who is addicted to heroin. Some effort is being made at this but progress is not being made quick enough.
• Crisis after crisis has presented itself in the form of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. However, nothing quite shows the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol like the sheer number of Americans who are in some way affected by it. By this it is not just meant those who actually are abusing drugs and alcohol, but it is instead meant the family members and loved ones who are also affected. Truth be told, studies show that about one out of every 10 Americans know someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, and one out of every five Americans has at some point in their life been adversely affected by somebody who was addicted. In California, because substance abuse is more prevalent, the issue is even worse than that.
• Alcohol abuse and addiction is becoming far more serious and severe in the United States than it has been in the past. This drug is so prevalent and so guarded by the fact that so many American companies make so much money with it that it is very difficult to fight alcohol addiction because it is legal and it is pushed on Americans constantly. For the numbers on it, roughly 20,000,000 Americans are addicted to alcohol, and about 80,000 die every year because of it. Not to mention the fact that alcohol abuse also kills a lot of other people as in the case of drunk driving accidents. In California roughly forty percent of all traffic incidences are caused by alcohol.
The Need for Rehabilitation
Calimesa is just one city of many that needs to address its addiction problem, but they definitely do need to address it and soon too. This issue seems to just persist here on and on and on with no real sign of it getting any better or of it dropping off any time soon. The problem persists and persists year after year.
Calimesa struggles with addiction problems mostly because the problems moved out of the big cities to a degree and into the small towns. Small cities and urban and suburban areas like Calimesa have the worst drug problems of them all right now. In truth, this problem is as bad currently as it ever has been before.
This is why Calimesa needs rehabilitation so badly. Only with the help of inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment centers, detox facilities, rehab programs, and recovery organizations will this crisis ever reduce or back down in any way. Now more than ever this is absolutely key. With rehab, positive changes can be made as each and every Calimesa addict who is rehabilitated is one more person who will not bring drugs into the city, and who will instead help end the problem for good.
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