Los Alamitos (translated from “The Little Cottonwoods” in Spanish) is a small city in Orange County, in the state of California, in the United States of America. The city was incorporated in March of 1960. The population was at 11,449 at the 2010 census, down from 11,536 at the 2000 census as reported by the United States Census Bureau.  Los Alamitos stands tall as a strong, independent city in this area, but it also serves as a bedroom community for many of the nearby, bigger cities.

Los Alamitos sustains a forceful and independent micro-economy of its own.  The city is actually known for its small businesses.  Just within Los Alamitos itself they have:

• The first Claim Jumper restaurant opened in Los Alamitos in 1977. That location closed and is now a Hof’s Hut, and the closest Claim Jumper is in nearby Long Beach.
• Neverland Studios, a recording studio originally located in Los Alamitos that was often used by Christian Rock bands.
• Tilly’s clothing store has a location in Los Alamitos.
• Frieda’s the specialty produce company started by Frieda Caplan, has its headquarters in Los Alamitos. Frieda Caplan has lived in Rossmoor over 50 years.
• Katella Bakery, a nationally known delicatessen/restaurant opened in Rossmoor in 1963, but has been in Los Alamitos for over 30 years.
• Trend Printing is one of the largest printing companies in the nation and is housed in Los Alamitos. It also has plants in Texas and Florida.

The median income for a household in the city of Los Alamitos is pretty good, ranking in at $55,286, and the median income for a family came in at $60,767. Males had a median income of $49,946 versus $36,002 for females. The per capita income for the city was about $26,014. About 4.1% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those ages 65 or over. Property prices in the city have increased dramatically over the past 20 years as the area has gotten more and more desirable and affluent.

Substance Abuse in Los Alamitos

Sadly, drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general has been on the rise in Los Alamitos.  What has happened in California is that a lot of the middle class, suburban, outlying towns have fallen prey to addiction and substance abuse problems.  Especially in a town like Los Alamitos, a town that is pretty well off and quite successful, these issues have just gotten worse and worse as more drug dealers and traffickers have realized that this is a city that has never really been targeted for addiction and that it is a perfect opportunity for them to get new people addicted.  This has been the crisis and the problem here in Los Alamitos, and the issue could not be much more serious than it is now because of that key point of an intense influx of drugs into the city from bigger, urban and metro areas.

Addressing Addiction Crisis with Rehabilitation

Substance abuse has been a problem that has had exorbitant effects all across the nation. This is an issue and a concern that has affected many who have been struggling and suffering time and time again with no sign of it getting any better any time soon.

Drug and alcohol addiction has taken a particularly devastating toll on the city of Los Alamitos and its residents. This is a city that has not really experienced any addiction issues before until now. Because the city has almost no experience with this, the sheer size of this crisis has had a particularly devastating effect on the local population. It doesn’t take a lot of drug and alcohol addicts to really ruin a town. In the town of only about 14,000 like Los Alamitos, even just a couple dozen substance abusers could really have a negative effect. In Los Alamitos however, there are thought to be several hundred people living there who are currently abusing drugs and alcohol.

With problems like these, it becomes absolutely important for the locals to really come together and address the substance abuse crisis. The best way to do this is with inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment centers, detox facilities, rehabilitation programs, and recovery organizations. These are by far the best of the best when it comes to addressing addiction and this by far will end up being what makes the most change in the city.

Addiction affects a lot of people in a lot of different ways.  Rehabilitation however is capable of recovering anyone who is addicted to anything, no matter what it is.  With proper rehabilitation, Los Alamitos finally can make the changes that it needs to make to lead a successful and happy and especially drug free life.

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