San Marino is a very interesting city in Los Angeles County, in the state of California, in the United States. Incorporated as it was on April 12, 1913, the city was designed by its founders to be uniquely residential and only residential, with expansive properties surrounded by beautiful gardens, wide streets, and well maintained parkways that really are a testament to a beautiful city. The city is located in the San Rafael Hills and is known for its aesthetic appeal. The population was 13,147 at the 2010 census as reported by the United States Census Bureau.

In the year of 2014, Forbes magazine ranked the city of San Marino as the 48th most expensive area to live in the United States all in all.  In the year of 2014, LA Weekly ranked the city as the 3rd most expensive area to live in the Los Angeles County, topping Beverly Hills (7th), Malibu (5th), and more even. There are few to no homes priced under U.S. $1,000,000, with the median list price of a single family home at a whopping U.S. $2,159,000.

This community of San Marino consists only of single family residences and that is all.  For example, there are no apartment buildings, condominiums, or townhouses in the entire city. All homes must have a 2-car garage interestingly enough, so that residents do not feel compelled to park their cars on the street overnight which is considered an eye sore.

Another thing that makes San Marino unique is that no fast food or drive-through restaurants are allowed in San Marino, nor are most chain restaurants or businesses too. The exceptions are Starbucks of course and sixteen bank branches, including Wells Fargo, Chase, Bank of the West, East West Bank, Cathay Bank, Bank of America, Citibank and others, many of which have multiple locations within the small city.  All in all, this is a very wealthy and successful city to say the least.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Strikes California’s Elite

In this day and age, no one is free from or safe from the risk of addiction and substance abuse in general.  These are all one and the same risks that are faced by the President of the U.S., especially now with just how dangerous and deadly addiction has been proven to be.  Another problem is the sheer prevalence of addiction.  Substance abuse is more common now and more prevalent in the nation than it ever has been before.  More Americans are addicted than they ever were before, and a higher percentage of Americans are falling prey to addiction than ever before.

What this has meant ultimately is that addiction is beginning to take its toll on even the most affluent and the most successful of American cities.  San Marino is one of them.  Even though the city is incredibly rich and exclusive, addicts have found a way to peddle their narcotics to the youth of the city who do not know better.

How to Approach Addiction in San Marino

Sometimes, drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general enters into our lives and wrecks absolute havoc the likes of which we may have never in fact seen before.  Certainly, it is very likely and very possible that addiction can and will stay with someone forever, but it definitely doesn’t have to.  There are actions that can be taken and methods and ways of resolving things that can be used and utilized that can take the cake when it comes to resolving some of the key issues of addiction.  The most prominent and the most successful of these is rehabilitation.

San Marino is suffering with an addiction crisis the likes of which it has never perhaps seen before.  Now more so than ever these issues are having very negative and very impacting effects on those who live there.  If something isn’t done about these issues now then they will certainly become a huge problem.  To assist in this, some tips on confronting an addict in San Marino have been listed below:

• Resist the urge to judge them. The temptation to be judgmental when you see someone sliding downhill will be strong and there is no doubt about that. The urge to lecture him or her about how to shape up will be tough to resist by far. Being too harsh won’t help at all, though. It will only drive him further into his addiction and cause him to be worse off than he was before. Be honest without using judgment when confronting an addict. Remember that he has a disease that is very hard to get rid of and that, while his initial choices led him down this path, it is now very difficult for him to give up his habit and end off on it.

• Be honest about your emotions and don’t let them control you. Addicts often don’t realize just how much their actions impact those around them, which is quite a flaw and needs to be addressed. Tell your loved one in a simple and straightforward way how his actions make you feel and be upfront about it. Sometimes the loved ones of addicts want to act stronger than they feel deep down inside. Trying to protect him from the pain he is causing you is helping no one. By any means at all. Be calm when you tell him and maintain empathy, but don’t hold back either.

• Consider an intervention with the addict. When you have given communication your all and your efforts continue to fail to bring about any changes or productive responses in your loved one, it may be time to turn to a professional for help and to take this to the next level. An intervention is a gathering of family and friends to confront someone with an addiction and to give him options for getting help and it is quite successful. There are professionals who are experienced in organizing and leading these events too. Interventions can be intense so it helps to have either an addiction specialist or a therapist on hand to decompress the situation, to answer questions and to help lead the event for all involved. When you have been unable to talk to him with any success, he may need several people to get the message across to him.

Tackling an addiction is not hard.  But it is also not easy.  With proper rehab it can be done, and it must be done.

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