California Drug Rehabs

There are hundreds of recovery options in California that help people get their life back on track. Stimulants, marijuana and alcohol are among the substances most often treated in California rehabs, but there are quality programs available for every type of substance abuse disorder.

Find A Rehab in California By City

From San Francisco to San Diego and everywhere in between, there are quality drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers in California available for every budget.

These are the top cities in California that help people recover from excessive substance abuse. Click a city to learn more.

San Francisco

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Los Angeles

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Learn how people have overcome an addiction in LA.

San Diego

Read about ways to recover in San Diego.

Rehabs in California

California is known for its beautiful beaches and laid back culture, as well as for being the birthplace of innovation in many industries. Combine all that with some of the world’s most trusted names in addiction rehab and it’s no wonder so many people choose California for their individual needs.

Why Should You Go to California for Recovery?

As drug overdoses rise across the state, many people in California are choosing to turn their lives around and get the help they need.

More than 150,000 people in California enrolled in rehab to treat their substance abuse problems in 2013.

Whether you should travel to California for rehab depends on many personal factors, but it’s important to keep an open mind about what’s available. Finding the program that fits your individual needs can increase your chance of having a successful recovery. California is home to some of the most respected centers in the United States, with specialized programs and innovative therapies. This expertise combined with the state’s beautiful scenery make California one of the top destinations for drug rehab.

Rehab Admissions in California

Amphetamines, heroin and marijuana are among some of the most abused drugs in the state, with thousands of annual rehab admissions per year for each. Admissions for opioid addiction (such as buprenorphine and methadone) has also steadily increased in the past few years.

In 2013, the total number of primary admissions for substance abuse was 156,937. Here’s a breakdown of the top six drug addictions that were treated.

  1. Amphetamines — 46,259 (29.4%)
  2. Heroin — 31,837 (20.3%)
  3. Marijuana — 28,357 (18%)
  4. Alcohol — 16,830 (10.7%)
  5. Alcohol and a second drug — 15,732 (10%)
  6. Opioids — 8,628 (5.5%)

California Government Prevention and Care Services

The Mental Health Substance Use Disorder Services (MHSUDS) is the division of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) that handles substance abuse services throughout the state. The division’s goal is to reduce drug and alcohol abuse among California’s residents. The MHSUDS hopes to reach this goal through preventive measures and recovery programs all across the state.

Some of the services available through the MHSUDS include:

  • Emergency counseling
  • Substance abuse assessment
  • Detox services
  • Inpatient hospitalization
  • Long-term outpatient services
  • Aftercare services

State-funded rehab is available to qualifying residents with Medicaid—federal and state funded health insurance available to those with limited income and resources. At participating facilities, both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse care is covered under Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program.

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    California Drug Courts

    The state of California has a special court program called drug courts for nonviolent drug offenders in need of overcoming their toxic habits. These courts aim to reduce both drug use and related crime by getting addicted offenders the help they need.

    Drug courts provide intensive substance abuse therapy instead of jail time. The program usually lasts for a minimum of one year. During this time, the person is closely monitored and subjected to random drug tests. The individual must report to court regularly to have his or her progress reviewed by a judge.

    Those who do not uphold the court’s requirements may be removed from the drug court program and sentenced in the regular justice system.

    In-Prison Substance Abuse Treatment (SAT) Program

    The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation offers an in-prison substance abuse treatment (SAT) program, which is available to offenders with a history of substance drugs or alcohol.

    SL-SAT participants who continue to receive substance use related violations may be referred to the ML-SAT program for more intensive care. The ML-SAT program offers three recovery levels to better fit each inmate’s needs:

    • Outpatient therapy three times a week for a period of three months
    • Intensive outpatient care five times a week over a five month period
    • Modified Therapeutic Community (MTC) five times a week for a period of six months—MTC programs are typically for addicted offenders with co-occurring mental disorders

    The in-prison SAT program aims to reduce recidivism—a person’s return to criminal behavior after serving a sentence—by teaching inmates how to avoid substance abuse and relapse upon release.

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    Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Law

    In an attempt to reduce the number of fatal overdoses in the state, California created a “Good Samaritan” overdose prevention law that went into effect January 1, 2013. The law encourages anyone who witnesses a drug overdose to call for medical help without the fear of arrest or drug-related charges. This protection is limited to low-level violations, such as possession of small amounts of a drug.

    Reassuring all Californians that calling 911 is safe and the right thing to do when someone’s life is on the line is essential…this isn’t a get-out-jail-free card for people who sell or traffic large quantities of drugs. This law basically says, ‘If you have a small amount of drugs in your possession, or the person overdosing does, don’t let your fear of arrest for that be the reason you fail to call 911 to help save someone’s life.

    - Meghan Ralston, harm reduction manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, 2012

    The Overdose Treatment Act

    The California Overdose Treatment Act encourages healthcare providers to distribute naloxone to treat opioid overdose. Naloxone is a medication that blocks or reverses the effects of opioids. It acts as an antidote in the event of an overdose on opioids such as heroin, morphine and oxycodone.

    The California Overdose Treatment Act protects health care professionals from liability when distributing naloxone in the event of overdose or as part of standard medical practice. The law also allows non-medical personnel to distribute naloxone under a doctor’s standing orders. These non-medical personnel are also protected from liability under this legislation.

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