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California Drug Rehab and Addiction

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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Learn how people have overcome an addiction in LA.

San Diego

Read about ways to recover in San Diego.

Top 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.

Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab (Calistoga)

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Located about two hours northeast of San Francisco, Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab is one of Northern California’s top treatment centers. The center’s rehabilitation philosophy is based on the 12-step approach and centers on structure, education, nutrition and counseling.

Duffy’s accepts all out-of-network insurance benefits (PPO) and is in-network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. The center also offers scholarships and financing to help pay for care costs.

Highlights

  • Program Length: 30, 60 or 90 days
  • Cost: $$
  • Detox Services: Local detox referrals available
  • Capacity: 50+ patients
  • Accredited: Yes
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (Rancho Mirage, West Los Angeles)

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With two locations in Southern California and several others across the country, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is one of the most well-known and respected rehabilitation organizations in the U.S. The Betty Ford Center at Rancho Mirage offers a number of other care options, such as inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient, day treatment, pain management, young adult recovery programs and more.

The average cost of the Rancho Mirage 30-day inpatient program is $36,500. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation accepts most insurances.

Highlights

  • Program Length: 30 days
  • Cost: $$$
  • Detox Services: Yes
  • Capacity: 75 patients
  • Accredited: Yes
ABC Recovery Center (Indio)

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ABC Recovery Center has more than 50 years experience treating drug and alcohol addiction. The center is located in Southern California’s Coachella Valley about 130 miles east of Los Angeles. The rehab offers several programs based on the 12-step philosophy, including primary residential, perinatal residential (for pregnant women), individualized day and intensive outpatient therapy.

ABC Recovery Center accepts most PPO insurance policies, major credit cards and employer payment plans.

Highlights

  • Program Length: 30 – 90 days
  • Cost: $
  • Detox Services: Yes
  • Capacity: 81 patients
  • Accredited: Yes
Promises Treatment Centers (Malibu, West Los Angeles)

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With more than 25 years experience, Promises Treatment Centers is a dual diagnosis rehab with two Southern California locations: Malibu and West Los Angeles. The center specializes in treating a wide variety of addictions and co-occurring disorders, and offers evidence-based and 12-step programs combined with alternative therapy methods, such as yoga and equine therapy.

Promises Treatment Centers offers 30 to 90 day programs, extended care, intensive outpatient care and gender-specific sober living homes. Promises accepts most PPO insurance plans, including Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield and more.

Highlights:

  • Program length: 30 – 90 days
  • Cost: $$$$
  • Detox Services: Yes
  • Capacity: 36 patients
  • Accredited: Yes

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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%)

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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.

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.

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.

Find A Rehab in California

With so many options available in California, there’s no better time to begin your recovery than now. Please call us now for help finding a rehab that fits your needs.

Sources & Author Last Edited: November 23, 2016

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  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). "California." Retrieved on November 9, 2015 from: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUHsaeSpecificStates2013/NSDUHsaeCalifornia2013.pdf
  3. Office of National Drug Control Policy. (2011). "California Drug Control Update." Retrieved on November 9, 2015 from: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/state_profile_-_california.pdf
  4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). "Behavioral Health Barometer California, 2014." Retrieved on November 9, 2015 from: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/State_BHBarometers_2014_1/BHBarometer-CA.pdf
  5. California Department of Public Health. (2015). "Substance Use Disorder Services - Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs." Retrieved on November 9, 2015 from: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/individuals/Pages/SUD-Services.aspx
  6. California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. (2015). "In-Prison Substance Abuse Treatment (SAT) Program - Single Level (SL)." Retrieved on November 9, 2015 from: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/rehabilitation/in-prison-substance-abuse-treatment-SL.html
  7. California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. (2015). "In-Prison Substance Abuse Treatment (SAT) Program - Multi-Level (ML)." Retrieved on November 9, 2015 from: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/rehabilitation/in-prison-substance-abuse-treatment-ML.html
  8. Judicial Council of California. (2015). "Drug Courts." Retrieved on November 9, 2015 from: http://www.courts.ca.gov/5979.htm
  9. Drug Policy Alliance. (2012). "California's New 'Good Samaritan' Overdose Prevention Law Goes into Effect January 1, 2013." Retrieved on November 9, 2015 from: http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/2012/12/californias-new-good-samaritan-overdose-prevention-law-goes-effect-january-1-2013
  10. Harm Reduction Coalition. (2015). "California Comprehensive Overdose Treatment Protection Signed by Governor." Retrieved on November 9, 2015 from: http://harmreduction.org/overdose-prevention/caoverdoseprev/
About the Writer, Kayla Smith

Kayla Smith is the editorial director for Addiction Center. After working for years as a journalist, she joined the Addiction Center team in hopes of spreading awareness about addiction and mental health issues and helping people get treatment.

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