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Addiction Treatment in San Diego

San Diego

Nicknamed America’s Finest City, San Diego is known for its mild year-round climate and beautiful beaches; however, it is struggling with high rates of substance abuse. Luckily, San Diego is a very recovery-friendly city, offering quality treatment centers and numerous drug-free housing services. In 2012, there were more than 14,000 drug and alcohol treatment admissions in San Diego.

While methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin and alcohol are the most commonly treated substances in San Diego, California, there are treatment programs available for every addiction. The city also has treatment options for every financial situation, including luxury rehabs and state-funded centers. Please call us now for help finding a San Diego rehab, or one in a nearby city such as Los Angeles.

Should I Travel Outside of San Diego for Rehab?

While San Diego has many top-notch treatment centers, the best program for your needs may be located outside the city. It’s important to find a rehab with experience treating your addiction that also provides an environment where you’ll feel comfortable.

Drug Abuse Is On the Rise

As is the case in Los Angeles, illicit drugs are widely available in San Diego due largely to the city’s proximity to Mexico—the Mexican border is a mere 17 miles from downtown San Diego. Drug trafficking is prevalent in the area and prohibited substances are smuggled into the city from Mexico and South America often.

In the 1990s, San Diego was known as the “meth capital of the world”—a title that, until recently, was slowly becoming obsolete thanks to increased education, prevention, treatment and enforcement in the area.

However, meth seems to be making a comeback in San Diego, with increasing amounts of the drug being smuggled in from Mexico.

If you look at this last year, we’ve had the highest amount seized, and that was 14,732 pounds of meth…that’s a lot of meth. Over the last five years, the amount seized has gone up significantly each year.

- San Diego County Undersheriff Ed Prendergast, KPBS Midday Edition, 2015

Other drugs commonly smuggled into San Diego include:

Alcohol, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana make up the top four most commonly treated addictions in San Diego

Addiction and Drug Abuse Statistics in San Diego



In 2013, there were 541 drug and/or alcohol overdose deaths in San Diego County.



In the first half of 2013, 29 percent of treatment admissions were for methamphetamine, a 4 percent increase from the first half of 2012.


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In 2012, there were 3,328 treatment admissions for heroin—the second most treated substance addiction that year behind meth.

Addiction Treatment Services in San Diego

The city of San Diego is located in San Diego County. The San Diego County Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Division provides Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) services to San Diego residents. If you or someone you care about needs help in San Diego, there are a number of programs offered by the County’s AOD services, including:

  • Inpatient and outpatient adolescent treatment
  • Inpatient and outpatient adult treatment
  • Medical detox
  • DUI programs
  • HIV testing and counseling
  • Prevention programs
  • Women’s treatment

The BHS Division has contracts with local treatment service providers, allowing them to offer low-cost or no-cost prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services across the county. These services are funded by BHS and are provided regardless of a person’s ability to pay. These programs also accept Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program.

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With just 30 days at a rehab center, you can get clean and sober, start therapy, join a support group, and learn ways to manage your cravings.

Second Chance Program

San Diego’s Second Chance program helps people become contributing members of society by creating opportunities for them to change their lives. The program provides workforce training and job placement to veterans, youth and adults who are former addicts or have been incarcerated.

Second Chance also has a clean and sober housing program. The program’s eight sober living facilities provide affordable, supportive housing for those struggling with substance abuse who want to turn their lives around. Second Chance offers referrals to treatment facilities, as well.

Find Addiction Help Now

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please know help is readily available and merely a phone call away. Whether you’re looking for a rehab in San Diego or just outside the city, we can find the treatment center that best fits your needs. Please call us now to start your path to recovery.

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Government Programs

Find local government programs that promote sober living and will help you find peace in your day to day life.

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San Diego, CA 92163

College Programs

Counseling Center

University of San Diego

Reliable with the University of San Diego’s theory of building up the entire individual, the Counseling’s center reason for existing is to improve the enthusiastic, social, and menta...

5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Counseling Services

Point Loma Nazarene University

For undergraduate PLNU students the Wellness Center provides preventive health education which focuses on emotional and physical health. At Wellness Center Brief counselling and an array of serv...

3900 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Counseling & Psychological Services

San Diego State University

C&PS offers an extensive variety of services to enable students to get bolster for an assortment of exhibiting concerns. These incorporate individual advising, couples counseling, group tre...

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Awareness

Southwestern College

College is owed to offer a drug-free environment. The Drug Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (34 CFR, Part 86) of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) requires Institutions of H...

900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910

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