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If you need California rehab to help you tackle an addiction or mental health condition, you’re not alone. 

Data from NSDUH 2020, SAMHSA’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, shows that 28 million people in the United States have alcohol use disorder (alcoholism) and 40 million have substance use disorder (drug addiction). 

Today’s guide will show you what to expect from inpatient or outpatient rehab in California.

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What to Expect from Rehabs in California

According to the ASAM criteria, there are five levels on the continuum of care for addiction, from early intervention through to intensive inpatient treatment. 

The most intensive form of treatment aside from medically-managed and intensive inpatient interventions is residential rehab, also known as inpatient rehab.

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Residential rehab is advisable for most severe addiction and co-occurring disorders (addiction and mental health disorder. The most common programs vary in length as follows: 

  • 30-day inpatient rehab
  • 60-day inpatient rehab
  • 90-day inpatient rehab 

You will remain at the treatment facility in California from detox to discharge. 

In most cases, inpatient rehab begins following a medically-supervised detox. Medical detox will streamline the withdrawal process and minimize the intensity of cravings for substances. With all toxins flushed from your system, clients can move on to the next phase of addiction recovery.

Research shows that outpatient treatment is just as effective as residential rehab for many mild and moderate substance use disorders. 

Outpatient rehab programs vary in terms of structure and time commitment. The most common examples of outpatient programs include: 

  • OPs (traditional outpatient programs) – less than 9 hours of treatment per week
  • IOPs (intensive outpatient programs) – 12 to 15 hours of treatment per week
  • PHPs (partial hospitalization programs) – 30 to 35 hours of treatment per week 

With outpatient treatment, you attend scheduled therapy sessions on weekdays. Between sessions, you return home or to a sober living community. 

Whether inpatient or outpatient rehab makes the best fit, you’ll have access to broadly similar service. An evidence-based approach to addiction treatment typically includes a combination of: 

  • MAT (medication-assisted treatment)
  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy (talk therapies like CBT and DBT) 

Both alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder respond favorably to MAT, always most effective when delivered alongside behavioral interventions. 

The FDA approves these medications for the treatment of alcohol use disorder: 

  1. Acamprosate
  2. Naltrexone
  3. Disulfiram 

The FDA approves these medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder: 

  1. Methadone
  2. Naltrexone
  3. Buprenorphine 

In addition to the above research-backed therapies, many rehabs in California will also provide access to the following therapies: 

  • Group counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • SMART (Self-Management and Recovery) Training
  • Adventure therapy
  • Fitness and sports
  • Peer-support programs

Drug Rehab California

NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) reports that: 

  • 0.6% of California residents are addicted to prescription painkillers.
  • 3.3% of 0.6% of California residents have a substance use disorder involving illicit narcotics.
  • 6.4% of California residents have alcohol use disorder. 

Regrettably, SAMHSA data suggests that fewer than 10% of those needing addiction treatment receive any form of therapy. Of those who engage with addiction treatment in California, CHCF (California Health Care Foundation) reports that: 

  • 60% engaged with treatment for drug addiction.
  • 11% engaged with treatment for alcoholism.
  • 29% engaged with treatment for both alcoholism and drug addiction. 

CDC’s state-by-state overdose rates show that California has the lowest rate of fatal drug overdoses in the U.S. Lethal drug overdoses account for 6 deaths per 100,000 in California, per the same data. 

20% of Californians report past year marijuana use. 

In 2019, both meth use and meth overdoses increased in California. In the San Francisco Bay Area, meth is now associated with more fatal overdoses than opioids, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle. 

From 2006 to 2017, there was a three-fold increase in ER visits in the state of California related to heroin abuse. The death rate from overdoses involving fentanyl increased by a factor of 10 from 2015 to 2019, per the same data.

Alcohol Rehab Calfornia

Alcohol is the most abused addictive substance in California and across the U.S. 

The costs of excessive alcohol use in California totals 35 billion dollars annually, according to CDC data. Over 75% of those costs are due to binge drinking, per the same data. While binge drinking does not necessarily lead to alcohol addiction, harmful patterns of drinking can increase the chances of developing alcohol dependence and alcohol use disorder. 

Binge drinking rates increased in the following counties in California from 2002 to 2012: 

  • San Francisco
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Clara County
  • Alameda
  • San Mateo

While alcohol use disorder is a chronic and relapsing condition, the appropriate alcohol rehab, whether inpatient or outpatient, provides typically favorable outcomes. 

Why, then, should you consider engaging with treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction at a California rehab?

Benefits of Going to a California Rehab

  1. Escape your environment and make a fresh start
  2. Access the best clinicians and addiction specialists in the world
  3. Wide variety of accredited programs and facilities
  4. Pleasant climate year-round and an abundant connection to the great outdoors
  5. Access an array of holistic therapies in California

1) Escape your environment and make a fresh start

Many people looking to engage with inpatient rehab opt to travel out of state. Choosing California rehab allows you to make a fresh start in an invigorating environment free of triggers and temptations. 

For residents of California, there is a wealth of options for both inpatient and outpatient treatment available in-state.

2) Access the best clinicians and addiction specialists in the world

California is home to many of the world’s top clinicians. From medical doctors and psychologists through to licensed addiction counselors and addiction therapists, you should easily find an expert treatment team to help personalize and kickstart your recovery.

3) Wide variety of accredited programs and facilities

You will find some of the highest quality addiction treatment programs and facilities in the U.S. here in California. 

Look for California rehab centers with the following accreditations: 

For those seeking faith-based treatment, look for centers who are members of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Even if you need highly specialized treatment for severe addiction with a co-occurring mental health disorder, you’ll find a suitable facility to support you in California.

4) Pleasant climate year-round and an abundant connection to the great outdoors

The weather can impact your mood and your mood is likely to be anyway depressed as you tackle detox and the challenging early phase of addiction recovery. By heading to rehab in California, you’ll benefit from warm and sunny days year-round. 

The Californian climate promotes activities like hiking, meditation, or yoga in an outdoor setting. Oceanside treatment centers like our facility at California Detox will help to instill a sense of serenity and calmness as you move from active addiction into ongoing recovery.

5) Access an array of holistic therapies in California

California witnessed the rise of the wellness movement in the 1960s and 1970s and is known for pioneering holistic health. 

Not only can you access evidence-based addiction treatment in California, but you’ll also find a wide variety of supplementary holistic therapies for a whole-body approach to healing.

Identifying the Best Rehabs in California

Start by asking your healthcare provider for recommendations if you need rehab in California. 

With addiction such a widespread issue in the U.S., you may find friends or family can suggest suitable treatment centers. Probe your social network for recommendations. 

Searching online for “California rehab”, “California alcohol rehab”, or “California drug rehab” should yield plenty of options worth exploring.

What to Look For and What Questions to Ask Yourself

Aside from the location-specific benefits highlighted above, consider checking that the rehabs on your shortlist offer the following:

Does the California rehab have a dedicated dual diagnosis program?

If you have an addiction and a co-occurring mental health condition like anxiety or depression, integrated dual diagnosis treatment is the most effective route to recovery. Ensure that any rehabs you are considering provide simultaneous, integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders. 

Does the rehab center provide a medically-supervised detox?

A clinically supervised medical detox streamlines the detox process, as outlined above. 

Whether you need to detox before engaging with an outpatient program or you want to start an inpatient program with a medical detox, make things safer and more comfortable with California Detox. 

Ask about success rates and testimonials

Any reputable rehabs should offer plenty of testimonials from clients. Check the treatment center’s website and inquire over the phone. 

You should also examine the success rates of the rehab center, although you should make sure to compare these like-for-like. How many clients achieve lasting sobriety after engaging with treatment? 

Do the treatment programs utilize evidence-based therapies?

All decent California rehabs will explain the evidence-base for their treatment programs, from medications approved by the FDA to proven forms of talk therapy like CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and DBT (dialectical behavior therapy). 

Inquire about staff expertise and accreditation

You need more than helpful and dedicated professionals to help you move beyond addiction. Check that the treatment team are all accredited and that they are specialists in their field. Establish how many registered nurses and physicians are available. Ask about the staff to client ratio, too. 

What level of aftercare does the rehab center provide?

Recovery is not an event but an ongoing process. Detox is not a cure for addiction, and neither is completing a rehab program. Instead, these events will hopefully act as the catalyst for sustained recovery. 

The best rehab centers in California appreciate this and ensure you leave the treatment center equipped with a relapse management strategy and aftercare plan.

Paying for Rehab in California

ACA health insurance plans may cover the costs of rehab in California. 

The ACA (Affordable Care Act) was passed in 2010. BY 2014, all new individual and group health insurance plans were mandated to provide coverage for essential health benefits, including both substance use disorder services and mental health disorder substances. 

In the first instance, you should contact your healthcare provider concerning the specifics of your policy. Next, assemble a shortlist of suitable treatment providers who will accept insurance as payment, such as California Detox.

California Detox’s Rehab Programs

Whether you are a California resident or you are looking for out-of-state rehab, we offer treatment programs at all levels of intensity here at California Detox. 

From outpatient programs (OPs) and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), from partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) to residential rehab, get the right support and structure for the treatment of your addiction. 

For those with co-occurring mental health disorders, we offer a dual diagnosis treatment program to help you unpack both conditions simultaneously. 

Get your treatment started the right way by engaging with a medically-supervised detox. Medications can help ease the discomfort of withdrawal and reduce the severity of cravings. 

All programs draw from an evidence-based range of treatments, including:

  • MAT (medication-assisted treatment)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Counseling
  • Family therapy

We’re here to help you from detox to discharge and beyond, so you’ll leave California Detox with a robust aftercare and relapse prevention plan in place. 

Start your recovery today by calling 949.567.8790.


California has civil commitment laws that decide when involuntary rehab – sometimes called court-ordered rehab – is appropriate for an individual with severe mental illness who is unable to voluntarily engage with treatment.

Laura’s Law is a state law in California that makes provision for assisted outpatient treatment to those unable to access community care due to mental health conditions.


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