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I. Getting Help

I. Getting Help

What to Consider When Choosing a Rehab Center

There are many different types of rehab programs and treatment options to consider. Here are a few of the decisions you need to make:

The main factors that determine which rehab options will be best for you are the severity of your addiction and your unique personal and financial situation.

For more information on how to make all of these decisions, read our guide to Choosing the Right Rehab

The Highest Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in California

If the cost of rehab is a barrier for you (as it is for many) and you don’t have insurance, there are still ways for you to get help. Out of the 1,079 rehab facilities recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) in California, 276 offer some sort of payment assistance to most adults. Out of those 276 rehabs, Solutions 4 Recovery in San Juan Capistrano (near Los Angeles) received the highest overall scores from help.org.

For more information about the five core metrics, head to the full breakdown of our filtering process and ranking methodology

1. Solutions 4 Recovery

Solutions 4 Recovery offers both inpatient and outpatient treatment and is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. The rehab received an overall score of 8.1, and it’s highest score was on the metric that measured the number of programs designed for unique demographics. It’s had programs for 15 distinct groups of people which was the second highest total of all the rehabs we researched.

The rehab’s weakest performance came on “Cost” – it was given a score of 6.25 since it didn’t accept some common forms of payment such as Medicaid and Medicare. It does accept TRICARE and private insurance, however.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 8.93
  • Treatment Approaches: 8.47
  • Cost: 6.25
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 9.38
  • Ancillary Services: 8.06

2. Lassen County Behavioral Health

Lassen County Behavioral Health offers regular and intensive outpatient treatment to Californians in the Northern California and Susanville area. The high number (15) of specially designed programs for unique demographics is the program’s highest-rated feature.

Lassen County Behavioral Health’s biggest deficiency relates to the “type of care” metric – it received a score of 6.64 since it doesn’t offer some programs like certified opioid addiction treatment.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 6.64
  • Treatment Approaches: 7.7
  • Cost: 7.5
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 9.38
  • Ancillary Services: 7.75

3. CRI-Help, Inc.

Located in North Hollywood, CRI-Help provides residential inpatient and outpatient treatment to the Los Angeles area. From programs designed specifically to treat transitional-aged young adults, to programs for Veterans, CRI-Help works with most demographics who need uniquely designed rehab programs.

The number of rehabilitation services that CRI-Help offers is the program’s biggest drawback. According to the data provided to SAMHSA, common medications such as Disulfiram (Antabuse®) and Acamprosate (Campral®) aren’t available, but Buprenorphine is used in treatment, and clients on opioid medications are accepted.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 4.98
  • Treatment Approaches: 6.93
  • Cost: 7.5
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 8.71
  • Ancillary Services: 7.75
Top-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in California
RankRehabTotal ScoreContact Information
#1Solutions 4 Recovery8.131931 Paseo Terraza
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Main Tel: 800-784-4791
Intake Tel 2: 949-874-1332
#2Lassen County Behavioral Health7.61400 Chestnut Street
Suite A
Susanville, CA 96130
Main Tel: 530-251-8112
#3CRI Help Inc6.811027 Burbank Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Main Tel: 818-985-8323
Intake Tel 2: 800-413-7660
#4CommuniCare Health Centers
Behavioral Health Services
6.8500 B Jefferson Boulevard; Suite 195
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Main Tel: 916-403-2970
#5Diablo Valley Drug and
Alcohol Services
6.5100 Park Place; Suite 120
San Ramon, CA 94583
Main Tel: 925-289-1430
#6Matrix Institute
Addictions
6.411777 Sebastian Way; Suite 102
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Main Tel: 909-989-9724
Intake Tel 2: 800-310-7700
#7MFI Recovery Center6.35870 Arlington Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
Main Tel: 800-923-5634
Intake Tel 2: 951-683-6596
#8Horizon Services Inc
Cronin House
6.02595 Depot Road
Hayward, CA 94545
Main Tel: 510-784-5874
Intake Tel 2: 510-784-5883
#9Bluestone Recovery Inc6.01660 Chicago Avenue; Suite M-11
Riverside, CA 92507
Main Tel: 951-823-0540
#10Bella La Vita Company6.022516 Carbon Mesa Road
Malibu, CA 90265
Main Tel: 310-456-2551
Intake Tel 1: 877-673-4225

Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in California

Start by determining your coverage

If you have private insurance or coverage purchased through the healthcare marketplace, contact your plan provider for to determine exactly what services are covered. If you have Medicaid (or to determine whether you qualify), visit coveredca.com to get started. Whatever type of coverage you have, insurance companies (public and private) are required to cover substance abuse treatment for qualified individuals.

Use our database to find a treatment center near you

The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of California recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant rehabs near you.

Schedule an assessment

If you are pursuing treatment that will be covered by insurance, your first step will likely be scheduling an assessment by a qualified individual such as a therapist or counselor. Most facilities provide assessments, or your primary care provider may be able to refer you. Contact companies in our database above to find out if they will provide this service.


Type Of Care
Treatment Apporaches
Service Setting
Age Groups Accepted
Ancillary Services
Facility Operation
Facility Smoking Policy
Gender Accepted
Language Services
License Certification Accreditation
Payment Assistance Available
Payment Methods and Insurance Accepted
Special Programs Groups Offered

    What to expect in Rehab

    There are many different methods for treating addiction, and the science of studying addiction is constantly improving and changing. However, the core pieces of treatment are generally the same.

    For more on what to expect in rehab, read our guide on the addiction rehabilitation process 

    II. Rehab for At-Risk Groups

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Veterans

    1 in 15 veterans had a substance use disorder in 2015

    1 in 15

    Veterans had substance use disorder in 2015

    Veterans face unique challenges that can put them at higher risk for substance abuse than the general population. Factors leading to increased risk include things like PTSD and homelessness.

    Veterans have access to additional resources for treatment, and VA benefits often cover the cost. To get help with substance abuse from the VA health care system follow these steps:

    • Enroll: If you aren’t enrolled already, you can check to see if you are eligible by using the Health Benefits Explorer, and then complete the application.
    • Discover: Find out whether your local VA center provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by calling or visiting the center. If you don’t know where the closest VA is, call the VA hotline to find out: 1-800-827-1000.
    • Find Treatment: If your local VA does provide SUD treatment, then discover what your options are and enroll in treatment. If your local VA doesn’t provide SUD treatment, then use the SUD program locator to find one that does.

    You can also use the appropriate filter in our database above to find veteran-specific treatment options.

    About 1 in 4 female veterans have a history with military sexual assault

    1 in 4

    Female veterans have experienced military sexual assault

    Substance abuse is a serious problem for female veterans. The VA website reports that many of the female veterans who are seen for treatment by the VA have a history with military sexual assault – this type of trauma can lead to self-medication with drugs or alcohol. To find support systems and resources specifically designed for women veterans, visit calvet.ca.gov.

    For more information, read our guide on Substance Abuse Rehab for Veterans

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Teens

    1 out of 7 youths abused substances in 2013

    14%

    Binge Drinking

    10%

    Illicit Drug Usage

    In California, nearly 14% of youth participated in binge drinking in 2013, and 10% used illicit drugs. To overcome the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide teen-specific treatment programs. Our database has a filter that allows you to find the closest rehabs that provide that treatment option.

    Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers

    Use the following resources to get a better understanding of three of the biggest dangers to youth: prescription drug abuse, underage drinking, and marijuana use.

    Co-Occurring Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment

    Substance abuse and mental health issues tend to go hand-in-hand – the technical term is “co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that 18% of those with some form of mental health illness also have a substance use disorder, and 39% of those with a substance use disorder also have a mental health disorder.

    Mental Health Resources & Treatment

    If you or someone you love is suffering from mental health issues such as depression, PTSD, eating disorders, or severe anxiety there are many resources and ways to get help.

    Below are a few quick ways to get immediate help, as advised from MentalHealth.gov:

    • Emergency Services: If your life (or someone else’s life) is in danger, always start by dialing 911 to get immediate access to emergency services.
    • Suicide Prevention: The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 800-273-8255. You can also initiate a private live online chat.
    • Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 800-273-8255 to talk to someone immediately. You can also access help with a private online chat, or you can text 838255.

    For those who need mental health help but don’t have an immediate need, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has a page dedicated to helping the general public with mental health concerns, and a special mental health program for veterans.

    Those who have mental health issues and a substance abuse problem may benefit from dual-diagnosis rehabs. Use the appropriate filter in our tool above to find rehab centers with programs designed to meet the unique challenge posed by co-occurring disorders.

    III. Finding Aftercare in California

    Aftercare is often overlooked, but it’s one of the most crucial steps in the rehabilitation process. The chances of relapsing after rehab dramatically rise for individuals who just try and go back to “normal life,” rather than pursuing further treatment in aftercare. There are several types of aftercare including follow-up visits for continued therapy, group therapy, and sober living homes.

    12-Step Addiction Meetings in California

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) designed the 12-step process for those recovering from an alcohol addiction, and today there are many other 12-step programs for other addictions and issues – Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is one only one example.

    Contact the appropriate local organization to find an AA or NA meeting near you

    The tool below lists the contact information for local organizations that will connect you to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings near you. Since meeting times and locations change periodically, contact the local groups that coordinate the meetings to ensure that the information is up to date.

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Database

    NameCityProgramTelephoneSpanish Hotline
    24 Hour Answering ServiceChinoAA(909) 628-4428N/A
    24 Hour Answering ServiceDavisAA(800) 970-9040N/A
    24 Hour Answering ServiceTwain HarteAA(209) 533-1134N/A
    24 Hour Answering ServiceYuba CityAA(916) 454-1100;(916) 454-1771N/A
    24-Hour HotlineThousand OaksAA(805) 495-1111N/A
    52nd District Alcoholics Anonymous Central OfficeSanta MariaAA(805) 925-3782N/A
    916 North Area NA916 North Area (Chico)NA(877) 669-1669N/A
    A.A. Central Office Of Kern CountyBakersfieldAA(661) 322-4025N/A
    A.A. San Fernando Valley C.O.Van NuysAA(818) 988-3001N/A
    Alcoholics Anonymous 24-Hour HotlineGaltAA(209) 339-1201N/A
    All South Bay Central OfficeTorranceAA(310) 618-1180N/A
    American River Area NAAmerican River Area (Sacramento)NA(800) 600-4673;(866) 565-2135N/A
    Antelope Valley IntergroupLancasterAA(661) 945-5757N/A
    Area de Habla Hispana del Norte California NAArea de Habla Hispana del Norte CaliforniaNAN/A(855) 667-2262
    Bay Cities Area NABay Cities Area (Long Beach, San Pedro, Torrance, Hermosa Beach)NA(310) 372-9666N/A
    Beach Area NABeach AreaNAN/AN/A
    CAN Area NACAN Area (Needles)NA(928) 768-6467N/A
    Central California Area NACentral California Area (Fresno)NA(559) 255-5881N/A
    Central California FellowshipSacramentoAA(916) 454-1100;(916) 454-1771N/A
    Central Coast Area NACentral Coast Area (Lompoc, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles)NA(800) 549-7730N/A
    Central Coast Central Office IntergroupSan Luis ObispoAA(805) 541-3211;(855) 541-3288N/A
    Central Intergroup Office Of The DesertCathedral CityAA(760) 324-4880N/A
    Central Service Office Of FresnoFresnoAA(559) 221-6907N/A
    Central Sierra Area NACentral Sierra Area (Angels Camp)NA(800) 240-4956N/A
    Central Sierra South Area NACentral Sierra South Area (Sonora)NA(209) 533-2348N/A
    Central Valley IntergroupModestoAA(209) 572-2970N/A
    Central Valley North Area NACentral Valley North Area (Acampo, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Stockton, Tracy, Victor)NA(209) 464-9262N/A
    Contra Costa Area NAContra Costa Area (Concord)NA(925) 685-4357N/A
    Contra Costa Service CenterWalnut CreekAA(925) 939-4155;(925) 939-5371N/A
    County Line Area NACounty Line Area (Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks)NA(888) 672-9318N/A
    Del Norte IntergroupCrescent CityAA(707) 464-3411N/A
    Delta Central OfficeStocktonAA(209) 464-1509N/A
    Desert Empire Area NADesert Empire Area (Barstow)NA(800) 863-2962N/A
    Dist. 20-Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley and Surrounding AreasWestern Nevada CountyAA(530) 272-6287N/A
    East Bay Central Area NAEast Bay Central Area (Alameda County, Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, Livermore)NA(510) 444-4673N/A
    East Bay North Area NAEast Bay North Area (Oakland)NA(510) 444-4673N/A
    East County IntergroupEl CajonAA(877) 993-2422N/A
    Eastbay Intergroup Central OfficeOaklandAA(510) 839-8900(408) 417-1593
    Eastern Counties Area NAEastern Counties Area (Whittier, Downey)NA(562) 698-4604N/A
    Eastern Inland Empire Area NAEastern Inland Empire Area (Riverside, San Bernardino)NA(800) 397-2333;(909) 370-3568N/A
    Eastern Sierra Area NAEastern Sierra Area (Ridgecrest)NA(760) 446-4445N/A
    Foothill Area NAFoothill Area (Porterville)NA(559) 784-4420N/A
    Gold Coast Area NAGold Coast Area (Ventura, Oxnard)NA(888) 817-7425N/A
    Gold Country Area NAGold Country Area (Jackson, Ione, Sutter Creek and Pioneer)NA(209) 256-0645N/A
    Greater East Los Angeles Area NAGreater East Los Angeles AreaNA(323) 721-5504N/A
    Greater Los Angeles Area NAGreater Los Angeles AreaNA(323) 933-5395N/A
    Greater Mojave Area NAGreater Mojave Area (Victorville)NA(888) 322-6817N/A
    Greater San Jose Area NAGreater San Jose AreaNA(408) 998-4200N/A
    Harbor Area Central OfficeLong BeachAA(562) 989-7697(310) 516-8626
    Hollywood Area NAHollywood AreaNA(323) 850-1624N/A
    Humboldt County IntergroupEurekaAA(844) 442-0711N/A
    Humboldt/Del Norte Area NAHumboldt/Del Norte Area (Crescent City)NA(866) 315-8645N/A
    Inland Empire 12th Step Service BoardClaremontAA(909) 628-4428N/A
    Inland Empire Central OfficeColtonAA(909) 825-4700N/A
    Inland Empire Foothills Area NAInland Empire Foothills Area (Redlands, Yucaipa)NA(909) 795-0464N/A
    Inland Empire West Area NAInland Empire West Area (Montclair, Ontario)NA(909) 622-4274N/A
    Intercounty Fellowship Of A.A.San FranciscoAA(415) 674-1821N/A
    Intergroup Answering ServiceSusanvilleAA(530) 257-2880N/A
    Kern County Area NAKern County Area (Bakersfield)NA(877) 629-6759N/A
    Kings Tulare Area NAKings Tulare Area (Hanford, Tulare, Visalia)NA(559) 734-0403N/A
    Lake County Area NALake County Area (Lakeport)NA(707) 262-0132N/A
    Lake County IntergroupLower LakeAA(707) 995-3316N/A
    Los Angeles Central OfficeLos AngelesAA(323) 963-4343;(800) 923-8722N/A
    Lower Desert Area NALower Desert Area (Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Indio)NA(888) 777-5947N/A
    Marin County NAMarin County (San Rafael)NA(877) 612-7837N/A
    Mariposa A.A. Answering ServiceMariposaAA(209) 966-3110N/A
    Mendocino Coast IntergroupFt. BraggAA(877) 546-9286N/A
    Mendocino Country Area NAMendocino Country Area (Ukiah, Willits)NA(707) 485-9110N/A
    Mendocino Inland IntergroupUkiahAA(707) 462-7123N/A
    Middle Mountain Area NAMiddle Mountain Area (Yuba City, Marysville, Olivehurst)NA(877) 669-1669N/A
    Mission Peak Area NAMission Peak AreaNA(510) 444-4673N/A
    Monterey Bay Area IntergroupMontereyAA(831) 373-3713N/A
    Monterey County Area NAMonterey County Area (Monterey)NA(831) 624-2055N/A
    Monterey County Area NAMonterey County Area (Salinas)NA(831) 758-1630N/A
    Morongo Basin Area NAMorongo Basin Area (Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley)NA(800) 833-2830N/A
    Mountain Area NAMountain Area (Running Springs, Big Bear, Yucca Valley, Lake Arrowhead)NA(909) 584-7115N/A
    Napa County IntergroupNapaAA(707) 500-7001N/A
    Napa/Solano Area NANapa/Solano AreaNA(866) 642-3848N/A
    No. California IntergroupReddingAA(530) 225-8955N/A
    No. San Diego Co. Central OfficeVistaAA(760) 758-2514N/A
    North Coastal Area NANorth Coastal Area (Vista, Oceanside, Encinitas)NA(866) 331-1958N/A
    North Orange County Central OfficeFullertonAA(714) 773-4357N/A
    North Solano IntergroupVacavilleAA(707) 446-2244N/A
    North Valley Central OfficeChicoAA(530) 342-5756N/A
    Oakhurst Fellowship Answering ServiceOakhurstAA(559) 683-1662N/A
    Oficina Central de RiversideRiversideAAN/A(951) 687-7090
    Oficina Central HispanaEl MonteAAN/A(626) 453-0226
    Oficina Central HispanaLos AngelesAAN/A(323) 750-2039
    Oficina Central HispanaSan DiegoAAN/A(619) 280-7224
    Oficina Central HispanaSan FranciscoAAN/A(415) 824-1834
    Oficina Central Hispana Costa NorteSan JoseAAN/A(408) 287-7205
    Oficina Central Hispana IntergrupalSalinasAAN/A(831) 757-8518
    Oficina Central NorteSanta RosaAAN/A(707) 623-6702
    Oficina Hispana Del Este De LaLos AngelesAAN/A(323) 722-4175
    Oficina IntergrupalChula VistaAAN/A(619) 476-0288
    Oficina IntergrupalWatsonvilleAAN/A(831) 768-9597
    Oficina Intergrupal Condado VeOxnardAAN/A(805) 988-0329
    Oficina Intergrupal De OrangeSanta AnaAAN/A(714) 541-7225
    Oficina Intergrupal Del Este De La BahiaRichmondAAN/A(510) 328-8930
    Oficina Intergrupal HispanaFresnoAAN/A(559) 266-6752
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana De Alcoholicos Anonimos Del Area de Santa ClaraSan JoseAAN/A(408) 931-2002
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana del Area de San MateoMountainviewAAN/A(650) 679-2374
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana Del Conadado Notre de San DiegoVistaAAN/A(760) 758-6905
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana Del Condado De KernBakersfieldAAN/A(661) 205-0296
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana Del Valle De CoachellaIndioAAN/A(760) 625-9018
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana SuLong BeachAAN/A(310) 516-8626
    Oficina Intergrupal Sureste De VenturaSanta PaulaAAN/A(805) 525-6140
    Oficina Intergrupal Valle Del AntelopeLittlerockAAN/A(661) 944-5147
    Oficina Intergrupo De ChinoPomonaAAN/A(909) 629-0493
    Orange County Area NAOrange County Area (Anaheim)NA(714) 590-2388N/A
    Orange County Central OfficeSanta AnaAA(714) 556-4555N/A
    Paradise IntergroupParadiseAA(530) 342-5756N/A
    Peninsula Area NAPeninsula Area (San Mateo)NA(650) 802-5950N/A
    River Cities Area NARiver Cities Area (Anderson, Red Bluff)NA(877) 669-1669N/A
    Sacramento Fellowship Area NASacramento Fellowship Area (Sacramento, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Woodland)NA(877) 623-6363N/A
    Salinas Valley Area IntergroupSalinasAA(831) 424-9874N/A
    San Diego Central OfficeSan DiegoAA(619) 265-8762N/A
    San Diego Imperial Counties - Spanish NASan Diego Imperial Counties - SpanishNAN/A(619) 546-0774
    San Diego Imperial Counties Region NASan Diego Imperial Counties RegionNA(800) 479-0062;(619) 584-1007N/A
    San Fernando Valley Area NASan Fernando Valley Area (East San Fernando Valley)NA(818) 997-3822N/A
    San Francisco Area NASan Francisco AreaNA(415) 621-8600N/A
    San Gabriel Valley Area NASan Gabriel Valley Area (Pasadena)NA(626) 584-6910N/A
    San Gabriel/Pomona Valley Central OfficeGlendoraAA(626) 914-1861N/A
    San Mateo CO Fellowship Of A.A.San MateoAA(650) 577-1310N/A
    Santa Barbara Area NASanta Barbara AreaNA(805) 569-1288N/A
    Santa Barbara Central OfficeSanta BarbaraAA(805) 962-3332N/A
    Santa Clara County Intergroup C.O.San JoseAA(408) 374-8511N/A
    Santa Clarita Area NASanta Clarita Area (Newhall, Saugus)NA(800) 338-2155N/A
    Santa Cruz Area NASanta Cruz AreaNA(831) 429-7436N/A
    Santa Cruz County Intergroup Inc.SoquelAA(831) 475-5782N/A
    SCV Central Office Of A.A.Santa ClaritaAA(661) 250-9922N/A
    Shasta/Trinity Area NAShasta/Trinity Area (Redding)NA(877) 669-1669N/A
    Sierra Foothills Area NASierra Foothills Area (Auburn, Placerville)NA(888) 423-3428;(530) 645-1635N/A
    Sierra Sage Region NASierra Sage Region (Mammoth Lakes, Bishop)NAN/AN/A
    Siskiyou Area NASiskiyou Area (Mt Shasta, Weed, Yreka)NA(530) 925-6616N/A
    So. Solano County Central OfficeBeniciaAA(707) 745-8822N/A
    Sonoma County Area NASonoma County Area (Santa Rosa)NA(707) 324-4062N/A
    Sonoma County IntergroupSanta RosaAA(707) 544-1300;(707) 546-2066;(800) 224-1300N/A
    South Coast Area NASouth Coast Area (San Juan Capistrano)NA(800) 333-3610N/A
    South Tahoe Basin Area NASouth Tahoe Basin Area (Lake Tahoe South)NA(530) 541-4100N/A
    Southern Antelope Valley Area NASouthern Antelope Valley Area (Palmdale, Lancaster)NA(661) 266-2200N/A
    Southwest Area NASouthwest Area (Hemet, Temecula, Banning)NA(951) 652-5326N/A
    Southwestern Riverside County Central Service Office Inc.TemeculaAA(951) 695-1535N/A
    Spanish Speaking for LA NASpanish Speaking for LANAN/A(888) 622-4672
    Stanislaus Valley Area NAStanislaus Valley Area (Modesto, Merced)NA(888) 942-9922;(209) 526-1817N/A
    Truckee/North Lake Tahoe Basin Area NATruckee/North Lake Tahoe Basin AreaNA(530) 546-1116N/A
    Tulare County Central OfficeExeterAA(559) 592-6999N/A
    Valle Oficina CentralModestoAAN/A(209) 222-8313
    Valley Service CenterDublinAA(925) 829-0666;(925) 829-3160;(888) 859-3230N/A
    Ventura County Central Service OfficeCamarilloAA(805) 389-1444N/A
    Victor Valley Intergroup Central Office Inc.Apple ValleyAA(760) 242-9292N/A
    West End Area NAWest End Area (West San Fernando Valley)NA(818) 787-9706N/A
    Western Slope IntergroupPlacervilleAA(530) 622-3500N/A
    Westside Area NAWestside Area (West Los Angeles, Santa Monica)NA(310) 390-0279N/A

    Sober Living Homes

    Sober living homes (also referred to as recovery residences) are group homes that help recovering addicts transition from treatment facilities to living on their own, while maintaining sobriety. They are especially helpful for those who don’t have a supportive and positive environment to live in after rehab.

    Residents can stay for a couple months of for years, as long as they follow the rules and don’t relapse (most homes have a zero tolerance policy for using substances). Other rules usually include completing chores, attending mutual support groups regularly, and paying an equal share of the cost of renting the home.

    Some halfway houses are listed in our database, and you can find them by using the appropriate filter in our tool above. Otherwise, head to our guide on sober living homes to learn more about sober living homes, and to find a certified recovery residence near you.

    IV. Substance Abuse in California

    Overview

    Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in California

    15%

    of Californians use marijuana

    11%

    of Americans use marijuana

    As you can see in the table below, marijuana is used by almost five million Californians every year (based on 2015 data), which equates to about 15% of the population. For comparison, the national average is 11.09%. With the exception of heroin, each substance measured in the table below was used at a higher rate by Californians compared to the national average.

    Note: The data collected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) did not distinguish between moderate, legal usage of marijuana and usage that would constitute as a substance use disorder (as it does with alcohol). For more information about the difference between moderate usage and a marijuana use disorder, read our guide on Marijuana Addiction.

    Annual Averages for Substance Abuse in California
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+TotalCalifornia % of PopulationNational % of Population
    Alcohol (AUD)*83,0002,038,0002,122,0006.55%5.10%
    Cocaine29,000670,000699,0002.16%1.46%
    Heroin3,00062,00064,0000.20%0.27%
    Marijuana431,0004,505,0004,936,0015.25%11.09%

    * AUD stands for Alcohol Use Disorder. The numbers reflected on the table above are not the number of individuals who use alcohol, but rather those who have an AUD.

    Drug and alcohol induced deaths occur at a relatively low rate in California

    6%

    of Californian deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    13%

    of US deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    The table below shows the number of deaths caused (or partially caused) by drugs and alcohol in the 10-year span between 2006 and 2015. The percentage of deaths is less than half of the national average for all age groups (6.06% in California vs. 13.36% nationally). The percentage of teenagers is also less at only 4.90% while the U.S. average is 5.3%.

    Deaths Caused by Drugs and Alcohol in California Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths30778,47478,885
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths7075,88775,977
    Total Deaths7,7002,514,0962,555,020
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths4.90%6.14%6.06%

    Amphetamines are treated at a 21% higher rate in California than the national average

    30%

    of California rehab admissions are for meth

    9%

    of US rehab admissions are for meth

    30% of addicts who went to state-funded rehab facilities in 2015 listed amphetamines (including meth) as their primary substance of abuse – that’s 21% higher than the national average. Additionally, the number of people that go to rehab for alcohol addiction is 12% lower in California than in the U.S. as a whole.

    Admission into State-Funded Treatment Programs in 2015
    Total Admissions in CaliforniaPercent of all Admissions in CaliforniaPercent of All Admissions in the US
    All Substances150,679100%100%
    Amphetamines (Including Methamphetamines)45,19230.0%8.9%
    Heroin36,90224.5%25.4%
    Alcohol (Including Alcohol Usage with Secondary Drug)31,86221.2%33.9%
    Marijuana 22,08314.7%14.1%
    Other Opiates (Including Prescription Painkillers)8,0655.4%8.2%
    Cocaine (Including smoked and other usage)4,9593.3%5.0%
    Other/Unknown4970.3%3.0%
    Tranquilizers3820.3%0.9%
    PCP3010.2%0.3%
    Sedatives2740.2%0.2%
    Hallucinogens 870.1%0.1%
    Inhalants470.0%0.0%
    Other Stimulants280.0%0.1%

    Key Indicators of Substance Abuse Issues

    When trying to understand the substance abuse problem in a specific area, researchers and policymakers examine “key indicators.” Combined with usage stats, key indicators can provide a deep level of insight into which substances and demographics present the biggest problem and are at the highest risk. Key indicators with recent, credible statistics available are examined below.

    17% of Californians struggle with mental health issues

    Based on data from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 18% of those with some form of mental health illness also have a substance use disorder, and 41% of those with a substance use disorder also have a mental health disorder. The combination of the two issues is called a “dual diagnosis“. Because of the link between the problems, the prevalence of mental health problems helps us to understand substance abuse in California.

    17%

    of Californians have mental health problems

    13.6%

    of Americans have mental health problems

    As you can see in the table below, mental health problems afflict more than one out of every six Californians (or 17%), which is considerably higher than the national average of 13.55%.

    California Annual Averages for Mental Health Issues in 2014 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17Percentage of PopulationAges: 18+Percentage of Population
    Major Depressive Episode375,00012.28%1,731,0005.90%
    Serious Mental IllnessNo DataNo Data1,035,0003.53%
    Any Mental IllnessNo DataNo Data4,997,00017.04%
    Had Serious Thoughts of Suicide No DataNo Data1,115,0003.80%

    A direct indicator of severe mental health problems, suicide is an act that’s often linked with substance abuse – those who have a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) are six times more likely to attempt suicide during their lifetime than those without an SUD. Compared to the other states, California ranked 44th for the number of suicides per 100,000 people.

    Suicides in California Between 2006 and 2015
    Suicides in CaliforniaSuicides RankCalifornia Suicide Rate (Per 100k People)Suicide Rate RankU.S. Suicide Rate (Per 100k People)
    Ages: 12-178472nd2.649th4.2
    Ages: 18+37,9971st13.443rd16
    Total38,8831st10.444th12.5

    DUI arrests are decreasing, and the rate of DUI-related deaths is low in the state

    The most tangible impact substance abuse has on a community may be when individuals choose to get behind the wheel of a car after using drugs or alcohol. Statistics involving arrests and crashes due to drugs and alcohol give direct insight into the substance abuse problem in the state.

    1.8%

    of Californian drivers drive after drinking too much

    1.9%

    of US drivers drive after drinking too much

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.8% of California drivers report driving after drinking too much, which is slightly below the national average of 1.9%. As you can see in the table below, that results in fewer deaths involving intoxicated drivers.

    Deaths Involving Drivers Under the Influence of Alcohol in 2012
    Ages: 0-20Ages: 21-34Ages: 35+All Ages
    California Rate of Deaths
    (per 100,000)
    0.94.51.82.0
    United States Rate of Deaths (per 100,000)1.36.73.13.3

    The table below represents the most recent data available regarding DUI trends in California. In the five-year span between 2009 and 2013, the number of intoxicated drivers arrested each year steadily decreased, as did the number of injuries from crashes involving a driver who was under the influence. However, the number of fatalities increased during the same period.

    California DUI Statistics from 2009 to 2013
    20092010201120122013
    Total DUI Arrests208,531195,879180,212172,893160,388
    DUI Arrest Rate (per 100,000 licensed drivers)880823752712651
    DUI Crash Fatalities Involving Drugs & Alcohol1,9761,7681,7981,9872,089
    DUI Crash Injuries Involving Drugs & Alcohol28,36726,72725,91026,49025,667

    Physicians in California prescribe opioid painkillers at a comparatively low rate

    Prescription drug abuse (particularly opioid painkillers and Benzodiazepines) is an increasing problem in the United States. While it is difficult to estimate how many people use these drugs as prescribed and how many abuse them, the CDC and IMS have researched the variation in painkiller prescriptions between states. The more prescriptions are written, the greater the potential for dependence and abuse.

    57

    opioid pain reliever prescriptions per 100 people in California

    87

    opioid pain reliever prescriptions per 100 people in the US

    California ranks near the bottom for the number of prescriptions written in 2012 in every category. Out of 51 states (and Washington D.C.), California ranked 50th for the number of traditional opioid pain relievers prescribed.

    Painkiller Prescriptions in California per 100 People in 2012
    CaliforniaNational AverageState Rank
    Opioid Pain Relievers5787.350
    Long-Acting/Extended-Release Opioid Pain Relievers5.812.049
    High-Dose Opioid Pain Relievers34.542
    Benzodiazepines25.439.247

    There’s a high proportion of homeless people in California compared to the U.S.

    A high rate of homelessness in an area indicates a greater potential for substance abuse problems. Homelessness has been shown to be linked to substance abuse as both the cause and result – sometimes substance abuse is the reason for homelessness, and other times homelessness contributes to it.

    In California, the overall rate of homelessness is relatively high, and it’s been slightly increasing every year since a large drop in 2013-2014. Over 20% of all homeless people live in California, and it has the highest unsheltered rate in the nation at 66.4%

    The U.S. HUD AHAR: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

    Substance Abuse Among At-Risk Groups

    “At-Risk Groups” are segments of the population who are especially vulnerable to developing a substance abuse problem, or those who have a higher likelihood of negative outcomes. While there are several different demographics that fit into this category (such as pregnant women and veterans), the only recent statistics in the state of California have to do with youth. Youth are considered “at-risk” because the effect of substance-abuse on their still-developing brain is more extreme than with older addicts.

    Californian youths tend to use illicit drugs at a slightly higher rate than teens in the U.S.

    9.8%

    of Californian youth used illicit drugs in 2013

    9.2%

    of US youth used illicit drugs in 2013

    While 12 to 17 year-olds in California binge drink at a rate on par with teens in rest of nation, illegal drug usage is slightly higher. However, both binge drinking and illicit drug usage declined steadily from 2009 to 2013 (more recent data is not yet available).

    Substance Abuse Among Youth
    Illicit Drug Use in CaliforniaIllicit Drug Use in the U.S.Binge Alcohol Use in CaliforniaBinge Alcohol Use in the U.S.
    2009 – 2010 11.9%10.1%16.9%17.5%
    2010 – 201112.1%10.1%16.5%16.3%
    2011 – 201211.2%9.8%15.0%15.6%
    2012 – 20139.8%9.2%14.4%14.7%

    SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Barometer – California, 2014

    V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs

    The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in California by examining key indicators in the five largest cities in California. Additionally, the three highest-rated rehabs that offer some type of payment assistance near each city are listed.

    Los Angeles

    The three highest rated rehabs in the greater Los Angeles area that offer payment assistance are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.

    The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs Near Los Angeles
    Solutions 4 RecoveryCRI-Help Inc.Matrix Institute Addictions
    Rehabilitation Services Provided8.34.985.81
    Treatment Approaches8.476.936.93
    Cost6.257.53.75
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics9.388.7110
    Ancillary Services8.067.756.82
    Total Score8.16.86.4

    Deaths from drugs and alcohol in Los Angeles occur at a relatively low rate

    5%

    of Los Angeles deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    6%

    of Californian deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    The percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol is 5.03%, which is lower than the national average (13.36%), the state average (6.06%), and the other four cities we researched.

    Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Los Angeles County Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths5513,94214,022
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths1317,05017,068
    Total Deaths1,969607,861618,323
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths3.45%5.10%5.03%

    The rate of DUI arrests in Los Angeles is below average

    37.5

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in Los Angeles in 2013

    42

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in California in 2013

    DUI arrests decreased by 2,690 between 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the number of arrests per 100,000 people in LA is slightly lower than the state average.

    DUI Arrests Per 10,000 Population
    201120122013
    Los Angeles County40.740.037.4
    Sacramento County51.738.738.5
    San Diego County49.742.238.1
    San Francisco & San Mateo Counties31.230.326.9
    Santa Clara County (San Jose)34.231.629.7
    Statewide47.845.541.8

    Homelessness in Los Angeles has recently spiked

    Overall, there were 20% more homeless people during the Point-In-Time (PIT) count in January of 2017 than there was in January of 2016 in Los Angeles. One of the highest increases in homelessness involved veterans – there were 56% more in 2017 than in 2016. In the 2017 survey, 20% of the homeless population self-reported a substance abuse disorder.

    Los Angeles Homelessness Statistics for 2017
    ShelteredUnshelteredTotalPercent Change
    (2016 vs. 2017)
    All Persons8,95225,23734,189+20%
    Under 182,3404893,157+45%
    Veterans6261,8922,518+56%
    Substance Use Disorder6835,6386,321-3%

    San Diego

    The three highest rated rehabs near San Diego that offer payment assistance are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.

    The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs Near San Diego
    Solutions 4 RecoveryDowntown Family Health Center at ConnectionsCRASH Bill Dawson Residential Recovery Program
    Rehabilitation Services Provided8.32.491.66
    Treatment Approaches8.476.166.93
    Cost6.258.752.5
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics9.3807.37
    Ancillary Services8.067.447.44
    Total Score8.14.84.6

    The rate of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in San Diego is about average

    6.5%

    of San Diego deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    6%

    of Californian deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Compared to the state average of 6.06%, San Diego’s rate of alcohol and drug-induced deaths (6.49%) is slightly higher than normal.

    Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in San Diego County Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths216,8056,833
    Alcohol-Induced DeathsN/A6,8466,853
    Total Deaths510207,856210,955
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths5.49%6.57%6.49%

    DUI arrests in San Diego declined sharply between 2011 and 2013

    21%

    Decrease in DUI arrests

    In 2013 there were 3,317 fewer DUI arrests in San Diego than in 2011, which is a 21% decrease. Overall, DUI arrests occurred at the second highest rate (among the cities we researched), but the 2013 rate was still below the state average.

    DUI Arrests Per 10,000 Population
    201120122013
    Los Angeles County40.740.037.4
    Sacramento County51.738.738.5
    San Diego County49.742.238.1
    San Francisco & San Mateo Counties31.230.326.9
    Santa Clara County (San Jose)34.231.629.7
    Statewide47.845.541.8

    San Diego’s rate of homelessness among youth is low

    The percentage of youth in San Diego (0.7%) among the homeless population is considerably lower than Los Angeles’ 10% and San Jose’s 7%. The percentage of the homeless population that are veterans is high compared to Los Angeles (12% vs. 7%), but the number of homeless veterans is dropping – there was a 9% decrease from 2016 to 2017.

    San Diego Homelessness Statistics for 2017
    ShelteredUnshelteredTotalPercent Change
    (2016 vs. 2017)
    All Persons5,6213,4959,116+5%
    Under 18274168N/A
    Veterans4546001,054-9%

    San Jose

    The table below shows the three highest rated treatment centers that offer payment assistance in or near San Jose, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.

    The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs Near San Jose
    Diablo Valley Drug &
    Alcohol Services
    Horizon Services Inc. – Cronin HouseEl Centro de Libertad (The Freedom Center)
    Rehabilitation Services Provided103.321.66
    Treatment Approaches7.78.476.93
    Cost3.7555
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics08.7110
    Ancillary Services8.376.23.1
    Total Score6.56.05.0

    Drugs and alcohol account for a relatively small number of deaths in San Jose

    5.5%

    of San Jose deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    6%

    of Californian deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Compared to the national average (13.36%) and the state average (6.06%), the percentage of deaths that are caused by drugs and alcohol in San Jose is low (5.47%).

    Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Santa Clara County Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+All Ages
    Drug-Induced DeathsN/A2,4272,433
    Alcohol-Induced DeathsN/A2,8892,893
    Total Deaths23196,07597,412
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths4.33%5.53%5.47%

    San Jose has the second lowest rate of DUI arrests

    30

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in San Jose in 2013

    42

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in California in 2013

    Of the five cities that we researched, San Jose had the second lowest number of DUI arrests per 10,000 people – the rate in Santa Clara County was 29.7, and the combined rate of San Francisco County and San Mateo County was 26.9. Compared to the state average of 41.8, San Jose’s rate is low.

    DUI Arrests Per 10,000 Population
    201120122013
    Los Angeles County40.740.037.4
    Sacramento County51.738.738.5
    San Diego County49.742.238.1
    San Francisco & San Mateo Counties31.230.326.9
    Santa Clara County (San Jose)34.231.629.7
    Statewide47.845.541.8

    Homelessness in San Jose has been trending upward since 2009

    Overall, homelessness in San Jose has increased by 3.7% since 2009. Of the 4,350 homeless people in 2017, 23% self-reported that substance abuse was the cause of their homelessness.

    Homelessness in San Jose
    20092011201320152017
    Sheltered 1,0819771,1101,2531,119
    Unsheltered3,1123,0573,6602,8103,231
    Total 4,1934,0344,7704,0634,350
    Percent Change
    (from previous year)
    N/A-4%+18%-15%+7%

    San Francisco

    The three highest rated treatment centers near San Francisco that offer payment assistance are listed below, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.

    The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs Near San Francisco
    Diablo Valley Drug &
    Alcohol Services
    Horizon Services Inc. – Cronin HouseMarin Treatment Center
    Rehabilitation Services Provided103.329.13
    Treatment Approaches7.78.477.7
    Cost3.7552.5
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics08.710
    Ancillary Services8.376.24.34
    Total Score6.56.05.6

    San Francisco’s drug and alcohol-induced death rate is among the highest in the state

    8%

    of San Francisco deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    6%

    of Californian deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    While the percentage of drug and alcohol-induced deaths in San Francisco of 7.73% is still below the national average of 13.36%, it’s higher than the state average (6.06%) and the highest among the five largest cities in California.

    Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in San Francisco County Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+All Ages
    Drug-Induced DeathsN/A2,5442,550
    Alcohol-Induced DeathsN/A2,1592,161
    Total Deaths8160,48460,981
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths9.88%7.78%7.73%

    San Francisco had the fewest DUI arrests per capita

    27

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in San Francisco in 2013

    42

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in California in 2013

    Between 2011 and 2013, San Francisco (including San Mateo County) had the lowest number of DUI arrests per 10,000 people at 26.9, and that number was trending downward.

    DUI Arrests Per 10,000 Population
    201120122013
    Los Angeles County40.740.037.4
    Sacramento County51.738.738.5
    San Diego County49.742.238.1
    San Francisco & San Mateo Counties31.230.326.9
    Santa Clara County (San Jose)34.231.629.7
    Statewide47.845.541.8

    The homelessness rate in San Francisco is stable

    The number of homeless people in San Francisco only decreased slightly (-1%) between 2013 and 2017. In 2017, 15% of homeless people self-reported that substance abuse was the cause of their homelessness.

    Homelessness in San Francisco
    201320152017
    Sheltered 3,0353,1813,146
    Unsheltered4,3154,3584,353
    Youth914853513
    Total 7,3507,5397,449
    Percent Change
    (from previous year)
    N/A+3%-1%

    Sacramento

    The three highest rated rehabs in the greater Sacramento area that offer payment assistance are listed below, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.

    The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs Near Sacramento
    CommuniCare Health Centers: Salud ClinicCommuniCare Health Centers: Hansen Family Health CenterAegis Treatment Centers LLC
    Rehabilitation Services Provided9.135.814.98
    Treatment Approaches6.936.936.16
    Cost52.56.25
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics4.024.690.67
    Ancillary Services7.136.823.72
    Total Score6.85.44.8

    Death’s caused by drugs and alcohol occur more often in Sacramento than in California

    7.5%

    of Sacramento deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    6%

    of Californian deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    While the average percentage of deaths caused by drugs and alcohol in Sacramento (7.59%) is considerably lower than the national average (13.36%), it’s higher than the state average of 6.06% and higher than three of the four other cities we researched in the state.

    Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Sacramento County Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths554,5004,513
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths133,9203,921
    Total Deaths1,901101,027111,189
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths3.58%8.33%7.59%

    DUI arrests occur at a high rate in Sacramento

    38.5

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in Sacramento in 2013

    42

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in California in 2013

    While the DUI arrest rate dropped significantly from 2011 (51.7) to 2013 (38.5), the Sacramento rate per 10,000 people was the highest among the five cities we researched. However, the 2013 arrest rate was still below the state average of 41.8.

    DUI Arrests Per 10,000 Population
    201120122013
    Los Angeles County40.740.037.4
    Sacramento County51.738.738.5
    San Diego County49.742.238.1
    San Francisco & San Mateo Counties31.230.326.9
    Santa Clara County (San Jose)34.231.629.7
    Statewide47.845.541.8

    Homelessness in Sacramento is increasing at an alarming rate

    Overall, there was a 36% increase in homelessness from 2013 to 2017, but the number of homeless people living on the street (unsheltered) increased at an even higher rate of 90% – that reflects an additional 1,266 unsheltered homeless people in 2017.

    Homelessness in Sacramento
    201320152017
    Sheltered 1,7521,7111,613
    Unsheltered7861,1112,052
    Total 2,5382,8223,665
    Percent Change
    (from previous year)
    N/A11%26%

    VI. Take Action

    Substance abuse treatment is available for anyone who needs help in California– you don’t have to struggle alone. To get help, determine your insurance coverage, then use our tool to find and contact a rehab center near you to schedule an assessment. Remember, many low-cost rehab centers can help if you don’t have insurance coverage or feel that rehab is out of the question due to financial constraints.