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
Rank Rehab Total Score Contact Information
#1 Solutions 4 Recovery 8.1 31931 Paseo Terraza
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Main Tel: 800-784-4791
Intake Tel 2: 949-874-1332
#2 Lassen County Behavioral Health 7.6 1400 Chestnut Street
Suite A
Susanville, CA 96130
Main Tel: 530-251-8112
#3 CRI Help Inc 6.8 11027 Burbank Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Main Tel: 818-985-8323
Intake Tel 2: 800-413-7660
#4 CommuniCare Health Centers
Behavioral Health Services
6.8 500 B Jefferson Boulevard; Suite 195
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Main Tel: 916-403-2970
#5 Diablo Valley Drug and
Alcohol Services
6.5 100 Park Place; Suite 120
San Ramon, CA 94583
Main Tel: 925-289-1430
#6 Matrix Institute
Addictions
6.4 11777 Sebastian Way; Suite 102
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Main Tel: 909-989-9724
Intake Tel 2: 800-310-7700
#7 MFI Recovery Center 6.3 5870 Arlington Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
Main Tel: 800-923-5634
Intake Tel 2: 951-683-6596
#8 Horizon Services Inc
Cronin House
6.0 2595 Depot Road
Hayward, CA 94545
Main Tel: 510-784-5874
Intake Tel 2: 510-784-5883
#9 Bluestone Recovery Inc 6.0 1660 Chicago Avenue; Suite M-11
Riverside, CA 92507
Main Tel: 951-823-0540
#10 Bella La Vita Company 6.0 22516 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

    Name City Program Telephone Spanish Hotline
    24 Hour Answering Service Chino AA (909) 628-4428 N/A
    24 Hour Answering Service Davis AA (800) 970-9040 N/A
    24 Hour Answering Service Twain Harte AA (209) 533-1134 N/A
    24 Hour Answering Service Yuba City AA (916) 454-1100;(916) 454-1771 N/A
    24-Hour Hotline Thousand Oaks AA (805) 495-1111 N/A
    52nd District Alcoholics Anonymous Central Office Santa Maria AA (805) 925-3782 N/A
    916 North Area NA 916 North Area (Chico) NA (877) 669-1669 N/A
    A.A. Central Office Of Kern County Bakersfield AA (661) 322-4025 N/A
    A.A. San Fernando Valley C.O. Van Nuys AA (818) 988-3001 N/A
    Alcoholics Anonymous 24-Hour Hotline Galt AA (209) 339-1201 N/A
    All South Bay Central Office Torrance AA (310) 618-1180 N/A
    American River Area NA American River Area (Sacramento) NA (800) 600-4673;(866) 565-2135 N/A
    Antelope Valley Intergroup Lancaster AA (661) 945-5757 N/A
    Area de Habla Hispana del Norte California NA Area de Habla Hispana del Norte California NA N/A (855) 667-2262
    Bay Cities Area NA Bay Cities Area (Long Beach, San Pedro, Torrance, Hermosa Beach) NA (310) 372-9666 N/A
    Beach Area NA Beach Area NA N/A N/A
    CAN Area NA CAN Area (Needles) NA (928) 768-6467 N/A
    Central California Area NA Central California Area (Fresno) NA (559) 255-5881 N/A
    Central California Fellowship Sacramento AA (916) 454-1100;(916) 454-1771 N/A
    Central Coast Area NA Central Coast Area (Lompoc, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles) NA (800) 549-7730 N/A
    Central Coast Central Office Intergroup San Luis Obispo AA (805) 541-3211;(855) 541-3288 N/A
    Central Intergroup Office Of The Desert Cathedral City AA (760) 324-4880 N/A
    Central Service Office Of Fresno Fresno AA (559) 221-6907 N/A
    Central Sierra Area NA Central Sierra Area (Angels Camp) NA (800) 240-4956 N/A
    Central Sierra South Area NA Central Sierra South Area (Sonora) NA (209) 533-2348 N/A
    Central Valley Intergroup Modesto AA (209) 572-2970 N/A
    Central Valley North Area NA Central Valley North Area (Acampo, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Stockton, Tracy, Victor) NA (209) 464-9262 N/A
    Contra Costa Area NA Contra Costa Area (Concord) NA (925) 685-4357 N/A
    Contra Costa Service Center Walnut Creek AA (925) 939-4155;(925) 939-5371 N/A
    County Line Area NA County Line Area (Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks) NA (888) 672-9318 N/A
    Del Norte Intergroup Crescent City AA (707) 464-3411 N/A
    Delta Central Office Stockton AA (209) 464-1509 N/A
    Desert Empire Area NA Desert Empire Area (Barstow) NA (800) 863-2962 N/A
    Dist. 20-Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley and Surrounding Areas Western Nevada County AA (530) 272-6287 N/A
    East Bay Central Area NA East Bay Central Area (Alameda County, Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, Livermore) NA (510) 444-4673 N/A
    East Bay North Area NA East Bay North Area (Oakland) NA (510) 444-4673 N/A
    East County Intergroup El Cajon AA (877) 993-2422 N/A
    Eastbay Intergroup Central Office Oakland AA (510) 839-8900 (408) 417-1593
    Eastern Counties Area NA Eastern Counties Area (Whittier, Downey) NA (562) 698-4604 N/A
    Eastern Inland Empire Area NA Eastern Inland Empire Area (Riverside, San Bernardino) NA (800) 397-2333;(909) 370-3568 N/A
    Eastern Sierra Area NA Eastern Sierra Area (Ridgecrest) NA (760) 446-4445 N/A
    Foothill Area NA Foothill Area (Porterville) NA (559) 784-4420 N/A
    Gold Coast Area NA Gold Coast Area (Ventura, Oxnard) NA (888) 817-7425 N/A
    Gold Country Area NA Gold Country Area (Jackson, Ione, Sutter Creek and Pioneer) NA (209) 256-0645 N/A
    Greater East Los Angeles Area NA Greater East Los Angeles Area NA (323) 721-5504 N/A
    Greater Los Angeles Area NA Greater Los Angeles Area NA (323) 933-5395 N/A
    Greater Mojave Area NA Greater Mojave Area (Victorville) NA (888) 322-6817 N/A
    Greater San Jose Area NA Greater San Jose Area NA (408) 998-4200 N/A
    Harbor Area Central Office Long Beach AA (562) 989-7697 (310) 516-8626
    Hollywood Area NA Hollywood Area NA (323) 850-1624 N/A
    Humboldt County Intergroup Eureka AA (844) 442-0711 N/A
    Humboldt/Del Norte Area NA Humboldt/Del Norte Area (Crescent City) NA (866) 315-8645 N/A
    Inland Empire 12th Step Service Board Claremont AA (909) 628-4428 N/A
    Inland Empire Central Office Colton AA (909) 825-4700 N/A
    Inland Empire Foothills Area NA Inland Empire Foothills Area (Redlands, Yucaipa) NA (909) 795-0464 N/A
    Inland Empire West Area NA Inland Empire West Area (Montclair, Ontario) NA (909) 622-4274 N/A
    Intercounty Fellowship Of A.A. San Francisco AA (415) 674-1821 N/A
    Intergroup Answering Service Susanville AA (530) 257-2880 N/A
    Kern County Area NA Kern County Area (Bakersfield) NA (877) 629-6759 N/A
    Kings Tulare Area NA Kings Tulare Area (Hanford, Tulare, Visalia) NA (559) 734-0403 N/A
    Lake County Area NA Lake County Area (Lakeport) NA (707) 262-0132 N/A
    Lake County Intergroup Lower Lake AA (707) 995-3316 N/A
    Los Angeles Central Office Los Angeles AA (323) 963-4343;(800) 923-8722 N/A
    Lower Desert Area NA Lower Desert Area (Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Indio) NA (888) 777-5947 N/A
    Marin County NA Marin County (San Rafael) NA (877) 612-7837 N/A
    Mariposa A.A. Answering Service Mariposa AA (209) 966-3110 N/A
    Mendocino Coast Intergroup Ft. Bragg AA (877) 546-9286 N/A
    Mendocino Country Area NA Mendocino Country Area (Ukiah, Willits) NA (707) 485-9110 N/A
    Mendocino Inland Intergroup Ukiah AA (707) 462-7123 N/A
    Middle Mountain Area NA Middle Mountain Area (Yuba City, Marysville, Olivehurst) NA (877) 669-1669 N/A
    Mission Peak Area NA Mission Peak Area NA (510) 444-4673 N/A
    Monterey Bay Area Intergroup Monterey AA (831) 373-3713 N/A
    Monterey County Area NA Monterey County Area (Monterey) NA (831) 624-2055 N/A
    Monterey County Area NA Monterey County Area (Salinas) NA (831) 758-1630 N/A
    Morongo Basin Area NA Morongo Basin Area (Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley) NA (800) 833-2830 N/A
    Mountain Area NA Mountain Area (Running Springs, Big Bear, Yucca Valley, Lake Arrowhead) NA (909) 584-7115 N/A
    Napa County Intergroup Napa AA (707) 500-7001 N/A
    Napa/Solano Area NA Napa/Solano Area NA (866) 642-3848 N/A
    No. California Intergroup Redding AA (530) 225-8955 N/A
    No. San Diego Co. Central Office Vista AA (760) 758-2514 N/A
    North Coastal Area NA North Coastal Area (Vista, Oceanside, Encinitas) NA (866) 331-1958 N/A
    North Orange County Central Office Fullerton AA (714) 773-4357 N/A
    North Solano Intergroup Vacaville AA (707) 446-2244 N/A
    North Valley Central Office Chico AA (530) 342-5756 N/A
    Oakhurst Fellowship Answering Service Oakhurst AA (559) 683-1662 N/A
    Oficina Central de Riverside Riverside AA N/A (951) 687-7090
    Oficina Central Hispana El Monte AA N/A (626) 453-0226
    Oficina Central Hispana Los Angeles AA N/A (323) 750-2039
    Oficina Central Hispana San Diego AA N/A (619) 280-7224
    Oficina Central Hispana San Francisco AA N/A (415) 824-1834
    Oficina Central Hispana Costa Norte San Jose AA N/A (408) 287-7205
    Oficina Central Hispana Intergrupal Salinas AA N/A (831) 757-8518
    Oficina Central Norte Santa Rosa AA N/A (707) 623-6702
    Oficina Hispana Del Este De La Los Angeles AA N/A (323) 722-4175
    Oficina Intergrupal Chula Vista AA N/A (619) 476-0288
    Oficina Intergrupal Watsonville AA N/A (831) 768-9597
    Oficina Intergrupal Condado Ve Oxnard AA N/A (805) 988-0329
    Oficina Intergrupal De Orange Santa Ana AA N/A (714) 541-7225
    Oficina Intergrupal Del Este De La Bahia Richmond AA N/A (510) 328-8930
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana Fresno AA N/A (559) 266-6752
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana De Alcoholicos Anonimos Del Area de Santa Clara San Jose AA N/A (408) 931-2002
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana del Area de San Mateo Mountainview AA N/A (650) 679-2374
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana Del Conadado Notre de San Diego Vista AA N/A (760) 758-6905
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana Del Condado De Kern Bakersfield AA N/A (661) 205-0296
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana Del Valle De Coachella Indio AA N/A (760) 625-9018
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana Su Long Beach AA N/A (310) 516-8626
    Oficina Intergrupal Sureste De Ventura Santa Paula AA N/A (805) 525-6140
    Oficina Intergrupal Valle Del Antelope Littlerock AA N/A (661) 944-5147
    Oficina Intergrupo De Chino Pomona AA N/A (909) 629-0493
    Orange County Area NA Orange County Area (Anaheim) NA (714) 590-2388 N/A
    Orange County Central Office Santa Ana AA (714) 556-4555 N/A
    Paradise Intergroup Paradise AA (530) 342-5756 N/A
    Peninsula Area NA Peninsula Area (San Mateo) NA (650) 802-5950 N/A
    River Cities Area NA River Cities Area (Anderson, Red Bluff) NA (877) 669-1669 N/A
    Sacramento Fellowship Area NA Sacramento Fellowship Area (Sacramento, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Woodland) NA (877) 623-6363 N/A
    Salinas Valley Area Intergroup Salinas AA (831) 424-9874 N/A
    San Diego Central Office San Diego AA (619) 265-8762 N/A
    San Diego Imperial Counties - Spanish NA San Diego Imperial Counties - Spanish NA N/A (619) 546-0774
    San Diego Imperial Counties Region NA San Diego Imperial Counties Region NA (800) 479-0062;(619) 584-1007 N/A
    San Fernando Valley Area NA San Fernando Valley Area (East San Fernando Valley) NA (818) 997-3822 N/A
    San Francisco Area NA San Francisco Area NA (415) 621-8600 N/A
    San Gabriel Valley Area NA San Gabriel Valley Area (Pasadena) NA (626) 584-6910 N/A
    San Gabriel/Pomona Valley Central Office Glendora AA (626) 914-1861 N/A
    San Mateo CO Fellowship Of A.A. San Mateo AA (650) 577-1310 N/A
    Santa Barbara Area NA Santa Barbara Area NA (805) 569-1288 N/A
    Santa Barbara Central Office Santa Barbara AA (805) 962-3332 N/A
    Santa Clara County Intergroup C.O. San Jose AA (408) 374-8511 N/A
    Santa Clarita Area NA Santa Clarita Area (Newhall, Saugus) NA (800) 338-2155 N/A
    Santa Cruz Area NA Santa Cruz Area NA (831) 429-7436 N/A
    Santa Cruz County Intergroup Inc. Soquel AA (831) 475-5782 N/A
    SCV Central Office Of A.A. Santa Clarita AA (661) 250-9922 N/A
    Shasta/Trinity Area NA Shasta/Trinity Area (Redding) NA (877) 669-1669 N/A
    Sierra Foothills Area NA Sierra Foothills Area (Auburn, Placerville) NA (888) 423-3428;(530) 645-1635 N/A
    Sierra Sage Region NA Sierra Sage Region (Mammoth Lakes, Bishop) NA N/A N/A
    Siskiyou Area NA Siskiyou Area (Mt Shasta, Weed, Yreka) NA (530) 925-6616 N/A
    So. Solano County Central Office Benicia AA (707) 745-8822 N/A
    Sonoma County Area NA Sonoma County Area (Santa Rosa) NA (707) 324-4062 N/A
    Sonoma County Intergroup Santa Rosa AA (707) 544-1300;(707) 546-2066;(800) 224-1300 N/A
    South Coast Area NA South Coast Area (San Juan Capistrano) NA (800) 333-3610 N/A
    South Tahoe Basin Area NA South Tahoe Basin Area (Lake Tahoe South) NA (530) 541-4100 N/A
    Southern Antelope Valley Area NA Southern Antelope Valley Area (Palmdale, Lancaster) NA (661) 266-2200 N/A
    Southwest Area NA Southwest Area (Hemet, Temecula, Banning) NA (951) 652-5326 N/A
    Southwestern Riverside County Central Service Office Inc. Temecula AA (951) 695-1535 N/A
    Spanish Speaking for LA NA Spanish Speaking for LA NA N/A (888) 622-4672
    Stanislaus Valley Area NA Stanislaus Valley Area (Modesto, Merced) NA (888) 942-9922;(209) 526-1817 N/A
    Truckee/North Lake Tahoe Basin Area NA Truckee/North Lake Tahoe Basin Area NA (530) 546-1116 N/A
    Tulare County Central Office Exeter AA (559) 592-6999 N/A
    Valle Oficina Central Modesto AA N/A (209) 222-8313
    Valley Service Center Dublin AA (925) 829-0666;(925) 829-3160;(888) 859-3230 N/A
    Ventura County Central Service Office Camarillo AA (805) 389-1444 N/A
    Victor Valley Intergroup Central Office Inc. Apple Valley AA (760) 242-9292 N/A
    West End Area NA West End Area (West San Fernando Valley) NA (818) 787-9706 N/A
    Western Slope Intergroup Placerville AA (530) 622-3500 N/A
    Westside Area NA Westside Area (West Los Angeles, Santa Monica) NA (310) 390-0279 N/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: 12-17 Ages: 18+ Total California % of Population National % of Population
    Alcohol (AUD)* 83,000 2,038,000 2,122,000 6.55% 5.10%
    Cocaine 29,000 670,000 699,000 2.16% 1.46%
    Heroin 3,000 62,000 64,000 0.20% 0.27%
    Marijuana 431,000 4,505,000 4,936,00 15.25% 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: 12-17 Ages: 18+ All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths 307 78,474 78,885
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths 70 75,887 75,977
    Total Deaths 7,700 2,514,096 2,555,020
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths 4.90% 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 California Percent of all Admissions in California Percent of All Admissions in the US
    All Substances 150,679 100% 100%
    Amphetamines (Including Methamphetamines) 45,192 30.0% 8.9%
    Heroin 36,902 24.5% 25.4%
    Alcohol (Including Alcohol Usage with Secondary Drug) 31,862 21.2% 33.9%
    Marijuana 22,083 14.7% 14.1%
    Other Opiates (Including Prescription Painkillers) 8,065 5.4% 8.2%
    Cocaine (Including smoked and other usage) 4,959 3.3% 5.0%
    Other/Unknown 497 0.3% 3.0%
    Tranquilizers 382 0.3% 0.9%
    PCP 301 0.2% 0.3%
    Sedatives 274 0.2% 0.2%
    Hallucinogens 87 0.1% 0.1%
    Inhalants 47 0.0% 0.0%
    Other Stimulants 28 0.0% 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: 12-17 Percentage of Population Ages: 18+ Percentage of Population
    Major Depressive Episode 375,000 12.28% 1,731,000 5.90%
    Serious Mental Illness No Data No Data 1,035,000 3.53%
    Any Mental Illness No Data No Data 4,997,000 17.04%
    Had Serious Thoughts of Suicide No Data No Data 1,115,000 3.80%

    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 California Suicides Rank California Suicide Rate (Per 100k People) Suicide Rate Rank U.S. Suicide Rate (Per 100k People)
    Ages: 12-17 847 2nd 2.6 49th 4.2
    Ages: 18+ 37,997 1st 13.4 43rd 16
    Total 38,883 1st 10.4 44th 12.5

    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: 0-20 Ages: 21-34 Ages: 35+ All Ages
    California Rate of Deaths
    (per 100,000)
    0.9 4.5 1.8 2.0
    United States Rate of Deaths (per 100,000) 1.3 6.7 3.1 3.3

    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
    2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
    Total DUI Arrests 208,531 195,879 180,212 172,893 160,388
    DUI Arrest Rate (per 100,000 licensed drivers) 880 823 752 712 651
    DUI Crash Fatalities Involving Drugs & Alcohol 1,976 1,768 1,798 1,987 2,089
    DUI Crash Injuries Involving Drugs & Alcohol 28,367 26,727 25,910 26,490 25,667

    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
    California National Average State Rank
    Opioid Pain Relievers 57 87.3 50
    Long-Acting/Extended-Release Opioid Pain Relievers 5.8 12.0 49
    High-Dose Opioid Pain Relievers 3 4.5 42
    Benzodiazepines 25.4 39.2 47

    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 California Illicit Drug Use in the U.S. Binge Alcohol Use in California Binge Alcohol Use in the U.S.
    2009 – 2010 11.9% 10.1% 16.9% 17.5%
    2010 – 2011 12.1% 10.1% 16.5% 16.3%
    2011 – 2012 11.2% 9.8% 15.0% 15.6%
    2012 – 2013 9.8% 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 Recovery CRI-Help Inc. Matrix Institute Addictions
    Rehabilitation Services Provided 8.3 4.98 5.81
    Treatment Approaches 8.47 6.93 6.93
    Cost 6.25 7.5 3.75
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics 9.38 8.71 10
    Ancillary Services 8.06 7.75 6.82
    Total Score 8.1 6.8 6.4

    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: 12-17 Ages: 18+ All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths 55 13,942 14,022
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths 13 17,050 17,068
    Total Deaths 1,969 607,861 618,323
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths 3.45% 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
    2011 2012 2013
    Los Angeles County 40.7 40.0 37.4
    Sacramento County 51.7 38.7 38.5
    San Diego County 49.7 42.2 38.1
    San Francisco & San Mateo Counties 31.2 30.3 26.9
    Santa Clara County (San Jose) 34.2 31.6 29.7
    Statewide 47.8 45.5 41.8

    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
    Sheltered Unsheltered Total Percent Change
    (2016 vs. 2017)
    All Persons 8,952 25,237 34,189 +20%
    Under 18 2,340 489 3,157 +45%
    Veterans 626 1,892 2,518 +56%
    Substance Use Disorder 683 5,638 6,321 -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 Recovery Downtown Family Health Center at Connections CRASH Bill Dawson Residential Recovery Program
    Rehabilitation Services Provided 8.3 2.49 1.66
    Treatment Approaches 8.47 6.16 6.93
    Cost 6.25 8.75 2.5
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics 9.38 0 7.37
    Ancillary Services 8.06 7.44 7.44
    Total Score 8.1 4.8 4.6

    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: 12-17 Ages: 18+ All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths 21 6,805 6,833
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths N/A 6,846 6,853
    Total Deaths 510 207,856 210,955
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths 5.49% 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
    2011 2012 2013
    Los Angeles County 40.7 40.0 37.4
    Sacramento County 51.7 38.7 38.5
    San Diego County 49.7 42.2 38.1
    San Francisco & San Mateo Counties 31.2 30.3 26.9
    Santa Clara County (San Jose) 34.2 31.6 29.7
    Statewide 47.8 45.5 41.8

    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
    Sheltered Unsheltered Total Percent Change
    (2016 vs. 2017)
    All Persons 5,621 3,495 9,116 +5%
    Under 18 27 41 68 N/A
    Veterans 454 600 1,054 -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 House El Centro de Libertad (The Freedom Center)
    Rehabilitation Services Provided 10 3.32 1.66
    Treatment Approaches 7.7 8.47 6.93
    Cost 3.75 5 5
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics 0 8.71 10
    Ancillary Services 8.37 6.2 3.1
    Total Score 6.5 6.0 5.0

    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: 12-17 Ages: 18+ All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths N/A 2,427 2,433
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths N/A 2,889 2,893
    Total Deaths 231 96,075 97,412
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths 4.33% 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
    2011 2012 2013
    Los Angeles County 40.7 40.0 37.4
    Sacramento County 51.7 38.7 38.5
    San Diego County 49.7 42.2 38.1
    San Francisco & San Mateo Counties 31.2 30.3 26.9
    Santa Clara County (San Jose) 34.2 31.6 29.7
    Statewide 47.8 45.5 41.8

    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
    2009 2011 2013 2015 2017
    Sheltered 1,081 977 1,110 1,253 1,119
    Unsheltered 3,112 3,057 3,660 2,810 3,231
    Total 4,193 4,034 4,770 4,063 4,350
    Percent Change
    (from previous year)
    N/A -4% +18% -15% +7%

    City of San Jose: 2017 Homeless Census & Survey

    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 House Marin Treatment Center
    Rehabilitation Services Provided 10 3.32 9.13
    Treatment Approaches 7.7 8.47 7.7
    Cost 3.75 5 2.5
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics 0 8.71 0
    Ancillary Services 8.37 6.2 4.34
    Total Score 6.5 6.0 5.6

    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: 12-17 Ages: 18+ All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths N/A 2,544 2,550
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths N/A 2,159 2,161
    Total Deaths 81 60,484 60,981
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths 9.88% 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
    2011 2012 2013
    Los Angeles County 40.7 40.0 37.4
    Sacramento County 51.7 38.7 38.5
    San Diego County 49.7 42.2 38.1
    San Francisco & San Mateo Counties 31.2 30.3 26.9
    Santa Clara County (San Jose) 34.2 31.6 29.7
    Statewide 47.8 45.5 41.8

    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
    2013 2015 2017
    Sheltered 3,035 3,181 3,146
    Unsheltered 4,315 4,358 4,353
    Youth 914 853 513
    Total 7,350 7,539 7,449
    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 Clinic CommuniCare Health Centers: Hansen Family Health Center Aegis Treatment Centers LLC
    Rehabilitation Services Provided 9.13 5.81 4.98
    Treatment Approaches 6.93 6.93 6.16
    Cost 5 2.5 6.25
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics 4.02 4.69 0.67
    Ancillary Services 7.13 6.82 3.72
    Total Score 6.8 5.4 4.8

    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: 12-17 Ages: 18+ All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths 55 4,500 4,513
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths 13 3,920 3,921
    Total Deaths 1,901 101,027 111,189
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths 3.58% 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
    2011 2012 2013
    Los Angeles County 40.7 40.0 37.4
    Sacramento County 51.7 38.7 38.5
    San Diego County 49.7 42.2 38.1
    San Francisco & San Mateo Counties 31.2 30.3 26.9
    Santa Clara County (San Jose) 34.2 31.6 29.7
    Statewide 47.8 45.5 41.8

    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
    2013 2015 2017
    Sheltered 1,752 1,711 1,613
    Unsheltered 786 1,111 2,052
    Total 2,538 2,822 3,665
    Percent Change
    (from previous year)
    N/A 11% 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.