Top 13 Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centers in Chico, CA & Free Treatment Resources

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Chico is a small, charming city in northern California with a population of about 102,000 in 2021.1 Alcohol and drug rehab centers in Chico are affordable because they accept funding options like Medicare, Medi-Cal, and private insurance. Some rehabs also offer sliding scale payment plans and rehab scholarships to people with limited resources who lack government or private insurance.

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Substance Abuse Stats in Chico

Chico and Butte County are located in Region 1R of California. Here are some statistics on drug and alcohol use in the Butte County region among people 12 years and older between 2016 and 2017:3

How to Finance Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Chico

Rehab costs don’t have to be a burden as you seek recovery from drug and alcohol misuse. Chico, California, has several options to assist you with funding for therapy. These options include government and private insurance coverage as well as free and low-cost options for people who lack insurance. You may be eligible for state-funded programs if you live in Chico, California. Some rehabs in Chico offer rehab scholarships to offset some or all of the cost of treatment.

Free drug and alcohol rehab centers in Chico and Butte County include the following:

  • Chico VA Clinic
  • Aegis Treatment Centers Chico
  • Treatment Court Services

Rehab Scholarships

A rehab center may offer a scholarship to fund part or all of the cost of treatment. Rehab scholarships may come with certain stipulations, such as a withdrawal of funds if you terminate treatment prematurely, leaving you with the bill. It is important to find out about the terms of the scholarship prior to starting rehab. You can contact the rehab center to obtain details about its rehab scholarships.

State-Funded Rehabs

Butte County offers state-funded rehab for residents with low income and limited financial resources. Residents on Medicaid receive state-funded rehab through the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS).6

Private Insurance, Medicare, and Medi-Cal

Private insurance includes individual and group coverage from companies like UnitedHealthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, and others. The cost of rehab will be significantly less or free if you pay with private insurance. The amount you pay with private insurance will depend on the company and the type of plan.

Medicare and Medicaid are government health insurance plans. Medicare is a federal program that provides coverage for people who are 65 years and older, whereas Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal in California, is designed for people with limited income and resources.7, 8 The following programs accept Medicare and Medicaid:

  • Butte County Behavioral Health Adult Mental health Service
  • Oroville Community Counseling Center
  • Chico VA Clinic

You can expect Medicare to cover the following alcohol and drug rehab services:9

  • Alcohol misuse screenings
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Outpatient rehab
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Telehealth
  • Opioid addiction treatment
  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Group and individual therapy

Medicaid is funded by the state and federal governments. In California, Medicaid is administered by Medi-Cal. which provides low-cost health insurance using family size and annual earnings as eligibility criteria.8 The Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) program delivers medically necessary rehab services to Chico residents who are Medi-Cal beneficiaries.6 You can expect most or all of your rehab costs to be covered by Medi-Cal if you are eligible.

How Easy is it to Travel to and Within Chico, CA?

chico californiaLocal information will make your travel for rehab or visit with a loved one in rehab in Chico, CA, less of a hassle. Chico is a great location for rehab if you prefer the balmy Mediterranean climate of California’s Northern Sacramento Valley with its mild winters and sunny summers. Chico is ideal if you are an outdoor enthusiast who wants to enjoy tubing, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and water sports at the Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park.

There are plenty of fun places to enjoy when in Chico. This charming city is famous for the 1078 Gallery, Chico Air Museum, Silverdollar Speedway, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and the Chico Theater Company. You can travel with ease to and from Chico to support a loved one in rehab using the Chico Municipal Airport. However, there are several airports, such as the Redding, Sacramento International, and Santa Rosa Sonoma County Airport, that are between 50 and 100 miles away. You can expect to be reliant on a car in Chico, but a few neighborhoods like South Campus, California State University—Chico, and Southwest Chico are walkable, and you can run errands and explore these communities on foot. Alternatively, you can travel by bus within the city on the Butte Regional Transit or around the region on Amtrak. Lastly, Chico, CA, has many hotels with a wide range of prices. You can be sure to find a budget-friendly hotel from one of the many hotels in Chico for your recovery journey.


  1. United States Census Bureau. (n.d.). QuickFacts: Chico city, California.
  2. County of Santa Clara. (2022). Good Samaritan Laws.
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (n.d.). 2016 -2018 NSDUH Substate Region Estimates – Tables.
  4. California Overdose Surveillance Dashboard. (n.d.). Butte County Dashboard.
  5. State of California DMV. (2020). 2019 Annual Report of the California DUI Management Information System.
  6. State of California. (2022, August 12). Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System
  7. (n.d.). Get Started with Medicare.
  8. State of California. (2022). Do You Qualify for Medi-Cal Benefits?
  9. (n.d.). Mental health & substance use disorder services.

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Libby Pellegrini, MMS, PA-C, is a professionally-trained physician assistant. She has worked in numerous emergency healthcare settings, ranging from the rural United States to large metropolitan areas. Her experience helping patients suffering from acute crises related to intoxication and substance use disorders informs her passion for addiction medicine.