Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in
El Cajon, CA

 El Cajon California Drug Alcohol Rehab
Like many cities in San Diego County, El Cajon has struggled with rising substance misuse rates within the community in recent years. Even with California’s Good Samaritan law, which provides limited legal protection for people who seek medical care for overdose victims, drug-related deaths in the county continue rising.From 2015 to 2020, San Diego County saw a 190% increase in annual drug-related fatalities.2,3 If you’re living with addiction, enrolling in an alcohol or drug rehab in El Cajon could make all the difference. You have several treatment options both in the city and nearby, most of which accept private and/or government-funded health insurance. Several local drug rehab centers also offer low-cost and free services to help individuals who may not be able to pay but need quality care.

Find Rehab Centers in El Cajon

Thumbnail Name Address Phone Treatment Insurance
Sharp Mesa Vista East County Outpatient Mental Health Services CA 92021 Sharp Mesa Vista East County Outpatient Mental Health Services

1460 East Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92021

619-588-3800 Outpatient Private
Crossroads Family Center CA 92020 Crossroads Family Center

700 North Johnson Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020

619-441-1907 Outpatient Medicaid
Alvarado Parkway Institute Behavioral Health System Outpatient Services CA 92020 Alvarado Parkway Institute Behavioral Health System Outpatient Services

215 West Madison Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020

619-333-7050 Outpatient Medicaid Private
Adeona Healthcare CA 92019 Adeona Healthcare

2815 Steele Canyon Road
El Cajon, CA 92019

888-997-3966 Inpatient N/A
McAlister Institute CA 92020 McAlister Institute

1400 North Johnson Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020

619-442-0277 Detox Inpatient Private
East County Mental Health Clinic CA 92021 East County Mental Health Clinic

1000 Broadway
El Cajon, CA 92021

619-401-5500 Outpatient Medicaid Private
McAlister Institute CA 92020 McAlister Institute

1400 N. Johnson Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020

619-442-0277 Outpatient Medicaid Private
McAlister Institute East County Regional Recovery Center

1365 North Johnson Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020

619-440-4801 Outpatient N/A
El Cajon Comprehensive Treatment Center CA 92020 El Cajon Comprehensive Treatment Center

234 North Magnolia Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020

855-906-0438 Outpatient Detox Medicaid Private
Volunteers of America Southwest Veterans Service Center CA 92021 Volunteers of America Southwest Veterans Service Center

9980 Hawley Road
El Cajon, CA 92021

619-561-9808 Outpatient Inpatient N/A
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Alcohol and Drug Use Statistics in El Cajon, California

According to the United States Justice Department, San Diego County is a national epicenter for fentanyl trafficking. But fentanyl isn’t the only substance of concern in El Cajon and throughout the county. Recent substance misuse statistics include:1,3,4,5,6

Paying for Alcohol and Drug Rehab in El Cajon, California

The cost of alcohol or drug rehab in El Cajon may seem high, but no matter your financial situation, you have options for getting help. Most local rehab centers take multiple forms of payment and several provide reduced-cost or free treatment services to individuals experiencing serious financial difficulties.

Low-Cost and Free Treatment Options in El Cajon

If you need treatment but can’t afford it, you may qualify for a discounted recovery program at one of the following types of rehab facilities:

State-funded rehabs: If you’re a California resident and can prove financial need, you could be eligible for reduced-cost or free rehab at a facility that receives government funding to operate.

Sliding scale treatment centers: These rehab facilities base your treatment costs on your income, only requiring you to pay what you can realistically afford. If you have very little or no income, treatment may even be free, depending on the facility.

Methadone clinics: If you have an opioid use disorder, you could qualify for low-cost or free medication-assisted treatment (MAT) at one of these clinics. Many of them receive government funding to help individuals with limited resources.

Alcohol and drug rehab centers in and near El Cajon where you may be eligible for low-cost or free treatment include:7

Pay for Treatment With Private Health Insurance

Most private insurance plans, including employer-sponsored and Healthcare Marketplace plans, provide at least partial coverage for various outpatient and inpatient addiction treatment services.8

However, most plans have a provider network. If this is the case, you must select an in-network drug or alcohol rehab in El Cajon to maximize your coverage. Within 10 miles of the city, you’ll find 10 rehab facilities that accept private insurance from several major providers, including Aetna, Humana, Beacon Health, AmeriHealth, and others.

To find these facilities, you can perform an online search for “local drug and alcohol rehab.” Then call the treatment centers in your search results to ask if they take private health plans and verify your coverage. You can also call your provider to get a list of El Cajon alcohol rehabs and drug rehabs that take your insurance.

Use Medicaid or Medicare to Pay for Rehab

California Medicaid (Medi-Cal) provides low-cost and free health coverage for low-income state residents and their dependents, pregnant persons, and people with certain disabilities.9 Medicare provides low-cost health coverage for U.S. residents aged 65 and older, as well as some younger individuals with certain chronic disabilities.10

Both of these government-sponsored health plans cover a wide range of substance misuse treatment services, including:11, 12

If you have either of these public insurance plans, you can use it to partially or fully cover your treatment costs at Medicaid- and Medicare-approved drug rehab centers. Within 10 miles of El Cajon, you’ll find at least 15 facilities that take Medicaid and at least 10 that accept Medicare.7

Traveling to El Cajon: Where to Stay, Things to Do, and How to Get Around

el cajon californiaDo you want to visit a loved one in a drug or alcohol rehab in El Cajon? Are you interested in traveling to the city for treatment? Here’s what you should know about getting to El Cajon, lodging options, transportation, and local attractions:13

Are you unsure which El Cajon drug rehabs or alcohol rehabs are right for your needs and budget? Do you need assistance verifying your insurance? We’re available 24/7 to help. Please call us at 800-926-9037 (Info iconWho Answers?) to connect with a compassionate treatment support specialist who can help you explore your local treatment options.


  1. California Legislature. (2011, June 07). Assembly Bill 472.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. CDC Wonder Online Database. (2021). Underlying Cause of Death, 1999-2020 Results, Deaths occurring through 2020.
  3. United States Department of Justice. (2022, August 12). Fentanyl Seizures at Border Continue to Spike, Making San Diego a National Epicenter for Fentanyl Trafficking; U.S. Attorney’s Office Prioritizes Prosecutions and Prevention Programs.
  4. San Diego County Meth Strike Force. (2021). 2021 Report Card, Methamphetamine Strike Force.
  5. California Department of Public Health. (n.d.). California Overdose Surveillance Dashboard, San Diego County Dashboard.
  6. County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. (2022, June). East Region Health Status Report Summary.
  7. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (n.d.). FindTreatment.gov.
  8. Frank, R. G., Beronio, K., & Glied, S. A. (2014). Behavioral Health Parity and the Affordable Care ActJournal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation13(1-2), 31-43.
  9. Benefits.gov. (n.d.). California Medicaid.
  10. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2021, December 01). Original Medicare (Part A and B) Eligibility and Enrollment.
  11. California Department of Health Care Services. (2022). Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) Beneficiary Handbook.
  12. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2016). Medicare Coverage of Substance Abuse Services.
  13. City of El Cajon. (n.d.). Public Transportation.