Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in
San Diego, CA

San Diego California Drug Alcohol Rehab
Many people just like you are searching for drug rehab centers in the San Diego area. Because San Diego is a large metro area, you have a world of treatment options to get help, from Central San Diego and East San Diego to facilities outside the city. You may decide to go to a facility near the beach or look for a peaceful escape outside the city. If you need Medicare/Medicaid options, those are available, and San Diego also has top-notch and luxury facilities that take private insurance as well as low-cost and free rehabs, funded by the government.

Find Rehab Centers in San Diego

Thumbnail Name Address Phone Treatment Insurance
Euclid Medical Services

1733 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

619-263-0433 Outpatient Detox Private Medicaid
Downtown Impact CA 92102 Downtown Impact

995 Gateway Center Way
San Diego, CA 92102

619-398-2156 Outpatient Medicaid
Confidential Recovery

7071 Consolidated Way
San Diego, CA 92121

619-452-1200 Outpatient Private
CRASH Golden Hill House CA 92102 CRASH Golden Hill House

2410 East Street
San Diego, CA 92102

619-234-2246 Inpatient Private
Vista Balboa Crisis Center CA 92101 Vista Balboa Crisis Center

545 Laurel Street
San Diego, CA 92101

619-233-4399 Inpatient Medicaid Private
VA San Diego Healthcare System Sorrento Valley CBOC CA 92121 VA San Diego Healthcare System Sorrento Valley CBOC

10455 Sorrento Valley Road
San Diego, CA 92121

858-552-7475 Outpatient Free Private Medicaid
Jackson House Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center CA 92102 Jackson House Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center

2456 East Street
San Diego, CA 92102

888-255-9280 Detox Inpatient Private
Alvarado Parkway Institute Behavioral Health System Outpatient Services CA 92101 Alvarado Parkway Institute Behavioral Health System Outpatient Services

1250 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

619-431-4877 Outpatient Private Medicaid
Substance Abuse Evaluation Resource Center

3505 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

619-280-3059 Outpatient N/A
San Diego Rescue Mission Mens Center CA 92101 San Diego Rescue Mission Mens Center

120 Elm Street
San Diego, CA 92101

619-819-1715 Inpatient Free
Home Avenue Clinic CA 92105 Home Avenue Clinic

3940 Home Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

619-262-8000 Outpatient Detox Medicaid Private
Families Forward Wraparound CA 92123 Families Forward Wraparound

9445 Farnham Street
San Diego, CA 92123

858-380-4676 Outpatient Inpatient Medicaid Private
Veterans Village of San Diego CA 92110 Veterans Village of San Diego

4141 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92110

619-393-2000 Inpatient Free
Fashion Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center CA 92108 Fashion Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center

7545 Metropolitan Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

844-588-6601 Outpatient Detox Private Medicaid
Douglas Young Wellness Recovery Center CA 92126 Douglas Young Wellness Recovery Center

10717 Camino Ruiz
San Diego, CA 92126

858-695-2211 Outpatient Medicaid
Rio VA Clinic CA 92108 Rio VA Clinic

8989 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

619-228-8000 Outpatient Free Private Medicaid
Sharp Mesa Vista Mid City Outpatient Mental Health Services CA 92105 Sharp Mesa Vista Mid City Outpatient Mental Health Services

4275 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92105

619-478-8220 Outpatient Private
Family Health Centers of San Diego North Park Family Health Center CA 92104 Family Health Centers of San Diego North Park Family Health Center

3544 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104

619-515-2424 Outpatient N/A
House of Metamorphosis HOM CA 92102 House of Metamorphosis HOM

2970 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92102

619-236-9217 Inpatient N/A
MHS Harmony Womens Recovery Center CA 92123 MHS Harmony Womens Recovery Center

3645 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123

858-384-6284 Outpatient Inpatient Medicaid Private
San Diego Center for Children

3002 Armstrong Street
San Diego, CA 92111

858-277-9550 Inpatient Outpatient Medicaid Private
North Shores Alano Club of Pacific Beach CA 92109 North Shores Alano Club of Pacific Beach

4861 Cass Street
San Diego, CA 92109

858-483-4084 Outpatient N/A
Southeast Mental Health Clinic CA 92113 Southeast Mental Health Clinic

3177 Ocean View Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92113

619-595-4400 Outpatient Medicaid
Aurora Behavioral Health Care San Diego CA 92128 Aurora Behavioral Health Care San Diego

11878 Avenue of Industry
San Diego, CA 92128

858-487-3200 Inpatient Detox Outpatient Medicaid Private
Action Central

6244 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92115

619-287-8225 Outpatient Private Medicaid
North Central Mental Health Center CA 92110 North Central Mental Health Center

1250 Morena Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92110

619-692-8750 Outpatient Medicaid
San Diego Rehab Center for Women CA 92109 San Diego Rehab Center for Women

810 Emerald Street
San Diego, CA 92109

866-314-3181 Inpatient Private
San Diego Center for Change CA 92110 San Diego Center for Change

3340 Kemper Street
San Diego, CA 92110

619-758-1433 Outpatient Medicaid Private
Point Loma Medical Offices CA 92110 Point Loma Medical Offices

3250 Fordham Street
San Diego, CA 92110

833-574-2273 Outpatient Detox Private
ARMT Medical Specialists CA 92115 ARMT Medical Specialists

4974 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92115

877-938-4600 Outpatient Detox N/A
Tradition One

4104 Delta Street
San Diego, CA 92113

619-264-0141 Outpatient Inpatient Private
Pathfinders of San Diego Recovery Home CA 92102 Pathfinders of San Diego Recovery Home

2980 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92102

619-239-7370 Inpatient N/A
Adult Children of Alcoholics CA 92101 Adult Children of Alcoholics

225 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

619-287-7782 Outpatient Free
Real Hope Recovery CA 92115 Real Hope Recovery

5033 63rd Street
San Diego, CA 92115

619-332-1466 Detox Outpatient N/A
Parent Care Family Recovery Center Central CA 92113 Parent Care Family Recovery Center Central

4125 Alpha Street
San Diego, CA 92113

619-266-0166 Outpatient N/A
Lasting Recovery

6046 Cornerstone Court West
San Diego, CA 92121

858-453-4315 Outpatient Detox Private
Rady Childrens Hospital San Diego CA 92123 Rady Childrens Hospital San Diego

3020 Children's Way
San Diego, CA 92123

858-576-1700 Inpatient Medicaid Private
Community Research Foundation Jane Westin Center CA 92101 Community Research Foundation Jane Westin Center

1045 Ninth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

619-235-2600 Outpatient Medicaid
Sober Life Recovery Solutions CA 92101 Sober Life Recovery Solutions

1446 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92101

619-542-9542 Outpatient Inpatient Private
Evolve Treatment Centers for Teens CA 92121 Evolve Treatment Centers for Teens

11585 Sorrento Valley Road
San Diego, CA 92121

866-205-0864 Detox Inpatient Outpatient Private
The Lighthouse Community CA 92110 The Lighthouse Community

3380 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92110

855-490-2015 Outpatient Detox Inpatient N/A
Mission Valley VA Clinic CA 92108 Mission Valley VA Clinic

8810 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

619-400-5000 Outpatient Detox Free Private Medicaid
Fifth Avenue Behavioral Health Center CA 92101 Fifth Avenue Behavioral Health Center

1750 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

619-515-2588 Outpatient N/A
Way Back CA 92102 Way Back

2516 A Street
San Diego, CA 92102

619-235-0592 Inpatient N/A
The Turning Point Home CA 92102 The Turning Point Home

1315 25th Street
San Diego, CA 92102

619-233-0067 Inpatient Medicaid
San Diego County Teen Challenge CA 92105 San Diego County Teen Challenge

5450 Lea Street
San Diego, CA 92105

619-265-0337 Inpatient Free Medicaid
MAAC Casa de Milagros CA 92113 MAAC Casa de Milagros

1127 South 38th Street
San Diego, CA 92113

619-262-4002 Inpatient N/A
Community and School Based Counseling CA 92123 Community and School Based Counseling

4660 Viewridge Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123

858-278-3292 Outpatient Inpatient Medicaid Private
Psychiatric Centers at San Diego Chesapeake

9620 Chesapeake Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

619-814-6590 Outpatient Private
Union of Pan Asian Communities CA 92102 Union of Pan Asian Communities

1031 25th Street
San Diego, CA 92102

619-232-6454 Outpatient Medicaid Private
San Diego VA Medical Center CA 92161 San Diego VA Medical Center

3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161

858-552-8585 Outpatient Detox Inpatient Private Free
Psychiatric Centers Mission Valley CA 92108 Psychiatric Centers Mission Valley

5353 Mission Center Road
San Diego, CA 92108

619-688-5855 Outpatient Private
Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego CA 92103 Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego

4077 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

619-294-8111 Inpatient Medicaid Private
Pacific Bay Recovery San Diego Drug Treatment Center CA 92101 Pacific Bay Recovery San Diego Drug Treatment Center

1501 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

619-350-8193 Outpatient Detox Inpatient Private
San Diego American Indian Health Center CA 92103 San Diego American Indian Health Center

2630 First Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

619-234-2158 Outpatient Free
Center Star Assertive Community Treatment CA 92105 Center Star Assertive Community Treatment

4283 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92105

619-521-1743 Outpatient Inpatient Medicaid Private
Psychiatric Centers at San Diego Rancho Bernardo CA 92128 Psychiatric Centers at San Diego Rancho Bernardo

11770 Bernardo Plaza Court
San Diego, CA 92128

858-673-3360 Outpatient Private
Betty Ford Center Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Rehab CA 92130 Betty Ford Center Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Rehab

11720 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130

888-754-1376 Outpatient Private
Stepping Stone of San Diego CA 92105 Stepping Stone of San Diego

3767 Central Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

619-278-0777 Inpatient Private
East Wind Clubhouse CA 92105 East Wind Clubhouse

5348 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

619-229-2999 Outpatient Medicaid Private
McAlister Institute Teen Recovery Center

7625 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111

858-277-4633 Outpatient N/A
San Diego Center for Children Serra Mesa CA 92123 San Diego Center for Children Serra Mesa

8825 Aero Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

858-633-4115 Outpatient Medicaid
Rancho Bernardo TMS Therapy Treatment Center CA 92127 Rancho Bernardo TMS Therapy Treatment Center

16835 West Bernardo Drive
San Diego, CA 92127

866-560-6281 Inpatient N/A
YMCA Youth and Family Services CA 92116 YMCA Youth and Family Services

2929 Meade Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116

619-281-8313 Outpatient Detox Medicaid Private
San Diego Peer Services

3838 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108

858-274-4650 Outpatient Medicaid Private
San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Center

8898 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92123

844-976-3656 Outpatient Detox Medicaid Private
Courage to Call CA 92123 Courage to Call

9445 Farnham Street
San Diego, CA 92123

858-636-3604 Outpatient Free Private Medicaid
UC San Diego Health Medical Offices North CA 92103 UC San Diego Health Medical Offices North

200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103

619-543-6222 Outpatient Detox Medicaid Free
Crossroads Foundation CA 92103 Crossroads Foundation

3594 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

619-296-1151 Inpatient Outpatient N/A
CRASH Short Term I

4161 Marlborough Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

619-282-7274 Inpatient N/A
Substance Abuse Counseling Center

4025 Tripoli Avenue
San Diego, CA 92140

619-524-1836 Outpatient Private
Fred Finch Youth and Family Services San Diego CA 92131 Fred Finch Youth and Family Services San Diego

10174 Old Grove Road
San Diego, CA 92131

619-797-1090 Inpatient Medicaid
Next Steps

3851 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92110

619-542-4166 Outpatient Private Medicaid
San Ysidro Health King Chavez Health Center CA 92114 San Ysidro Health King Chavez Health Center

950 South Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

619-205-1952 Outpatient Private
Maria Sardinas Wellness Recovery Center CA 92154 Maria Sardinas Wellness Recovery Center

1465 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92154

619-428-1000 Outpatient Medicaid
Hope Canyon San Diego Rehab Center CA 92122 Hope Canyon San Diego Rehab Center

2821 Lange Avenue
San Diego, CA 92122

855-551-4169 Inpatient Detox Private
Drescher Street Sober Living CA 92111 Drescher Street Sober Living

1742 West Drescher Street
San Diego, CA 92111

619-920-0911 N/A N/A
Areta Crowell Wellness Recovery Center CA 92101 Areta Crowell Wellness Recovery Center

1963 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

619-233-3432 Outpatient Medicaid
Family Wellness Center La Mesa CA 92120 Family Wellness Center La Mesa

6386 Alvarado Court
San Diego, CA 92120

619-668-6200 Outpatient Medicaid Private
Ethridge Center

409 63rd Street
San Diego, CA 92114

619-231-6361 Outpatient Detox Inpatient Medicaid Private
Douglas Young Youth and Family Service CA 92111 Douglas Young Youth and Family Service

7917 Ostrow Street
San Diego, CA 92111

858-300-8282 Outpatient Medicaid
Heartland House CA 92105 Heartland House

5855 Streamview Drive
San Diego, CA 92105

619-287-5460 Inpatient Private
Behavior Research CA 92123 Behavior Research

9275 Sky Park Ct
San Diego, CA 92123

619-443-0121 Inpatient N/A
Union of Pan Asian Communities Program Gambling CA 92104 Union of Pan Asian Communities Program Gambling

3288 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92104

619-521-5720 Outpatient N/A
Psychiatric Centers Child and Adolescent Center CA 92108 Psychiatric Centers Child and Adolescent Center

1550 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108

619-692-1581 Outpatient Private
Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital CA 92123 Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital

7850 Vista Hill Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123

858-836-8434 Outpatient Inpatient Medicaid Private Free
New Vistas Crisis Center CA 92101 New Vistas Crisis Center

734 10th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

619-239-4663 Inpatient Medicaid Private
True Life Center CA 92121 True Life Center

4520 Executive Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

858-202-1822 Outpatient Detox Private
The Lighthouse Community San Diego CA 92110 The Lighthouse Community San Diego

3880 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92110

619-515-0243 Inpatient Private
Substance Abuse Counseling Center SACC

4025 Tripoli Avenue
San Diego, CA 92140

619-524-1836 Outpatient Inpatient Private
Community Research Foundation CA 92154 Community Research Foundation

892 27th Street
San Diego, CA 92154

619-575-4687 Inpatient Medicaid Private
Alvarado Parkway Institute Behavioral Health System Outpatient Services CA 92105 Alvarado Parkway Institute Behavioral Health System Outpatient Services

5538 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

619-333-7050 Outpatient Private Medicaid
Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency Family Program

5405 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

858-376-7957 Outpatient N/A
Sharp McDonald Center CA 92111 Sharp McDonald Center

7989 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111

858-637-6920 Detox Outpatient Inpatient Private
Union of Pan Asian Communities - Aero Drive CA 92123 Union of Pan Asian Communities – Aero Drive

8745 Aero Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

858-268-4933 Outpatient Medicaid Private
San Diego Rescue Mission Haven of Hope CA 92138 San Diego Rescue Mission Haven of Hope

P.O. Box 80427
San Diego, CA 92138

619-687-3720 Inpatient N/A
WestCare Custody to Community Transitional Re Entry Program

3050 Armstrong Street
San Diego, CA 92111

619-359-8266 Inpatient Outpatient Medicaid Private
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Treatment Admissions in San Diego

The most recent statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the San Diego metro area indicate that 323,000 people were diagnosed with substance use disorder in the study year. This is 11.6% higher than the rest of the country.1

Additionally, San Diego County reported 19,910 drug treatment admissions in 2019. This means that only a fraction of the people who needed addiction treatment actually received it.

Barriers to Care

There are many barriers to care for receiving quality addiction treatment, such as:

High cost of rehab

Lack of insurance coverage

Lack of inclusive care in the person’s area

Lack of transportation to treatment

Unable to take time off due to responsibilities

Stigma related to addiction and treatment

But there are some solutions to these barriers. For instance, the high cost of rehab can be mitigated by finding a low-cost or free rehab in San Diego that is funded by the state and federal government. And if you don’t have insurance, you can find affordable insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace. And if you need inclusive care, such as rehab that specializes in LGBTQ+ addiction treatment, you may be able to find a program in a different city or state.

By reading more about drug and alcohol rehab in San Diego, you are already on the path to finding the right addiction treatment that meets your needs.

San Diego Alcohol and Drug Use Statistics

Here are additional statistics about San Diego County drug and alcohol use for people aged 12 and older from the study year:1

There were 532 deaths caused by heroin, alcohol, and other illicit drugs in San Diego County in 2019.2

Price of Drug and Alcohol Rehab in San Diego

Several things affect how much rehab may cost you. These include things like the types of amenities available at the facility, how long the program lasts, where the program is, and the types of insurance accepted.

For inpatient programs, where you stay overnight in the facility for 30-90 days, the cost will be higher. This is because you also foot the bill for things like lodging, food, and on-site activities. For some facilities, amenities like pools or other luxury offerings will increase the cost.

However, insurance can help reduce the cost of addiction treatment. Most insurance will cover substance use treatment programs, at least in part. Calling the facility to determine which insurance they accept, from Medicare/Medicaid to different private providers, can help you narrow down your choices. The number you find on the flip side of your insurance card is a great one to call to determine this information.

Although finding care may be more difficult for patients without insurance, some facilities offer free or sliding-scale care, which means you pay based on your income. Some of these are government-run or government-funded facilities, which you may be able to find out about by calling your local behavioral health department. Even if you don’t have insurance, plenty of state-funded and free rehab programs offer low-cost or even free care. Over 146,000 people were admitted to publicly funded rehab centers in California in 2019.3

Financing Options for California Rehabs

There is addiction treatment out there for you. An affordable provider in San Diego, or other parts of California, is a phone call away. With over 1,500 programs specializing in substance use disorder treatment and addiction treatment across the state, you have many options.

Of those 1,500 California rehab programs:

While researching the best option for you, asking each facility about their payment options is helpful. Most facilities are happy to work with you to find a solution or may be able to refer you elsewhere.

Affordable and Free Rehabs in San Diego

paper people cuttout around dollar billsSan Diego has multiple options for low-cost alcohol rehab and drug rehab treatment facilities, and some programs are even free. The California government helps defray the cost by funding some facilities, which provide care to California residents who lack insurance or income. Some facilities might require you to verify your California residence, income, insurance, or lack thereof, and addiction diagnosis to enroll in these programs.

Some patients and their families choose to try and fund their drug or alcohol rehab in creative ways. Here are some of the methods you might try outside of choosing a free rehab:

For more about low-cost addiction and substance use disorder treatment in San Diego, you can call our helpline at 800-926-9037 (Info iconWho Answers?) to speak to a treatment support specialist. There are substance use disorder and addiction treatment plans for adults and programs specific to women, as well as specific to the adolescent population.

Popular San Diego Drug Rehab and Alcohol Rehab Centers

San Diego has a lot of drug and alcohol rehab options to help you get your recovery started. Below are two featured San Diego rehab programs.

Betty Ford Center Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Rehab

The Betty Ford Center Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Rehab has a fantastic reputation for drug and alcohol treatment, often playing host to celebrities and other high-profile individuals who struggle with substance use disorder and are looking for addiction treatment in San Diego.

The San Diego location of the Betty Ford Center specializes in treating various addictions and offers several virtual options for families and individuals who are unable to travel. The San Diego location of the Betty Ford Center also provides treatment for specific populations, such as women, young adults, professionals, and older adults.

The facility offers a private and beautiful treatment setting on a four-acre property with luxurious amenities and features, such as a swimming pool, housekeeping services, and gourmet meals. They accept private insurance and self-pay options.

Next Steps

Next Steps, co-located at San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital, is a peer and family support program well-suited to individuals with addiction looking for rehab treatment in San Diego County. The program, a partnership of Mental Health Systems, Inc., Family Health Centers of San Diego, NAMI San Diego, and United Pan Asian Communities of San Diego, specializes in helping individuals and their families with self-management skills.

Though they help participants with rehab centers, Next Steps offers a lighter touch with participant-directed case management, focusing on reducing the stigma surrounding addiction and substance use disorder.

San Diego Addiction Treatment: What Can You Expect?

Most people starting drug and alcohol rehab aren’t sure what to expect, which is okay since the process itself can be unclear. Every treatment center is different in the way they approach your therapy and treatment plan, but all treatment centers are dedicated to your recovery. Quality drug and alcohol rehab centers use evidence-based practices in every treatment plan.

Typically, this starts with detoxing from substances and once you complete detox, then you begin your treatment plan, which may include different types of therapies, treatment for co-occurring mental health issues, and addiction medication.

Detox Services

When entering a San Diego drug or alcohol rehab, you will first need to go through the process of detoxification if you haven’t already. Detox involves a set of interventions aimed at managing drug and alcohol withdrawal and achieving a medically-stable, substance-free state. Withdrawal symptoms can be painful, distressing, and even life-threatening, depending on the substance, so professional detox can help keep you safe and comfortable while the substances leave your body.

Professional detox is particularly necessary for withdrawal from alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and opioids, as these withdrawal syndromes can be the most severe and dangerous.

Withdrawal from other substances like methamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA, PCP, marijuana, and Adderall, may be mild but can also still require professional detox services, especially if mental health effects such as depression or suicidal thoughts are present.

During detox, you may receive interventions, such as:

The length and intensity of detox will depend on the type of substance you used, how long you’ve been using, the typical dose or amount, your individual physiology, and your health.

Intake and Biopsychosocial Assessment

No matter which type of rehab you choose, your intake process will involve a biopsychosocial assessment, conducted by a treatment professional. This assessment will evaluate:

Your treatment team uses this information to create a treatment program designed just for you. The treatment plan will likely change as treatment progresses, with the team making adjustments based on what works and doesn’t work for you. Treatment plans may involve different types of therapies, such as individual, group, and even family.

Outpatient Treatment in San Diego

black male adult studyingAn outpatient rehab involves attending treatment at the center during the day and returning home in the evening, possibly still attending work, school, or fulfill other responsibilities. If you feel comfortable, you might consider asking your job or school if they would allow you to flex your hours around the treatment program you choose.

Although there are many benefits to outpatient rehab, such as flexibility and affordable cost, it’s also important to acknowledge that there are more chances for relapse when attending outpatient treatment. This is because you may be exposed to substance-using triggers, such as locations you used to use or people you used to use with.

If you decide to go the outpatient route, you’ll want to make sure you have a strong support system who can encourage and empower you throughout the process. One way to build a support system is to begin attending peer support group meetings, such as those offered by Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and SMART Recovery. These programs are a great way to supplement outpatient care.

San Diego Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient treatment is the most intensive treatment option for drug or alcohol addiction. Substance use disorders can be very serious, and sometimes a treatment program that offers 24/7 support is a better option that will enable patients to focus fully and totally on recovery.

During inpatient treatment in San Diego, you live full time at the alcohol and/or drug rehab center. Most treatment programs are 30 to 90 days, but some patients may require longer stays. You can help decide that with the assistance of the treatment team at your rehab program. Typically, people who remain in rehab programs longer have better treatment outcomes, meaning they are able to remain sober for longer.

Inpatient care does have more stringent requirements than outpatient care. Though both inpatient and outpatient treatment involves paperwork, inpatient care will also include a search of your belongings. Most inpatient programs prohibit certain items, such as substances, weapons, and other items that may be a danger to the patient. For example, some inpatient programs may require or strongly recommend that patients surrender their cell phones since some aspects of addiction may involve certain people or methods of communication.

Every inpatient rehab in San Diego is different and has a different philosophy about substance use disorder treatment. Think about what you might find useful, such as animal therapy, yoga practice, or art therapy, and look to see which facilities offer these options.

Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment: Dual Diagnosis Care

Most drug rehabs in San Diego treat the whole patient, meaning that people who come in with substance use disorder are not only treated for their addiction. Instead, the treatment team evaluates and treats co-occurring mental health conditions, like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder.

This can be extremely helpful, given that about 50% of people who have an addiction also have a mental health disorder. This can be for many reasons. For example, some people use drugs or alcohol to cope with their depression or to self-medicate anxiety, a process that can ultimately lead to substance addiction.

Alternately, alcohol and drug use may worsen existing mental health symptoms or diagnoses. Because substance use disorder and other mental health diagnoses are intertwined, treating both simultaneously is immensely vital to recovery success. You may want to ask any San Diego alcohol rehab and drug rehab centers about how they treat dual diagnoses.

Online Addiction Care (Telehealth)

Since the pandemic began, telehealth services have been on the rise.4 This is also true for drug and alcohol addiction treatment. If you live too far away from the San Diego alcohol rehab and drug rehab you would like to attend, you might call the center to ask whether they allow virtual treatment options. There are many reasons why someone may not be able to travel to attend alcohol rehab and drug rehab in San Diego, such as:

Virtual rehab programs for substance use have similar types of therapeutic offerings to inpatient and outpatient. However, pursuing this option should mean that the patient has enough support at home to cope with the ongoing challenges of alcohol addiction and/or drug addiction. San Diego rehab centers can help you determine if this option would work for you.

Virtual treatment would require that you have access to high-speed internet to participate in video calls with your treatment team and for group therapy, individual therapy, and other types of treatments.

You will also need to check with your insurance company that telehealth treatment for substance use disorder is covered at the same or a similar rate to in-person treatment.

Though insurance companies are beginning to cover more telehealth services, it is good to make sure this option would not change your out-of-pocket obligations.

San Diego Drug and Alcohol Laws

Overdose Prevention: California 911 Good Samaritan Law

Overdose Prevention: California 911 Good Samaritan Law:: In response to a rise in fatal overdoses, the California government passed a law called the 911 Good Samaritan law intended to protect people who witness an overdose and call for help.5
Before this law, people who were using drugs together feared calling the cops if someone overdosed because they were afraid they’d be arrested. Under the 911 Good Samaritan law, people who call 911 to help a person in need are protected from drug-related arrests or convictions if they have small amounts of drugs and do not intend to distribute them. This clause is so that drug dealers do not fall under the protection of the law.

Proposition 36:: For those convicted of non-violent crimes, California has a law allowing you to go to alcohol rehab or drug rehab instead of prison. The state wants to encourage substance use disorder treatment, which is why it offers this option.6

Addiction Treatment Protections at Work:: Again, to encourage people to enter substance use treatment, California requires employers with 25 or more employees to accommodate any employee who wants or needs to go to a rehabilitation program for substance use disorder. Employers may be required to grant unpaid time off, sick leave, or vacation time for an employee to attend rehab. It may also be possible to get time off under federal law, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

San Diego Rehab Centers: Choosing a Rehab That Fits You

woman speaking to therapistYou deserve quality care and good support no matter which San Diego alcohol rehab or San Diego drug rehab you choose. However, there may be certain aspects of rehab that could help you in your situation. For example, you might want to talk with the treatment facility about their philosophy. Try to find a center that has a philosophy you agree with or one that allows you to get the best care for you.

For example, holistic rehabs integrate complementary treatment modalities into their treatment plans. These options may include yoga, acupuncture, meditation, and creative arts therapy, all of which may be appealing if you are already interested in those things.

It may also matter where the facility is located. Maybe you’re someone who finds healing in the water, in which case you might want to look for a San Diego rehab facility by the ocean, or by a river or lake.

Additionally, you’ll want to decide what type of treatment you want. Are you more interested in a treatment that is demographic-specific to you, for example, treatment centers with programming specifically for women, young people, or LGBTQ+ folks?

You’ll also need to consider cost and insurance coverage. Finding a San Diego drug rehab or alcohol rehab that takes your insurance can significantly reduce costs and worries.

Sometimes, finding the right fit for you can feel overwhelming. If you need help choosing a program, you can call our confidential, free helpline at 800-926-9037 (Info iconWho Answers?) . A treatment support specialist is available 24/7 to answer your questions day or night.

Resources

  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (Rev. 2012). Substance Use and Mental Disorders in the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos MSA. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Report: Metro Brief.
  2. San Diego Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force. (2020). 2020 Report Card.
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2021). Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS): 2019. Admissions to and Discharges From Publicly Funded Substance Use Treatment.
  4. United States Health and Human Services Department. (Dec. 2021). New HHS Study Shows 63-Fold Increase in Medicare Telehealth Utilization During the Pandemic.
  5. Drug Policy Alliance. (2013). Understanding California’s 911 Good Samaritan Law.
  6. California Legislative Information. (2021). Bill Text.