Top 16 Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centers in Santa Maria, CA & Free Treatment Resources

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Santa Maria is a central coast city in Santa Barbara, California. It’s a city known for its wineries, unique style of barbeque, and much more. Unfortunately, being that the state of California has been at the heart of our nation’s opioid crisis, Santa Barbara County has seen a 17% increase in overdose cases between January 2020 and December 2021.California has a solid Good Samaritan law that protects those who call 911 in the event of an overdose from legal prosecution.Thanks to the different financial options available, including health insurance programs and state and federally-funded programs, drug and alcohol rehab in Santa Maria is much more accessible.

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Alcohol and Drug Stats in Santa Maria, California

Here is a brief overview of the recent substance use statistics for Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County:1,3

Financing Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Santa Maria, California

The cost of treatment often stands in the way of individuals with substance use disorders getting the quality treatment they deserve. However, paying for treatment, whether it’s long-term or short-term, shouldn’t be an issue as there are more financial options available when it comes to alcohol and drug rehab in Santa Maria:

State-funded rehab: State-funded drug rehab in Santa Maria either comes as low-cost or is completely free for individuals without health insurance and little or no income. Depending on the treatment center, you may be offered 100% free care or a special financing plan, such as a sliding scale payment scheme. It’s important to note that state-funded facilities cover most types of treatment, including residential programs, outpatient programs, medically assisted detox, and methadone clinic care.resources.

Grant-funded rehab: Plenty of Santa Maria drug rehabs receive substance abuse treatment grants, including those that come from SAMHSA or private corporations and organizations, as a charitable offering to the community.

Rehab scholarships: You can apply for rehab scholarships directly through the treatment facility or through a third-party organization, such as 10,000 Beds, which will cover the cost of your addiction treatment.

Some of the free drug and alcohol rehab options in Santa Maria, California, include:

  • Central Coast Rescue Mission – Men’s Recovery Program
  • Aegis Santa Maria
  • Cottage Outpatient Center
  • Lompoc Health – Counseling Center
  • Casa Solana
  • Good Samaritan Service

Private Insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid

Health insurance from mainstream providers, including Cigna, Kaiser Permanente, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cobra, etc., make rehab affordable and accessible as all health insurance providers are required to include behavioral health benefits in their coverage. Additionally, every treatment facility should accept private health insurance as long as it falls within the network of your specific provider. If you’re unsure which treatment centers are in network with your particular insurance provider, it’s a good idea to call your provider and get more details on your coverage and which facilities they consider to be in-network.

Medicaid is another excellent option if you don’t have private health insurance. Medicaid is a federally-funded health insurance program providing coverage to low-income individuals and households, barring a few exceptions.4 To receive Medicaid, there are certain criteria you must meet, such as proof of having a low-income level (below the federal poverty line), and proof of your legal residency in Santa Maria and the United States.4

Medicare is another federally-funded insurance program that provides health insurance coverage to aging adults over the age of 65. It also provides coverage for people with disabilities, regardless of age, in most instances.5 Medicare covers a long list of treatment services for people with substance use disorders and mental health disorders. However, the particular benefits you receive will depend on your individual plan and the category of coverage you fall under.5

Santa Maria, California Local Information

santa maria california drug alcohol rehab“From shopping, eating uniquely cooked barbeque, bird watching, and exploring historical sites and museums to visiting the Guadalupe-Nipomo dunes, there are plenty of experiences in Santa Maria, California.

Getting There

The nearest major airports are the Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX/KSMX) which is just three miles from the inner city, and the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA), which is roughly 63 miles (one hour) from Santa Maria. You can also expect to find a wide range of hotels to suit all budget levels, including Airbnb and bed and breakfasts. Of course, if you’re planning to visit a loved one attending a drug and alcohol rehab in Santa Maria, it’s best to arrange to stay as close to their treatment center as possible.

Getting Around

There are several neighborhoods in Santa Maria that are considered walkable. However, overall, you’ll need a car or a bicycle to get around if you plan to partake in many activities. If you don’t have either, your best bet is to utilize the city’s bus system or rideshares, including Uber and Lyft.


  1. Project Opioid. (n.d.). The Changing Overdose Crisis in Santa Barbara County.
  2. The Drug Policy Alliance. (March 2013). Understanding California’s 911 Good Samaritan Law.
  3. Opioid Safety Coalition. (n.d.). Local Data – Santa Barbara County.
  4. Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services. (n.d.) Medicaid Eligibility.
  5. Center For Medicare Advocacy. (n.d.). Medicare Coverage of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

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