Top 18 Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centers in Tustin, CA & Free Treatment Resources

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If you’re looking for alcohol and drug rehab in Tustin, CA, you’ll find over 400 options to choose from in this city and its surrounding Orange County. Located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Tustin offers views of the Saddleback Mountains and the Pacific Coast and is sometimes referred to as the City of the Trees. As one of the oldest historical towns in the county, it provides an urban atmosphere with inviting historic districts. Transected by the Santa Ana Freeway and situated just seven miles north of John Wayne Airport, Tustin is in a strategic crossroads location. This provides advantages for travel and business, but it also has its disadvantages. The major transportation channels make drug trafficking easier and more prevalent. The drug-related crime in Tustin is 7.01 per 1,000 residents per year.2 And in 2021, there were 744 opioid overdose deaths in Orange County.1

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Substance Abuse and Overdose Statistics in Tustin, CA

The following statistics reveal recent trends for substance abuse in Orange County, CA:1

Levels of Care for Substance Abuse

Multiple levels of care exist for alcohol and drug rehab in California. Some residents require all levels of care during their journey to recovery, while others receive only the less intensive options.

Medical Detox

Detox is the process of safely and comfortably removing drugs or alcohol from your system while in a supervised medical setting. Many people choose a medical detox program to prevent severe withdrawal symptoms. This is often the first step in the recovery process, completed before transitioning into formal inpatient addiction treatment services.

Inpatient Care

An inpatient or residential setting involves living at an accredited rehab facility 24/7 to receive treatment for addiction. A combination of evidence-based interventions are provided, including individual and group therapy, nutritional counseling, and medication administration.

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs)

PHPs are a type of outpatient treatment in California that often involve many of the same therapies and methods of inpatient care. The difference being that you only visit the drug rehab during scheduled session times, then you can return home.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)

A step down from PHPs, IOPs are a type of outpatient treatment in California allowing you to attend onsite sessions for several hours a day, multiple days each week, while spending the rest of your time at home, working, or fulfilling other obligations.

Standard Outpatient

As the least intensive setting, standard outpatient care is appropriate for California residents who are highly motivated and have a strong support system. It involves just one or two hours of treatment per week.

Relapse Prevention

Aftercare, or relapse prevention, provides ongoing support after a rehab program is complete. Aftercare may include 12-step groups, non-12-step groups like SMART Recovery, ongoing therapy, sober living homes, and more.

How to Pay for Substance Abuse Treatment in California

Private Insurance

Every insurance provider in the U.S. is required by law to provide at least some coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment. In California, residents should contact their insurance provider to confirm specific coverage with their carrier, including applicable copays.


Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. Funded by federal and state taxes, this program pays for medical services for children and adults who have limited income. To qualify for Medi-Cal, California residents must meet income requirements and be one of the following: pregnant, responsible for a child under 21 years old, blind, disabled or a disabled family member, or 65 years or older.

California Medicare

California Medicare is a government program providing coverage to residents who are over the age of 65 or who have end-stage renal disease. California residents can use Medicare to cover the cost of rehab and other addiction treatment services; however, not all rehabs accept Medicare insurance.

Sliding Scale Payment Options

Sliding scale payment plans only charge California residents what they can afford, based on their income. To qualify, residents typically need to provide proof of income and assets.

TRICARE in California

California TRICARE (West Region) is a government program that provides health insurance for military personnel, veterans, and their dependents. TRICARE coverage includes addiction treatment services, such as rehab and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

IHS-Funded Drug Rehabs

Drug rehab programs funded by the Indian Health Service provide free addiction treatment to California Natives and Indigenous peoples in the U.S.

Getting to and Around Tustin, CA

If you plan to travel for alcohol and drug rehab in Tustin, CA or visit a loved one undergoing treatment at a Tustin drug and alcohol rehab, here are some valuable tips to guide your plans:

  • The closest airport is Santa Ana’s John Wayne Airport (7 miles). Other nearby options include Long Beach (19 miles), and Ontario/San Bernardino (26 miles).
  • Tustin features a MetroLink station, for easy train connections to the rest of the region. Orange County Transportation Authority also offers bus routes throughout the area.
  • Tustin is considered somewhat walkable, and has some biking infrastructure. Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are also available to get around the city by car.
  • As part of a major metropolitan area, there are no shortage of overnight accommodation options in and around Tustin. Locals generally consider the southeast part of Tustin to be the safest.
  • Attractions in Tustin include the Hewes Mansion, Tustin Museum, Elizabeth Howard’s Curtain Call Dinner Theater, and Marconi Automotive Museum.
  • Great day trip options from Tustin include Disneyland, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

California Alcohol and Drug Laws

California law includes the following policies related to substance abuse:1,2,3,4,5

California Employee Protections for Drug or Alcohol Rehab: California’s labor code requires employers with 25 or more employees to provide accommodation to staff who voluntarily choose to attend alcohol or drug rehab. This may include unpaid time off or use of sick or vacation time. Employees who wish to request time off for addiction treatment may be able to request it under the Family and Medical Leave Act or the California Family Rights Act.

Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act: This act provides treatment opportunities for individuals who are convicted of non-violent crimes. Eligible offenders may serve their time in drug treatment rather than in prison.

California Government Prevention and Care Services: Senate Bill 110 expanded these services to include contingency management (an incentivized treatment program) as a benefit covered under Medi-Cal. Patients who demonstrate substance-free behavior, such as drug-free urine tests, are rewarded with vouchers or gift cards.

California Ethical Treatment for Persons with Substance Use Disorder Act: This bill protects residents undergoing addiction treatment by requiring alcohol and drug rehabs in California to adopt a client bill of rights that seeks to ensure every client is are treated with dignity, honesty, and respect.

California’s Good Samaritan Law: This law encourages California residents to call 9-1-1 if an overdose is suspected. It protects individuals who seek emergency medical care for overdose from legal repercussions for possession of a controlled substance/drug paraphernalia or providing alcohol to minors.


  1. CA overdose dashboard. (n.d.). Retrieved December 27, 2022, from
  2. Tustin, CA drug-related crime rates and maps. (n.d.). CrimeGrade.Org. Retrieved December 27, 2022, from


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