When people think about California, they think of sunny beaches and movie stars. The real California has these things but so much more. The terrain can range from mountains, to beaches to desert. In some areas, someone can start the day swimming in the Pacific and be skiing in the mountains just a few hours later. California is known for its fresh produce, healthy lifestyle and casual vibe. With all of these things going for it, it is no wonder California is the most populous state in the United States.
While millions of people agree that California is a great place to live, it has its drawbacks as well…and we’re not just talking about earthquakes. No state is immune to drug addiction. An estimated 3 million Californians are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Drug abuse kills more people in California than car accidents, homicides, suicide or guns. Emergency room visits and medical care for drug overdose victims drain the economy of millions of dollars each year.
While these statistics seem bleak, California combats substance abuse and alcoholism like no other state in the union. More than 150,000 people a year seek drug addiction and alcoholism treatment in California each year. Many come from out of state to enjoy the healthy lifestyle and climate as they rebuild their lives. There are many programs in both southern and northern California that suit every need or budget. Many of the holistic therapies used in recovery today were first implemented in California, and the state remains on the cutting edge of treatment modalities and medical approaches to drug and alcohol addiction recovery.
If you or someone you care about needs help, call now for a free confidential consultation: (800) 247-6111.
A division of DHCS, or the Department of Health Care Services, MHSUDS handles and combats substance abuse in California. Their services help people who are on Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) find counseling, assessment, detox services, inpatient services, long term treatment and therapy, and aftercare sobriety maintenance. For more information, visit their website.
MHSUDS can help you find a inpatient substance abuse treatment facility or intensive outpatient addiction counseling program in California that accepts state and federally funded health insurance like Medicaid and Medi-Cal.
California is known as a progressive state, implementing programs that focus on getting people help instead of on punishment. One program, the Drug Courts for Nonviolent Drug Offenders, is one such program. Offenders who are struggling with addiction can find sobriety and reduce future criminal activity if they get the substance abuse treatment they need.
Under this rule, offenders get a chance to attend inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment instead of incarceration. The program usually lasts about a year. The offender is subject to drug tests and frequent check-ins with the courts to monitor adherence to the program and measure success rates. Failure to remain sober and follow the policies closely can result in jail time.
Often, when someone is overdosing or are with someone who is overdosing, they do not call 911 because they have drugs with them. They do not want to go to jail. This can have tragic consequences. The person overdosing could die. California has implemented the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Law in 2013. This essentially states that if someone is witnessing an overdose and has a small amount of drugs on them, they can call for help without worrying about getting arrested. This way, anyone overdosing can get the emergency help they need.
We believe recovery meetings are the foundation of quality sobriety. When we connect with others who understand our plight, we know we are not alone. Community fosters strength. If you or a loved one is struggling with alcoholism or substance abuse, we urge you to attend a meeting. We who are in recovery know that connection and compassion give us a strength we could not find on our own. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings can be found in nearly every area of California. Al Anon meetings can help family and friends of those afflicted find comfort and solace in trying times. Below is a list of links for meetings and telephone help hotlines for each county in California.
This is the first and most important phase of alcoholism and drug addiction treatment. To clear our minds, we must clear our bodies of toxins first. California is well known as a major hub of substance abuse treatment and many of the modalities used around the world were first developed here. Whether you want beachfront views, hospitalization, holistic healing or bare-boned rapid detox, you can find them all here in California. Call now to speak to an Addiction Specialist for help. 800-247-6111
Inpatient Addiction Treatment is your best option for true long lasting sobriety. While “inpatient” sounds like a hospital setting, many facilities are in home-like settings and afford you all the comforts of a nice residence. Inpatient substance abuse rehab allows you to distance yourself from settings, situations and people that “trigger” drug abuse. Start your new life in a clean new environment so you are strong when you go back home. Ventura Recovery Center is a comfortable place filled with caring people who truly want to help you find the sobriety we have found. If we cannot help you we will help you find a reputable organization who can Please call for a free confidential consultation. 800-247-6111
After inpatient residential substance abuse treatment, many people opt for intensive outpatient counseling. Here, the client can learn new coping skills and lifestyle management. Group and individual therapy help us heal trauma and past pain. Sobriety, when started right, is a gift of freedom. Outpatient therapy helps us find that freedom. Call now for a free confidential consultation. 800-247-6111