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Where Can I Find Heroin Addiction Treatment Centers in California?

If you or your loved one is struggling with an addiction to heroin, you may wonder where to turn for help. Luckily, if you are seeking help within California, there are a number of programs available statewide, with a majority located in Southern California and in larger cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.

A part of the American Addiction Centers portfolio of facilities, Laguna Treatment Hospital is Orange County’s first chemical dependency recovery hospital providing research-based clinical and support services for those suffering with drug and/or alcohol addiction. Laguna provides all levels of care from medical detox to intensive outpatient treatment with a staff of more than 70 addiction professionals, registered nurses, licensed marriage and family therapists, and a recreational therapist. Set amongst the backdrop of one of SoCal’s most scenic cities, the hospital is known for its therapeutic setting, which is ideal for helping patients get on the path to recovery.

To find a program near you, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a full list of California rehabilitation facilities, which can be found here.

Where Can I Find Medical Detox Centers?

Heroin withdrawal is a difficult and uncomfortable experience, with the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal which can include:1

  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Hot and cold flashes.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Profuse sweating.
  • Anxiety.
  • Agitation.
  • Runny nose.
  • Goose bumps.

Because withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable to manage on their own, some may choose to enlist the help of a medical detox center. Detox is the process of getting drugs out of your body and helping you manage acute withdrawal symptoms from heroin.2 These types of programs provide individuals with onsite physicians and 24-hour care to help gain management over heroin withdrawal symptoms.2

Does My Insurance Cover Treatment in California?

Many insurance plans provide coverage for addiction treatment, and if you are planning to use your out-of-state insurance provider in California, it is important to know if your provider is accepted in the state and what it will cover. The most popular providers include:

  • Kaiser Permanente.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • Cigna.
  • United Healthcare.
  • Aetna.

Why Choose AAC

American Addiction Centers (AAC) offers a nationwide network of facilities, an alumni support system, quality care, and a 90-day promise. If a person relapses after completing 90 days of treatment at an AAC program, they can return for 30 days of complimentary treatment.

Additionally, AAC alumni from across the country host fun gatherings and events while alumni coordinators check-in regularly to ensure those recovering from substance abuse benefit from continued support.

Let’s verify your coverage for treatment at an American Addiction Centers location. Your information is always confidential.

State-Funded Insurance (i.e. Medicaid)

Medicaid is healthcare coverage provided by the federal government, which covers around 72 million people.3 Medicaid covers adults who meet low-income requirements, as well as people with certain disabilities, the elderly, and children who meet the income criteria. While the government funds Medicaid, each state is responsible for administering the program within the state.3

You may be eligible for California’s Medicaid program, called Medi-Cal. Even if you have been turned down in years past for coverage, it’s a good idea to check your eligibility again. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, many of the rules around income levels and assets—such as owning a car—have changed, and more people can now get Medi-Cal coverage. Not all facilities accept Medicaid in California, however, 461 treatment centers (roughly 35% of facilities in California) do allow it as a payment option. 4

Check your eligibility here.

Packing List

If you are considering getting heroin addiction treatment in California and are coming from another part of the country, you may not be familiar with what items to pack for the climate you may encounter. Many people think of beaches and surfing when they picture California and think that you can go without a jacket year-round.

However, be aware that the Los Angeles area averages 51 degrees in January and February, and nightly temperatures in the high 50s even in May. Furthermore, even Northern California can be colder than you might expect, with San Francisco averaging a high of 67 and a low of 54 in July. When coming to California, it is a good idea to pack:

  • A lightweight jacket or sweater for the spring and summer.
  • A heavier jacket for fall and winter.
  • Closed-toed shoes for the cooler seasons, as well as at night.
  • Sandals or flip-flops for warmer weather.
  • Shorts and jeans.
  • Athletic attire.
  • Warm socks.
  • Sunglasses.

State-Specific Heroin Stats

  • In 2017, there were 2,199 overdose deaths involving opioids in California, of those, 715 were heroin-related. Deaths involving heroin also increased from 593 in 2012.5
  • The number of heroin-related overdoses requiring a visit to an emergency room tripled from 2006 and 2017.6

Other Ways to Get Help

In addition to finding treatment facilities, there are additional ways to get help or find support if you’re struggling with heroin addiction, including:


[1]. U.S. National Library of Medicine (2018). Opiate and Opioid Withdrawal.

[2]. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2006). Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.

[3]. Medicaid. (n.d.). Eligibility.

[4]. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). 2017 State Profile — California, National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services.

[5]. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019). California Opioid Summary.

[6]. California Health Care Foundation. (2018). California Health Care Almanac.

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