Where Can I Find Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers in California?

If you or your loved one is struggling with alcoholism, you may wonder where to turn for help. Luckily, if you are seeking help within California, there 1,311 facilities available statewide that treat substance addictions of any kind and 895 specifically-designated for alcohol addiction only.1ca rehab facilities

Of those, 921 are outpatient facilities, 490 are residential (non-hospital), and 29 are inpatient treatment centers.1 A majority of these facilities are 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. 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.

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.

To find other programs in the state, 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 in California?

In California, there are 207 outpatient detox centers, 197 residential (non-hospital), and 28 inpatient facilities.1 Depending on the magnitude of physical dependence, alcohol withdrawal syndrome may range from mild to physically dangerous. Symptoms may include irritability, anxiety, agitation, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, seizures and in rarer cases, delirium tremens.2

Alcohol withdrawal may be dangerous when done on your own; because of this, a supervised, medical detox center can help avoid unnecessary discomfort or life-threatening withdrawal complications. Detox is the process of getting substances out of your body and helping you manage acute withdrawal symptoms from alcohol.3 These types of programs provide individuals with onsite physicians and 24-hour care to help gain management over alcohol withdrawal symptoms.3 

To find local detox facilities in California, search SAMHSA’s directory which can be found here.

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:

Why Choose American Addiction Centers?

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.

Check to see if your insurance covers alcohol addiction treatment with American Addiction Centers here.

State-Funded Insurance (i.e. Medicaid)

Medicaid is healthcare coverage provided by the federal government, which covers around 72 million people.4 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.4

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. 1

Check your eligibility here.

California Packing List

If you are considering getting alcohol 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. 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:

 California Alcohol Use Statistics

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 alcohol addiction, including:


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

[2]. MedlinePlus. (2019). Alcohol Withdrawal.

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

[4]. Medicaid. (n.d.). Eligibility.

[5]. NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis. (2018). Alcohol-Impaired Driving.

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