Los Angeles Addiction and Drug Rehab
Should I Travel Outside of LA for Treatment?
Although there are plenty of great rehabs in Los Angeles, traveling to another city for treatment is sometimes the best option. Some people may simply need to get away from the people, places and things that trigger their desire to use. Others may find the stress of living in a fast-paced environment like LA has contributed to their addiction. Finding a rehab in a slower, more relaxed location may help them heal more efficiently. Some rehabs within driving distance for LA residents include:
- MFI Recovery Center Riverside, CA (55 miles east, 1 hour drive)
- Above It All Treatment Center Skyforest, CA (80 miles northeast, 1.5 hour drive)
- Cottage Residential Center Santa Barbara, CA (100 miles northwest, 2 hour drive)
- Recovery Ranch Santa Ynez, CA (125 miles northwest, 2.5 hour drive)
- Sunrise Recovery Santa Ynez, CA (125 miles northwest, 2.5 hour drive)
Intensive Outpatient Treatment at the Betty Ford Center
Inpatient rehab may not be an option for everyone—responsibilities like work, school and children can’t always be put on hold for 30 days.
Outpatient programs are a flexible alternative to residential treatment.
These programs allow LA residents to remain living at home and keep up with their responsibilities while getting treatment. There are many quality outpatient treatment programs to choose from in Los Angeles, such as the Betty Ford Center West LA.
Part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the Betty Ford Center in West Los Angeles offers one of the leading outpatient treatment programs in the country. The center boasts a staff of highly trained professionals, an array of daytime and evening outpatient programs and a large network of recovery support services.
The center takes a holistic approach to treatment, focusing on healing each patient physically, spiritually and mentally. The Betty Ford Center practices evidence-based treatment methods and is equipped to treat co-occurring disorders. The following services are offered at the Betty Ford Center in West Los Angeles:
- Day treatment
- Outpatient treatment
- Intensive outpatient treatment
- Continuing care
- Mental health treatment
- Recovery management
- Online social community
The Betty Ford Center West LA is in-network with some insurance providers and some costs may be covered under out-of-network benefits. The center provides a financial counselor for each patient to ensure the maximum insurance coverage is used. Financial aid may be available through the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. The approximate cost of the center’s outpatient program is $4,032 for 6-8 weeks or $5,376 for 12-16 weeks.
Inpatient treatment services are offered at the Betty Ford Center Rancho Mirage campus.
Drug Abuse in Los Angeles
As is true of many major cities in the U.S. substance abuse has been a common struggle in Los Angeles for decades. The city’s proximity to the Mexican border may be in part to blame, as it makes LA a prime location for Central and South American drug traffickers to transport and distribute illicit substances.
The crack cocaine epidemic that swept the nation in the 1980s destroyed countless lives and families across the U.S. The epidemic is believed to have originated in South Central Los Angeles, where imported Colombian cocaine was converted to crack and sold in impoverished, black communities. Evidence of the drug’s destruction is still apparent in those communities today.
In low-income neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, the enduring lure of the cheap, potent drug ‘has changed the architecture of the community,’ in the words of Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger. The crack epidemic rolled through some lives like a wildfire and burned slowly through others over years. Crack steered fathers to jail, lured mothers into the streets and left children to raise themselves in neighborhoods bristling with despair and anger. Their families and communities were left scorched and in many cases, still smoldering.
Los Angeles Times article, 2010
Crack cocaine is not the only illicit drug that plagues the City of Angels. According to a 2011 report by the National Drug Intelligence Center, Los Angeles’ high intensity drug trafficking area (HIDTA) is increasingly being used to transit and sell methamphetamine from Mexico. The report also noted there’s been an increase in local production of marijuana .
The increase in the availability of both meth and marijuana correlate to the recent increase in addiction treatment admissions for both drugs. In the first half of 2013, nearly 19 percent of treatment admissions were for methamphetamine and more than 27 percent were for marijuana—more than half of these marijuana admissions were people under the age of 18. Heroin abuse is also a problem in LA, with more than 4,000 treatment admissions for the drug from January to June 2013.
Addiction and Drug Abuse Statistics in LA
Addiction Treatment Services in LA
The Los Angeles County Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) program is responsible for administering alcohol and drug programs in the county.
The SAPC program offers a variety of prevention, treatment and recovery services, and is LA’s hub for local addiction information.
The Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Centers (AVRCs) is a division of the SAPC program. The AVRCs offer cost-effective inpatient and outpatient treatment services, as well as mental and physical health assessments, treatment and referrals. The centers also offer the following:
- Medication-assisted detox
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- 12-step meetings
- Trauma-informed treatment
- Post-treatment planning (preventing relapse, finding sober housing, getting a job, etc.)
The AVRCs use a sliding scale based on each patient’s financial situation to determine the cost of treatment. The centers also accept Medicaid and Medicare .
Find Help in Your City Now
If you live in LA and are struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, get help now. Thousands of people—locals and travelers alike—get treatment in Los Angeles rehabs every year. With so many high quality treatment centers to choose from, we can find a rehab that fits your need. Please call us today .