According to SAMHSA, there are 500 detox in California. These detox programs include over 40 medical detox centers and over 150 outpatient detox programs. In addition, patients can access over 300 residential detox programs across the state. The purpose of detox is to manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings.


Below, you will find a list of Medical Detox for Opiates, Medication, and Alcohol Abuse in California. These facilities are medically supervised but you should reconfirm with the facilities. The list maybe incomplete and if you have a hard time finding the proper service, call a treatment specialist at 1-800-304-2219. recommends that detox be considered a replacement for formal therapy and counseling. Detoxifying off drugs and alcohol does not necessarily mean an addict has overcome their addiction. Detox should be the first step, followed by long-term residential programs or treatment that meets individual recovery goals.

Our directory of programs provides a comprehensive list of numerous drug detox centers in California. Contact one of our addictions counselors for more information, or consult our directory. Our professionals aim to help you find the best possible regular detox or medical detox in California.

What is Drug Detox?

TIPS: If you are going to detox

  • Never stop taking the medication without consulting a doctor.
  • Get a professional assessment to determine if you need medical detox.
  • Do not abruptly stop using large amounts of alcohol or certain drugs without consulting a medical professional.
  • Get medical support through a good California detox center or advice from your doctor when detoxing from alcohol, opioids, and benzodiazepines.
  • Holistic detox approaches can be effective, especially when withdrawal symptoms are mild and do not require medication assistance.
  • Make sure to eat healthy foods and get plenty of sleep to help your body heal.

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Paying for Drug Detox in California

According to SAMHSA, the following payment options are accepted at drug detox programs in California:

  • 190 programs accept Medi-Cal (Medicaid)
  • 488 facilities take private health insurance plans, but coverage varies.
  • 548 programs are cash or self-payment options.
  • 201 drug detox centers take federal military insurance, typically TRICARE.
  • 60 programs offer payment assistance, but you should check with the facility.

Demographic Specific Detox Services

According to SAMHSA, the following drug and alcohol detox programs are available for specific demographics:

  • 364 operate as men-only treatment.
  • 374 programs for adult women specifically.
  • 33 centers provide specific services for adolescents.
  • 235 facilities are available for veterans.
  • 218 programs for pregnant and postpartum women only.

Detox Centers Using Opioids in California

According to SAMHSA, the following opioid treatment options are available:

  • 125 federally certified Opioid Treatment Programs.
  • 401 programs prescribe Buprenorphine.
  • 356 facilities offer Naltrexone.
  • 306 centers accept clients using Medication-Assisted Treatment but prescribed elsewhere.

It is the professional opinion of that medications are effective during withdrawal management. However, too many individuals become dependent on them after treatment. It generally ends up replacing one drug with another drug. The goal or focus should be drug-free living.

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Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on June 24, 2022

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.

Dr. Rohit S. Adi, MD, DABAM

Dr. Rohit S. Adi, MD, DABAM

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on June 24, 2022

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Dr. Rohit S. Adi is certified in addiction medicine, through examination, by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. While in Louisiana, he worked as an emergency-room physician at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, but then transferred to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, where he works to this day. Holding numerous positions throughout his medical career, Dr. Adi has seen the devastating effects caused by drugs and alcohol. Having the ability to do something about the problem, he co-founded a holistic drug rehabilitation center in Louisiana, where he serves as the facility's Medical Director.