Heroin Detox in California and Rehabs

Last updated: 04 August 2022

Addicted.org provides a comprehensive directory of heroin rehab centers in California. Heroin rehab usually starts with a medical detox followed by some form of inpatient treatment. To help you get started, we have compiled a comprehensive listing of heroin detox in California that can help you overcome heroin addiction.


List of Heroin Detox in California and Rehabs

Below is a list of the different heroin rehab centers in California. Each listing provides information on the types of services provided and the payment options available. You can also find accreditations and certifications to help you determine if the rehab center is trusted and has the expertise you are looking for. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact a treatment specialist at 1-800-304-2219.

Commitment to Quality

Addicted.org's team of addiction professionals has over 100 years of combined experience in the field of substance use and addiction recovery. They use this experience when assessing each service listed in our directory. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any of the listings in our directory, you can contact the team directly at Communications@addicted.org. We will utilize your feedback to make any necessary updates to our list of services.

Call 1-800-304-2219 to talk to a rehab specialist

Heroin addiction becomes a dangerous problem without proper treatment. However, according to the National Institute of Health, effective therapies include behavioral therapy, holistic treatment, and pharmacological therapy to manage painful withdrawal symptoms. Addicted.org agrees with taking a well-rounded approach that may involve medical detox and long-term residential care.

Our directory services provide extensive resources and information for heroin rehabs in California and detox. Contact one of our addictions counselors for information or consult or directory. Our professionals aim to find you the best possible detoxification and therapy in the state.

Heroin Education

TIPS: If you feel you're going to use

  • Call your sponsor or a friend who doesn't use it and understands your situation.
  • Extrovert your attention. Walking and spending time outside can be very therapeutic. 
  • Find a hobby or activity to take your mind off of using. (i.e., art, music, cooking, gardening)
  • Find a purpose in your life and pursue it. (i.e., school, career, volunteering)
  • Recognize the people in your environment who affect you emotionally. They could be one of the reasons for your emotional problems.
  • Make sure to eat healthy foods. A deficiency in vitamins and minerals can create a drop in mental and physical energy.

TIPS: If you want to help someone

  • Don't enable the addict. This includes not giving him any money, not paying their rent, etc.
  • Encourage the person to seek help. This can be done by finding a treatment or a form of support.
  • Be aware of signs of overdose. If you see one of your friends blacking out, or showing other severe side effects, get help immediately.
  • Support the person while they look for rehab since the process can be overwhelming.
  • Don't wait for rock bottom; it may be too late.

Different Types of Heroin Addiction Treatments in California

Here is a summary of the types of heroin rehab in CA or other states.

  • Heroin residential rehab centers give a person the opportunity to stay in a facility for the duration of treatment and get 24/7 care. However, this also requires the person to leave their day-to-day life for an extended period.
  • A person who does not wish to utilize the 12-step methodology for treatment can find personalized treatment in some centers (often called non-12 step or alternative treatments).
  • Holistic heroin rehab centers allow someone to follow a course of treatment that isn't medical and doesn't use drugs. A wide range of holistic therapies is generally available. Some heroin treatment centers will have beds for children if a patient cannot leave their children behind while undergoing treatment.
  • Some heroin rehabilitation treatments are geared towards specific professions like law enforcement, first responders, legal professionals, etc.
  • Wilderness heroin rehabs exist and focus on adventure therapy to help someone cope with their life by finding solutions to challenging situations during the program.

Having so many options can make it harder to decide. Fortunately, our toll-free number can connect you to one of our referral specialists who can guide you in choosing the right heroin rehab center in California.

Heroin Laws in California

This section describes the different heroin laws in California and is only intended to provide the information. If you or someone close to you is facing charges regarding heroin, you should use the services of a legal professional. In some cases, going to a California heroin rehabilitation center could help someone get a reduced sentence. Furthermore, a heroin rehab can help ensure that someone does not have future problems related to heroin.

In 2014, California passed Proposition 47, which classified a simple heroin possession charge as a misdemeanor instead of a felony. The penalties for a misdemeanor are up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. This applies to a first offender. A second offense would double those penalties. However, if the person was previously charged with a "serious" felony (even if it wasn't drug-related), this offense could be upgraded to a felony.

Selling heroin carries different sentences depending on the circumstances.

  • Heroin sale: 3 to 4 years in state prison
  • Possession/purchase with the intent to sell: 3 to 5 years in state prison
  • Selling heroin to minors: 3, 5, or 7 years in state prison
  • Selling heroin to children (daycare, preschool, school): 5, 7, or 9 years in state prison
  • Selling heroin within 1,000 feet of a school: 3, 4, or 5 years added to the sentence

Transporting or importing heroin carries a sentence of 3 to 5 years.

California Heroin Abuse and Addiction Statistics

  • From 2018-to 2019, 74,000 people in California used heroin in the past year. 88% of them were 26 years old or older, and around 8,000 of them were aged 18 to 25 years old.
  • In 2017, 36,708 people attended a publicly funded drug rehab treatment in California with heroin as their primary drug of choice. This represents around 50% of the number of people using heroin mentioned above.
  • In 2020, 995 people died from a heroin overdose in California.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What's Next?

After completing a heroin detox and/or rehab in California, it is vital to arrange aftercare support. No one form of recovery support is the same for each person. Sober coaches, group meetings, outpatient programs, or sober living homes in California all offer excellent recovery opportunities to consider. The goal is to maintain life-long sobriety.

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Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on August 4, 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.