Alcoholism, drug addiction, and problem gambling are chronic conditions that are preventable and treatable. Similar to other chronic, relapsing diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, alcohol and drug addiction is manageable successfully. As with other chronic diseases, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin abusing again. Relapse, however, does not signal failure; rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated, adjusted, or that alternative treatment is needed to help the individual regain control and recovery. An alternative program could provide alternative activities, information, referral, outreach, community organization, and other services to individuals on a drop-in or scheduled basis.
If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol or drugs, there are treatment services available throughout California to help you get on the road to recovery. These range from emergency counseling and initial assessment to detoxification. Each county in California has an alcohol and drug program office that can help you find the right alcohol and other drug-related services available in your area. Access county alcohol and drug program offices to locate your local county office
The online directory, California Treatment Works! (SAMSHA Facility Locator) , is available to everyone and updated continually. The directory will help you locate information on approximately 2,000 treatment and recovery programs in all 58 California counties, including private, public, and not-for-profit programs.
Services and programs identified in this online directory include, but are not limited to:
For more information on treatment, please visit the National Institute for Drug Addiction.
- Culturally-specific programs designed to serve the specific needs of American Indians, African Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Latino-Hispanics (includes bilingual services)
- Gender-specific programs
- Prevention services which address individuals, the settings in which they live, and the larger community with activities to promote health and reduce the occurrence of problems associated with the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
- Relapse prevention
- Community drop-in centers
- Access for the disabled
- Counseling services
- Accommodations to allow parents to bring children while they receive services
For information on understanding drug abuse and addiction, visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s booklet “Drugs, Brains, and Behavior – The Science of Addiction”.