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About California Drug and Alcohol Rehabs

Finding a drug and alcohol rehab that is right for you can be a difficult task. Location, Cost, Duration, Residential Treatment, Day Treatment, Partial Hospitalization, Outpatient Treatment or Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) are just some of the options. Probably the hardest thing is knowing which one is right for you. Detailed CARF Descriptions of Different Treatment Types are listed below.

We list all licensed residential drug and alcohol rehabs in the state of California. You can search through our database if you know what County you want to participate in rehab, or you can call us and we can help you find the right addiction rehab for you.

Residential Treatment Rehab

Residential drug and alcohol rehab in the state of California requires a license by the California State Alcohol and Drug Programs. This license is for the facility not the services provided, so any facility that provides addiction
In Depth, Detailed, CARF Descriptions of Different Treatment Types
By level of intensity
Outpatient Treatment (OT)
Outpatient treatment programs provide services that include, but are not limited to, individual, group, and family counseling and education on recovery and wellness. These programs offer comprehensive, coordinated, and defined services that may vary in level of intensity. Outpatient programs may address a variety of needs, including, but not limited to: situational stressors, family relations, interpersonal relationships, mental health issues, life span issues, psychiatric illnesses, addictions (such as alcohol or other drugs, gambling, and Internet), eating or sexual
disorders, and the needs of victims of abuse, domestic violence, or other trauma.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)
Intensive outpatient treatment programs are clearly identified as a separate and distinct program. The intensive outpatient program consists of a scheduled series of sessions appropriate to the person-centered plans of the persons served. These may include services provided during evenings and on weekends or interventions delivered by a variety of service providers in the community. The program can function as a step-down program from partial  hospitalization, detoxification, or residential services; may be used to prevent or minimize the need for a more intensive and restrictive level of treatment; and is considered to be more intensive and integrated than traditional outpatient services.

Day Treatment (DT)
Day treatment programs are time-limited, medically-monitored programs that offer comprehensive, intensive, individually planned, coordinated, and structured services. A day treatment program consists of a scheduled series of structured, face-to-face therapeutic sessions organized at various levels of intensity and frequency in order to assist the persons served in achieving the goals identified in their individual treatment plans. Day treatment programs are typically offered four or more days per week, with some available in the evenings and on weekends. Such a program functions as a step-down or alternative to inpatient care or partial hospitalization, as transitional care following an inpatient or partial hospitalization stay in order to facilitate return to the community or to prevent or minimize the need for a more intense or restrictive level of treatment. Day treatment programs are more intensive than outpatient treatment and serve persons who need a structured behavioral health setting for daytime activities.

Partial Hospitalization (PH)
Partial hospitalization programs are time limited, medically supervised programs that offer comprehensive, therapeutically intensive, coordinated, and structured clinical services. Partial hospitalization programs are available at least five days per week but may also offer half-day, weekend, or evening hours. Partial hospitalization programs may be freestanding or part of a broader system but should be identifiable as a distinct and separately organized unit.
A partial hospitalization program consists of a series of structured, face-to-face therapeutic sessions organized at various levels of intensity and frequency. Partial hospitalization programs are typically designed for persons who are experiencing increased symptomatology, disturbances in behavior, or other conditions that negatively impact the mental or behavioral health of the person served. The program must be able to address the presenting problems in a setting that is not residential or inpatient. Given this, the persons served in partial hospitalization do not pose an immediate risk to themselves or others. Services are provided for the purpose of diagnostic evaluation; active treatment of a person's condition; or to prevent relapse, hospitalization, or incarceration. Such a program functions as an alternative to inpatient care, as transitional care following an inpatient stay in lieu of continued  hospitalization, as a step-down service, or when the severity of symptoms is such that success in a less acute level of  care is tenuous.

Residential Treatment (RT)
Residential treatment programs are organized and staffed to provide both general and specialized nonhospital-based interdisciplinary services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for persons with behavioral health disabilities or co-occurring disabilities, including intellectual or developmental disability; victims or perpetrators of domestic violence or other abuse; or persons needing treatment because of eating or sexual disorders or drug, gambling, or Internet addictions. Residential treatment services are organized to provide environments in which the persons reside and receive services from personnel who are trained in the delivery of services for persons with behavioral health disorders or related problems. Residential treatment may be provided in freestanding, nonhospital-based facilities or in clearly identified units of larger entities, such as a wing of a hospital. Residential treatment programs may include domestic violence treatment homes, nonhospital addiction treatment centers, intermediate care facilities, psychiatric treatment centers, or other nonmedical settings.

Inpatient Treatment (IT)
Inpatient treatment programs provide coordinated and integrated services in freestanding or hospital settings. Inpatient treatment programs include a comprehensive, biopsychosocial approach to service delivery. There are daily therapeutic activities in which the persons served participate. Inpatient treatment is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The goal of inpatient treatment is to provide a protective environment that includes medical stabilization, support, treatment for psychiatric and/or addictive disorders, and supervision. Such programs operate in designated space that allows for an appropriate medical treatment environment.
therapy, counseling, groups or education, and houses clients, must be licensed by the state. The only exceptions are faith based organizations, which have no Special requirements, or medical facilities, which have their own licensing requirements. These licensing requirements do not change based on the level of education the staff or counselors have.

Some facilities claim to be residential treatment but they aren't licensed as residential treatment. They instead have one building for the treatment rehab center and another building for housing. Under this model, there are no licensing requirements. It is essentially Outpatient Treatment combined with housing in a Recovery Residence (sober living.) Facilities do this to save money, make more money, or circumvent the licensing procedures. They charge prices that are comparable to Residential Treatment even though they don't have to comply with the regulations of residential treatment such as 24 hour staff. If you find yourself considering this type of treatment, also look at Recovery Residences (sober living) in the area to find out the going rate. It may be more cost effective to stay at another recovery residence and attend the outpatient program. Any Facility where you sleep and also receive ANY treatment services or counseling MUST be licensed by the state or it is an illegal facility. Sober Living  cannot provide any treatment related service or meeting.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient Treatment takes on many forms. Some outpatient is provided by dedicated rehab and substance abuse facilities that provide a broad variety of services including groups, individual counseling, family education and support, and Perinatal support. Some provide opiate replacement programs as well. Outpatient treatment centers are not required to have any license or certification (unless they have opiate replacement programs) but the State of California Alcohol and Drug Programs licensing department does provide a voluntary certification for those facilities that want to show that they are a step above the others. Other forms of outpatient treatment may be one-on-one or group counseling with a licensed MFT or LCSW.

Other Credentials

There are various organizations that offer credentials which treatment centers can apply for. Most credential organizations require more than what is required from the California State ADP. The most stringent and coveted credential is CARF Accreditation. Finding a CARF Accredited Treatment Center ensures the highest qualifications for services provided. available have been met and are continuing to be met as monthly reporting is required.
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