Northern California Drug Rehab

There is no description that would paint a true picture of drug rehab. Centers take varying stances on the value of a 12-step program or the spiritual element of rehab. In Northern California, there are so many private programs, not to mention the government-run ones, that every type of center will likely be found here.

Golden Gate BridgeFunding for Rehab

Centers are funded in one of three ways. They are private centers that earn their revenue from customers. This includes clients who pay the bill in full, insurance claims, and substance abusers or their families who pay adjusted fees.

Non-profit centers charge a fee in many instances, but they keep it low by raising money. These organizations run charity events throughout the year and solicit donations.

Government-run centers are funded by the state or the federal government. They also accept insurance from their clients.


Most drug rehab clinics in Northern California are for adults. There are a few exceptions that take adolescents or a mixture of young adults and teenagers.

A number of centers also stipulate that they accept only males or just females for drug rehab treatment.

Special Issues

Drug addiction is not unusual, yet each situation is unique. A clinic which can create a program for each person is preferred over one with a schedule designed to teach only the basic 12 steps to recovery. Even among unique clients there are special considerations which require particularly sensitive attention.

When a woman arrives pregnant, it is the job of clinicians to try and save mother and baby. A mother can go through detox while she is pregnant, the argument being that her baby will be in a better state of health when she is born than if she did not detoxify.

Many babies die or are born with birth defects and neurological issues. Some will be fostered out in the short term or given up for adoption so the mother can concentrate on her personal recovery.

Women who want their kids and are willing to work at recovery stay on after detox for rehab and to learn parenting skills. Women with small children can bring their tots to rehab and are designated special rooms.

Clients with HIV/AIDS have already paid a high price for their addiction to drugs, and not necessarily IV drugs either. An addict takes risks and thinks she is impervious to danger. If she has bipolar disorder, drugs will only enhance the tendency to act without thinking. Although the damage is done, clients can enjoy improved health and reduce the risk of deteriorating if they seek expert help about nutrition, fitness, and medication.

Holistic Recovery

There are two views on what holistic recovery is supposed to mean. One view is that it refers to naturopathic treatment, eschewing any drugs, 12-step programs, and often the notion of God in any form.

At these facilities, detox is conducted using a sauna or another natural approach. Clients do not receive any medication unless they experience medical issues during detox. A physician is alert to problems at all times.

“Holistic” can also refer more broadly to the “whole-person” approach in which clients receive treatment at three or more levels. At the very least they will explore the impact of substance abuse on their bodies, their feelings, and their spiritual lives. Experts also talk about the role of family and society in overall healing and future recovery.

If this sounds like it should be basic, note that at many state-run centers, the percentage of clients who relapse when they leave or who leave prior to finishing their treatment is higher than at those centers where therapists take the holistic approach.

Government-funded rehab centers are not as well-endowed with money as private ones. There is less time and more addicts to try and help than there are at the private level where only a small number of addicts might be enrolled at any given time for 4 or more weeks of therapy.

Augmenting Services

This is one reason why clients have to advocate for their own health. Whatever seems to be missing at public rehab (usually mental health and spiritual treatment) should be accessed elsewhere. Do not leave the matter too long, either.

Contact a counselor for treatment as soon as you know when you will be finishing rehab, or combine the two if you can. Some counselors offer adjusted rates and many accept insurance. A referral agency will use the name of your insurer to pair you with a counselor that accepts it.

Diagnosing Complex Issues

Most addicts are imbalanced before they take their first shot of heroin or snort coke for the first time. The dangers of taking drugs are known throughout communities. Few people miss that lesson if they go to public school.

And yet, the problem with drug abuse persists in Northern California. There have to be some good reasons. One of them is that addicts are looking for compensation against emotional, spiritual, or bodily pain.

Chronic pain is a major contributor to the problem with opiate abuse, a situation which is bursting out of control. Depression, PTSD, anxiety, and panic disorder are just some mental illnesses that are on the rise too.

Some people feel the symptoms but do not know what is wrong. They feel like freaks, so instead of visiting a physician (assuming they have insurance, and many do not), they try meth or they experiment with LSD.

Therapists with expertise in treating addicts see this connection daily. Their approach is to solve the intrinsic problem: the mental disorder. At the same time, using group therapy, relaxation classes, nutritional consultations, and other workshops, clients learn to overcome their desire to abuse drugs.

When a name is given to the emotional complication and a person knows how to manage it, she is more likely to leave rehab with the resolve to stay sober. If she never learns how to manage stress, deal with anger, or cope with constant pain, she will return to her drug habit as the one thing that seemed to help.