Addiction and substance use disorders are major problems across the United States and in Southern California. While illicit substances like heroin are major contributing factors in the addiction crisis in the country, the use and misuse of prescription drugs add to the problem. Prescription drugs like benzodiazepines may be used to achieve a recreational high. Plus, though benzos aren’t associated with severe accidental overdose symptoms, they are deadly when combined with other drugs of abuse like opioids.

In Los Angeles County, there were around 1,298 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2020. In San Diego County, there were 525 opioid overdose deaths the same year. Most opioid overdoses involve more than one drug, and they often involve depressants like benzodiazepines and alcohol. A benzodiazepine addiction may increase your risk of experiencing dangerous consequences like overdose or dangerous withdrawal symptoms.

Learn more about treating benzodiazepine addiction in Southern California.   

California Highlands Drug Rehab in Southern California

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Drug rehab is a complex process with several levels of care and therapies. When you first speak to a doctor about treatment or enter a treatment program, you will go through an assessment process. Through this assessment of your medical, psychological, and social needs, you’ll start to develop a treatment plan with the help of medical and clinical professionals. Here are some of the treatment options you may have if you go through treatment at California Highlands. 


Medical detox is the highest level on the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s Continuum of Care model. Detox at California Highlands Addiction Treatment is reserved for people that have high-level medical needs that are related to substance use disorders and drug dependence. It involves medically managed intensive inpatient services 24 hours per day. Detox is often the first step in addiction treatment, especially for people that are dependent on benzodiazepines and other central nervous system depressants. Since benzos can cause uncomfortable or dangerous withdrawal symptoms, detox is a safe way to get through depressant withdrawal. In detox, you could be treated with medications that are approved to treat withdrawal. Benzodiazepine withdrawal may be treated by tapering to avoid more severe withdrawal symptoms. 


Inpatient and residential treatment at California Highlands Addiction Treatment also involves 24-hour care, though it’s less intensive than detox. Inpatient treatment involves medical monitoring, which may be necessary for people that are medically stable but could experience some complications that need supervision from medical professionals. Residential services are slightly less intensive and involve clinically managed treatment services. Residential treatment may be received for people with stable medical conditions but high-level psychological or social needs. If living independently would put your health or sobriety at risk, you may need residential services. 

Through inpatient and residential treatment, you’ll go through highly intensive clinical services that could include several hours of individual and group therapy each day. Therapies are designed to address your needs and substance use issues, as well as any other problems like mental health disorders. 

Partial Hospitalization

Partial hospitalization is the highest level of care in which you are able to live on your own. However, you will attend addiction treatment services on a schedule of a part or full-time job. To qualify as partial hospitalization, treatment services must require at least 20 hours of your week or more. As in inpatient treatment, you will go through therapies based on your needs, including individual and group therapy sessions at California Highlands Addiction Treatment. You will continue to work through your treatment plan and make adjustments as needed. You may also go through behavioral therapies, addiction education, and social therapies to help you as you manage your recovery in the real world.

Intensive Outpatient

Intensive outpatient treatment is similar to partial hospitalization, though it only requires nine or more hours of treatment services each week. As you spend less time in treatment and more time attending to personal responsibilities and goals, you may encounter new triggers and stressors that threaten your sobriety. Continuing your recovery in intensive outpatient treatment at California Highlands Addiction Treatment can help address these challenges with clinical support. Outpatient services are often important steps between high levels of care and complete independence in recovery. You’ll continue to work through your treatment plan and go through therapies that can address your needs.


Aftercare refers to services that are provided after formal treatment has ended. Even though you are no longer in medical or clinical treatment, it’s important to treat recovery as a life-long process. People that continue to pursue their recovery after treatment has ended may have more success in safeguarding their sobriety. Aftercare services may involve periodic check-ins and a connection with an aftercare coordinator that can help you seek community resources, job opportunities, and housing, which California Highlands Addiction Treatment offers.

Benzodiazepine Rehab in Southern California FAQ

If you’ve recognized that you need help with a substance use disorder related to benzodiazepines, you may have several questions about seeking treatment in Southern California. The cost of treatment and transportation options are often major concerns for people when seeking treatment. Below are a few of the most common questions we get at California Highlands. If you have other questions or most specific concerns, feel free to call us at any time. 

How Long is Rehab?

When you’re entering an addiction treatment program, you may be stepping away from some of the familiar aspects of your life for a significant amount of time. However, addiction is a very complicated disease. Each person is different, and your treatment plan will be personalized to your needs. Addiction affects the reward center of the brain and requires time and carefully planned treatments to address it effectively. This is why the length of time you spend in treatment will depend on several factors, including your own treatment plan and the progress you make. 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends a treatment duration minimum of 90 days based on research that found shorter treatment to be less effective. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be in inpatient treatment that long. There is no maximum amount of time you can spend in high levels of care, but detox often lasts for five to ten days, and inpatient treatment lasts for a few weeks to a month. However, you may spend longer in treatment if you need it. 

Do I Have to Travel?

If you’re considering treatment away from home, there are some important considerations to make about travel. You can attend treatment anywhere. With the rise of addiction issues in the United States, there are many treatment options all over the country. However, if you want to attend treatment in Southern California and you’re from out of the area, you will have to travel. Travelling can be a challenge since you will be out of your neighborhood and your comfort zone, but there are some advantages. Getting out of your home area for addiction treatment means getting away from where you were in active addiction, which feels like a fresh start to many people. If travel is not an option for you, there may be some treatment options in or near your home. 

Does California Highlands Provide Transportation?

If you decide to travel, organizing transportation may be a challenge. However, California highlands can help with transportation in a few ways. You will need to organize your own flights if you need to fly. But when you arrive, we can pick you up from the airport to get you to the facility. While you’re in an inpatient program at California Highlands, you may not need to travel throughout your stay since most of your needs will be taken care of on-site. However, if you need to see a specialist or if you have a medical or clinical appointment off-campus, we can help get you there and back. 

How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?

Cost is a major cause for concern when it comes to deciding to pursue addiction treatment. For many, it represents a significant barrier to getting the help they need. Like other forms of healthcare and rehabilitation services, addiction treatment can be costly. There are several variables that can influence the overall cost of treatment, including the type of treatment center you attend, the levels of care you need, the specific therapies you go through, the medications you take, and the amenities at your treatment center. A major factor in the cost of treatment is the amount of time you spend in higher levels of care. Detox and inpatient treatment is associated with more costs. However, these high-level treatment options are usually essential for people that need them.

What Insurance Carriers Does California Highlands Take?

Thankfully, your insurance plan will likely help with the cost of addiction treatment. Insurance companies are required to offer coverage for mental health and behavioral health treatment services if they want to participate in the health insurance marketplace. California Highlands will accept coverage from most private insurance companies, though we currently don’t accept coverage from federally funded options like Medicaid. California Highlands also has several in-network providers, including Cigna and Sierra Healthcare Options. If you don’t have an in-network provider, that doesn’t mean you can’t get coverage for treatment and California Highlands. Feel free to call anytime to determine your healthcare eligibility.

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