Drug abuse in California is not uncommon. People from all age groups, socioeconomic levels, and counties have indulged in drugs, and others have perished from drug poisoning or overdose.

A California Health Care Foundation report that summarizes drug use and substance use disorders published data indicating that the state continues to struggle with those who abuse drugs. Most notable from the report: (Page 10)

  • Those in the 18-to-25 age group ranked the highest for any substance use, illicit drug use, and pain medication.
  • Ninth-graders abused cough medicine the most.
  • Eleventh-graders abused alcohol the most, with cough medicine coming right behind it.
  • Seventh-graders abused alcohol and marijuana above any other substance.

The data also stressed that about 6 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds had a co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder, and 4.5% of 26 to 49-year-olds had the same diagnosis. (Page 14) The good news in this is that almost half of the state’s substance use treatment facilities have specific programs that are tailored to treat co-occurring disorders. (Page 31)

Statistics from the California Overdose Surveillance Dashboard relay opioids and synthetic opioids, as well as methamphetamine, are the main drugs resulting in overdoses or death by overdose.


  • 5,502 opioid-related overdose deaths
  • 3,946 due to fentanyl

Riverside County:

  • 400 opioid-related overdose deaths
  • 59 of those deaths were individuals aged 20 to 24
  • 54 were of those aged 25-29

In addition, a news report in Riverside County states that 227 people died from fentanyl in 2020. Fentanyl is a very potent synthetic opioid that law enforcement often finds in drugs sold on the street, online “pharmacies,” and social media. It takes only two milligrams of it to take a person’s life. There is no surefire way to know if the drugs you buy contain fentanyl or not. It is also critical to mention that many counterfeit pills for legitimate prescription medicines look alarmingly like the genuine pill, as you can clearly see in this public safety alert from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Statewide, in 2019, about 291,000 children between the ages of 12 and 17 reported using illicit drugs in the past month. Also, from 2017 to 2019, the annual average prevalence of substance use disorder in California was 15.2%, as reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Behavioral Health Barometer.

Most Commonly Abused Drugs:

  • Marijuana
  • Prescription opioids
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin

Drug poisoning is another critical concern in the county. Records indicate that from 2017 to 2019, 17.5 out of 100,000 people succumbed to drug poisoning. Drug abuse in Temecula and Riverside County continues to be a public health red flag.

The California Health Care Foundation report states that 88 percent of those with illicit drug dependence did not seek treatment from 2010 to 2014.

Regardless of what seems to be a dire situation, California Highlands Addiction Treatment (CHAT) is near when you or the one you love needs drug rehab. It is easy to reach from anywhere in the Inland Empire and Riverside County.  Another life does not need to be taken from drug abuse.  Read on to learn what we have to offer those who come to us for drug rehab.

California Highlands Addiction Treatment Drug Rehab in Temecula

Substance abuse and addiction go hand in hand, and both can be successfully treated in drug rehab. Many people enter addiction treatment programs and learn how to live without drugs for the rest of their lives. You may think it’s the most difficult thing to consider, and it is. However, when you are fully supported by the caring and dedicated substance use and medical professionals at our spacious, spa-like center, you will be able to overcome the toughest challenges.

When you are first admitted into our program, you will undergo a complete assessment of all your most immediate needs. If it is determined that you will need to detox, we will be by your side 24-7.


Different drugs can wreak havoc on your mind and body when you stop taking them, and some can be life-threatening.opioid detox rehab riverside This is why you need to be in an accredited and licensed detox center. The more time you have spent abusing drugs, the more severe your withdrawal symptoms from those substances will be. Drugs like Xanax and Valium can cause seizures and dangerously high blood pressure and heart rate. You should not be left alone or discharged if your body is reacting to withdrawal symptoms like these.

Other withdrawal symptoms that need monitoring include depression, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, confusion, and shortness of breath. Our highly experienced medical care team is with you, providing needed fluids and medications to ease your worst symptoms. Also, if you have other medical conditions which need to be treated, our staff will tend to them.

When you are medically stable, you are ready to begin substance use treatment.


Inpatient or residential treatment is the next step in the continuum of care, set forth by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. We encourage you to consider and stay for this level of care because it will help you learn how to live without drugs and have a more healthful and positive life. Inpatient care entails behavioral therapies where you learn how to change the way you think and act when intense emotions seem overwhelming. It may also include other therapies more suited for your individual needs, such as trauma therapy and process group therapy. Alternative therapies, like yoga and mindfulness, are also available.


One of the essential steps of substance use treatment is aftercare, yet many addiction facilities do not provide it. We feel that aftercare is not only essential but needed. It is not easy to leave addiction drug rehab and go out on your own, facing the same challenges and triggers you had before you came to California Highlands Addiction Treatment.

It is in this light that we created our aftercare program. You will have opportunities to connect with other graduates from our drug rehab and enjoy time socializing, commiserating, discussing, learning, and supporting each other. Aftercare is your personal support network.

Drug Rehab in Temecula FAQ

We get that there is a good amount of information about drug rehab and about drug rehab at our center and that it may spur questions. Take a look at some of the more commonly asked questions we receive and the answers. If you have more questions, you are encouraged to contact us so we can provide some answers.

How Long Is Rehab?

Your time in rehab depends on your individual circumstances. If you need to detox and continue onto inpatient care, you might be in rehab for over a month at the least. Experts from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) learned from research that drug rehab is most effective if you are in it for 90 days. Addiction is known as a chronic, recurring disease, and in order for you to overcome it and learn how to prevent relapsing, the longer time you are in drug rehab, the better the results.

Does California Highlands Addiction Treatment Provide Transportation?

Transportation is often a barrier to seeking treatment, and we want to abolish that. We provide transportation to and from our campus from nearby airports and other means of transportation stations. We also offer transportation to off-site medical appointments. However, you will need to make any travel arrangements and pay the expenses.

How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?

The cost of drug rehab generally ranges from a few thousand dollars to more. The factors that contribute to drug rehab cost are the type of facility you choose, alternative therapies, medications, and amenities. No matter how much you think drug rehab will cost you, you should know that your health and life are priceless.

Do I Have to Travel?

Our campus is about a one-hour drive from Temecula, so yes, you will have to travel to get here. Even if you live near us, you will have to travel to reach us. We understand that some people will have issues with traveling, so please reach out to us, and we might be able to assist you.

What Insurance Carriers Does California Highlands Addiction Treatment Take?

Currently, our website says that we take Cigna and Anthem. However, we also accept insurance from other carriers. Insurance can cover much of the cost of drug rehab if your plan covers it. This largely depends on the state where you live, the carrier, and the plan you have. Take time to read through your plan’s documents and find out what is covered and what is considered an out-of-pocket expense. Ask your insurance provider questions that pertain to what you might have to pay, like detox services, medications, deductibles to be met, and co-insurance amounts.

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