Opioids, both natural and synthetic, can be useful when they are used to treat pain from injuries, surgeries, or illness. Then there is heroin, which is not prescribed to treat pain in this country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that there are three types of opioids: prescription opioids, fentanyl, and heroin.

Prescription opioids are pain-relieving medications that can cause side effects and have serious risks associated with them. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain relief medicine that is much more potent than prescription opioids. It is primarily used in treating severe pain, such as that from advanced disease or severe injury. It is also made illegally and often found in seized counterfeit pills sold by dealers and fake pharmacies. Heroin is an illegal opioid derived from morphine, a natural substance removed from the seed pod of opium poppy plants grown in Mexico, Columbia, and Southeast and Southwest Asia.

Opioids have long been misused and abused by millions of people and have caused too many individuals to perish from an overdose. California and Riverside County, where Temecula is located, are not unaffected by the current opioid crisis.

Statewide, the California Overdose Surveillance Dashboard for 2020 relays that 5,502 individuals died from any opioid overdose. There were also 3,946 deaths from fentanyl overdoses and 15,664 emergency department visits related to opioid overdoses.

In Riverside County, the data is just as alarming:

  • 400 opioid overdose deaths
  • 59 opioid overdose deaths were of 20- to 24-year-old males
  • 1,022 emergency department visits related to any opioid overdose

The Strategic Health Alliance Pursuing Equity (SHAPE) Riverside County wellness indicator shows there was a 19.8 percent increase in drug and opioid-involved overdose deaths from 2017 to 2019. Most of these fatalities were male.

Youth are also very much affected by opioid abuse or misuse. The 2020 California Behavioral Health Barometer from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that from 2017–2019, the annual average prevalence of past-month illicit drug use in California was “9.6% higher than both the regional average (9.0%) and the national average (8.2%).”

The California Health Care Foundation reports that substance use disorders were most prevalent among young adults ages 18 to 25. This coincides with the data on drug use from 2015 to 2016, indicating that 8% of this age group misused prescription pain medications, 7.2% used cocaine, and 0.4% used heroin.

In addition, the opioid abuse data for adolescents in the state is shocking as it indicates that 3.7% of ninth-graders initiated cocaine use, and 16.8% used prescription pain medication for the first time.

Opioid abuse can destroy you, ruin your relationships, and even steal your life before you know it. The only way to curtail this from happening is to find and obtain help to overcome opioid addiction. If you live in Temecula, opioid detox is as close as California Highlands Addiction Treatment.

Opioid Drug Rehab in Temecula, CA

Opioids are powerful drugs that activate the reward centers in the brain. They stimulate the release of endorphins, which are also known as the “feel-good” neurotransmitters. Endorphins stifle the perception of pain and increase the feelings of pleasure and a strong sense of well-being for a short time, says Mayo Clinic. When the dose wanes and those good feelings diminish, you might want to get them back as soon as you can. This is the first step on the road toward possible addiction.

We are well-experienced in identifying and treating individuals with opioid use disorder (addiction). Opioid drug rehab in our facility begins with a complete assessment of your physical and mental health and any other immediate needs you may require. At California Highlands, we will always give you the respect and dignity you deserve and provide compassionate, professional medical and addiction care.

When your assessment is finished, you will likely be admitted into detox, which is the first and most critical step in opioid drug rehab.


Medical detox is essential when stopping opioid use due to withdrawal symptoms from the substance(s) you’ve used. Licensed medical staff will care for you throughout your time in detox and are immediately available should any medical complications arise. When your body is working to eliminate opioids and other toxins from it, you could expect to experience diarrhea, heavy sweating, anxiety or panic attacks, muscle pain, and loss of appetite. While not life-threatening, these withdrawal symptoms can be painful and distressing. Your time in detox will depend on how many opioids you’ve recently taken, how long you have been misusing them, and your general health. Detox generally lasts from three to five days. If needed, medications may be given to alleviate any symptoms that are unbearable.


We provide inpatient/residential treatment at California Highlands. Our peaceful and comfortable campus is the ideal setting to delve into the many facets of addiction and spend time learning how to overcome opioid addiction and prevent relapse.

Each person under our care is involved in creating an individualized treatment plan that is crafted to suit their specific needs.

You should expect to participate in group and individual therapy sessions, learn and practice cognitive behavioral therapy strategies, and focus on your triggers that led you to opioid addiction. If it is needed, we also offer trauma therapy and several educational and practical sessions on life skills development and coping strategies. Dual diagnosis treatment is also provided for those who are diagnosed with mental health and substance use disorders. It is essential to treat both disorders simultaneously because they are intertwined.

Your comfort and well-being are important to us, and we take care to ensure that both are met.


Our many years of experience mean that we know addiction treatment does not end when you leave our center. This is why we offer aftercare planning, which is a program for new and former California Highlands substance use graduates to get together. Here, you will have the opportunity to share stories, get useful advice from those who have been on the same path, learn new relapse prevention techniques, or just enjoy each others’ company. Companionship and camaraderie are valuable when you are facing the world again without using drugs.

Opioid Detox in Temecula, CA FAQ

Naturally, there will be questions that you may have which have not been answered yet. We understand there are many aspects of opioid detox in Temecula that could be on your mind. This FAQ section is meant to provide information you may be seeking. If you have questions that have not been answered, we encourage you to contact us so that we can get them for you.

How long Is rehab?

This is a common question. Your time in rehab will depend on your specific needs. For example, if you need to detox, rehab will include three to five days, along with the amount of time you are in residential care and how well you are progressing. The recommended time in rehab is 90 days in order for treatment to be truly effective.

Does California Highlands provide transportation?

We are located in Banning, CA. If you require transportation to our facility, you will need to arrange for that, including any related costs. We can provide transportation to and from airports, buses, or train stations. We also can provide transportation to any urgent appointments outside of our campus. You will need to contact us to arrange for any transportation needs before arriving at or departing from our campus.

How much does drug rehab cost?

Drug rehab can cost a few thousand dollars to much more, depending on where you get treatment, any medications received, or amenities used. The cost of addiction treatment is often an obstacle in obtaining help. We know this can be a significant issue for many people. However, there are different methods of paying for treatment, such as your insurance or setting up a payment plan. We will work with you to find ways to cover the cost of drug rehab.

Do I have to travel?

We are located about an hour away from Temecula. You will surely have to travel to reach our campus. Sometimes, it is better to be a bit far from home when you are serious about ending substance abuse. You are away from the people, places, situations, and other things that trigger drug abuse. A fresh start in a new environment may be just what you need to get started on your new drug-free life.

What insurance carriers does California Highlands take?

We take most of the major insurance company plans and are in-network with a few, which might save you some money. You can contact us to verify your insurance and coverage, or you can review your plan and find out what is covered and what isn’t.

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