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Substance Abuse Disorders

If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol, drugs, or misuse of prescription drugs, you will find treatment services available throughout California to help you get on the road to recovery. Available services range from emergency counseling and initial assessment to detoxification services and residential or long-term outpatient treatment. If alcohol, drugs, or prescription drugs are impacting your relationships or ability to maintain employment, housing, or your family, you may find programs and services in your local community to help you. In addition to the VA healthcare system, your county of residence may have additional community based resources available.

Confidential substance use treatment services are available throughout California to assist veterans and their families who are struggling with alcohol, prescription drug, and illicit drug use.

Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs is now DHCS

Effective with the passage of the 2013-2014 Budget Act and associated legislation, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) no longer exists as of July 1, 2013. All ADP programs and staff, except the Office of Problem Gambling, transferred to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)

The Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services Divisions lead the effort to reduce alcoholism and drug addiction in California by developing, administering, and supporting prevention, treatment and recovery programs. We endeavor to help Californians understand that alcoholism and drug addiction are chronic conditions that can be successfully prevented and treated.

If you, or someone you know, has a problem with alcohol or drugs, treatment services are available throughout California to help you get on the road to recovery. These range from emergency counseling and initial assessment to detoxification services and residential or long-term outpatient treatment. The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) provides an automated non-emergency substance use disorder (SUD) treatment referral line for those seeking treatment services in California. 

To reach the referral line, please call one of the following telephone numbers:

  • 800-879-2772 – Statewide Toll Free

  • (916) 327-3728 – Outside California

The referral line has language options for English or Spanish.  Once connected, callers will be prompted to select their county, which will prompt the automated system to provide the local County Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs office for resources and services.

You may also contact your local County Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs directly at https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/MH/MHSUD/Pages/CountyProgAdmins.aspx.

Confidential online self-assessment screening tools

Do you use drugs or drink alcohol? Are these substances harming your health or increasing your risk for other problems? If you would like to assess your own alcohol or drug consumption patterns, you can start by answering a few short questions about your past and present use of various drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, tobacco, inhalants or alcohol. You will get confidential feedback about the likely risks of your drug use and advice about when and where to seek more information, evaluation, and help. It only takes a few minutes, and gives you personalized confidential results based on your age, gender, and use patterns so you can take positive action.

• For free, confidential on-line alcohol screening, please visit http://www.alcoholscreening.org/home.aspx

• For free, confidential on-line drug screening, please visit https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/atod

​1501 Capitol Avenue, MS 4000
P.O. Box 997413
Sacramento, CA 95899-7413
​800-879-2772 – Statewide Toll Free

(916) 327-3728 – Outside California

 

 

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Substance Abuse Disorders