Alcohol is so widely used that few think of it as a drug that can cause serious addiction when abused. But despite the perception of its harmlessness, alcohol abuse is prevalent and deadly. Of the 10 million people who live in Los Angeles County, thousands are dealing with alcohol addiction every day. Alcohol abuse has been an issue in the county for some time and has intensified during the coronavirus pandemic, which started in March 2020.

According to the July 2021 Substance Abuse Prevention and Control report from the County of Los Angeles Public Health, alcohol was theambien-and-alcohol fifth substance associated with the highest accidental overdose death rate per 100,000 population. Per the report, 167 people died from alcohol use between March and December 2019, while 279 alcohol-related deaths occurred during that same period in 2020. The rate change from 2019 to 2020 was 63.6%, according to the report.Per the Los Angeles County Sentinel Community Site (SCS) Drug Use Patterns and Trends, 2020, alcohol abuse made up 22.2% of the 34,534 treatment admissions in the county in 2019. This is the second-highest rate after meth admissions, which was at 35.2%. Past reports also indicate that Angelenos in the ages 18-25 group continue to have a higher rate of substance use disorders than other age groups. People in this age group also exhibit high rates of excessive drinking.  

Alcohol addiction, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), can bring a host of issues that can make life hard for the person who struggles with controlling their drinking. They can put themselves at risk for many health and safety issues, including driving while intoxicated. This is a danger to themselves and others, too. A person can also run into legal problems drinking while under the influence, which is illegal in California. The state exercises a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drinking alcohol and driving. The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level limits vary according to the motorist:

  • The legal BAC for California drivers age 21 and up is 0.08%. 
  • For drivers under age 21 and those on DUI probation, the BAC legal limit is 0.01%. 
  • The BAC legal limit for commercial vehicle drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is 0.04%. This limit also applies to rideshare drivers and cab drivers.

If you or a loved one is ready to end alcohol addiction the proper way, we can help. California Highlands Vistas, an accredited facility, treats people with various substance use disorders. Our professionals treat the whole person, not just the physical part of alcohol addiction. It is possible to leave alcohol addiction behind. We will help you find the new start you are looking for. 

CHAT Vistas Alcohol Rehab in Los Angeles County

If you live in Los Angeles County and want to address your dependence on alcohol, you can attend treatment at California Highlands Addiction Treatment (CHAT) Vistas nearby in Fallbrook, California. We are about a 1.5-hour drive from Los Angeles County. Here, against the backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains, you will receive individualized treatment that uses evidence-based approaches to help you find your way to sobriety. Here are the primary services we offer:


When you enter the program, our facility, our staff will evaluate your needs to determine where you are in your recovery. If you have been regularly using alcohol and/or other drugs, we will start you in medical detox. This phase, also called “detox,” is usually the first step of a recovery program. It is also the most critical as what happens at the stage often determines how the rest of the recovery process unfolds.

The main goal of detox is to ensure that you get through alcohol withdrawal safely without relapse. Relapse is the return to using a substance after a break in use. Once you regain medical stability, you can proceed with treatment. We will monitor your vitals around the clock to ensure you receive the medical and emotional support you need as alcohol exits your body. We will address any uncomfortable symptoms you may experience and may give you medications to help you manage these. Detox can last several days. Once you have cleared this period, you can move on to the next treatment phase.


If your alcohol use is moderate to severe, you will find the time you need to focus on alcohol addiction during CHAT’s inpatient/residential program. CHAT offers comfort and privacy in a home-away-from-home environment. While you are here, you will receive a tailored treatment program that offers therapies, counseling, and activities that prepare you for life without alcohol use.

We keep our client-to-clinician ratios low so that you receive the personalized attention you deserve. We also include you in the program planning process because your voice matters here. We want to see you get the most out of your program and time here with us. Our luxury amenities aim to make your stay comfortable, welcoming, and healing.


Treatment programs will run their course, but after they are done, that doesn’t mean the end of our relationship with our clients. We don’t send anyone new to recovery out on their own to the outside world. We care about our graduates and want to be there to help them manage the challenges that come with early recovery. 

We do our best to prepare our clients for various scenarios and give them the tools and strategies they will need, but no matter what happens, we are here to help our clients navigate the road ahead. Our aftercare program provides support to newly sober clients who need help with finding transitional housing, employment, and other services.

Alcohol Rehab in Los Angeles County FAQ

We encourage you to do your research as you look for the right facility and program for you. As you decide where to receive services for alcohol rehab in Los Angeles County, we’re sure you have questions. We answer a few of them below, but you can call or email us with your inquiries. We will help you in any way we can.

How Long Is Rehab?

Your stay in alcohol rehab will be unique to your situation. You could spend anywhere from 30 days (a month) to 90 days (three months), which is what the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recommends. Several factors will shape your treatment timeline, but ideally, you should stay in rehab as long as you need to so that you recover as fully as possible. CHAT’s professionals will evaluate and monitor your condition so that they can advise you further. 

Does CHAT Vistas Provide Transportation? 

We can provide transportation from your dropoff point in order to bring you to our facility. You are responsible for making and covering the cost of your travel arrangements. We will also take you back to your pickup destination so that you can return home after your program ends.

How Much Does Alcohol Rehab Cost?

It is difficult to give a general estimate of drug treatment costs because they change depending on the person. It is possible for alcohol rehab to run into several thousands of dollars. As you consider the facility where you’ll go for treatment, you will need to consider concerns, such as:

  • Whether you’ll receive on-site or off-site rehab services
  • What kind of facility you’ll go to for treatment (luxury rehab vs. standard rehab)
  • The length of your treatment program
  • The kinds of therapies you will receive
  • Medications you’ll be prescribed
  • Other items you will need during your rehab program

Our CHAT Vistas representatives will explain the costs of your program and answer your questions. We can also help you explore your payment options.

Do I Have to Travel?

Yes, you will have to travel to our Southern California facility. We offer our services here on-site. If travel is a concern, we may be able to help you find a facility closer to where you are. Some people who want to address their alcohol addiction attend rehab out of town so they can focus on starting over in a new environment without negative influences or distractions. Please call us to share any concerns you have about traveling to our rehab facility.

What Insurance Carriers Does CHAT Vistas Take?

CHAT Vistas is in-network with many major insurance carriers, including Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, and others. We do not accept Medicare or Medicaid at this time. If you have insurance, our verifications team can call and check what benefits your insurer offers that would help you cover treatment costs. You can also check with your provider and let us know.

When you speak to the insurance company, make sure to ask about your share of the costs for the benefits your plan does not cover. While insurers must provide coverage for mental health disorders and substance use disorders under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they vary in the kinds of services they provide. After finding out what your plan covers, you can make arrangements for the costs uncovered.

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