Alcohol’s widespread appeal is present everywhere, including in San Bernardino, California. Because people across ages, socioeconomic status, and more partake in the substance, it is easy to overlook its addictive nature and some drinkers’ tendency to abuse the substance at all costs, including their lives.

According to the 2020 San Bernardino County Community Indicators Report, SUD-related admission to substance abuse treatment facilities in the county fell 15% between 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. However, during this period, data shows there was an 18% increase in alcohol admissions during this same period. The report also notes that in San Bernardino County:

  • Alcohol-related crashes killed 77 people in 2019.
  • Eleven percent of the serious collisions that occurred in 2019  involved alcohol compared with 10% of collisions in California overall.
  • The number of alcohol-related accidents was relatively flat at the county level between 2018 and 2019 but dropped 1% statewide.
  • From 2010 to 2019, the county saw more alcohol-involved collisions than the state. In 2019, it was 56 per 100,000 people; statewide, it was 50 per 100,000 people.

Per the report (Page 105), alcohol-related deaths are increasing in San Bernardino County. It also notes that as a result of alcoholism, it has the highest number of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis deaths than the statewide average, which was 13.4 per 100,000 in 2018. This is one way the report shows how alcohol addiction, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), and other substance use disorders are affecting San Bernardino’s residents. 

In addition to health issues, people who end up in DUI-related accidents can experience legal problems as a result of driving while drunk. In California, as is everywhere else in the country, operating a vehicle under the influence is against the law. The state reinforces a zero-tolerance policy on drinking alcohol and driving. California’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level limits vary according to who’s operating the vehicle:

  • The legal BAC is 0.08% for California drivers age 21 and up. 
  • 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.

In recent years, AUD was more widespread than other types of substance use disorders, according to the report titled, Substance Use in California: A Look at Addiction and Treatment. According to its findings, 6% of Californians reported meeting the criteria for alcohol dependence compared to 3% for illegal drugs, like cocaine and methamphetamine.

CHAT Vistas Alcohol Rehab in San Bernardino

Despite its popularity and use, alcohol is a drug, and some people will become addicted to it. Not everyone who drinks or even drinks excessively will develop an addiction to it. But the truth is some will, and to end that dependence, they will need professional help. If you (or a loved one) has tried to stop drinking alcohol on your own without success, you can receive alcohol rehab and detox services at California Highlands Addiction Treatment (CHAT) Vistas in Fallbrook, California. 

We are an accredited facility with licensed staff who treat people with alcohol use disorder and mental health disorders, as well. The two usually go hand in hand, which is why we address both during a person’s recovery program. At CHAT Vistas, you are not just a number. We aim to help you heal in all areas of your life. Therefore, we treat the whole person, not just the physical part of one’s alcohol or substance use. We can help you see that it is possible to change your life and leave alcohol addiction behind. Our program can be just the new start you are looking for.

We are about an hour’s drive from Los Angeles County. Here, in the San Jacinto Mountains, you will be able to pursue recovery in peace while surrounded by natural environments that make healing possible. You will receive up-to-date, personalized treatment that addresses your substance use. We will help you as you work your way toward sober living. Here, we offer the following services:


Your recovery journey with us likely will start in medical detox. This critical phase, also known as detox, serves important purposes. It keeps you safe while we help you manage alcohol withdrawal symptoms, and it keeps you from returning to alcohol use. The body and mind need to regain stability before you can begin a treatment program, so this phase is necessary for those reasons, particularly if you drink alcohol or use any substance frequently.

Upon entering the program, our staff will review how far along you are in alcohol dependence. We will monitor you around the clock to ensure you are safe and have the essentials as alcohol and other toxins exit the body. Alcohol withdrawal can be deadly without medical support. 

We don’t recommend that drinkers quit alcohol abruptly as this sudden stop in use can shock the body and cause life-threatening seizures. Instead, they should enter a facility that specializes in helping people overcome alcohol abuse properly. This process can last several days, depending on how much alcohol is involved. We may give you medications and other things as needed to ensure your withdrawal process is safe for you.

Once you have finished medical detox, we will recommend the next phase of treatment for you.


Moderate-to-severe alcohol users will need more time to address their issues in a setting geared toward recovery and sobriety. Our inpatient/residential program is designed for this purpose. After you exit detox, we will be there by your side to create a treatment program that meets your needs. Your input is welcomed and encouraged during this process.

Your privacy and comfort in our home-away-from-home setting are important for your recovery, and we do all we can to ensure you are comfortable as you take these next steps toward healing from alcohol abuse. Your customized recovery program will include therapies, counseling, and activities that help you pursue a life free of alcohol use.

Our low client-to-clinician ratios ensure you get the one-on-one attention you deserve. You can enjoy the luxury amenities our 2.5-acre property offers. You can enjoy private, furnished rooms, an outdoor garden area, and meals from a private chef so that you receive nutrition and more as you make the changes you need for healthier, mindful living.


You are never alone in any stage of addiction recovery. This is true also when you come to the end of your treatment programs with us. We are with you at every step, and we do not send program graduates back to the world without the support they need to make this important transition. 

We prep you with tools and strategies for various scenarios that help you manage your triggers and other scenarios that could present challenges. Overall, we do what we can to help our clients navigate their new paths while putting their lives back together. Our aftercare program can connect you with the resources you need after your treatment program ends, including transitional housing, employment, life skills management, and other services.

Alcohol Rehab in San Bernardino FAQ

Facing alcohol addiction head-on is no easy feat, so you should take note of how significant it is that you are considering entering alcohol rehab. Still, at this point, you probably have many questions to help you know you are choosing the right facility for you. Below, we answer common questions we get about alcohol rehab in general as well as our services. If you don’t see an answer here to your question or you need more clarification about anything you see here, please don’t hesitate to ask us. You can call or email us at any time.

How Long Is Rehab?

Depending on your condition and situation, you can attend alcohol rehab and detox for up to 90 days (three months) or longer if your program calls for that. This falls in line with recommendations from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which says research indicates a longer stay in rehab can make treatment effective. Ideally, you should stay in treatment until your needs are fully met. If you have a mental health disorder along with AUD, your program could take longer.

Does CHAT Vistas Provide Transportation? 

If you are coming to us from outside our area by airplane or another mode of transportation, CHAT Vistas can pick you up at your dropoff point and bring you to our facility. You must make your travel plans and pay for your travel arrangements. Once your program wraps, we can ensure you have transportation back to your pickup destination. Call us so we can further discuss your travel arrangements and any concerns you may have.

How Much Does Alcohol Rehab Cost?

We can’t give you a definite monetary amount of how much your alcohol rehab program will cost. Costs depend much on the person receiving treatment. For some people, alcohol rehab can cost several thousands of dollars. Money is a valid concern, although we believe no one should pass up professional treatment for a substance use disorder. Your life is important, and there are ways to pay for treatment. We can review your payment options with you.

As you consider the treatment facility where you’ll receive treatment, you should  consider:

  • If your program will require you to live on-site or off-site 
  • The kind of facility where you’ll receive treatment (luxury vs. standard rehab)
  • How long you’ll receive treatment 
  • The therapies you will receive and how long they run
  • Medications you’ll be prescribed and other things you’ll need while in treatment

Do I Have to Travel?

Yes, you will have to travel to our Southern California facility by car or whichever mode you prefer. We offer our services in Fallbrook. Please call us with your concerns about traveling to us for treatment.

What Insurance Carriers Does CHAT Vistas Take?

CHAT Vistas accepts coverage from insurance carriers and is in-network with several major ones, including Aetna and Blue Cross, Blue Shield, among others. Unfortunately, we do not accept Medicare or Medicaid at this time. 

If you want to cover your program’s costs with your insurance benefit, our team can call and confirm with your provider what it will cover. If you would like to call your provider and let us know, that works for us, too. Be sure to ask what your financial role and responsibilities are so that you can plan ahead and pay your share of the difference.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurers to provide some form of coverage for mental health disorders and substance use disorders. However, insurers may not offer the same coverage, so this is important to understand as you research your recovery program.

We are ready to help you recover from alcohol addiction. We are a short drive away from San Bernardino and may offer what you need to start this new chapter that awaits you. Call us today so we can review your next steps today.

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