Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment Resources in El Cajon

El Cajon Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Detox & Treatment Resources

El Cajon is a city situated within the San Diego metropolitan area. The city is located in the El Cajon valley east of San Diego and surrounded by low mountains. The area was once an important agricultural area but as the city and surrounding areas grew, the agricultural land was taken over by suburbs. The population of El Cajon as of 2016 is 103,768 residents. Visitors to El Cajon can visit the Air Group One Museum that has a flight of World War II planes as well as the Heritage of the Americas Museum which holds a fine collection of historical artifacts.

With its location close to the Mexican border, San Diego County is particularly vulnerable to drug trafficking. This is reflected in statistics produced by the University of Wisconsin, showing that the average rate of drug overdose deaths in San Diego County during 2014 was 15.1 per 100,000 compared to 11.1 for the whole state of California. Of deaths investigated by the County Medical Examiner’s Office in 2015, 510 were found to be due to accidental overdose of drugs or alcohol. Sadly, the overall death rate is increasing especially as access to prescription drugs is becoming difficult and users are switching to more dangerous drugs.

A significant portion of those who died were dependent upon drugs and alcohol and unable to stop despite deteriorating health. This need not be the case because it is possible to treat drug and alcohol dependence. For those who wish to escape from the weight of substance dependence, there are numerous drug treatment facilities.

Our Closest Facility:

The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake443 S. Hwy 105 Palmer Lake CO 80133-9003 (719) 884-0063

The Recovery Village Ridgefield does not operate in the state of California. Our closest facility is in Ridgefield, WA and can be seen in the map above.

You’re not alone in this struggle.

california drug overdose deaths
in 2015

Statistics produced by the CDC show that more people died from drug overdose in California, in 2015, than in any other state. The seriousness of this statistic is revealed by the fact that it exceeds the 3,176 deaths in the same period as a result of vehicle accidents in the state.

Finding Help in El Cajon

El Cajon Alcohol Rehab Centers and Drug Centers

Treatment programs for those seeking to escape drug and alcohol dependence can be broadly grouped into three categories: residential, partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment. While the choice of which facility is best related to personal circumstances, it’s essential to understand the differences so that an informed choice can be made

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    Residential Treatment Programs

    As the name indicates, a residential treatment is one where patients stay in the facility for the duration of their treatment. The obvious benefit of this approach is that patients are removed from their circumstances, from sources of drugs and alcohol and are able to focus fully on their treatment, rehabilitation and recovery. The first step, unless already complete, is detoxification. This is followed by a period of intense psychotherapy, the purpose of which is to build self-esteem, develop coping skills and for the patient to understand how and why they started misusing substances. The duration of residential treatment varies from 28 days to 90 days; the actual length is based on individual needs.

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    Partial Hospitalization Programs

    Partial hospitalization is an alternative to a residential treatment. It would start once the patient has gone through a detoxification program and continue for several weeks. Patients either sleep at home or in suitable nearby accommodation and participate in an intensive course of therapy and counseling for between five or seven days of the week. This type of program is best for those who are able to fully and willingly participate and who have strong support systems.

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    Outpatient Treatment Programs

    Outpatient rehab allow patients to live and work normally while providing a lower level of counseling and support. Therapy sessions may be during the day or after hours, and patients are normally expected to attend therapy for a minimum number of hours each week. Outpatient programs are often used as a step-down program following residential or partial hospitalization treatment. They may also be applicable for patients whose dependence is less serious and whose situation is such that they can keep away from drugs and alcohol.

Prospective patients should consider their situations carefully and take appropriate advice before selecting a drug or alcohol rehab center. They need to consider their general health, their ability to withstand the psychological pressures around them and the intensity of their dependence on drugs or alcohol. At all times, they should keep their goal clearly in mind and that is to be free from substance dependence. In many instances, the most appropriate solution is full residential treatment, while in others, a less intensive form of therapy will suffice.

Detox Centers

The first step along the road to recovery is detoxification. This is the process of eliminating from patients’ bodies all traces of drugs, alcohol and toxins related to their dependence. Detoxification is required for all forms of substance dependence including prescription medication. Medically supervised detoxification is the recommended method because there are certain dangers associated with unsupervised detoxification. Additionally, patients can be given appropriate medication to deal with the side effects. The duration of detox programs vary from three to seven days, depending upon individual needs. After detoxification, patients are free from the physical effects of the drugs and ready for the next stage of rehabilitation.

Recovery Meetings Near You

The interplay of social factors and drug or alcohol misuse is complex and many of those who complete rehab are faced with ongoing challenges in their fight against drug and alcohol dependence. Recovery meetings play an important role in helping those in recovery stay free of drugs and alcohol, and they are an essential component of aftercare. There are recovery meetings for alcoholics, those who were dependent on drugs as well as meetings for families of those who are or were using drugs and alcohol.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous provides help and support for recovering alcoholics. The group recognizes that alcohol dependence is a lifelong issue. Its program is focused on helping alcoholics understand the reasons for their misuse of alcohol and to continually encourage members to refrain from alcohol. The organization uses a 12-step program that encourages honesty, introspection and determination to maintain sobriety.

  • First Baptist Church
    190 E Douglas Ave.
    El Cajon, CA, 92020
  • Alano Club
    938 E Washington St.
    El Cajon, CA, 92020
  • Life Church – Community Room
    1448 Peach Ave.
    El Cajon, CA, 92021

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings

Narcotics Anonymous is a support group for people who are recovering from drug dependence. The organization has many similarities to AA, but operates independently. NA have adapted the 12-step program used by AA to their specific needs. Like AA, NA have weekly meetings where those in recovery can share their experiences and support each other. A unique feature of both groups is the appointment of sponsors who are there to help those who are new in recovery, whenever required. NA meetings are almost always closed and individual anonymity is maintained.

  • Tuesday Night Survivors
    5512 Pennsylvania Ln.
    La Mesa, CA, 91942
  • Linda Vista NFG
    7850 Vista Hill Av.
    Linda Vista, CA, 92123
  • Fe y Esperanza
    179 Diza Rd.
    San Ysidro, CA, 92173

SMART Recovery Meetings

SMART Recovery is a relatively new organization that is open to anyone grappling with substance dependence or addictive behavior. Its members include those who are drug or alcohol dependent and also those who have any form of behavioral dependence such as gambling or obsessive behavior. SMART Recovery has adopted a rational approach based on scientific research. The organization has weekly facilitated meetings as well as online meetings and chat rooms.

  • Herrick Healthcare Library
    9001 Wakarusa St.
    La Mesa, CA, 91942
  • Alvarado Parkway Institute
    7050 Parkway Dr.
    La Mesa, CA, 91942
  • Lemon Grove Library
    3001 School Ln.
    Lemon Grove, CA, 91945

Al-Anon and Nar-Anon Meetings

Families and loved ones of those who are, or were, involved in substance misuse face many challenges. There is the disruption to home life, loss of income, financial stresses as well as intense emotional stress. Many of those involved have nowhere to turn and are reluctant to involve their friends and relatives because of the stigma associated with substance abuse. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are support groups that cater to these needs. Al-Anon is for families of alcoholics while Nar-Anon for families of those misusing drugs.

  • Al-Anon
    First Baptist Of El Cajon,
    190 E Douglas Ave.
    El Cajon, CA, 92020
  • Nar-Anon
    Saint Andrews Lutheran Church,
    8350 Lake Murray Blv.
    San Diego, CA, 92119

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