Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment Resources in South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Detox & Treatment Resources

South Lake Tahoe, located on the banks of Lake Tahoe, is a small resort city in the Sierra Nevada. The city has a population of under 22,000, and it’s the largest city in El Dorado County. With an altitude of 6,225 feet above sea level, South Lake Tahoe experiences high snow falls, and there are several ski resorts in its immediate vicinity. In 2016, over 300 inches of snow were recorded, and skiing conditions were good from December through to April. In spring, after the snow melts, South Lake Tahoe offers numerous outdoor activities such as water sports, fishing, hiking and swimming. Consequently, South Lake Tahoe is busy all year round and its population swells by several thousand during summer holidays and the ski season.

A significant percentage of South Lake Tahoe’s population is employed in the food, entertainment and service industries. In part becaue of its status as a resort city with frequent partying taking place, South Lake Tahoe experiences relatively high levels of recreational drug use. Additionally, there is a serious problem with opioid abuse in the city. According to authorities, many users started using a prescription opioid and then, as availability became more difficult, turned to heroin. Over an 18-month period between 2011 and 2012, 19 people died from opioid drug overdoses in South Lake Tahoe.

Fortunately, it’s possible for those struggling with addiction to get help. The greater availability of the antidote, naloxone, means that there are now fewer deaths relating to opioid overdose. Rehabilitation is possible for those who are serious about overcoming their dependence on drugs and alcohol. There are a number of treatment facilities in South Lake Tahoe. There are also others further afield, in Sacramento and Carson, Nevada. Additionally, there are several national networks that offer rehabilitation services.

Our Closest Facility:

The Recovery Village Ridgefield Detox Center888 South Hillhurst Road Ridgefield WA 98642 (360) 857-6655

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 poisoning deaths
in 2014

The number of deaths related to drug overdoses in California are closely related to the increased use of opioid drugs. These include opioid painkillers, illegally supplied synthetic opioids and heroin. In 2014, 61 percent of drug-related deaths were due to opioids. According to the Sacramento Bee, more people die annually from drug poisoning than in vehicle accidents. The 2014 death rate from drug poisoning in El Dorado County exceeded 20 per 100,000 residents, putting the county amongst the highest in California.

Finding Help in South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe Alcohol Rehab Centers and Drug Centers

There are several ways those suffering from dependence on drugs and alcohol can obtain help. These include support groups, outpatient treatment and various forms of hospitalization including attendance at residential clinics. The most appropriate depends on several factors such as the type of dependence, its severity and the user’s personal circumstances.

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    Residential Treatment Programs

    During a residential treatment program, patients stay at the clinic for the duration of their treatment. Unless already complete, the first step is detoxification. This is followed by a period of rehabilitation and recovery that can last anywhere from 30 to 90 days or even longer for severe cases of drug dependence. The duration is determined by the form of substance dependence, and typically, longer periods are recommended for those recovering from heroin and methadone dependence. During this time, patients undergo intensive therapeutic counselling individually and in groups, the aim of which is to address the psychological factors that initially led to the substance use disorder.

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    Partial Hospitalization Programs

    A partial hospitalization program may start with a period in a hospital or clinic, after which the patient returns home and attends therapy during the daytime hours. This is a cost-effective solution and is successful provided certain conditions can be met. Most importantly, the patient needs to have a safe and supportive home environment free from drugs and alcohol. Secondly, the form of dependence should be one where it’s possible for the patient to stay away from drugs and alcohol. A key factor for success is the patient’s determination to get well.

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    Outpatient Treatment Programs

    Outpatient programs are, by their nature, less formal. Patients attend regular therapy but stay at home. The outpatient program, which is individually structured, may last for an extended period of time. The advantage of outpatient therapy is the ability of patients to stay at home, to work and to fulfill family responsibilities. Crucially, patients need to be at the point in their recovery where they are able to stay away from drugs and alcohol. Outpatient therapy is suited for those suffering from less serious dependencies as well as being a continuation of a residential or partial hospitalization program.

Careful consideration should be given in selecting the most appropriate drug and alcohol rehab center. Drug and alcohol dependence is powerful, and patients and those involved need to evaluate which solution is best. Significant factors include the motivation to get well, the intensity of the addiction or dependence, its form and the safety or otherwise of the patient’s home environment.

Detox Centers

The first step on the road to recovery is detoxification. This is the process where the patient’s physical dependence on drugs or alcohol is broken. During medically regulated detoxification, patients are carefully supervised and appropriate medication is used to ease the symptoms of withdrawal. Medical staff also watch out for the onset of medical complications that may be brought about by patients’ poor overall health. The duration of detoxification is related to the substance used and the degree of dependence. It lasts from three days to longer than a week. At the end of the detoxification period, patients are clinically free of drugs and alcohol, no longer physically dependence and ready for the next stage of rehabilitation. To learn more, reach out to a drug or alcohol detox program.

Recovery Meetings Near You

Following treatment, those in recovery often benefit from attendance at a local recovery meeting. These meetings are generally held every week and are attended by others who have traveled the same road. The purpose of a recovery meeting is to obtain emotional support from people who understand substance dependence and for those in recovery to share their own experiences. Additionally, members look out for each other and, for those who are recently in recovery, sponsors will be appointed who are available day or night to help new members.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous is for recovering alcoholics. The organization was founded in 1935 and is nationally represented with meetings in virtually every city and town. AA, as it is known, offers anonymity, and the weekly meetings are generally closed. AA follows a 12-step program. This program recognizes the presence of a higher power to help recovering alcoholics stay emotionally stable and sober. The higher power is not defined, except as individually understood, and AA does not prescribe or support any particular religious point of view.

  • South Shore Group
    Escobar Training Building,
    972-B Tallac Ave.
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • Kingsbury Group
    160 Pine Ridge Dr.
    Stateline, NV 89449
  • South Y Group
    Hope Lutheran Church
    930 Julie Ln.
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings

Narcotics Anonymous is an organization for those in recovery from substance dependence. NA uses a modified version of AA’s 12-step program. NA was formed in 1953. The organization operates in a very similar manner to AA, with weekly meetings and the appointment of sponsors. Because many drugs are illegal, NA members, who may or may not be in recovery, remain anonymous.

  • Barton Memorial Hospital
    2170 South Ave.
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • Recreation Center
    1180 Rufus Allen Blvd.
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • Tahoe Turning Point – Outpatient Services
    2494 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

SMART Recovery Meetings

SMART Recovery adopts a completely different methodology to AA and NA. The organization, which was formed in 1994, maintains a rational, scientific approach. Relying on facilitators and mentors, SMART Recovery runs weekly educational and supportive meetings with time for open discussions that focus on self-directed life changes. SMART Recovery is open to anyone suffering from alcohol or drug dependence. Additionally, the organization welcomes anyone suffering from any other form of addictive behavior.

  • A Balanced Life, Inc.
    2100 Eloise Ave.
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Al-Anon and Nar-Anon Meetings

Families of those who are dependent on alcohol can find help and support from Al-Anon. The organization was formed in 1951 when it was realized that families of alcoholics faced many challenges and needed help and support to deal with the addictive behavior of their loved ones. Nar-Anon was born in 1971 for similar reasons. Both organizations use variations of the AA and NA 12-step programs. Meetings are open to anyone affected by the substance misuse of others.

  • Al-Anon
    Sierra Community Church,
    1165 Sierra Blvd.
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • Nar-Anon
    Carson Cares
    1711 North Roop St.
    Carson City, NV 89706

Those seeking help can also find additional help and resources in other local cities in California and Nevada. These include:

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Local Communities Served

  • 96150
  • 96151
  • 96152
  • 96154
  • 96156
  • 96157
  • 96158

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