Substance Use

California Substance Abuse Hotlines

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Addiction hotlines can be accessed from anywhere and at any time of day, making them a convenient resource for individuals seeking help for drug or alcohol substance abuse in California (CA).

What Are the Addiction Hotlines and Helplines for California?

Below is a list of three free 24/7 helplines for this wanting help in California for a substance abuse disorder.

Organization NameTelephone NumberText Number
California 2-1-1211None
California Department of Health Care Services(800) 879-2772None
Zinnia Health(855) 430-9439None

These telephone numbers listed are free of charge to call for residents from California, the Golden State, to call.

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List of Free California Addiction Helplines

California 2-1-1

California 2-1-1 is a helpline and online database that connects people to essential community services in California. It provides information and referrals for a wide range of needs, including food, housing, healthcare, and substance use disorder treatment.

If someone calls seeking help with substance use disorder, the service can provide information on local treatment options and connect them with trained professionals who can offer more personalized support.

California Department of Health Care Services

The SUD Non-Emergency Treatment Referral Line is a resource provided by the California Department of Health Care Services to help individuals suffering from addiction find appropriate treatment options.

The referral line can assist with finding SUD treatment facilities licensed and/or certified by the California Department of Health Care Services.

Zinnia Health

Zinnia Health offers a free 24/7 helpline so you can speak to a qualified support agent who understand the issues with drug and alcohol addiction.

Zinnia Health is a service that offers drug and alcohol rehab centers nationwide. We can help you find the nearest substance abuse treatment program near to you in CA.

Zinnia Health has helped thousands of people across the country recover from drug, alcohol, and mental health disorders.

How Bad is Substance Use Disorder in California?

We shared the following 2020 alcohol-related death stats:

  • 6,193 deaths (up 81.8% from 2000)
  • 15.7 deaths per 100,000 people (up 55.4% from 2000)
  • 2020 state population: 39,368,078 (up 16.2% from 2000)

According to the California Health Care Foundation, substance use in California is widespread. In 2015-2016, the total number of people aged 12 or older in California who reported illicit drug use in the past month was 4,097,000, representing about 12.5% of all people 12 and older in the state.

Substance use disorders were most prevalent among young adults aged 18 to 25, occurring at nearly twice the state average rate. Six percent of Californians reported meeting the criteria for dependence on alcohol, compared to 3% for illicit drugs. Marijuana is the most popular substance among adolescents in California.

In 2017, almost 32% of California drug treatment admissions were for amphetamines, including drugs like meth, Adderall, or Ritalin. Other popular drugs of abuse, as measured by substance use treatment admissions in California, include heroin, marijuana, alcohol, and opiates other than heroin.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation provides reports and statistics for California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF). These reports include the latest quarterly report, counting rules, and yearly reports for 2019, 2020, and 2021.

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