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San Jose rests on the southern shore of San Francisco Bay in central Santa Clara Valley. As the county seat of Santa Clara County, one of the most affluent counties in the nation, San Jose has the third-highest gross domestic product in the world. The city owes much of its affluence to its role as the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” a title earned for the number of high tech and internet industries that are based in this region.

San Jose’s estimated population of 1,035,317 makes it the third-largest city in California and the tenth-largest in the nation. With such a large population, the number of residents facing addiction to drugs or alcohol runs high.

Addiction affects people from every walk of life and socioeconomic class. The best drug rehab programs offer individualized services that tailor treatment to each client’s unique circumstances and recovery goals.

San Jose Addiction Treatment

The causes of addiction can be complex, and the most effective treatment programs take this into account by building treatment programs to serve each client’s unique needs. From the time a person first begins thinking about rehab to when they successfully complete a treatment program, comprehensive addiction treatment services can make the difference between successful sobriety and a life lost to continued drug use.

In San Jose, these services may include:

Chronic drug use can make it difficult for a person to prioritize their health, well-being and sobriety. A professional San Jose intervention can assist friends and family in helping their loved one start their recovery journey.

San Jose Drug And Alcohol Detox Programs

Certain drugs, such as alcohol, benzodiazepines and opioids, can cause a person to develop a strong physical dependency that causes severe withdrawal. San Jose medical detox programs treat the physical addiction, reduces withdrawal symptoms and helps a person to flush the drug out of their system, commonly by the use of medications.

San Jose Inpatient Addiction Treatment

The most-effective treatment programs engage a person on all levels affected by addiction and offer therapies that help them heal physically, emotionally, mentally and even socially.

The residential setting and therapeutic community offered by San Jose inpatient drug rehab centers can help a person to more wholly commit to the personal development and growth that is necessary for a fulfilling, sober life.

A variety of therapies may be used to accomplish these goals, including evidence-based behavioral therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), as well as complementary and alternative therapies like yoga and massage. Many facilities offer nutritional counseling and fitness classes to further help a person regain their strength and health after the damage of addiction.

In San Jose, a number of specialized addiction treatment programs may help a person obtain their personal recovery goals, including:

  • Dual diagnosis
  • Equine
  • gender-specific
  • Holistic
  • LGBTQIA-friendly
  • Medication-assisted treatment (Suboxone or methadone for opioid use disorders)
  • 12-step groups
  • 12-step alternatives
  • Pet-friendly
  • Religious or faith-based

A variety of luxury or professional (executive) programs may also be available in San Jose. Luxury programs typically offer intimate and exclusive settings, private rooms and luxurious amenities, such as spa treatments and chef-inspired cuisine. Professional or executive programs aid professionals in developing sober-living skills that enhance their career. Some may be structured to allow a person to continue working throughout treatment.

San Jose Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Outpatient treatment can benefit a person in many ways during recovery. This level of care may be used as a:

  • Standalone treatment for addiction
  • Treatment for relapse
  • Step-down program after inpatient drug rehab

San Jose Aftercare And Alumni Services

The longest-lasting recoveries maintain the positive momentum achieved in treatment. Some people have a hard time doing this on their own, but fortunately, many facilities and communities offer aftercare or alumni support services, such as:

  • Job coaching
  • Mentorship programs
  • Online recovery groups or resources
  • Self-help groups
  • Self-improvement classes
  • Sober living homes

San Jose Addiction Treatment Program Length

When faced with addiction, any amount of treatment is better than a life of continued substance use. However, research has found that most people find greater success when they complete a program lasting 90 days or longer.

Each treatment center is different, but in general, treatment options include:

  • 28-day and 30-day programs
  • 90-day programs
  • 120-day programs
  • Programs lasting a year or more

Enrolling in treatment is one of the biggest decisions a person can make, and it’s also potentially one of the most impactful.

Taking time to research treatment options can help to ensure that a person gets the highest quality of care for their needs. Looking at out-of-town or out-of-state treatment programs can give a person more options for specialized treatment.

How To Pay For San Jose Addiction Treatment

A person’s health insurance plan may offer coverage for medical detox, outpatient treatment or inpatient treatment. In San Jose, the following insurance companies may offer plans that provide this assistance:


  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Valley Health Plan

In addition to insurance, scholarships and grants, sliding-scale fees, financing options and help from loved ones may also help a person pay for treatment.

Substance Use Trends In San Jose

Prescription Opioid Painkiller Use In San Jose

In 2017, in Santa Clara County, physicians wrote 652,527 opioid prescriptions, a number that is more than half the total number of people living in the city of San Jose itself.

While these medications are presumably prescribed for valid medical conditions, many experts believe that over-prescription of opioid painkillers contributed to increasing rates of painkiller use.

The following prescription opioid pain medications are frequently used:

  • Codeine
  • Actiq (fentanyl)
  • Duragesic (fentanyl)
  • Norco (hydrocodone)
  • Vicodin (hydrocodone)
  • Dilaudid (hydromorphone)
  • Demerol (meperidine)
  • Dolophine (methadone)
  • Methadose (methadone)
  • Duramorph (morphine)
  • MS Contin (morphine)
  • OxyContin (oxycodone)
  • Percocet (oxycodone)
  • Opana (oxymorphone)

Opioid Overdose Deaths In San Jose

Opioid use, whether it involves heroin, prescription opioid painkillers or fentanyl, carries a high risk of overdose, a fact that is all too clear in San Jose.

In 2017, there were:

  • 91 opioid (excluding heroin) overdose emergency room visits
  • 86 opioid overdose hospitalizations

Out of 176 drug-related overdose deaths in 2017, 70 fatalities were due to opioid drugs, including:

  • 24 deaths from heroin
  • 16 deaths from fentanyl (including synthetic fentanyl)
  • 1 death from the synthetic opioid U-47700 (“pink”)

Fentanyl Use In San Jose

The impact of fentanyl led Santa Clara County Public Health officials to issue a health advisory on opioid overdose deaths due to fentanyl. In addition to fentanyl, the medical examiner’s office found various fentanyl analogues present in overdose deaths, including acryl fentanyl, acetyl fentanyl, butyryl fentanyl, furanyl fentanyl, cyclopropyl fentanyl, methoxyacetyl fentanyl and 4-ANPP.

The San Jose medical examiner notes that several deaths have resulted from counterfeit prescription drugs that actually contained a lethal dose of fentanyl. These fake drugs appeared to be oxycodone, Norco, Vicodin or Xanax​.

Signs And Symptoms Of Substance Use And Addiction

As a person struggles with a substance use disorder, their behaviors and lifestyle become increasingly centered around finding and using the drug. This pursuit can greatly damage a person’s health, life and relationships, both immediately and long-term.

Specifically, a person may:

  • Use the drug more frequently or in a higher amount than they planned
  • Find they are unable to quit or decrease their dose
  • Spend large amounts of time abusing the drug or feeling sick from doing so
  • Have strong urges or cravings to find and take the drug
  • Struggle at home, work or school due to the effects of drug use
  • Use the substance even after it harms their relationships
  • Stop taking part in hobbies or events that once brought meaning to their life
  • Find themselves in risky situations while using the drug, such as participating in unsafe sex or driving under the influence
  • Use the drug even after their mental health begins to suffer
  • Increase the dose of the drug because they no longer feel the effects they seek (tolerance)
  • Develop withdrawal symptoms if they quit or reduce the amount they take

Drug And Alcohol Use In San Jose

In San Jose, both legal and illicit drugs contribute to addiction rates. Even legal substances such as alcohol and marijuana can become dangerous and addictive when used.

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In addition to these substances, the following illicit drugs can cause dependence, addiction and a variety of health and medical problems, including overdose:

  • Cocaine (including crack)
  • Heroin
  • Illicit fentanyl
  • Methamphetamine
  • Synthetic cannabinoids (“fake weed,” K2 or Spice)

Prescription Drug Use In San Jose

Prescription drug use begins in several ways. Some people first use these medications by misusing their prescription to soothe the symptoms of a physical or mental health problem. Or, in the case of stimulant medications, a person may use them to enhance their performance at school or on the job. Others use prescription drugs to create a high or euphoric state.

Regardless of the reason, prescription drug misuse and use can lead to addiction, withdrawal and overdose.

In addition to opioid pain relievers, medications that are commonly used in this way may include:

  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Ativan (lorazepam)
  • Klonopin (clonazepam)
  • Librium (chlordiazepoxide)
  • Restoril (temazepam)
  • Valium (diazepam)
  • Xanax (alprazolam)
  • Prescription stimulants
  • Adderall (dextroamphetamine/amphetamine)
  • Concerta (methylphenidate)
  • Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine)
  • Ritalin (methylphenidate)
  • Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)

Certain treatments and therapies work better for different types of addiction. The most successful treatment programs create a customized treatment plan with this in mind.

Vertava Health is committed to providing clients with the highest quality of care. Our highly trained staff use research-based therapies and deliver compassionate care at several locations across the United States.

Contact Vertava Health now for more information on San Jose addiction treatment options.