The Most-used Substances in California

Because of how prevalent the availability of certain drugs are, most states do not differ very widely in drug use. Therefore, most out of state and in state treatment centers are likely to treat similar drugs.  The most common drugs used in the state of California are similar to those most commonly used in many of its neighboring states like Washington and Oregon: (


Binging Alcohol:

12% of Californian’s reported to engage in binge drinking. Binge drinking is a kind of drinking that you do in great quantities over a short period of time, like a matter of hours or even days. Binge drinking can cause memory loss, nausea and persistent vomiting, and even death. This can be a great strain on the community. An example of this is the way universities see their fraternity and sorority communities affected by the brutal side effects of binge drinking every year at pledge. Young men and women all over the country find themselves in hospitals and even sometimes die as a result of forced binge drinking or even voluntary.


Side Effects of Binge Drinking

  • Minor scrapes, burns, or bruises due to loss of coordination
  • Responsibilities may suffer
  • Dehydration
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Uncontrolled Vomiting
  • Short term memory loss
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Liver disease
  • Brain damage
  • Seizures
  • Alcohol use disorder


The only treatment for alcohol use disorder is found through medically supervised alcohol detox, alcohol rehabilitation and aftercare that focuses on relapse prevention therapy. Without the multiple steps of treatment a person is likely to relapse, if they even make it out of detoxification. Though it is sometimes treated like a harmless intoxicant, alcohol use disorder is a serious threat to one’s health and wellbeing.



7% of Californian’s reported using Cocaine, with a likelihood of 62% becoming return users. Cocaine is a stimulant, less violent in nature than meth, but with more drive than adderall. Cocaine is usually snorted in up the user’s nostril, rumbbed along the gum line, or injected into the bloodstream like heroin.


Other ways people refer to cocaine are as follows:

  • Blow
  • Coke
  • Crack
  • Rock
  • Snow


Effects of cocaine on the body:

  • Euphoria
  • Giddiness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Nausea
  • Trouble regulating temperature
  • Muscle twitches
  • High blood pressure
  • Respiratory issues
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Reduced blood flow
  • Higher risk of infections diseases


Cocaine addiction should be able to be treated at any drug rehabilitation facility. It starts with drug detox and then moves to rehab and finally, as with alcohol use disorder, relapse prevention therapy in aftercare services.



.43% of Californian’s used heroin, with a likelihood of 82% to be return users. Heroin is an opioid that is one of the more common forms of the drug. Opioids are depressants. They relax the systems of the body, providing a sense of peace and relaxation to the user.


Heroin is also called:

  • Horse
  • Hell Dust
  • Smack
  • H

People use heroin in several different ways – they inject, sniff, snort, and smoke heroin. Opioids are notorious for being highly addictive substances. The tolerance spikes so fast that overdose is highly likely even after just one use of the drug, not to mention extremely high in addicts that relapse.


Side Effects of Heroin

  • Dehydration
  • Nausea
  • Cardiovascular complications
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Pulmonary tissue deterioration
  • Respiratory problems
  • Fatal overdose


Heroin must be treated carefully. Treatment for such a powerful drug must absolutely start with a medically supervised drug detox. Withdrawal from heroin could be an intense experience for users. Withdrawal symptoms including diarrhea and vomiting, severe bone and muscle pain, can feel impossible to get through. Being in a medically supervised facility will give you the support you need to resist the triggers and cravings, to resist the anguish. At Aspire Health Network we offer top quality of service with a highly qualified medical staff there to help you through the most difficult parts of your recovery treatment.


California Treatment and Out of State Options

Aspire Health Network offers treatment that moldes to the individual patient. It is a vital part of a successful recovery program that it shapes to the different aspects of each users context. If you are suffering from a co-occurring disorder such as bipolar disorder, or depression, if you have chronic pain or any other sort of complication, there is an appropriate treatment plan for you.


Some addicts prefer to get out of state for treatment in order to avoid some of the major environmental triggers that may be common within the state where they fostered their addiction. For out of state options Aspire Health Network has facilities across many states in America like in Washington, Oregon, or Alaska.  


Whether you chose to go out of state or in state, if you are searching for a drug and alcohol recovery treatment center, call Aspire Health Network to get more information on what recovery programs might be right for you.