California TRICARE Drug Rehab at South Shores

Get In-Network TRICARE Rehab Coverage at the Shores

Active duty service members make the ultimate sacrifice. They are away from their family for months or longer at a time and some face horrors that people in the civilian world could only begin to imagine.

Many struggle to adjust to civilian life afterward and may develop post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and other problems. Without consequences like dishonorable discharge hanging over their heads, some turn to alcohol, prescription drugs, and other illicit substances to manage their pain.

If you are struggling with substance abuse, you are not alone. Addiction disorders are more common in veterans than the general population, affecting more than 1 in 10 vets. For vets in California with TRICARE insurance, finding California TRICARE drug rehab can help you overcome trauma and addiction, improving the quality of your life!

Many veterans have found the help they need at South Shores Recovery. Keep reading to learn more about TRICARE insurance and how you can use it for substance abuse treatment at ‘the Shores!

Understanding TRICARE Insurance

Understanding TRICARE Insurance

TRICARE insurance works with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to make healthcare coverage more accessible to active duty service members, veterans, and their eligible family members.

By working with civilian hospitals, physicians, specialists, and rehab facilities, it’s easier to find health care services accepting TRICARE insurance.

What Groups Have TRICARE Coverage?

TRICARE insurance primarily benefits active duty and retired service members. However, there are also benefits for family members, including children and certain former spouses. National Guard and reserve members, survivors of war, dependent parents and parents-in-law, foreign force members and families, and Medal of Honor recipients and families are covered by TRICARE too.

How to Get a Fully Covered California TRICARE Drug Rehab

There is a number on your insurance card that you can use to narrow down your treatment options. However, these phone calls often take much longer than necessary. You’ll spend time on hold. After that, you’ll still need to reach out to the recovery center you choose for addiction treatment.

Instead, reach out to South Shores Recovery directly. We work with TRICARE as an in-network provider (as well as being in-network with other major health insurance plans) to make our treatment program as accessible as possible. One of our knowledgeable mental health professionals can verify your insurance over the phone, so you’ll know you’re covered in minutes.

Other insurance providers we are in-network with include, but are not limited to:

What are the Types of TRICARE Insurance?

One of the challenges of choosing an effective, comfortable rehab center that accepts TRICARE insurance is there are many different TRICARE insurance plans. It makes it hard to know whether you are covered. Some of the insurance plans available with TRICARE include:

  • TRICARE for Life
  • TRICARE Young Adult
  • TRICARE Retired Reserve
  • TRICARE Reserve Select
  • TRICARE Select
  • TRICARE Select Overseas
  • TRICARE Prime
  • TRICARE Prime Overseas
  • TRICARE Prime Remote
  • US Family Health Plan

With so many types of TRICARE coverage, you may not know what types of addiction treatment are available with your insurance plan. Give one of our staff members at South Shores a call today. We can verify your insurance in minutes over the phone!


Another distinguishing factor between TRICARE insurance plans is whether you have TRICARE East or TRICARE West insurance. For veterans residing in California, you are likely to have TRICARE West insurance.

TRICARE West covers veterans in many states on the Western side of the United States, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, parts of Texas, and California.

How Common is Substance Abuse for Military Personnel?

Substance Abuse for Military Personnel

Compared to the general population, illicit substance abuse rates are lower in active duty service members. While serving, members of the military are regularly drug tested. Consequences like criminal charges or dishonorable discharge discourage illicit substances. However, binge drinking is more common in active-duty personnel than in the general population.

Once military personnel return, they no longer have the same supervision or consequences for substance use. Many veterans who struggle with substance abuse use it to numb emotions, flashbacks, anxiety, or other problems. Some even develop a mental health disorder after serving. The prevalence of substance use disorders in veterans is slightly higher than in the general population, with more than 1 in 10 vets being diagnosed.

Does TRICARE Insurance Cover Drug Rehab in California?

Yes, TRICARE insurance company covers drug rehab in California. Insurance companies are required to offer mental health, and behavioral health, and addiction treatment under the guidelines of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).

The ACA made quality healthcare more accessible and affordable for the general population. It also established essential health benefits, like coverage for substance abuse treatment or mental health issues, that must be covered by TRICARE and other insurance companies.

What Types of Substance Abuse Treatment Does TRICARE Cover?

The road to recovery doesn’t look the same for every person. Most insurance companies offer several recovery options if you’re seeking treatment and TRICARE is no different. Not every treatment program is created equally but with so many options, it’s easy to get the help that you need no matter where you are in recovery.

Residential Inpatient Rehab Programs

Many people actively using alcohol or drugs choose inpatient programs. At South Shores, our comprehensive treatment programs cover all aspects of recovery. Our clients love our holistic approach to therapy with activities like surf therapy and yoga.

During medical detox, medical professionals will supervise the detox process and prescribe medications as needed for more severe withdrawal symptoms. You’ll also develop coping skills and foster social connections in group therapy, while working with an individual therapist to address challenges, triggers, and trauma.

Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs

Another option is our partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient program. These treatment programs last several hours per session, with 3-5 sessions weekly. Some treatment centers offer nighttime and weekend hours, making it easier to commit to your sobriety while returning to your everyday life.

Sober living facilities are another option for those who need extra support after rehab. They are also an option if you don’t have a safe or supportive environment to return to after rehab. While living at the facility, you’ll find a job, take care of responsibilities around the house, and maintain sobriety. Programs like these are especially beneficial during early sobriety, when the rate of relapse is high even after inpatient rehab.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs

Many veterans who struggle with substance abuse turn to it to numb memories, feelings, and PTSD symptoms associated with the trauma experienced during war. This means that treating addiction alone is unlikely to be effective. The underlying mental health issue must also be addressed.

At South Shores, we specialize in dual diagnosis programs for co-occurring disorders. If you or a family member are struggling with mental health and addiction, the TRICARE rehab you choose matters. The best, most effective rehab center will offer comprehensive support for mental health and addiction. You’ll find that at our facility.

Outpatient Programs and Aftercare

While addiction isn’t fully understood, it is now widely accepted by the medical community as a chronic, relapsing disorder. Long-term substance use changes areas of the brain related to stress, reward, and self-control. Most people diagnosed with a substance use disorder continue to struggle their entire lives. Getting sober is possible, but it’s important to choose a TRICARE rehab that provides the foundation for long-term recovery.

South Shores is located in Orange County, an area well-known for its thriving recovery community. Furthermore, the founder of South Shores, Eric Botelho, has been instrumental in forming the community. He also founded Sanctuary House, Anchored Recovery Community, and is a pastor at Sanctuary Faith Community. Our staff can connect you with resources like these after completing our rehab program. We can also help you find support groups and mental health treatment in your local area.

Will TRICARE Cover Mental Health Treatment?

Mental Health Treatment

Yes, TRICARE covers mental health services for military personnel, families, retired service members, and others covered by TRICARE health insurance. Mental health treatment might include psychiatric appointments, case management, group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy.

TRICARE covers specialized therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, and prolonged exposure therapy, too. Many veterans have had success treating unresolved trauma with targeted approaches like these.

In-Network vs Out-of-Network Providers

In-network providers contract with your insurance company to provide services. Doctors, specialists, hospitals, and treatment centers benefit by having more clientele. Your insurance provider benefits by paying less for services at an in-network provider, making TRICARE rehab more affordable.

By contrast, an out-of-network facility will cost significantly more. TRICARE plans may not cover any of the costs and you’ll likely pay out of pocket. Some recovery programs offer payment options but many require you to pay upfront.

Fortunately, South Shores is an in-network provider for our clients carrying a TRICARE insurance plan. Even if you have a copay or cannot afford out-of-pocket costs, we will work with TRICARE to get you the help you deserve.

You’ll feel supported by our staff as soon as you pick up the phone and give us a call. We offer medical detox services, inpatient and outpatient services, therapy and psychiatry, and support that continues even after you leave our recovery center. Even better, we recognize that each of our clients has unique needs. Call us and find out what comprehensive, individualized treatment plans look like today.

The Orange County Recovery Scene

Drug distribution and use in central California is similar to other parts of the state. High population density, access to several interstates, a railway system, and proximity to the coast create the perfect conditions for drug trafficking.

To address this serious issue, the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area was created. By cracking down on various drug networks, they hope to reduce accessibility to drugs in Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties.

With a specialized task force dedicated to tracking down these drugs, the risk of legal consequences from purchasing, manufacturing, distributing, and using illicit substances is higher than ever. Orange County is one area of concern, with one of the highest numbers of opioid-related deaths in the state.

Fortunately, the recovery community of ‘the OC’ is also a thriving one, and many former clients of ours choose to reside in Dana Point or the surrounding communities long after graduating our programs.

Why the TRICARE Drug Rehab That You Choose Matters

Healthcare professionals have finally started treating addiction for what it is – a chronic relapsing disorder. Long-term addiction causes physical and chemical changes in the brain. These changes are one of the reasons that relapse is so common in people who quit alcohol, prescription drugs, and other illicit substances.

Unfortunately, with the high rates of opioid deaths in California caused by fentanyl contaminating street drugs, even relapsing once has the potential to be deadly. This is why the California drug rehab that you choose matters. Choosing a facility like South Shores, with high-quality programs and evidence-based treatments, gives you the best chance of long-term recovery.

Offering Unique Programs for Veterans in South California

Evidence-based Treatments

Furthermore, South Shores offers unique programs like surf therapy and unique approaches to dual diagnosis treatment that are especially beneficial for veterans. Many of our veteran clients benefit from dual diagnosis because they are struggling with an underlying mental illness like PTSD or unresolved trauma in addition to drug or alcohol addiction.

Furthermore, South Shores offers a full continuum of care, starting with medical detox and inpatient programs and ending with aftercare services and recovery support. We also specialize in evidence-based treatments and therapies proven effective for treating substance abuse, PTSD, and other problems veterans commonly struggle with.

Get In-Network TRICARE Drug Rehab at South Shores

Finding out what your specific TRICARE plan covers can be challenging – but not when you reach out to our recovery center. South Shores Recovery accepts TRICARE and other health insurance, with many of our clients attending rehab at our facility without any out-of-pocket costs.

We offer medical detox, inpatient and outpatient rehab options, mental health services, and support even after you’ve left our program.

Once you call South Shores, you won’t have to go through the recovery process alone. We’ll verify insurance and discuss addiction treatment options over the phone. You’ll also work with an admissions specialist after arriving at our facility to better assess your needs and craft a comprehensive treatment plan. Pick up the phone and make a huge stride toward your new life today!


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  2. https://www.justice.gov/archive/ndic/pubs0/668/overview.htm
  3. https://calmatters.org/explainers/california-opioid-crisis/
  4. https://news.va.gov/45281/for-a-successful-recovery-treatment-of-dual-diagnosis-is-paramount/
  5. https://www.tricare.mil/About/Regions
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  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9579533/
  8. https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/get-help/treatment/ebt.asp

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