Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in San Mateo, CA

There are currently 7 alcohol and drug rehab centers in San Mateo, CA. There are many treatment centers that specialize in mental health as well as substance abuse.

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Financing Alcohol and Drug Rehab in San Mateo

san mateo californiaOften the cost the drug or alcohol rehab may stop you from seeking treatment. If you feel that you can’t afford rehab, you have free and low-cost alcohol and drug rehab centers available.

State-Funded Rehabs

State-funded rehabs are centers that receive money from the state of California to provide rehab to those who can’t afford it. State-funded rehabs often include methadone clinics that offer treatment for opioid use disorders. You may have to submit an application providing evidence of low income to be admitted into state-funded rehab.

Charitable Organizations

Certain charities provide free or low-cost rehab to those who are unable to pay. These charitable organizations use money received via donations to offer drug and alcohol rehab to those in need. The Salvation Army is an example of a charitable organization that offers free rehab. You may have to submit proof of income and fill out an application to be placed in a charity-run rehab center.

Rehab Scholarships

Some rehab programs set aside funding to give to someone who may not be able to afford rehab but shows a great need and initiative. These funds are called rehab scholarships. Rehab scholarships typically don’t need to be repaid. You may have to contact the rehab of your choice to get more information about the availability of any scholarships.

Here are some options for free and low-cost alcohol and drug rehabs in and near San Mateo:

Private Insurance

If you are unable to attend a state-funded or charity-based rehab, you may still be able to receive the treatment you need at no or low cost by using your private insurance.

Private health insurance is required by law to cover the costs of alcohol and drug rehab. Depending on your policy, your provider, like Blue Cross Blue Shield or Cigna, may pay for some or all of the costs of rehab. Contacting your insurance carrier for a list of in-network rehabs will prevent any unexpected costs.


If you don’t have private health insurance, you may still be able to attend rehab for free or at a low cost through Medicare.

Medicare is an age-dependent program that is funded by the federal government. It provides health coverage for those who are 65 years old or older. Medicare will pay for rehab through licensed drug and alcohol rehab programs.

Treatments that Medicare pays for include:5

You may be able to receive Medicare if you are 65 or older and you receive Social Security.


If you are younger than 65, you may be ineligible to receive Medicare, but you still have options available that can provide rehab for free or at a low cost. Medi-Cal is one of those options.

Medi-Cal is a program that provides health coverage to those who have a low income. It is paid for by both the state of California and the federal government. The program will cover the costs of drug and alcohol rehab. Therapies that Medi-Cal will pay for include:6

To receive Medi-Cal, you must have a low income.

Local Information for San Mateo

You may be wondering “where can I find a licensed alcohol rehab near me?” You may also ask, “where is the best drug rehab near me?” You may even wish to know if you should travel to San Mateo for rehab. Starting on the road to long-term recovery starts with finding a drug or alcohol rehab that fits your needs.

Getting There

Since San Mateo is located minutes away from San Francisco, you can reach the city through the San Francisco International Airport, the San Carlos Airport, or the Half Moon Bay Airport.


San Mateo has plenty of hotel accommodations available to fit any budget. San Mateo is fairly walkable and ideal for biking. You may still choose to have your own vehicle when traveling through the city.


There are many things to do and experience in San Mateo. You can visit the San Mateo Japanese Garden or the Coyote Point Recreation Area. There’s also the CuriOdyssey Museum and the scenic Horseshoe Lake. For fun, stop by the Junipero Serra Statue or have a game of bowling at Bel Mateo Bowl.
Just under an hour away from the beach, San Mateo is filled with fun experiences for the whole family.
Recovery can start today by finding the right San Mateo rehab for you. For more information, contact 800-743-5860 (Info iconWho Answers?) to speak to a treatment support specialist.


  1. San Mateo County All Together Better. (2022). Death Rate Due to Drug Poisoning.
  2. San Mateo County All Together Better. (2022). Opioid Prescription Patients.
  3. California Overdose Surveillance Dashboard. (2022). San Mateo County Dashboard.
  4. University of Wisconsin Population Health Initiative. (2022). County Health Rankings and Roadmaps: California-San Mateo County.
  5. Center for Medicare Advocacy. (2022). Medicare Coverage of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
  6. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (2022). Substance Use Disorders.

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Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) could be forwarded to SAMHSA or a verified treatment provider. Calls are routed based on availability and geographic location.

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