If you’re not already familiar with Westwood, it is one of California’s most beloved cities and home to the University of California. Located in Lassen County, Westwood is both a commercial and residential neighborhood, which is in the northern central part of the Los Angeles Westside region. According to the Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce, the city is renowned for its endless trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, all of which make it a top choice for those who prefer a slower-paced life or perhaps want a temporary respite from the hustle and bustle that comes with living in much larger cities. However, in addition to all of the things that make Westwood a great place to visit or even call home, it is worth noting that the city is dealing with many of the same substance abuse problems that have already beset many others in the greater Los Angeles County area.


Because Westwood, which is in Lassen County, is so close to Los Angeles County, they both share many of the same problems when it comes to substance abuse. Some of the more commonly abused substances in both counties include

  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamines
  • Heroin
  • Prescription opioids
  • Marijuana
  • Alcohol


Given that Westwood is one of the least populated cities in California with fewer than 2,000 people, substance abuse trends are generally not reported separately. Instead, they are combined to reflect the extent of the substance abuse problem in the cities that make up Lassen and Los Angeles County, not to mention many of the other neighboring counties as well. That said, according to a study published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, between 2013 and 2014, the most recent data available, the greater Los Angeles County area saw a 6.8 percent increase in individuals seeking treatment for cocaine addiction as well as 19.8 percent for heroin, 3.3 percent for prescription-based opioids, 0.5 percent for benzodiazepines, and 18.8 percent for methamphetamines. There was also a 27.2 percent increase in individuals seeking help overcoming marijuana addiction. While this data is a few years old, Westwood and many of the other cities that make up Lassen and Los Angeles County, even now, are still struggling with a variety of substance abuse problems.


If you live in Westwood or any of the neighboring cities and have a problem with alcohol, opioids, methamphetamines, or any other illicit substance, you will be happy to know that there are several state-funded and private rehab facilities that can help you put an end to your addiction. That said, let’s take a moment to delve into what Lassen County and some of the other neighboring counties have to offer when it comes to addiction recovery services:

The Butte County Department of Behavioral Health, despite its name, provides both addiction recovery and mental health treatments, which makes it an ideal choice for those who are struggling with addiction alongside a mental health disorder. That said, the Butte County Department of Behavioral Health offers outpatient treatments that include addiction education, relapse prevention programs, and access to various forms of addiction therapy, including trauma-relating counseling and REBT (rational emotive behavior therapy).

Pit River Health Service takes great pride in offering substance abuse treatments to veterans and active-duty military personnel that have fell victim to addiction. As such, the facility proudly accepts TRICARE and other forms of military insurance. However, they also welcome non-military individuals who need help overcoming an addiction to alcohol, opioids, methamphetamines, and other illicit substances as well. And they will accept private health insurance. Although Pit River Health Service is an outpatient facility, they offer many of the same services as their inpatient counterparts, such as medically-assisted detox and various forms of addiction therapy. 

The Sierra County Health and Human Service offers various treatments for those struggling with a dual diagnosis or stand-alone alcohol use disorder. The outpatient facility provides one-on-one, group, and family counseling and also access to 12-step programs to ensure individuals can maintain their sobriety after leaving rehab. The Sierra County Health and Human Service also offers detox assistance. 

The Tehama County Health Services Agency Drug and Alcohol Division is an outpatient treatment facility that proudly welcomes those struggling with an alcohol or opioid addiction. However, they are equally open to treating those seeking help overcoming an addiction to cocaine, methamphetamines, and other substances as well. The facility offers medically-assisted detox as well as several aftercare programs, all of which include some form of addiction therapy. The Tehama County Health Services Agency Drug and Alcohol Division also provides crisis intervention and psychiatric emergency walk-in services. 

Right Road Recovery Programs offer intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization outpatient programs to help those battling almost any kind of addiction, from alcohol and marijuana to opioids and everything in-between. Along with addiction therapy, the facility also offers detox assistance to those needing help overcoming severe withdrawal symptoms.

Similar to many of the other facilities detailed in this article, Common Goals proudly welcomes those struggling with opioid addiction and offers detox assistance, which includes access to several prescription-based medications, such as Methadone and buprenorphine, to help soothe severe withdrawal symptoms typically associated with coming off of these type of drugs. That aside, they also welcome those with other substance abuse problems as well. Along with detox assistance, they also provide multiple forms of addiction therapy.


Because of its small population, there are no rehab facilities in Westwood. All of the rehab facilities mentioned in this article are least 50 miles away from the city.


Although they may not be the most appealing from a geographical standpoint, the facilities listed in this article are some of the best in Lassen and Los Angeles County, and they all offer many of the services needed to help individuals finally put substance abuse behind them once and for all. Also, these facilities will accept Medicaid, Medicare, military, and private insurance.