Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I choose Chico Recovery Center?

Chico Recovery Center has been saving lives and restoring families from substance abuse for more than 20 years. We offer the best chance at lifelong recovery. We make it easy to get help by having a centrally located evening programs in Chico. This enables less driving and more time available to spend with family.

  • CRC treatment works. Many of our adult clients either remain continuously abstinent or dramatically reduce their use in the year after treatment. We encourage participation in a Twelve Step program as a means of support in recovery.
  • We are more than a 3 month outpatient program. Addiction is a chronic condition that requires continuing care.  We offer a full range of services with varying intensities and durations to meet the clinical needs of each individual.
  • We provide 12 months of FREE support to patients once they complete treatment. Research shows that clients who actively engage in continuing care after treatment are more likely to remain abstinent. CRC’s program keeps clients connected by giving support and fellowship to build a new life in recovery.  
  • Our clients recommend us to others. About 30% of our clients are referred to us from our alumni. Many of our former patients say they would recommend CRC to anyone seeking help for an addiction.
  • Chico Recovery Center is insurance friendly. We are an in-network provider for many insurances companies. Our Financial Case Managers work with you and your insurance company to determine a financial plan that will make treatment possible. For those who qualify, patient aid is available.


How do I know if I am alcoholic or an addict?

  1. Do you lose time from work due to your drinking or drug use?
  2. Is drinking or drug use making your home life unhappy?
  3. Do you drink or use drugs because you are shy with other people?
  4. Is drinking or using drugs affecting your reputation?
  5. Have you ever felt remorse after drinking or drug use?
  6. Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of your drinking or drug use?
  7. Does your drinking or using drugs make you careless about your family's welfare?
  8. Has your ambition decreased since drinking or using drugs?
  9. Do you crave a drink or drugs at a definite time daily?
  10. Do you want a drink or drugs the next morning?
  11. Does drinking or drug use cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
  12. Has your efficiency decreased since drinking or using drugs?
  13. Is drinking or using drugs jeopardizing your job or business?
  14. Do you drink or use drugs to escape from worries or troubles?
  15. Do you drink or use drugs alone?
  16. Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of your drinking or drug use?
  17. Has your physician ever treated you for drinking or drug use?
  18. Do you drink or use drugs to build up your self-confidence?
  19. Have you ever been in a hospital or institution on account of drinking or drug use?

If you answer yes to one question, it is a warning for potential alcoholism/drug addiction. If you answer yes to two questions, it is likely that you are an alcoholic or addict. If you answer yes to three questions, it can be assumed that you are addicted to alcohol and/or drugs. Please contact us for a more comprehensive assessment.

For most people it becomes a problem when Alcohol / Drug use begins to affect the quality of their life. Specific problems areas affected would be the quality of family life, finances, legal, employment and medical problems. To determine who has a problem with alcohol or drugs doesn’t necessarily depend on how much or how often a person drinks or uses but the problems that arise as a result.

What is an intervention? How can I stage one?

An intervention is a deliberate process by which change is introduced into peoples' thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The overall objective of an intervention is to confront a person in a non-threatening way and allow them to see their self-destructive behavior and how it affects themselves, family and friends. It usually involves several people who have prepared themselves to talk to the person who has been engaging in some sort of self-destructive behavior. In a clear and respectful way, they inform the person of factual information regarding his or her behavior and how it has affected them. The immediate objective of an intervention is for the self-destructive person to listen and accept help.

An intervention can be a helpful tool for a family member, colleague or friend who is resistant to addressing his or her problem. At one time there was an attitude that people couldn't be helped unless they "hit bottom" but that idea has changed. Often people who are resistant and enter treatment due to an intervention do very well. 

Anyone who calls CRC to request an intervention will be encouraged to talk to a counselor first, as often times a professional intervention is not necessary. However, there are times when an intervention is critical and CRC can provide you with options from a list of professionals with whom we have worked. Chico Recovery Center does not have interventionists on staff.

Do I have to keep going to AA or other Twelve Step meetings?

These mutual self-help groups provide wonderful fellowship and help people hold a steady course after treatment, particularly by building connections within their home communities. Recovery from addiction is a life-long journey and treatment is only the first step. Working the Twelve Step program and attending meetings is proven to help people maintain abstinence and grow within their recovery.

Can I afford treatment?

We are in the network of many major insurance companies including BlueCross/BlueShield, Union Contracts, Aetna, Cigna, Magellan Health Care, United Healthcare, Value Options, Health Net and others. In addition, we are "insurance friendly," meaning not only that we accept insurance, but we work hard with insurance companies on behalf of our clients in treatment to find the best payment solutions for them. 

Our financial case managers have expert understanding of using both in-network and out-of-network benefits, and will work closely with insurance companies to streamline the process and ensure that the patient receives the maximum benefit available. We also work to determine if client aid and no- or low-interest loans are available and can be used in combination with insurance benefits for addiction treatment.

What is the process for getting into addiction treatment?

Chico Recovery Center is focused first and foremost on making sure we have the best solution for your unique clinical needs. The process begins by calling (530) 343-6566 and helping us understand your situation. Next, you will speak with an alcohol drug counselor who, based on further insights into your case, will discuss the best clinical options available to you. Lastly, you will speak with a financial case manager who will help identify all of your financial options. Our expert, caring team works hard to ensure you get help as quickly as possible. Call us with questions or to begin the admissions process. Our initial assessment is of no cost to you.

How much will my family be involved in the process?

Understanding the recovery process not only helps heal families, but builds a healthy support system for those in early recovery. CRC has long understood that addiction affects not only the patient but their family as well. We will schedule individual and couples sessions.

Is there ongoing support after leaving treatment?

Treatment by itself is not enough to sustain recovery for most patients. An aftercare regimen that includes participation in some type of Twelve Step program (such as Alcoholics Anonymous) or other addiction mutual-help group is crucial. A good treatment program will actively help the patient move into the next appropriate level of care. 

We know that treatment of addiction is only the beginning of the path to lifelong recovery and our recovering clients once they transition from outpatient treatment are eligible to attend continuing care as long as they need it. Time will be set aside by staff when clients need some one on one time to discuss their specific issues.