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California Highlands Addiction Treatment Vistas

3875 Peony Drive, Fallbrook, California, 92028
CHAT Vistas offers drug treatment programs that are designed with you in mind. We use clinically-proven therapies and techniques that are tailored to your specific needs, based on your history, your hopes, and your aspirations. From the moment you walk through our doors, you will have a say in your treatment and the ability to collaborate with us on your road to recovery. To help you achieve these results, we enlist in the expertise of our licensed staff members. Our clinicians have a breadth of effective treatment modalities and are adaptive to the requirements of each individual client. The purpose of our treatment program is to put the client’s recovery first and effectively treat both addiction and mental health issues. Our use of empirically sound treatment modalities and a wide range of other treatment options, many of which are unique to our well-situated facilities, can best contribute to lasting recovery. We provide a full continuum of substance addiction care, which means that you’ll receive your treatment within one seamless experience that provides a smooth transition from detox to ongoing treatment at our high-end residential facility.

Facility Highlights

  • Beautiful Landscape
  • Luxury Amenities


  • Residential Treatment

    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
  • Detox

    Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to a withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
  • Family Program

    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded
  • Wilderness
  • Mountains

Meet the Staff

  • Dr. Christian Small
    Dr. Christian SmallMedical Director
    Dr. Christian Small is uniquely triple Board Certified in Psychiatry (ABPN), Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and Family Medicine (ABFM), as well as ASAM/CSAM Certified. Dr. Small is among a handful of doctors in the US who have completed additional training to acquire the skills necessary to treat full spectrum medical and psychiatric illness. His treatment philosophy is founded upon the idea of a mind-body connection, that true healing takes into account both the physical and emotional needs of our clients. Dr. Small completed his residency training at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), where he currently holds the title of Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor. He acted as an addiction psychiatrist for the Veterans Administration in La Jolla prior to co-founding Bold Health Medical Group, an outpatient clinic specializing in personalized medical, psychiatric and addiction treatment in Encinitas.
  • Angela Lankford
    Angela LankfordProgram Director
    Angela Lankford is a Licensed Vocational Nurse with over five years of experience in substance abuse treatment, providing compassionate care and professional expertise in the field of nursing. During the last five years, she has worked as a detox nurse and collaborated with her peers on new ideas and policies for different organizations. She also worked as the nursing supervisor where her management skills and resources were brought to the table. Prior to receiving her nursing license at Northwest College, Angela worked in managed care and claims, provided care in a private in-home setting for the medically fragile, and volunteered with hospice cases. Her passion to care for others has stemmed from her childhood where she took on a “Florence Nightingale” role as her family would say, caring for her family and friends who had fallen ill or who were in need at a young age. Angela has participated in community events over the years and helped with feeding and providing necessities to the homeless and also spent time as a high school cheer coach where she worked with the youth of her hometown.

Rehabs 360 Guide


California Highlands Vistas, located in Fallbrook, Calif., offers residential treatment to adults struggling with substance use disorder. The rehab also provides medical detox, which is a service offered by 15.8 percent of non-hospital residential facilities in California. California Highlands has a second facility located in Banning, California.


All clients are assessed upon admission to determine the appropriate level of care. California Highlands is among the 33.6 percent of non-hospital treatment facilities in the state to provide long-term treatment that lasts longer than 30 days — residential programs typically last between 30 to 60 days.

The facility’s treatment program uses a range of evidence-based of treatment methods, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) the latter of which is offered by 50.3 percent of treatment facilities in California.

Throughout treatment, clients receive individual and group therapy, as well as relapse prevention training and aftercare planning. The facility also offers equine therapy and frequent hiking opportunities. Families are able to participate in the treatment program through regular family therapy sessions.


The treatment team is headed by a medical director who is triple board-certified in psychiatry, addiction medicine, and family medicine.


The rehab is located in northern San Diego County on a 2.5-acre property. Photos on the facility’s website indicated a large, stately home with a large kitchen, elegant living room, an outdoor patio, a library with a piano and pool table, and an in-ground pool.


Of the three former clients polled by to date, two left positive feedback while one left negative feedback. The two satisfied alumni praised the facility for its caring staff and comprehensive program. "It’s incredibly beautiful, the staff is superior. The environment is exactly what you need to focus on you," J.S. wrote in a review representative of positive feedback.

C.I., the one negative reviewer, noted that while the grounds and amenities were nice, "this facility violates their first rule of standards: DIGNITY. It seems top management feels it is appropriate to bully, shame and humiliate."

California Highlands in Fallbrook received three five-star ratings on Google[1]. All three reviewers praised the facility for its effective treatment, comfortable accommodations, and intimate treatment environment. "I felt that in the small setting ( 6 people ) I received the help I needed. Awesome staff,great teachers and conveyors," Lonnie wrote in a representative review.


There is currently no information provided by California Highlands Vistas regarding its costs. However, the facility accepts insurance and offers payment plans to clients who do not have health insurance.

[1] GoogleReviews

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California Highlands Addiction Treatment Vistas
3875 Peony Drive, Fallbrook, California, 92028