San Diego Program Overview

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We’re Different

What’s unique about our program?

Even if you’ve been in treatment before, our program is different because we’ll work with you to find the treatment that’s best for you and best fits your unique needs and wants. Together, we will establish an aftercare plan that will move your life towards increased stability, improved well-being, greater attainment of goals, and better possibility of long-term recovery.


Specific Focus

San Diego Addiction Treatment Center recognizes that men have unique addiction treatment needs. Many men have a difficult time acknowledging they have substance abuse issues, and many are reluctant to discuss their feelings. On arrival, we ask the right questions to evaluate addiction severity, substance abuse history, mental health status, and ongoing medical problems. Obtaining a rounded picture helps us determine the level of care and treatment plan needed to customize their care appropriately.

Levels of Care

Spectrum of Treatment Services

Depending on the clinical needs of you or your loved one, we’ll assign him to a level of care that meets his addiction and mental health treatment needs. San Diego Addiction Treatment Center offers both a partial hospitalization program and an intensive outpatient program. We are able to refer patients that need more intensive care, such as medical detox or residential treatment, to another facility in the American Addiction Centers family.

Individual Differences

Personal Story

Everyone’s substance abuse and life circumstances are different. This is why we collaborate with clients to help develop a customized plan based on their unique addiction severity, personal strengths, mental health issues, ongoing health concerns, and recovery goals. Throughout their course of treatment, we assess their progress and re-evaluate these plans and make changes when clinically appropriate.

Therapy Types

Individual Therapy:

  • Scheduled therapy: Once a week (scheduled for one hour)
  • Open door policy: Clients who need more time can schedule additional appointments

Family Therapy:

  • Telephonic Therapy: Phone or videoconference call set up with a therapist if requested

Group Therapy:

  • Topics include: process group, recovery in action, Seeking Safety, life skills, etc.
  • Psycho-Educational/Didactic Groups: classes on relapse prevention, drug refusal skills, etc.
  • Alternative therapies: expressive therapy (music or art therapy), experiential therapy (recreational activities in the community to learn to reintegrate), etc.
  • 12-Step Work: meetings and group work, peer support

Medical and Psychiatric:

  • Appointments as needed

Case Management:

  • Scheduled at least once a week
  • Can request additional meetings

12-Step Meetings

Peer Support

A study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment in April 2014 shows that attending 12-Step groups after completing a treatment program increases lengths of abstinence.

We strongly encourage our clients to participate in 12-Step meetings and other peer support groups. Both during and following treatment, these groups are safe environments for sharing. During their treatment at SDATC, clients may attend 12-Step and other recovery groups in the community. These friendships and meetings can be critical during the early stages of recovery.

Commit to Change

No one can do it for you
This is a fact. However, when you or your loved one wholeheartedly commits to treatment, recovery is possible, regardless of the number of previous treatment attempts. Together, we can get to the root of your addiction, and with commitment and work, you can make the changes in thinking and behavior that can help you overcome your addiction. Our program focuses on the whole person, and in addition to helping you improve your health and wellness, we can also help you to lead a more fulfilling life.

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Co-occurring Disorders

Integrated Treatment

Many individuals struggling with addiction suffer from mental health issues, known as a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. As part of an integrated treatment approach, we evaluate all patients for co-occurring disorders and address any mental health issues identified, which may include anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or bipolar disorder. While clients are working on their addiction, they can also work to manage their co-occurring disorder. Many coping skills are beneficial for both, and clients will learn to not use substances as a coping mechanism. If the co-occurring symptoms are left untreated, they may increase the risk of relapse.


Embracing Change: Recovery for Life

American Addiction Centers designed a series of workbooks for clients to complete during their treatment. The curriculum Embracing Change: Recovery for Life addresses co-occurring disorders and is based on extensive research and real-world treatment experience. The workbooks contain exercises that communicate steps in an appealing, accessible format. While at SDATC, clients works on curriculum exercises while participating in group and individual therapy.

Engaging Clients

We consider our curriculum to be a strength and key differentiator of our treatment program. Rather than providing generic information on recovery topics, the workbooks invite clients to explore their history, thoughts, behaviors, goals, beliefs, motivations, and more, and to make plans for the future. These thought-provoking exercises help them work through their key issues. The process of self-reflection and writing helps them better weave the things they’ve learned and experienced in treatment into their own mindset and lifestyle. The more that they have internalized and personalized these skills and beliefs, the more they can effectively utilize them after treatment. The curriculum engages clients with unique interactive exercises and opportunities for self-examination. It also provides educational recovery information, coping strategies to help prevent relapse, and skills for managing co-occurring disorders.


We encourage clients to keep their completed curriculum workbooks after they leave our program so they can review the workbooks and reflect on the content and their responses. Reviewing the workbooks can act as a reinforcement of treatment, a motivator, and an illuminating reference point for measuring personal growth over time.

Family Matters

Addiction Affects Everyone

When you’re in treatment, it’s nice to know you’re not in it alone. Encouragement and support can be a source of strength. Furthermore, we recognize that addiction affects not only the individual with the illness, but their loved ones as well, and all those impacted need to heal. With client consent, we welcome family members, spouses/partners, and friends to participate in periodic family sessions on site or via conference call. By involving those who will play a part in your recovery and relapse prevention, you’ll have some close allies to reinforce your aftercare plan and expectations.

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Why 90 Days?

When it comes to lasting recovery, longer lengths of treatment stay seem to increase the likelihood of long-term sobriety. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, at least 3 months in treatment is needed for most individuals with addiction to significantly decrease or stop their substance use.

Program lengths for clients will be determined by each person’s unique set of circumstances, such as addiction severity, any co-occurring disorders, any medical complications, treatment progress, and insurance plan coverage.

Our 90-Day Promise

If you successfully complete 90 consecutive days of treatment at an American Addiction Centers program, we guarantee you’ll stay clean and sober, or you can return for a complimentary 30-days of treatment.

*Terms and Conditions apply. Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Sober Living

Resolutions San Diego

Resolutions San Diego provides transitional supportive housing for individuals receiving outpatient services at SDATC. Located just minutes east of downtown San Diego, Resolutions offers adult men a dorm-style sober living environment that allows them to live with like-minded individuals sharing the collective goal of long-term recovery. Residents are provided with transportation from Resolutions San Diego to SDATC in the mornings and back to Resolutions after programming. Living at Resolutions provides additional structure and support for newly sober clients as they participate in treatment at SDATC.