McAlister Institute offers 27 programs that represent a complete continuum of care for the prevention and treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. From pregnant women and troubled teens to ex-offenders, homeless men, monolingual Spanish speakers, and co-occurring individuals, each program is built on more than 35 years of experience in alcohol and other drug services and has been tailored to meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities that have been affected by substance abuse. To learn more about our programs or services across San Diego County and Napa County, please click on the program category below, or call (619) 442-0277.


  • Regional Recovery Centers
    McAlister Institute's regional recovery centers are outpatient programs for adults struggling with substance abuse and other drug-related problems, including co-occurring mental health issues. Wraparound services include assessment, treatment planning individual and group counseling, case management, mental health counseling, vocational training, re-entry assistance and referral, and ongoing recovery support services. A sliding fee scale is utilized to ensure no one is denied services due to inability to pay.

    Outpatient centers are located throughout San Diego County:

    South Bay Regional Recovery Center
    1180 Third Avenue, Suite C-3
    Chula Vista, CA 91911
    Phone: 619-691-8164

    East County Regional Recovery Center
    1365 N. Johnson Avenue, Suite 111
    El Cajon, CA 92020
    Phone: (619) 440-4801

    North Coastal Regional Recovery Center
    2821 Oceanside Boulevard
    Oceanside, CA 92054
    Phone: 760-721-2781

    North Inland Women and Adolescent Recovery Center*
    751 Rancheros Drive, Suite#5
    San Marcos, CA 92069
    Phone: 760-761-0515

    South Bay Women's Recovery Center*
    2414 Hoover Avenue, Suite C
    National City, CA 91950
    Phone: 619-336-1226

    *Specifically designed for women - offers on-site, co-op childcare and parenting classes.

  • East County Adult Detox - Residential Detox
    East County Adult Detox is located in Lemon Grove and provides short-term, non-medical residential detoxification for men and women experiencing problems with alcohol and other drugs. Over the course of 5 to 14 days, clients live in a safe, supportive environment and receive assessment, alcohol and drug education, treatment planning, an introduction to 12-Step recovery, and community referrals. Fees are based on a sliding scale. 
    Contact: 619-442-0277.

    Perinatal Detox - Residential Detox
    Perinatal Detox is a short-term, non-medical residential program specifically designed to help pregnant women detox from alcohol and other drugs in a safe, and supportive environment. This program is proud to report 100% drug-free births, and many women go on to receive further treatment and ongoing support at Kiva.
    Contact: 619-466-9274 

    Kiva Learning Center for Women and Children - Residential Treatment
    Kiva is a long-term residential treatment program for women, with and without children, who are seeking help for alcohol and other drug addiction. Over the course of approximately 6 months, clients receive supportive housing, treatment planning, daycare and parenting classes, educational workshops, mental health counseling, domestic violence assistance, vocational training, and recovery support services.
    Contact: 619-466-9274

    New Connections - Residential Treatment
    New Connections is a short-term (30-, 60-, or 90-day) residential program that offers treatment and intensive case management to assist parolees, ex-offenders, and other criminal justice clients that are in danger of ongoing drug and alcohol abuse. Services are designed to help clients overcome re-entry barriers through assessment, individual and group counseling, treatment planning, vocational training, community referrals, and other support services.
    Contact: 619-465-0733

    McAlister Institute Residential Program - Residential Treatment and Detox
    Napa County's only residential, non-medical substance abuse treatment program for men and women. Over the course of a 30-, 60-, or 90-day stay, clients receive assessment, individual and group counseling, vocational training, health education, and life skills workshops. 5 - 10 day detox also available.
    Contact: 707-257-1460

  • Teen Recovery Centers
    McAlister Institute Teen Recovery Centers (TRCs) provide substance abuse treatment, recovery, and education for adolescents who are using, misusing, or abusing alcohol and/or other drugs. Each program accommodates teens' school schedules, offering after-school treatment, individual and group counseling, and structured recovery activities to help teens develop the tools they need to stay alcohol- and drug-free. Programs are conveniently located for easy access and limited transportation and now offer satellite programs at schools throughout the County.

    Central South Teen Recovery Center
    1212 South 43rd Street, Suite C
    San Diego, CA 92113
    Phone: 619-263-7768

    East Region North Teen Recovery Center

    550 Fesler Street, Suite G3
    El Cajon, CA 92020
    Phone: 619-588-5361

    East Region South Teen Recovery Center
    7800 University Avenue, Suite A1
    La Mesa, CA 91942
    Phone: 619-465-4349

    Central North Teen Recovery Center
    4001 El Cajon Boulevard, Suite 206
    San Diego, CA 92105
    Phone: 619-280-2300

    North Central Teen Recovery Center (Clairemont)
    7867 Convoy Court, Building 5, Suite 302
    San Diego, CA 92111
    Phone: 858-277-4633

    North Rural Teen Recovery Center
    323 Hunter Street
    Ramona, CA 92065
    Phone: 760-788-6520

    South Bay East Teen Recovery Center (East Lake)
    2429 Fenton Street, Building 5
    Chula Vista, CA 91914
    Phone: 619-482-9300
    Satellite Program also available in downtown Chula Vista

    Central South Adolescent Perinatal Program (Newhope)
    3065 Beyer Blvd, Suite B-103
    San Diego, CA 92154
    Phone: 619-690-9904

  • Adolescent Group Homes
    McAlister Institute offers three gender-specific homes where substance abusing teens can seek up to 21 days of non-medical, residential detox. While in the program, adolescents participate in assessments, individual counseling, structured recovery activities, group education, and self-help groups. Locations are kept confidential, so please call our Adolescent Intake Coordinator to learn more information or to schedule an intake: 619-442-0277 x147.

  • Safe Housing - Supportive Housing
    Safe Housing is a small residential home for women who have been referred by Child Welfare Services (CWS) and Child Protective Services (CPS) while they are in the process of reunifying with their children. An on-site, live-in manager helps offer a clean, safe, and supervised environment for women and children as they take the next steps towards living independently in the community.
    Contact: Natalie Richardson, 619-440-4801 x108

  • Drug Testing
    McAlister Institute also promotes drug-free schools and workplaces by providing SAMHSA-certified drug testing services to private and public schools, athletic programs, nonprofit business, law enforcement agencies, and for-profit companies. For more information, please visit our Corporate Solutions page, or call 619-442-0277 x106. To learn more about our free initial drug test for teens, please visit

1400 N Johnson Ave Suite 101
El Cajon, CA 92020
619 442-0277

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