Substance Use Disorder Care

Look to us for comprehensive addiction recovery and treatment services for adults with substance use disorders.

Our whole-person approach to care is extended to all populations without judgment. We recognize both the biological basis of addiction and the sociocultural factors that play a role. Our focus is on delivering compassionate, evidence-based care that improves your quality of life and daily life functioning.

Please note that you need a referral from a UC San Diego Health physician to be seen at our substance use disorders clinic. 

Substance Use Disorders Treated

We treat all types of substance use disorders, including the following.

Care for All Stages of Recovery 

Because we bring the best available science to our care plans, we employ a "harm reduction" approach to addiction treatment and lifelong recovery. This nonjudgmental, evidence-based method of care uses practical strategies to reduce the consequences of drug use and is open to individuals (age 18 and older) in all stages of recovery, including:

  • Abstinence
  • Active use
  • Maintenance
  • Relapse

We can also help to identify early signs of problematic substance use, provide care for those experiencing significant consequences of drug use, and offer continuity of care following discharge from a residential detoxification program.

Your First Appointments

The first stage of treatment includes:

  • An orientation to our services
  • A comprehensive assessment
  • Treatment planning, including long-term recovery planning

The results of your assessment help us identify your needs, personal strengths, and areas to work on. We can then work with you collaboratively to determine your treatment goals and treatment plan.

Services for Treating Addiction

Care Team

Your care is led by board-certified psychiatrists and licensed psychologists who specialize in treating addiction. Registered nurses, licensed social workers and marriage and family counselors are also available to ensure you receive the care and support you need. Together, we can address all aspects of your treatment and recovery.


Emergency Help Available 24/7

For a mental health emergency, call 988 or go to the nearest emergency room. 988 is the national suicide and crisis hotline. You can also call the San Diego Crisis Line at 888-724-7240 for confidential, free support.

UC San Diego Health Emergency Departments