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Intensive Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

5480 Baltimore Dr. suite 211

La Mesa, CA 91942

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Intensive Outpatient Program

Our Intensive Outpatient Program assists individuals with recognizing the negative consequences related to substance abuse or other abusive diagnosis and provides support and healthy solutions with an appropriate action plan.  Intensive outpatient group counseling sessions are conducted for a minimum six week period, three times per week for three hours per group.  Individual counseling sessions are offered as needed.

Family Support Program

The Bridges Family Support Program is geared to help family members experiencing anger, guilt, shame and co-dependency and establish a tough love approach.  Family services include individual and group counseling for a minimum of eight weeks. two days per week for two hours per session.  We emphasize and encourage 12 step meetings.

Chronic Relapse Program

Our chronic relapse clients are counseled in separate groups from those who are in treatment for the first time.  This program consists of individual and group sessions for twelve weeks, three times per week and three hours per session.  It also includes continuing care maintenance for six months to one year after the initial program is completed.

Alternative Sentencing Program

The Bridges of San Diego also provides an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program for individuals who are required to complete a drug treatment program to avoid further criminal prosecution for DUI's and drug/alcohol related convictions.  This program is three times per week and includes three hours of daily structured group therapy, individual counseling and education.  This program also includes random drug testing with positive results available upon court's request.  In addition, the program includes letters of acceptance, progress reports and program completion guaranty.



Our Treatment Programs consists of Individual and Group Therapy. There are three types of groups (Process Group, Workgroup,

and Education Group). These groups are designed to address the most frequently encountered barriers participants and therapists

face about establishing a commitment to a realistic long term recovery plan.

Process Group

A Process Group is a group in which members build their communication and problem-solving skills. There is no pre-determined topic.

Facilitators guide the team to help them:


Understand their problem more clearly

Learn the steps of problem solving in a safe, supportive, respectful environment

Identify and change: mistaken thinking, unmanageable feelings, and urges to do things that make life more painful, self-defeating behaviors and relationships that make problems worse

Be listened to, taken seriously, respected and affirmed

Tap into the "mastermind" or group conscience, an authoritative source of knowledge, courage, strength and hope in personal problem solving


Focused Work Group

These are topic-driven workgroups. Core assignments are addressed here, such as Recovery Plans (treatment goals), The First Step presentations and Exit Plans. Individualized assignments may also be present.

Education Group

Education Groups are didactic and participative.  Core topics include the disease of addiction, medical aspects, relapse dynamics, introduction to the 12 steps (emphasis placed on step 1, 2, and 3), and practical application of recovery principles.

Other topics are diverse and reflect the needs of the current population, as well as the particular talents of the facilitator, i.e., communication skills, grief, and loss. These groups are highly interactive, stressing peer feedback.

To learn more about our services, please contact us at the number below.  Credit cards and insurance is accepted.  Cancellations are honored if requested within twenty four hours of purchase.