Chemical Dependency

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The Chemical Dependency Treatment Programs offered by Aurora San Diego Hospital feature medically monitored inpatient hospital detoxification and treatment in a safe, caring, supervised setting.

An integrated Treatment Team approach provides a structured framework in which the patients progress is monitored, the Treatment Team is typically be comprised of an psychiatrists/addictionologist, internist, psychologist, family therapist, chemical dependency counselor, psychiatric nurses, dietitian, occupational and recreational therapists and multidisciplinary specialists in chemical dependency/addiction.

Treatment services provided include

  • Assessment/Medically Supervised Detoxification phase, usually lasting three to seven days, (a medical and psychological stabilizing period which frees each patient from alcohol and drugs)
  • Individualized treatment planning occurs utilizing laboratory testing, psychological and psychiatric evaluations, and various clinical evaluations.
  • An intensive inpatient program of individual and group therapy and therapeutic community interaction. 
  • Intensive family therapy programs to provide family members with a greater understanding of their role in the recovery process.
  • Needed living skills such as non chemical coping, relaxation techniques, problem solving, assertiveness training, nutrition, and maintaining personal health and fitness.
  • Orientation of the patient and their families to self help grups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Alon, Cocaine Anonymous and other supportive resources. These meetings are provided at the Hospital and the patients are encouraged to attend.
  • Assistance with transition back to the community and after care treatment plan with follow-up which is also included
  • Referrals are made to self-help groups, private practitioners, sober living facilities and other outpatient community based resources as appropriate.

Treatment Team

We believe a Team Approach is the most effective method to deliver Quality Care. The Treatment Team is led by an physician and often includes a licensed therapist, nurse, recreational therapist, clinical social worker, and certified drug counselor. The treatment team offers not only their clinical expertise and experience, but also their concern and compassion for individuals dealing with substance use/abuse issues.


Our NO COST Confidential Assessments are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Aurora San Diego Hospital Intake and Assessment Department. For more information about our Treatment Programs or Services please call: 858-675-4228 or toll free 888-565-4228.