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McAlister Institute: North Coastal Regional Recovery Center


McAlister Institute North Coastal Regional Recovery CenterThe Basics

Founded by Jeanne McAlister in the 1980s, The McAlister Institute  provides outpatient and residential treatment throughout California’s San Diego and Napa counties. McAlister, who recently celebrated 58 years in recovery, was awarded the Frank Goldsmith Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 by the San Diego Drug-Free Alliance and the award for Innovative Approaches to Recovery from the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs in 2006.

In operation for over 15 years, the McAlister Institute’s North Coastal Regional Recovery Center (NCRRC) is located in Oceanside, California, 40 miles north of San Diego. It offers treatment at the standard outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) levels.

Treatment and Staff

After an assessment, clients receive a treatment plan that includes group therapy anywhere from one to five times a week and individual therapy at least every 90 days. The duration of treatment is progress-based, with most staying at least three months. Clients can step down to a lesser frequency of group sessions as they stabilize in recovery.

The treatment team includes Master’s-level therapists such as MFTs and addiction counselors with the RADT/CCAPP credential. Therapy uses CBT, trauma-informed care and the Living in Balance curriculum. Groups explore handling triggers and relapse prevention and clients are required to attend at least two 12-step meetings outside of their structured treatment each week.

Gender-specific Wellness Groups are offered for both men and women that use the Seeking Safety curriculum. Anger management classes are included in some treatment plans, and clients who have been high-risk offenders may enroll in a Thinking for Change group.


Clients can invite family members to their individual sessions if the treatment team approves. NCRRC is currently working on developing a family program to educate and support loved ones who’d like to take an active role in the recovery.

For aftercare clients are encouraged to attend a weekly relapse prevention group.

In Summary

North Coastal Regional Recovery Center provides flexible outpatient treatment that includes multiple therapy groups tailored to clients’ backgrounds and recovery issues. As a member of the extensive McAlister Institute facility network, North Coast Regional Recovery Center clients have access to highly experienced clinicians trained in dual diagnosis support, trauma therapy and criminal thinking.

McAlister Institute: North Coastal Regional Recovery Center
2821 Oceanside Blvd
Oceanside, CA 92054

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