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Pacific Treatment ServicesThe Basics

Surrounded by rocky hills, Pacific Treatment Services offers a coed Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in Escondido, California, roughly 30 miles northeast of San Diego. The facility has been treating youths between the ages of 12 and 19 for chemical dependency for over 10 years. Director Will Wooton himself struggled with alcohol as a teen, becoming sober at age 16. Credentialed as a CADC and a licensed advanced alcohol and drug counselor (LAADC), Wooton opened PTS after counseling in private practice for several years. He co-authored the book Bring Your Teen Back From the Brink, which aims to educate parents in the battle against teen addiction.

Treatment and Staff

Pacific Treatment’s IOP is a 12-week program that consists of three hours of group therapy three days a week from 4 pm to 7 pm weekdays and on Saturday mornings. Groups are led by addiction counselors including LADCs. PTS does not incorporate the 12-steps in their recovery program but refers clients to local community meetings as requested.

The PTS approach focuses on behavior modification—clients explore how their behavior is impacting their lives and are given new insight and techniques to manage it in the areas of home life, school performance and social experiences. PTS also uses peer-driven group therapy to build a positive recovery environment.

Given its young client base, PTS understands that change will not occur unless the whole family is on board. To that end, group therapy involves working with families to generate behavior and consequence plans for clients and on Saturdays families are encouraged to attend therapy sessions together.

Groups are small, with an average of six clients. PTS works with several area psychiatrists and refers clients to those whose approaches are complimentary to the group therapy work in the IOP.


Upon completion of the IOP, clients can step down with a customized treatment plan from PTS’s counselors. In some cases, clients choose to continue with another session of the 12-week IOP.

PTS hosts a Monday night family support group that is open to all members of the community.

In Summary

PTS’s therapy groups go beyond the emotional and mental impact of addiction by addressing the academic issues that teens dealing with substance abuse face. Close relationships are maintained with local schools in order to offer treatment plans that work with each client’s academic environment. Founder Will Wooton has structured the program to pay special attention to healing the family dynamics that enable substance abuse in teens.

Pacific Treatment Services
333 S Juniper St, Ste 114
Escondido, CA  92025

Pacific Treatment Services Cost: $8,500 (90 days). Reach Pacific Treatment Services by phone at 866-713-2334. Find Pacific Treatment Services on Facebook and Twitter

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