Located on Mount Soledad in the community of La Jolla, the Soledad House for women is a residential treatment facility located in San Diego, California. As a member of the ABC Sober Living family—a network of two gender-specific residential treatment facilities and four sober living homes, Soledad House offers an intensive substance abuse and addiction recovery program tailored specifically for women in recovery.
Recently opened in 2010, Soledad House employs a faith-based approach combined with 12-step principles and evidence-based therapy methods to help clients begin their recovery from addiction and substance abuse.
Accommodations and Food
Soledad House boasts panoramic views of the surrounding communities of La Jolla and Pacific Beach. The house is a two-story contemporary single-family home with spacious interiors and modern decor creating a home away from home feel for clients.
The house accommodates six clients in three double-occupancy bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms shared between roommates. Bedrooms have two full-size beds, over-sized closets and two dressers for personal belongings. Linens and towels are provided by the facility and clients are responsible for laundering their linens and clothes in the on-site laundry facilities.
Two living rooms are available—one for socialization and one for house and group meetings. An additional office space is utilized for one-on-one therapy. The main living room has several comfortable couches, vaulted ceilings that allow plenty of natural light and a plasma TV with cable. The communal computer with WiFi is in the living room and a landline telephone is available for approved local and long-distance phone calls.
The kitchen is fully equipped and gives clients the opportunity to sharpen their culinary skills by preparing their own and group meals. All meals are served family-style and are healthy with some comfort food mixed in. Coffee is served all day and snacks are available as needed.
The back yard has panoramic views, a pool, an outdoor lounge and a barbecue grill for socializing and group meals.
Treatment and Staff
Many residents in the Soledad House program are graduates from local prominent rehabs and detox facilities. Potential clients must arrive committed to change and with a willingness to participate in the program’s rigorous schedule for recovery.
Soledad’s treatment program is broken into two phases, both focused on 12-step recovery principles and spiritual activities to strengthen and empower clients. The average length of treatment is 90 days, but clients are encouraged to stay longer if needed.
The first phase requires clients to participate in a rigorous program that begins at 6 am with morning meditation. All clients attend an on-site AA meeting from 7 to 8 am led by a CADC who is also in recovery. Breakfast is from 8:30 to 9 am, followed by chores from 9 to 9:30 am. A house meeting or group therapy session is held from 9:30 to 11 am and gives house members the opportunity to identify and resolve issues as they arise. Clients get an hour-long break between group and lunch (12 to 1 pm) to enjoy free time.
From 1 to 2 pm, clients participate in a psychoeducation group focused on substance abuse and mental health, following which another break is scheduled until dinner from 5 to 6 pm. Several times per week, clients are transported to outside AA meetings where they develop fellowship with the local recovery community. Individual therapy sessions may be scheduled as needed.
Clients are assigned weekly rotating chores, and once a week all house members participate in a deep-clean of the home. Additionally, there is a weekly bonfire which unites members of the residential and the sober living homes. For clients on medication, a group led by the staff psychiatrist is held that includes medication management. Every Sunday, clients also attend church to improve their spiritual condition.
The first phase of treatment typically lasts a full 90 days and clients are allowed use of laptops and cell phones once their counselor determines it is appropriate.
The second phase of treatment moves the clients to one of the four sober living homes a short walking distance away. Clients must keep themselves accountable with a peer-to-peer system of self-regulation. Clients attend individual therapy sessions several times a week during this phase. The Soledad program encourages an appropriate level of autonomy and structure to help prepare each individual for the “real world.”
All therapeutic activities are conducted by clinical staff members. Credentials include a psychiatrist, Chemical Dependency Counselors (CDCs), an Expressive Arts Therapist, MFTs, a Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS), LCSWs and house managers. Two MDs are on staff who tend to the mental and bodily health of the clients and a range of evidence-based practices are utilized including DBT and CBT.
The Soledad House staff has a family program to encourage loved ones to support recovery. Addiction is viewed as a family disease and the therapists educate the family on how to avoid enabling and codependent behaviors and how to best support their loved ones in early sobriety.
In addition, clients can take advantage of art therapy for alternative forms of expression.
The Soledad House offers a two-phase approach to substance abuse treatment for women. With comfortable and stylish accommodations, clients can take full advantage of living in a homey environment with enough structure to support lasting recovery. Clients engage in daily treatment on a group level with other residents creating a sense of community. When ready, clients step-down into sober living to assist their transition back into the community. They are supported by a caring and credentialed staff who utilize proven methods that support recovery mentally, physically and spiritually.
5330 Soledad Mountain Rd
San Diego, CA 92109
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