Since 1968, Sun Street Centers (SCC) has been providing education, prevention, substance abuse treatment and recovery care to individuals suffering from alcohol and drug abuse in the greater Monterey County area of California. Using evidence-based treatment, primarily with the Matrix Model, SSC offers outpatient and residential treatment, regardless of a client’s ability to pay. While there are several treatment facilities in the SCC network around the coastal Northern California region, the men’s residential program is offered exclusively in Salinas.
Treatment and Staff
SSC’s Men’s Residential Treatment Program accommodates up to 45 men, typically with six men in each of the eight dormitories. Communal areas include a kitchen, a recreation room with ping pong, weights and pool tables. Additionally, there is a fellowship room where residents eat three hot meals a day and can watch a big screen TV.
SSC’s recovery program follows a social model program, and residents are expected to help prepare meals, step into leadership positions, mentor the newer residents and even act as elected representatives when bigger decisions affecting the group need to be made. Internet and cell phones are not allowed in rooms but may be used under supervision.
Treatment is usually 90 days but can last as long as five months. Under the social theory model, SCC aims to not only treat the disease of addiction itself, but to prepare men to be high functioning, useful and productive members of society once they are released. Using this comprehensive, evidence-based and individualized program, the Matrix curriculum is designed to give substance abusers the knowledge, structure and support that allows them to achieve long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
Staff use CBT, group and individual therapy, basic life skills education and DBT to empower men to stop the cycle of addiction by taking charge of their lives. Groups focus on such topics as recovery skills, relapse prevention, Thinking for a Change programs, relationships skills, anger management, recovery planning and family empowerment groups. Loved ones are invited to participate in treatment and learn about the disease of addiction while playing games and participating in activities with the resident.
SSC expects clients to attend seven or eight 12-step meetings a week. The six that are offered on-site each week are open to the community. After 45 days of treatment, residents are allowed—and even encouraged—to find employment off-site.
Dual diagnosis support is available, but medications are not administered. There are six licensed counselors on staff who specialize in drug and alcohol abuse. If a client’s needs go beyond their scope or credentials, staff members are more than happy to refer clients out to Sumner County Behavioral Health to see a psychiatrist. Detox is available, with seven beds allotted.
SCC offers free transportation to local 12-step meetings. Staff also assist residents with job and housing searches before they are discharged. All services are provided in Spanish when necessary.
SSC offers treatment to anyone in need, including indigents. In the event that state funding won’t cover the costs, SCC charges the client a sliding scale fee, allowing them pay it back once they obtain employment. Out of the 45 beds, 35 are county funded, meaning SSC is dedicated to making inpatient treatment accessible to those without insurance or the means to pay.
SSC’s Men’s Residential Treatment Program is an affordable, individualized inpatient treatment program that aims to not only treat addiction, but also empower men though the Matrix Model and the 12 steps, helping clients become upstanding members of the community. In addition to a sliding scale, SSC accepts grants, private insurance and Medicaid.
Sun Street Centers Men’s Residential Treatment Program
8 Sun St
Salinas, CA 93901
Sun Street Centers Men’s Residential Treatment Program Cost: Insurance or sliding scale. Reach Sun Street Centers Men’s Residential Treatment Program by phone at (831) 753-5145 or by email at [email protected]. Find Sun Street Centers Men’s Residential Treatment Program on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter
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