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The Crossroads Foundation Women’s Residential


The Crossroads FoundationThe Crossroads Foundation Women’s Residential Review

Founded in San Diego, California, in 1957, The Crossroads Foundation is the oldest women’s residential substance abuse treatment program in San Diego County. By using evidence-based therapy and emphasizing peer support, Crossroads’ six-month program stabilizes its residents and then helps them successfully reintegrate into the community.

Accommodations and Food

Located on a leafy residential street near San Diego’s famed Balboa Park, the Crossroads residence treats up to 20 women at a time. Residents have roommates and shared bathrooms. The home features a common area with a television. The women are responsible for preparing their own food. Each week the staff makes a grocery shopping trip to buy items the residents have requested. Clients rotate through house chores and are responsible for keeping their rooms clean. Cell phones and personal computers are not permitted, but residents can use the house computer lab with permission for job search activities.

Treatment and Staff

Women may have to wait up to six weeks for a bed at Crossroads, but those on the waiting list are asked to check in several times each week to see if any spots have opened up. Women must be drug- and alcohol-free for at least 72 hours before arriving at Crossroads.

Treatment at Crossroads is made up of two phases: Stabilization and Integration. In the Stabilization phase women attend group therapy ten times each week and have individual therapy once a week. Groups are led by addiction counselors with the CADC credential and use Motivational Interviewing (MI) and the 12-step framework. Residents are required to attend four 12-step meetings each week, and Crossroads hosts one on-site on Thursdays that is open to the community.

In the Integration phase, clients continue therapy and begin searching for employment. Crossroads can refer clients to vocational training and educational programs. In this phase, residents can also apply for passes for overnight visits to family and can have their children visit the home at designated times.

Crossroads accepts clients with co-occurring disorders, as long as substance abuse is their primary diagnosis. Crossroads can refer clients to nearby mental health clinics if they need additional therapy and medication for their mental health diagnosis.


Crossroads is in the process of creating an alumni support aftercare program. In the meantime, it refers clients to county agencies for case management services if they need help coordinating ongoing care at the time of their discharge.

In Summary

With nearly 70 years of service to the women of San Diego county, The Crossroads Foundation is one of the oldest recovery homes for women in California. By requiring its long-term residents to cooperate in communal living as well as attend several 12-step meetings each week, Crossroads ensures its clients emerge from treatment with the life skills and social support to lead functional lives in sobriety.

The Crossroads Foundation Location

3594 Fourth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

The Crossroads Foundation Cost

$450 (30 days). Reach The Crossroads Foundation by phone at (619) 296-1151 or by email at Find The Crossroads Foundation on Facebook 

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