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MHS - ACTION Central in San Diego, CA

MHS - ACTION Central offers outpatient substance abuse treatment, dual-diagnosis care, community-based psychiatric services, and housing support in San Diego, CA.

About MHS - ACTION Central

MHS - ACTION Central, located in San Diego, CA, primarily focuses on treating substance abuse through outpatient rehab services and aftercare support. This facility is notable for its dual-track treatment program for severe mental illness and addiction, ensuring comprehensive care tailored to individual needs.

Certified by the State Department of Health Care Services (certification number 370069XN), valid until June 30, 2025, MHS - ACTION Central demonstrates adherence to state standards for substance use disorder treatment.

  • Offers a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors, making treatment accessible.
  • Utilizes Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) for comprehensive, community-based psychiatric care.
  • Provides a variety of therapeutic modalities, including DBT, 12-step facilitation, and group counseling.
  • Includes supportive housing services to ensure holistic recovery support.

Specializing in addressing substance abuse and severe mental illness, MHS - ACTION Central serves adults, young adults, men, and women struggling with addiction. The center offers tailored support to help clients achieve recovery and lead fulfilling lives.

  • 1+ Accreditations
  • 12 Conditions Treated
  • Insurance Accepted
  • 5 Levels of Care
  • 19 Therapies & Programs


State License

Conditions and Issues Treated

Substance Abuse + Addiction Treatment

The inappropriate use of any drug in San Diego, CA is substance abuse. This involves alcohol, medications, and illicit drugs. With a combination of physical and psychiatric therapies, drug addiction is successfully treated at MHS - ACTION Central. After Detox is complete, individuals follow-up with treatments treating the root cause of the addiction.

Opioid + Opiate Addiction Treatment at MHS - ACTION Central

Opioid addiction is known as a high-risk factor for future heroin addiction. Opioid withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable and lead the user to continue to use. It is recommended to receive inpatient treatment and a medically supervised detox, MHS - ACTION Central in San Diego, CA offers treatment for opioids.


A dual diagnosis is when someone deals with both alcohol and mental or emotional disorder. Emotional trauma, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression can be part of dual diagnosis therapy. It must happen simultaneously to get care for these conditions to handle any of them effectively.

Levels of Care

This center offers a variety of custom treatment tailored to individual recovery. Currently available are Aftercare Support, Detox, Dual-Diagnosis, Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient, with additional therapies available as listed below.

Detoxification is a process that allows the patient to stop using opioids without experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. This can be necessary for those who have been addicted for a long period of time or who are struggling with chronic pain. During this process, addicts will receive medication and psychological support from doctors and other medical professionals until they can control their cravings.

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) comprise regular visits to the California facility that provides the therapy. IOP is suitable for patients who have been treated in residential treatment programs. MHS - ACTION Central‘s patients gradually get back to their routine life.

In outpatient programs at MHS - ACTION Central, the San Diego resident can live with their family while continuing with their job or studies. Treatment includes educating the patient on drug abuse, medications, and counseling sessions at the individual or group level.

Treatment is just the first step to maintaining sobriety. After treatment, aftercare support at MHS - ACTION Central helps the individual adjust to a life without substances. This support may involve a sober living home in or near San Diego, CA, career counseling, or educational assistance. This is when a relapse prevention plan begins to take shape.

Therapies & Programs

Individual therapy involves one on one sessions between the patient and the therapist at MHS - ACTION Central. Individual therapy provides patients with a safe environment where they can openly discuss their problems with the therapist. The patients find the therapist as a person who they can trust. It helps them to open up and discuss personal and sensitive issues, which they may not be comfortable discussing in a group setting.

Individual therapy aims to identify the core issues that would have led the patient to substance abuse and address the root cause effectively. The therapist can develop patient-specific customized solutions through individual therapy, which aids speedier recovery.

Recovery can be more effective if the entire family’s involved. Family therapy hosted by MHS - ACTION Central brings in the addict’s family to explore genetic factors. It gives loved ones the tools for dealing with addiction and its underlying mental issues. It is a recommended step in helping addicts adapt to sober living.

Group therapy is an important tool in recovery. Addiction tends to lead to isolation and feelings of uniqueness. Accountability and friendship that is found in group therapy can be more effective than any single other treatment approach. With MHS - ACTION Central in San Diego, California, there’s no reason to go through recovery alone.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is designed for those who are prone to self-harm and suicidal behaviors. MHS - ACTION Central aims to help patients understand the relationship between their thoughts, feeling and behaviors and it gives them the tools to make a change. It is effective for those whose addictions and behaviors stem from extreme mental health issues.

Rehabilitation is not just limited to bringing an individual out of addiction and achieving sobriety. It is considered complete only when an individual starts leading a normal and balanced life. Life skill therapy focuses on the various skills that helps an individual to lead a normal life. Patients often do not take care of themselves, struggle professionally and withdraw from social interaction due to the physical and emotional disturbances caused by addiction.

Life skills therapy helps them to improve various personal, professional and social skills such as cooking healthy meals, maintaining proper hygiene, budgeting, decision making, time management, regulation of emotions and resolving the interpersonal conflicts effectively.

Payment Options

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  • Health Insurance
  • Self-Pay / Cash
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Military Insurance
  • IHS/Tribunal/Urban
  • State-Financed
  • Sliding Scale
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    Location & Contact

    MHS - ACTION Central Location and Directions
    6244 El Cajon Blvd
    San Diego, CA 92115

    Phone Number
    (619) 287-8225

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    MHS - ACTION Central Location and Directions

    6244 El Cajon Blvd
    San Diego, CA 92115
    (619) 287-8225


    Gender Female, Male

    Age Adults (20+), Teenagers

    Modality Family, Group, Individuals

    Listed December 11, 2022

    Updated July 2, 2024

    San Diego, California Addiction and Treatment

    More than 3 million of California's citizens are addicted to illegal drugs. Almost 800,000 people use hard drugs, almost 5 million use marijuana, and another 2.1 million abuse alcohol every year. Other substance abuse issues such as binge drinking and teen drug use are also common. Many illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana are smuggled into the state from Mexico.

    San Diego is a vibrant coastal city offering a rich history, beautiful beaches, and numerous outdoor activities. The city boasts a thriving arts and culture scene, with attractions like Balboa Park and the famous San Diego Zoo. However, opioid overdose deaths in San Diego County increased by 94% from Q1 2020 to Q1 2021, and methamphetamine use among residents rose by 40% from 2020 to 2021.

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    San Diego Center for Children - La Mesa
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    Positive Change Counseling Center
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