The Substance Abuse Program utilizes evidence-based programming and practices, including prevention education, early intervention initiatives, counseling, and drug and alcohol deterrent activities in order to promote overall health and mission readiness.

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The Substance Abuse Counseling Center provides education, outreach services and counseling for personnel aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. Our services are dedicated toward awareness; prevention and providing direct care for those in need. Eligible personnel are active duty and/or their families, retirees and their families, and civilian government employees. Our services are provided in a confidential setting and referrals can be made upon request. Our goal is to provide the best quality care in the most efficient manner. If you need help or know someone who does, please feel free to contact us.


Each client is provided with an assessment, diagnosis if warranted, and a treatment plan. This is completed through the initial screening and interview. All clients are referred to services accordingly. Individual treatment will vary. Outpatient treatment may include education/skill training, therapy groups, and 12 step support meetings. Referral to residential treatment may be necessary depending on the severity of the illness.

Following a successful course of treatment aftercare group participation may be appropriate. This component provides the client with a more stable foundation for continued abstinence should that be the need. Treatment plans are individually set. Drug prevention services are provided to all active duty military, retirees and civilians working aboard the Depot and their dependents.

Pro-active drug prevention services are disseminated through group presentations, workshops, and briefings to all commands located at MCRD San Diego and the surrounding communities. All classes are subject to change. Please contact us for updates.


PRIME For Life is a course put into effect USMC wide to take the place of IMPACT, and is taught in a 16-hour format. It is designed to challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high-risk alcohol and drug use. The program goals are to reduce the risk for health problems and impairment problems. PRIME For Life is prevention of any type of alcohol or drug problem. This includes prevention of health problems such as alcoholism, or impairment problems such as car crashes or fights. Emphasis is on knowing and understanding risks one cannot change and reducing risks one can change. Participants use workbooks throughout the course to complete a number of individual and group activities. Material is presented using a DVD platform with animation, full-motion video clips, and audio clips to enhance the learning experience.


Command assistance with prevention program design & implementation

  • Individual Consultation
  • Command/Unit Needs Assessment Services
  • Family Drug Prevention Consultation



Prime for Life 4.5 FY 2023


  • November 7 and 21

  • December 5 and 19


  • January 9 and 23

  • February 6 and 27

  • March 6 and 20

  • April 3 and 17

  • May 8 and 22

  • June 5 and 26

  • July 10 and 24

  • August 7 and 21

  • September 11 and 25

Prime for Life 16.0 FY 2023


  • November 15, 16

  • December 13, 14


  • January 10, 11

  • February 14, 15

  • March 14, 15

  • April 11, 12

  • May 16, 17

  • June 13,14

  • July 18, 19

  • August 15, 16

  • September 19, 20

SACO Training Course

SACO Training Course

(The course will be held in SACC classroom 108)


  • January 24-27

  • May 23-26

  • September 26-29




Contact Information

Substance Abuse Counseling Center SACC

4025 Tripoli Avenue, Building 14
San Diego, CA 92140

ADC-II Counselor: 6195241835

ADC-II Director: 6195241912

Alcohol Abuse Prevention Specialist: 6195248634

CAC Counselor: 6195241832

Drug Demand Reduction Coordinator: 6195244793

Drug Testing Program Administrator/ Drug Program Coordinator/ Administrative Specialist: 6195241836

LISAC Clinical Social Worker: 6195241837

Monday 0730-1600
Tuesday 0730-1600
Wednesday 0730-1600
Thursday 0730-1600
Friday 0730-1600
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