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 16.0 FY 2024

Individual must be screened at SACC in order to attend PRIME FOR LIFE 16 training.


  • January 16, 17

  • February 13, 14

  • March 12, 13

  • April 9, 10

  • May 14, 15

  • June 11, 12

  • July 16, 17

  • August 13, 14

  • September 17, 18

SACO Training Course

If you are the SACO or ASACO and need to be trained at the SACO course, here are the class dates. To reserve a seat for SACO training, e-mail: (The course will be held in SACC classroom 108)


  • January 22-26

  • April 22-26

  • July 22-26

UPC Training

WRR (8th, 9th, & 12th MCD)


  • January 26

  • April 26

  • July 26

Quarterly SACO Meeting


  • March

  • June

  • September





Contact Information

Substance Abuse Counseling Center SACC

3602 Hochmuth Avenue, Building 6E
San Diego, CA 92140-5000

ADC-II Director: 6195241912

LISAC Clinical Social Worker: 6195241837

SACC Counselor: 6195241835

Non-Clinical Case Manager: 6195244793

Alcohol Abuse Prevention Specialist: 6195248634

Drug Demand Reduction Coordinator: 6195241836

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