Since opening our doors in 1977, McAlister Institute has grown into one of San Diego County’s largest alcohol and other drug treatment providers. Our proven and innovative programs are built on more than 40 years of experience helping San Diegans become drug-free, independent, and healthy, and they serve more than 13,000 individuals each year. Together, McAlister Institute’s 24 programs represent a continuum of care which spans prevention, outreach, intervention, deferred entry programs, outpatient treatment, short-term residential, long-term residential, and sober living.

Our Mission

McAlister Institute provides professional services that heal the lives of individuals and families, improving the quality of life in communities through the miracle of recovery.

Our Philosophy

  • McAlister Institute believes that each individual has a positive purpose in life and that clients can recognize their strengths and regain their lives through recovery. Although each client is responsible for his or her recovery, it is a life-long process requiring a community of support. Toward this end, McAlister Institute helps build the foundation for recovery through intervention, counseling, mental health services, and community referrals.
  • Those who are in recovery provide strong models for hope and change. McAlister Institute staff–who represent over 1,000 years clean and sober–form a caring, safe, and supportive environment where clients can begin the healing process.
  • McAlister Institute keeps its doors open to all those who seek help. High-quality, low-cost services are provided with dignity and respect, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.