Alpha Project - Casa Raphael in Vista, CA

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(3.8 of 5)
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975 Postal Way
Vista CA 92083

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San Diego’s Alpha Project is a nonprofit organization that provides health and human services for adults, children, and families. As part of its offering, the organization operates Casa Raphael, a residential substance abuse treatment center for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. It's among the 39.9 percent of facilities in California to offer treatment to criminal justice clients.


Casa Raphael is one of 440 treatment facilities in California (33.6 percent of all facilities in the state) to offer long-term treatment lasting more than 30 days. Its residential program lasts up to 90 days; clients are reevaluated every 30 days to determine their full length of stay.

The program is evidence-based and utilizes the Hazelden "Living in Balance" treatment modality. Clients attend at least 20 hours of activities a week, which include process groups, 12-step meetings, one-on-one counseling, and relapse prevention training.

Clients also receive treatment services specific to the criminal justice population, as well as discharge planning and job readiness training. In 2017, less than half (46.1 percent) of treatment facilities in California provided employment counseling or training its clients.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff. The four loved one polled by to date gave the Casa Raphael staff an above average rating.

Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5


While there is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings, the four loved ones polled by at the time of this writing gave Casa Raphael mixed ratings for its cleanliness and extracurricular activities.

Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 3.8/5
Exercise and Leisure Activities: 2.3/5

WHAT ALUMNI SAY has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni; however, Casa Raphael earning a rating of 4.7 out of five stars based on seven Google reviews. [1] The former clients who left feedback described the program as effective and the staff as helpful and compassionate. "This place is an awesome place to plant the seed of recovery...An awesome Alcohol and Drug treatment program where its staff members really care," Felix wrote in a representative review.


The four loved one polled by to date gave Casa Raphael mixed feedback. They indicated that the counseling options were insufficient and there was little opportunity for family involvement.

Family Participation: 2.8/5
Counseling Options: 2.5/5

However, they also noted that the program was affordable and provided adequate services to help former convicts get back on their feet. "It provides a free way to be drug free, get a job and get an apartment in a three step process," an anonymous loved one wrote in a representative review.

Affordability: 4.8/5


Reviews submitted to indicate that treatment is offered at no charge, though there is currently no information provided on the facility's website regarding its cost.

[1] GoogleReviews

Published on May 2019

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If you complete the three steps in the program you will get a job, savings, and a place to live. They have people who have been in prison as roommates. It is a good program for people who are homeless, want to get sober and live life to their fullest.


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It provides a free way to be drug free, get a job and get an apartment in a three step process. There are homeless and ex-convicts there.


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They are big bullies This is a 'residence lock-down' program where you have you rights, possessions, and everything taken from you. Like prison, but with no state supervision


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They have the program set up to finish in a time schedule. The counselor there help the addict realize their problem and take full responsibility for their actions. The only complaint was that the food wasn't the healthiest. They fed a lot of starch, I guess because its cheap. My brother was a meth addict for 8 years. He hit rock bottom, and went through the program and has been clean for over 3 years now. They really did help him get on his feet too.

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