Pathfinders Inc Pathfinders Residential Treatment Center in San Diego, CA

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2621 University Ave
San Diego CA 92102

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Founded in 1950 and located in San Diego, Calif., Pathfinders is a private nonprofit facility, with make up about 55 percent of all treatment facilities in California; it is one of the 485 (33.9 percent) of California facilities that offer long-term, residential treatment services. It's residential center offers treatment to men who are struggling with alcohol addiction and co-occurring disorders.


According to Pathfinders' website, it utilizes social-model based on self-motivation and peer support along with the 12-steps. Unlike medical-based treatment programs, the treatment team doesn't include therapists. Its three centers are staffed with men who are in recovery, and they help clients stop drinking.

The treatment center was founded in the philosophy and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Programming includes daily AA meetings, and residents are expected to contribute to the cost of their stay.

Clients usually spend between three to nine months in the recovery home, and are required to volunteer for the community-support projects Pathfinders participates in. If a resident drinks or uses an illegal substance, they will be evicted.

The treatment center also operates Shelter Plus Care programs, which serves homeless men struggling with both substance use and co-occurring disorders.


Pathfinders' website notes its homes are staffed by men who are in long-term recovery themselves rather than therapists.


Pathfinders' website indicates it has three large residences in the Golden Hill area that houses 40 men.

REVIEWS has yet to receive any reviews from this facility’s former clients, loved ones, or staffers. However, the five people to leave Google Reviews for Pathfinders to date provided mostly positive opinions of the center, and an average of 4.6 out of five stars. [1]

"This place saved my life and is a legacy in san diego for long term sobriety and is the safest place to work the 12 steps and learn a new way of life," M.R. wrote on Google.

To date, the 33 people to leave reviews on its Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, gave an average of 4.9 out of five stars. Reviewers praised the treatment center's effectiveness and said it changed their life. "Saved my life and meet awesome people there," David wrote in a representative review on Facebook. [2]


According to Pathfinders' website, it does not accept insurance. However, half of its revenue comes from an annual county grant, and half comes from donations and residents' fee. The average cost per day is less than $50.

[1] GoogleReivews

Published on September 2018

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