Veterans and Substance Abuse Struggles in San Diego, CA
We understand mental illness and the difficulties it creates for those who suffer from it. At our San Diego Mental Health Treatment Center we are sensitive to your challenges. Solara will find every possible solution to enable you to live the life that you are meant to live.


San Diego Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment

Sometimes, mental health disorders are combined with others, this is called a co-occurring disorder. These co-occurring disorders can vary, but commonly include co-occurring substance abuse or co-occurring impulse control disorders. Co-occurring disorders can be upsetting, even heartbreaking, for both those who struggle with them and for their loved ones. Left unchecked, destructive behaviors resulting from co-occurring disorders can have intense consequences on any and all aspects of a person’s life.

Consequences can be health-related, professional or social, and even financial or legal.  In turn, these consequences can cause profound feelings of shame, guilt, and isolation, particularly when loved ones are affected. These feelings can be particularly intense when combined with underlying mental health disorders, such as anxiety or depression.

Common Co-Occurring Disorders

  • Co-Occurring Disorders with Substance Abuse — where mental health further complicates one substance use, leading to a substance use disorder. These can be difficult to diagnose and often take extensive counseling and therapy to fully understand one’s addiction and mental condition.
  • Impulse Control Disorders — which can be similar to the above in that the person has difficulty controlling their impulsive behaviors due to complications with another co-occurring disorder.

Being able to understand a person as a whole human with a complex history and answering more “why” questions allows the treating professional to give better guidance. This is why it’s so important to follow through with treatment and continue therapeutic counseling sessions so that the patient and the provider can continuously work through issues.

Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders are complex, and it can be difficult to treat them properly. At Solara Mental Health we understand this complexity and strive to treat it through a clear, specific diagnosis.  Our Psychiatric facility utilizes individualized treatment plans and a combination of therapeutic modalities. We approach co-occurring disorder treatment within the framework of its underlying mental health disorder, ensuring that the underlying source of the co-occurring behaviors is properly identified and addressed. This approach helps end self-destructive cycles and build a long-lasting recovery.

While our veterans make considerable and rapid improvements, co-occurring disorders are often a long-term conditions. We have years of experience with co-occurring disorder treatment in San Diego. Our mental health center has learned how to provides the entire spectrum of care for our veterans.  From inpatient to outpatient, from transitional living to a long-term aftercare plan, our program has been designed to free our veterans from the clutches of co-occurring disorders.

Contact us now to start the healing process.

Solara’s Co-Occurring Disorder Treatments for Veterans

It is common for co-occurring disorders to include substance abuse or impulse control disorders. At Solara Mental Health San Diego through a clear, specific diagnosis, we aim to treat these complex disorders.

Solara Mental Health is VA contracted as a community care provider, which gives us the unique opportunity to help veterans with their mental health needs, including co-occurring disorders treatments.

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What Our Clients Say


Even though I’m not religious, I realized when I got sober that for the first time in my life I wanted to explore my spiritual side. I benefited hugely from the individual spiritual sessions that I had with Chris. I’m really grateful for that aspect of the whole treatment experience.


Solara was truly a life-changing experience for me and for our children, because of what you did for my wife! The treatment team was phenomenally supportive and perfect for helping her with her anxiety and depression. We are all now moving forward to put our lives back together and it started with you all in Pacific Beach. Thank you for what you do.


We are so grateful to you for the treatment and care you provided our daughter. She is doing unbelievably well now thanks to your program. We will gladly tell anyone we encounter that needs treatment about the wonderful work you do at Solara.

Watson Family

Solara’s program was such a positive experience for our mom (and for us)! She had become almost impossible to deal with. Your entire staff was phenomenally supportive and kind and patient with her. We feel like we’ve got our mom back, now.

M.P. – Father

Your program provided our daughter with the most masterful therapist we have ever encountered (and we have used many).  She has had an unbelievable ability to see the long-term trajectory of our daughter’s treatment and to approach her treatment in stages that fit where my daughter’s development was.  We can’t say enough positive about her.


I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment - I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.

R.M. – Father

If not for Solara Mental Health, I am almost positive that our daughter would not be as advanced in her treatment, and would not have the almost miraculous confident and positive outlook that she has.


The program has given me the tools I needed to really gain stability. For the first time in years - maybe for as long as I can remember, actually, I’m learning how to cope and manage my stressors and triggers. I now believe that I can find some relief and happiness.


The Solara Treatment Program was a life-changing experience for me. To be able to heal in such a beautiful, peaceful environment, with such a terrific treatment team, was so amazingly positive. I have found my true self, again. I thank you and my family thanks you for helping me become the person I was meant to be.


The Solara program is truly amazing. I’ve never had more clarity or more good energy in my entire life. The attention the physicians and the therapists gave me was outstanding. I feel like they truly understood and addressed my issues, which had consumed my life for years. Thank you all.


The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed

Michelle Family

I want to thank you and the entire staff and support system at Solara for taking such good care of my sister. On behalf of my entire family, we want you all to understand that your patience and kindness stretches further than you can see… Thank you, again and again, from the bottom of my heart.