Therapy for Veterans 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.


Co-Occurring Substance Abuse

Co-occurring substance abuse disorders are complex illnesses that can be difficult to treat properly. We understand this complexity and strive to treat it through a clear, specific diagnosis, individualized treatment plans and a combination of therapeutic modalities. Our co-occurring substance abuse disorder treatment in San Diego addresses substance abuse within the framework of its co-occurring mental health disorder.

This approach ensures that the underlying causes of self-destructive behaviors are properly identified and addressed, helping create a long-lasting recovery that ends self-destructive cycles and helps veterans build lives that are stable and fulfilling.


It is a natural human instinct to want to escape from pain, whether physical or emotional. However, when this desire leads to alcohol and drugs that self-medication leads to substance abuse.  This can cause disastrous consequences for the individual, their loved ones, or anyone around them. Symptoms of substance abuse include the following:

  • Routine heavy use of the substance, even when used causes negative penalties for the self or others
  • Needing increasingly large and/or strong amounts of the substance to get the same effect
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using
  • Arranging life plans and activities around the chance to use
  • Use disrupting social, family, school, work, or financial obligations
  • Behavioral or mood changes

Substance abuse is particularly serious for those with pre-existing mental health disorders. Those with mental health disorders are more susceptible to substance abuse and abuse can aggravate co-occurring disorders.  Left untreated, the two can feed one another, leading to self-destructive or otherwise dangerous behavioral cycles.

Treatment for Co-Occurring Substance Abuse

Additionally, co-occurring substance abuse disorders can be difficult to diagnose.  Substance abuse can cover up or exacerbate mental health disorder symptoms, making it hard to tell which symptoms are caused by which illnesses.  This makes it difficult to properly treat both the substance abuse and the mental health disorder.

At Solara Mental Health, we understand that a clear diagnosis is vital to recovery from co-occurring substance abuse disorders.  With a clear diagnosis comes a treatment plan that can fully address the co-occurring illnesses and build the foundation for a lasting recovery. Our mental health treatment center’s carefully supervised drug and alcohol-free space provides a safe area away from the day-to-day stressors and habits that can trigger substance abuse.  This is an important first step in the healing process.

Our expert psychiatric clinicians will use a variety of therapeutic modalities to address symptoms and their underlying causes, allowing the patient to develop and practice skills that can be carried into everyday life after the program. Through this, veterans can begin to heal from past pain and move forward with lives that are stable, joyful and free.

While our veterans make considerable and rapid improvements, substance abuse disorder is often a long-term condition. Through years of experience, our mental health treatment 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 substance abuse disorder.

Contact us now to start the healing process.

Solara’s Co-Occurring Substance Abuse Treatment for Veterans

Co-occurringsubstance abuse disorder treatment in San Diego addresses substance abuse in conjunction with its co-occurring mental health disorder. Substance abuse is particularly serious for those with pre-existing mental health disorders. We focus on personalized treatment for veterans. Solara Mental Health in San Diego understands that each patient requires a unique treatment combined with a safe environment for healing.

Solara Mental Health is VA contracted as a community care provider, which gives us the unique opportunity to help veterans with their needs. Once authorized, housing, transportation, and accommodations will be provided.

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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 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.