Bridges Teen Center

adolescents hangin outThe adolescent years can be an exciting time of growth and development as well as a challenge physically, emotionally and socially. Fortunately, most middle school and high school students get through it unscathed. For others, impulse issues, poor judgment, risk taking behavior, struggling school performance and family problems lead them into trouble with alcohol or drugs.

For teens in Southeast San Diego, there is a positive alternative to doing alcohol and drugs: the Bridges Teen Recovery Center. Our program provides an assortment of recovery tools for teens and their families. Teens learn ways to make internal changes, relationship changes and positive health choices to replace the alcohol and drug use.

Bridges Teen Center Services:

  • Diagnosis, assessment and treatment planning
  • Individual & group counseling
  • Recovery education sessions
  • Family counseling & education
  • Parent & teen support meetings
  • Drug testing to ensure compliance
  • Gender-specific groups
  • Live Well clean and sober activities
  • Aftercare counseling

Professional Staff

Our staff is comprised of skilled and caring certified counselors, licensed therapists, registered therapist interns, and a consulting psychiatrist with specialty training and experience in the field of chemical dependency and addiction treatment.

For More Information or Referral

Our facility is located in Southeast San Diego, close to the 805 and 94 freeways.

Please call 619.795.7232 for more information or email: [email protected].

Funding is through the County of San Diego.

Who is Eligible?

Bridges Teen Center is open to adolescents from ages 12 – 17, with a strong desire to make serious personal, social, and behavioral improvements to be free of alcohol or drugs. Clients must have a history of substance use and reside in the communities of central southeast San Diego (Diamond District) to be eligible for our program.

Services are provided free of charge to the teen and family and are paid under contract with the County of San Diego, Behavioral Health Services. Some services such as field trips, food support and client/family events are paid for through the generosity of private donors or foundations.

Client Story

For months, 15-year-old Antonio was in deep trouble. A daily marijuana smoker for the previous four years, the teenager had a history of poor school attendance, ongoing defiance and reckless behavior. He had been suspended from school and his poor choices in friends were setting him up for a life of involvement in the criminal justice system.

Antonio had just been picked up for a curfew violation and was facing time in juvenile hall when his mother, who had never lost her desire to see her son live a productive, meaningful life, decided to enroll him in a new program that had just started in her community, Vista Hill Bridges Teen Center.

Today, thanks to Bridges Teen Center Antonio’s future is looking much brighter. He is no longer using drugs and he’s back in school and attending regularly. He has a part-time job at a store near his home and his relationship with his mother and family is more secure. “I’m really grateful to everyone at Bridges,” says Antonio. “I really couldn’t have gotten my life together without you.”