Support for Adolescents & Families in Recovery (SAFIR)


For many teens with the goal to stay alcohol and drug free, community-based group support can give them the needed skills, strength and encouragement. Support for Adolescents & Families in Recovery (SAFIR) is a chemical dependency recovery-based program for teens and their parents. SAFIR is a “family participation” model and requires a minimum of one responsible adult to attend group sessions with the teen. Our approach brings the entire family together because the addiction affects everyone in the family.

SAFIR Services:
  • Weekly groups facilitated by knowledgeable and skilled bilingual drug and alcohol counselors
  • Recovery oriented content that supports abstinence from alcohol and drugs
  • Teens and parents are to attend the same location and time
Professional Staff

SAFIR groups are facilitated by knowledgeable and skilled bilingual drug and alcohol counselors. They understand the social pressures placed on teens and the impact alcohol and drug use has on the entire family.

For More Information or Referral

SAFIR is offered in various locations throughout San Diego county including Chula Vista, La Mesa, Poway, Escondido and Encinitas. Locations are subject to periodic change.

SAFIR is provided free of charge to the teen and family through the proceeds from Friends of Vista Hill fundraising efforts.


Who is Eligible?
Teens between the ages of 12 – 18 are welcome to attend. At least one parent or responsible adult involved in the care of the teen must also be in attendance.

Client Story
When we were presented with the diversion program requirements, I never imagined that I would look forward to Thursday nights of group counseling. I must say after nearly 10 weeks of attending SAFIR, both my son and I have come to look forward to the time and the families and counselors we have encountered along this path. The SAFIR staff is dedicated to truly helping the teens and their families towards successful futures. We are grateful to have this resource available to our family. Many thanks to all of those who support the SAFIR Program.
– Kerin M.