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Phoenix House Academy in San Diego

Descanso, California


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23981 Sherilton Valley Road
Descanso, CA 91916
1 888 671 9392

Admissions Coordinator
Courtney Boatman
1 888 671 9392

Our Team


Brendan Kavanaugh

Program Director
As a Program Director, Brendan embraces treatment innovations to best serve our clients.

Elizabeth Stanley-Salazar

Vice President & Director of Clinical Services
Elizabeth has worked for 20 years in treatment & prevention.

Treatment Approach

Our treatment philosophy is based on the understanding that addiction is a chronic disease. Individuals suffering from substance use disorders deserve evidence-based treatment in settings that offer privacy and dignity.

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Insurance and Payment Options

Our experienced staff is skilled at working with all types of insurance providers to help you access the treatment you need. Phoenix House is an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, managed care programs, and Medicaid.

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Do your programs accept insurance?

Yes, Phoenix House California accepts most insurance plans, including: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, LifeSynch-Humana, APS Healthcare, MHN, Cigna, HealthNet, and Value Options. We also accept United Behavioral Health and partners.

What is your policy towards involving family members?

Family involvement is an integral component in the treatment process. Individual family sessions, multifamily group therapy sessions, and parent and significant other education groups are offered as part of each client’s individualized treatment plan. Phoenix House invites families to special informational and educational sessions, provides them with appropriate printed resources in English or Spanish, (including…

Will I be able to continue working and/or go to school while in treatment?

Individualized treatment plans are designed by each client and his or her therapist, taking into account goals and provisions for continued employment and/or education.

Our Core Services

Assessment and Evaluation Services

In various locations, Phoenix House provides independent assessments and evaluations of substance use disorders as requested by individuals, families, schools and the Criminal Justice System.
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Adolescent Residential Services

The Phoenix House Academies for Youth offer intensive substance abuse and mental health services with high school academic programs in CARF-accredited facilities.
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Mental Health Services

Substance abuse and addiction often go hand-in-hand with mental health issues, and Phoenix House offers treatment programs designed specifically to meet this need.
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Screening and Brief Interventions

As Phoenix House has always been fully committed to prevention and early intervention, it’s natural that we offer Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral Treatment as developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).
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Prevention and Education Services

Phoenix House’s prevention and education services highlight the dangers of drug use, reinforce self-esteem, and educate youth and adults to make positive choices.
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Additional Services

High School

San Diego County Office of Education maintains a fully accredited high school on site and offers academic tutoring for those who are unable to attend school on a daily basis. In an effort to create educational continuity, all students are instructed through self-paced educational materials.

Family Services

We offer counseling, parenting education, and enrichment activities for families of youth in treatment.

Medical and Nursing Services

Health, medical and dental services are provided by staff nurses, consulting physicians, psychologists and dentists, and through partnerships with community clinics and medical centers.

Recreation and Fitness Program

We help teens assess their fitness level and set personal fitness goals. Three times a week, they participate in outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, sports, and recreational outings.

Equestrian Program

Through collaboration with a local stable, our residents have access to horseback riding and care, including horse grooming and riding lessons, with a therapeutic purpose and design.

Speakers Bureau

Young residents enrolled in treatment participate in community outreach activities, appearing as speakers at sessions, classes, and panels held in local schools, community centers and other locations, to teach their peers about the dangers and consequences of substance abuse.

Phoenix Rising Music

Our California Teens Sing Their Hearts Out

With the help of Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi, teen clients in our Phoenix Rising Music Program tell their stories and heal through song. In their own words, our state-of-the-art recording studio and expressive arts program exemplifies “love, vision, joy, and determination.”

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