You Are Worth Recovery

What We Do

At UPAC Teen Recovery Center, our mission is to provide teens and families the support they need throughout the recovery process.  As a leading nonprofit treatment provider, we offer affordable evidence-based care to our teens and provide a safe place where they can connect with others they can relate to.  Our clients engage in group counseling services, case management, drug testing, individual counseling sessions, family counseling sessions and sober activities. All that come through our teen recovery program are treated with respect and dignity and will meet with a counselor that will approach them from a place of empathy and understanding as they guide them to recovery.Through our clinical expertise and care, we empower teens and restore families.  We are a teen treatment center that provides the safety and support that teens and their families need to heal.

Who We Serve

We serve adolescents (ages 12-17 years old) and their families throughout the central San Diego region. Clients can utilize their MediCal insurance or may also be eligible for a low-cost, sliding fee.  We have services available in the afternoon and evenings at multiple locations within our region.  If your teenager is enrolled at school within San Diego High, Hoover High and Alba Community Day School, they will be able to access services directly on site.

Families can call (619) 521-5720 to make a referral and learn more about our program. We also receive referrals directly from the school in lieu of suspensions, probation officers and local diversion programs.

Success Story

Sara was referred to treatment after facing expulsion from school for possession and selling. She was also on probation after an incident involving cannabis and illegally operating a vehicle. When Sara started treatment, she had been one month clean, and she had maintained her sobriety throughout the entire time in the program. While working with UPAC counselors and attending group sessions, she created academic goals for herself and maintained above a 3.0 GPA. She also strengthened relationships with family, creating a more positive home life. Additionally, she worked hard to gain employment by the end of treatment and built coping skills to help her thrive outside of the program. Towards the end of treatment, Sara was able to identify how her substance use created problems for herself and vowed to stay away from old behaviors.

* Names have been altered to protect client privacy.

Funded by the County of San Diego

County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency | Live Well San Diego

Program Manager

Melissa Lindo

Melissa Lindo, M.A., AMFT

Melissa Lindo is the Program Manager for the Teen Recovery Center at UPAC’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Program. Melissa manages the team providing substance use treatment to teenagers between ages 12-17 in the central region, at our main site and multiple school sites.

Melissa started as an intern on the ATR team in 2016 as she worked her way through her master’s program to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. While serving clients in the field of addiction and mental health, she has enjoyed assisting teens with their substance use issues, helping to plant seeds as they continue to grow into young adults.

Melissa is San Diego born and raised and is proud of her Filipino and Mexican cultures. She is an advocate for self-care and emphasizes the importance of inclusivity. Melissa enjoys working in the community with the team and has a strong passion for supporting teens and families for their overall success.

3288 El Cajon Boulevard, Suite 13
San Diego, CA  92104
Phone: (619) 521-5720
Fax: (619) 521-5728