San Diego’s Leading Intensive Outpatient Program

Within our safe and accepting environment, clients let go of the shame and guilt associated with misusing substances, having a relapse, or being unable to maintain sobriety.

Intensive Outpatient Drug & Alcohol Rehab and Treatment Program

We now know that alcohol and substance dependence are chronic and progressive brain-based disorders. Physical and psychological dependence is the result of physiological changes in the brain induced from the consistent use of alcohol and/or drugs.

Due to a variety of factors (like genetics, life history, and experience with drugs/alcohol), about 10-15% of the population will cross a line from use to abuse and eventually dependence. If you experience an inability to stop using substances after making previous attempts to remain sober, then the Lasting Recovery IOP program may be helpful for you.

Within our safe and accepting environment, clients let go of the shame and guilt associated with misusing substances, having a relapse, or being unable to maintain sobriety. They are given the ability to gain self-confidence and the peace to accept every aspect of themselves.

Opened in 2004, Lasting Recovery is a nationally accredited and highly respected outpatient treatment program for substance use and co-occurring disorders. Located in Sorrento Valley, we offer intimate groups led by licensed professional staff who create a warm and nurturing environment. Our individualized programs address the unique mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, and social needs of each client.

Do you want to know how to…

  • Curb your cravings?
  • Identify your triggers for continued use and face them head on?
  • Break free from your ambivalence  about abstinence?
  • Get motivated exploring an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle worth living?
  • Get involved in a community that  values sobriety?

To recover from the vicious cycle of an alcohol or substance use disorder, through our IOP Program we help men and women to:

  • Learn the science behind addiction
  • Become educated on both addiction and mental health
  • Develop tools to prevent a relapse
  • Learn how the mind and chemistry of human interaction impact addiction
  • Recover cherished memories
  • Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Learn about 12-step and non-12-step approaches to recovery

Addiction treatment lays the foundation for a sober lifestyle. Get started today with Lasting Recovery by calling 858-453-4315.

IOP and PHP Programs at Lasting Recovery

IOP Sessions

(3-hour session of education and group processing)

For more intensive treatment:


(6-hour, full-day treatment)

Lasting Recovery remains open and serving clients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. For the safety of our clients, we are following recommendations from the World Health Organization and San Diego County and conducting telehealth services only at this time.

Our telehealth programs provide the same level of care as our in-person programs while keeping our clients and staff safe. We look forward to serving you and are available to answer your questions from 9-9, 7 days a week at 858-453-4315

What Sets Intensive Outpatient Treatment Apart From Other Programs?

Many people early in their recovery from addiction are looking for fast, effective treatment that allows them to return to their normal lives right away. That’s why we’ve created a program that gives our clients the flexibility they need to go to work, attend school, and spend time with their loved ones alongside the structure they need to stay sober.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program lasts longer than most typical outpatient programs. At the same time, we give our clients convenient meeting times during mornings and evenings. Our program includes many of the same treatment modalities used in residential treatment, including behavioral therapy and peer support, in a more convenient setting.

Deciding if Intensive Outpatient Treatment is Right For You

Because of its flexibility and structure, an IOP is the perfect fit for working professionals and others who need to balance sobriety with everyday life. It’s not the ideal fit for everyone, however.

If you fall into any of the below you may be a strong candidate for IOP:

  • Mild to moderate addiction and substance use issues• Stable home environment and sober living situation
  • Successfully undergone a drug or alcohol detoxification (detox) program
  • Completed prior inpatient addiction treatment and need a lower level of care
  • Ability to manage your addiction without 24-hour supervision

If you need a higher level of care, you may want to consider our Partial Hospitalization Program or a residential treatment program.

For individuals who meet the requirements, our IOP level of care can be an ideal fit to manage substance use issues without entirely giving up personal or professional responsibilities.

Learn more about deciding if IOP is the right fit for you or call us directly at 858-453-4315.

What Makes Lasting Recovery Different?

From the very first phone call to our staff, clients learn they are not alone in adjusting to life without substances. In group treatment, they explore their common stumbling blocks to find their sober selves and learn to seek social support in recovery.

Our integrated approach to addiction and abstinence from alcohol and drugs includes 12-step, as well as non-12 step approaches, as well as evidence-based education, therapeutic skills and holistic activities that address the entire person.

Our PHP programs for Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorders include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

“I was really impressed with LR’s holistic approach to treating substance use disorders along with underlying mental health issues. I would certainly recommend LR to family and friends in need of an effective, well-rounded and safe treatment program.”

– Lasting Recovery alumnus

Get Help For Your Family

The Family Education Group is included in all our treatment programs and is available to all clients and their families. We highly encourage attendance in order to improve upon relationships during the recovery process.

The Family Group discusses topics including:

  • What is addiction?
  • Helping vs. enabling
  • Effective communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Setting appropriate boundaries
  • Utilizing healthy coping skills
  • Ongoing recovery support for families

We invite you to learn more about our family therapy programs with a free and confidential call to 858-453-4315.

“I would make Family Group a requirement, as it is a very necessary component…”

– Lasting Recovery alumnus

Help is waiting. Confidential hotline. Phone answered 7 days a week. 858-453-4315

San Diego’s Oldest and Most Respected Outpatient Program

Lasting Recovery was co-founded by Judy Saalinger, PhD., LMFT, CAS and Arthur Farkas, PhD., in 2004 to provide integrated services for people with both substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

Both Judy and Arthur have been working in the field of addiction and mental health for over 35 years and are actively involved in the day-to-day operations of Lasting Recovery.