The Substance Abuse Program utilizes evidence-based programming and practices, including prevention education, early intervention initiatives, counseling, and drug and alcohol deterrent activities in order to promote overall health and mission readiness.


Substance Abuse Counseling Center

The SACC provides services that address issues and concerns with alcohol and drug misuse. These services include prevention, education, screenings/assessments, and counseling services. Prevention and education provide information on making healthy choices when using alcohol. Screenings and assessments evaluate situations of concern so that the SACC is best able to assist Marines and Sailors with the appropriate care. All active duty service members with concerns about alcohol and/or illicit substance usage are welcomed to visit the SACC. Unit briefings are also available; presentations are tailored to meet the needs of the unit.

Alcohol Abuse Awareness Month

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Thomas M. Bedell, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, speaks about the resources available at the substance abuse counseling center on MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California, April 1, 2023. The resources include counseling, and classes such as prime for life that teaches services members to make healthy decisions and identify risks associated with alcohol and drug abuse.

Video by Cpl. Taylor Bidon
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar


Prevention consists of the Drug Demand Reduction Program (DDRP) and the Alcohol Abuse Prevention Specialists (AAPS).  Together, they address substance misuse issues throughout MCAS Miramar. They operate in tandem, assisting unit Substance Abuse Control Officer’s (SACO’s) and Alcohol Screening Program Coordinators (ASPC’s) with the Marine Corp’s urinalysis and breathalyzer programs.  Services provided are as follows:

  • Command Substance Abuse Prevention Planning
  • Illicit Substance misuse education
  • Alcohol misuse education
  • Safety Stand Down periods of instruction
  • Monthly substance misuse informational booths
  • Collaborations with on-base and off-base community providers
  • Prime for Life course of instruction

Prime for Life (4.5) is a 4 ½ hour risk reduction class. The first goal is to help in reducing the risk for any type of alcohol or illicit substance use problem. The second goal focuses on self-assessment; to which helps persons served understand and accept the need to make changes and protect identified values in their lives.

*Note – Individuals who have recently experienced a substance-related incident are not appropriate for Prime for Life 4.5.

Prime for Life 16.0 is an Early Intervention 16-hour educational course. Didactic sessions, coupled with interactive group settings, are utilized to assist persons served in developing effective coping skills. The course is ideal for Service Members who have experienced unhealthy decision-making involving substance usage.



Outpatient Service (OP) is formally scheduled once a week for six to nine weeks. OP offers individual sessions in conjunction with group, as well as, six months of aftercare.  OP includes formatted didactic sessions and therapeutic groups, which support each person served in developing effective coping skills.

Residential/Medical Level IOP

Residential Treatment and Medical Level IOP are provided by the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) located at Navy Submarine Base Point Loma. SARP is a comprehensive treatment program; providing individual, group, and case management care for patients who require intensive structure and supports at the medical level.

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) Meetings are also offered on Mondays from 6:30pm - 7:30pm in bldg. 2274.


The Behavioral Health building is open Monday-Friday from 7:30am - 4:00pm. If you require an appointment or assistance, please contact us at 858-307-1129 or 858-307-6585.



Contact Information

Substance Abuse Counseling Center

2274 Elrod Ave
Bldg. 2274
San Diego, CA 92126

Phone: 8583071129

Fax: 8583074392

General MFCL: 6192721729

General MFLC: 6193948928

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MACG-38 MFLC: 6193468221

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MAG-16 MFLC: 8588808062

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 Office Hours
Monday 7:30am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 4:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 4:00pm
Thursday 7:30am - 4:00pm
Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Holiday hours may vary.
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