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Admission Criteria

AToN Center, Drug and Alcohol Treatment in San Diego

Admission Criteria

  • 18 years or older
  • Primary substance use or substance related problem
  • Must be entering treatment voluntarily with a commitment to discovering a healthier lifestyle free from addictions
  • Deemed suitable for sub acute detoxification or residential drug treatment services after intake, psychological and medical assessments that cover the following:
  • Withdrawal:
    • Patient not at risk for severe complications, or is experiencing stable withdrawal
  • Bio-Medical Conditions:
    • None or stable biomedical conditions and/or complications, or under the care of a physician who attests to suitability and will continue to monitor the resident.
  • Emotional/Behavioral/Cognitive Conditions and Complications:
    • None or minimal; not distracting to recovery, able to be managed in residential level of care, individuals deemed high risk for violence or suicide shall be referred for psychiatric inpatient treatment.
  • Level of Denial as to nature of adverse alcohol/drug consequences:
    • Patient voluntarily presents for treatment, accepts the presence of a substance use disorder, its consequences, and accepts the need for a structured residential setting.
  • Additionally, participants seeking readmission must recognize the inability to manage recovery without additional residential services. Participants must be willing to meet program expectations.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Has primary process addiction without a co-morbid substance use disorder or has no substance use disorder
  • Exhibits dangerous behavior
  • Requires immediate medical evaluation, or ongoing high intensity medical or nursing care.
    • Potential admissions with a BAL of .300 or higher will require medical treatment and clearance at emergency room prior to admission
    • Refusal to comply with admission procedures, resident rules, program schedule, and recommendations
  • An active and unmanaged eating disorder
  • Active psychosis, mania or a disorder or condition such that the individual is unable to exist in group settings without disruptions or safety concerns
  • Chronic pain condition that requires additional treatment, medication supervision and/or narcotic medication and/or unwillingness to discontinue a contraindicated medication
  • Has an intellectual or developmental disability, which is primary to substance use disorder, or the disability would preclude the individual from benefiting from program as designed.
  • Would be better served by a program more appropriate to the individual’s diagnosis or condition


Statement of Non-Discrimination in the Provision of Services

AToN Center is committed to the belief that all persons who suffer from and addictive disorder should be free from any and all stigma and discrimination. Therefore it is the Policy of The AToN Center, to prohibit unlawful discrimination in the providing of services based on race, color, creed, sex, religion, marital status, age (over 40), national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related), sexual orientation, political belief, status as a veteran, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws as set forth in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Section 2000, Title 42, United States Code), The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 794, Title 29, United States Code);

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Section 12132, Title 42 United States Code); Section 11135 of the California Government Code; and Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 1000), Division 4, Title 9 of the California Code of Regulations. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the AToN Center and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the AToN Center.

To comply with applicable laws insuring non-discrimination and equal treatment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, the AToN Center will make reasonable accommodations for the known limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is a resident who meets all inclusion criteria and no exclusion criteria, unless undue hardship would result. This may include but is not limited to: Cultural, racial, linguistic, sexual, physical, or mental limitations or differences. In the event that a potential admission cannot be accommodated, a referral to a more appropriate program will be provided.

AToN Center does not have quarters for individuals who need to care for dependents while in treatment. If potential intakes are in need of such services, and cannot arrange for dependent care while in treatment, the intake coordinator will make another treatment recommendation, or referral to social service agency based on the needs of the client.

If you have questions about your suitability for our program please call our drug and alcohol treatment in San Diego – we have dedicated intake staff who are ready to help at any time.

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