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Substance Use Disorder Counselor  (Full Time)
Location: Various Locations
Program: Regional Recovery Center


We have SUD positions available at several locations:

The ParentCare Family Recovery Services are designed to support chemically dependent women and their families who are at high risk for child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. The majority of women in treatment also have a dual psychiatric diagnosis and a host of physical health related issues. Locations in La Mesa and Central San Diego.

The Bridges NCRRC Program in Point Loma is designed for adults seeking to make the personal changes necessary to live a clean and sober productive life. The structured treatment services provide the individual with counseling and support components that include case management services, individualized treatment and recovery plans, weekly group meetings, education, and aftercare follow-up services. 

The Behavioral Health Link program consists of staff working with the homeless population in a resources center located in the Midway District.


The Teen Recovery Center in South East San Diego provides an assortment of recovery tools for teens and their families. Teens learn ways to make internal changes, relationship changes and positive health choices to replace the alcohol and drug use.



Under general supervision, SUD Counselor provides high quality alcohol and drug intakes, case management, counseling and outreach to individuals, groups and families. Assists clients in developing sober socialization activities. Responsible for following and tracking drug testing, meeting participation, etc. Provides direct counseling, educational services to clients with chemical dependency and dual diagnosis problems based upon individual client needs and program design. Provides case management services for all assigned clients. Performs administrative tasks. Participates in the programs Quality Assurance Review. Must be available to work schedules that may include day, evening and weekends to best meet the needs of the population served. Additional tasks to include:

  • Create and maintain all client documentation within required timelines. This includes intakes, assessments, all related forms and statistics, treatment plans, all counseling and case management services up to and including program discharge.
  • Develop Individual treatment plans and monitor program progress and compliance.
  • Meets with all clients on a bi-weekly basis or more frequently if needed.
  • Provides direct alcohol and drug counseling, education services to clients with substance use disorders and dual diagnosis problems based upon clinical client needs and program design.
  • Facilitates alcohol and drug groups as assigned by supervisor, including development of curricula psycho-educational and process oriented approaches.
  • Provides individual, couple, and/or family counseling to assigned clients as needed on treatment plan.
  • Administer urinalysis testing on all clients.
  • Maintain accurate records in compliance with Title 22 and drug medical.
  • Complete and submit all county and program required reports in timely manner.
  • Provides ongoing client meetings and follow-up through to program completion, including one on one meetings, phone calls and home visits (when deemed necessary by Program Manager).
  • Attend QAR and participate in case file reviews. Establishes weekly case presentations for review at staff meetings. This process includes all new admissions, discharge, and referrals within the past week. Prepares client charts for QAR, utilization review and Clinical meetings in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Works to ensure the client has seamless and smooth transition through the treatment modalities.



  • Registered chemical dependency counselor in the state of California and one year of experience working with SUD clients
  • Must offer certain linguistic, gender, cultural and ethnic specific skills: must be able to work with culturally diverse population.
  • Must be free of parole and probation for a period specified by program contract.
  • Must have a valid California driver's license and a clean driving record.
  • Must pass pre-employment background check, TB and drug screening and COVID vaccine requirements.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.



40 hours per week. Monday - Friday. Shifts available between 8am - 9pm based on location.



$19.50 per hour Registered

$23.00 per hour Certified

These are starting rates and may be adjusted up based on education and experience.

Current Vista Hill employees in these job titles for 2023 are paid:

$19.50 – $26 for Registered; and

$23 - $28.50 for Certified


This position receives employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, paid time off (vacation and sick leave), paid holidays, and employer-paid pension. May qualify for federal student loan forgiveness.