About

What Pathfinders Is

Pathfinders offers  men a new life of sobriety through a supportive environment and the guidance of others in recovery. 

Why Pathfinders Is Needed: The Costs of Alcoholism and Addiction.

Addiction is a non-curable, and eventually terminal, disease if it is not treated.  Pathfinders takes a multi-faceted approach to treating the complicated disease of alcoholism and addiction. 
In addition to the physical and emotional toll taken on the individual, the disease has disruptive, and often tragic, consequences for their family, friends, co-workers and employer.

Society, too, pays a steep cost for alcoholism and its effects:

A 2002 study by the County of San Diego put the local cost of alcohol and drug use at $3.8 billion a year—including the obvious cost of medical treatment and law enforcement and lesser-known consequences such as the premature death of a family breadwinner.
Nationwide, the cost of alcoholism and drug addiction has been estimated at about $500 billion a year.

Who Pathfinders Helps

Pathfinders has 59 beds throughout four large residences in the Golden Hill area, near downtown San Diego. Men in the program come from all walks of life, and many are homeless when they arrive at Pathfinders. The single most important requirement for admittance to Pathfinders is willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own recovery. More than 10,000 men have participated in Pathfinders since the program began in 1950.

How Pathfinders Works

Pathfinders has long been recognized by county and state officials as a pioneer in treatment. We offer a 90-day to 150-day, clinical model residential program consisting of daily morning meditation, individual counseling, relapse prevention groups, alcohol and drug education, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Life Skills,  HIV/STD’s training and voluntary testing, and mandatory attendance of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.


The staff is dedicated to helping each resident return to society as a productive, self-supporting individual.  They volunteer for the many community-support projects in which Pathfinders participates and for which it receives widespread recognition.


Shelter Plus Care

The Shelter Plus Care program in recent years has been expanded to include individuals who are experiencing long-term homelessness and diagnosed with a behavioral health disorder.  This population is considered by health officials as one of the most under-served groups of homeless people in the nation.

For more information please call Shelter Plus Care:      (619) 795-6218