David Lopez

David Lopez
San Diego Substance Use Assessor 237 Avocado 210 El Cajon, CA 92020
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David Lopez


Substance abuse is devastating to the user and all those around them. Finding recovery through an appropriate program may make the difference in the individual starting their personal road to recovery. We conduct substance abuse interviews with people, inmates and/or the general public, recommend rehab placement, and transport them to appropriate treatment facilities. A Substance Abuse Assessment addresses the scope of a person’s alcohol or drug use, utilizing DSM 5 criteria. It is helpful in determining if the substance use has moved from experimental to a problem level requiring help. A person in addiction may not be able to fully see, understand, or accept their disease and an intervention (legal, medical, family) may be eminent. Assessments and screening may take place in our office or at your location.

Years In Practice 7
Primary Specialty

Addiction Counselor

Gender Male
Education Substance Use Disorder Counselor (CAADAC) training at UCSD

• County of San Diego Public Defenders Office - Substance Use Assessor Office (Internship)

• AS Science from International School of Professional Bodyworker IPSB

• Somatic Experiencing SE training through SETI – a three year trauma treatment certification training for health care professionals

• Holistic Health Practitioner HHP certification from International School of Professional Bodyworker IPSB

• Specialized Communication and Interview Training from International School of Professional Bodyworker IPSB

• Completed specialized trauma education from The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT)

• Advanced training on domestic violence and supervised visitation with the Judicial Council of CA

• Practical and Tactical Domestic Violence Essentials for frontline professionals

• Advanceed Interview Skills

Training Substance Use Disorder Counselor (CAADAC) training at UCSD
Affiliations CAMTC, ABMP, SETI
Certification Substance Use Disorder Counselor (CAADAC) training at UCSD
HHP
Office Staff David Lopez
Stephanie Meredith
Payment Options Cash or major credit cards
Services We conduct substance abuse interviews with people, inmates and/or the general public, recommend rehab placement, and transport them to appropriate treatment facilities. A Substance Abuse Assessment addresses the scope of a person’s alcohol or drug use, utilizing DSM 5 criteria. It is helpful in determining if the substance use has moved from experimental to a problem level requiring help.

A Substance Abuse Assessment addresses the scope of a person’s alcohol or drug use, utilizing DSM 5 criteria. This is helpful in determining if the substance use has moved from experimental to a problem level requiring help. A person in addiction may not be able to fully see, understand, or accept their disease and an intervention (legal, medical, family) may be eminent. The person may be required by the court to have a Substance Abuse Assessment. Sometimes, a Substance Use Assessment will provide perspective for a person who has concerns about their own substance use. Having an objective Substance Abuse evaluation can be helpful for the individual to make appropriate and responsible decisions regarding their substance use and be helpful in the way of detox, rehab treatment, and/or counseling.

A Substance Use Assessment considers a variety of factors including:
• Substance amount and frequency
• Consequences of alcohol & drug use and awareness thereof
• Addiction possibility
• Level of addition
• Stage of Recovery
• Life events surrounding drug abuse and addiction
• Treatment options available
• Dual diagnosis factors
• Issues underlying addictive behavior
• Support and barriers to recovery
• Identify triggers for potential relapse risk

After the assessment, we work to find appropriate and available alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs that fit our clients’ needs.

Incarcerated Clients (In jails and prisons) Assessment – Treatment Program Placement - Transport
Often, addiction leads to a legal intervention due to arrests for possession/theft/dealing or other activities supporting their substance use, resulting in being put into jail or prison.We offer a service of visiting the jail and interviewing inmates to conduct a substance use assessment. Once it is determined that the inmate is aware of their addiction and is accepting of appropriate help, AND if court orders allow for treatment, AND there are no other warrants or holds, then we search for the appropriate and available rehab facility for placement. We will then have the client released to us, and transport them to the rehab facility for placement.

Treatment Philosophy
We believe that addiction is a disease manifested in habitual and excessive substance use and/or behaviors that interfere with an individual's mental and physical health, interpersonal relations, family life, and financial and work capacity. We view addiction as a treatable chronic and progressive disease, with sobriety and recovery being the realistic treatment objective for the patient and their family.

The first goal in treatment is abstinence and sobriety. All treatment activity must support abstinence and sobriety. We believe that addiction is a powerful disease and that relapse is often part of the recovery process, not a failure. We believe that the patient's family and/or significant others play a key support function in their treatment and sobriety.

We believe;
•A professional relationship between the client and therapist counselor is essential
•Addiction is a disease effecting brain function
•We are privileged to assist in the clients process of change, growth, and recovery

Our Team
David Lopez
• Substance Use Disorder Counselor (CAADAC) training at UCSD
• County of San Diego Public Defenders Office - Substance Use Assessor Office (Internship)
• AS Science from International School of Professional Bodyworker IPSB
• Somatic Experiencing SE training through SETI – a three year trauma treatment certification training for health care professionals
• Holistic Health Practitioner HHP certification from International School of Professional Bodyworker IPSB
• Specialized Communication and Interview Training from International School of Professional Bodyworker IPSB
• Completed specialized trauma education from The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT)
• Advanced training on domestic violence and supervised visitation with the Judicial Council of CA
• Practical and Tactical Domestic Violence Essentials for frontline professionals
• Advanced Interview Skills

Stephanie Meredith
• Substance Use Disorder Counselor (CAADAC) training at UCSD
• Substance Use Disorder Counselor (Internship) at Scripps Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program
• AS Science from International School of Professional Bodyworker IPSB
• Somatic Experiencing SE training through SETI – a three year trauma treatment certification
• Holistic Health Practitioner HHP certification
• Faculty at International Professional School of Bodywork
Additional Services Drug and Alcohol Substance Use Assessment
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