Learn about SCRC’s unique, time-tested approach to treatment.
At SCRC, we understand that the substances are just a symptom of the problem. Here, we identify the underlying issues by treating the individual as a whole. It’s an “inside out job” that requires a deep dive and discovery process, in order to correctly identify the core reasonings behind every addiction.
We give clients the opportunity to recover from substance abuse and pursue a path to success by helping them to achieve sobriety and build life skills, emotional well-being and physical health. Finding a healthy balance and purpose in life is hard, we take pride in helping each person discover their “why” in life.
Regular staff training and development to maintain the highest standards of care
Advocating for those suffering from addiction and co-occurring disorders.
Gathering direct feedback from clients in order to continually improve.
Developing treatment goals that focus on the individual needs of the client.
Utilizing evidence-based treatment modalities to address core issues.
We believe that understanding the root causes of addiction allows our clients to grow, get sober, and become contributing members of their families and communities. SCRC utilizes the principles of the 12 Steps to assist our clients in obtaining sustained recovery and developing a strong fellowship and support group. We embrace a community spirit to support each other on our journey in recovery.
As the clinical director at Southern California Recovery Centers, Alexandra Truman brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of addiction recovery. She has dedicated her career to helping individuals overcome substance abuse and regain control of their lives.
Alexandra’s education and training have equipped her with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective, evidence-based treatment to clients. She holds a bachelor’s degrees in Psychology from Cal State San Marcos and hold a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. Alexandra has completed extensive training in addiction and different therapy modalities.
As a leader in her field, she oversees the clinical operations of the treatment center, including the development and implementation of treatment plans, supervision of staff, and quality assurance. She works closely with clients, their families, and the treatment team to ensure that each client receives individualized care that meets their unique needs and goals.
Alexandra loves to spend time with her husband and son and live a Southern California lifestyle outside and enjoys hanging out at the beach. She also considers herself to be a foodie and enjoys experiencing new restaurants and food when she can!
Daniel Duclos is Program Director at SCRC. He is passionate about helping those battling addiction and mental health to find a happy, healthy, and more fulfilling life. With extensive experience working in the addiction treatment field, he has been trained in a vast range of treatment modalities. He loves engaging with clients daily and goes out of his way to be interactive and accessible to all clients. He enjoys leading groups weekly to build his relationship and rapport with those struggling with addiction as he once did. He loves the San Diego lifestyle and has many hobbies such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, surfing and rock climbing.
I came to SCRC in March 2019 as a client, desperate to find a new way of living. After many years caught in the spirals of addiction, failures in my profession as an accountant, and lost relationships, I came broken but found what I needed at SCRC. After establishing a foundation in the recovery community and completing the program, I was given the opportunity to remain with the program as a house manager. I began working with the clinical team in April 2021.
I have a passion for the work that I get to do on a daily basis. Being a very purpose-driven individual, I am motivated by how my work directly contributes to the lives of others. I am able to use all my personal experiences, good and bad, as the foundation to connect with others. I am motivated by finding this connection, and seek to meet clients where they are at. I want to give to others what was so freely given to me, and help others find what I have found.
In my current role at SCRC, I oversee the program and work side by side with the clinical staff to deliver ongoing support to our clients. Through balancing management skills and leadership qualities, my goal is always to provide the best treatment experience. It is a great opportunity to be involved in a client’s journey from day one through their transition back into society. I completed school in September 2022 and am currently awaiting to take my licensing exam to obtain CADC.
In my personal life, I remain committed to living a balanced lifestyle – Physical, Mental, and Spiritual. I enjoy hiking, working out, and playing chess. Living in Orange County has also opened up so many great opportunities to travel and enjoy areas all along the coastline.
Brett Hand is the Director of Operations at Dana Point. He feels his calling is to help others struggling with various life challenges including drug and alcohol addiction. During his time at SCRC he has had numerous roles, including client, Intern, and a house manager at a sober living, to office manager, he has naturally grown into the position of Director of Operations at SCRC Dana Point. He has also completed additional education to obtain a CADC1 certification. He loves making a difference in the lives of those he serves and goes above and beyond to ensure that everyone at SCRC has a positive experience and has the best support to live a life free of drugs and alcohol.
Cliff Shirar is the Director of Alumni Services at SCRC—a role he took on naturally as a 2017 graduate of the SCRC program. Cliff has held various positions here at SCRC, but his alumni work is something that he has enjoyed the most. He is passionate about being a part of a client’s journey from start to finish, and well after discharge. It is his belief that a strong connection between current clients and successful alumni brings great results to all, which is the principle that our alumni program is built on. Outside of work you can find him golfing or playing basketball or pickleball.
Lucas Stetson is the Director of Operations at SCRC and has been with the company since 2015. He obtained certification through CCAPP with a CADC-II in 2019. With a deep understanding of addiction treatment, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the facility, manage staff, and ensure that patients receive highest-quality care. Being an alumni of SCRC, Lucas is passionate about helping patients to achieve the same opportunity he had on their journey to recovery and ensures that the facility provides a safe and supportive environment for their treatment. He loves to use humor as a way to connect with staff and clientele. Overall, Lucas is a dedicated and committed to ensuring that the addiction treatment center operates efficiently and effectively, and that patients receive the best possible care. In his free time, Lucas enjoys being outdoors, spending time with his family, and is a big video game fanatic.
Dr. Scheid is a board certified family physician and addiction medicine specialist. He obtained his medical degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan followed by a residency in Family Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He also completed a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center, during which he trained at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, Loma Linda’s Behavioral Medicine Center, and at the Kaiser Permanente Chemical Dependency Recovery Program in Fontana, California. He has worked as a family physician in academia as well as in a busy community clinic and has held medical directorships in a variety of settings. He believes that recovery is possible for every person struggling with chemical dependency, and that recovery encompasses much more than abstinence from mind-altering substances. In addition to providing medical detoxification and ongoing care for those in recovery, he is interested in the application of meditation, physical activity, and nutrition in preventing relapse and supporting ongoing recovery.
Dr. Araz Tawfique, M.D. is an award-winning, Board Certified psychiatrist in La Jolla, CA with fifteen years of experience working with people with diverse needs. He pursued his true passion for psychiatry and completed his psychiatric residency training at the University of Reno, Las Vegas, A San Diego native, he returned to Southern California to receive additional training in mental health, and start his private practice. His specialties are psychiatry and psychotherapy which are techniques that facilitate a better understanding of thoughts, feelings, and motivations. His approach explores the interplay of biology, psychology, and sociology in shaping individuals and their relationships.
Dr. Tawfique’s experience includes delivering comprehensive addiction treatment at substance abuse centers in San Diego County, work as the Medical Director of Consultation/Liaison Psychiatric Services at Sharp Coronado Hospital, providing psychiatric emergency evaluations at San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital, and private practice experience.
Abby Portnoy is a dedicated therapist at SCRC who is passionate about helping individuals battling addiction and trauma. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in addiction from Colorado State University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling form the University of San Diego.
Drawing on extensive expertise in addiction therapy and trauma-informed care, Abby utilizes EMDR as a therapeutic modality that facilitates the rapid processing and healing of traumatic events from the past that may contribute to PTSD and negative self beliefs. She also utilizes CBT, DBT, ACT, and IFS to heal long term patterns of anxiety, depression, and addiction. Through a collaborative process of developing mutual trust and respect, she believes that hope can be restored and each individual has the ability to reach their full potential. Inspired by the healing power of Southern California’s coastal environment, Abby encourages clients to embrace activities promoting well being such as beach visits and mindfulness practices. She aims to help you find how to live a happier and healthier lifestyle.
In her free time, Abby enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and enjoying the Southern California lifestyle.
Linnea Solomon, ACSW, graduated from USC with an MSW and bachelor’s in psychology from CSUF. I utilize a person centered approach and lean towards a Humanistic perspective – believing that everyone is capable of change if realizing their fullest capability. I believe in meeting clients where they are and molding interventions that fit the client. My preferred modalities are Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Strengths-Based/Building, assisting with life goals, and more holistic/positive psychology methods such as journaling, self-esteem work, meditation, deep breathing, and exploring spirituality when clients express interest.
I firmly believe that our thoughts are powerful and what we speak to ourselves makes a difference because the heart is listening.
Fun Fact: I sing and lead worship with my mom and one of my favorite places is the S.D Safari Park.
Brian Hatfield is a Therapist at SCRC. As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Brian focuses primarily on family systems, relationships and emotional patterns with an emphasis on trauma. He takes a humanistic, client-centered approach to therapy while drawing from psychodynamic, narrative, cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused modalities. Brian also has a passion for music and integrates it into his work with his clients whenever appropriate. He believes in the power of emotional expression via art and hopes to help his clients find their voices and begin authoring their new story. As a lifelong Southern California native, he also eats a lot of Mexican food. Like, a lot.
Cassidy completed her undergraduate work at Pacific University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Cassidy graduated from the University of San Francisco with her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy. Cassidy is a California registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with the Board of Behavioral Sciences – AMFT134119.
Throughout her career, Cassidy has worked in a variety of settings including: multidisciplinary clinics, intensive outpatient, outpatient, in-home, partial hospitalization, and private practice. Within these settings, Cassidy has provided: individual psychotherapy, psychoeducation, relationship counseling, behavioral modification, group therapy, and family therapy services.
Cassidy is an empathetic and culturally sensitive therapist with an eclectic approach to therapy. Cassidy draws on multiple theoretical orientations to best suit the client on their healing journey. Cassidy believes that a strong therapeutic alliance is crucial, while integrating interventions that rewrite and reclaim core-beliefs that keep clients in maladaptive cycles/patterns of behavior. Cassidy holds the belief that people are not meant to navigate difficult life circumstances alone. Cassidy is here to support you and assist you in creating a treatment plan that is right for you.
Cassidy spends her free time enjoying the outdoors, listening to live music, hanging out with her friends and family, and engaging in artistic and creative pursuits.
Charline Watanabe is a therapist at SCRC. Charline has a humanistic approach that stems from a client-centered basis. I believe that every human’s experience is unique and need to be treated according. With that being said, I try to be flexible with the theories and modalities I utilize in order to best cater to the needs of my client. I want to ensure that I am being culturally sensitive reassuring that I am providing services that best fit client needs. I am interest in learning more about Internal Family Systems and planning on educating myself further on this modality. I was born and raised in California and enjoy hanging out with my dog, going to the beach, and enjoying a good meal with some good company.
Aaron is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that has been licensed since 2018. He specializes in treating chemical addiction and the underlying traumatic experiences individuals have had that can complicate the substance abuse tretment process to promote a better outcome for treatment using a combination of EMDR therapy, and Internal Family Systems informed therapy in addition to other therapeutic modalities to tailor therapy to each individual client
Hi, my name is Roselle, I’m a Case Manager at SCRC. I started as an intern in 2019 and remain dedicated in assisting our clients in resume building, finding employment, and discovering opportunities for growth. I graduated with a BA in Social Ecology from University of California, Irvine and received my Alcohol and Other Drugs Certificate from Palomar College. I have previously worked with developmentally disabled adults and as a case manager for CalWorks before taking time to raise 5 successful children. I would be honored to use my experience to nurture and guide your loved one to be the best version of themselves.
Attila Hadnagy is an AODS counselor and Qualified interventionist.
Attila has been with SCRC for the past eight years and is an Intrical member of our staff. Attila is an empathetic and goal driven drug and alcohol counselor dedicated to managing and enhancing client transition into treatment and early sobriety through connection to sober networks, management of evidenced based recovery practices and assistance in implementing coping strategies to manage cravings. Attila has extensive experience working with a diverse range of individuals to include chemical dependency and dual diagnosis.
Attila concentrates on solution focused therapy and challenges clients and their families towards effective communication, honesty and action that leads to a positive outcome and resolution.
Antony Barrymore is a dedicated substance abuse counselor whose passion for helping others is deeply personal for Tony, this calling runs in his veins, as he has witnessed how alcoholism/addiction cut through his own life and family like a hot knife through butter, sparing some but tragically claiming the lives of others far too early and in the most harrowing ways.
In 2001, Tony found the strength to break free from this morass with the unwavering support of God, a program and loving friends. This transformative experience ignited a fire within him to guide others on their own paths to recovery. His work as a substance abuse counselor has become not just a profession but a personal mission, allowing him to make a positive difference in the lives of those who struggle with addiction.
Seeing the light come on in men’s lives as they build a solid foundation in recovery brings Tony an indescribable joy. Witnessing their transformation and the healing that takes place is an experience beyond measure. He considers himself fortunate to be employed in such a rewarding field and cherishes the opportunity to contribute to the recovery and well-being of his clients.
Outside of work Tony embraces the beauty of life and indulges in his passions. During the summer months, he seamlessly transitions from his counseling role to the tranquil shores of the beach. There, he finds solace and rejuvenation through ocean swimming and the companionship of his beloved dog, Lola. Nature’s serenity and the rhythmic sounds of the waves inspire him and keep him grounded.
Tony also values the importance of spending quality time with his wife, Dianne, his rock and pillar of support throughout their 40+ year marriage. They delight in embarking on short vacations, & hikes together, creating cherished memories and nurturing their strong bond.
Family holds a special place in Tony’s heart, and he takes pride in being a father to his daughter, Samantha. Their relationship is built on love, support, and shared experiences, and he cherishes every moment they spend together.
Antony Barrymore’s life and career as a substance abuse counselor are defined by his resilience, empathy, and unwavering dedication to helping others overcome their battles with addiction. With his personal triumph and unwavering commitment to guiding others toward recovery. Tony is a beacon of hope for those in need, inspiring them to find their own paths to healing and a brighter future.
Rachael Jarrell is a dedicated Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC I) with a profound passion for helping individuals overcome addiction and achieve lasting recovery. With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University and currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego, Rachael aspires to continue her academic journey towards a Ph.D. in counseling.
With over a decade of experience in the field of addiction, Rachael has held various roles and worked with diverse populations, gaining invaluable insights and expertise along the way. As a person in long-term recovery herself, she derives deep joy and purpose from empowering others to break free from the grips of substance abuse and lead fulfilling lives.
Born and raised in San Diego, Rachael cherishes her coastal roots and enjoys spending time at the beach, exploring nature’s wonders, and cherishing moments with her family. Grounded in her core value of service, she actively engages as an activist and advocate for numerous social justice causes, working tirelessly to create positive change within her community and beyond.
Rachael’s commitment to the field of addiction counseling, combined with her empathetic approach, extensive experience, and ongoing pursuit of knowledge, makes her an invaluable asset to individuals seeking recovery and to the team at SCRC. Her unwavering dedication to helping others find freedom from active substance use is the driving force behind her professional endeavors and aligns seamlessly with the company’s mission to provide comprehensive and compassionate support to those in need.
Frank Izzo is a Certified Alcohol and Drug counselor who has been a proud team member of SCRC since 2016. He is devoted to helping people who are struggling with alcohol and substance addictions find a path to sobriety. Frank has a vast experience and training in working with men in diverse populations and with a various range of mental health issues. Frank provides individual counseling to his clients as they work the 12-step program, conducts weekly groups that provide tools to aid clients in their recovery, and works with clients’ therapists and psychiatrists to ensure optimal care for his clients’ individual needs. As an SCRC alumni, Frank is passionate about guiding his clients into recovery as he was, and he continues to be a shining example and mentor to those he counsels. When he is not working, Frank Izzo enjoys golfing, being creative in culinary arts, and is just as passionate about the Los Angeles Dodgers as he is about helping those in recovery.
Thurman’s journey began with a Counseling Certificate from Saddleback College, where he developed a solid foundation in differing modalities for the treatment professional, conflict resolution, client/patient assessment, mediation and therapeutic group and individual facilitation. Eager to deepen his knowledge, he registered under CCAPP and constantly updates his certification and increased knowledge as a Counseling Professional.
Throughout his career, Thurman has held key positions at renowned treatment programs in South County such as SouthCoast Recovery, OceanHills Recovery and 449 Recovery, demonstrating his exceptional skills and expertise. He has successfully managed multiple sober living homes, implementing structure and accountability strategies and achieving impressive results for clients and the facility. Thurman’s strong analytical abilities, coupled with his keen understanding of recognition of client patterns, have consistently guided his decision-making process and contributed to his track record of being a successful group facilitator and Counselor.
Not only is Thurman highly skilled in managing clients, but he is also a natural leader. He has effectively supervised and mentored teams, fostering a collaborative and high-performing work environment. Thurman’s ability to communicate complex recovery and treatment concepts in a clear and concise manner has made him a sought-after presenter and speaker at industry conferences.
In addition to his professional achievements, Thurman is deeply committed to community service. He actively volunteers with Anonymous organizations, using his personal example of recovery for over 19 years, to empower individuals and clients to make informed long term quality of life decisions.
With a reputation for excellence and a passion for delivering results, Thurman I. Hines continues to make significant contributions to the Recovery and Treatment industry. His dedication, integrity, and expertise make him a trusted partner for individuals and organizations seeking sound judgement, measured decision making and clear direction within this industry.
I am Jesse Velasco, a proud native of San Diego County and the fourth child among five siblings. Growing up in an environment affected by substance abuse, I understand firsthand how past negative experiences can deeply impact one’s life and shape personal values. This understanding has fueled my desire to support individuals who have similar backgrounds.
For over six years, I have been working in the field of recovery, dedicating myself to helping others. Currently, I am pursuing my education at Palomar College in Southern California. As a member of the Rising Scholars Program, I am part of a community that supports individuals who have been impacted by the system, encouraging them to utilize education to achieve their goals.
My major at Palomar College is Alcohol and Other Drug Studies, and I am a certified substance abuse counselor. In the recovery field, my primary objective is to assist individuals in reaching their goals of success in their journey towards recovery. I intend to continue my education, seeking further degrees to expand my knowledge and enhance my skills, ultimately enabling me to better support individuals on their recovery path.
A key emphasis in my work as a substance abuse counselor is the utilization of evidence-based practices. By employing these practices, I strive to contribute to the overall well-being and success of individuals in recovery. My goal is to educate individuals through research-backed methods, strategies, and interventions that can significantly impact their lives positively.
Results oriented personable professional with 20 year’s experience in the recovery field. I take my profession very seriously. I believe my hard work and zeal in caring for others will take me far in this profession I truly love. I’ve learned the art of time management keeping a calm voice and spirit in stressful situations. I obtained my certification back in 2013 and presently hold (CADCII, ICADC) Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor certifications. I lost a brother to addiction, since then I have made a commitment to myself and the rest of my family to always do all I can to help others from having to experience the pain and suffering we have had to endure. There is no better feeling in the world than getting a family’s loved one safely into a treatment program. To see the effected person and family heal from the disease of alcoholism and/or drug addiction, is priceless.
Mike Davis is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC ll) who has been working in the field of mental health / addiction for the past 13 years.
His non judgmental approach, and ability to connect with individuals are qualities he possesses.
He meets clients where they are at and does his best to personalize treatment that will help them be successful.
Mike is actively involved in the community, and is of service to others.
My passion is to genuinely and authentically reach people to help them find a path out of their pain and into a new life of health and Hope. I’ve been in this field since 2007 and for me this work is a lifestyle / deep passion, not at all just a ‘career.’ I obtained my BA in Psychology in 1997 and completed my AOD certification in 2010. I have a genuine heart for people who’ve all but given up on themselves and life because I relate to this experience. It’s my daily goal to help individuals transform and ascended into the optimal people they can be. I’ve been sober since June of 2007 and sincerely wish to help you find a life worth living without the bondage of addiction.
BA – Psychology / Spanish / Relational psychology – 1997
Certified AOD / SUD counselor since 2010.