MCCS 29 Palms

Substance Abuse Program

Substance Abuse Program

Bldg. 1437

Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm

The Substance Abuse Program (SAP) offers educational courses which provide information on making good choices. Screenings and assessments are conducted in order to provide service members with the appropriate level of care and/or treatment. Our services are provided in a confidential setting, and referrals can be made upon request.  The goal of SAP is to provide the best quality care, in the most efficient manner.


Early Intervention (EI) provides alcohol and drug abuse education to explore related risk factors, and assist in recognition of the consequences of inappropriate alcohol or drug use. Services are delivered in a classroom setting, or in one-on-one sessions, for a minimum of three hours. A Marine may be referred for an assessment, if new problems appear.

PRIME For Life is an alcohol and drug program for people of all ages. It is designed to gently, but powerfully, challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high-risk alcohol and drug use.  A primary goal of PRIME For Life is prevention of any type of alcohol or drug problem. This includes prevention of health problems such as alcoholism, or impairment problems such as car crashes or fights. The emphasis is on knowing and understanding risks one cannot change and reducing risks one can change. 

PRIME For Life is based on objectives, documented research findings, not opinion, exaggerations or scare tactics. Credibility (of program and instructor/counselor) is a key factor in initiating and maintaining behavior change. Instructors are trained to master the program in order to maximize program impact.


SAP‘s Outpatient Services (OP) address the Marine's needs, and achieve permanent changes in alcohol or drug use behaviors. OP services provide alcohol and drug education and counseling in regularly scheduled sessions. Appearances of new problems may require referral to other treatment or agencies, such as Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP), which are designed for Marines requiring a more intensive treatment program, while still meeting the patient placement criteria for OP care. Such services provide essential alcohol and drug education and treatment components, while allowing the Marine to apply newly acquired skills within "real world" environments.


Residential services are for Marines who meet the required patient placement criteria. Length of stay varies with the severity of the illness and response to treatment.