AA Alternatives

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a well-known and widely-used program for those seeking recovery from alcohol addiction. However, not everyone is comfortable with the principles and practices of AA. If you’re looking for alternatives to AA, there are a variety of options to choose from.

One alternative to AA is SMART Recovery. This program focuses on self-empowerment and teaches participants to use specific tools and techniques to overcome addiction. SMART Recovery uses a four-point program that focuses on building motivation, coping with cravings, managing thoughts and behaviors, and living a balanced life.

Another alternative to AA is Women for Sobriety (WFS). This program is specifically designed for women and takes a unique approach to recovery. WFS focuses on emotional and spiritual growth, and teaches participants to use positive affirmations and other tools to overcome addiction.

There are also a variety of non-twelve-step programs that can provide an alternative to AA. These programs take a more personalized and holistic approach to recovery, and may incorporate elements like meditation, yoga, and art therapy. Some non-twelve-step programs are gender-specific, while others are open to people of all genders.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for alternatives to AA, there are many options to choose from. From self-empowerment programs to gender-specific approaches, there is a wide range of programs that can support your recovery journey. By taking the time to explore your options and find the right program for you, you can start your journey towards a healthier, addiction-free life.

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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.