Yoga Therapy

At California Prime, we believe in comprehensive treatment plans that incorporate several different modalities that can work together on the physical, mental and emotional states of our clients. In addition to detox, medical assisted treatments, and therapy for mental health issues, we work extensively to integrate holistic approaches such as yoga which has been found unexpectedly effective in the addiction recovery process.

How we use Yoga at California Prime

We offer several group therapy programs where participants are brought together to experience a certain type of therapy, depending on client preferences as well as what works best for them. Our group therapy sessions help foster a sense of belonging, learning new ways of communicating, giving and requesting help, and creating a supportive network.

While there are some drawbacks regarding group therapy, such as less personal attention and confidentiality concerns, these typically do not apply to yoga therapy. Yoga offers a unique way to bring together participants with different backgrounds and personalities creating a support system that works for everyone.

Benefits of Yoga in Addiction Recovery

The benefits of yoga are endless, but here are a few that we notice in our clients:

Reduces stress and anxietyEnhances mood and energyIncreases physical strength
Connects with the communityHelps with attention deficitImproves mental stability

How Yoga Changes Addictive Habits

Beyond the highlighted benefits above, yoga works from within, helping to rebuild new neural pathways over old addictive patterns. Our brains and nervous systems are continually learning and regenerating new patterns through our daily experiences and habits.

Because of our brain’s ability to change and learn, the areas of our brain that are used most become larger, and the neural pathways become stronger. Which means stress induced addictive behaviors can be rewired through learning new behaviors and practices to reverse the anxiety and induce peace and calm. Yoga is shown to be especially effective in this process because it reaches several areas of the brain during practice. Yoga simultaneously works on the physical, mental and spiritual areas of our systems, so that they are integrated into making us more holistic beings.

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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.