Mindfulness Therapy

Among the several holistic therapy options that we offer at California Prime, we have found that mindfulness therapy is very effective in supporting patients with addiction issues. Mindfulness therapy is especially helpful in addressing mental issues such as stress and anxiety, teaching our clients to recognize mental awareness that they may not have had access to before.

What is Mindfulness

Mindfulness is simply the process of becoming aware of the present moment. When we notice that our attention has drifted off, we simply bring it back again. This repetitive process helps to train the brain to focus on something, rather than letting it wander off into its own thoughts and directions.

Once a person learns about the practice of mindfulness, they can apply it in every area of their life, such as mindful eating, mindful walking, mindful yoga, and here at California Prime, mindful habits.

Benefits of Mindfulness in Addiction Recovery

Reduces stress and anxietyIncreases focus and attentionDevelops better sleep patterns
Awareness of addictive behaviorsReduces relapses 

Why Mindfulness is Effective in Addiction Treatments

The mindfulness program we offer at California Prime incorporates specific techniques that have been found most useful for our addiction patients. Most addiction patients resort to substance abuse because they do not know how to cope with stress triggering thoughts or anxiety inducing actions. In order to escape their uncomfortable and unpleasant experiences and emotions, alcohol and drugs are what they reach for.

Mindfulness is very effective in bringing our attention to those addictive behaviors and patterns, and overlaying them with better patterns and behaviors that can evoke peace and calm. Our brains are learning and expanding with each new experience we encounter, such that when we introduce a new behavior, and repeat it over and over again, we can help our neural pathways to rewire themselves into creating new, better patterns and decisions.

How the Mindfulness Process Works

Here is a high level overview of how the process of mindfulness therapy works:

At California Prime we integrate various therapy modalities to create a comprehensive treatment plan that works for each of our patients. To learn more about our recovery approaches, call us at 866-415-6313

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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.