Outpatient Addiction


Treatment for addiction of alcohol and drugs can be a complicated process because long-term abuse of substances creates harmful and lasting changes in the body and the brain. Trying to quit an addiction abruptly or alone can be challenging because the body and the brain developed tolerance to the substance, which can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms and can create relapses.

Most people need properly managed residential treatment to not only undo the damage, but also create a healthy lifestyle for themselves. Our treatment programs include several levels and modalities of therapies, strategies and counseling, in addition to medical and clinical expertise. We aim to help our clients get back their lives, and live confidently and successfully.

Addiction Treatment Programs

Addiction is a complex disease, and it varies between individuals. Therefore we believe that treatment should be customized to each individual. We offer a comprehensive approach suited to treat multiple disorders and issues within an individual.

Some of our addiction treatment programs:

Our Approach

California Prime Recovery operates by approaching recovery at 3 separate levels. Each level will have expectations to meet, which include a minimum amount of time, and tangible growth to prove the client is ready for the next stage.

The stages are set up methodically to create long lasting results for all clients, coming from varying backgrounds and severity of addiction. California Prime Recovery will provide these services in an alcohol and drug free environment.

There will be a minimum (but not a maximum) length for a client at any phase; for this reason clients will feel less pressure to level up, and more time to grow at their own rate. We know from experience that everyone has their own unique journey so our aim is to challenge our clients to grow, but never add too much pressure to cause damage.

Level 1

This level will most likely follow a stay at an in-patient treatment center or a detox center. The client can identify, and recognize the negative consequences of drug use, but may not fully grasp their own problems. The client will be encouraged to participate during all groups, regardless of their insight. We are looking for integration into the community and participation as a fellow member amongst their peers. The client will start to gain an understanding of therapeutic concepts, 12-step ideology, and learn how to start incorporating those theories into their life.

Level 2

In this level, the client will continue to take action on a consistent basis and when faced with a difficult situation, the client will reach out for support from staff or their sober community. During groups, the client can participate with insight, demonstrate accountability, and set a strong example for peers. Clients will work through family and relational conflict at this phase. The client now understands therapeutic concepts and is starting to utilize them day to day.

Level 3

At this level, the client can manage daily challenges and seek support as needed from staff and their sober community. Clients provide strong leadership for his/her peers. Clients should be actively looking for a job, currently employed, or finding an extracurricular activity during this level. The client will help assist staff in keeping groups running smoothly, and the staff should be able to count on the client to aid in the positive growth of the community. The client will feel comfortable confronting his/her peers, and do so in a loving manner.

Therapy Options

Here are some (not all) of the therapy options we offer at CPR:

Experiential Therapy

In addition to some of the traditional therapy options above, we also offer experiential therapy which we have seen to be very effective in treatment of addiction as well as mental health issues.

Physically challenging hands-on activities can help our clients work through trauma, depression, anxiety or stress by teaching them coping skills, in an environment where they can feel comfortable.

Here are some examples of our experiential outings:

We believe that on your road to recovery it’s vital to have fun in sobriety!

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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.