Two Key Elements to Help You Stay Strong In Recovery

Why is it so difficult to stay in recovery? Yes, your brain has already been altered by the drugs you’ve been using and so it will continue to be triggered by the cravings, but it’s not just that. There are so many other reasons that make you go against your best intentions, like if historically your family members have been addicted to alcohol or drugs. Or you feel pressured because of your friends, even though you want to stay sober. Or you feel guilty or shameful because your family doesn’t understand. Or you started young which makes it extra hard. Or you’re caught up in a toxic relationship and don’t know how to get out. Or probably most importantly, you are also dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, or any of the many mental health issues.


With so many factors that could be in your life, it’s easy to escape back into addiction, unless you’re really aware, determined and committed to staying strong.


So the 2 key elements you need:

  1. Therapy
  2. Routine


We have come a long way since it was considered a stigma to go to therapy. In today’s world, it’s not just a nice to have option but a NECESSITY. At California Prime, we honestly think that it is impossible to stay the course without continuing therapy after coming out of detox. We have a well thought out transition plan for our clients and a wide range of therapeutic modalities to help them become stronger, more balanced human beings.

Here are some of our Therapy Treatments:

We also offer gender specific treatment and women-only therapy groups to make it comfortable for our clients. 


It’s probably not talked about enough how important it is to establish a good daily routine for yourself to stay strong on your road to recovery. When you create a positive life-enhancing routine, what it does over time is to replace your old negative self-destructive habits.

Creating a structure in your day gives you a solid foundation for your life so that you’re not driven by boredom or confusion or anxiety to make your decisions. Having a structured routine also helps increase your confidence in yourself and your choices.

What would make a good daily routine? Here are some ideas:

  • Setting your alarm to wake up at a regular time everyday
  • Daily morning practice such as journaling, reading or meditation
  • Incorporating a good nutritious diet
  • Starting an exercise routine that you enjoy and can stick to
  • Family time, if you have family you live with
  • Finding hobbies that can interest you when you’re bored
  • Ensuring 7-8 hours of sleep each night

Start slow and build up a routine for yourself that will work for you. Trying to cram too many things into your routine early on can make it overwhelming to keep up with. Try one thing at a time, and add another item only when you’re comfortable. Take charge of your recovery, and you will take charge of your life!


Want to learn more about how we can help with your Therapy and Routine? Text us at 949-749-3026 or 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.