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California Prime Recovery

17330 Newhope Street Suite A, Fountain Valley, California, 92708
The California Prime Recovery team is composed of talented Substance Use and Mental Health Professionals. We are attached at the heart to present a sustainable treatment program for each and everyone that walks through our doors. We have dedicated ourselves to providing a treatment experience that provides individuals with the tools necessary to live a happy life free of substances and full of mental wellness. Detox, Inpatient, PHP/IOP Mental Health & Addiction Treatment. Orange County, CA.

Facility Highlights

  • Core Program
  • Professionals Track
  • MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)


  • Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)

    Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
  • Intensive Outpatient

    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • Stephen Carmel
    Stephen CarmelFounder & CEO
    I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York. Along with my recovery and beginning a new way of life, I began to develop a heart for others struggling with sobriety. My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growth. 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.
  • Charee Marquez, LMFT
    Charee Marquez, LMFTClinical 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.

Financial Details

  • Financing Available

Treatment Center Links

Rehabs 360 Guide


Based in suburban Orange County's Fountain Valley, California Prime Recovery (CPR) is one of the state's 517 (39.4 percent) facilities to offer an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for individuals struggling with substance abuse. According to the facility's website, many clients enter the program as step-down care from an inpatient or residential facility.


Outpatient treatment is offered at three levels. Providing six hours of care, five days per week, the facility's day treatment program is the most intensive level of care and a treatment track provided at only 242 (18.5 percent) of California facilities. The facility also provides an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which provides three hours of care, five days per week, and outpatient program (OP), which provides one hour of care typically twice per week.

CPR emphasizes that its programs are individualized to each client’s needs. Clients are introduced to the 12-Steps during treatment, as well as participate in individual and group therapy, process groups, and life skills workshops. In addition, the facility provides a range of holistic options, such as yoga, fitness activities, and music therapy. CPR also takes advantage of its Southern California setting, offering outings such as hiking, surfing, and paddle boarding trips, as well as indoor rock climbing sessions.

Programs are split into three progressive phases, each with its own milestones. This approach enables both clients and staff to set obtainable goals and measure client progress. CPR’s website notes that its offerings also include structured aftercare programs, but does not specify programming specifics.


CPR employs a team of substance abuse professional, licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), a clinical director, and support staff.


At the time of this writing, nearly 50 alumni had submitted feedback to Rehabs com about this facility. All but one awarded CPR the highest five-star rating for the major category of the Rehabs.com survey: overall effectiveness. The one survey respondent who evaluated a series of metrics, Marisa, also awarded perfect five-star ratings for the facility's counseling options, the level of family participation, and for the staff's level of experience and training.

A number of these former clients indicated they would recommend CPR to others. In a representative review, an anonymous alum wrote, "This is the only place that actually gives you proper individual therapy and support you need to get and stay sober. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone trying to get and stay sober."

Another reviewer offered the following testimonial, "When I think of California Prime Recovery, I literally think of the acronym CPR, because this facility has helped save my life!" Reviewers ceaselessly credited the center with being life-saving, commenting upon the staff's commitment to high-quality care. "Out of all the intensive out patient programs in Southern California I confidently say Cal Prime is the best," one former client noted.

At the time of this writing, CPR also had a perfect five-star average rating on Yelp based on six reviews.[1] Several of these reviewers identified themselves as fellow professionals in the field or friends of the founder; however, some also spoke in glowing, if somewhat vague, terms of their own treatment at the facility, repeatedly praising the staff and noting how comfortable they felt at the facility. “I was impressed with the support I received from CPR, the staff is very friendly and I felt very safe with them, they treated me extremely well and professionally,” Nathan wrote.

Reviews on secondary sites were extremely positive at the time of this writing. Five Google reviewers all gave perfect five-star ratings, and each commented upon the high-quality staff and care.[1] The sole Yelp reviewer to date also provided five out of five stars.[2] "The staff was top notch, professional but down to earth and there seemed to be a general lack of Ego in the building which is huge," B.C. wrote. Perfect five-star ratings were also awarded from eight Facebook users to date, though the facility does have the ability to manage its page.[3]


To date, two family members submitted reviews of this facility to Rehabs.com. The sister of a former client had positive feedback to report about her brother's experience at CPR. She wrote, "Watching my brother struggling with drugs over the years has been very tough. I'm sure everyone knows that feeling of hopelessness, thats why we are so thankful that we have found California Prime." She added: "So far he is doing well, and he is staying positive. Last time I saw him, he just looked better and happier!"

The other reviewer, a parent of a former client, noted that his son did not stay at the facility longer than a day due to dirty conditions.


According to CPR’s website, the organization accepts most preferred provider organization (PPO) insurance policies, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United Healthcare.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.yelp.com/biz/california-prime-recovery-fountain-valley
[3] https://www.facebook.com/pg/CaliforniaPrimeRecovery/reviews/?ref=page_internal

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