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ABC Recovery Center

44374 Palm Street, Indio, California, 92201
ABC Recovery Center provides a complete continuum of care for people who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction. ABC offers high quality, personal treatment plans that are both effective and financially accessible. ABC’s programs – based on 12-step principles – are offered in a social, peer-oriented setting. ABC Recovery Center is licensed and certified by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. ABC’s professional staff and counselors have treated thousands of alcoholics and addicts, helping them achieve long-term sobriety and return to their families and communities as healthy and responsible individuals. ABC Recovery Center has been treating individuals with substance abuse problems for almost 50 years, and is committed to the lasting wellness of all clients.

Facility Highlights

  • Other Treatments


  • Residential Treatment

    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
  • Medical Detoxification

    Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.

Facility Settings

  • Residential Neighborhood

Meet the Staff

  • Michael Nebo, CADC-I
    Michael Nebo, CADC-ILead Counselor
    Michael is the Lead Counselor in the clinical department at ABC Recovery Center. He graduated in 2011 from Inter Coast College in Addiction Studies. Michael is a certified counselor through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. In 2013, Michael was the recipient of the prestigious Frank Lewis Counselor of the year award. Prior to joining the team at ABC Recovery Center, Michael worked at Morongo Basin Mental Health as a counselor working with adults in residential substance abuse treatment.
  • Chris Yingling
    Chris YinglingCEO
    Chris Yingling, Chief Executive Officer of ABC Recovery Center has seven years of experience in the addiction treatment field. Chris has a broad knowledge of the CARF Accreditation process, and has been successful in gaining and maintaining accreditation. His past work as Sunspire Health Desert Palm’s Executive Director and Sunspire Health Desert Palm’s Recovery and Quality Manager, ideally positioned him to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer at ABC Recovery Center. Raised in Southern California, Chris holds a degree in Human Services and continues to pursue a degree in business.

Financial Details

  • Financing Available

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Located in the desert city of Indio, Calif., ABC Recovery Center offers a full spectrum of addiction treatment programs for adult men and women. Clients may undergo medical detox (since ABC Recovery is among the 15 percent of California rehabs that offer medical detox in a residential setting), as well as residential care, several intensities of outpatient treatment, and sober-living facilities.

ABC is also among the 29.7 percent of California-based facilities that offer some dedicated programming for pregnant or postpartum women. At ABC, this takes the form of a perinatal residential program. ABC Recovery is also among the 33.8 percent of facilities in California that operate on a private, for-profit basis.


Admission begins with an initial assessment that reviews the client's medical history, mental health status, and any legal issues. If detox is necessary, clients are referred to the center's sub-acute program, where they're monitored 24 hours a day, and their vitals are taken every few hours. Clients typically remain in detox for between three and 10 days.

Residential treatment is rooted in 12-step principles and lasts 30 to 90 days, positioning ABC among the 33.6 percent of California rehabs that offer residential treatment lasting longer than 30 days. An individual therapist and a certified addiction counselor collaborate to create an individualized treatment program. Clients in the program participate in daily group therapy, continuing education, relapse prevention training, experiential therapies, and weekly individual therapy.

Pregnant women can enroll in the perinatal residential program, which includes the offerings of primary residential treatment as well as medical care and parenting classes.

Clients who have completed residential treatment but need to taper into outpatient care gradually can enroll for individualized day treatment. Clients must attend outpatient meetings and live in a bungalow owned by ABC. They may secure employment or attend school during this period of treatment.

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) lasts four months, with meetings three to five nights weekly. Treatment is based on the Matrix Model and includes group and family therapy as well as relapse prevention. An alumni association also offers regular activities such as barbecues and breakfasts.


ABC Recovery Center employs a nurse, a certified addictions specialist, and certified addiction counselors. There's no physician on staff, though clients in detox are sometimes referred to a local physician for medical advice. The five individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff gave mostly positive feedback.

Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5


Official photographs provided by ABC Recovery Center indicate a simply decorated facility with shared bedrooms. Outdoors, clients can enjoy a fountain, a fire pit, and a pavilion. The five individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's amenities indicated that ABC Recovery was clean with good extracurricular activities.

Cleanliness: 4.4/5
Exercise and Leisure: 3.8/5


Alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com gave overwhelmingly positive feedback on ABC Recovery Center. The four alumni polled on the facility's performance in a variety of areas indicated that they would recommend the facility and were mostly impressed by its family participation and connectivity to the outside world.

Would Recommend: 4.8/5
Connectivity/Visitor Policies: 4/5
Family Participation: 3.8/5

However, they were less impressed by the breadth of the center's programming.

Holistic Offerings: 3/5
Counseling Options: 3.3/5

The reviewers repeatedly stressed that the program offered good value for money, and that they had learned the skills and received the care they needed to remain sober — with more than one alum even thanking the facility for saving their life.

"This was my first rehab and I have to say, it saved my life! I was able to learn tools and fill voids where needed," Kelli wrote in a typical comment. The reviewers also emphasized that the program isn't luxurious, but that for those who really want to get sober, it can be effective. "No your not going to be pampered by any means but honestly from my experience if you\'re looking for that your kidding your self about sobriety anyways. ABC saved my life!" R.B. wrote in another representative review.

The center also has mostly positive feedback on secondary sites at the time of this writing, with average ratings of 4.5 out of five stars based on 45 reviews on Google, 4.5 stars based on 55 reviews on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page), and 3.5 out of five stars based on five reviews on Yelp (plus six "not recommended" Yelp reviews, which are evenly split between one-star and five-star ratings).[1] [2] [3]

The handful of negative reviewers tended to cite disorganization and questionable billing practices. However, many more reviewers described life-changing experiences at ABC, with most reviews focusing on the personal differences in the reviewer's life. "I have been given a life that is beyond my wildest dreams and I want to thank all the staff of the ABC recovery center for believing in me and helping me to believe in myself," Donald wrote in a representative comment on Facebook.


Both of the loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date reported positive outcomes. “He was able to find employment using their resources,” wrote L.L.A., and an anonymous loved one added: “My step-daughter has been drug free for three years. She is doing very well today.”


Both of the staff members polled by Rehabs.com to date gave positive feedback, in which they stressed the high quality of the center's programming considering its pricepoint. "As good as any of the higher priced treatment facilities. Knowledgeable staff and individual treatment plans and several modalities," David wrote in a representative comment, giving the facility four out of five stars in almost all of the evaluated treatment metrics, including its family participation, holistic offerings, and staff availability.


ABC Recovery Center accepts most PPO insurance plans, Medi-Cal, and employer payment plans. The center also accepts self-pay options using cash, money order, cashier’s check, and most credit cards, and offers payment plans and scholarships to increase the accessibility of treatment. The four individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's affordability were mostly impressed.

Affordability: 4/5

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/AbcRecoveryCenter/reviews/?ref=page_internal
[3] https://www.yelp.com/biz/abc-recovery-center-indio?osq=ABC+Recovery+Center

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