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Able To Change Recovery Inc

31501 Rancho Viejo Road #101, San Juan Capistrano, California, 92675
Able to change Recovery is a modern medical model treatment center. We’ve taken the fundamentals of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, trusted for over 80 years, and included evidence-based treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders.

Facility Highlights

  • Indivdiual counseling, group counceling, intense family therapy
  • We offer residential , partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient treatment programs.
  • Meditation, Tai-Chi, Yoga, and Equine Therapy


  • Family Program

    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
  • Equine Therapy

    A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.

Facility Settings

  • Beach Community

Meet the Staff

  • Ron Israel, CADC II, NCAC I
    Ron Israel, CADC II, NCAC I Primary Chemical Dependency Counselor, Clinical Supervisor
    Ron Israel is an addiction professional with over 28 years of service in the field of chemical dependency. He earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Human Services at Cal State University Fullerton, and he holds a Master of Arts Degree in Management Health Services. He holds certifications as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Level II, National Certified Addiction Counselor, and and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. After 8 years of service as Director of Addiction Services at Charter Behavioral Health Systems in Mission Viejo, he pursued private practice. In 2000, Ron began his affiliation with Able To Change Recovery when he held the program’s first group counseling session for a hand full of tough hard-core alcoholic-addicts in his small private practice office. That first group was the beginning of his dedication to help develop the Able To Change Recovery treatment program into what it is today. As the founder of Hawk Counseling and Consulting, Ron continues his private practice in San Juan Capistrano, CA where he provides outpatient individual counseling, family counseling, intervention services, and addiction treatment consulting. Having served as Regional Director of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), he is dedicated to helping bring new addiction counselors into the field. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a native Californian. Ron has four children, three grandchildren, and resides with his beautiful and tolerant wife Brenda and their Doberman Jazz, in Rancho Margarita CA.
  • Saralyn Cohen, CATC, CSC, CCDS
    Saralyn Cohen, CATC, CSC, CCDSCEO, Founder and President
    After many experiences with various treatment centers, Saralyn felt there was a fundamental need to create a substance abuse facility that would be sympathetic to both clients and their families. She began to understand how difficult it was to find a treatment center that shared this philosophy. With this in mind, Saralyn founded Able To Change Recovery, Inc. (ATCR) in 1999. She has served as the President and Chairperson of ATCR since its inception. In August of 2002, she became Vice President & board member for the Orange County National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency. A National non-profit association devoted to “empower the recovery community through outreach and education programs.” During the same time period, she served as Chairman on the Ethics committee and Field Inspection Officer for the Sober Living Coalition of Orange County. Saralyn loves running, weight training, deep-sea fishing, cooking, and spending time with her loving family.

Financial Details

  • Up to 60%

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Able to Change Recovery, located in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. and founded in 1999, is a modern medical treatment center that offers residential, partial hospitalization (PHP), extended care, and intensive outpatient programs (IOP) to individuals struggling with substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health disorders. It is part of the 15.8 percent of facilities in the state that offer detox services on site.

This facility on Rancho Viejo Road houses the administrative offices and the Chemical Dependency Treatment Center. Other Able to Change Recovery locations include six gender-specific residences, such as the Lake Forest Men’s Facility and the Monarch Beach Women’s Facility.


Able to Change Recovery takes an individualized approach to recovery that combines 12-Step with evidence-based treatments. Each client’s program is developed through a psychiatric evaluation and a computer-assisted clinical software program called the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) assessment.

After the initial assessment, treatment is broken down into three phases depending on an individual’s needs: primary treatment, intensive outpatient, and exit planning. The first phase lasts 28 days, the second lasts 56, and the third is 84 days.

Primary treatment can be either residential or partial hospitalization and begins with 24-hour supervised care that decreases as clients stabilize. Only 18.5 percent of California facilities offer a partial hospitalization option. The program consists of multiple group therapy sessions and daily 12-step community meetings, as well as fitness activities, individual counseling, and an intensive family program. Individuals are also required to meet with their primary chemical dependency counselor each week. Holistic options, such as yoga and Tai Chi, are also available to patients.

Upon completion of phase one, the client often moves into the intensive outpatient program. This phase is a transition phase that combines primary care with employment and school assistance to prepare the client for reintegration into the community. Clients are required to attend 10 hours of weekly groups, counseling sessions, and 12-step meetings on-site. They must also obtain employment within two weeks. Moderate supervision is provided.

The final phase of Able to Change Recovery’s program is the exit phase, where clients begin planning for discharge from the rehab. The discharge plan includes employment opportunities, living arrangements, setting up finances, continual medical compliance, creating a support system, 12-step activities, and follow-up outpatient treatment. Minimal supervision is provided and clients are required to attend alumni group therapy once a week. Family counseling and individual therapy sessions are also available if needed.


The facility supports a robust staff of licensed therapists, certified addiction counselors, specialists, and program directors. It boasts an impressive staff-to-client ratio of 3:1. It is part of the 27.9 percent of facilities in the state to be CARF-accredited.


During residential care, residents begin their day typically at 6 a.m. Individuals build a recovery-oriented community through completing daily house chores and participating in weekly outings. The 22-bed facility offers opportunity for ping pong, Tai Chi, life coaching, yoga, and meditation. In addition, clients meet weekly with a nutritionist for cooking classes.


Alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com gave glowing reviews of the facility, noting the caring staff and learning needed to maintain a happy and healthy life. All three of the alumni surveyed at the time of this writing gave the facility a rating of five out of five stars when asked if they would recommend treatment at Able to Change Recovery.

In addition, the alumni offered perfect five-star ratings for the respect shown to clients, level of staff support, and cleanliness of the facility. “All of the staff at Able to Change seemed to care about my well-being – both in the office and at the house…This program completely changed my life,” wrote alum Beth.

Reviewers on third-party sites tended to agree. On Yelp, the facility received an excellent rating of 4.5 out of five stars across 19 reviews.[1] Likewise, 16 reviewers on Google gave an average rating of 4.8 out of five stars.[2] “Able to Change Recovery not only saved my life but taught me to love myself and to see the world through clear eyes,” Jamie wrote in a representative review on Yelp. Many others continued to praise the staff, describing staff members as “exceptional” and “amazing” while crediting their continued success in recovery to Able to Change.


The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date was less enthusiast, offering low one-star ratings for the facility's family program, qualifications of staff members, and level of staff support. Overall, the loved one was very critical of the facility's overall price. Also giving affordability a one-star rating, the loved one wrote: "WAY WAY to expensive."

Two mothers and an aunt on Yelp praised the facility for saving their children’s lives. For instance, Laura, a parent, wrote: “My son was so far gone, he wouldn’t have live much longer. I credit ATC for saving him.”


Able to Change Recovery is in network with almost every major insurance provider. The rehab also works with Prosper Healthcare Lending to provide financing options for potential clients.

[1] http://www.yelp.com/biz/able-to-change-recovery-inc-san-juan-capistrano-3

[2] GoogleReviews

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