Able to Change Recovery – Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Review

A private rehab located in San Juan Capistrano, California, Able to Change Recovery specializes in the treatment of substance, drug, and alcohol abuse.

Offering a residential, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and dual-diagnosis treatment, this top-rated facility is recognized for its superior standards of care and excellence in results.

A modern medical model treatment center, Able to Change Recovery’s primary goal is to help people recover and understand addiction.


1.      Treatment

Able to Change Recovery’s mission is to provide the highest quality and most cost-effective treatment to those suffering from drug addiction, alcoholism, and related mental illnesses. The rehab also places great emphasis on restoring lives, rebuilding families, and improving communities.

The care plan begins with a thorough assessment that gathers information about seven areas of a client’s life. These areas include medical issues, psychiatric history, employment and education, drug and alcohol use history, legal issues, family history, and social relationships.

Especially relevant, an initial treatment plan is established within 3 days of the patient’s admission to the program.

Primary Treatment Phase – 28 Day Treatment

The Primary Treatment Phase is a 28-day program that consists of daily activities and rigorous recovery treatment. Four times per day, clients attend group therapy which focuses on relapse prevention and life skills, as well as psycho-education groups six days out of the week.

Therapy techniques typically include CBT and DBT practices. Weekly individual therapy sessions serve to review treatment goals and discuss individual struggles. Clients participate in gender-specific groups and may also be included in anger management groups or special dual-diagnosis groups.

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Intensive Outpatient Program – 56 Day Treatment

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) starts after the completion of the first phase. Patients can either stay in the facility or move back home. Clients still attend 10 hours a week of therapeutic activities, while at the same time looking for employment or enrollment in school. The client will have access to computers, fax machines, and high-speed Internet.

In addition to the daily 12-step meetings, patients also visit three evening groups per week, and one private counseling session.

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Extended Care Program – 85 Day Treatment

The Extended Care Program is phase 3 of the residential treatment program and is also the “Exit” phase.

In this final stage of the residential treatment, patients prepare for re-entry to the community. The patient is under minimal supervision and attends Alumni group therapies, as well as individual and family counseling if needed.

The client will begin working on his discharge plan that includes employment, living arrangements, financial plans, support system, 12-step activities, and follow-up outpatient treatment. Program completion allows patients to become active members of the Alumni Club.

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Therapies Offered

Equine Therapy

The equine therapy involves interactions and activities with horses. It includes all activities related to horses like feeding, grooming, haltering, and leading them.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy involves the body and engages in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. It can involve role-play, or using props. This kind of treatment helps patients to deeply process trauma, memories, and emotions.

Animal Therapy

Animal therapy helps patients bond with animals. It is especially relevant for those who suffered trauma by the hands of people and find it easier to form attachments to animals.

Holistic Therapy

The holistic therapy addresses the person’s life in its entirety including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.


2.      Accommodations and Food

Able to Change Recovery has four separate treatment facilities:

San Juan Capistrano Treatment Facility is the central hub for the residential and outpatient treatment programs. The centers offers a professional environment for admissions, assessments, counseling, and case management.

Lake Forest Home for Men is nestled in the beautiful Saddleback Valley. Accommodating seven residents in three bedrooms, the facility is just a 15-minute drive from the beach. All the rooms have large closets, shared dressers, and comfortable beds. The living room has vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace, leather couches, and flat screen cable TV. The backyard has a well-kept lawn, privacy fence, and landscaped flower garden. A covered patio provides seating for socializing and dining al fresco with a BBQ grill available. Adjacent to the living room is an open floor-plan kitchen with ample cabinets, granite counter-tops and modern appliances. Clients enjoy both casual and group meals sitting at the island breakfast bar and formal dining table. All residents are given a card with $100.00 credit each week to purchase their own groceries. Clients can prepare their own meals and enjoy snacks and coffee at their leisure.

Furthermore, San Juan Capistrano Women’s Facility is a fully-equipped home that offers a safe and upscale living environment. The bedrooms are comfortably appointed, rich in light, and clean. The living room is spacious and features comfy couches, stone fireplace, and flat screen TV.

Capistrano Beach 2 Men’s Facility is located close to the beach where patients can engage in various sports like volleyball, basketball, and swimming. Right next to Capistrano Beach is Doheny State Beach featuring 62 acres of sandy beach. The campground features 120 developed family campsites and the picnic area has 170 picnic tables and 99 barbecue grills.


3.      Staff

Able to Change Recovery supports a staff of licensed and experienced therapists, certified addiction counselors, specialists, and program directors. All patients receive a counselor who helps tailor a treatment plan and meets with them weekly to keep track of their progress.

For medical needs, Able to Change Recovery employs a psychiatrist and physician’s assistant, both of whom meet with clients on-site. Each staff member is dedicated, understanding, and willing to work with clients to make sure their needs are met.

One alumni shared their experience with the staff, stating: “the staff truly cares and make an honest attempt to help you get sober. They also do a good job at exposing you to AA and integrating you into a sober lifestyle.”

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4.      Reviews

Able to Change Recovery has a 4.5-star rating on Yelp, and 4.7 rating on Facebook. Some of the comments include:

Quality Residential Treatment Center in San Juan Capistrano, California. Fifteen years in the business of helping substance abusers and their families heal from the devastating disease of addiction. Quality treatment at an affordable cost. Professional, experienced licensed and certified addiction counselors. – R.I

Able to Change Recovery easily exceeds expectations concerning the treatment of chemically dependent loved ones. ATCR saves countless lives by providing their clients with every possible advantage that can be provided by a treatment center in Orange County. As a former client, I credit much of my livelihood and newfound joy in living to my experience at ATCR. – K.C

There isn’t much in the way of process groups or working through denial. Because they take so many clients at a time, if you or a loved one isn’t vocal, it would be easy for them to slip through the cracks. Find a place that excels at challenging and confronting denial, defense mechanisms, and group process. – John

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5.      Pricing

Treatment at Able to Change Recovery costs $14,500, with additional $5,200 for the 2nd 28 days, and $1,500 for the subsequent 28 days.

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.


6.      Summary

Known for the help they provide, Able to Change Recovery has taken the fundamentals of the Twelve Steps of AA, and included evidence-based treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders.

Providing a structured and well-rounded environment for patients to begin their recovery with an exit strategy for lasting sobriety, Able to Change Recovery has managed to maintain excellence in integrity, dignity, and quality of care.

For more information about Able to Change Recovery, please visit their official website.

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