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Able to Change Recovery: San Juan Capistrano for Women


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Able to Change Recovery is a CARF accredited substance abuse treatment facility in Orange County, California. Founded by Saralyn Cohen in 1999, ATCR is the result of her efforts to expand her substance abuse and addiction treatment services to more successfully incorporate the whole family system.

ATCR uses a medical model recovery program that incorporates 12-step philosophies and offers dual diagnosis support. Comprised of four gender-specific residential treatment homes, all clients attend treatment sessions at the main San Juan Capistrano facility. The San Juan Capistrano facility is one of the women’s residential treatment homes located in the historic Mission area of San Juan Capistrano.

Accommodations and Food

The San Juan Capistrano home is a large two-story Spanish-style house with a red tiled roof on an expansive property in the hills of San Juan Capistrano. The house accommodates up to 10 women at a time in five double-occupancy bedrooms. Each room has two twin size beds, a large closet and shared dressers for storage. Four bathrooms are available including a master en suite with Jacuzzi bathtub.

Two sunny living rooms with vaulted ceilings are available for relaxing and watching cable TV and movies on comfortable and modern sofas. An office nook with a communal computer is available with WiFi, a printer and fax machine for personal and professional use. Next to the living room is an open floor plan kitchen with granite counter-tops, new appliances and a breakfast bar for casual meals. A formal dining room is off the kitchen with a dining table ideal for family style meals.

Each resident is given a card with $100 credit to be used for groceries every week. Clients are responsible for preparing and cooking their own food and often share meals.

Next to the kitchen are laundry facilities with a washer and dryer. All laundry supplies, linens and towels are provided. Clients must adhere to a schedule for kitchen and laundry use in order to accommodate the needs of their housemates.

The backyard has a paved patio and an outdoor dining set for enjoying meals al fresco. A grassy area is available as well as a play structure for visiting children. Large trees and tropical plants provide lots of privacy in the backyard but still allow views of the surrounding hills and community. The house is also environmentally-friendly, operating in part on solar power.

Treatment and Staff

Treatment at ATCR follows a three-phase model created to provide essential support for individuals with co-occurring disorders and substance abuse issues. The 90 day program includes the Primary Treatment Phase, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) phase and the Intensive Treatment Program phase.  Each phase gradually increases responsibilities, freedoms and therapeutic processes introduced at the appropriate time.

All potential residents begin with a bio-psycho-social assessment taken by an intake coordinator. Short- and long-term goals are developed as well as an individualized treatment plan.

The Primary Treatment Phase is a 28-day program that consists of daily activities and rigorous recovery treatment. Four times per day, residents attend group therapy and psychoeducation groups six days out of the week. All therapy is facilitated by CADCs or LPCs. Therapy techniques include CBT and DBT practices. Weekly individual therapy sessions include establishing treatment goals and discussing individual struggles. The women participate in groups that often include anger management and dual-diagnosis support. First phase clients live at the residence for the entire phase and are in constant contact with a more experienced house member.

Once the first phase is completed, clients step down to the IOP phase during which they may stay in the house or move home depending on where their recovery is best supported. IOP treatment includes 10 hours a week of therapeutic activities in addition to seeking employment or enrolling in school. Additionally, three evening groups per week are required as are daily 12-step meetings and clients must work the steps with a sponsor during this phase. Clients are responsible for their own transportation to and from the facility.

During the final phase—the Intensive Treatment Program—clients develop an exit strategy and establish goals for a lifetime of sobriety. Final phase clients must attend the Alumni group on Wednesday evenings and continue to work a 12-step program. Relapse prevention strategies are emphasized during this time.


Clients are transported daily to a nearby gym facility—a perk included in the cost of treatment. Clients also benefit from weekly Tai Chi and Yoga instruction. Exercise is viewed as an integral part of healing the mind and body from active addiction.

A family program is available on Friday evenings to provide support for the family system. The educational format helps family members understand the effects of addiction and process of recovery. There is also a Family Weekend seminar where families learn how to best support their loved one both during and after treatment.

In Summary

The gender-specific residential treatment at ATC treats women using a unique three-phase program. Clients are engaged intensely for the first 30 days and then gradually develop autonomy and independence with the end result including employment or school—making them productive members of society.

All clients remain active in 12-step programs and participate in regular exercise, yoga and Tai Chi for a holistic recovery experience. The San Juan Capistrano home offers a structured and upscale residential environment for women to begin their recovery, with guidance and therapy geared towards a lasting sobriety.

Able to Change Recovery Headquarters Location

31501 Rancho Viejo Rd #101
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Able to Change Recovery San Juan Capistrano House Cost

$4,000 to $8,000 (30 days). Reach Able to Change Recovery San Juan Capistrano House by phone at (866) 225-3260 or by email at [email protected]. Find Able to Change Recovery San Juan Capistrano House on Facebook

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