ABC Recovery Center in Indio, CA

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(4.4 of 5)
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44374 Palm Street
Indio CA 92201

ABC Recovery Center Philosophy

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.

Areas of Specialization

  • 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 Highlights

Other Treatments

Consulting Extended Care Inpatient Detox Intensive Outpatient Outpatient Treatment Partial Hospitalization Primary Residential Sober Living

Meet the Staff

Chris Yingling


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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.

Michael Nebo, CADC-I

Lead Counselor

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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. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


ABC Recovery Center in Indio, Calif., serves adult men and women through a full continuum of treatment that includes medical detoxification, residential and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), and sober living facilities. The center also offers individualized day treatment and perinatal residential program for expectant mothers.


Admission begins with an assessment reviewing medical history, mental health status, and legal issues. Sub-acute detoxification is customized to the client's needs.

Residential treatment lasts 30 to 90 days and is rooted in 12-step principles. An individual therapist and a certified addiction counselor will collaborate to create an individualized treatment program. Clients in the program will participate in daily group therapy, continuing education, relapse prevention training, experiential therapy, 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.

Intensive outpatient treatment (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.

Individualized day treatment is a transition for those who have completed residential treatment. Clients must attend outpatient meetings and live in one of five two-person bungalows. Sober living facilities are available for men women, and women with infants after completing residential treatment.

ABC Recovery Center also offers alumni activities.


ABC Recovery Center employs a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified alcohol and drug addiction counselors, social workers, a nurse, and program managers.


Official photographs provided by ABC Recovery Center show simple decor with a fireplace, a dining room, and shared bedrooms. Clients can also enjoy an outdoor fountain, a fire pit, and a pavilion.


Alumni surveyed by gave overwhelmingly positive feedback for ABC Recovery Center. Alumni gave four and five out of five stars for the center's treatment effectiveness. "You get the most for your money here," wrote K.K. "I found the strengths to be the programs offered, but sometimes the counseling was a weakness of the facility." Another alum, W.S., complimented addiction education at the center. "I learned about warning signs that can cause triggers. I have used everything I learned and I am doing very well," they wrote.

On Google, 31 reviewers echoed alumni praise with 4.5 out of a possible five stars. [1]


Two loved ones reported positive feedback to at this time of writing. “He was able to find employment using their resources,” wrote L.L.A. An anonymous loved one added: “My step-daughter has been drug free for three years. She is doing very well today.”


The sole staff member polled by to date gave ABC Recovery Center high marks. The employee, Jeff, gave a perfect five out of five stars for the center's treatment effectiveness and wrote: "No better care is available anywhere at the price offered."


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.


Published on January 2018

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As good as any of the higher priced treatment facilities. Knowledgeable staff and individual treatment plans and several modalities.


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I have tried countless rehabs over the years including Betty Ford, Promises LA, Life's Journey Palm Springs, Brier Unit in Pasadena under the care of the same doctor x3, and they ran from lousy, Lifes Journey, Creative Care Malibu, to pretty good but over populated, Betty Ford inpatient and sober living. It took ABC, to get me sober. From the very start there is something magical about this place!. The people there actually care about the clients, manly because there is no hidden financial agenda. The detox was fine, the atophosphere surprisingly good as well as the food. What is nice about it also is that woman and men are together so it emulates a real society in every fashion. 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!


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A decent facility with great family participation.


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Strengths: Accessibility, well maintained, diverse. Weaknesses: Different rules for different people, visiting hours were very limited, all food was fried or heavily rich. I was here for a year and 2 months for alcohol. 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. I moved to there sober living after 45 days in intensive treatment and was able to get a full time job and fight my 11 year prison sentence from a felony DUI. i just celebrated 17 months and have been on my own for 2 months excelling in my job and cleaning up the wreckage of my past. God bless.


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Great 12 step program. Great staff. Too much down time. I felt that because I wanted recovery the program worked well.


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They had great staff that understood addiction. Most of the staff were recovering addicts also. They also had the best meals and meetings I've ever been to. I think the only downfall was there wasn't a swimming pool and the counselors weren't very good at their job I felt like they both were very judgmental. I have very few negative things to say about this establishment for they were amazing on helping me get my life back in order. The staff really knew what they were doing and talking about. Everyone there had a great deal of compassion. I would recommend ABC recovery center to anyone that comes in my path.


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You get the most for your money here. I found the strengths to be the programs offered, but sometimes the counseling was a weakness of the facility.


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He was able to find employment using their resources.


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No better care is available anywhere at the price offered.


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Quality counseling and staff


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My step-daughter has been drug free for three years. She is doing very well today.


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ABC taught me a whole lot about addiction, why we become addicts and certain behaviors that leads to addiction. I learned about warning signs that can cause triggers. I have used everything I learned and I am doing very well

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