Bob Forrest, Dr. Drew’s former drug counselor on Celebrity Rehab and lead vocalist for the bands Thelonious Monster and The Bicycle Thief is the founder of Acadia Malibu, a substance abuse treatment facility in Malibu, California. Bob’s House is connected to Acadia Malibu’s outpatient programs and offers two gender-specific sober living facilities.
Accommodations and Amenities
The All Big Heart Ranch at Zuma Beach includes a 12-bed male-only sober living house, an organic vegetable garden, a sweat lodge and patio with a swinging hammock. Lush greenery, trees and birds of paradise surround the blue beach house. Up to three men live in a detached cottage, while the rest of the residents live in the beach house, which includes a kitchen. The ranch includes horses, ponies, alpacas, deer, chicken and mini goats.
A few miles down down the scenic Pacific Coast Highway is the eight-bed women’s sober living home. The house has a luxurious living room with high ceilings and a large kitchen. A spiral staircase leads to the second floor and the sleeping accommodations. Women are paired in rooms furnished with twin beds, a nightstand, a lamp and framed slogan paintings with quotes like “Everything’s going to be all right.”
Residents of both houses prepare their own meals—each is given a $75 allowance and are taken to the grocery store once a week to purchase food.
Rules and Regulations
Length of stay at Bob’s House ranges from two weeks to six months. Clients must have at least 72 hours of abstinence from drugs and alcohol to move in. All residents receive individualized treatment plans, and they participate in Acadia Malibu’s outpatient program located nearby in the Zuma Terrace office building on Pacific Coast Highway.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP) is offered in three tracks, five days a week for three hours. Treatment protocols depend on a client’s needs. The outpatient program utilizes an evidence-based approach, specifically CBT. Treatment includes weekly individual therapy and daily group therapy, as well as optional SMART Recovery and 12-step meetings off the premises. Group topics include life skills, relapse prevention and accountability. Those with trauma-based issues, including PTSD, are offered EMDR therapy. Forrest offers a Tuesday evening discussion, which residents attend.
While Bob’s House encourages independence, there are curfews. Residents must be home by 11 pm on weekdays, and by one am on the weekends. In addition, all residents undergo drug and alcohol testing on a weekly basis.
Besides Forrest, who is a LCDC, has a staff includes a MFT, a psychologist, Master’s-level social worker, a consulting addiction psychiatrist, two CADC’s, two nurses and a primary therapist who specializes in trauma and addiction.
A family program is offered on weekends.
Bob’s House/Acadia Malibu offers equine therapy, acupuncture and Buddhist meditation. Residents also receive local gym memberships and free yoga instruction. Men participate in purification ceremonies inside the sweat lodge at All Big Heart Ranch.
In addition, clients provide volunteer services such as helping with the therapy horses when diverse groups that include autistic children, veterans and Native American families visit the ranch. They also visit Lifesavers Horse Rescue in Lancaster, and team up with veterans participating in an equine therapy workshop. The volunteers assist the vets with handling the horses.
Clients serve food to the homeless on Monday evenings in Hollywood.
Bob’s House believes in “connection, not control” and there are certainly a lot of amenities that facilitate residents connecting to themselves and each other while in recovery. There’s the added bonus of the Pacific Ocean in the background and weekly words of recovery wisdom from Bob Forrest, drug counselor to the stars. This is the perfect place for those who have the means and need support in a caring, but structured environment.
Bob’s House/Acadia Malibu
30765 Pacific Coast Hwy#135
Malibu, CA 90265
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