Those that have to have the finest of everything go to Cliffside Malibu—which creates custom treatment plans for each client and has the sort of accommodations that might have you considering the Ritz comparatively shabby. While an ever increasing trend in treatment is for rehabs to advertise themselves as “non-AA,” Cliffside is the only one that truly embraces the one-size-does-not-fit-all philosophy and is the most individualized rehab out there.
Accommodations and Food
Located on two acres near Malibu’s Zuma Beach, the Cliffside property features a heated wading pool, breathtaking views, a meditation garden, gym, rose garden and plenty of warm ocean breezes. All rooms include DVR’s, Blu-ray disc players and DirectTV and anyone who opts for a private room is even allowed to bring their dog. Rooms are equipped with only the finest furnishings and linens. Computers and cell phones are allowed, though rumor has it that they established a “no computers and phones” rule during the first 72 hours of detox after a Wall Street magnate lost in excess of 100 million dollars during his detox (by the time he left treatment there, he supposedly made it all back).
No luxury is spared—meals are all organic and locally sourced when possible and clients eat in a dining room with floor to ceiling window views of the ocean. The expert chef assures that dishes are bursting with health and taste.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment is based on the Stages of Change model and if clients aren’t interested in AA, they facilitate recovery through SMART Recovery or other meditative, spiritual, educational or supportive techniques.
Clients meet with their therapists every other day for intensive one-on-one psychotherapy. Forms of therapy offered are DBT, CBT, neurofeedback, hypnotherapy and orthomolecular therapy, among others.
The first 30 days are dedicated to exposing the client to everything (85% of clients extend for an additional 30, 60 or 90 days). Residents report that “it’s a lot like college” in that residents receive an initial, general education before focusing on a major (“It’s like going to a fine restaurant and ordering off the menu those services that most made an impact,” a recent grad reports.) The idea is for clients to get the most out of treatment designed specifically for them so that they have input in their recovery options. According to another alum, “I’ve been through more rehabs than I care to recount; trust me when I say there’s nothing like it. I actually felt like I got more than I was promised. I really felt the love.”
Cliffside is also quite likely the only rehab with its own full-time addiction research fellow (they’re usually reserved for universities and not treatment centers), Dr. Constance Scharff. (Scharff and Cliffside founder Richard Taite co-wrote the best-selling book Ending Addiction for Good that was endorsed by Dr. James Prochaska, one of the most referenced psychologists in human history.)
Treatment is rounded out with with yoga, massage, acupuncture, art therapy and music therapy, Tai Chi, equine therapy and even sweat lodges. In addition, the many, many great views one has from the various locations on the compound are considered one of Cliffside’s greatest assets.
Cliffside also offers the sort of guarantee that can’t be beat: if residents leave when Cliffside says they’re ready to but relapse within the year, they can come back for free. Essentially, for those that’ve heard about a celebrity who went to rehab but never found out where, they probably went to Cliffside Malibu.
30060 Andromeda Lane
Malibu, CA 90265
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