Cliffside Malibu Sober Living Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Cliffside Malibu Sober Living


The Basics

Perched above the white waters and breathtaking shore of Malibu, California’s legendary Zuma Beach, Cliffside Malibu is more than just a trusted name in addiction treatment. It’s a full network of continued care and support for substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring mental health issues, for both the person struggling and his or her family and loved ones. Cliffside provides everything needed to establish a firm footing in recovery including detox, residential treatment, outpatient programming, aftercare and sober living—all facilitated by top addiction professionals in beautiful, serene settings.

It’s not surprising that Cliffside Malibu maintains thriving sober living homes, seeing as how the treatment network began as a sober living, prior to ever offering residential care, in 2004. The sober living through Cliffside Malibu is not a treatment program but rather an environment that’s supportive, safe, peaceful and conducive to recovery. It’s mission is to help those who are new to recovery continue to grow and embrace healthier lifestyles with the security of knowing that they can return home to a drug and alcohol free living situation every night, surrounded by individuals on a similar path.

Accommodations and Amenities

Cliffside’s sober living homes are on par with the residential treatment facility—modern, luxurious, comfortable and equipped with every amenity imaginable. There are a total of three residences dedicated to sober living and each can accommodate 14 to 17 clients. Each house features sleek, fully equipped kitchens; bedrooms drenched in sunlight and adorned with modern furnishings, and spacious communal living areas. Clients can expect high quality linens and towels, as well as complimentary housekeeping services. Most of the bedrooms are double-occupancy but private rooms are available upon request. Two of the homes have both a pool and a jacuzzi on the premises and the other home offers an on-site fitness center. Clients can also have access to nearby Diamond’s Malibu Gym.

Clients are well fed and enjoy chef-prepared meals three times a day. Menus are always changing and individualized meal planning can be facilitated. The kitchen staff can happily accommodate vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets, or anyone who has food requirements due to allergies. Ingredients are fresh and ordered daily. Access to a nutritionist to assist with planning meals is also available. No matter what, the client can expect fare that’s always delicious, healthy and optimal for recovery.

Rules and Regulations

As far as sober livings go, the “rules” at Cliffside Malibu are relatively relaxed. Sober living clients are able to access their own car and have free reign to leave and return to the residence on their own timeline. However, the freedoms granted do usually depend on the number of days someone has sober. For example, staff might grant more flexibility to a resident with 30 or 60 days of continuous sobriety, as a opposed to someone with 14 days. Exceptions can be made as long as the client stays in regular communication with the staff but for the most part, 11 pm is the standard nightly curfew. There is always at least one full-time staff member living on-site at the facility, in addition to day to day support staff.

As to be expected, residents must remain drug and alcohol free while residing in a Cliffside sober living home; random drug testing is conducted. If someone does relapse, the staff is usually willing to work with him or her to determine a reasonable plan of action, or decide if returning to a more intensive level of care is warranted, rather than immediately removing them from the home.

Oftentimes clients are at a point in their recovery where they can work a full-time job but choose to stay in a sober living so they know they have a support system and sober environment in place. But if a client is not working, he or she is expected to be actively involved in a therapeutic program, whether it’s starting outpatient programming or a finding a program that’s basically a continuation of their residential treatment (at Cliffside or elsewhere). One of the biggest distinctions between Cliffside’s inpatient program versus its sober living home is that clients attend therapeutic treatment off-site, half a mile away, as opposed to in the facility where they are living. The amount of hours in treatment varies per person and can range from multiple hours a day, seven days a week to an hour a day, three times a week. In keeping with Cliffside’s individualized treatment style, every resident’s treatment schedule is different. Cliffside highly encourages clients to attend off-site peer support meetings such as AA or SMART Recovery but attendance is certainly not required.

There is no set length of time one resides in Cliffside’s sober living. Some stay 30 days and others stay for as long as six months. The Cliffside sober living staff usually coordinates with the client’s treatment team, whether they’re in the Cliffside network or an outside facility, to determine what is best for the person depending on their phase of recovery.

It’s worth noting that undergoing treatment in Cliffside’s residential program is not a prerequisite for being a sober living client. It welcomes men and women from all over the country who have completed inpatient programs and are looking for a structured community to thrive in sobriety and embrace healthy living.


Given Cliffside’s prime Southern California location, there are virtually endless wellness and extracurricular activities available to sober living clients. Outdoor enthusiasts can certainly have their needs met. The residents can participate in surfing, hiking, paddle boarding, mountain biking, horseback riding, tennis, golf and kayaking. As previously mentioned, they also have access to two pools, two jacuzzis, a basketball court and a state of the art gym. Clients can also arrange for off-site gym memberships, Pilates classes or personal trainers.

There are also a number of holistic offerings readily available for sober living clients including yoga, acupuncture, breath work, Reiki and meditation.

In Summary

Cliffside Malibu is one of the most highly reputed names in addiction treatment and its approach to sober living is just as effective as its residential and outpatient programming. Clients are not just in a sober house; they’re part of a family that genuinely wants to make sure they have every resource needed in order to succeed in recovery. Caring staff, top quality cuisine and endless opportunities for staying active and treating the mind, body and spirit all make for an incredible sober living experience. For anyone seeking a structured, peaceful and well-maintained atmosphere in which sobriety and healthy living are the biggest priority, the sober living division of Cliffside Malibu is an amazing option.

Cliffside Malibu Sober Living
29528 Harvester Road
Malibu, CA 90265

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