Malibu Beach Sober Living Indigo Ranch
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Malibu Beach Sober Living Indigo Ranch


The Basics

Indigo Ranch is a sober living sanctuary that caters specifically to artists and musicians at a Tudor manor in Malibu, California. Nestled into a hillside, the coed Indigo Ranch sits on seven acres and is shrouded by trees. The house is part of the Malibu Beach Sober Living network that was founded in 2008. Other Malibu Beach sober living facilities include Sweetwater Mesa, Serra Bluff and The Beach House, their inpatient substance abuse and addiction rehab. With a recording studio on site, Indigo Ranch caters primarily to musicians and artists in recovery.

Accommodations and Amenities

Residents typically stay in private or gender-specific semi-private rooms. Most, if not all, have high ceilings with wooden beams. One private room includes a queen-sized bed and one room has ocean-view windows. The manor has an attached guesthouse that accommodates three clients, while the main house accommodates eight. There is a two-room master suite for two women that includes a large bathroom.

The manor includes a library well-stocked with recovery books including several copies of the Big Book. Besides the recording studio, there is a tennis court, a gated swimming pool and sauna. Dogs, including well-behaved pit bulls, are allowed. Housekeeping services are provided.

Professional chefs prepare customized meals and cater to special dietary needs. The menu includes continental breakfasts, deli lunches and gourmet dinners.

Rules and Regulations

Potential clients must have undergone complete detox and have completed inpatient care at a drug rehab. Those on medication for co-occurring disorders must have ongoing medical management under a licensed doctor’s supervision. Length of stay is typically between six months and a year.

Outpatient treatment is coordinated for everybody, according to their individual needs. Treatment includes group therapy, individual therapy and mandatory attendance at 12-step meetings in Malibu, Santa Monica and Brentwood. Most residents also choose to participate in traditional psychotherapy.

Clients are encouraged to work with a sponsor and get involved with community service or service in a 12-step fellowship. Clients attend local religious services at Agape, the Buddhist Temple or the Self-Realization Fellowship. Others participate in volunteer work such as helping shelter animals, children, the homeless or victims of domestic violence.

Residents participate in a daily 8:30 am community meeting and morning meditation Monday through Friday, with an optional AA meeting off site afterwards. There is also an optional AA meeting at noon each day that takes place at the Serra Retreat Center. On Thursday evenings, clients host a dinner for all the Malibu Sober Living houses and an on-site AA meeting. Dinner is served before the meeting from 6 pm to 7 pm and clients of local treatment centers are invited to join. Residents are also permitted to invite family, friends and their sponsors.

Indigo Ranch employees include an on-site house manager and other recovery staff.


Each Saturday, clients from all four Malibu Sober Living homes gather for surf lessons, a barbeque and an optional beach meeting. Sunday night is a 12-step musicians meeting, held at the house. Clients have dinner first and there is an open jam session after.

Other services include yoga, gym memberships, hypnotherapy, Reiki, weekly in-house massages, Thai massage, energy work and acupuncture. Transportation is provided to recovery support groups, outpatient services and other appointments. Private drivers are also available.

In Summary

Indigo Ranch clients receive customized care as they learn how to live the sober life. In this beautiful environment and with hands-on guidance, recovery is definitely something to look forward to. Indigo Ranch is suitable for those with creative inclinations.

Indigo Ranch
31450 Broad Beach Rd
Malibu, CA 90265

Indigo Ranch Cost: $7,500-$15,000 (30 days). Reach Indigo Ranch by phone at (310) 924-0780 or by email at Find Indigo Ranch at Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube

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