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Oceanside Transitional Living


Oceanside MalibuThe Basics

Founded in 2005 by Dave Johnson, a former entertainment producer, Oceanside Transitional Living in Malibu, California offers long-term sober living and transitional care for those recovering from chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Oceanside’s coed beachfront facility, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, accepts no more than eight clients at a time.

Accommodations and Amenities

Residents are paired in gender-specific rooms in the luxurious 5,000-square-foot house. There are a few private rooms available for an additional charge and the property has a total of seven bathrooms. Bedrooms have HDTV and fiber optic cable, and beds include Tempur-Pedic mattresses. There is a fitness center and a DVD library on the premises. Clients have Wi-Fi privileges and are allowed access to unlimited long distance calls. The house has four decks, offering lovely views of the Pacific. Each deck is furnished with comfortable patio chairs, tables and potted plants. A staircase leads residents down to the beach. Smoking is allowed outside only.

Residents stock the kitchen with personal groceries for breakfast and lunch, but the in-house chef prepares dinner every day. Food follows nutritional guidelines, but still includes fun items like coconut curry chicken soup and chili dogs (a residential favorite) in addition to healthy fare like grilled chicken and salad. Vegetarian and special diets are accommodated.

Rules and Regulations

Oceanside Transitional Living residents receive individualized treatment plans. The minimum length of stay is 90 days and could be as long as one year. On-site treatment is required for all residents. The house version of an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) consists of sessions one to five days a week, depending on the client’s needs.

Evidence-based treatment methods including CBT are used in group and individual therapy. Group topics include relapse prevention, family and addiction issues, life coaching, social skills, conflict resolution, stress management, anger management, spirituality and nutritional counseling. Art therapy and attendance at in-house 12-step meetings are also required. The facility focuses on providing dual diagnosis support, reflecting the belief that co-occurring disorders left unresolved in early recovery lead to relapse.

The out-of-pocket cost for Oceanside Transitional Living, including one day a week of IOP, is $5,000 per month. For clients who attend IOP between three and five days a week, the monthly cost is $12,000.

Clients are subject to random drug and alcohol screens at any time during their stay.

Director Dave Johnson’s wife, Kathryn Johnson, serves as co-director and is also an MFT. The large staff, which totals 28 employees, includes a psychiatrist, a physician, a sober coach, a personal trainer, a holistic healer, resident CADCs and therapist interns.


Dogs, not including pit bulls or other restricted breeds, are allowed at Oceanside. Residents willing to pay an extra $1,000 security deposit can bring their beloved pets to live with them.

Residents are encouraged to participate in volunteer work that includes finding homes for unwanted animals, working at children’s shelters and feeding the homeless.

Somatic experiencing and neurofeedback are offered for clients who suffer from trauma. Optional equine therapy is provided on Saturdays. Yoga and meditation classes are offered on weekends, as well.

A family program includes on-site counseling, as well as individualized phone and Skype sessions for out-of-state relatives. The program includes addiction education.

In Summary

Nothing but the best is offered at this high-end sober living beachfront paradise. With the high staff-to-client ratio, residents receive customized attention and care.

Oceanside Transitional Living Location

21022 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

Oceanside Transitional Living Cost

$5,000-$12,000 (30 days). Reach Oceanside Transitional Living by phone at 818-917-7239 or by email. Find Oceanside Transitional Living on YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn 

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