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Recovery Malibu


The Basics

One of the well-regarded pillars of the Southern California recovery community, Recovery Malibu offers detox, residential treatment and outpatient care at its finest. Situated hillside above the pristine beaches of iconic landmark Zuma Beach in Malibu, California, Recovery Malibu is a luxury facility on par with a five-star hotel. Providing services for both addiction and co-occurring disorders, it’s definitely a program that emphasizes the upmost in individualized care, high-end amenities and holistic provisions. Men and women seeking a private rehab experience with a substantial treatment team well versed in addiction medicine should look no further than Recovery Malibu.

Accommodations and Food

Seeing as how personal attention is paramount at Recovery Malibu, there is only room for a maximum of six residents at any given time. Private rooms are available upon request but all rooms feature plush double beds with the highest thread count sheets, flat screen TVs, DVRs and stunning ocean views. The beautiful residence features a large swimming pool and jacuzzis. There is also a gym located on the same vast campus with plenty of weights, strength-training equipment and cardio machines.

WiFi is enabled throughout the modern home and computers and phones are permitted for use during treatment, after an initial 72-hour stabilization period. Complimentary fluff and fold laundry is provided throughout the client’s stay, as is turn-down service every evening.

Recovery Malibu is a pet-friendly facility. Supporting the notion that animals are sources of comfort and security during times of instability or emotional pain, clients are allowed to bring their dog, cat or other approved animal with them to treatment.

Clients can expect to dine on the finest cuisine imaginable. Not only is the food fabulous but it’s also organic and locally-sourced as often as possible. Meal plans are designed with optimal nutrition for recovery in mind and only the freshest produce and responsibly-raised meats are served. Any and all dietary preferences or restrictions can be accommodated including veganism, vegetarianism, gluten sensitivity or any allergies. Clients receive nutritional guidance throughout their stay in an effort to exemplify how a well-balanced diet can aid in one’s overall wellness and recovery.

Treatment and Staff

As previously mentioned, individualized treatment is the golden standard at Recovery Malibu. The team here truly believes there is no one-size-fits-all approach to recovering from drug and alcohol addiction or related co-occurring disorders. As such, each client’s treatment plan is created with their unique needs in mind. While lengths of stay vary, most residents undergo treatment at Recovery Malibu for 30 to 90 days. When necessary, a medically-supervised detox can be facilitated on site so that clients can begin the mental health component of treatment as soon as they are physically stable and comfortable.

The specifics of each person’s treatment plan are different but almost all residents can expect a minimum of three hours of individual therapy each week, and three to four hours of group therapy per day. Therapeutic modalities at Recovery Malibu range from evidence-based practices such as CBT, DBT, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Stages of Change and trauma-informed care, to holistic offerings like yoga, meditation, acupuncture, Reiki healing and massage. Relapse prevention techniques are incorporated throughout the course of treatment and, in terms of peer support networks, clients have the option to attend 12-step or SMART Recovery meetings.

A typical day begins with a 7 am wake-up call and breakfast at 9 am followed by group and/or individual sessions. Lunch is served at noon and afternoon schedules can differ per client but usually include appointments for some of the aforementioned holistic treatments. Time is also reserved each day for physical activity and a personal trainer works on-site as part of the staff. Residents have dinner at 5 pm and nighttime activities can include the optional peer support meetings or the occasional movie nights.

Recovery Malibu boasts one of the lowest staff-to-client ratios in the recovery industry. At any given time, the staff-to-client ratio is four-to-one, insuring that each person receives an extensive amount of personal attention. Staff members are in tune with each client’s needs and therefore clients can expect their needs to always be met in a timely, efficient manner. The treatment team is comprised of myriad addiction professionals with plenty of credentials including LMFT, PsyD, licensed clinical psychologist and LCSW. An on-site physician and psychiatrist oversee detox and medication management for dual diagnosis clients.


In addition to the previously mentioned holistic options like yoga and acupuncture, Recovery Malibu facilitates at least one hiking excursion per week and two beach walks per week. Surfing lessons and equine therapy are also part of the programming.

Every Saturday, there is an intensive family program on-site. Loved ones and family members of individuals in treatment are welcome to attend to learn more about addiction and strategies for best supporting the person in recovery once he or she returns home.

Clients work closely with an aftercare coordinator to develop a plan of action upon program completion. In addition to access to a robust alumni network, clients who complete detox and residential treatment are also able to continue treatment at a stepped down level at Recovery Malibu’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) down the street. There are also a multitude of sober livings affiliated with Recovery Malibu, to which outgoing clients can readily be connected.

In Summary

Recovery Malibu is the full continuum of care, from detox to aftercare, in one of the most luxurious environments possible. With an array of evidence-based practices, holistic offerings and recreational activities, each client is guaranteed a spa-like experience while also doing the necessary work to uncover the root of their substance abuse and addiction. Both the behaviors and their underlying causes are addressed during treatment at Recovery Malibu. This program is also an invaluable asset to dual diagnosis clients who often have a complicated road to recovery due to the presence of both a mental health issue and chemical dependency. For men and women ready to set the foundation for long-term wellness and recovery, serenity is within reach at Recovery Malibu.

Recovery Malibu
30044 Andromeda Lane
Malibu, CA 90265

Recovery Malibu Cost: $61,000 (30 days); accepts PPO insurance. Reach Recovery Malibu by phone at (800) 913-6280 or by email

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