Summit Malibu Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Summit Malibu


The Basics

Founded in 2011, Summit is one of the newer additions to Malibu’s array of small, ritzy, holistic rehab centers. Personal treatment is stellar here. The facility sits on three acres and houses a maximum of seven residents at a time.

Accommodations and Food

While the Spanish-style residence offers views of the Pacific, the facility resembles more of an actual home than the resort-like look of comparably priced rehabs; additionally, not all the rooms have views of the ocean. Still, the space is bright and airy. Chefs serve customized meals in the communal dining room and coffee and snacks are always on hand.

Treatment and Staff

Summit offers the now-standard treatment for these types of places: a psychiatric and physical evaluation upon entry, supervised detox, CBT, DBT, EEG biofeedback, family therapy, life skills and communication training, relapse prevention counseling, education and experiential groups and the option to attend 12-step meetings and yoga. In addition to drug and alcohol addiction, Summit also treats co-occurring disorders (often diagnosed at the start of treatment) such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. The monthly Comprehensive Family Weekend Program invites residents’ family and friends to participate in their recovery experience. Outpatient and aftercare programs are also part of the process. In order to keep the focus on treatment, clients are only allowed to use computers and cell phones during designated times and all electronics are confiscated every night.

Also of note is that Summit’s co-founder, William Oswald, was also “instrumental in creating Cocaine Anonymous,” according to his bio. In compliance with the 12-step philosophy, Summit helps clients pick AA sponsors during their aftercare program; still, not all of Summit’s counselors are in 100% agreement with AA’s approach to recovery.

Summit favors individual treatment, and the staff’s hospitality and friendliness earn praise from former residents. It’s also not owned by a treatment conglomerate like other luxury rehabs and seems to have a certain authenticity as a result.


Residents can swim in the pool, hike local trails, hit the fitness center, or even get manicures.

In Summary

At $48,000 for 28 days in a shared room, Summit will put a dent in any budget. Still, it’s a lovely place to get sober with a focus on individualized treatment and a balanced approach to the 12 steps.

Summit Malibu
28011 Pacquet Pl
Malibu, CA 90265

Summit Malibu Cost: $48,000 (28 days). Reach Summit Malibu by phone at (310) 457-0787 or by email at Find Summit Malibu on Facebook and Twitter

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  1. BEWARE! Summit Malibu is a horror show. I got scammed by them. Summit claims to be a duel diagnosis program and after paying the first 28 day fee, discounted from $58,000 to $38,000, they told me my son needed another 28 days. After my credit card paid them the second fee they threw my son out on the streets claiming that he needed a higher level of care than they could give him. Summit drove him 20 miles away without money, food, or his belongings. We live on the east coast and had a friend tract him down. He was found extremely agitated and clearly not in his right mind. His friend brought him back to Summit begging them to help my son. They would not. He demanded they give back his clothing and possessions and left. He was put in Las Encinas and within 5 days and approximately $4,000 he left for a step down facility with medicine and a diagnosis. He is now progressing in a step down facility. I asked Summit for a refund for my son’s second stay or at least reasonably discuss even a partial refund. They won’t take my calls. The financial director told a psychologist that he was embarrassed the way Summit treated my son. He was let go. No one from Summit will return my calls and my credit card company fought for me for two months and suggested to try to reason with them or find an attorney. If you want help for a loved one DO NOT rely on Summit Malibu they only are in it for the money!!!!

  2. I spent 90 days at Summit in late 2013, and it saved my life. I am a completely different person on the outside and inside now. Having so many individual sessions (like 8 a week) enabled me to get to the root of my issues and deal with all of the trauma in my past. Summit also helped me transform my life on the outside entirely, and I never could have imagined the life I have, with such a solid foundation two years ago. This is the place to go if you want to do the deep, hard emotional work and really get beyond all the “thinking” problems as well as the drinking and using.

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