Substance Use Disorder

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At Avalon Malibu, our Substance Abuse Treatment Center offers a healthy, positive, life-changing experience. Avalon Malibu’s sanctuary model is a forward-thinking approach to addiction and psychiatric treatment.

We are committed to imparting new ways of living to our clients through progressive treatments that help expose and release old ways of behavior.

Avalon Malibu offers comprehensive substance abuse treatment programs. Our team of dedicated professionals is extensively trained to accommodate and aid in the recovery of those with addiction and mental health issues. To meet a wide variety of client needs, we offer multiple levels of care including detox, inpatient, residential, outpatient and day treatment programs with customized treatment plans tailored to each individual. We also emphasize integrating the mind, body and spirit with evidenced-based therapeutic processes using expressive arts as a critical medium for change.

What Are Substance Abuse and Substance Addiction?

Substance abuse addiction is a common term that refers to individuals who suffer from an addiction to some form of drugs and/or alcohol. This can include both illegal “street drugs,” such as heroin and meth, as well as prescription drugs, such as sedatives and painkillers.

Some people can use drugs recreationally without ever becoming addicted. However, for many others, drug use leads to abuse. This is often followed by dependency or addiction to a chemical as the body begins to rely on it to function. Addiction is a chronic brain disease that causes the individual to compulsively seek out and use the drug they are addicted to, regardless of the consequences. Once the brain’s chemistry changes due to continual use and becomes dependent on a substance, the affected individual’s self-control is diminished and it can become impossible to resist the intense urge to use.          

How We Treat Substance Abuse at Avalon Malibu

Avalon Malibu has two residential recovery houses for substance abuse and mental health treatment. Our substance abuse program takes place at the Cottage House, which is licensed and certified by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) and JCAHO accredited to treat substance use disorders along with co-occurring behavioral health issues. The program is also licensed to provide medically-supervised sub-acute detox for adults in an inpatient setting.

At Avalon Malibu, we offer a wide range of substance abuse and addiction treatment programs to cater the specific needs of each individual. Combined with a highly trained team of dedicated professionals, our drug and alcohol center is equipped to treat any addiction through specific protocols that include:

  • Inpatient Psych
  • Detoxification
  • Residential Treatment
  • Partial Hospitalization (day treatment)
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs
  • Outpatient Psychotherapy with Medication Management

Our multiple levels of care are intended to offer our clients a smooth and seamless path through treatment into an independent sober life. Typically, clients spend about a week in detox and a few months in full-time residential care, followed by a few months in part-time outpatient care. Each individual is unique, however, and we do not prescribe specific timelines or limitations on program participation. Instead, we prefer to work with each client to make sure they are progressing at a comfortable pace.

To ensure the best outcome for each client, we combine time-tested 12 step approaches with group and individual psychotherapy, experiential therapies and evidence-based treatments. We also offer therapeutic interventions founded on proven principles of mindfulness, present-time awareness, acceptance, investigation and change. The principals of our educational and therapeutic model are informed by motivational enhancement therapy (MET) and combined with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) for a holistic approach that promotes meaningful and lasting change.

Therapies We Use in Our Substance Abuse Treatment Program:

  • Advanced psychotherapy (CBT, DBT, etc.)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Relapse Prevention Therapy
  • Ropes Course (seasonal)
  • Massage Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritional Guidance
  • Art Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Aqua Therapy (seasonal)
  • Psychodrama Therapy
  • Physical Fitness

Why A Holistic Approach Matters

Utilizing therapies that treat the mind, body and spirit are essential to long-lasting recovery. Addiction causes harm to all aspects of a person, and if one component is left untreated, then the risk of relapse will remain high. Perhaps most importantly, addiction can come from both physical and psychological dependence on a substance, requiring a combination of physical and mental treatments.

Physical dependence is characterized by chemical changes in the brain and body that arise due to prolonged substance abuse. Drugs and alcohol trigger irregular brain activity, and over time, the affected brain pathways are rewired to create a new “normal” that relies on a substance to function. At this stage, a physically addicted person will experience physical withdrawal symptoms — aches, tremors, fever, nausea — if they try to stop using drugs or alcohol because their body has become used to its presence. Before true recovery can begin, physical dependence must first be treated and regulated with a detoxification protocol that helps an individual overcome withdrawal. Only then can a combination of physical and mental health therapies help clients heal by strengthening the body and restoring natural brain function.

Psychological dependence arises when an individual forms a habit out of substance use. Often, this dependence is related to a pre-existing mental health concern for which the individual uses drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. Examples of psychological dependence might include someone with an undiagnosed anxiety disorder who smokes marijuana to feel more comfortable at social events, or someone who uses Adderall to get by at a demanding, high-stress job. Using substances in a pattern like this, especially to cover up other problems, causes an individual to rely on drugs or alcohol to get through the day or face certain situations. Treatment for psychological dependence relies on a combination of psychoeducation and evidence-based mental health therapies that establish new behavior patterns and instill lifelong healthy coping mechanisms.

The Importance of Family and Couples Therapy

Avalon Malibu also offers family and couples therapy to help clients resolve conflicts, strengthen bonds and forge positive relationship dynamics. Addiction not only challenges the addict — its impact reaches friends, family members, co-workers and others whose lives intersect with an addicted individual. Our psychologists help facilitate a comprehensive healing process between clients and those close to them. Releasing the shame that often accompanies addiction and moving toward understanding, forgiveness and compassion are crucial to establishing loving relationships within the family system. Family therapy is, therefore, an integral part of the therapeutic process at Avalon Malibu.

Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Physical and psychological dependence often coincide, leading to a deeply intertwined combination of mental and physical health symptoms related to an individual’s substance use disorder. Drugs and alcohol can change the state of a person’s mental health and can cause or exacerbate existing symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder and more. This phenomenon requires a dual focus on both the addiction and the mental health symptoms to give an individual lasting relief in recovery.

Existing mental health disorders are also a known risk factor for developing a substance use disorder. Known as a dual diagnosis, this likewise requires specialty treatment that helps the individual manage both their addiction and mental health symptoms in the long run. Without treating both issues together, the individual will be more likely to relapse and continue struggling with leading a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

As an accredited treatment center for both substance abuse and mental health, Avalon Malibu offers high-quality treatment for individuals struggling with physical or psychological dependence or a dual diagnosis. Our personalized approach to substance abuse treatment means that we strive to uncover and address each person’s unique concerns, including accompanying mental health symptoms. With a goal on long-term and sustainable sobriety without relapse, we ensure a complete, holistic recovery experience tailored to each client’s psychological and physical health needs.

Our Primary Focus is Your Recovery

At Avalon Malibu, we offer a wide range of substance abuse and addiction treatment programs to cater to each individual’s specific needs. Every client receives a personalized treatment plan that includes an array of proven techniques, including one-on-one psychotherapy and counseling, group therapy, family therapy and more. Our holistic approach is integrated into all of our drug and alcohol rehab programs, alongside other evidence-based principles and modalities. Avalon Malibu also provides extensive aftercare planning and counseling with the goal of improving retention in treatment and reducing behaviors such as unemployment, family discourse and self-harm. We assist each client with gaining greater insight into the meaning of life, where the pain of the past becomes a stepping stone to a future built on choice, rather than compulsion.

If you or someone close to you is seeking a recovery experience like the one we offer, please reach out to us right away. We know how important it is that you get the help you need as soon as you are ready. Our team is available to answer your questions or to start the admissions process — simply call us at 888-958-7511 to get started today.

The Cottage House: The Substance Abuse Treatment Center at Avalon Malibu

Avalon Malibu is home to two treatment centers, one dedicated to mental health and the other to substance abuse. The Cottage House is our substance abuse treatment facility, geared towards providing a peaceful and supportive place for healing from addiction to or abuse of drugs and alcohol. We strive to provide creature comforts in an environment that encourages community, healthy habits and a sense of safety and support. The Cottage House at Avalon Malibu is licensed and certified by the California Department of Alcohol and accredited by the Joint Commission.

If you or your loved one may be attending our program, we invite you to peruse our photos and enjoy a virtual tour of our one-of-a-kind facilities. Come and see the place that changes lives.

Contact The Cottage House at Avalon Malibu

If you or your loved one is struggling with substance abuse or suffering from a substance addiction, we encourage you to reach out for help right away. Making the decision to seek treatment is a difficult choice, but when you commit to healing you commit to giving a better life to yourself and those around you. No matter where you are in life or recovery, it is never too late to learn to live substance-free. For more information about the programs we offer in Malibu, California, we invite you to contact us as soon as you are ready to begin your recovery. Heal with us at The Cottage House by calling Avalon Malibu today at 1-888-958-7511. We have specialists standing by ready to help.

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