Substance Abuse Treatment

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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 helping our clients impart new ways of living through progressive treatments that help expose and release old ways  of behavior.

Avalon Malibu has two residential treatment houses, including the Cottage House – where our substance abuse treatment program takes place. The Cottage House is licensed and certified by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP), and JCAHO Accredited, to treat substance use and abuse disorders along with co-occurring behavioral health issues. The program is also licensed to treat adults in an inpatient setting in what is considered to be ‘sub-acute detoxification.’

Avalon Malibu offers comprehensive substance abuse treatment programs. Our team of dedicated professionals is extensively trained to accommodate and aid in the recovery of our substance abuse clients. Our Residential Substance Abuse Treatment offers specific protocols including Inpatient Psych, Detoxification, Residential Treatment, Partial Hospitalization (day treatment), Intensive Outpatient Programs, and Outpatient Psychotherapy with Medication Management. Our emphasis is on integrating mind, body and spirit with evidenced-based therapeutic processes using expressive arts as a critical medium for change.

How We Treat Substance Abuse at Avalon Malibu

Avalon Malibu has two residential treatment 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 accredited by JCAHO, to treat substance use and abuse disorders along with co-occurring behavioral health issues. The program is also licensed to treat adults in an inpatient setting in what is considered to be “sub-acute detoxification.”

Our team of dedicated professionals is extensively trained to accommodate and aid in the recovery of our substance abuse clients. Our comprehensive substance abuse treatment program offers specific protocols including:

  • 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. However, we do not prescribe specific timelines or limitations on participation in our programs.  Instead, we prefer to work with each client to make sure they are progressing at a rate that is comfortable for them.

Our emphasis is on integrating mind, body and spirit with evidenced-based therapeutic processes, using expressive arts as a critical medium for change. 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 combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Therapies We Use in Our Substance Abuse Treatment Program:

  • 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 is 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 psychological treatments.

Physical dependence is characterized by chemical changes in the brain and body in response 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” amount of brain function. A physically addicted person will experience tangible withdrawal symptoms — aches, tremors, fever, nausea — if they try to stop using a substance because their body is dependent on drugs or alcohol to function at this new level. Physical dependence must first be treated and regulated with a detoxification protocol that helps an individual overcome withdrawal. Then, it requires a combination of physical and mental health therapies to strengthen the body and restore 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 is using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. Examples of psychological dependence might be 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 their day or through certain situations. Treatment for psychological dependence relies on 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 influences friends, family members, co-workers and others whose lives intersect with an addicted individual. Our psychologists help facilitate a comprehensive healing process between the addict 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 and Drug-Induced Psychosis Treatment

Physical and psychological dependence can coincide, often 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 bring out existing symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder or otherwise. This phenomenon, called drug-induced psychosis, requires a dual focus on both the addiction and the mental health symptoms to give an individual lasting relief in recovery.

In addition to those with drug-induced psychosis, existing mental health disorders are 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 their mental health symptoms in the long run. Without treating both issues together, the individual will be more likely to relapse and will continue to struggle 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, drug-induced psychosis or a dual diagnosis. Our personalized approach to substance abuse treatment means that we strive to uncover and address each person’s unique concerns, which includes any 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, every client who comes to our residential Cottage House for recovery participates in one-on-one psychotherapy and counseling, as well as group therapies, and marriage and family therapy when needed. Avalon Malibu also provides extensive aftercare planning and counseling, with the goals 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 1-844-579-7645. We have specialists standing by ready to help.

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