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Avalon Malibu

32420 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, California, 90265
Our philosophy for recovery is to help the client to regain balance and choice in their life. It is a living, flexible, evolving practice tailored to the specific recovery needs of every individual. The clinical staff at Avalon Malibu developed this practice as part of our world-renowned recovery treatment that focuses on the connection of mind, body and spirit. Avalon Malibu seeks to soothe psychological suffering for clients living with daily traumatic responses, anxiety disorders, and various addictions. At its core, our philosophy is simple: to provide cutting-edge clinical recovery treatment through the mindful practice of experiential therapy and psychotherapy. We hope to build conscious living through mindful interactions and create a stepping stone for joy and the freedom that emerges with awareness and engagement in the present moment. Led by staff members who model healthy, mindful and positive lives, our group activities and natural excursions allow clients to explore themselves, engage with peers, and reaffirm the healing process.

Facility Highlights

  • Neurofeedback, Didactic Groups
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Specialization

  • Detox

    Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
  • Individualized Treatment

    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualized treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Candice Feinberg, Psy.D.
    Candice Feinberg, Psy.D.Executive and Clinical Director
  • Stephen Odom
    Stephen OdomChief Clinical Officer, CEO
    Dr. Stephen Odom is a distinguished healthcare and addiction treatment professional with over 25 years of expertise in the behavioral health field. He currently, serves as the President, CEO and Chief Clinical Officer of New Vista Behavioral Health, the parent company of Avalon Malibu, Simple Recovery, and Infinity Treatment Centers. In his notable and lengthy career in chemical dependency treatment, Stephen has proven to be an innovator in the industry. His vision, which is driven by the guiding principle that people suffering from addiction can, and do get well, has become the cornerstone of New Vista Behavioral Health’s client care model. Stephen has a comprehensive educational background in healthcare, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from Covenant College, a Master’s in Experimental Psychology (Univ. of Tennessee), a Master’s in Clinical Psychology (Palo Alto University), and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) with a focus in Healthcare Administration (Capella University). Moreover, he is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California.

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ABOUT AVALON BY THE SEA MALIBU

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, Calif., Avalon Malibu is a luxury rehab for adults struggling with substance use disorder. The center — which is among the 56.4 percent of California-based rehabs to also treat co-occurring mental health disorders — provides non-medical detox, residential treatment, and an intensive outpatient program (IOP).

Avalon is owned by New Vista Behavioral Health, which also owns several other Malibu-based rehabs, including Infinity Malibu and The Point.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Treatment at Avalon is evidence-based and tailored to suit each client, using individualized assessments carried out on arrival. The center can treat addiction to a wide range of substances, as well as process addictions such as gambling addiction (treated at 14.7 percent of California-based rehabs), sex addiction, binge eating, and self-harm. The center is also equipped to treat mental and behavioral health disorders such as bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Detox is non-medical: detoxing clients are monitored around the clock, and receive counseling as well as holistic nutritional and exercise services, to optimize their body's ability to rebalance and expel toxic substances. However, medical interventions are not available at this center.

In residential care, clients participate in individual, group, and family therapy, taking in a range of evidence-based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which is offered at 50.3 percent of California-based facilities, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and motivational enhancement therapy (MET).

Avalon also uses alternative and holistic therapies, such as Gestalt therapy, psychodrama, yoga, massage, a ropes course, as well as art, music, and writing therapy. And clients may attend 12-step groups or non-12-step support groups. Before discharge, clients leave with a personalized aftercare plan, which might include attending events at Avalon or having check-ins on Skype or the phone.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Avalon offers a 1:2 staff-to-client ratio. There are nurses on staff, and psychiatrists and physicians employed on a consulting basis. The clinical team includes a psychologist, marriage and family therapists, and licensed clinical social workers, and holistic practitioners include a massage therapist, an acupuncturist, and a dietitian.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Residents sleep in shared or private rooms, in one of two upscale homes: The Grand House for those requiring mental health treatment, and The Cottage House for clients struggling with substance use disorder. The campus offers an outdoor swimming pool, panoramic ocean views, chef-prepared meals, meticulously landscaped grounds, and luxurious sitting rooms.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Of the five alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com as of this writing, two were unhappy with their experience. "Staff needs better training," was G.S.'s conclusion, and H.D. reported a fragmented program, thanks to staff turnover during their stay and being moved to an apartment with infrequent counseling for the last 30 days. "No follow up for after care, no treatment plan for after care," H.D. added.

Of the three satisfied alumni, two described their Avalon experience as "great," stressing that the learned a lot and treatment was helpful. And the reviews also repeatedly noted the long-term impact of treatment: "This is by far the best rehab in Malibu. I\'ve been to multiple treatment centers in the past and this is the only one that was able to keep me sober," G.K. wrote in one such comment.

At present, Avalon has mostly positive feedback from alumni posting on secondary sites, with average ratings of 4.3 out of five stars based on 11 opinions on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page), 4.3 stars based on 12 reviews on Google, and 3.6 stars based on 26 reviews on Yelp (where many of the negative reviews came from loved ones, and are discussed below).[1] [2] [3]

Alumni repeatedly praised staff members, and noted feeling that they were in very safe hands. "I felt safe and taken care of at all times... Very knowledgeable staff," Drew wrote in a typical comment on Yelp.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Rehabs.com has yet to receive any reviews from this facility’s affiliated friends or family members. However, Yelp contains several very negative reviews from dissatisfied family members, who repeatedly noted that treatment for their loved one was inadequate and excessively expensive.

More than one loved one added that their family member had been kicked out of treatment for, in their eyes, unjust reasons. "My sister truly needed help, and they were unable to give it to her. Plain and simple. The facility is super ritzy and fancy, and on the outside it looks like the programs they have are helpful, but she says she got little to nothing out of the group therapies and daily structure," Sage wrote in a representative comment on Yelp.

FINANCING

According to its website, Avalon Malibu works with most PPO and POS insurances, on an out-of-network basis only. The cost of treatment is not currently available, but several reviewers noted the hefty price tag.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/AvalonMalibu/reviews/?ref=page_internal
[2] GoogleReviews
[3] https://www.yelp.com/biz/avalon-malibu-malibu?osq=Avalon+Malibu

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