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Milestones Ranch Malibu

327 Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, California, 90265
Rather than follow traditional 12-Step recovery principles, Milestones Ranch Malibu takes an innovative, client-centered approach to substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment. The Milestones Method incorporates various philosophies into each treatment plan and offers clients the opportunity to set their own recovery goals. In a luxury setting, clients learn how to break free from the chains of addiction and create a solid foundation for a lifelong sobriety.

Facility Highlights

  • Acupuncture
  • Psychodrama
  • Movement Therapy


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
  • Creative Arts Therapy

    Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Denise Klein, MSW
    Denise Klein, MSWExecutive Director
    Our commitment is to be there for our client's and help them achieve all they can and live the best possible life they can!! Denise believes whole heartedly that by recognizing the "divine spark" in each and every one, the health self can be nurtured, strengthened, and sustained!!!
  • Dr. Rod Amiri
    Dr. Rod AmiriConsulting Clinical Psychiatrist
    Dr. Amiri is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He currently has a private practice in West Hollywood, California.

Financial Details

  • Financing Available

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In the recovery hotspot of Malibu, Calif., luxury retreat Milestones Ranch provides residential treatment and aftercare for adult men and women struggling with dual diagnoses. Medical detox is not offered on-site. Milestones is among the 33.8 percent of California-based rehabs that operate as private, for-profit enterprises.


During the admission process, clients are assessed by a physician, an addiction psychiatrist, and other members of the multidisciplinary team, who together determine the best course of individualized treatment.

Milestones follows a multidisciplinary approach. Residents participate in three group therapy sessions a day and between four and six individual therapy sessions a week, as well as the opportunity to attend off-site sobriety fellowships off-site, such as 12-Step.

The center's therapeutic approach draws from evidence-based techniques such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to address trauma and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which is used at 50.3 percent of California-based facilities.

Outside of traditional therapeutic programming, clients participate in holistic practices such as equine therapy and yoga, acupuncture, music therapy, and outings such as beach cleanups and trips to the Getty Museum.

Graduates of the residential program are eligible for a free week-long "tune-up" when a bed is available. Alumni also have access to lifetime weekly alumni support group meetings.


All primary therapists are educated to master's or PhD level, and the center has a relationship with a board-licensed clinical psychologist, on a consulting basis, as well as a physician who's on call 24 hours. Clients' comfort and holistic needs are covered by executive chefs, a personal trainer, and a hypnotherapist, among others. The single individual polled by Rehabs.com to date on the level of staff support provided and the level of training found in individual counselors gave five stars in each category.


Set in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains, Milestones Ranch Malibu accommodates up to 12 clients at a time — making it significantly smaller than the state average of 30 beds for a residential rehab facility. Food is prepared by executive chefs, and the center boasts a swimming pool and a fitness center. The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's exercise and leisure offerings and its cleanliness gave five-star ratings in each category.


The sole alum surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave very positive feedback. “Milestones changed my life!!!!” wrote the anonymous alum. “Without a doubt. It is truly a wonderful place and they truly care and want to help.” They awarded Milestones five-star ratings for its holistic offerings as well as the overall quality of its individual and group counseling.

Milestones Ranch also has mostly positive feedback on secondary sites at the time of this writing, with a four-star average rating based on five reviews on Google and a five-star average rating based on 18 opinions on Facebook (where the facility may manage its own page). On Yelp, Milestones Ranch has a five-star average rating based on four approved reviews, plus 14 "not recommended" reviews, 12 of which gave the center five stars and two of which give it one star.[1] [2] [3]

All three of the negative reviews complained of untrained or incompetent staff, and two complained of poor management. However, many other reviewers — some of whom identify themselves as local visitors and affiliated professionals rather than alumni — praised the center's staff and caring atmosphere. "Everything about Milestones is 10 stars, especially the quality care & the amazing staff!! ... As I healed mentally, physically and emotionally, they showed me unconditional love and support and showed me that there is hope," wrote Yada, one of the confirmed alumni, in a representatively glowing review.


The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com, C.N., gave negative feedback on Milestones Ranch. “My husband has since passed but while at Milestones had only attended one therapy session and no one checked in on him,” C.N. wrote.


Milestones Ranch Malibu accepts insurance. The facility also works with a medical billing company to help clients access their maximum possible reimbursement, in exchange for a seven percent cut of that reimbursement.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/milestonesranch/reviews/?ref=page_internal
[3] https://www.yelp.com/biz/milestones-ranch-malibu?osq=Milestones+Ranch+Malibu

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