ABOUT SERENITY MALIBU
Located on beachfront property in beautiful Malibu, CA, Serenity Malibu is amongst the 324 (24.7 percent) centers in the state that offers upscale, residential treatment for adults struggling with substance abuse issues. It is also one of just 720 (54.9 percent) California treatment centers with a specifically-tailored track for individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients begin treatment by participating in medical and substance abuse assessments that are then used to create an individualized treatment program. Clients will participate in holistic treatment, one-on-one therapy, and group counseling. Brainspotting and systemic treatment projects –– including a body map and genogram –– are also available.
Clients have the opportunity to participate in recreational therapy such as art, equine, and dream therapy, acupuncture, creative writing, and hypnotherapy. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) therapy is offered to help clients learn daily living skills while Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy works to address trauma. Clients can also take advantage of the nearby ocean by swimming, kayaking, and surfing.
Families are highly encouraged to participate. Serenity Malibu offers a family treatment program that includes intervention, family education, process groups and experiential components.
At the end of treatment, clients will make a presentation of readiness. Aftercare and relapse support are offered. Alumni will receive weekly conference calls and are invited to return to Serenity Malibu for quarterly alumni events and volunteer opportunities.
Serenity Malibu employs medical, psychiatric, and psycho-therapeutic staff. The interdisciplinary team includes physicians, psychiatrists, doctoral level psychologists and addiction counselors, case managers, and social workers. They also employ massage and yoga therapists, acupuncturists, and spiritual therapists. A personal client advocate is assigned to each resident to offer encouragement. Ten individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date provided high ratings for the center's quality of care. on
Staff's Level of Training and Experience: 4.3/5 stars
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Steps away from the beach off the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Serenity Malibu offers private bedrooms and upscale, modern furnishings. Community areas are large and bright and private bathrooms include a Jacuzzi tub. Residents will have access to a pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a garden, outdoor areas, and full kitchens. Eleven Rehabs.com survey respondents offered high ratings for accommodations to date.
Cleanliness: 4.3/5 stars
Recreational activities include equine therapy, yoga, massage therapy, and more. Serenity Malibu’s Ocean Adventure program allows clients to take advantage of the beachfront location by surfing, swimming, and kayaking.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The three alumni polled by Rehabs.com gave uniformly positive reviews and all three agreed that they would recommend the facility to others. The categories of staff experience, counseling options, and holistic offerings were all given four- or five-star ratings. One anonymous alum added, “Their level of one-on-one treatment and attention to each client’s individual needs is unparalleled in the recovery community and unavailable at almost any other treatment center in the world.” Another noted that the “professional treatment” was a strength of the facility. All three alumni provided perfect five-star ratings for the center's treatment of co-occurring disorders.
The only below-average rating was from an alum who provided two out of five stars for the level of family participation.
On Google, the center earned a 4.3-star average rating based on six reviews to date. Reviewers praised staff across the board, and J.P. representatively wrote, " I experienced nothing but the most caring, compassionate care and treatment for my alcoholism and depression."
Additionally, the facility's Facebook page - which management may be able to edit - revealed perfect five-star ratings from all five reviewers to date.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Eight loved ones also gave overwhelmingly positive feedback for Serenity Malibu, with four- and maximum five-star ratings awarded for treatment effectiveness across the board. The eight individuals polled on the following metrics provided extremely high average ratings:
Counseling Options: 4.4/5 stars
Exercise and Leisure Options: 4.3/5 stars
Holistic Offerings: 4.1/5 stars
Several loved ones noted that staff members were a strength of the facility. “It has a very caring customer service staff” wrote one friend or family member. Another anonymous individual added, “Great staff and very knowledgable but No internet. Very smart and dedicated staff.” One family member disliked the expensiveness of the facility, but wrote, “My uncle is clean.”
No information is available on the facility's website regaring cost of treatmnet. Serenity Malibu accepts Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare, and more. Eleven Rehabs.com survey respondents to date awarded above-average ratings for the center's costs.
Affordability: 3.5/5 stars
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