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Seasons in Malibu

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LAST UPDATED: June 27th, 2019
Seasons in Malibu is a California-based, CARF-accredited treatment center overlooking Matador Beach in Malibu, California. CARF is an international and independent nonprofit organization for health and human service providers. Seasons is also licensed by the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Program and is a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Treatment follows the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step program.

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The Good

  • Aftercare
  • SMART recovery
  • Guarantee
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Medically monitored detoxification
  • Outpatient program

Aftercare Program

Rehabilitation centers often provide aftercare programs to aid clients into their transition back into their normal lives and to provide accountability. Some centers also create a network of alumni that can connect with each other and offer support after their time at a rehabilitation facility has passed. Seasons in Malibu has both of these programs available. Seasons offers a Sober Companion program by pairing clients after treatment to get acclimated to life outside of treatment, share accountability, and meet goals together.

SMART Recovery

Though Seasons follows the 12-step philosophy, there is also an alternative program, called SMART Recovery. While the 12-step program was originally designed as a faith-based program, SMART focuses on self-empowerment as opposed to relying on a higher power. The program has a 4-point approach:
  1. Building and Maintaining Motivation
  2. Coping with Urges
  3. Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
  4. Living a Balanced Life

Co-Occuring Disorders

Seasons in Malibu recognizes that mental health disorders often exist along with and may contribute to addition in patients. Seasons offers dual-diagnosis and treatment of disorders such as . . .
  • Mood disorders such as major depression and anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • PTSD and complex trauma
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Disorders related to poor impulse management and compulsions (e.g., gambling, sex, or internet addiction)
  • Character disorders


Seasons in Malibu offers a guarantee for patients of 90 days or greater who follow the aftercare program outlined during treatment and later relapse within the first year following treatment. These patients receive up to a free month of treatment.

Medically Monitored Detox

Seasons in Malibu offers detox services after initial medical evaluations. Medical detox involves using medication to help clients through the pain and discomfort of withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Detox services at Seasons take place under the supervision of a doctor and a staff of medical professionals.

Outpatient Program

Outpatient programs are helpful for individuals whose time or commitments do not allow for full time treatment in an inpatient program. This is also a good option for those needing to save costs on room and board. Seasons outpatient programs range in intensity according to client needs. Outpatient support involves group and individual therapies.

The Bad

  • Undisclosed costs
  • No tailored programs

Undisclosed Costs

Seasons does not disclose rates for treatment or discuss payment methods. The center does accept PPO insurance providers to reduce or eliminate cost depending on the nature of your plan. Seasons in Malibu encourages potential clients to call to discover how much of the treatment is covered through insurance.

No Tailored Programs

Many rehabilitation centers have group therapy sessions specifically for young adults or women. These groups address issues unique to those demographics. Seasons does not offer programs or groups tailored to young adults or women. Rehabilitation centers often create programs specific to professions as well, such as military groups, particularly for PTSD and trauma issues, as well as for medical professionals, focusing on maintaining health standards and certifications required for work.

The Bottom Line

The positives of receiving care at Seasons in Malibu definitely outweigh many negatives. Some unique or outstanding offerings the center has include the accommodation of co-occurring treatment for a variety of disorders, it's guarantee, and unique recreational activities. Those seeking gender or age-specific treatment, as well as medical professional or military professional programs may not find the network they seek at Seasons in Malibu, but the individual therapy and care provided at the center may make up for any lack in these programs.
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