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Serenity Malibu

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LAST UPDATED: June 27th, 2019
Serenity Malibu is a holistic addiction treatment center that is both accredited by CARF, an international and independent nonprofit organization for health and human service providers, and licensed by the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Program. Serenity's treatment program follows a unique treatment program based on the 13 addiction treatment principles outline by the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Serenity only treats 8-10 clients at a time.

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The Good

  • Aftercare program
  • SMART recovery
  • Individual treatment
  • Family diagnosis
  • Medically monitored detoxification
  • Holistic care services

Aftercare Program

Aftercare programs are an important step to ensuring patient success after leaving a rehabilitation center. While some centers offer programs or follow-up steps for past patients, some go as far as to connect past alumni to form support groups. Serenity Malibu has both of these programs available including the following features:
  • Graduation presentation
  • Returns to campus post treatment for alumni events quarterly
  • Weekly alumni conference phone calls
  • Opportunities to intern and volunteer at the main campus or from home

SMART Recovery

Serenity offers the SMART Recovery in addition to its holistic 13-step program. SMART Recovery encourages self-empowerment and is a great alternative for those who are discouraged by faith-based teaching found in most 12-step programs. 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

Individual Treatment

Serenity's small number of patient intake is due to its commitment to individual treatment. Upon arrival, client receive an intake exam and medical assessment by a treatment team. The team then works with the client to create a treatment program customized to the patient's need. The team then follows up with the client weekly and makes any modifications to the plan according to the clients progress.

Family Diagnosis

Serenity takes into consideration family dynamics in addiction treatment. The center offers family assessments and diagnoses as well. Serenity even offers an intensive three day family treatment in their facility. This requires more than 25 hours of treatment after a mental assessment of each family member.

Medically Monitored Detox

Serenity Malibu offers detox services. Serenity requires an extensive look into a patient's medical history and an assessment from a Board Certified Physician. Medical detox involves using medication to help clients through the pain and discomfort of withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

Holistic Care Services

Holistic care services include yoga, acupuncture, massage, cranial sacral therapy, surfing, tennis, hiking, art therapy, hypnotherapy, spiritual therapy.

The Bad

  • Undisclosed costs
  • No tailored group program
  • No outpatient services

Undisclosed Costs

Serenity 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.

No Tailored Group Program

Young adults and women are often provided group therapy sessions specifically tailored to those groups' unique needs. Serenity does not offer such programs. Medical professionals are often also provided programs with a focus on maintaining sobriety for professional or certification requirements. Programs are often also tailored to military professionals, in particular any who have experienced trauma or are suffering from PTSD. Serenity offers no such programs.

No Outpatient Services

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. Serenity does not offer outpatient treatment.

The Bottom Line

Serenity Malibu offers many unique treatment methods that make it stand out in the rehabilitation industry. Some unique or outstanding offerings the center has include the holistic treatment services and it's family diagnosis program. Families with a history of mental health disorders seeking help will be particularly drawn to Serenity's programs as well as individuals interested in holistic treatment. Serenity would be a great option for those who are open or seeking holistic treatment and who are not seeking to be part of faith-based programs. Patients seeking networks of women or young adults in group therapy will not find this at Serenity Malibu either.
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