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Based in Malibu, California, SOBA Recovery Center uses trained, experienced therapists to provide one-on-one therapy for people who have been plagued by the ravages of alcohol. The center will help identify the consequences of alcohol abuse and will develop strategies to cope with effects such as depression, anxiety, dependency, relationship problems and a host of other ills.

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The Good

  • Personalized care
  • World-renowned doctors and professionals
  • Three-pronged approach to recovery

Personalized Care

SOBA's treatment programs are designed to meet the patient's needs rather than have a one-size-fits-all approach. SOBA staff will meet with you and your family, as appropriate, in order to get to know you and your history. In understanding your tendencies and the challenges alcoholism has brought upon you, SOBA will know how to best extend care and help you on the road to recovery.

World-Renowned Doctors and Professionals

When you or your loved one comes to SOBA to seek help, you can be assured that you will be under the care of the most skilled and experienced medical professionals available. Treatment programs will be under the direction of a board-certified professional: psychologist, addictionologist, psychiatrist, nutritionist, family and marriage counselor, personal trainer and others, as needed.

Three-Pronged Approach to Recovery

Overcoming a powerful addiction such as alcoholism takes tremendous effort and dedication. SOBA understands, too, that alcohol affects more than just your body. Recovering from it also requires focused attention on your mental and emotional health as well. The SOBA treatment starts with detoxification in a safe environment, carefully monitored by competent professionals. Next, SOBA turns its attention your mind through the intervention of psychiatrists and psychologists. The treatment is capped off by helping you achieve spiritual relief through meditation and helping your turn to sources other than alcohol to deal with stress and pressures.

The Bad

  • Lack of detailed information
  • High cost
  • Absence of aftercare

Lack of Detailed Information

A quick look through the SOBA website will entice just about anyone. The center does a good job of providing an overview of what the treatment program is deigned to do. The problem is, there is little information about the specific details of the treatment program itself. For example, the website doesn't talk about how long the treatment lasts, what day-to-day activities consist. This information can be found by looking elsewhere online, but it would be nice and convenient if SOBA would provide these details itself on its own site.

High Cost

Alcohol treatment facilities are expensive. It doesn't matter where you go-be prepared to pay a lot for the treatment; however, it's important to be aware of what the costs will be. SOBA charges $28,000 for the first month and $14,000 for additional months. Treatment programs are not meant for the financially challenges, so if this is a concern for you, it's best to plan appropriately. SOBA isn't the most expensive program, but there are similar options that won't charge as much.

Absence of Aftercare

SOBA doesn't say much about what happens after treatment. After a stay at the facility, it's vital that follow-up is given to patients to provide support and to ensure that there are no relapses. If SOBA does have strategies in place to address after-care, they aren't stated online.

The Bottom Line

SOBA isn't without some flaws and drawbacks, as stated above. The facility isn't for everyone dealing with alcohol addiction; however, the center is clearly one of the most equipped to handle the many effects of alcoholism and is committed to helping people overcome these challenges. Not only is the treatment approach well-rounded and focused on each individual, but the facility itself will help anyone feel comfortable and at ease. The center provides beautiful views and a peaceful atmosphere. Plus, patients will be treated to excellent food and will be kept busy with activities. If you or a loved one is struggling with these addictions, SOBA is an excellent choice to provide the relief you seek.

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