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Addiction Treatment Modalities

Malibu Detox and Residential Treatment Center is an ideal setting to pause life’s distractions and thoroughly explore your opportunity for growth and healing. Through an evidence-based and holistically integrated curriculum of individualized approaches and patient-centered thinking and philosophy, Malibu Detox offers the therapies and tools you need to begin the transformative journey toward addiction recovery.

Our treatment approach focuses on understanding each person’s unique needs and providing cutting-edge treatment to strengthen skills, identify destructive attributes and reduce addictive behaviors. Regardless of your addiction type, we have the experienced staff, knowledge, and resources to treat it. The clinical programs at our treatment facility employ multiple research-based treatment methods to help those struggling with substance use and associated mental health disorders. Our specialized clinicians work closely with each client, matching the right combination of behavioral therapy, counseling, and other addiction treatment modalities to their unique needs.

Our Substance Abuse Treatment Options

Addiction is a complex disease often deep-rooted in a person’s early life experiences. At Malibu Detox, our addiction treatment philosophy is that every person struggling with substance abuse is capable of renewal, continuous change, and freedom when given the right tools and support to flourish. Our treatment programs help individuals addicted to various drugs, including but not limited to:

Through a combination of treatment modalities, including cognitive and behavioral therapy, our treatment programs will help you overcome deep-rooted behavior patterns, acknowledge triggers, and address the underlying causes of your addiction and mental health issues. Family therapy and engagement are encouraged throughout the process, and medication-assisted treatment is thoughtfully integrated when appropriate to ensure a safe and successful transition to your life following treatment. 

Whether you are participating in inpatient or outpatient treatment, our highly-rated treatment programs incorporate various addiction treatment modalities and therapeutic practices to help you achieve lasting recovery, including:

Evidence-Based Therapies for Alcohol Use Disorder

Individual and Group Therapy Sessions

Counseling is almost always needed in addiction treatment. Individual therapy and group therapy sessions are included in our substance abuse treatment programs as they aim to help clients recognize unsettling feelings, thoughts, or behaviors, employing various treatment techniques. Both therapies are part of a comprehensive treatment plan to help those struggling with substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Individual Therapy: During individual therapy, clients work one-on-one with a licensed therapist who specializes in treating those battling addiction and co-occurring disorders. All sessions are held in safe and confidential treatment settings.

Group Therapy: Group therapy provides a supportive and inclusive space for two or more peers in the rehab program to come together and discuss their experiences related to alcoholism or drug addiction. This form of therapy can offer insight and comfort while introducing a support system from peers with similar struggles. Group counseling sessions offered at Malibu Detox are organized around various treatment models, such as psychoeducational groups, skills development groups, and more.


Behavioral Therapies

Behavioral therapy is used to identify and target learned negative behaviors and provide tools for changing that behavior. Behavioral therapy helps individuals with substance use disorders recognize triggers or behavioral cues and work on modifying or changing the reaction to the trigger. This type of therapy is particularly helpful for those who struggle with co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse and addiction, anxiety, depression, panic disorders, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Malibu Detox’s behavioral therapies take a two-phase approach to treating addiction – help clients recognize and understand triggers at the core, stabilize addictive behaviors, and provide a clear path to lifelong health and addiction recovery.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Increases awareness of the connection between feelings, thoughts, and behavior. In this mental health model, patients will re-examine negative thought patterns (or cognitive distortions) that can lead to increased substance use disorder and mental health disorder symptoms.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): Dialectical behavior therapy looks at behavioral patterns and uses mindfulness to help individuals come to a place of acceptance for the challenges they are currently facing. DBT is known to be an effective form of addiction treatment for self-destructive behaviors and even for personality disorders like borderline personality disorder.
Evidence-Based Therapies for Alcohol Use Disorder

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy uses hands-on, expressive tools and activities as a way to open up communication between patient and therapist. This category of therapeutic technique generally does not take place in a typical office setting, as the objective is to delve into the activity and experience, which will help identify different emotions, feelings, etc.

Experiential therapy sessions may take place at the beach if you’re trying out surf therapy, in an art room, or even in a horse stable for equine-assisted therapy. Some therapies are done in the form of group therapy, or family therapy, while others will be one-on-one.

At Malibu Detox & Residential Treatment Center, we provide the following list of experiential therapies with the potential for more to be added in the near future:


Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is a person-centered therapy that aims to create intrinsic motivation and increased engagement in the addiction recovery process while transforming negative behaviors associated with substance abuse.

A trained therapist will track progress and implement strategies based on one-on-one therapy sessions with the patient. The therapist involved in leading these sessions will provide encouragement and help the patient find the internal strength needed to combat problematic substance abuse.

Motivational enhancement therapy was created to treat addiction and is most beneficial for those resistant to addiction treatment or unprepared to make the changes needed for lasting health and recovery. It can also help those struggling with co-occurring mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and more.


Medication-assisted treatment is a scientifically proven technique that helps individuals overcome substance use disorder and co-occurring mental illness. Many patients find relief using MAT combined with other treatment therapies, such as counseling and behavioral therapies, to help combat addiction and mental illness. We thoughtfully integrate medication-assisted treatment to help our clients relieve symptoms and feel more comfortable using FDA-approved medications.

Other Treatment Modalities

High-quality addiction treatment, led by credible and knowledgeable counselors, addresses various issues through an evidence-based and holistic approach that encompasses body, mind, and spirit for whole-person healing. Aside from the above-listed addiction therapies and treatment modalities, Malibu Detox & Residential Center also offers several other treatment modalities to provide the tools needed to gain important coping skills to help achieve lasting recovery. Some of these include:

  • Holistic therapy techniques to help reduce physical withdrawal symptoms while also addressing psychological needs.
  • Motivational interviewing to promote and enforce positive change through self-motivation.
  • Family therapy sessions to support our patients and family members in the addiction treatment process.
  • Community building by attending local events and supporting local organizations.
  • 12-step programs and group counseling such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other meetings that address alcohol and drug abuse.

All therapeutic modalities at Malibu Detox offer you the opportunity to engage in a wealth of programming and counseling that helps:

  • Address underlying issues, such as trauma, anxiety, or family matters
  • Develop critical coping techniques for handling stress, drug cravings, and other triggers
  • Identify obsolete ideas and beliefs and replace them with those aligned with your intrinsic values
  • Assess thought and behavior patterns and learn healthier habits
  • Repair damaged relationships and restore function to the family system
  • Find meaning and purpose in a life free from drugs and alcohol
  • Learn to enjoy and relax without the use of drugs and alcohol
  • Set real goals for the future and work towards achieving them
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Find Treatment Services With Malibu Detox

Our therapeutic approaches serve as a catalyst for meaningful transformations, ultimately helping individuals achieve sustainable, long-term health and recovery. If you are struggling with substance use disorders and associated mental health issues, we’re here to help. Malibu Detox offers comprehensive treatment modalities such as behavioral and cognitive therapy facilitated by an unparalleled treatment team of clinical therapists, psychiatrists, doctors, nurses, and more.

When you’re stuck in the cycle of addiction, you can experience hopelessness, isolation, and frustration. Reaching out for help and finding the right program for you is a major first step in your recovery journey. Whether you need medically-supervised detox, medication-assisted treatment, residential treatment, dual diagnosis treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, sober living, aftercare services, or treatment for dual-diagnosis disorders, we can help.

Contact our Malibu, California, addiction treatment facility today at (424) 234-2027 to discuss your personalized addiction treatment plan. We accept most major and private insurance plans and will work with you to navigate your coverage to minimize out-of-pocket expenses. Our admissions staff looks forward to speaking with you.

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