Treatment Center Setting
- Beach Community
- Residential Neighborhood
Malibu Beach Recovery Centers Philosophy
At Malibu Beach Recovery Centers, each client benefits from a highly personalized recovery plan developed by our expert, multidisciplinary team of medical professionals. Our integrative approach combines evidence-based addiction treatment with complementary holistic therapies designed to heal mind, body, and spirit and encourage an overall healthy lifestyle, free of the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Areas of Specialization
Gender Specific Residential Treatment
Our gender-specific programs, including Corral Canyon House for men and Latigo House for women, are tailored to meet the needs of each gender. Both residences offer compassionate and experienced staff, individualized care and serene, homelike settings that promote physical and mental well-being. Meals are provided by our on-site chefs, who use fresh, wholesome ingredients to prepare satisfying meals that help alleviate cravings and repair the nutritional deficits that can occur due to drug and alcohol use.
We provide compassionate, medically supervised detox from alcohol, drugs and pain medication at the Brentwood House. Our experienced detox specialists are available 24/7 to ensure that clients are safe and comfortable, while a physician who specializes in addiction medicine sees clients daily. Detox may include medication and holistic therapies to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
This includes mindfulness training, somatic therapy, and movement therapy. These treatments are helpful for mood disorders such as depression and anxiety; and is especially helpful for those with PTSD.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
Meet the Staff
Melissa Smith, LCSW
As Clinical Director, Melissa Smith leads clinical programming for Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who oversees clinical services, provides supervision and training for a multidisciplinary team, conducts assessments, maintains the highest standards of care, and develops new treatment programs at MBRC’s detox, residential and intensive outpatient centers.
Melissa received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT, and went on to receive her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California School of Social Work in Los Angeles, with a primary focus in mental health and substance abuse. She has been a part of the addiction and co-occurring mental health treatment field in California since 2006. Her experience includes providing case management as well as individual, group and family therapy at all levels of substance abuse treatment.
Melissa began her career in addiction and mental health treatment as a college student working in a psychiatric hospital which housed a child and adolescent psychiatric unit, adult psychiatric/severe persistent mental illness unit, and detoxification unit. Throughout her studies at USC, she interned as a case manager on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles and as a children’s therapist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She then transitioned into working as a residential counselor and intake coordinator at dual diagnosis residential treatment facilities in Los Angeles, Malibu, and San Francisco. She has served as a case manager for an aftercare program and as a primary therapist within residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs. Smith has also done extensive work as a facilitator of group and family therapy. She has expertise in the clinical areas of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders as well as coordination of continuing care, program and business development, documentation, and community outreach.
Her most recent position was program director and interim clinical director for Haven House Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles, where she assisted in the development of all clinical programs. Melissa supported program development from a clinical, program, and operations perspective, and as a program and clinical lead, developed comprehensive treatment and discharge plans, conducted biopsychosocial assessments, collaborated with a multidisciplinary team and outside service providers, facilitated groups and provided individual therapy and case management for dual diagnosis patients across all levels of care.
Jordan Aronoff is Executive Director of Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. He is responsible for overseeing operations at MBRC’s medically supervised detox, residential and outpatient centers, as well as developing partnerships with the recovery community.
Aronoff’s role includes leading quality improvement initiatives, collaborating with multidisciplinary teams and developing strategic plans to allow MBRC to continue to best serve clients in need of recovery services for drug and alcohol addiction.
Prior to joining Malibu Beach Recovery Centers, Aronoff was chief operating officer and program director at an addiction treatment center in Los Angeles. With over eight years of leadership experience, he was instrumental in expanding the levels of care available to clients, building the center from sober living-only to one offering a full continuum of residential and outpatient care.
Aronoff graduated with honors from University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences. Before entering the addiction treatment field, he worked as a consultant in the entertainment industry.
David Baron, D. O., M. Ed.
Administrative Medical Director
Dr. David Baron is currently a Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California, Director, and Global Center for Exercise, Psychiatry and Sports at USC and Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Cinema-Television. Dr. Baron is currently working on cutting edge research on Traumatic Brain Injuries funded by the NFL. Dr. Baron received his M.Ed. from USC, and trained in bioethics at Georgetown University and NIH. Additionally, he was the NIMH bioethics representative at NIH.
Shereen Sutphen, LVN, CPT-1, RADT-1
Director of Detox
Shereen Sutphen, a Licensed
Vocational Nurse, manages all
aspects of client care and
education during detox.
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ABOUT MALIBU BEACH RECOVERY CENTERS
A program of RiverMend Health, Malibu Recovery Centers (MBRC) are a group of exclusive drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities located in Southern California. Oceanfront homes, highly trained and compassionate staff, and an integrative approach to evidence-based and holistic treatments support the recovery process for men and women seeking lifelong sobriety. Medically supervised detoxification, residential programming, transitional living, outpatient treatment, and treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders like depression and anxiety are all available through personalized recovery plans.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
MBRC combines traditional Western treatment methods with holistic practices of physical fitness, creative arts, and spiritual-based therapies. When clients arrive at one of the facilities, they’ll receive a thorough assessment and work with staff members to create a personalized treatment plan.
Addiction treatment may include a combination of 12-step support meetings, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), yoga, group and individual counseling, and trauma, drama, music, animal-assisted, or art therapies. According to MBRC’s webpage, programs work to “restore brain chemistry” and “rejuvenate the body’s reward system.” Clients meet with their treatment team on a weekly basis to discuss progress made and any adjustments that may be required.
All program options, from residential to partial hospitalization (PHP) to intensive outpatient (IOP), provide a gender-specific environment and daily curriculum of exercise, skills development, counseling, individualized treatment, and education. Family involvement is also highly encouraged.
Another integral component to the MBRC rehabilitation process is its Malibu Recovery Diet, which was developed to raise dopamine levels naturally. Chef-led cooking classes provide professional instruction in nutrition and healthy meal preparation.
In keeping with its treatment approach, the staff is also multidisciplinary. The staff leadership includes a psychiatrist with dozens of affiliations with medical schools, research institutions, and hospitals, clinical psychologists with diverse treatment specializations, nurses, and healthcare administrators. A primary care physician, licensed addiction counselors, yoga instructors, and a professional chef are also on staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Accommodations at each of the MBRC locations are comfortable, spacious, and luxurious. Clients stay in private or semi-private rooms, and have access to gyms, recreational grounds, pools, fireplaces, and communal living rooms.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni feedback is mixed. In their Rehabs.com survey, an anonymous reviewer urged others to “Please do not go here.” “They will tell you your stay is covered by insurance and then slam you a year later for $5,000 of bills!”
On Yelp, nine reviews provided a mix of personal opinions and experiences. John D. wrote: “I like their multidisciplinary and holistic approach. Very healthy, lots of exercise, and great healthy food." Alum D.S. shared their success story: “I finally got sober at Malibu Beach Recovery Center.” D.S. also noted that MBRC provided her with “the best combination” of yoga, AA meetings and in-house therapists and doctors.
Others expressed dissatisfaction with the balance of traditional therapies offered. Former client Chad, for example, claimed that the program simply had “too much yoga” and a “staff that has no idea about anything” while Michael H. wrote: “you see a therapist ONCE a week and its ALL aa meetings.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the 12 reviewers surveyed by Rehabs.com to date, all but one mention compassionate, caring staff and individualized, varied therapies as strengths. Though they considered the facility’s insurance policy a weakness, E.A.D., a loved one, held in high regard MBRC’s gender-responsive treatment and “full continuum of care from detox to sober living.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Eight staff members wrote to Rehabs.com, many of whom emphasized the strong staff-to-client ratio. “The program is set up in a manner that allows the client to use and enhance experiences that may be a part of their own daily routines which makes the program uniquely designed to fit the individual,” wrote Dawn. She also noted that staff members are “a continued source of support even after the client returns home.”
MBRC accepts most PPO health insurance plans.
Published on August 2017
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