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SOBA's Unique Alcohol Treatment , SOBA Drug Treatment
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ABOUT SOBA RECOVERY CENTER
SOBA Recovery Center (SRC) in Malibu, Calif., is a luxury substance abuse treatment facility that provides residential care — which includes extended stays at the sober living facility, Malibu Villas. Detox services are available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The trained mental health professionals at SOBA Recovery believe that alcohol and drug use are merely symptoms, and that underlying emotional and psychiatric concerns such as PTSD, family problems, anxiety, and depression must be addressed.
Following guidelines from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, SRC recommends a 90-day treatment period, although there are other treatment options available for clients who are not able to stay for the full 90 days.
The facility offers a social model for recovery, where individuals live together in a supportive and relaxed beachfront community. Treatment is centered on a neurobiological approach that emphasizes nutrition and exercise, and is supplemented by 12-step meetings, one-on-one therapy, and family-of-origin counseling.
SRC believes that aftercare is an important part of successful recovery. There are several choices available for the transitional living segment of treatment; one of the most popular options is to stay at SRC’s own Malibu Villas luxury sober living facility.
Along with an independently affiliated physician, SRC’s treatment team includes psychologists, licensed therapists, social workers, personal trainers, yoga instructors, an acupuncturist, and a chiropractor. The facility staffs one therapist for every two clients.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residential clients stay in private and semi-private beach cottages just steps from the shore. An executive chef, who can accommodate special dietary requests, cooks home-style gourmet meals. Personal trainers offer structured fitness programs and daily activities including surf therapy, a ropes course, kayaking, and tennis.
The facility offers private beach access.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Seven alumni polled by Rehabs.com rated the SOBA Recovery Center’s treatment effectiveness an average 4.9 out of five stars to date, and they rated the facility’s meals and nutrition and accommodations and amenities a perfect five stars. One alum rated SRC’s connectivity five stars and staff’s level of experience and training three stars. Reviewers praised the facility’s staff and personalized treatment plan, with alum Ryan writing: “Excellent staff and facilities. They really care. Soba helped me get through many issues in life and learn to accept and love myself.”
On Google, 14 reviewers rated SRC 4.5 out of five stars on average to date, echoing the same praise for the most part. One two-star reviewer complained the facility helped women more than men.
The rehab also received positive feedback on Yelp, as nine alumni gave the facility five-star ratings and praised its upscale environment and effective treatment model. Ali described the staff as friendly and supportive, writing: “They really care about YOU and as a person with feelings, emotions, and needs. It is a program that was tailored to meet every individual need I had.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Howard, the one loved one surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, gave SRC five stars for every category he evaluated, including the facility’s treatment effectiveness, its family participation, its counseling options, and its connectivity and visitor policies. He told Rehabs.com that he would highly recommend the facility.
Parents Jack and Kay C., whose teenage son attended SRC, gave the program five stars on Yelp, adding: “Soba is a successful program and we could not be more pleased. If you are a parent looking for a supportive and sincerely caring program, Soba is the one!”
WHAT STAFF SAY
One anonymous staff member polled by Rehabs.com rated SRC a perfect five stars in nearly every category to date (connectivity received only four). They wrote: “they put the client first.”
Although SRC doesn’t offer any financial assistance, the facility does note on its website that it works with some insurance providers. An alum polled by Rehabs.com confirmed paying via insurance through their survey feedback.
Updated March 2017
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