SOBA Recovery Center in Malibu, CA

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(5 of 5)
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22669 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu CA 90265

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Areas of Specialization

SOBA Drug Treatment, SOBA's Unique Alcohol Treatment

Facility Highlights

Staffing Ratio (Residential): Therapists to clients: 1:2
After Care Program
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Review by Contributors


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.


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 psychoeducational groups..

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 wealth and wellness coach. The facility staffs one therapist for every two clients.


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, and there is an outdoor pool on-site. Bed rooms and community area are upscale and cozy.


Seven alumni polled by at the time of this writing rated the SOBA Recovery Center’s treatment effectiveness an average 4.9 out of five stars, and they rated the facility’s meals and nutrition and accommodations and amenities a perfect five stars.

Reviewers praised the facility’s staff and personalized treatment plan. Alum Ryan wrote in a representative review: “Excellent staff and facilities. They really care. Soba helped me get through many issues in life and learn to accept and love myself.”

Ratings that appeared on secondary review sites at the time of this writing were mostly positive. On Google, 13 reviewers rated SRC an average of 4.5 out of five stars, echoing the same praise as reviewers for the most part.[1] One two-star reviewer complained the facility helped women more than men.

The rehab also received positive feedback on Yelp, as 12 reviewers gave the facility perfect ratings of five out of five stars and praised its upscale environment and effective treatment model.[2] 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.”

Additional positive feedback was posted on the facility's Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, where 23 ratings averaged 4.5 out of five stars to date.[3] Feedback reflected that of reviewers and those who left commentary on other secondary sources. A one-star reviewer did complain about high costs, though.


Howard, the single loved one surveyed by 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 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!”


One anonymous staff member polled by to date rated SRC a perfect five stars in nearly every category (connectivity received only four). They wrote: “they put the client first.”

On secondary review site Glassdoor to date, 16 ratings for SRC averaged 4.8 out of five stars.[4] In a review representation of what others said, an anonymous five-star reviewer wrote: "There is a strong sense of community amongst the staff and clients," but also noted that "Sometimes space can be limited and communication within different departments can be challenging."


SRC works with private insurance providers like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Anthem, ValueOptions, and Cigna.


Published on December 2017

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They put the client first

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You can use me as an example to set so kids don't follow in my footsteps.

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I have been to a lot of different treatment centers, SOBA is by far the best one I've been to.

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Great company, great staff, and positive atmosphere! Would recommend to anybody...this place brings happiness to people.

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Excellent staff and facilities. They really care. Soba helped me get through many issues in life and learn to accept and love myself.

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Soba saved my life.

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Soba has a great treatment team that cares about the well being and recovery of their client on an individual basis. Accommodating the client to the best of their ability!

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High quality clinical and medical service. Excellent treatment facility. Personalized treatment plan supportive environment

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Would love to have a phone interview about the facility.

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