Summit Malibu Treatment Center

27026 Sea Vista Drive, Malibu, California, 90265

OVERALL REVIEWS

4

Avg. score from 7 reviews

CRITERIA

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About Summit Malibu Treatment Center

Philisophy

Summit Malibu is owner-operated and located in an intimate, private location on 5 acres in a gated community with sweeping ocean and canyon views. The focus is on individualized treatment, with an emphasis on one-on-one therapy. We use various modalities including DBT, CBT, EMDR, Biofeedback, and Relapse Prevention. We are an alternative to AA facility.

Specialization

Aftercare Support

Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.

Process Abuse Treatment

Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.

Facility Highlights
  • Intimate, private residential setting with sweeping ocean and canyon views
  • DBT, CBT, EMDR, Trauma Therapy, and Neurofeedback focused
  • Luxurious private and semi-private suites
Meet the Staff
Willie Oswald

Willie Oswald

CEO/Founder

Over the past 30 years William Oswald has established himself as a pioneer in the alcohol and addiction recovery field. At the Adult Substance Abuse Program of Southern California (ASAP) he was one of the first to expand the scope of addiction treatment into mainstream medical facilities. In 1988 he founded Avalon Treatment Centers at Van Nuys Hospital, the first center to provide a broad range of social and therapeutic treatments that significantly reduced relapse rates. In the 1990s he established Lumax Mental Health, a company specializing in day treatment programs for dual diagnosis patients at area hospitals, and went on to direct business development for New Seasons Behavior Health Center, one of the first centers to utilize neurocognitive treatment for addiction. Mr. Oswald was also instrumental in creating Cocaine Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship that has helped thousands.

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Steven Booth

Steven Booth

CFO/Founder

Steven earned his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Economics. Before helping to co-found Summit Malibu Steven worked in both private and public accounting. Like many others, Steven has seen first hand the destruction that addiction can inflict on family and friends. He has also witnessed the extraordinary changes that can be made when addicts receive the necessary treatment.

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ABOUT SUMMIT MALIBU TREATMENT CENTER

Summit Malibu, located in a gated community in Malibu, Calif., offers medically supervised detox, as well as short- and long-term luxury residential rehab for adults struggling with addiction and dual diagnosis. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 24.7 percent of rehabs in California offer short-term (30 days or fewer) residential treatment, while 33.6 percent offer long-term residential treatment.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

All clients begin with the short-term residential program, the Primary Care Program, which lasts 28 days and focuses on detox, where necessary, as well as stabilization. An optional Extended Care program adds 60 days, 90 days, or more for those who require further treatment.

Summit Malibu follows the disease concept of addiction. The center's treatment programs are built around the core values of individualized treatment and one-on-one therapy. Each client receives more than 80 hours of individual treatment a month. The 12-Steps do not form an integral part of treatment, but clients may attend 12-step meetings or SMART Recovery meetings, if they choose.

Programs draw from a range of evidence-based practices including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), biofeedback, and alpha stim. Clients also participate in relapse prevention training, life skills and communication training, and education about the nature of addiction. A family program includes education and brief strategic family therapy.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

According to the facility's website, several staff members are in recovery themselves. The center also has affiliations to four physicians. The clinical director is a licensed clinical psychologist, and the center also employs marriage and family therapists. Additionally, the center employs numerous clinical assistants. The facility is certified by the Joint Commission, a certification held by 13.9 percent of rehabs in California.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

The facility is located in a Spanish villa situated on five acres of private land. The center accommodates 14 clients at a time and their pets, where appropriate. Residents live in private or semi-private suites with ocean or canyon views and can enjoy amenities including a spa, a swimming pool with views of the Pacific, and a fitness area with exercise equipment.

The amenities include a lap pool, jacuzzi, and bocce ball court among others. Holistic offerings include yoga, spirituality sessions, boxing, massage, acupuncture, equine therapy, and sound therapy. The facility also arranges transportation for all off-site appointments, a service provided by 50.7 percent of rehabs in California.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Five out of seven alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date gave positive reviews. Alumni repeatedly praised the individual therapy they received and the intimate atmosphere. They also praised the amenities and the facility's cleanliness.

In a representative review, alum M.T.C. wrote: "The staff was extremely kind and caring, and nursed me back to emotional and physical health. The therapists ran effective groups and were astute at offering individualized care. The chef was phenomenal - I can’t speak highly enough of him."

Two alumni polled on more granular metrics left ratings of four or perfect five-star ratings for nearly every metric evaluated, including exercise and leisure options, holistic offerings, counseling options, and the staff's level of training and experience.

Reviews on secondary sites were also mostly positive. On Yelp, 12 reviewers contributed to an average rating of four out of five stars.[1] On Google, the facility held an average rating of 4.1 stars based on 14 reviews as of this writing.[2] On Facebook, where reviews may be managed by facility staff, the facility received an average rating of 3.9 stars based on 11 reviews to date.[3]

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

To date, no loved ones have submitted reviews to Rehabs.com. However, one loved one, Stefanie, left a five-star review on Google. Stefanie wrote: "They truly put their clients’ best interests first and have a heart for their struggles and recovery. I can’t say enough good things about this place."

FINANCING

Treatment costs $48,000 for a month and $120,000 for 90 days. Summit Malibu accepts private insurance and is in-network with Signet, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Humana.

[1] https://www.yelp.com/biz/summit-malibu-treatment-center-malibu
[2] GoogleReviews
[3] https://www.facebook.com/pg/SummitMalibu/reviews/?ref=page_internal

Accreditations & Licenses
  • JCAHO
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7 Reviews

4/5
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    4/5
  • Treatment Effectiveness
    3.9/5
  • Meals & Nutrition
    4/5
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  • MTC
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    I was a client of Summit Malibu in May 2019. The staff was extremely kind and caring, and nursed me back to emotional and physical health. The therapists ran effective groups and were astute at offering individualized care. The chef was phenomenal - I can’t speak highly enough of him.
  • MM
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    Ill-informed therapists and coordinators
  • RR
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    A lot of bad practices and business goes on here . They care more about money then they do about the clients
  • Mark
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    Coming to Summit was my third time in rehab. This is the only place I have gone that gave me real individual therapy, like 9 times a week, and helped me deal with my issues. The groups were pretty good and it was more than just listening to a therapist--we did a lot of things as part of them, and even got to do a nutrition group each week where we got to cook. The food was awesome and they also took us on weekly outings which were very cool. I had a nice private room with a tv, nothing over the top, but nice and the bed was really good for sleeping. The best part though was the staff- they really made me feel like it was a big family and I belonged.
  • JM
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    At least 5 individual therapy sessions a week, small/intimate, family like atmosphere. More beach outings would be great (once a week isn't always enough) I was here for 90 days, they helped me walk through a divorce, deal with trauma and untreated depression as well as my addiction. I now have 2 years of sobriety, and this place is still my "home".
  • Anonymous
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    Small client to staff ratio. I found hope
  • Julie
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    They were better than what they looked like actually. After 90 days at Summit I had the tools needed to go back out into world with a new support structure to help me build a new life. Now, almost 2 years sober I now work there, at the place that saved my life. I am truly blessed.