herapy and treatment can be extremely beneficial, especially when combined with holistic and experiential therapeutic activities.  In mental health and substance abuse treatment there are proven, evidence-based therapies that are effective in guiding the individual toward shedding self-destructive behaviors while teaching coping skills, communication techniques, and rational thought patterns.

Evidence-Based Therapies Options

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a short-term therapy that teaches the individual in recovery how to change the way they respond to certain situations where maladaptive behaviors, such as substance use disorder have resulted.  CBT helps the individual be proactive in recognizing triggers that could prompt relapse and to access new coping skills and healthy behavioral responses learned in CBT to fortify recovery.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Similar to CBT, DBT identifies the active connection between accepting the need to change self-destructive behaviors and working on making those positive changes in one’s life.  DBT helps treat the compulsive behavioral patterns of self-harm with incremental, practical techniques.  The four basic tenets of DBT include mindfulness, interpersonal relations, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance.

Contingency Management (CM)

CM is a treatment approach that uses rewards to reinforce the new positive behaviors.  Incentives used in CM can include vouchers that have monetary value and can be used to purchase certain privileges or activities that are consistent with a sober lifestyle. CM may involve cash prizes awarded over the course of the treatment program when certain benchmarks are met, such as three consecutive negative drug or alcohol tests, for example.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

MET seeks to evoke a patient-driven motivation to change self-destructive behaviors.  MET involves internally motivated change based on the initial assessment session with a therapist using motivational interviewing principles.  The individual devises a plan to make positive life changes, and in subsequent sessions the therapist monitors the changes and encourages them to continue toward their self-defined goals.

Experiential & Holistic Addiction Treatment Options & Therapies

To enhance the process of self-discovery in therapy, holistic and experiential activities are often added to the treatment plan.  Activities that promote a deeper understanding of self can lead to therapeutic breakthroughs and new insights after the door has been opened via traditional therapy.

Practicing mindfulness has been particularly effective in augmenting the effects of therapy.  Mindfulness training teaches the individual to gain greater control over emotions and feelings of anxiety by focusing on the here and now by using breathing techniques and other mental exercises.  Other adjunct therapies include yoga, acupuncture, massage therapy, equine therapy, biofeedback, guided meditation, and art therapy.

Typical Treatment Options for Addiction in Malibu

Whether you are looking for a sober living home, outpatient treatment or detoxification, Riviera Recovery can help provide you with the proper care needed in order to recover from drug abuse. We offer our structured sober living homes through Riviera Recovery and have outpatient and treatment options for those who may need a higher level of care. Recovery is unique to each individual that walks through the doors of Riviera Recovery in Malibu. Our Malibu recovery program allows clients the opportunity to truly recover in a peaceful setting while also enjoying recreational and luxurious amenities that assist in the recovery process. We are also pet-friendly for those clients who have fury loved ones.

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  • After several stabs at getting sober, I knew something had to change. I had never before considered sober living, but I knew I had to place myself in a safe, accountable environment, far from negative distractions, and find a new way to live. Riviera provided everything I could have asked for. I came from the East Coast, seeking a place to rediscover myself and unearth new passions and, with the help of the staff and the community at Riviera Recovery, I slowly carved a new, wonderful, sober life for myself. From the safety of Riviera’s walls, I ventured out, tried new things (surfing!), made new friends and, ultimately, re-entered society a happy, whole person again. I couldn’t be more grateful for Riviera Recovery, its kind and caring staff, and my fellow residents.

  • Less than a day after I left rehab, I walked into Riviera Recovery. I was scared, broken, anxious, and ashamed. The very next day, I felt like I could be myself again. During my time at Riviera Recovery, I went through a lot in my life, things that were beyond my control. A friend of mine that I had met several years earlier passed away from from the terrible disease of addiction. If it hadn’t been for the the help of the staff of Riviera Recovery, I don’t know how I would’ve coped with the loss of a dear one. It was because of Paul, Jose and Riviera that I was able to work through any obstacles that I faced. Each day that I spent there, I learned more and more the importance of maintaining sobriety and all the good that comes with it. I have learned that life isn’t always easy, but one thing I have learned as a result of the 3 months that I spent at Riviera is that I can overcome anything no matter how difficult or painful it is. I will be forever grateful to Jose, Paul and the Riviera Recovery for giving me another chance at recovery and another chance at life.

    Nikki N.
  • Prior to coming to Riviera Recovery, I had been in nine treatment facilities and never managed to stay sober. In fact, many times I would relapse the day I checked out of treatment. While at Riviera Recovery I changed everything. I learned how to live, how to have fun. I traveled, I met really cool people, my eating habits changed, I quit smoking, started exercising, doing yoga, swimming in the ocean, etc., etc.The greatest thing about being at Riviera Recovery was working with Khalil. He went to court appearances with me and helped me repair the damage I caused with my family, whom I had been estranged from. I will be celebrating two years clean and sober next month and am living with my three beautiful children. None of this could have ever happened without Khalil.

  • I spent four months at Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, CA starting January 2009, prior to moving to Riviera Recovery in April 2009, where I eventually lived for twelve months due to the extremely positive experiences I was exposed to. Khalil introduced me to many new and rewarding challenges, including but not limited to, daily yoga sessions, a new and healthy diet regime, enlightening reading materials and of course plenty of local support meetings. I believe that being from the area, Khalil offers a more personal approach to each of us living at Riviera Recovery. He has the ability to connect each person with the best-suited plan for them. Khalil and I were able to travel together on some great trips and it was always a good thing to know he was there for me. I know that if it was not for him and his recovery center I would not be as happy and most importantly, sober, as I am today. Even upon moving out a few months ago I feel just as welcome as ever at my second home. I often make weekly visits to the house, whether, for yoga, surfing or a sauna session, Riviera Recovery always makes me feel at home. I highly recommend any persons to be a part of Riviera Recovery. Without them, I would not have overcome the hurdles I faced, and would not be ready to face the hardships ahead


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Riviera Recovery is an addiction recovery program located in Malibu, California that offers a unique and holistic approach to establishing long-term recovery from addiction.  Riviera Recovery is committed to supporting evidence-based and holistic approaches to mental health recovery and will coordinate outpatient therapy and adjunct services. Call our admission team now at 1-866-741-4131 to learn more about our addiction treatment options in Malibu, California.