Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dear Cliffside Malibu,

"Thank you so much for my wonderful sobriety-enriching experience at Cliffside Malibu. It was an exciting adventure to spend two weeks working on my fourth step and participating in the group process. You introduced me to other wonderful opportunities in recovery, including psychotherapy, yoga, equine therapy (wow!), and acupuncture. I’ve incorporated yoga into my daily routine, taking a class three times a week and LOVE it! I’m exploring equine therapy further, and will continue to work with Chris as well. Sobriety has never been better, and I can’t thank you enough for accommodating my special request for a serene, supportive environment in which to do my fourth step. Please stay in touch, and let me know how I can participate in the continuing success of Cliffside Malibu through service."
Yours in recovery, [Name withheld for confidentiality]

"Thank you for all your help, support and humor during my stay at Cliffside. It was an incredible experience, one I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams (just like you said!)" … [Name withheld for confidentiality]

"I just wanted to express my extreme gratitude and my great satisfaction for my time with you. When I arrived I was on my last legs. My marriage was falling apart, my step-son didn’t trust me, and I was slowly killing myself with alcohol. I was told by my wife and my counselors that I looked like a person in the late stages of a terminal illness. I certainly felt like one. I was tired, dejected, depressed and hopeless. I didn’t know where to turn. When I realized that I needed to find an in-patient treatment center, I first looked at a well known competitor, and I was treated as only another set of ingredients to be mixed, formed, and baked according to a preset formula. I found Cliffside by entering ‘alcohol rehab’ into a search engine in desperation..." [Name withheld for confidentiality]

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Article of note...

I found an article worthy of note, Malibu Offers Evidence Based Drug Rehab Treatment, it offers an enlightened perspective of Cliffside Malibu and its methods. Please take the time to read and offer up any comments.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pharmaceuticals Addiction

Treating an addiction to pharmaceuticals requires a different approach than programs designed for typical recreational drugs. A wide range of different drugs and circumstances could be involved, each with its own requirements. The staff at Cliffside Malibu have a great deal of experience in treating a wide range of pharmaceutical addictions and they assess each patient to determine the specifics of their addiction and design a treatment plan tailored to each patient’s unique situation. Our doctors provide advanced medical care during the initial detox period, where residual drugs are flushed from the patient’s system. Therapists and counselors then work with the patient, employing proven group and individual therapy sessions including not only intensive addiction counseling, but also psychological analysis to address any underlying issues.

Breaking free of a pharmaceutical addiction can be stressful and physically demanding, especially during the detox phase when withdrawal comes into play. Cliffside Malibu provides residents with exclusive, luxurious surroundings to ensure that they are as comfortable as possible during their treatment, and free of the distractions and stresses of their daily lives. Amenities include:

* private, two acre beach-front estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean
* a Cordon Bleu chef running a kitchen that provides exceptional meals
* fitness center and heated lap pool
* recreational activities including hiking, swimming and cycling
* alternative therapies such as massage, yoga and acupuncture
* spa treatments
* luxury appointments including plasma TVs, fireplaces and Internet access

Completing the pharmaceutical addiction treatment cycle, once a Cliffside Malibu patient is discharged, they have access to our highly effective after-care program.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Gambling Addiction: Why is Cliffside’s gambling addiction program so effective?

In order to successfully overcome a gambling addiction, treatment has to focus on the unique needs of the individual suffering from this affliction. The counselors and therapists with the gambling addiction program at Cliffside Malibu have helped many gambling addicts recover and return to a normal life. Our staff is experienced in dealing with the unique nature of a gambling addiction; they understand that a gambler can’t simply will themselves to stop, that they suffer from a compulsive disorder that requires treatment like any other disease. The gambling addiction program at Cliffside Malibu leverages the expertise of our staff and includes treatment of both the physiological and psychological aspects of the addiction. Our gambling addiction program features:

* a primary therapist assigned to each patient for the duration of his or her stay, ensuring individual attention.
* treatment that is tailored to the unique needs of each patient.
* individual and group therapies.
* Family programs.
* 12 step program.
* aftercare programs for continued support.

Cliffside Malibu also recognizes that recovery from a gambling addiction cannot take place in a stressful, crowded or unpleasant environment. Our exclusive residence is designed to make our patients as comfortable as possible during their stay and to prevent the stresses from everyday life from intruding on their recovery. We feel our facilities are world class, with patients enjoying resort-like amenities such as:

* luxurious rooms equipped with plasma televisions and fireplaces.
* an oceanfront location with private beach access.
* sun deck and heated lap pool.
* wide range of recreational and relaxation activities including horseback riding, yoga, hiking, swimming and cycling.
* fitness facilities and personal trainer.
* An ocean view dining room serving gourmet meals.

What can Cliffside Malibu do to help you overcome your gambling addiction?

If you or someone you love suffers from a gambling addiction, Cliffside Malibu can help; if the measure is required, we can even assist in staging an intervention. Our residents are comfortable, relaxed, medically supervised and worry-free during their stay, so that they have nothing to distract them from their recovery. When in-residence treatment is completed, an after-care program is provided and we also offer counseling and services for family members. Our staff are caring, focused on ensuring patients receive the individual attention they require to succeed and have a wealth of experience in dealing with gambling addiction. We can help you or your loved one beat this addiction and reclaim your life.

Articles taken from Cliffside Malibu