Seven Best California Rehabilitation Clinics

1. Axis Residential Treatment

Axis Residential Treatment has three locations throughout California: Indian Wells, Culver City, and Santa Monica. They also have a sober living facility in West Los Angeles. They provide each client with a treatment program that is tailored just for him or her because they do not believe that there is a one-size-fits-all treatment model. Their staff is experienced and well-educated in utilizing evidence-based treatment methods. The clients are provided with many luxury amenities (e.g. single rooms, swimming pools, meditation spaces, organic meals, etc). The cost can range from $10,000 to $30,000, depending on several factors (e.g. insurance, length of stay, type of program, etc.).

2. Betty Ford Center

Betty Ford Center is located in Rancho Mirage, California. It was established in 1982 by the former first lady Betty Ford when addiction was first becoming known as a disease, so they have almost 40 years of experience in treating addiction. They use a multidisciplinary approach to addiction treatment that addresses the mind, body, and spirit, using the interpersonal support provided by the Twelve Steps. The staff takes every factor (e.g. physical health, mental health, family history, substances used, relapse risk, and medical needs) into consideration to formulate the most accurate treatment plan for each client. One of their notable treatment methods is animal therapy with their golden retriever named Irish. Betty Ford Center is also known for their Family Program and Children’s Program to help the clients’ families heal because addiction is a family disease. The cost without insurance and other assistance is $32,000 for thirty days.

3. Passages Malibu

Passages Malibu is located in Malibu, California. They have received many recognitions from several organizations and magazines. They do not use the Twelve Steps; instead, they try to figure out the cause of each client’s addiction and treat that cause using a one-on-one approach. Their research shows that there are four causes of addiction, which are a biochemical imbalance, painful past events that not have been dealt with, current situation being difficult to cope with, and distorted beliefs. They use a combination of 16 different experiential and traditional therapy methods (e.g. acupuncture/acupressure, counseling, hypnosis, physical fitness, yoga, tai chi, etc.); the specific combination that they use depends on each client’s unique case. The cost without insurance and other assistance is $80,000 a month for a shared room and $111,000 a month for an individual room.

4. Malibu Beach Recovery Center

Malibu Beach Recovery Center is located in Malibu, California by the Pacific Ocean and Malibu Canyons. Their treatment programs are gender-specific because they understand that men and women experience gender-specific addiction issues. The facility is a two-acre mansion that has a swimming pool and tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. Their holistic treatment focuses on “restoring the brain chemistry” and “rejuvenating the body’s reward system.” Their cooking classes, which are intended to teach the clients to boost their dopamine levels naturally, are taught by a professional chef. The cost without insurance and other assistance is $35,000 for thirty days.

5. Serenity New Life

Serenity New Life is located in Orange, California. In addition to using the common traditional and experiential therapies, Serenity New Life uses SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) imaging to address the physiological aspect of addiction. SPECT imaging enables the staff to monitor the client’s brain blood flow and activity in order to treat him or her in a scientifically-proven way. The cost ranges from $10,000 to $30,000, and they accept most insurance plans.

6. Northbound Treatment Services

Northbound Treatment Services is located in Newport Beach, California. A unique benefit of Northbound Treatment Services is that the client to staff ratio is one-to-one, so the client will always be given adequate support and individualized attention from the staff. The programs are gender-specific. Their unique treatment approach is called In Vivo. This treatment approach consists of clients living in real-world but supervised houses throughout the area as opposed to a single secluded treatment facility campus. After they have progressed to a certain extent in treatment, the clients can use cell phones, obtain passes to go off-site, and seek educational and employment opportunities. The In Vivo treatment method is intended to teach the clients to live sober in the real world. The cost without insurance and other assistance is $21,500 for 30 days.

7. Soba Recovery Center

Sober Recovery Center is located on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. They value finding the underlying issues that fueled the client’s addiction and helping him or her develop a new perspective to achieve optimal recovery. They have a small client to staff ratio to provide as much individualized care a possible, and an aftercare program that helps the client as they transition into the outside world as a recovering individual. The cost ranges; the first month costs $28,000, and the subsequent months cost $14,000 per month without insurance and other assistance.


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