We believe trust, meaningful connections, and kindness are the essentials to beginning a journey in recovery. We are dedicated to providing an honest, authentic, and genuine treatment environment that gives our clients a unique opportunity for healing. Our care is provided by skilled professionals, and by people who truly understand addiction and the underlying trauma or ‘hurt.’ Because, as Dr. Gabor Mate points out, “Addiction is not the problem. Addiction is the addict’s attempt to solve a problem.” The problem is generally some form of emotional pain and disconnection. We at Acadia acknowledge the losses and tragedy of addiction – for individuals, families, and whole communities. This is a social epidemic that is destroying the lives of millions of people across the nation. Our hearts are with you – we have experienced it personally.
Traditionally, the drug and alcohol treatment industry is based on a ‘compliance’ model, and is often administered with a punitive, coercive spirit. The goal is nothing more than ‘forced abstinence.’ At Acadia, we take an entirely different approach. Our rehabilitation philosophy is based on providing non-judgmental, loving support for our clients. The close-knit, community-based approach that we use aims to empower our clients, and provide them with a sense of comfort and belonging. And we do this in a less restrictive, freer environment. As the author Alfie Kohn shows us, “People will typically be more enthusiastic where they feel a sense of belonging and see themselves as part of a community than they will in a [place] in which each person is left to his own devices.”
Our philosophy has to be translated into principles. These principles are how we act with our clients on a daily basis. Staff and clients, alike — the entire community of Acadia — are on a healing journey together. We call this the ‘Parallel Process.’ We believe in ‘connection instead of control,’ that we are literally all in this together. It is with this spirit that we inspire and nurture our clients to change their own lives. As the renowned psychotherapist Carl Rogers taught us with his ‘Client Centered Therapy,’ “It is that the individual has within himself or herself vast resources for self-understanding, for altering his or her self-concept, attitudes and self-directed behavior — and that these resources can be tapped if only a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided.” He called this attitude ‘Unconditional Positive Regard.’
Our vision is to provide a bridge from the perils and pain of active addiction, to a new, sober, productive life. We help our clients meet this challenge by supporting them and their families through the difficulties of their first year of recovery. We provide opportunities to gain insight and awareness, and most importantly, to practice new ‘ways of doing.’ We are a ‘doing’ addiction treatment facility. You have to do differently to get differently. We provide experiential therapeutic activities. These include life-skills building, and hands-on, real-life, effective guidance in how to create and maintain healthy relationships with self and others.
What is Acadia Malibu?
The mission of Acadia Malibu is to provide unique, high quality drug and alcohol treatment services at every step along the continuum of care. We have decades of combined experience working with clients, from the initial ‘Crisis Intervention,’ all the way through to aftercare and alumni services. Acadia is licensed in Malibu to provide care for those suffering from dual-diagnoses, and our staff is very experienced in treating co-occurring disorders. Acadia Malibu stands by our commitment to provide a special and innovative treatment experience, and to tailor an individualized care plan for each of our clients.
Acadia Malibu has created a community-based, long-term rehab treatment model. Our flexible model allows us to create ways of making treatment affordable to most families. We shepherd clients through the treatment process by helping them to integrate themselves into the fabric of our community, and even more importantly, by focusing on what their lives are going to look like post-treatment. Most treatment professionals have admitted that the old 30-day model is not working. Affordable, long-term, community-based care that really works is the future of drug and alcohol treatment … And this is what we are committed to providing each of our clients and their families with.
Upon intake, a team of licensed clinicians and psychiatrists will assess the client, and an individualized treatment plan will be put together for him or her. The goals of such a plan will be clear to all involved, and benchmarks of success will be laid out along the way. As part of our ongoing ‘Care Management’ process, during periodic evaluations, efforts will be made to ensure that the original goals are being met for our clients, and new goals will be formulated if necessary.
During the client’s time in treatment, he or she will partake in psycho dynamic and educational groups, one-on-one therapy, family therapy, and numerous recreational activities. Clients will participate in many of our therapeutic modalities in their individualized care plan. All meals and transportation are included. Clients will also have weekly visits with our Addiction Psychiatrist, as well as an initial health screening by a internal medicine specialist.
Once a client has completed approximately 30 to 60 days in treatment, he or she will move to one of our Sober Living facilities. This move occurs once the client is fully stable, and has developed a very clear direction in their treatment. Case management and counseling will continue throughout the Sober Living portion of the recovery process. And most clients will elect to continue with an outpatient program. Eventually, as the client gains higher and higher levels of functionality and confidence, he or she will completely transition into their new life, and graduate from the program.
In our combined decades of experience working on the front lines of addiction, we find that one’s chances of recovery increase dramatically when he or she participates in long-term treatment. However, simply not drinking or using is not a measure of success. Particularly with young people, an integral part of recovery is the ability to be self-reliant, and to be able to take pride in creating one’s own life. We aim to help our clients use their gifts in a purpose filled life. According to Dr. Mate, the ultimate goal of treatment is, “the reintegration of addict into the larger community, and his restoration of value as a person in his own eyes.”
About Our Program Director
The story of our Program Director, Bob Forrest, ‘Bob and the Monster’ available on iTunes now here.
Running with Monsters: A Memoir
Celebrity Rehab star and Thelonious Monster frontman Bob Forrest’s memoir about his drug-fueled life in the L.A. indie rock scene of the ’80s and ’90s and his life-changing decision to become a drug counselor who specializes in “reaching the unreachable.”
Life has been one strange trip for Bob Forrest. He started out as a suburban teenage drunkard from the Southern California suburbs and went on to become a member of a hip Hollywood crowd that included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Depp, and River Phoenix. Los Angeles was their playground, and they hung out in such infamous haunts as the Viper Room and the Whisky a Go Go.
Always one to push things to their limit, Bob partied the hardest and could usually be found at the center of the drama. Drugs weren’t Bob’s only passion. He was also a talented musician who commanded the stage as the wild and unpredictable lead singer of Thelonious Monster. They traveled the world, and their future seemed bright and wide open. But Bob’s demons grew stronger as he achieved more success and he sank deeper into his chemical dependency, which included alcohol, crack, and heroin habits. No matter how many times he went to rehab, sobriety just wouldn’t stick for him. Soon he saw his once-promising music career slip away entirely.
Eventually, Bob found a way to defeat his addiction, and once he did, he saw the opportunity to help other hopeless cases by becoming a certified drug counselor. He’s helped addicts from all walks of life, often employing methods that are very much at odds with the traditional rehab approach.
Running with Monsters is an electrifying chronicle of the LA rock scene of the 1980s and ’90s, the story of a man who survived and triumphed over his demons, and a controversial perspective on the rehab industry and what it really takes to beat addiction. Bob tells his story with unflinching honesty and hard-won perspective, making this a reading experience that shocks, entertains, and ultimately inspires.
The book can be purchased on Amazon here.