In treatment of alcoholism , traditional therapies have addressed alcoholism as a disease. Consequently, alcohol treatment fostered the belief that once the afflicted individual was no longer abusing alcohol, that the treatment was a success…and the disease was in remission. However, the thousands of people who have been to multiple rehabs will be the first to tell you that even though they may have stopped drinking, they didn’t feel much better inside. Ultimately, these feelings have led people to drink again and again, complicating treatment efforts. While overwhelming scientific evidence has established that it is indeed a disease (often inherited), we believe that this single minded approach is inherently flawed. SOBA is a long term, multiphase treatment program that spans from detox to supportive housing. Our clients maintain the same continuum of care no matter which facility you’ve decided to attend.
As SOBA, our experience has shown us that contrary to popular belief and medical practice, alcoholism and addiction are not merely single-component diseases. While science has proven that the propensity for chemical dependency can be inherited, people don’t simply begin drinking one day and “contract” alcoholism. Instead, they use alcohol to treat feelings or conditions that they may not even be fully aware of. Some of these issues can include a bipolar diagnosis, borderline personality disorder, ADHD dyspraxia, depression, PTSD and other mental health disorders. However, the disease that leads to alcoholism and addiction can also be aggravated by purely emotional factors, such as severe stress or anxiety, insecurities, codependency, relationship troubles, feelings of inadequacy or failure, or inability to cope with grief.
We believe the factors that led you to drink in the first place are as much a crucial part of the disease as the dependency on alcohol itself. In order to best understand this, we can compare this to chronic back pain: if you only take medication to relive the pain, the underlying issues causing the pain will never be addressed. Therefore, is just the “broken” back the disease, or the pain you feel from it? Or both? The same can be applied to addiction. Alcohol treatment that only addresses the cessation of drinking ultimately does nothing to address the true disease. Ultimately, Emotional Sobriety is the goal of our treatment plan.
These “diseases” can be many things- emotional, mental, and physical. Physical causes of alcoholism can also be chronic stress and anxiety, or unaddressed debilitating pain issues. Emotional issues that can cause a person to drink include grief, loss, separation, relationship issues, failed careers or marriages, and many other issues. Finally, mental conditions that can be underlying causes include ADHD dyspraxia, borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a bipolar diagnosis, and even autism. Treating these issues is essential to a successful alcohol treatment plan.
At SOBA, we address underlying issues and alcoholism simultaneously. We do this by addressing the three primary functions of the human existence:
The Body: Alcohol treatment must necessarily begin with detoxification. This is accomplished in our JCAHO-Accredited safe, clean, and relaxed facility which is fully staffed by very qualified and caring individuals. We follow this up with excellent food from our professional chef, and personal training sessions with our expert physical trainers. SOBA Malibu is a peaceful and calm hospital alternative when it comes to detox procedures. We offer our state of the art detox facility at a reasonable price or your stay may be covered by your health insurance. Depending on the protocol of your attending detox physician, your length of stay can vary from five to seven days, or more. We also ensure privacy and 100% confidentiality to our clients.
The Mind: Healing the mind is an essential part of an effective alcohol treatment program. SOBA offers you the most renowned specialists available; from psychiatrists, to therapists, to medical doctors and more. We assure you of only the very best when it comes to addressing current underlying issues and recurrent conditions that could cause relapses. Once your body is cleansed from harmful drugs and toxins, our treatment team can already begin to work on the underlying causes of your addiction. We have psychiatrists, psychologists and celebrated therapists to help you uncover the issues masked behind your maladaptive behaviors and addictive patterns. Some of therapy sessions include family therapy, group therapy and individual therapy. As the counseling session and treatment-related activities push through, you will learn more about your condition and the things that you need to do to deal with them. You will also learn positive coping mechanisms, stress management techniques, and positive behavior patterns through our specialized counseling sessions and different activities included in your treatment plan.
The Spirit: SOBA is not a religious organization, but we are deeply spiritual in nature, and we encourage your spirituality as well. We believe that this is absolutely crucial to a wholesome type of healing that provides a strong structure for alcohol treatment success. We offer a clean, relaxed environment that is well cared for and comfortably appointed. Enjoy gorgeous sunsets, pristine oceanfront views, and beautiful surroundings while you work to heal your body, mind, and soul. Take part in cleansing, fun, and healing activities such as surf therapy, ropes courses, and art and music therapy. Or, immerse yourself in the ocean and feel the strains of addiction wash away.
Aftercare Services: We want you to live a normal life after you finish seven day detox, inpatient treatment or alcohol rehab program. We have programs to usher you to a new lifestyle that will help you fight triggering factors of addiction. You can continue to live in our residential treatment facility or supportive living where you will experience transitional living in the most comfortable and compassionate way possible.
Our philosophies are employed and practiced by some of the most highly qualified individuals in the alcohol treatment industry. We provide you with the guidance and services of:
World-renowned psychiatrists and psychotherapists: By implementing one on one therapy sessions with experts in the fields of addiction and dual diagnoses, we ensure your success through compassion, understanding, and the creation and implementation of a personalized alcohol rehab program that is created exclusively for you.
Expert physical trainers: Treating the mind begins with treating the body. After detox, you’ll be invited to train with a professional to regain your strength and stamina. This provides the basis for a healthy, correctly functioning body- a vital component to lasting success.
Professional Chefs: Nutrition is important to staying mentally and physically healthy- but so is taste! Our chefs prepare the most exquisite, wholesome and highly nutritious foods available. Our alcohol rehab program even caters to those who have special dietary needs.
Compassionate counselors: SOBA will provide you with a tightly knit network of counselors who will guide you along your personal treatment path. Our client to staff ratio is exceptionally low, assuring you of the individual attention you deserve.
Insightful activities coordinators: At our oceanfront property, we provide more than just a beautiful place to peacefully engage your alcohol rehab program- we also provide warm people to keep your body and mind active. You can take part in activities by the beach, work the ropes course to build teamwork skills, surf therapy to test your balance in body and mind, and a varied program offering art and music therapy.
Whatever you do, you should know that you are not alone. Our alcohol treatment program works with you on multiple levels to treat alcoholism, its underlying causes, and to create a support system to ensure you of continued success and, ultimately, Emotional Sobriety. The first step is to pick up the phone and call us now. We’ll provide you with a private, absolutely free consultation with an expert that can help guide you through this difficult time. We’re here for you, and our alcohol treatment program works if you work it. Come join us on the beautiful Pacific today, and begin the process of taking back your life.