Cliffside Malibu Sober Living

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Cliffside Malibu Sober Living

By The Fix staff 11/15/17

Not only does Cliffside Malibu Sober Living offer first-rate accommodations, a multitude of amenities and a plethora of supplementary holistic practices, but it also employs some of the best physicians, therapists and whole health practitioners in the addiction and recovery field.

Cliffside Malibu Sober Living
Location : 29528 Harvester Rd. Malibu, CA 90265
Phone : (844) 631-6170
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Location and Primary Services

Cliffside Malibu is one of Southern California’s most prominent drug and alcohol treatment facilities, and a name that’s synonymous with luxury. Since 2004, it has been helping men and women struggling with substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders with compassionate, caring and cutting edge evidence-based treatment. Not only does it offer first-rate accommodations, a multitude of amenities and a plethora of supplementary holistic practices, but it also employs some of the best physicians, therapists and whole health practitioners in the addiction and recovery field. In addition to detox and residential treatment on Malibu’s picturesque Zuma Beach, Cliffside Malibu also has outpatient services and sober living.

Cliffside currently operates a thriving outpatient facility in Malibu and there is another one opening very soon in Sherman Oaks, just over the hill. The three residences dedicated to sober living are all in Malibu, and honor the Cliffside tradition of upscale comfort, security and privacy. The sober living is intended to be a safe space for clients to apply what they’ve learned in residential treatment and continue to grow as newly sober members of society. Completion of Cliffside’s inpatient program is not a requirement for admittance to sober living, however. Cliffside welcomes men and women from all over the country who have recently completed residential rehab but still want the peace of mind of knowing that they always return to a drug-free home environment that fosters recovery, health and accountability.

Residential Features

The three homes allotted for Cliffside’s sober living feature myriad amenities, beautifully decorated bedrooms, modern kitchens and cozy living spaces. Each house can accommodate 14 to 17 clients, and while most rooms are double-occupancy, private rooms can be made available.

Residents enjoy complimentary cleaning services and three meals a day, all prepared with the freshest ingredients possible, by in-house master chefs. Menus are constantly changing to keep variety but clients can also request food that accommodates for allergies or any dietary preferences such as vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free. Consultations with a nutritionist for meal planning and dietary counseling can also be facilitated.

Rules and Requirements

As is the case with any sober living, clients are expected to remain clean and sober, and can anticipate periodic drug testing. If someone does relapse, he or she isn’t immediately asked to leave. Instead, the resident works with the staff to determine if perhaps it’s necessary to return to a more intensive level of care. If not, the team works with the client to evaluate the next best steps. There is at least one staff member on-site 24 hours a day.

The main expectation for clientele in Cliffside’s sober living is that they’re actively involved in the continuation of their recovery. As such, each resident is usually enrolled in an off-site outpatient program, going to therapy and/or participating in peer support groups—whether it’s 12-step, Celebrate Recovery, Refuge Recovery or SMART Recovery. Attendance at any of the aforementioned programs is not required but it’s certainly advised.

Similar to its residential treatment philosophy, Cliffside Malibu’s sober living division supports the notion of personalized care; as such, each client’s outside treatment needs are different. The sober living staff does try to maintain regular contact with the client’s therapists and case managers, whether through Cliffside Malibu Outpatient or elsewhere.

Communication is key in keeping harmony among the residences and as each person accumulates more sobriety time, he or she is granted more freedoms. All clients can access their cars but generally speaking, privileges such as overnight stays or returning later than 11pm are usually designated for clients with a significant amount of sober days under their belt.

Bonus Amenities

Cliffside encourages clients to stay active, especially in early recovery. Two of the sober living homes feature both a pool and a Jacuzzi while the other hosts an on-site state of the art gym. Clients can also easily access the beach to partake in a host of water-related sports like surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Also nearby are some of the best hiking and mountain biking trails in the country. Other wellness and fitness oriented activities readily available to Cliffside sober living clients include golf, basketball, tennis, horseback riding, personal training and Pilates. If requested, individuals can also get a membership to Diamond’s Malibu Gym off-site.

Holistic treatment is an integral part of the programming for Cliffside’s residential track but thankfully sober living clients can also take advantage. Reiki, massage, acupuncture, meditation, Breathwork and multiple yoga disciplines can all be facilitated.


Cliffside Malibu’s sober living homes are an extension of the principles it sets forth in inpatient care—recovery and nourishment for the mind, body and spirit. The transition from rehab to the “real world” (that’s full of triggers and reminders of one’s previous lifestyle while active in addiction) is not an easy one, and resources like sober living make it much more palatable. Cliffside Malibu offers the added benefit of offering sober living in environments that are peaceful, home-like and private. The finest cuisine available and access to seemingly endless opportunities to stay active and fit are added bonuses. Individuals form support systems through both staff and other residents. They can count on a greater network that genuinely wants them to succeed and find hope in sustained sobriety. The team at Cliffside Malibu does everything possible to ensure its clients thrive in recovery.

Cliffside Malibu Sober Living

29528 Harvester Rd.

Malibu, CA 90265

(844) 631-6170

Cliffside Malibu

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