Milestones Ranch Malibu

By The Fix staff 08/01/17

Milestones Ranch Malibu is located on a 120-acre ranch in iconic Malibu, California. 

Milestones Ranch Malibu
Location : 327 Latigo Canyon Rd Malibu, CA 90265
Phone : (866) 874-9774
Price : $48,000 (30 days)
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Insurance : Yes
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Introduction and Basic Services

As the name suggests, Milestones Ranch Malibu is located on a 120-acre ranch in iconic Malibu, California. It offers highly individualized residential treatment for both substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Founded in 2004, the organization has services for male and female adults, all facilitated in a luxury setting with comprehensive, innovative approaches to care.

Facility and Meals

Nestled right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Milestones operates two identical two-story facilities, a large gray home for women and brown-hued house for men.

Each house can accommodate six people and has a variety of both single and double bedrooms, with two twin beds and private bathroom. However, the single rooms come at a cost of an additional $4,000. The bedrooms also have bedside tables and small writing desks.

The homes boast large dining rooms and state-of-the-art kitchens. There are also expansive living rooms with large leather couches, fireplaces and TVs. Outside the houses are surrounded by lush gardens with flowers and vegetables. The estate on which Milestones is located also features a restaurant, conference center and working ranch.

Clients have access to a nearby high-end fitness center that has a pool, treadmills, spinning bikes, ellipticals and fitness machines. The organization also offers a number of fitness activities run out of its facilities including kick boxing classes, strength training, Zumba and aqua Zumba.

Milestones has two on-site chefs who prepare three organic, healthy meals a day and occasionally afternoon snacks. The chef advocates for foods that are healthy and conducive to the body’s healing process; as such, sugar is generally not allowed. Each house’s kitchen is always stocked with fresh fruits and well-balanced snacks.

Treatment Protocol and Team

To determine if they are a good fit for Milestones, clients initially fill out a 12-page bio-psycho-social assessment and talk with an admissions counselor. Once the client has been admitted to Milestones, counselors develop an individualized treatment plan.

Milestones’ residential program runs for at least 30 days with most clients staying 45 to 60 days. If clients are unstable or undergoing withdrawal symptoms prior to entering treatment, they are referred to local hospitals for a medical detox.

Milestones implements a variety of therapeutic approaches both individually and in group sessions. Treatment includes CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI), EDMR, Seeking Safety, psychodrama, experimental and spirituality therapy, relapse prevention, stress reduction, primary process groups and art therapy. Although most of the meetings are co-ed, Milestones does also facilitate gender-specific groups too. It also offers communication coaching, hypnotherapy, anger management, life skills training, vocational counseling, acupuncture and nutritional counseling services. Given the beautiful Malibu weather, groups often take place outside and on the beach when possible.

Clients are required to attend five individual sessions a week and 18 groups throughout the week. Although Milestones offers 12-step meetings on site, attendance is not required.

As previously mentioned, the treatment team is equipped to offer dual diagnosis support, and refers clients with potential co-occurring disorders to its on-site psychiatrist. Milestones has a board-certified psychiatrist who conducts a full psychiatric evaluation for every client and checks in with him or her two times a week throughout their first month of treatment, and one time each week afterwards. This psychiatrist is also available on call 24 hours a day for any sort of psychiatric support. Medication management is also available.

An internal medicine physician meets with clients when they first enter therapy to complete a full history and physical examination. This physician follows up with the client once a week and is available 24 hours a day.

The organization is large with a staff consisting of 45 total members including LCSWs, MSWs, resident advisors, personal trainers and yoga teachers. All primary therapists are licensed Doctorate and Master’s-level clinicians. Milestones aims to have a four-to-one staff-to-client ratio at all times.

Milestones offers an aftercare program that includes a free one-week tune up meeting for clients who are just leaving the program, as well as a regular Sunday Alumni services meeting.

Bonus Amenities

Milestones has an official alumni coordinator who helps clients with career transition assistance, resume building, vocational assessments, college enrollment services, GED help and general counseling services.

Although Milestones does not provide any outpatient programs, clients who need more intensive treatment are referred to appropriate Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) as well as potential sober living and family therapy programs.

Milestones offers a variety of recreational activities including walks on the beach, paddle boating, yoga, golf outing, stand up paddle boarding, meditation, hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains and their own Ropes Challenge Course. Residents can also take advantage of cooking and gardening classes.

Counselors also utilize exposure therapy with recreational activities such as concerts, parties, hikes, museums and movie theater visits, to help clients learn to enjoy these activities without being triggered.

Clients are also allowed to plan their own recreational activities with sober friends and people in other local sober living houses once they have had some success with recreational activities. They also meet with a personal trainer once a week to discuss their physical health and training techniques.


Milestones Ranch Malibu offers highly individualized residential treatment for co-occurring disorders and addiction. With a four-to-one staff-to-client ratio, Milestones can virtually guarantee an extremely high level of personal attention to each resident. The beautiful setting allows for ample outdoor and recreational activity. Additionally, the combination of holistic, evidence-based and 12-step approaches, all make for a very well rounded foundation for beginning recovery.

Milestones Ranch Malibu

327 Latigo Canyon Rd

Malibu, CA 90265

(866) 874-9774

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