Promises Malibu

By The Fix staff 06/12/19

[Note: Promises Malibu is no longer open. Check out other treatment facilities here] Promises caters to those who are used to luxury and are looking to keep some sense of familiarity and comfort during the life changing process of getting clean and sober.

Promises Malibu
Location : 20723 Rockcroft Dr Malibu, CA 90265
Phone : 888-502-3329
Price : $55,000 - $90,000 / month
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Introduction and Basic Services

Promises has been a leader in the treatment industry since 1988. In fact, this luxury drug and alcohol treatment center pioneered what is now known as “The Malibu Model.” At its inception, The Malibu Model was a very innovative idea. It places emphasis on the underlying issues beneath the individual’s addiction/alcoholism and is now considered to be a standard in the treatment industry. Promises Malibu is the network’s original treatment location in the Los Angeles area and is geared toward adults seeking recovery.

Located in the Santa Monica Mountains of Malibu, Promises is without question a luxury rehab, so much so that it is often referred to as a ‘rehab to the stars.’ It regularly caters to those who are considered leaders in their fields. Many film/television/music celebrities and politicians have sought treatment at Promises Malibu.

Promises primarily offers residential treatment, but detox, outpatient and sober living services are also available. Promises provides treatment for substance addictions of any kind. It is also equipped to treat dual diagnosis issues that may be present such as ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, sexual compulsivity and trauma. There are several treatment tracks at Promises and each caters to the needs of specific populations, such as young adults and business professionals.

Facility and Meals

The Malibu facility is a luxurious estate situated in the Santa Monica Mountains. It boasts beautiful private surroundings with a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean. The serene environment offers a wonderful retreat for anyone who needs a break from living in a major metropolitan area.

The number of residents residing in the home is small, usually around six. The rooms are comfortable and spacious. Single rooms and suites are available for an extra charge.

Swimming pools and Jacuzzis are available to clients and transportation to a gym is provided five days a week. Various reading materials are allowed, provided they do not interfere with treatment. Clients can watch television and movies at appropriate times and under the supervision of Promises staff.

Promises employs professional chefs who cook meals that may be shared family style, or cooked specifically for an individual. The kitchen staff can readily prepare vegetarian, vegan, kosher and other dietary options as needed.

Treatment Protocol and Team

The Promises team tailors a plan specific to the needs of each resident, so no client’s routine is identical. However, all residents have a treatment team consisting of a primary therapist, a medical doctor and nurse, a psychiatrist and a detox specialist if needed.

A part of the Promises admission process is a 96-hour assessment. During this period the treatment team facilitates an evaluation of the severity of addiction and identifies the specific treatment needs of the individual. The process involves toxicity screenings and several thorough assessments of the individual’s background history. They also conduct personality screenings and psychological assessments during this time. Should medical detox be necessary, it begins during this period. Medical detoxification typically lasts about a week, but varies depending on the individual’s current substance use pattern.

The Promises curriculum utilizes a diverse spectrum of traditional and alternative therapies. These include biofeedback, CBT, DBT, EMDR, equine therapy, yoga, mindfulness and psychodrama. Clients at Promises can expect to spend around 30hours a week engaged in group therapy and have multiple one-on-one sessions with an individual therapist. For those who have a dual diagnosis, psychiatric services are available, including medication management. PhD and Master’s-level professionals who are at the top of their fields facilitate all therapy, both traditional and alternative.

Promises is also a 12-step oriented program. While residents will spend most of their day involved in the therapeutic process at the Malibu estate, the staff also provides daily transportation to outside 12-step meetings.

Everyone involved in the life of an addict is affected by addiction. This is particularly true of family members. Promises encourages family involvement if possible and offers an intensive family workshop on Saturdays.

Promises Malibu also offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The program serves adults aged 26 and up, and meets three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 12 pm. Many of the same therapeutic services in residential are also offered during the IOP. Resources for continuing medical/psychiatric care, sober living homes and 12-step meetings are also present.

Bonus Amenities

Promises is a leader in luxury rehabilitation services so there are plenty of amenities. Residents may participate in yoga, massage, acupuncture, therapeutic art activities and equine therapy. Opportunities for physical activity are hiking, rock climbing and use of the swimming pools or tennis court.

There are also plenty of off-site experiential group activities that residents can participate in. These are great ways to bond with others outside of the bounds of the patient-client therapeutic treatment in a more organic real-world way.

A solid Promises Alumni Group provides another support community that residents can involve themselves with. This allows former and current residents to connect with each other through the shared experience of having gone through the Promises program. It is also a great way for residents to stay in contact with one another once they leave residential treatment and are reintegrating back into the outside world.


The abundant amenities and comprehensive array of therapeutic services offered by Promises Malibu are impressive. All of this occurs in the peace and beauty of a gorgeous mountain estate with a view of the Pacific Ocean. This makes Promises Malibu a highly desirable location to break free of addiction. Promises Malibu has a proven 30-year track record backing it as well. In developing the Malibu Model, it has proven to be a leader in developing higher guiding treatment philosophies. A rehab like Promises caters to those who are used to luxury and are looking to keep some sense of familiarity and comfort during the life changing process of getting clean and sober.

Promises Malibu Location

20723 Rockcroft Dr

Malibu, CA 90265

(888) 502-3329

Promises Malibu Cost

$55,000 to $90,000 (30 days)

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