How Do I Pick the Right Facility for My Addiction?

Finally making the decision to get help for your addiction is a huge, difficult step. Admitting you have a problem and expressing the desire to want to fix it is life-saving. Almost as difficult as making the decision to go to a facility is trying to pick the right facility. There are so many factors to consider, and finding the right facility can make all the difference in your long-term sobriety and recovery. As you do your research, we’ve compiled the most important points for you to keep in mind.

Staff and Accreditations at the Facility

When you are picking a facility, it is important to take a look at the staff’s accreditations, as well as the accreditations of the facility. A reputable facility should have a JCAHO Accreditation, which is earned by many types of health care organizations, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, office-based surgery centers, behavioral health treatment facilities, and providers of home care services.

In addition, you will want to make sure that the clinical staff has been in practice for many years and specialize in addiction. At Cliffside Malibu, our facility attracts the best of the best. All of our employees have been in practice for an extended period of time in the addiction realm. We even offer an on-site addictionologist (a medical doctor that specializes in addiction) to help comfortably guide patients through medical detox.

Inpatient Facility vs Outpatient Facility

When you are considering a treatment facility, you will need to figure out whether you want to enroll in an inpatient facility or an outpatient facility. In order to pick the right facility, you will need to keep these in mind:

  • Can I remove myself from my daily life and responsibilities in order to focus on my recovery?
  • How far am I able to travel to receive treatment for my addiction?
    What am I able to afford?
  • How severe is my addiction, and can I handle triggers on my own yet?
  • Do I have a co-occurring disorder that needs intensive treatment as well?
  • How much support do I have from family and loved ones?

Asking yourself these questions will help determine whether or not inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment might be right for you.

How Do I Pick the Right Facility?

How Do I Pick the Right Facility?

Treatments and Therapies

One of the most important factors in picking the right facility is seeing what the treatment programs are like. Some people may work better with 12 Step, while some may work better with SMART Recovery. Doing your research and learning about all these treatment programs first will make all the difference later, instead of having to learn by trial-and-error and running the risk of relapsing.

Medical Detox

It is important to find a facility that offers medical detox. This is because withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and debilitating. Having an on-site addictionologist available to help wean you slowly off drugs and/or offer you medication for your withdrawal symptoms is much more comfortable and helpful in the recovery process.

Evidence-Based Therapy

Getting sober from drugs and/or alcohol takes much more than just abstinence alone. It requires treatment to help rewire brain chemistry and behaviors, which evidence-based therapy can help achieve. These therapies include such things as CBT, DBT and SMART Recovery programs.

Holistic Therapy

In addition to evidence-based therapy, choosing a facility that offers holistic therapy could be important as well. This includes such things as massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, personal training, nutrition training and more. These offer people a nice escape after a long day of therapy, as well as a way to learn new, healthy coping mechanisms and positive de-stressing tools.

Family Program

Addiction is a family disease, so it is important to have a lot of family involvement in your recovery. In a family program, you can begin to repair relationships that may have been fractured throughout your addiction, as well as learning to set healthy boundaries in aftercare.


Once you can pick the right facility and complete treatment, what happens? It is important you ask this question because many facilities do not offer alumni programs or aftercare programs. At Cliffside, we make a commitment to your success and recovery the second you walk into our doors. This means offering aftercare support as well as an alumni program where you can connect with people who have been in your shoes.


When considering a facility that you will ultimately be spending a lot of time in, it is important to have comfortable amenities. Many people require certain creature comforts and luxuries at their own homes, and luxury treatment centers will make sure you keep all of those.

You may also want to pick the right facility that has a pool, a serene setting, nature, spacious rooms or private bathrooms. Take the time to look at photos of the facility and take a tour, if possible.

About Cliffside Malibu

There are so many things to consider when you’re ready to pick the right facility for your addiction. From proper accreditations to individualized therapy to luxurious amenities, making the choice to receive care in Malibu is easy. Our admissions specialists are on-hand 24 hours a day to help you work out payment logistics as well as answer any questions you may have.

Since no two addictions are the same, Cliffside Malibu offers an individualized treatment plan for each and every client. Treatment plans are created based on a client’s current stage of the Transtheoretical Model: Precontemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, or Maintenance. This model helps ensure that all patients receive the best treatment path possible based on their own specific need. Moving our clients through this model to completion successfully is our goal each and every single day.

Cliffside Malibu’s policy is to ensure that all people who choose treatment with us receives the best care possible. We strive to provide a continuum of care including medically supervised detox, residential treatment, day treatment, and outpatient services. Our program includes not only evidence-based behavioral therapy but family therapy and holistic therapy, as well. Whether an individual is suffering from substance abuse and/or alcohol addiction, our programs are designed and structured to be a supportive environment in order to maintain sobriety.

In addition to world-class treatment, Cliffside Malibu offers luxury accommodations, a serene environment, five-star dining, and plentiful amenities. We understand that addiction treatment is a rigorous process. Therefore, we provide for your comfort and relaxation at every turn, allowing you to rejuvenate, to meet the demands of treatment with your greatest energy and attention.

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