Take a break from the normal

Let’s face it: you are ready to get help with your addiction because you need a new “normal”. Living with your addiction has caused not only severe physical damages to your body, but it has also caused emotional damage. You may have a strained, or completely severed, relationship with members of your family. You may no longer have a job. You may have gotten into legal trouble. The cycle you have been living in needs to be broken, and sometimes the best way to do that is to get as far away from it as possible to be able to start new. This can include traveling away from home for treatment.

Beginning a new normal can be near impossible to do if you’re still stuck in your old environment. You need time, space and clarity to be able to build your new life, and figuring out the way you want to live it. When you’re ready to return home, you will be able to implement it when strength, integrity and a clear mind.

Learn how to deal with your triggers

Being in the same situations and places that you were in during your addiction can be extremely triggering. Learning to navigate these triggers in addiction recovery can be very difficult if you are still around them all the time. There is a very high likelihood that you will be triggered too far; to the point that you relapse and eventually abandon treatment. This can lead you right back down the spiral of addiction, right where you started. Leaving the situation you are in allows you to learn how to deal with these triggers. When you return home you will have the strength, coping skills and tools ready to be able to handle certain situations that you may not have been able to before, had you stayed. You will know what to avoid, how to avoid it and how to deal with it if you are unable to avoid it.

Break away from negative influences

When people are in active addiction, one of the largest red flags that they need treatment is that their social circle has changed. Old friends and family members are dropped, they no longer attend events they would have before and they are isolated from. New friends who share your addiction are given priority in your life. You use with them, you obtain substances with them, you may even purchase substances from them and you may even be put in dangerous situations with them.

It’s extremely important to break away from these new, negative influences while you’re in treatment. Entering treatment is one of the most uncomfortable things someone will experience in their lifetime, especially during the detoxification process. Cravings and fight-or-flight responses can be at an all-time high. The ability to easily call, or see, old friends and slip into relapse can be too tempting. Removing that variable and being far away from them will help you ease into treatment better, and when you return home, you will have the strength to be able to cut them from your life completely.

Give yourself a new start

Addiction recovery isn’t just about putting down a drink or kicking a bad substance habit. It’s also about completely changing your life for the better. If you are around your old habits too much, it can be very difficult to give yourself a fresh start. Traveling away from home for treatment may give you access to new activities that you haven’t tried before, or possibly aren’t available in your town. If you live in middle America and travel to Malibu for treatment, the ocean can grant you a certain serenity you may have never experienced before.

A fresh perspective

Traveling away from home to a treatment center will give you a clear mind to be able to look back and see a different perspective. Being able to remove yourself from a situation will allow you to look from the outside in, and you may more clearly see the issues that you have been blind to for so long.


New places will give you new faces. When you are not in your normal environment, you will likely not run in to anyone you know. This gives you added confidentiality in your recovery process, which can help ease a lot of stress. Meeting new people and learning from them can help shape the way that you interact with people in the future, and it is important to be able to learn these skills without judgement from people who may have known you during your addiction.

About Cliffside Malibu

Traveling to Malibu for treatment will give you a fresh start that may not be otherwise available to you. Our serene surroundings and luxury accommodations will relax any person, especially someone who is experiencing treatment for addiction. You will be far away from your biggest triggers, negative influences and old habits. You will have the time and space to build your new life to carry with you forever, wherever you may go.

Each patient is then matched with one of these five stages of the Transtheoretical Model: Precontemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action and Maintenance. An individualized treatment plan is created based on their current stage of change. This process is in place to ensure that all our patients receive the best treatment path possible for their own specific need. Our goal is to move individuals through their treatment by assessing their readiness for change and formulating stage-matched interventions in order to move them through their respective stage.

It is the policy of Cliffside Malibu to ensure that all individuals who present with chemical dependency issues are assessed for the appropriate level of care. We strive to provide continuum of care including medically supervised detox, residential treatment, day treatment
and outpatient services. Services are provided to individuals with a primary diagnosis of
substance abuse and/or alcohol addiction. Individuals seeking treatment are assessed by
qualified staff to ensure program criteria are met and that each individual admitted is placed in
the appropriate level of care for treatment. The program is designed and structured for
individuals who are in need of a supportive environment in order to maintain Sobriety.

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