Cliffside Malibu - Hazy Beach Cliffs

Depression Treatment

Depressive disorders are characterized under mood disorders and affect how one thinks, feels and interacts with others. Individuals with depression may not report depressive signs and symptoms, and instead present to their physician for somatic or physical symptoms, such as headaches, abdominal pain, muscle pain and fatigue. Individuals may also complain of irritability or problems concentrating. If you have a dual diagnosis, you may know that your depression is being fueled by your drug or alcohol addiction, but not know what to do to help yourself. You may be afraid that if you stop using, not only will you have terrible withdrawal symptoms, but the symptoms of your depression might worsen. If you are taking medication for your depression, it could be interacting with other drugs or alcohol that you use, putting you in danger of accidental overdose. At Cliffside Malibu, we understand depression, and we can help.

Components of Depression Treatment

Good depression treatment will have two parts:

  • Whole Health Treatments: These include helping you to do the things that seem too difficult to do on your own – improving your diet, exercising and talking with a professional about your depression in a safe, loving environment.
  • Biochemical Evaluation: Your brain chemistry will be examined to see if there are biomedical interventions that need to be introduced to help ease your depression.  Dual diagnosis treatment will also include a component to treat your drug or alcohol addiction.

Holistic Depression Treatment

At Cliffside Malibu, you can spend time in one of our beautiful gardens, relax by the swimming pool or gaze out at the white-cap views of the ocean from our veranda.

You will be given access to a tremendous array of complementary, holistic treatments such as:

  • Acupuncture, which lifts the spirit and calms anxiety
  • Massage to ease the distress of muscles and the sympathetic nervous system.
  • Walks and hikes on the beach
  • Restorative yoga

You will eat healthy meals prepared by an on-site chef, meet regularly meet with a dedicated therapist and have the opportunity to meditate or develop a spiritual practice of your choosing. Your entire day will be spent in the practice of good health, improving the condition of your mind, body and spirit.

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Modern medical science has taught us that when we are depressed, the brain can become chemically imbalanced. This imbalance could be the cause or the result of the depression.  Either way, one of the ways to help someone suffering from depression is to have brain chemistry evaluated.

If brain chemistry has become imbalanced, there are a host of natural herbal and pharmaceutical medications that may be useful to restore brain chemistry to proper balance. These interventions, along with a holistic health regimen, are available through our depression treatment program.

You, along with your personal physician, will discuss treatment options and decide on an individualized treatment plan.  If you have a dual diagnosis and suffer from chemical dependency or alcoholism in addition to your depression, your plan will also include integrated treatment for addiction.


Call now to speak confidentially with an admission counselor.

(424) 320-3061