Treatment Modalities


Summit Malibu Treatment Modalities

There are a variety of substance abuse treatment modalities and models for addiction, though some centers prefer to rely on only a few. At Summit Malibu, we have a rich offering of substance abuse treatment models that are nearly as unique and varied as our clients. Addiction and the root causes of it vary widely from person to person, and we are equipped to create a custom treatment plan for each client.

Our trained therapists meet one on one with each client to assess their addiction and any related diagnoses. Then we create an individualized plan that features the treatment modalities and models that will be most effective for that person. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment approach at Summit Malibu.

Each client’s unique plan may incorporate several addiction treatment modalities. Below, we give an overview of the treatment options at Summit Malibu. For more information on a particular modality, click on Learn More in that section.

If you or a loved one is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, help is available. Simply call Summit Malibu, and we will listen to your story and walk you through your options and next steps. A healthy, substance-free life awaits you!


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works by altering a client’s behavior by focusing on the thoughts, images, beliefs, and attitudes that create that behavior. Clients learn effective ways to cope with emotional problems.

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

This therapy helps clients form the skills to cope with their environment and not be driven by positive or negative reinforcement from others.

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Brief Strategic Family Therapy

Summit Malibu recognizes that addiction is a family disease. Family Therapy focuses on identifying and addressing family dynamics that may feed addiction. This treatment is plan-and-problem-focused and works with the entire family to develop change strategies and new skills to solve problems.

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Relapse Prevention Therapy

Relapse Prevention Therapy helps clients learn to recognize and correct problematic behaviors that may lead to relapse. Techniques used include exploring consequences, self-monitoring, avoidance techniques, and developing a strategy to help cope with high-risk situations. Research shows that the skills learned in Relapse Prevention Therapy will stick with a client after the completion of treatment.

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Biosound Therapy

This relaxation technique helps clients learn to regulate their thoughts and emotions in a way that supports improved health, communication, relationships and quality of life.

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