Clinical Hypnotherapy is a well-established treatment for many conditions, including phobias, anxiety and substance use disorders, and is also used to help people make changes such as quitting [...]
“The old school ‘tough love’ mentality doesn’t work with traumatized individuals. People who have suffered trauma need understanding, and environments that can help calm [...]
For years, mental health professionals disagreed about how to structure therapy for a patient who had both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder, often leaving patients with no [...]
Recipes for a fresh, amazing salad, grilled flatbread topped with melted cheese, and shrimp skewers with dill sauce One of the last festivities in the summertime, right before we tackle school [...]
Learning the effects different types of addiction have on the family unit The precise impact of substance abuse on families can be as diverse as the different family structures, and the unique [...]
Many types of coverage can help you get the treatment you need If you’re thinking about starting an addiction treatment program for yourself or encouraging a loved one to get the help they [...]
Sharing information about the process of detoxing from drugs or alcohol If you or a person close to you is suffering from an addiction, this can be a frightening time. The path to recovery may [...]
A tough situation many parents must face It can be difficult for anyone to realize that they need help for addiction and to take that important step of beginning a drug or alcohol treatment [...]
Coping with the unique challenges a busy work schedule presents Anyone, from any walk of life, can potentially become a victim of substance abuse, including working professionals. In fact, in [...]
Stay sober is worth it! You’re finally ready to make a change and stop letting excessive alcohol consumption run – and ruin – your life. Fortunately, professional help with alcohol [...]
Fuel your body to success with healthful, balanced meals Nutritious eating can be a powerful component of addiction recovery. Many addictions affect the appetite and natural eating patterns; some [...]
Turn terrible days around with these simple strategies Some days, you wake up and feel ready to have an amazing day. But a number of forces might conspire against you, turning what could have [...]
Help picking yourself up when the day seems to be conspiring to keep you down Everyone has good days and bad days, but the trick is not to let the tough ones spiral out of control and continue [...]
Starting the day right will help you stick to your goals Addictions aren’t formed overnight, and they usually aren’t resolved overnight, either. Depending upon the duration and degree [...]
Makes changes, one day at a time The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” Ultimately, success in life boils down to having good habits. Humans are creatures of [...]
Give yourself a nudge in the right direction by switching things up a bit Success is something that means different things to different people. Achieving what success means to you is a matter of [...]
Help staying on the path to sobriety Some struggles in life are temporary. If you fight hard enough, you can solve your problem for life and never have to deal with it again. But other struggles [...]
Learning more about this complex condition Most people know that addictions cause harm to the body, mind, and spirit, as well as to the families and loved ones of the person suffering an [...]
Stress is a part of life, but you can learn to overcome its negative effects Stress is unavoidable. People in our lives might rub us the wrong way; financial problems can seem like they can eat [...]
Dealing with a situation we all must learn to face Alcohol and other drug use is a prominent part of our culture. Most people are able to exercise some restraint and moderation most of the time, [...]
New ways for a new you Adopting positive habits or learning to think positively doesn’t mean you are ignoring the bad things in life. Instead, it means that you’ve come to a place in [...]
Tilt the odds in your favor by making changes in your life Some habits help you move forward in life, increase your productivity, or give you a more optimistic and positive outlook, such as [...]
The recovery process is a difficult one that can come with setbacks. It requires a lot of strength to keep trying to move forward and to get back on track if you went back to old habits for a [...]
Lending a helping hand increases the strength of you sobriety while lifting others up as well Addiction is a complex disease. It can involve physical, psychological, and spiritual factors in [...]
Knowing what to expect can help enhance your chance of finding sobriety When one person who went through detox as part of the Malibu Beach Recovery Centers program, she indicated that she [...]
Fear is a natural part of addiction recovery, but it doesn’t have to undo your hard work There are many questions and uncertainties that surround addiction treatment, but keep in mind that [...]
A regular yoga routine has amazing benefits for those seeking sobriety Recovery from drugs and alcohol often includes a variety of treatment methods used together to create the best results for [...]
Sobriety is within your reach Recognizing that you have an addiction is the first step to getting help and to kicking the habit. While there have been many programs designed to help people [...]
Body and mind – an unbreakable link Have you ever noticed that when you feel stressed or angry, you get a sore back, a stomach ache, or other physical symptoms? Your mind isn’t [...]
How to pick the right yogurt, and some delicious recipes featuring this nutritious snack Unless you were born lactose intolerant, yogurt has always been praised as one of the necessary part of [...]
Finding sobriety doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Celebrations often center around drinking and potentially other drugs as well. But it’s not necessary to avoid celebrating if [...]
Drinking does serious damage to more than your liver If you are struggling to beat alcoholism, heart health can seem like the last of your concerns. But sadly, alcohol abuse can and does cause a [...]
Use exciting new textures to bring your cooking to life Texture impacts the way food looks and tastes, and how it feels your mouth. All ingredients have some kind of texture, but the way you can [...]
Understanding a loved one’s addiction Understanding the basic facts of addiction and addiction treatment, as well as the issues that affect addicts in particular, will help you to cope as [...]
Encountering hurdles is inevitable, it’s how you conquer them that counts Those who are plagued with an addiction often face a long-term struggle, and seeking addiction treatment is a brave [...]
Tricks to help you prepare a delicious meal while leaving time to actually sit down at the table When the time comes to bring my family around the table, the last thing I want is those mad dashes [...]
Dealing with alcoholism is difficult enough, but popular culture can make recovery seem untenable. When you’re constantly surrounded by the celebration of alcohol within music, movies, and [...]
A dangerous combination Substance abuse and abusive relationships can often go hand-in-hand, and the effects can be similar. Just as substance abuse can lower self-esteem, confidence, and [...]
Conscious changes in the way you think can lead to huge changes in your life How can an “alternative” practice like meditation relate to neuroscience? Thanks to the efforts of scientific [...]
Looking at the physical damage many common drugs can do Entering into addiction treatment is an important step toward living a healthier are more fulfilling life. In many cases, addiction can [...]
Enjoying the slower pace of the season While we start seeing the signs of renewal in nature, with fresh greens making their way to the market, we are still grappling with the lingering effects of [...]
Conquering awkward situations and getting back to living life You used to be the life of the party when you drank, but what started as lighthearted fun soon led to drama — both physical and [...]
Using diet to help with addiction recovery Anxiety is a problem that plagues a lot of people, especially women. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America revealed that women are twice as [...]
Cost of Naloxone Drops in NY A bit of good news for February is that the pharmaceutical company that manufactures naloxone has agreed to drop the high price of the drug—at least in New York [...]
Seeking understanding of this often-baffling condition If you’re an avid reader of the Huffington Post, you may have seen this well-written and touching post on what causes addiction: “The Likely [...]
Many students start abusing Adderall to study, but soon find themselves facing addiction and the problems that come with it.
If you have thought, "I need help with my drinking", or "I think I have a drug problem", then you stand at the beginning of a journey. Your journey can be one into full recovery if you allow it [...]
Taking gender into consideration makes a big difference when it comes to recovery success At Malibu Beach Recovery Center we’ve long believed that gender-sensitive recovery programs can [...]
As the ramifications of marijuana legalization sets in, Colorado is seeing negative pushback from both neighboring states and homeowner's associations.
Healthy eating has a role in recovery I saw an ABC morning news segment that made me think of Malibu Beach Recovery Center’s emphasis on healthy eating. The title was “Recovering Addicts Often [...]
As new treatments for alcohol abuse are developed, we're seeing a dangerous new product - powdered alcohol - come to market.
Liz is our new Admissions Director for the Malibu Beach Recovery Center for Women: The Brentwood House In this post, we welcome Liz as Admissions Director to The Brentwood House. Liz has been a [...]
Join us in welcoming our new admissions director, Liz Winchell, a professional with 21 years in the field of addiction and recovery counseling.
After the hard work of the holidays we're all ready for a break, try these delicious, yet easy-to-do, recipes from the Malibu Beach Recovery Diet.
Perfect for friends and family members trying to get into recovery or trying to maintain their recovery, "Dopamine for Dinner" will be available at a 50 percent discount through the end of [...]
Welcome our new clinical director, David Deutsch, a former addict who's made it his life's work to give back to the addiction community.
Recipes to help your body repair and recover Food is extraordinary. It can be your worst enemy and trigger nasty responses from your body chemistry, induce and fuel disease and, in short, make [...]
Bringing another esteemed professional into the MBRC family In this post, we welcome our new Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Steele, to The Brentwood House. Lisa has been executive director of all [...]
We take some advice from nutrition and detox expert Dr. Elson M. Haas on the topic of recovery, nutrition, and holistic health.
Inpatient treatment is for strong men and woman who are serious about getting help for their addiction. At Malibu Beach Recovery Center (“MBRC”) we are preparing ourselves to be reintroduced to [...]
New Malibu Beach Recovery Center Executive Director Lisa Steele is using her 30 years of experience to enhance the programs that have helped so many!
2014 study proves it takes hard work to change your mood When I was a senior in high school, I’d notice that a girl who was a junior smiled all the time. You might think that’s unlikely, that she [...]
We share news on the Affordable Care Act and what it's meant to those seeking addiction treatment.
What happens if you don’t like eating turkey for Thanksgiving? When I first came back to the United States as an adult, meaning as the one who could decide what to put on the table, my [...]
Combating controversial symbols of drug use and monitoring pawn shops, and a look at the increase in people seeking treatment Toys ‘R Us Action Figures The Breaking Bad TV series may have ended, [...]
Being Open-Minded is the Key to Healthy Recovery Many of us have reached out to get help for our addiction once we have gotten up the courage to go inpatient for treatment. That’s where it [...]
The latest on drinking from around the country, and discussing the danger to students’ livers Liquor violations among colleges Will underage and problem drinking on campus ever go away? [...]
We look at more action in the case against pharmaceutical companies accused of encouraging overprescribing, as well as a new opiate that's landing users in the ER.
Help communicating with, and about, those in recovery, as well as those who haven’t yet found help As I’ve said before, I’m one of those people who reads advice columns. I like seeing what [...]
Survey finds drug use among Brits on the rise and scientists seek a way to stem problem drinking Drug Use in the U.K. The U.S. is not alone in having an escalating drug problem. The Guardian [...]
Many start using cocaine to lose weight, but new research shows it actually results in weight gain in the long run. And, 3 tons of the drug caught by the Coast Guard!
The DEA is making sweeping changes to address prescription drug abuse while the debate around decriminalizing drugs rages around the globe.
Feed party guests the MBRC way! The covers of magazines are already working on our Thanksgiving senses by presenting us with perfect images of turkey and sides, as if we needed a month or two to [...]
The dangers of alcohol, keeping drinkers off the road and evaluating apps for staying sober David Cassidy does not look well. Check out his photo on MSN’s Wonderwall and the article there [...]
Could Naltrexone and Buproprion, two drugs used for treating addiction, also be helpful in treating the issues that cause obesity?
Not a fan of vegetables? These three recipes will change your mind I have never, until a few years back, been a very big vegetable eater. For me, vegetables were kind of bland, nondescript and [...]
We discuss two new drugs entering the market, and a possible link between sleeping pills and Alzheimer’s Targiniq, a Painkiller This summer, the FDA approved a hard-to-abuse painkiller called [...]
A discussion on how cocaine addiction robs users of the ability to be insightful Someone familiar with addiction knows that people who abuse drugs often engage in risky and dangerous behavior and [...]
Massachusetts will require health insurers to cover up to two weeks of inpatient treatment for people battling drug addiction, an example we hope more states follow.
Addiction expert Dr. Mark Gold shares a study and his thoughts on how drug abuse affects dopamine levels After seeing the Blackfish documentary on the deaths at Sea World attributed to killer [...]
Easy, recovery-friendly lunches that will won’t bore your taste buds Some of you might be seeing the beginning of September ahead as the beginning of the lunchbox challenge. Whether it is [...]
Interview with Dr. Jacobs, Chief of Addiction Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia and Chief Medical Officer for Bluff Plantation Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, on a July JAMA article [...]
Hiring help after treatment is a growing trend Women and Sober Companions In April, I posted on The Brentwood House blog about an app called A-CHESS that was being marketed as a tool that helps [...]
Beer May Ward Off Arthritis, Dangers of Day Drinking and More Businesses Are Introducing Liquor Beer and Arthritis I’m not a beer drinker, but a study has found that those who do drink beer may [...]
Public and officials struggle to understand impact of marijuana Golf Digest There are examples all over of how changing attitudes toward pot are permeating society. Here’s one that may be a bit [...]
Not as “harmless” as many believe You may have heard, like I have, that pot can be addicting, but until now, I haven’t seen many numbers about it. First, here’s an analysis from CASA [...]
Celebs endorse hallucinogens while users wind up in jail The Tea If this is the first time you’re hearing about this hallucinogenic tea, I just learned about it myself last month, in a New York [...]