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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cliffside Malibu is proud to announce the launch of its newly-developed family program. Persons with addiction problems often are isolated, beset by loneliness and despair. Their addictions frequently have devastated their families. And, in some cases family members may even be a factor in the root cause of the addiction. Many treatment providers involve family members some part of the treatment process, but Cliffside Malibu is unique in its approach.
Cliffside Malibu, the preeminent, evidence-based alcohol and drug treatment center in Malibu, CA has developed a holistic approach to healing not just addicts, but their families as well. Called simply The Family Program, the center fully integrates those closest to the client into the entire recovery process. The Family Program is based on a simple premise: Because addiction is a disease that affects the whole family, the whole family should be included in treatment. In fact, research has shown that involving families in the addiction treatment process can speed the recovery process.
"We've made the family an essential part of our program. The key word here is healing. The physical, psychological and emotional damage caused by an addiction cannot be fully healed without those closest to the client being fully engaged throughout the healing process," says Kelly Stephenson, Cliffside Malibu's Chief Operating Officer.
The Family Program begins with an initial, all-day orientation session that not only strives to inform but even entertain. "We're not afraid of using the 'F' word here – fun! Yes, there's a lot of in-depth and serious information presented during the orientation day, but we also make time for a multi-family barbecue, prepared by our expert culinary staff, and located on the beautiful grounds of our facility overlooking the Pacific Ocean," says Stephenson.
"It's a time for clients and their families to support one another and compare notes in a relaxed setting. The underlying message is that as a person with an addiction problem, or someone who is close to that person, you're not alone," she adds.
The barbecue is book-ended by information sessions on a wide variety of topics related to the recovery process and presented by board-certified MDs, psychologists, licensed clinicians and certified addiction counselors – all experts in the field of addiction.
"The purpose of the Cliffside Malibu Family Program is to prepare and educate families and loved ones with information about substance abuse and the underlying issues that fuel the behavior, and ultimately lead to a disruption in normal life," says John Peloquin, CEO. "With the nation in the grips of an unprecedented addiction epidemic, it's time for all of us in the recovery field to rethink standard operating procedures and make room for innovations about how to solve this crisis."
Founded by Richard Taite in 2005, Cliffside Malibu treatment center has grown in size and stature in the ensuing years, today offering the highest standard of clinical care in its residential, intensive-outpatient, and sober living facilities in Malibu, California.
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