An exclusive residential treatment center in the heart of Malibu, The Meadows Malibu has just 12 beds, which means our clients receive fully individualized treatment and the undivided attention of our staff.



The Meadow Malibu offers customized residential treatment for drug and alcohol addiction using a dual diagnosis approach that goes beyond physical symptoms to address the underlying issues and set you up for lasting recovery.

Our Approach

Our Approach

Our primary goal for treatment is always to help clients find freedom from drugs or alcohol and provide them with the tools they need to reach new levels of health, happiness and success in recovery.



Addiction is an insidious disease, and when you or a loved one needs help it can be hard to know where to turn. We understand. That’s why we have highly trained admissions specialists ready to walk you through a free, brief, and confidential screening.




The Meadows Model - The Foundation Of All We Do

The Meadows Model

Our proprietary treatment model is the foundation of all we do.

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A proprietary Treatment Model, A legacy of Healing

Created by our own Pia Mellody, one of the preeminent authorities in the fields of addiction and relationships, The Meadows Model is based on her Developmental Model of Immaturity. While working at The Meadows In the 1970s, Mellody found that she was encountering an increasing number of patients who identified less-than-nurturing, abusive family systems in their childhood, which led to adulthood behaviors of codependency. The codependency patterns translated into addictions, mood disorders, and physical illness. Mellody’s continued work with patients led to the conclusion that the trauma at the root of these codependency issues needed to be addressed in order to achieve lasting recovery. Thus, the Meadows Model was born. Today, her groundbreaking Meadows Model is still incorporated into every Meadows Behavioral Healthcare treatment program, from week-long workshops to inpatient treatment and intensive outpatient options.

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A Model for Recovery

The Meadows Model, also known as the Developmental Model of Immaturity, is a groundbreaking approach based on the pioneering work of Meadows Senior Fellow Pia Mellody. Learn more by watching our animated video or viewing the Overview of Developmental Immaturity Issues diagram.

Going deeper

For those who want to learn more about our foundational model, this in-depth series explores it in more detail:

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Breaking Down the model

Our treatment staff utilizes The Meadows Model, which entails:

Developmental History

 A patient’s developmental history is used to track emotional development.

Emotional State

The therapist assesses whether a patient’s emotional state is less than optimal.

Patient Actions

The therapist identifies patient actions that create unmanageability and relational problems.

Younger Ego

Patients learn to identify when they are “activated” or “triggered” into younger ego states.

Residual Energy

Patients learn that in the present they experience “residual energy” from the past.

Born Valuable

Patients learn that everyone is born valuable, vulnerable, imperfect, dependent, spontaneous, and open.

Gain Tools

Patients gain tools to track progress and develop the vocabulary to describe emotions.

Increased Resiliency

Increased resiliency allows for availability in relationships, living in the here and now, exploring options, understanding choices, and creating stability.

the model is just the beginning

If what you’ve been doing isn’t working for you anymore or you believe that there must be more to life than what you’re currently experiencing, we can help. Our comprehensive treatment program will help you address not just the symptoms, but the underlying issues behind them. We pair our Meadows Model with a wide range of treatment modalities, holistic offerings, peer support, our unique Brain Center, and more.

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Is it time to take the next step? If you are interested in The Meadows Malibu for yourself or a loved one, call or fill out a contact form today.