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.




Medically Assisted Detox at The Meadows Malibu


Quitting alone can be dangerous. Professional monitoring and support make all the difference.

Detox from Drugs or Alcohol at The Meadows Malibu

it’s not as easy as just stopping

Detox is the term used for the natural phase a person undergoes as a result of stopping drug or alcohol misuse. When the human body becomes accustomed to certain quantities of a mood-altering substance, it goes into a state of withdrawal when substance use ceases. Physically, the body must work to readjust how it functions, since its chemical makeup has changed. The body must also rid itself of toxins that have built up from substance use. During this process, a person will experience withdrawal symptoms, which can range from uncomfortable to severe (even dangerous). This is why a patient at a treatment center will receive supervision and sometimes Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) to mitigate the symptoms and effects of withdrawal.

Symptoms of Detox and Withdrawal

The vast majority of people who have used substances extensively or for long periods of time will experience some measure of withdrawal symptoms. Severity of symptoms will depend on the type of substance, the amount used and the duration.

Common Detox Symptoms Include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia (or adversely, drowsiness)
  • Muscle aches and cramping
  • Inability to concentrate
Why is Monitoring Important During Detox? - The Meadows Malibu

Why is Monitoring important during detox?

Meeting each person’s Needs — in Detox and Beyond

At The Meadows Malibu, we meet the needs of each person during detox, conducting evaluations throughout the process, and adjusting treatment accordingly. “We can customize a detox protocol,” says Rick Campa, our medical director. “Everyone has their own tolerances to the substances they’re coming in for. … We will use withdrawal scores to evaluate the patient, and based on those scores, I can better treat them for their detox.”

We may also utilize MAT to quiet withdrawal symptoms depending on what substances a person has been using. Our team is focused on helping patients be present enough to participate in therapy while also making them as comfortable as possible during the detox phase. 

But what happens after detox? As a patient progresses in treatment, we pay attention to what he or she feels like is helpful in the healing process. “Something that makes us really unique is the lengths we will go to meet someone’s needs,” says Executive Director Cassandra Copperfield. “We truly customize every single person’s treatment plan and their stay. And we go above and beyond that as well. It’s not just those obvious needs … it’s when someone gets here and they realize what’s really helping them. Whatever it is that’s really helping that person, we’ll get it on their schedule.”

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We’re Ready to Help

Is it time to take that next step? Our Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and will treat you with compassion, dignity, and respect. The Meadows’ Admissions Specialists are here to help you on your way to the healthier, more fulfilling life you imagine. If you are interested in The Meadows Malibu for yourself or a loved one, call or fill out a contact form today!