At Cliffside Malibu the treatment is based on the Stages of Change model. The process begins by client’s understanding the deep-rooted reasons for their addictions. By utilizing and incorporating numerous therapies, the patient begins to recover mentally, physically and spiritually and is eventually ready to re-enter the society with a positive outlook on life. Unlike many other treatment centers, Cliffside Malibu pairs the patient with a personal therapist who gradually works with all present issues and encourages the client to make long-lasting and meaningful changes in their life while reaching for permanent sobriety. In many cases, the addiction stems from instability in their personal lives including various relationships. The family involvement in the treatment is often crucial. All affected family members are encouraged to participate in therapeutic sessions which benefit the addict and all family members. The ultimate goal is to change the family dynamics and reach mutual support and strength.