California (CA) > Rehab Centers in Malibu, CA
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3.9
(7 Reviews)
Very Good
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5941 Trancas Canyon Road
Malibu, California 90265

Financial & Insurance Details

  • Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Financing

Treatment Center Settings

  • Ultra-Luxury

Facility Highlights

Dedicated After Care

Gourmet, Nutritional Meals

Personal Fitness Training

Treatment Center Philosophy

Founded in 1989, Creative Care was one of the first residential rehabs to offer treatment for both substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Today the facility continues to provide high quality dual-diagnosis care in a safe and structured environment. Treatment programs combine 12-step philosophy with a full range of traditional and experiential therapies, along with psychiatric and psychological services designed to uncover the underlying issues that contribute to addiction and can threaten long-term sobriety if left untreated.

Facility Center Details

  • Residential Treatment
  • Detox Services
  • Behavioral Disorder Treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Outpatient Services
  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Sober Living Home
  • Day School
  • Private Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Exceptionally LGBT Friendly
  • Men Only
  • Women Only

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Meet The Staff

Cameron James Saul, RRW
Admissions and Billing Coordinator

Cameron James Saul began fulfilling his passion of helping others in 2007 when he worked as a Program Developer for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department creating programs for inmates to begin their journey of sobriety. He has worked in residential substance abuse treatment since 2008. Cameron started as a technician responsible for the day to day activities of clients and he started to gain an understanding of how residential treatment centers work from the client’s perspective. His desire to make the client’s experience the best possible, led him into the Contracts Manager position of a large non-profit organization where he managed various government grants in order to maximize client usage. Cameron’s passion for connecting people to the best services available brought him to Creative Care to realize his goal of helping people access the highest quality of care available.

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Deena Manion, PsyD, LCSW
Clinical Director

Dr. Deena Manion has been with Creative Care since 1999. She oversees the clinical and administrative aspects of the program and is directly involved with each client’s treatment. Dr. Manion holds her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has been a licensed therapist since 1993. She is originally from New York where she trained under leaders in the field of psychiatry. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, day treatment, outpatient and private practice. Dr. Manion has extensive training in Dual Diagnosis and Family Therapy.

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trenda
5.0
Excellent
THIS IS THE BEST OF THE BEST!!!! DR. WAS WONDERFUL AND COMPASSIONATE, ALSO STERN. WAS SO HELPFUL ALSO THE STAFF ARE ALWAYS THERE TO HELP. ADDICTION IS NEVER EASY BUT GETTING TO THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM HELPS AND THAT WHAT THIS FACILITY DID. I BELIEVE IT SAVED MY SONS LIFE. HE WAS IN 5 PRIOR PLACES BUT NOTHING STUCK, ALWAYS WENT BACK TO USING. AFTER SPENDING A FULL DAY WITH HIM, HE AKNOWLEDGED THAT CC WAS THE BEST PLACE AND IN HIS HEART IT WAS THE ONE THAT SAVED HIM. ALL I KNOW IS I TAKE EACH DAY AT A TIME , AND NO SO FRIGHTENED TO GET THAT CALL ABOUT MY SON. IN GODS HANDS I LEAVE HIM BUT MY HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO LL AT CREATIVE CARE!!!!!
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DC
1.7
Creative Care is a facility which suffers from fundamental problems which are, unfortunately not exclusive to them. That said, their practices have many moral and ethical deficiencies. I say this experience having worked their for a considerable amount of time. To begin with, as soon as a new admit comes in, they try to administer the MMPI as quickly as possible in order to get a co-morbid diagnosis. It is well established that giving someone a psychological test of any kind in early stages of recovery (under a year), let alone while still in the midst of a detox is HIGHLY unethical and will likely yield inaccurate results. Yet, with Creative Care, this is their modus operandi. The result is just as one would expect, for women that typically means Borderline Personality Disorder and for men Bipolar at the very least. It is well understood that ANYONE who is coming down from drugs and/or alcohol are going to invariably test with a psychological disturbance of some variety. The question is; why would they or any treatment center do this? The answer is complicated and as much political as it is practical. It means more can be billed to the insurance companies. In defense of this (if there is one) insurance companies have in recent years, gone out of their way to deny payment of services. This IS a major problem and often times, places treatment centers in the position of having to bend the rules in order to stay afloat. Unfortunately, for the client, the result is being stuck with a diagnosis that is questionable to say the least and will likely follow them for the rest of their lives. Its a bad situation all around. While some people might not take issue with this, I certainly do because the client should come first. They claim that their staff are licensed, In terms of their Resident Aide staff, Most are RRW's meaning, a Registered Recovery Worker. Anyone can go onto one of two state approved websites, pay the $50.00 and become a "Registered Recovery Worker." That is NOT a credential, that is a promise to someday get a credential. Please don't be confused by this. Some of these staff members are ex hardcore violent criminals and read and write at a 6th grade level. On the other hand, some are good, caring, experienced and licensed. that being the case, most of the qualified staff don't stay long and usually leave due to the culture of nepotism and gross incompetence. On the other hand, some of the therapists are actually quite good and good work gets done there. Unfortunately, that is the exception and not the rule. The therapists, usually interns (interns make some of the best therapists by the way) are, like all staff there, bound to uphold the culture there, which limits their ability to do the work they might otherwise be able to do. This usually means clients who are over-medicated and sometimes barely able to complete a sentence, let alone get into high quality, effective therapy. They have been sanctioned for shoving too many beds into one of their houses among other issues, again, they are not the treatment center to do this. Their track record of employee treatment is deplorable to say the least. They govern by fear which tends to be counter-productive to creating an environment of high morale and pride. I wont even go any further into that other than to say that this (indirectly) affects the overall treatment of the clients because this culture tends to trickle down. My advice for anyone seeking treatment for a loved one or for yourself is to ask question, do your homework and make sure that a treatment center is not stocked with a bunch of RRW's or RADT's (registered but not licensed) techs, but individuals who are certified. Because of the end of the day, these are the people who interact with clients the most. I hope this review helps.
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Dan
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“The road map Dr. talks about helps teach us how important it is to trace back to events in our lives that influence the emotional dynamics of addiction. The physical and family history of addiction, along with the emotional influences bring a much needed clarity to why we call addiction a disease and that recovery is made possible with a new awareness of each person’s unique diagnosis. This new awareness will arm the person in recovery about triggers that when known can be met with a plan that will help them reach out to their support team instead of relapsing. We loved the Dr.'s book so much we have been lending it to others who face this disease and seek answers. We wish every treatment program in the world would treat each person like Creative Care! This family is very grateful to have found this level of care as we continue our family recovery! We got our son back!!!!! Thanks to ALL of YOU and our SON!!!” – Parent
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Andrew
2.7
Ive been to 7 rehabs and unfortunately, this was definitely one of my worst experiences. My first night there my room was dirty, the shower didnt work (no hot water for 10 minutes) and they had nobody on staff that could give me any medication. I came in high on meth and ended up going to a hospital (in an ambulance, apparently thats their policy). That kind if set the tone for me. The groups were mostly run by techs and there was almost no \"addiction recovery knowledge\". It would occaisionally be a little hand out and those were alright. One guy ran great groups with a focus on solution and recovery. That was a vast minority, though. My therapist and I worked well together for a few weeks, but as I became increasingly discouraged with their program and dealing with an overwhelming sense that I was wasting my time there, things just took a turn for the worse. I was easily dismissed. Its easy to fly under the radar there as they have what I consider to be way too many clients for their capabilities (it got up as high as 35 clients). Just a meat factory. I saw some people have a spiritual, positive experience and Im glad they did. Im not saying it cant be done. I just think this place makes it extremely difficult to do. And the meetings they take you too are terrible. Its basically just the clients from Creative Care and those meetings have very, very little recivery in the room.
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Terri
4.0
Great
I am calling our insurance company to complain as they made my son leave in middle of drug therapy.
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Lauren
5.0
Excellent
The shining beacon of hope that Creative Care has been in my life lies in the premiere quality of the therapy, both individual and group. Too many interns. It gets uncomfortable in the winter and summer (no heat or AC) Remoteness was a weakness. I'm dual diagnosis, both bi-polar and and alcoholic/addict, and I found Creative Care to be a good fit because that is what they specialize in. It is a safe place in which to heal. I've been there twice, both time in crisis and they helped me crawl my way back to the living. The group and individual therapy really is amazing. Extras: Great views, trips to the beach 5 day/week, food is DELISH, horse therapy, beds are comfy!
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BLS
5.0
Excellent
I really felt that Creative Care understood how to deal with dual diagnosis. Other facilities have claimed that they deal with dual diagnosis clients and have individualized programs, but they do not. Creative Care was able to help me deal with my depression, anxiety, and trauma, as well as my opiate and alcohol addiction. I have been sober for over 7 years now. I owe my life to the amazing work that these people do!
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