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Inspire Malibu uses a non 12 step rehab model for treating drug and alcohol abuse. Our methods utilize proven clinical therapy, controlled self-empowerment and a science-based approach.


Non 12 Step Rehab & Treatment Program

The primary goal of our evidence-based, secular program is to teach our clients at an intellectual and emotional level how to best deal with addictive cravings and the motivating factors behind them so they can enjoy a life free from addiction.

Inspire Malibu uses complementary approaches to therapy, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Abstinence-based counseling
  • Motivational effectiveness
  • Family therapy
  • Patient education
  • Pharmacotherapy

These methods are combined in a way that is most helpful to each individual, rather than forcing them into a set program.

Our methods do not require compliance to any one theoretical model or method of treatment. Each patient is evaluated with a full psychosocial and interpersonal assessment prior to treatment to determine a customized approach to recovery treatment. Our specialists then coordinate, assess progress, and make ongoing treatment decisions for the patient according to the patient’s customized recovery plan.


12 Step and Non 12 Step Treatment: What’s the Difference?

Non 12 Step RehabA Non 12 Step Program centers on a self-empowering addiction treatment program that blends multiple disciplines including evidence-based treatments, holistic care, recovery groups and different therapy methodologies. A 12-step program relies on following prescribed steps to recovery, all of which may not be appropriate for the individual undergoing treatment. They also require a belief in a Higher Power, which secular individuals or those with a faith outside of the Judeo-Christian belief system may not be comfortable with.

12-Step Programs can be useful as a post-recovery program to follow after treatment is completed, but are not an appropriate standalone treatment for addiction. Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs follow a model that is spiritually centered.

This model incorporates believing in a Higher Power and building a relationship with that Higher Power that isn’t suitable for all individuals. Inspire Malibu believes there is nothing wrong with this and it is a good format for living and staying sober – for those who respond well to it.

Five Core Areas of Psychological Functioning

Addiction is a chronic illness that must be addressed with proper treatment. Our comprehensive, non 12 step recovery program has evolved over the past decade and utilizes a variety of best practices in substance abuse treatment. Our recovery programs differ from other approaches in the focus on Five Core Areas of Psychological Functioning:

  1. Balancing, identifying, and regulating all emotions, to avoid the traps of impulsivity and dumping anger on others.
  2. Understanding and maintaining a secure sense of self. The stable self is a container with boundaries and limits and sensitive areas. Adults can become aware of how they are either affirmed or invalidated by others.
  3. Identifying and not avoiding realistic conflict with others by learning conflict resolution skills.
  4. Maintaining adequate self-care and meeting all clinical and nutritional needs.
  5. Determining if substance use and depression or other mental health issues are present at the same time, known as dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders.

Customization, experience and understanding make our approach to recovery treatment special

The cornerstone of our methodology is treating clients as individuals, not simply as members of a diagnostic classification. Extensive research has confirmed that no one approach to treatment is superior to all others and that effective treatment must be customized to meet individual goals and needs.

Our staff has experience in all areas of addiction treatment and use their expertise to help our patients. The road to a successful recovery begins with a clinical diagnosis by a physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist and continues with a treatment plan specific to each individual patient.

Our Self-empowering Approach

Throughout the course of their recovery, our clients learn self-empowerment which helps them communicate and experience their thoughts and feelings properly, without the need to abuse a substance to deal with them. Self-empowerment also provides our patients with the inner strength they need to say no to addictive substances in the future. We give our clients the psychological and emotional tools to function more effectively in life, and to help them grow in their relationships and careers.

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Inspire Malibu is State Licensed by the Department of Health Care Services


  • Board-certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine
  • Board-certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Named the Top Addiction Professional of the Year 2011 by Who’s Who in America
  • Patients Choice Physician Award Recipient in 2011
  • First physician in California to be licensed to use Suboxone for addiction treatment.

Why We Use Non 12 Step Treatment

We utilize Non 12 Step rehab programs because traditional 12 Step programs are focused on support rather than evidence-based treatment. Many of our clients have come to us because they realized they needed to see a doctor more than they needed a meeting.

We pioneered the Non 12 Step program treatment approach to meet the needs of patients who are serious about recovery. It has shown to be the most effective approach to overcoming alcoholism and drug addiction. Our non 12 step, therapy-based program treats addiction as a chronic medical condition.

For those who prefer secular aftercare, we provide SMART Recovery aftercare classes to meet everyone’s preferences and needs, but patients who are responsive to the 12-step model are not discouraged from following it after their initial recovery from addiction is complete.

The 12-step model can be effective for a self-help group structure and to assist in recovery maintenance. It is certainly valid for those who have followed it and those it has helped. But there are several reasons why the 12-step model does not work well for all individuals which may include:

For more information about how our Non 12 Step Rehab Treatment Programs can help you live a normal and healthy life again, call us toll free at
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Inspire Malibu uses a non 12 step rehab model for treating drug and alcohol abuse. Our methods utilize proven clinical therapy, controlled self-empowerment and a science-based approach.
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