Paradigm Malibu

3.3 (17 reviews) ADD YOUR REVIEW
6323 Via Escondido Drive
Malibu, CA 90265
8556469864 Visit Website
Paying for Treatment
  • Insurance is Accepted
  • Financing is Available
  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted
Treatment Insights

Paradigm Malibu offers the highest staff-to-client ratio of any adolescent program in the country. The residential rehab provides exceptional treatment for teens struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as emotional health or behavioral health issues. Owned by licensed mental health professionals who specialize in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, the facility offers the greatest variety of clinical services available in youth treatment. Paradigm Malibu is dedicated to identifying, understanding, and properly treating the core issues that impact adolescents and their families.

Paradigm Malibu Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

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The people are nice and the accommodations are luxurious, but I hated my stay and left early. Leave if it’s not working for you. Don’t let anyone convince you to stay. I went home and was able to ...


Honestly some of the best therapists in the country. My anorexia was a distant memory by the time I checked out.10/10


Had a friend go and they were unhelpful and mean to him


I am very very happy with how my son's stay went at Paradigm Malibu! No, our insurance company didn't pay for anything and Yes, I paid a lot of money out of pocket. Was it worth it and would I do it a...


Garbage, didn’t learn a thing. Left in 25 days because I pranked my way out by pranking the hell out of the staff everyday until they let me go early


I attended paradigm Malibu in Early January of 2018 for addiction problems and depression and was released less than 30 days later. I strongly advise anyone not to pay for this rehab, for it is way to...


I spent 6 weeks at Paradigm a few years ago, and I will honestly say it was not a good experience for my mental health. I was admitted, misdiagnosed, and kept for an extra two weeks past when I was to...


Be careful! They tell you everything you want to hear, but can't deliver. I lost a lot of money. I sure had a lot of faith in them, but it didn't work out for us. Good luck!


Paradigm Malibu was easily one of the worst decisions i’ve made in my life. i went in the fall of 2015. At the time, i was struggling with intense suicidal ideation, non-suicidal self injury, and an...


Paradigm Malibu, like all treatment centers, has its ups and downs. I'd like to focus on the positives first. The staff here is beyond exceptional; they truly care for the clients and try their hardes...


We had a wonderful experience with our niece at Paradigm Malibu. The staff were very knowledgeable and were able to "break through" barriers that our family thought would never come down. The facility...

Areas of Focus
Eating Disorder Treatment

Many mental health professionals view eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, along with other dysfunctional eating patterns) as a food addiction – in that food is used in ways other than as fuel or a source of pleasure. Some, but not all, addiction treatment programs include eating disorder treatment as part of the service menu. Also, an eating disorder may be a dual-diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder with drug or alcohol addiction.

Creative Arts Therapy

Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.

Key Staff Members
  • Photo of Dr. Jeff Nalin, Psy.D.
    Dr. Jeff Nalin, Psy.D. - Founder and Clinical Director

    Dr. Nalin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY17766), a Certified Chemical Dependency Intervention Specialist and a Certified Youth Residential Treatment Administrator. He has been a respected leader in the field of emotional health, behavioral health and teen drug treatment for more than 15 years. During that time, Dr. Nalin has been responsible for the direct care of young people at multiple institutions of learning including; The Los Angeles Unified School District, the University of California at San Diego, Santa Monica College, and Pacific University. He was instrumental in the development of the treatment component of Los Angeles County’s first Juvenile Drug Court, which now serves as a national model.

  • Photo of Cole Rucker, MA
    Cole Rucker, MA - Founder and CEO

    Cole holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has more than 20 years of experience in the creation and implementation of treatment programs for adolescents and their families. He previously served as the Director of Family Preservation Programs and as the Director of the largest teen drug treatment program in Southern California. He is a certified Youth Residential Treatment Administrator and a member of Drug Court Professionals Association.