A Typical Day at Promises Malibu

Days at Promises Malibu drug rehab are engaging, restorative and focused on developing resiliency and a healthy lifestyle. As the originators of the Malibu Model, we ensure that all activities and therapies are carefully tailored to each individual. Because our approach is so highly personalized, schedules vary from day to day and client to client, but below is an idea of what a typical day might include.


Mornings start with daily reflection and a healthy, delicious chef-prepared meal to get clients energized for a day of recovery work. An active lifestyle that supports recovery is an integral part of our treatment approach. After breakfast clients travel off campus to a gym for fitness or have one-on-one counseling with their primary therapist. At 11:00 am morning process groups take place. Groups may cover several addiction issues including shame resilience, relapse prevention and education on addiction and mental health issues.


Afternoons begin with a nutritious lunch. Clients typically have individual counseling sessions from 1 to 2 pm, followed by group therapy. We cover topics such as addiction and trauma, family dynamics, nutrition for recovery and life skills. Community meetings, 12-step groups or alumni groups may also take place during this time. More individual therapy sessions follow from 3 to 4 pm. Clients then complete a recovery task or assignment or attend psychoeducation groups.


Our professional chefs serve dinner at 5 pm. After dinner, clients may travel off campus to attend a community 12-step meeting. Other times, we hold an alumni meeting. Alumni meetings provide clients with hope and inspiration from peers who’ve been in their shoes. Every evening at 9:30 pm we hold a group dedicated to a particular step of the 12 steps. This helps clients strengthen their recovery and prepare for continued step work following treatment.


Weekends have similar activities and schedules as weekdays with the addition of family visitation time, family groups, and social activities like game night, beach walks and hikes.

Schedule at a Glance

  • Wake up

    Wake up and meditation

  • Daily reflections

    Mindfulness practices and daily reflections

  • Breakfast


  • Fitness

    Fitness or individual therapy sessions

  • Group Therapy

    Group therapy or psychoeducation

  • Lunch


  • Individual sessions

    Individual sessions

  • Group therapy

    Group therapy

  • Individual therapy sessions

    Individual therapy sessions

  • Group therapy

    Group therapy
  • Dinner


  • Meeting

    Offsite self-help meeting or alumni meeting

  • Lights out

    Step work and wrap up

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