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Battle brewing between Malibu residents and pricey drug rehab centers

Sep 17, 2013

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A sign at the entrance to the Eisenhower Medical Center at the Betty Ford Center, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation clinic in Rancho Mirage, California. These rehabilitation centers are scattered throughout the state, but residents of Malibu in particular are taking issue with the number facilities in their city.; Credit: Eric Thayer/Getty Images

Not all drug rehab programs are created equal. In Malibu, such treatments–offered by rehab centers like Cliffside, Summit, and Milestones–cost up to a hundred thousand dollars a month and provide perks like massages, lap pools, daily therapy sessions, and perhaps most importantly, privacy. 

Celebrities the likes of Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Matthew Perry are all known clients, and they swear by these treatments. Malibu residents, however, aren’t so enthused; they say the burgeoning rehab industry is causing all kind of problems in the area, including zone violations and unwanted disturbances.

“The rehabs are overwhelming our neighborhoods,” Lou La Monte, a Malibu city councilman, told the New York Times. “We have safety issues, noise issues, traffic issues. We’re going to take our city back.”

The problem isn’t just happening in Malibu. On Friday, lawmakers from the cities of Malibu, Newport Beach, Pasadena, Riverside and many others will meet in Sacramento to discuss the issue at the annual conference of the League of California Cities in Sacramento.

Guests:
Christi Hogin, City Attorney, Malibu – Hogin is in Sacramento for the annual conference of the League of California Cities

Richard Taite, founder and CEO of Cliffside Malibu, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center and coauthor in Malibu. He is also the coauthor of the book, “Ending Addiction for Good (Wheatmark, 2012)  

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