Creative Care, Malibu, California

homes of Malibu beach near Los Angeles, California
5941 Trancas Canyon Rd
Mailbu, CA, 90265

Creative Care Overview

Located in the beach city of Malibu, Creative Care is a recovery center for adults 18 and older dealing with substance abuse, chemical dependence, and co-occurring disorders. Since its inception in 1989, the facility has been well known for its leading edge dual diagnosis treatment—its ability to effectively and simultaneously treat co-occurring disorders and substance abuse problems.

The center was founded by Dr. Morteza Khaleghi and his wife, Dr. Karen Khaleghi both of whom have experienced the havoc addiction can cause in human beings. Dr. Morteza’s approach to dual diagnosis was deemed successful early on, and other well-known facilities began to refer difficult challenges to him. Dr, Karen, his wife who grew up in an alcoholic home, is well-trained in psychodynamics and psychology. The center offers clinical evaluations to clients upon admission in order to design a clinically sound, individualized treatment plan. Additionally, the facility boasts of an experienced, capable clinical staff that treats the entire person and offers a high standard of care. The professional staff consists of therapists, registered nurses, psychiatrists, and psychologists. The minimum stay at the facility is one month. Creative Care utilizes the 12-step philosophy and offers myriad psychological and psychiatric services and programs which include psychotherapy, detoxification, art therapy, transitional living, and residential treatment.

Accommodation And Food

The center is located in the city of Malibu, west of Los Angeles and is capable of accommodating up to 30 residents. Most clients have roommates although private accommodation is available at the facility. The center’s program director designates rooms based on the client’s circumstances and needs. The center requires a one-month minimum stay but usually encourages clients to receive treatment for two-three months so as foster long-lasting sobriety. The center has a swimming pool and a large commercial kitchen.

The center’s chef prepares gourmet meals with the dietary needs of the residents in mind. A registered dietician is also present on-site and works with residents to create a healthy and nutritious meal plan.

Treatment And Therapy

The center offers various treatment and therapy options depending on the unique needs of the client. Some of these are:

  • Detoxification
  • Residential treatment
  • Transitional living


This program is the highest level of care for people dealing with substance use disorder and is available for adults aged 18 and above. The center focuses on maintaining a comfortable and safe environment for clients to rid their bodies of built-up toxins. The process may last anywhere from 3-14 days and medical staff is available for 24/7 monitoring.

Residential Program

In the facility’s residential program, customized treatment plans are created for each client and the 12-step program is incorporated into the modes of treatment. This includes 12-step sponsorships and meetings. Various forms of therapy including individual, family, and trauma therapy are observed in the program.

Transitional Living

This is a step-down level of care for individuals ready to exit the residential program. The clients are engaged in volunteer work and integration back into their communities.

The following are a list of conditions treated at the facility:

  • Substance abuse (Heroin, Meth, K2 and Spice, Marijuana, alcohol, etc.)
  • Addiction (sex, compulsive shopping, etc.)
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Co-occurring disorders

Therapy Options

The facility offers various options of therapy which include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Equine assisted psychotherapy
  • 12-step meetings
  • Trauma therapy


Creative Care Incorporated costs approximately $27,200 for a 30-day treatment at the facility but this varies as the prices are dependent on the type of treatment a client receives. The facility accepts different insurance types including PPO insurances which can be verified on the website for free. Clients are advised to contact the facility for more information on benefits and coverage and to find out if their insurance companies are in-network with the treatment center. Treatment centers accepted include:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United HealthCare
  • Medica
  • Humana
  • Health Partners


The facility is accredited by The NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers) and the California Department of Healthcare Services.

Creative Care Advantages

The treatment center offers treatment options to clients diagnosed with mood disorders such as depression with clinical and holistic therapy methods such yoga, art therapy, and equine therapy but these treatments are not emphasized, as the facility claims that their treatment methods are clinically sound and also customized.

Outpatient treatment options are offered by the facility as well as sober living homes. This treatment option is also offered to clients as an aftercare or discharge plan after completion of an inpatient program.

In its entirety, Creative Care Incorporated is a good option for individuals looking for a facility that treats mental health issues with utmost priority and addiction issues as a follow-up. Industry insiders and Reviewers say that this mode of treatment is better than that of other facilities treating mental illness but are advertised as rehabilitation centers. The treatment center is also made up of qualified professionals and staff with the owners having 20 years of experience handling mental health issues.


  • Morteza Khalegi – Executive Director & Founder

Morteza holds a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the California Graduate Institute and is licensed to practice Marriage and Family Therapy. With of 19 years of experience in the behavioral health sector, he oversees the clinical evaluation of each patient which is part of the follow-up process after admission into the facility.

  • Deena Manion – Clinical Director

Deena went to Ryokan College, Columbia University, and Pace University in which she acquired different degrees including a Doctor of Psychology degree and a Clinical Social Work degree. She is also licensed to be practice Clinical Social Work and has served in the position of Clinical Director at the facility for over 19 years now.

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