Acadia Malibu Becomes 'Alo House'

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Acadia Malibu undergoes a name change and is announcing their new name today.

Alo House Recovery Centers

Alo House provides care using an intensive, big-hearted style of care, which helps them to really get to know, and to properly treat, each client, - co-founder Evan Haines.

Acadia Malibu has changed their name and are very excited to announce… Alo House Recovery Centers. The word ‘Alo’ comes from the Latin, and means to feed, nourish, support, sustain, cherish, and strengthen. Alo also happens to mean ‘spirit guide’ in Hopi. No other name could better fit with their mission of being on the cutting-edge of the emerging ‘compassionate care’ model of addiction treatment.

They are not calling it a rebrand, because they remain the same innovative, high quality, community-focused treatment center they have always been. Rather, their goal is to differentiate themselves, and to better align their name with the remarkable treatment experience that they have striven to provide to so many individuals and their families over the past five years.

Alo House has a progressive approach to treatment that everyone feels the moment they step onto the property. They share the public’s criticism of modern addiction treatment, and of the ‘Malibu Model’ in particular, so everything they do is meant to address these problems, and to provide fresh, evidence-based solutions to them. Giving their clients a twelve-step alternative is crucial in this regard.

They offer a holistic, integrative approach to healing. Rather than subscribing to the ‘disease concept’ of addiction, which they believe tends to reduce people to their diagnoses, they address the ‘whole person.’ One of the co-founders, Evan Haines, believes that “each client has a unique story.” Alo House provides care using an intensive, big-hearted style of care, which helps them to really get to know, and to properly treat, each client. Alo House boasts over a one-to-one staff to client ratio – which is one of the highest in the industry!

Alo House Recovery Centers understands what makes a treatment center great – the people who work there. Their highly skilled, passionate staff is the single most important ingredient to their success. Co- founder Jared Valentine states that “each of our staff has been hand-picked for his or her unique ability to reach and engage with our clients.” Alo House wants to create change and they do this through the magical moments of connection and transformation that occur between their clients and staff, ones that everyone will remember forever.

Their amazing staff has a shared vision for what is done at Alo House. Carrying out this vision is what keeps them showing up every day, and is why they love doing what they do. They feel that together, they are on a mission to change the face of treatment, and help to bring it into the current age. This vision and their whole philosophy can be summed up by their manifesto:

Evan Haines was quoted for the manifesto here:

“1. We believe in connection, not control … We don’t need rules to hold our clients; instead, we engage with them, and hold them with our genuine care and concern.
2. We allow our clients to maintain their dignity, and we make sure to always show them as much kindness as we possibly can.
3. We understand that shame is counter-productive to genuine growth and healing.
4. We believe in giving our clients enough structure to keep them safe, yet providing enough freedom to challenge their growth.
5. We emphasize that there is more than one path to recovery. Bill Wilson, himself, stated that “AA has no monopoly on reviving alcoholics.”
6. We want to provide each of our clients with the most positive and personally profound experience of recovery possible – the most important thing we can do is to make treatment, and recovery in general, an attractive way of life for all our clients.
7. We believe that addiction is characterized by a profound sense of disconnection, and that the antidote to this problem comes from engagement in a loving experience of community.
8. We seek to employ a strengths-based approach, and always work to empower our clients, to help them achieve self-efficacy, and to help them discover and connect to their passion.
9. We teach our clients to become personally responsible for their lives, to not blame others for their problems, or to view themselves as victims. We will always maintain our sense of passion, commitment, and genuineness for the work we do with our clients.”

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Alo House Recovery Centers
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