A pilot has opened an ultra-private rehabilitation facility called Journey Malibu for pilots dealing with alcoholism and addiction.
Among mental health issues for pilots, the most common problem is alcoholism, according to the center’s officials, which notes that any pilot who gets caught with alcohol in their system may see their entire career end on the spot.
“Journey Malibu’s unique program is headed by one of the nation’s foremost addiction physicians, Dr. James DeMarco,” said Chris Loguidice, a pilot who went through rehab before opening this facility. “He serves as Executive Director for us and is the President of the Hawaii Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and has completed a formal Academic Fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the University of Hawaii’s Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Medicine.”
“Of the recovery patients in the general population only 30% are successful and 70% relapse within 2 years,” said DeMarco. “However with professionals who are required to be in monitoring programs, the 5-year success rates are as high as 90%. We prepare the professional to comply with all licensing and monitoring boards to return to their careers with minimal disruption and emotional trauma.”
The facility also caters for physicians and lawyers, officials said.
Unlike other residential recovery facilities which offer a group program, Journey Malibu provides a individualized program with a high ‘staff to patient’ ratio. Journey Malibu’s program includes:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Motivational Enhancement Therapy/Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
- Neurobiology of Addiction Education
- Individual/Group/Family Therapy
- Relapse Prevention
- Monitoring Board Compliance Procedure
- Bio Feedback
- Nutritional program
- Physical Fitness Therapy
- Acupuncture/massage therapy
- Daily Yoga/Thai Chi/Meditation
For more information: www.JourneyMalibu.com