In 1995, Foundations Recovery Network (FRN) was founded to serve and improve the lives of individuals experiencing difficulties with both substance abuse and mental health issues, and to assist their families in understanding how to cope with their loved one’s struggles. The goal was to fully meet the needs of those with co-occurring conditions, providing integrated treatment services staffed by professionals specializing in both mental health and chemical dependency.
In fall 2003, FRN decided it was time to apply this approach to a world class, state-of-the-art healing center in the beautiful, natural setting of Malibu, and the idea for The Canyon at Peace Park was born. The Canyon opened its doors just nine months later, accepting its first clients in June 2004.
The concept behind The Canyon’s treatment program has always been to provide the best clinical practices for the integrative treatment of co-occurring disorders and to blend those treatment practices with the best of a holistic mind-body-spirit approach. This includes the best in healthy organic foods, physical activity and exercise, and spiritual teachings from not only the 12-step tradition but also core truths found in other spiritual practices like Buddhism, Zen, Toltec wisdom and Native American spirituality.
Each of the landmarks at The Canyon holds a potential key to our personal transformation. From the meditation dome that His Holiness The Dali Lama meditated in daily during his stay at Peace Park, to the feminine energy of The Grove, and the centering power of The Labryinth, our recovery landmarks are a reflection of our love for life and healing.
To carry out this mission, the treatment professionals recruited to staff The Canyon needed to have a breadth of experience not only in traditional western treatment approaches, but who had also explored and practiced holistic approaches, both personally and professionally. That commitment continues to this day.
The treatment approach was a success from the beginning. Clients who had struggled with multiple relapses and treatment episodes remarked upon completing The Canyon’s program that they had received the missing pieces they needed in order to feel healed, happy and maintain their recovery.
“Our philosophy is, ‘give people enough of what they want in order to get them enough of what they need.’ That’s the balance,” FRN CEO Rob Waggener says. “It’s providing exceptional settings, exceptional food, exceptional comfort and exceptional service so they can focus more specifically on treatment.”
Community at The Canyon
Since opening our doors, The Canyon has continued to expand and refine its program. We regularly host events for professionals and the recovery community featuring respected speakers and authors on spirituality and healing. We have an active alumni program and regular gatherings where alumni return to The Canyon and share their stories and encouragement with clients in treatment.
“No one deserves to live a life of pain and despair,” says Kathleen Bigsby, PhD and director of The Canyon. “I consider this property an oasis for healing and a safe place to take risks, gain new insights and transform pain and fear into hope and self-love.”
The original vision has become a reality through the hard work and effort of many individuals who have been inspired by the idea of what a healing center could be. Their legacy lives on in all that The Canyon continues to accomplish in the lives of those who come here.