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Did You Know These 5 Things About Passages Addiction Treatment Centers?

By Jennifer McDougall

1.     Passages accepts a handful of private insurance.

Call us toll free today at (888) 397-0112 to get a quote. Please note while we do accept some payment from some of the private insurance carriers, we do not accept Medicare or Medicaid.

2.     We have been treating the underlying causes of addiction for over a decade.

Passages Malibu recently celebrated 13 years of ending thousands of people’s addictions to drugs and alcohol. We specialize in effective one-on-one treatment and use 21 different holistic treatment methods in which every client benefits from.

3.     Our sister location, Passages Ventura, in nearby Ventura, California offers an even more affordable option.

Chris and Pax Prentiss founded passages Ventura in 2009. The tranquil setting and caring staff truly makes healing both comfortable and reliable for every client who participates in the program. It has helped thousands of people build the skills they need to heal the underlying conditions causing them to use, and begin a healthy and addiction- free life. Visit for detailed information.

4.     Pax Prentiss Has Been Sober 15 Years.

Pax and his father Chris Prentiss co-founded Passages Malibu after Pax had many failed attempts to get clean and stay sober while battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol for 10 years. They created Passages using the methods and the cutting-edge philosophy that Pax used to cure his own addiction and overcome the underlying issues driving him to repeatedly turn to drugs and alcohol for many years.

Pax serves as the CEO and co-founder of Passages Addiction Treatment Center. He leads Passages whole-heartedly with the intent to help each individual who enters Passages Addiction Treat Center overcome their addiction and go on to live a fulfilling life, addiction-free, just as he was able to do.

On September 4th, 2015 Pax will celebrate 15 years of sobriety.

Follow Pax on Twitter (@PaxPrentiss) and Instagram (@Pax_Prentiss) to keep up with all of the exciting things he is doing both in his personal life, as well as with Passages.

5.     We are not a 12 Step program.

At Passages we do not label you an addict nor do we believe you are powerless over your addiction. Instead, we use holistic therapy methods to treat the underlying condition that is causing a person to use drugs or alcohol. We do not believe that addiction is a disease. Our research shows us that people have a dependency on drugs and alcohol because one or all of the four reasons:

·         A chemical imbalance

·         Past trauma or unresolved circumstances

·         Difficulty managing current conditions

·         Untrue beliefs or an imprisonment of a negative perspective

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Also see: Seven Myths about Private Inpatient Drug Rehab” 

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Marijuana Addiction and Treatment

Cannabis (or more commonly known as marijuana, weed, or pot) is a very popular and prevalent drug in the United States. It is even legal for medicinal purposes in some states; however, marijuana is highly abused. When an individual smokes or ingests marijuana, the individual will experience distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory. Several research studies have shown that chronic marijuana users have difficulty learning and decreased memory function, which can last for days or weeks after the actual physical “high” or effects of the drug wear off. Therefore, chronic marijuana abuser are functioning at a suboptimal intellectual and physical level of capability all of the time.

Many studies also show a direct correlation between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and various mental illnesses. There are numerous misconceptions about cannabis addiction and treatment and about the actual addictive qualities of marijuana. Many pro-marijuana users ridicule the idea that marijuana is addictive. At Passages, we see people addicted to marijuana every day. Marijuana is a gateway drug, meaning that individuals who abuse it typically drink alcohol more and abuse other drugs, drastically increasing their chances for becoming addicted to numerous substances. Cannabis has definite withdrawal symptoms when an abuser stops using, which include vivid dreams (caused by the chemical THC), anxiety, irritability, decreased appetite, paranoia, tension and insomnia. At Passages Malibu, we treat marijuana addiction and provide a medically supervised detox.




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Professionals in Rehab

Executives and high-powered career professionals who find they needing drug rehab often have specific needs, requirements and concerns.  Professionals in demanding career positions tend to be high-functioning, and often have been maintaining their image at work in spite of their drug or alcohol abuse. Understandably, many people in these positions wish to keep their attendance of a drug or alcohol rehab program under wraps, fearing backlash at work or damage done to their reputation or career.

Another important concern for many of these people is being able to maintain their schedule while in rehab-it can be nearly impossible for executives or CEO’s to take off 30 days or more of work. Many individuals in executive positions actually become addicted to their work, or are “workaholics,” which is why they have the success that they do.  However, this can be emotionally and mentally unhealthy. Men and women in these high performance careers often turn to alcohol or drugs to ease work anxiety or to attempt to relax after a stressful day or some choose to use stimulants to enhance their performance on the job.

Treatment centers like Passages Malibu are very understanding of this situation and cater to executives and professionals.  We offer a resort-style atmosphere and consider privacy and confidentiality to be top priorities for our clients.  We also allow clients to have full unrestricted access to their cell phones and computers, which is very important for people in the business world. Our therapists are experienced in working with these types of individuals who operate under extreme pressure, and they can help them learn how to handle their careers without turning to alcohol or drugs for relief. Our therapists help clients realize their underlying emotional issues that may be causing them to abuse alcohol or drugs to manage work stress.

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Center today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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Native American Influences in Drug Rehab Centers

Many people seeking drug or alcohol treatment find themselves unwilling to subscribe to the disease concept of addiction, and wanting something more than just the typical, conventional 12-step programs.

Many non-12 step and holistic treatment centers fill this void and offer unconventional treatment practices that incorporate and respect all cultures, religions, and backgrounds.  This kind of treatment facilities often focus on a combination of culture, spirituality, tradition and healing. Native American culture is very rich and complex, and many Native Americans wish to attend a treatment center that will allow them to focus on their Native American spirituality, beliefs, culture and practice.  There are Native American rehabilitation programs available; these programs are not exclusive to Native Americans, however the majority of clients that attend have a cultural background of Native American tradition.

These treatment facilities often involve a combination of individual therapy, cultural understanding, traditional ceremony, and group therapy. There are also rehab programs that have a focus on Native American elements, but are not solely Native American in nature.

At Passages Malibu, we consider ourselves to be one of these types of treatment centers. We incorporate all forms of spirituality and cultural backgrounds into our program, and design a treatment plan designed for each individual’s particular needs.


Call Passages Addiction Treatment Center today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by dialing our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.


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Therapeutic Benefits of Luxury Rehab Centers

Although it may seem like just an added perk and not necessary for complete healing, attending a luxury rehab center does have numerous therapeutic advantages.  Although there are thousands of drug rehab centers throughout the country, not many of them place much of an emphasis on the treatment center atmosphere. Commonly, especially in 12-step rehab programs, the centers are set up with more of an institutionalized atmosphere in mind-facilities designed to treat a large number of people in a small space.

Luxury rehab centers,  such as Passages Malibu, provide clients not only with top-notch treatment but also with beautiful, peaceful, tranquil surroundings. Passages spans across 10 gorgeous acres with easy access to the beach, 5 large luxurious estates for treatment and client residences, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, top of the line amenities, pools, a tennis court, gym, large living quarters, and a full time housekeeping staff.

When individuals enter a rehab facility that is small, cramped, and have the feel of a hospital, that environment can be very stressful and traumatic.  At luxurious treatment centers, clients are able to relax and heal in the comfort and beauty of their surroundings. Treatment centers that are focused on top-notch luxurious settings also tend to have top-notch treatment programs with more staff members, therapists, doctors and nurses per client.

Passages Malibu is not only the most luxurious drug rehab available, but it is also the most comprehensive and holistic healing center in the world.  If you or someone you know would like to experience the luxury and excellent treatment that we have to offer, contact us today by calling (888) 397-0112.


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Diversity of the Mind

LSD Effects and Psychological Addiction

LSD is a psychotropic hallucinogenic drug that has been popular and present in the United States for many years.  Although LSD use does not result in extreme physical withdrawal symptoms, repeated use of the drug can lead to a very strong psychological dependence.  When an individual repeatedly abuses LSD, a short-term tolerance is quickly developed, causing users to have to take more and more of the drug each time they use it to obtain the same initial effects.  Repeatedly increasing the amount of LSD taken quickly reinforces a psychological addiction.  LSD abusers also often develop a psychological addiction as a means of escaping emotional stressors, psychological pain, or low self esteem. As with any addictive substance, users of LSD feel after awhile that they can no longer function without the drug.  LSD is an incredibly powerful chemical compound, and even a very small amount creates significant changes in the brain’s chemical pattern and disrupts neurotransmitter levels. These powerful changes LSD addiction causes in the brain can bring on a slew of serious problems. For individuals who are already dealing with underlying emotional or mental health issues, the repeated and intense effects of LSD abuse can aggravate and worsen the problems. There are many signs of LSD addiction, including paranoia, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, delusions, and erratic behavior.  Passages Malibu treats LSD addiction, and can help if you or someone you know is struggling.




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Behavioral Addictions vs Substance Addictions

It is estimated that at least 90% of Americans have been exposed to at least one form of addiction in their lives, whether it is a behavioral or a substance addiction. Behavioral addiction, or non-substance-related addiction, is a recurring behavior or compulsion where an individual participates in a particular activity, despite negative effects it is having on their relationships, finances, health, or mental state.

Although behavioral addictions may not seem as harmful as substance related addictions, they are considered very detrimental for the person addicted and the people close to them.

Some common behavioral addictions are gambling, food, computers, pornography, sex, the internet, video games, work, exercise, “cutting”, and shopping.  Although some people find it controversial to refer to these behaviors as “addictions” in the same way we view substance abuse disorders, they do tend to have the same ultimate negative effects. Substance addictions, to either drugs or alcohol, are typically much easier disorders for people to understand due to the actual pronounced physical and emotionally altered effects they have on the person abusing.  We treat individuals dealing with behavioral, substance, or co-occurring addictions and disorders.


Call Passages Addiction Treatment Center today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by dialing our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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Drug and Alcohol Addiction in the Workplace

Drug and alcohol addiction undoubtedly makes an impact on the lives of everyone it involves; not just the dependent individual.  It effects friends, family, and often times co-workers experience the negative behaviors of addiction as well. For employers, having an addicted individual working for them can be a very difficult and awkward situation.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employees who abuse drugs or alcohol are 25 to 30 percent less productive on the job and miss work three times more often than non-abusing employees. Drug and alcohol addiction in the workplace also results in significantly higher safety risks, as 65 percent of all accidents on the job have been shown to be related to drug or alcohol use.  As an employer, there are many early signs of drug and alcohol addiction to look for that can help you combat the negative effects of dependency in the workplace, and hopefully get your employee some help.

Sometimes, especially in a professional atmosphere where people are usually on their “best behavior,” recognizing signs of drug and alcohol dependency isn’t always easy, as some substance abusing individuals have had practice hiding their addictions for months or years.  Some key signs to look for are:  frequent tardiness or unexplained absences from work, extended lunch breaks, a distant attitude or avoidance of supervisors, missed deadlines or incomplete assignments, various excuses, a careless attitude, poor personal appearance, sudden or unusual weight loss or gain, odd mood swings or erratic behavior, sleepiness, or noticeable financial problems.  If you notice these problems in your workplace, Passages Malibu can help.
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Treatment Team Approach at Passages Malibu

We are the world’s most innovative and effective residential drug and alcohol treatment program, partly due to our treatment teach approach.  Unlike other treatment centers, Passages is not 12-step based and rather focuses on a more individually tailored, holistic method of treatment.  We believe that addiction is not a disease, but rather that it is a symptom resulting from other problematic issues. The abuse of and eventual dependency on drugs and alcohol is merely a mechanism to cope with physical, mental, or emotional pain.  We believe that being completely cured of your addiction is possible, and in order to find this cure you must find the underlying causes of your behaviors.  Each of our clients receive an individually tailored treatment team of 10 therapists.

Whether you are dealing with depression, anxiety, an undiagnosed physical ailment, childhood trauma, abuse, family problems, a chemical imbalance, or one of the many other underlying causes of addiction. Our treatment program of mainly one-on-one therapy will help you uncover what is driving you to use drugs and alcohol.  At the end of each week, your treatment teams hold a meeting to discuss your progress and pool their insights and resources together.  They do this in order to make sure you are getting the most comprehensive, diverse treatment possible, allowing them to alter your program each week and to progress as you progress. At Passages, we truly believe in healing all of you, from the inside out:  you will receive primarily individual therapy sessions with a dynamic rotation of enriching groups mixed in, with a treatment team that is fully committed to your recovery.

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Individualized Psychotherapy

We believe addiction is caused by various underlying and unresolved issues. Dependent individuals typically use drugs and/or alcohol as part of a coping mechanism to deal with past and/or present trauma and pain. At many 12-step rehab programs, substance abuse is treated as the primary problem. At our facilities, we believe that in order to end the cycle of dependency you must first uncover the reasons why you are choosing to numb yourself with drugs and alcohol in the first place.  This is where individualized psychotherapy becomes critical for healing.  Psychotherapy sessions offer safe space to discover the complex nature behind addictive behaviors, and allow each individual to learn how to resolve and heal each unique underlying issue.  Being unable to cope with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, marriage, work, relationships, and the death of a loved one, financial burdens, illness, insecurity, or physical impairment are common reasons for substance abuse that psychotherapists are trained to help clients work through in their sessions.  Many 12-step treatment centers rely primarily on group therapy and usually provide no individual psychotherapy with licenced psychologists. Our individualized approach allows for each specialized licensed therapist to treat each client uniquely based on their circumstance and uncover and explore the causes of each particular addiction.


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Animal-Assisted Therapy and Addiction

Animal-assisted therapy (particularly Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) and canine therapy) is one of the most effective forms of experiential therapy available and has proven to be fun, nurturing, and very therapeutically beneficial for clients in inpatient drug and alcohol
treatment centers. With animal assisted therapy, rather than talking to a therapist, clients interact with a horse or dog in a series of exercises designed to strengthen and develop non-verbal and verbal communication, creative thinking, problem solving, leadership, trust, responsibility, confidence and relationship skills. Animal-assisted therapy has been shown to
be successful in helping individuals with numerous issues other than just substance abuse, including eating disorders, adolescents with emotional problems, and with the rehabilitation of prison inmates.  The distinctive experience of bonding with an animal offers several advantages. Working with an animal often allows individuals to let their guard down and reduce stress, as studies have shown that individuals actually have lower heart rates and stress levels when in the presence of animals.   In addition,animals have the unique ability to mirror exactly what human body language is telling them; an individual’s reaction to the animal and the animal’s reaction them helps to highlight the behaviors, feelings and relationships that have caused pain and fed an addiction.


Call us today at (888) 397-0112.