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How to Maximize Healing in Rehab

How to Maximize Healing in Rehab

By Jennifer McDougall

Picture this. You have made it to rehab, and now you can begin healing from drug and alcohol addiction. Our holistic approach focuses on treating the underlying conditions causing a person to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Our 5-star fabulous facility offers a wide range of luxurious amenities. You can enjoy our heated pool and jacuzzi between sessions, play a game of tennis or basketball with other clients and trainers. You can meditate or read by the waterfall. During lunch, you can sit outside and soak up the sun as you look out to the Pacific Ocean. We also have a top of the line, fully equipt gym with fitness instructors ready to help you meet all your fitness goals and help heal your body from the physical damage inflicted by drug and alcohol abuse.

During your time in rehab at Passages, you will have the opportunity to experience a variety of treatment methods that help you heal from the inside out. To maximize your healing process we recommend you do the following things.

  1. Fully participate in your therapy sessions
  2. Be open and honest with your treatment team so they can best cater to your individual needs
  3. See your time in rehab as an opportunity to learn and grow
  4. Read The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure book, which can find in your bedroom or on various bookshelves and stands at Passages
  5. Practice visual meditation before you go to sleep to imagine your perfect self living a perfectly happy and peaceful life
  6. Journal every day to keep track of your progress
  7. Feed your mind positive and empowering thoughts
  8. Keep your body properly hydrated and partake in the nutritious meals served from our five-star kitchen
  9. Build connections with other clients to create a positive community you can lean on for support
  10. Work with your Continuing Care Specialist to prepare a reliable aftercare program for when you return home or enroll in a sober living program

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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How to Know if You Need Addiction Rehab

By Jennifer McDougall

Many people who become dependent on drugs and alcohol to get through the day or night, don’t plan to end up in that condition. They may have started as a teenager or young adult, surrounded by peers and influences who lead them down the path that brought them to where they are now. It’s unlikely for a person to become addicted to drugs and alcohol intentionally. It usually happens over time. First, it seems like fun, and then the fun turns into trouble, adds complication to life, physical issues begin to arise, and the addiction entirely takes hold and works against you in every way possible. That is the situation many people experience, and what we want to tell you is that there is hope for positive changes to be made when the addicted person decides to get the help they need.

Signs You Need Rehab Now

  1. Your drug of choice has become a priority above and before anything else in your life
  2. Your physical and mental health is suffering due to your substance use
  3. You come up with every excuse to get high
  4. You have tried to quit on your own but have not been able to stay sober
  5. Your relationships have become strained
  6. You have been struggling at work or calling in sick because you’re hungover
  7. You continue to do reckless things under the influence only to wake up and regret everything in the morning
  8. You lie about how often you use
  9. You’ve experienced legal troubles due to drugs and alcohol
  10. You’re missing out on important obligations (meetings, anniversaries, birthdays, paying the bills on time, or not completing assignments on time)

At Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura, we understand that addiction is caused by four main reasons.

  1. A chemical imbalance
  2. Events of the past you have not reconciled
  3. Current conditions you can’t cope with
  4. Things you believe that aren’t true

It is common for a person who is addicted to drugs and alcohol to be in denial of having a problem or needing any help. In many cases, they refuse to go to treatment until they genuinely step back and see the situation for everything that it is. Usually, that requires an outside person such as an interventionalist to come in and talk to the individual calmly and soundly.

When relationships are falling apart, deadlines are no longer being met, responsibilities are not being handled, legally matters occur, and physical health is on the decline it should cause for a serious analysis of what is going on with that person and what needs to be done to help improve the overall quality of life for the individual struggling to stay afloat.

“We recognize that you’ve used substances to try to regain your lost balance, to try to feel the way you did before the need arose to use addictive drugs or alcohol. We know that you use substances to alter your mood, to cover up your sadness, to ease your heartbreak, to lighten your stress load, to blur your painful memories, to escape your hurtful reality, or to make your unbearable days or nights bearable.”
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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Is Isolation Healthy in Addiction Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

It can be tempting for many people, especially those in recovery, to shut out the world for days at a time, but how much isolation is too much? Because of the high risk for increased loneliness during times of isolation, it is important to point out that if you are feeling a desire to pull back from social environments and becoming disengaged in what was motivating and inspiring you before, that you now need to look at WHY you are wanting to resort to solitude.

How to know when you’ve been isolating for too long

  1. You feel unmotivated

    Shake up the energy in your home first by decluttering every room and every corner. If you’ve been at home a lot lately, chances are things have begun to pile up. That stuff you have just sitting around is collecting dust and blocking out strong energy forces that help you stay enthusiastic about life. Seeing clutter has a negative effect on how we feel. Start by cleaning up. Then work on getting outside and calling a friend or nice family member who can provide you with some good laughter and support. This may help push you to create a better routine and implement new fun activities.

  2. You are experiencing increase in depression and anxiety

    It’s time to get more exercise and practice meditation. You are going to be okay but you need to switch things up. Sometimes we keep doing something long after it is no longer working for us anymore. This happens a lot to those who have used drugs and alcohol for long periods of time. They stop being fun and start being something dangerous and works against you in every way possible. When you’re being depressed and anxious, that’s your body telling you that something has to change.

  3. Your mind is restless at night and you can’t fall asleep

    Get your journal and start writing down all your ideas. This is a great way to calm your racing thoughts and give you a productive outlet for plugging your emotions into something that helps you see things a little more clearly.

  4. You want to get out and do something but you don’t know where to start

    Begin getting out and about a little bit every day. Go to the beach or a park to sit or lay outside under the sun and read a book.

The year is 2020, and many people have experienced an overwhelming sense of loneliness due to a major shift in how we are able to connect with one another from a distance. With the stay-at-home orders and quarantine scenario starting back in March, we have been glued to our phones, computers, and televisions like never before. It’s almost September now, and restaurants are open again, most small businesses are finding a way to continue to provide services to their customers while following strict guidelines enforced by each state.

Thankfully, Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura have been able to remain open during these unprecedented times. We have seen an increased number of phone calls and web inquires for treatment due to the massive hike in substance abuse related issues this year. Passages is grateful to all of the staff who have helped keep things running smoothly and providing a substantial amount of support to one another.

Why Would Someone Want to Isolate Themselves

The pandemic. It also could be that this person recently experienced a job loss, a breakup, the death of a loved one, financial hardship, a desire for peace and quiet because everything around them feels chaotic, is physically or emotionally drained, feels down about themselves, has been deeply hurt by people in the past and prefers to keep to themselves in order to protect themselves from future pain.

Sometimes, isolating is a necessary reset that we must allow our self to flourish. It is not dangerous when appropriately managed. We have to be mindful to incorporate small blocks of time throughout the day to socialize with other people or not. It is essential to talk to other people, release any thoughts, feelings, or ideas you have piling up inside your head. While it may be tempting just to sit inside, work, listen to music, and enjoy time alone, it’s also critical that you exercise once a day to help maintain a healthy rhythm and flow to your sober lifestyle. One of the best feelings is that sense of accomplishment at the end of the day when you can lay your head down at night and know that you completed a difficult task and followed through on vital assignments that needed to be done.

One of the key elements that people crave in isolation is the clarity to concentration and direct all their focus onto a challenging goal they feel strongly about. What gets people off course in isolation is the lack of balance and accountability because when you block people and society out of your life, you don’t allow the most important thing to happen: connection. We all need to feel connected to something, and someone who understands us hears us and gently pushes us to do better and be better every single day. By having a connection to others, we can thrive more abundantly and feel loved, which is something every person on earth wants more than anything else.

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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How to Cope With Unexpected Events

How to Cope With Unexpected Events

By Jennifer McDougall

Coping with events that disrupt our inner peace and shake us to the core can be upsetting. Knowing how to navigate through challenging emotions with a healthy approach is always important, especially if you are someone who has struggled with substance abuse related issues in the past. To avoid a relapse, you must remind yourself of what you have to lose if you throw it all away, and remember what you were taught at Passages. The tools we provide you with during treatment can be used throughout your recovery to help keep you on the right track.

“When a problem or a difficult situation arises, say to yourself, as if you already believe it: “This is for my benefit.”
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

If you have recently experienced a tragedy or a troubling situation has occurred in your life, follow these tips.

  1. Deep breathing exercises the moment you feel triggered.
  2. Call and talk to a friend who supports your sobriety.
  3. Go for a run to release any stress and tension.
  4. Write a letter to the person who you are upset at. Read it out loud to yourself and then shred it up and throw it away.
  5. Find a quiet space to meditate for 10-20 minutes to relax your mind.
  6. Create a schedule for the next 5 days that you can hold yourself accountable to. Stay active and productive.
  7. Play uplifting music to keep your spirits lifted.
  8. Take a hot bath with lavender or lemongrass oil and read a book.
  9. Clean your car, house, and workspace.
  10. Get a good night’s sleep.
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How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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How to Repair the Damage of Alcohol Abuse

How to Repair the Damage of Alcohol Abuse

By Jennifer McDougall

Are you ready to make changes in your life to get on the right path to health and happiness? If so, you have come to the right place. Many people who have used and abused alcohol or other addictive drugs in the past know how damaging the effects can be on the body, mind, and spirit. At Passages, we take a holistic approach to treating and healing the underlying conditions causing a person to use and abuse drugs and alcohol.

Organs such as the brain, which contain a lot of water and need a lot of blood to function, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of alcohol. Alcohol makes the liver, which is the major organ that processes alcohol, work very hard. Delaying treatment for alcohol abuse can be life-threatening. It is very important that someone who is struggling with addiction to get help as soon as possible.

Since there is a wide range of problems that come with years of substance abuse related issues, including damage to vital organs, interpersonal relationships, and the inability to live a happy and stable life, waiting to get help can and oftentimes only makes matters much worse.

At Passages, we understand what it takes to repair and move on; to live a life free from addiction.

Upon your arrival at Passages Malibu, our nurses will help you get checked in and assess your detox needs. Your medical doctor will then design a customized detox program made specifically for you. During your detox, you will be personally attended to by a team of nurses as your body rids itself of toxic, addictive substances.

We use only the most effective methods and medications to safely bring you off the addictive drugs that your body has formed a dependency on. Our doctor is board certified in addiction medicine, meaning you will receive the most cutting-edge approach to detox. Throughout your detox, our nurses will regularly evaluate your progress and work closely with your medical doctor to coordinate your care.

Alcohol abuse is associated with numerous health issues, emotional problems, social problems, and psychological issues. While it may be difficult to undo all the damage brought on by alcohol abuse, it is possible to heal the body, mind, and spirit through a variety of holistic therapy options such as those available at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. One of the most important aspects of reversing the damage of alcohol abuse is to address the cause, first and foremost so that moving forward we can help prevent future substance abuse related issues. The other thing we need to do is take a health and fitness evaluation to test your body for any liver and cardiovascular issues that need to be addressed.

For many people, they want to make up for the time the lost living a life that didn’t fulfill their needs and wreaked havoc on their social, physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing. They want to improve the quality of their relationships, feel healthy, happy, and repair their careers and overall quality of life.

At Passages, we offer a complete 360-degree approach to healing so that every aspect of your life is given the opportunity to improve. The tools we teach and provide you with at Passages are based upon a unique and empowering non-12 Step philosophy that has helped change and save the lives of over twenty thousand people who have gone through our innovative treatment program. Here is a look at our variety of therapy methods.

Addiction Therapy at Passages Malibu
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“How do you change what you believe when your experience has convinced you otherwise? By creating a new experience. The best way for you to get that new experience is to change your response to what happens. By the natural law of cause and effect, that new response will create new results, which you will then experience as a new reality. To reach the goal of happiness, act as though the following statement is already true: Everything that happens to me is the best thing that can happen to me.”
― Chris Prentiss

For nearly twenty years, Passages has been setting the standard with our revolutionary one-on-one holistic treatment programs. From the moment you check in to the moment you graduate you will experience the highest level of treatment innovations and healing techniques to eradicate addiction for good. Other treatment centers cannot match the level of service and expertise that Passages Malibu offers.

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How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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Accountability in Addiction Recovery | Passages Holistic Rehab

How to Have Accountability in Addiction Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” –   Sigmund Freud

Give a person freedom and see what they do with it. You can tell a lot about a person’s habits, beliefs, and priorities when you hand them freedom. This, of course, comes with great responsibility, especially for someone in addiction recovery.

Most people who have struggled with substance abuse related issues know how important it is to have someone help them be accountable for their actions so that they can stay on the right path. Accountability helps us reach our goals and be the successful individual we hope and work hard to be. Knowing that you have to show up for that meeting or appointment in the morning will help you be less tempted to get in trouble the night before. You will most likely be more motivated to have a relaxing, drug, and alcohol-free evening so you can wake up and feel healthy and energized in the morning.

For many people in recovery, the fear of going back to old ways, and unhealthy habits keep them pushing forward to grow and develop new and improved lifestyle choices they can feel happy about. Having a carefully laid out course of action to stay accountable is the best way to be clear and focused on your sobriety. Here are 7 helpful tips.

  1. Let your friends and family know about your sobriety.
  2. Find an accountability partner to check in with as often as you need.
  3. Keep a physical and mental list of what you have to lose.
  4. Stay closely connected to those who support your sobriety.
  5. Be consistent in your routine and responsibilities.
  6. Set weekly and daily goals for yourself and cross them off as you go.
  7. Schedule social, fitness, and business appointments for the morning to keep you from being tempted to stray off course in the evening hours.
Call (888) 397-0112 today. Most insurance is accepted.

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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Passages Malibu Addiction Treatment Philosophy
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Moving On After a Traumatic Event

Moving On After a Traumatic Event

By Jennifer McDougall

“When a problem or a difficult situation arises, say to yourself, as if you already believe it: “This is for my benefit.”
― Chris PrentissBe Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

Moving on after something traumatic has happened can feel like an impossible task, but it’s not. It’s not impossible to move forward after something traumatic has happened. The event that has left you feeling confused, broken, hurt, abandoned, abused, silenced, or sickened, happened for a reason. It happened to teach you something. It happened so that you could be given the tools you need to help other people. It happened so that you could be given the strength you needed to move forward in your life with more courage than ever before. This traumatic event was not a downfall or a setback. It was something that needed to happen to teach you something good and valuable. This event was something that was meant for you and part of your destiny.

The concept that something good can come from a traumatic event may sound new to you. The idea that something like a job loss, a cancer diagnosis, death in the family, a breakup, witnessing or experiencing any type of violence or abuse, car accident, a miscarriage, or even rape could be turned around and looked at something you can benefit from might sound ridiculous, but after stepping back for a minute and finding something positive you can take away from that experience or situation you may see that your perspective of the traumatic event changes.

Looking for a lesson and a blessing in every situation will help keep your outlook on life and all the events that happen within it a more positive experience. Sure something like being raped, or diagnosed with cancer is not something anyone wants or is anywhere close to pleasant, but there is something to positive to take away from everything that happens in our life.

How you move forward after a traumatic event is how you begin to heal. Taking the opportunity to speak with a therapist and talk about what you are feeling will help you process the events leading up to, during, and after the event that occurred. It’s important to let out the emotions your feeling so your therapist can help you work through the trauma and sort out the thoughts tangled up in your mind so you can release the pain built up and move forward in a healthy way.

What happens to many people is they hold on to the pain. They cope with the use of drugs and alcohol to numb that pain, and they wait a while before telling anyone what has happened to them. Some people wait many years to open up and finally talk to a therapist or a trusted confidant. The problem with waiting is that you prolonged the healing process. The longer you hold on to the pain caused by the traumatic event, destruction tends to seep out into your daily life causing you to make poor decisions, get caught up in your head and be distracted.

Substance abuse issues frequently stem from a person’s inability or unwillingness to get the help they need after a traumatic event. It’s important to talk to a close friend or family member immediately after something traumatic has happened to you. It’s even more critical to seek professional help to learn healthy coping mechanisms and not let this thing that has occurred become a weight in your life that holds you back from being the best possible version of yourself.

Also read: HEALING FROM TRAUMA AT PASSAGES ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS

Moving On After a Traumatic Event

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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How Alcohol Affects the Digestion System

How Alcohol Disrupts the Digestive System

By Jennifer McDougall

Alcohol is also known as ethanol, a liquid produced by fermentation and an ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor that causes intoxication. Alcohol is a depressant drug that slows down activity in the central nervous system, delaying messages being sent to and from the body and the brain that also wreaks havoc on the digestive system.

When a person consumes alcohol they are putting major organs at risk, threatening the proper and healthy function each organ is designed to perform for optimal vitality.

When the cells in your body metabolize alcohol is converted into a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde (CH 3 CHO). Acetaldehyde damages tissue in the mouth which can cause dental problems, as well as mouth and throat cancer.

As the alcohol trickles down into the body, it reaches the stomach, where it disrupts the production of natural acids that help break down food and nutrients. These natural acids in our stomach also help fight off harmful bacteria. When the elimination of these natural stomach acids occurs, because of the consumption of alcohol, our stomach’s ability to properly process food slows down. This, in turn, causes much discomfort and inflammation on the lining of our stomach and makes it difficult for the food in our stomach to be broken down and smoothly move through our intestines.

Prolonged damage and continued consumption of alcohol can lead to a multitude of issues.

The effects alcohol has on the digestive system range from stomach pain, bloating, acid reflux, diarrhea, sensitivity in the mouth and throat, and can increase the risk of cancer of ht deliver, colon, pancreas, throat, and mouth. Reversing or repairing the damage alcohol causes on these organs is very difficult and requires a great deal of time with lifestyle changes, medications, and eating habits. Critical health concerns raise at the mention of alcohol consumption.

Here is a look at what all is included in the digestive system and what is affected when you consume alcohol.

Photo via: National Cancer Institute

How to Care for Your Digestive Health

  • Eliminate alcohol from your diet
  • Seek medical help to regain mental clarity (medications, dietary supplements, or hospitalization for extreme cases)
  • Begin fueling your body with proper nutrients and hydration (healthy foods, water, and vitamins)
  • Enroll in a rehabilitation program, such as Passages to improve the quality of your life. Call (888) 397-0112 for information.
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How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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Concerns Grow for Alcohol Abuse During Coronavirus Lockdown

Concerns Grow for Alcohol Abuse During Coronavirus Lockdown

By Jennifer McDougall

While many people are stuck at home, finding themselves bored, with more time on their hands than they know what to do with, the number of people abusing drugs and alcohol is on the rise. According to Nielsen data, alcohol sales have risen 55 percent in the week ending March 21.

“U.S. sales of alcoholic beverages rose 55% in the week ending March 21, according to market research firm Nielsen. Spirits like tequila, gin and pre-mixed cocktails led the way, with sales jumping 75% compared to the same period last year. Wine sales were up 66% while beer sales rose 42%. And online sales far outpaced in-store sales.” – AP News

Evidently liquor stores are considered essential businesses in the United States, making buying alcohol convenient and available during this time of crisis. The trouble is that as more people flock to the liquor stores and back home to indulge in toxic self-soothing remedies to cope with the current pandemic, not only are these people exposing themselves to public places during a time where the majority of us should be staying home, the probability of them becoming dependant on substances increases dramatically. Fortunately, there are many resources for people who are struggling with drug and alcohol dependencies, such as here at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers.

Mental health is also a big concern for people in quarantine and struggling to stay calm with productive activities to help pass the time. More people than probably ever before are having a difficult time lowering feelings of stress and anxiety, causing them to crave substances to numb the pain and discomfort.

A lack of meaningful connections such as support from those who share common interests as you who are there for you to lean on and care about you causes a sense of disconnect during this time of quarantine. What we need to embrace most of all right now is staying connected with one another through text messaging, video chatting, and social media so that we can maintain and a healthy level of connectivity to each other. When people feel lonely or withdrawn from society, they tend to move towards drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with the pain of their feeling of not being part of the community or a strong support system.

At Passages Malibu, we offer a true alternative to 12-step addiction rehab. We have been providing holistic therapy for people seeking a non-disease model, non-AA, cutting-edge treatment since 2001.

Our alternative treatment program is designed to completely heal all aspects of your life damaged by addiction, including your physical health, your professional & personal relationships, your self-esteem, and more. No two programs are alike, and each alternative treatment plan is customized for you, by you, with your specific situation in mind.

At Passages Malibu, you can expect the very best from our alternative approach to addiction treatment:

  • We will truly represent the definition of holistic treatment, which means we heal the entire person, from the inside out, through a variety of different methods that address mental, physical, and spiritual health.
  • We will treat each client with respect and dignity, and we will never employ punitive treatment methods.
  • We believe that every person is dealing with unique circumstances, and therefore we make every treatment plan unique and do not adhere to the one-size-fits-all group approach.
  • We will focus on healing the underlying issues that are causing you to use drugs or alcohol, and we acknowledge that drug or alcohol abuse is a symptom of a larger underlying problem.
  • We will never make you declare yourself powerless with a disease.
  • We are accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO) and licensed by the State of California to offer drug and alcohol treatment, and we utilize diverse therapeutic disciplines from across the world in our program.

What sets Passages apart is that we thoroughly address and treat every aspect of dependency. Our alternative approach to drug and alcohol rehabilitation is ultimately very straightforward: We do not believe that you are powerless against addiction, and we emphasize healing instead of labeling.

Don’t live the rest of your life one day at a time – live fully, peacefully, and free from addiction with the help of our alternative addiction treatment program.

Concerns Grow Over Alcohol Abuse During Coronavirus Lockdown

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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What to Expect in Residential Treatment at Passages Malibu

What to Expect in Residential Treatment at Passages Malibu

By Jennifer McDougall

During your stay at Passages Malibu or Passages Ventura, you will have the luxury of healing in a tranquil and safe environment. Our treatment team will provide you with a comprehensive daily schedule that will keep you busy and focused on healing completely. We have a 24/7 nursing staff that ensures you receive the proper medications you need at the correct times. You will be surrounded by an encouraging group of individuals who serve your best interests. Our housekeeping staff will be sure your room and common areas are always clean and enjoyable. We do our best to make you feel as comfortable as possible during residential rehabilitation at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers.

Average Length of Stay

Typically our clients enroll in 30-90 day programs at Passages. During your assessment with one of our helpful admissions counselors, you will be advised of the recommended stay depending on your condition.

Detox

Many people detoxing from drugs and alcohol will feel the symptoms of withdrawal. At Passages, we take a careful approach to ensuring that your detox experience is as comfortable as possible through the use of medications. Our team of nurses and doctors are available every step of the way. You can feel confident knowing that you are in good hands as your body rids itself of harmful toxins, and you regain stable physical health. In most cases, detox can take up to one or two weeks, depending on the length and amount of substance abuse.

Residential Treatment

While you heal your mind, body, and spirit at Passages, you can enjoy the many luxurious accommodations we have to offer. Live and breathe free, far away from judgment and shame. Your daily schedule during your stay at Passages will include a variety of holistic therapy methods that will help you discover and heal the underlying conditions to your substance abuse related issues. Finally, feel at peace, knowing you have arrived at the right place surrounded by people who are here to help you break free from addiction.

The Passages Difference

Our treatment programs are designed to support transformation at every level. From innovative therapy methods to plush bedding and tranquil meditation gardens, we are committed to providing the very best in addiction treatment and luxury living accommodations. Here’s what makes Passages different:

  • Individual Therapy: At least 14 to 19 individual sessions per week, depending on your program – this is far more than any other treatment center offers.
  • 24/7 Nursing: Registered, on-site nursing staff to attend to your medical needs.
  • A professionally trained and experienced treatment team including various addiction experts, doctors, and licensed therapists.
  • Freedom to use cell phones and laptops: Stay connected to family and business during your treatment.
  • Advanced holistic therapy methods: Each customized to meet your individual needs, taking into consideration the specific aspects of your addiction.
  • Immaculate grounds and bedrooms create a perfect atmosphere for healing and relaxation.
  • Family owned and operated – Providing reliable and trustworthy addiction treatment services since 2001.
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How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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Staying Sober During Self-Quarantine

How to Stay Sober While Social Distancing

By Jennifer McDougall

“Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens, constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting.”
― Roy T. Bennett

For those of you who are now having to work from home, recently got laid off, trying to homeschool your children, or are still going to work every day and coping with the stress from the current economic and health pandemic, this one is for you.

We understand that this is a difficult time, and there may be days you feel a wave of temptation to reach for substances to cope with the discomfort and dreaded sense of boredom. Every one of you has the power within yourself to conquer even the most challenging obstacles, even staying sober while social distancing. We don’t want you to slip back into old habits, to relapse, or lose hope in your goals, future, and purpose for your life. If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse-related issue, please call Passages today at (888) 397-0112.

If you are currently away from friends and family, it’s important to stay connected through texting, emailing, FaceTiming, social media so that you don’t feel so lonely. Communicating daily with loved ones is a great way to share laugher in times of difficulty and talk about your day and what you’re up to. This is also helpful in keeping you accountable and on track in sobriety.

To properly self-quarantine, you must practice social distancing, take bigger measures to stay healthy, and change your normal lifestyle so that you can safely protect yourself from illnesses. This requires a new level of isolation you might not be used to. If you’re now working from home, you may find that you have a lot more time on your hands. The best way to make the most out of this time during self-quarantine is to spend more time on things that help you grow, learn, and become an even better version of yourself than you are right now.

This is a great time to start reading a new book, practice some fun recipes, FaceTime with your friends and family, do a puzzle, or write that book you’ve been talking about writing. Investing your downtime into things that are productive but that also provides your mind, body, and spirit with the uplifting healing it needs can be a great way to benefit from this time of change.

Here are several things you can do during self-quarantine while stuck inside.

  1. Start a journal or blog about a specific interest.
  2. Pick up that guitar sitting in your living room that’s been decor for years; dust it off and start playing.
  3. Complete a puzzle after your workday to help you relax and ease anxiety.
  4. Make TikTok videos and jump on the dance bandwagon.
  5. Have a daily workout routine such as yoga, free weights, or shadowboxing.
  6. Evening meditation with calming background music to help you unwind from the day.
  7. Spend more time on your skincare routine.
  8. Declutter and organize your closet and living spaces.
  9. Clean your house as you have never cleaned it before. Disinfect your surfaces, floors, door handles, etc.
  10. Learn new skills with the help of Skillshare or MasterClass.
  11. Create a vision board on Pinterest.
  12. Get crafty and pick up knitting, painting, pottery, or gardening.
  13. Interview your parents or Grandparents. Record the audio and save it or make a little documentary out of the storylines.
  14. Go through your camera roll and create a photo book for the coffee table or as a gift to give when you get out of self-quarantine.
  15. Make a list of everything you are grateful for.
  16. Review your budget and finances and eliminate any subscriptions you don’t need so you can save money.
  17. Make a list of all the places you want to visit and things you want to do when things reopen.
  18. Rearrange your furniture to mix things up and change your indoor scenery. This could also shake up some static energy that has been stuck in place for a while.
  19. Watch a documentary.
  20. Deep condition your hair and put a face mask on.
  21. Whiten your teeth.
  22. Add content to Hootsuite or Buffer to automate your social media posts.
  23. Try on makeup you don’t usually wear.
  24. Dress up for yourself and have a mini photoshoot.
  25. Wash your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases.
  26. Fill up your to-do list for the next day.
  27. Write a letter to your younger self.
  28. Write a letter to your future self.
  29. Listen to a podcast.
  30. Create a new playlist.

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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Managing Stress and Anxiety During a Time of Crisis

Managing Stress and Anxiety During a Time of Crisis

By Jennifer McDougall

During times of crisis, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos spreading through the news and media outlets informing us hourly of the many updates happening in the world. It’s common to feel an increase in stress and anxiety during times of uncertainty.

In many cases, people want to fast forward through the chaos and get to where things are peaceful again. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works but that’s also perfectly fine because it allows us to take a closer look at why we are feeling the way we are feeling regarding a particular scenario. Sometimes our fear brings us to realize what is most important in our lives. Knowing how to use your stress and anxiety to your advantage is the trick. How to do this is simple. The moment you feel scared or worried about something, ask yourself why you have that particular fear.

Digging deeper within yourself to find the source of your stress and anxiety can help bring buried thoughts and feelings to the light. Acknowledging these emotions and looking closer at where they stem from and why will give you the power you need to release that stress and anxiety, leaving you feeling lighter and more clear-minded.

In the midst of stress, fear, anxiety, and panic, many people experience knots of nerves racing around their stomachs, the inability to sit still, difficulty catching their breath, and have racing thoughts which cause them to skip meals, abuse substances, and lose sleep.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we understand how uncomfortable stress and anxiety can be and how deeply it affects the nervous system and your everyday life. We want to offer you these seven helpful tips for relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety so that you can feel your very best and be at peace within your mind, body, and spirit.

  1. Get up and exercise. Moving your body and breaking a sweat will help your body release endorphins in your brain that will help improve your mood and lower symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  2. Journal your thoughts on paper. Allowing yourself to express your emotions privately in a notebook can help you gain a better understanding of the source of your frustrations as well as giving you an opportunity to open your mind to new ideas and potential strategies in solving your current problem.
  3. Cut out caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. Every time you have a craving for coffee, alcohol, or a cigarette, grab something healthy to eat or drink to train your brain to replace unhealthy habits with healthy ones. Maintaining a healthy diet is a great way to promote long term improvement in feelings of stress and anxiety.
  4. Dab lavender essential oil on your temples and wrist. Then, take three slow and deep inhales through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
  5. Practice yoga and meditation before you go to sleep at night. Block out at least one hour every night to dim the lights, put on relaxing music and stretch. Yoga is a great way to decrease stress, reduce anxiety, fight depression, and promote the quality of sleep in a person.
  6. Watch or listen to something funny. Haven’t you heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine”? Lighten the mood and vibration you’re currently feeling by turning to a comedy. This could be a movie, a podcast, or silly cat videos on YouTube. Anything to make you laugh should help you feel better.
  7. Eliminate things that cause you stress. If it is a toxic friend, a critical co-worker, a repetitive thought of regret or self-depravation, it’s time to put some distance between you and this thing or person. If you do something and then feel bad about it later, it’s time to find a way to kick that habit. If there is someone in your life that is putting pressure or stress on you, talk to that person about the problem calmly and try to work together in resolving the issue.

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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5 Healthy Ways to Express and Release Emotions

5 Healthy Ways to Express and Release Emotions

By Jennifer McDougall

Drugs and alcohol suppress the way you feel authentically, causing you to have midstride and confused thoughts or feelings of your emotions and reactions to situations or symptoms in your life. When you get sober, you will most likely discover a wave of freedom to fully feel everything for exactly how it truly is. This is oftentimes overwhelming for new individuals in recovery because they are not used to feeling all the natural highs and lows people who don’t numb their pain with drugs and alcohol feel. It’s a new and different way of experiencing life and there is nothing better than feeling completely connected with your mind, body, and spirit.

The number of emotions we feel is limitless. From anxiety, sadness, fear, happiness, anger, frustration, irritability, loneliness, discomfort, confusion, excitement, nervousness, worry, and the list goes on. It’s important we keep our emotions balanced so we can remain clear-minded and focused.

Dealing with all these emotions in a healthy and constructive way is important in making the most of our ability to grow in sobriety and become our most authentic self. Here are five helpful ways to express yourself in a positive way and release any pain, tension, or over-excitement.

  1. Pause for a full minute. Close your eyes and take three long deep breaths. Exhale and push all the air out of your lungs after each breath. Then gravitate back to the center in your core. Imagine your heart-centered balance recalibrated.
  2. Identify what emotion you are feeling. Point out where in your body the emotion is affecting. Take into consideration the root cause of this emotion. What brought it on and why your reaction to the feeling is what it is.
  3. Accept what you feel. Be real with how you feel. Talk it out or write it down. Be truly honest in what you are experiencing, emotionally and then set it free. Let the feeling fly free and release it after you have felt it all the way through. Do not bottle things up or hold on to them. Let it go.
  4. Embrace creative your creative side to express emotions. Get our your painting supplies, your journal, your computer, your basket of crafting materials, and start creating. Using art, writing, pottery, poetry, gardening, design, or scrapbooking as creative outlets is a great way to express your internal mayhem.
  5. Break a sweat. As I mention in most of my blog posts, working out is one of the best ways to let out all of the funkiness you’re feeling. Whether you are happy, sad, mad, or overly excited, working out helps release endorphins to not only help keep you in shape but it forces you to BREATHE. Breathing helping provide more oxygen to your brain and pushes your blood flow to help you think clearly and make smarter choices.
Start living a healthy, sober, and happy life.

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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7 Tips for Staying Sober on St. Patrick's Day

7 Tips for Staying Sober on St. Patrick’s Day

By Jennifer McDougall

St. Patrick’s day is a day that for many people, they gather around at pubs and drink green beer and snack on loaded potato skins. For those who don’t drink this holiday may feel a bit frustrating as we don’t see the fun and excitement in getting drunk or high. Instead, we are looking for ways to stay healthy, sober, and on the path to a bright future. While we are focused on keeping the momentum in our sobriety, it’s important to surround ourselves with people who support our lifestyle and be around others who are aligned with our vision.

Here at Passages, we want you to have a fun-filled St. Patricks Day while remaining sober and being true to yourself. These seven helpful tips will be your best friend today as you navigate through this unique holiday.

  1. Say “no” to any plans or gatherings that you know immediately will tempt you to stray off track, such as situations involving drugs and alcohol. Spend this day around people who support your sobriety, and if you can’t think of anyone who will do that, don’t turn down the option to spend the day/night alone. It’s better to be alone than to be surrounded by negative influences, which could potentially lead you to make poor choices.
  2. Find other ways to celebrate without alcohol, such as making four-leaf clover pancakes for breakfast, listening to Irish Folk music, slow roasting corned beef and vegetables for a traditional Irish dinner or wear green and attend the local parade.
  3. Bring Alcohol-Free beverage options with you if you choose to go to a party.
  4. Stick close to other people who are sober. 
  5. Remind yourself how far you’ve come in your journey of sobriety. Remind yourself how hard you’ve worked to get this far and do not lose focus on the bright future ahead of you if you stay on this path or clean and healthy living.
  6. When/if you feel triggered, resort to your backup plan in coping with any craving or urge to drink alcohol or use drugs. Breakout your sobriety tool kit which should include, slowing down to take three deep breaths, dabbing a little lavender on or spritzing it on your face (go to the restroom to do this as other people don’t usually appreciate being blasted with essential oil spray), go to a quiet space to stretch and meditate for 5-10 minutes, text a friend, or say your goodbyes and go home.
  7. Reward yourself the next day, hangover-free with a sweet treat or new piece of clothing because having something to look forward to is always exciting!

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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8 Ways to Keep Motivated in Recovery

8 Ways to Keep Motivated in Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

“If who you are and what you have is what you want, that’s perfect. Keep doing what you’ve been doing and you’ll get more of it.”
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

The majority of people who get out of rehab and either go into sober living or return home usually experience a great deal of motivation and inspiration. They typically feel the desire to push forward and create a better life for themselves than when they entered rehab. Without much support or guidance, many people struggle to stay motivated in addiction recovery. A strong community of individuals who genuinely care about you can be a reliable source of encouragement is essential. At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we provide our clients with a wonderful aftercare program to help prepare them for life after rehab. We include a wide variety of resources so that when you return home from rehab, you are not alone.

We encourage anyone who is in recovery to try these 8 helpful tips to keep your motivation levels going strong.

  1. Start your day with a morning workout to help improve and maintain your physical and mental wellbeing.
  2. Surround yourself with a supportive group of influences who you can lean on, laugh with, and enjoy a sense of community.
  3. Step out of your comfort zone and try a healthy new habit that helps you exercise your creative abilities such as handcrafting, creative writing, pottery, poetry, filmmaking, photography, environmental cleanup, web design, or interior decorating.
  4. Strive to learn new skills for self and professional improvement to help you advance your career and improve your personal life. Get new certificates online in your field of work. Read and study in your downtime to gain knowledge in areas of your interests.
  5. Practice meditation in the evening to help calm and relax your mind and body. Regular meditation provides many benefits such as relief from depression, anxiety, helps generates kindness, promotes emotional health, and balance. Meditation has also shown to help lower blood pressure and combat cravings to drugs and alcohol.
  6. Volunteer your time to help others. Keeping a positive attitude in recovery is a great way to help prevent relapse. By not dwelling on negative thoughts and emotions to redirect that energy into something more meaningful and when applied to help deliver goodness to other people, well, you help make the world a better place.
  7. Step up your self-care game by practicing better wellness rituals such as blocking out time and space for yourself to enjoy a massage, facial, a manicure and pedicure, get a hair cut, take a long hot bath with lavender and soft music, or enjoy the day just to yourself relaxing or roaming around your city in bookstores and cafes.
  8. Set achievable daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Create a to-do list every night for the next day so you can adequately plan and prepare yourself for the day ahead. Make it a habit to check in with your personal and professional goals daily and weekly to be sure you’re staying on the right track.
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How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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7 Ways to Create Your Personal Philosophy

7 Ways to Create Your Personal Philosophy

By Jennifer McDougall

“A strong personal philosophy does more than sustain us through the tragedies of life. It also stains us daily in everything we think and do. It gives us optimism and hope.”
― Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness

When you think about the way you view the world, what you value, your own moral compass, and perspective, what do you see? Creating a personal philosophy helps guide us into the direction that is aligned with our core principles. How you react and respond to situations that happen to and around you is part of your personal philosophy.

  1. Introspection. Look within your soul to discover a new light of clarity that gives you hope and makes you feel empowered.
  2. Study other philosophies such as religion and spiritual beliefs.
  3. Discuss your values and core beliefs with other people.
  4. Practice making choices that are aligned with your beliefs.
  5. Reframe your beliefs so they work for you and not against you.
  6. Find a therapist, life coach, or mentor that can help guide and support you in creating and practicing your personal philosophy.
  7. Be patient. Allow your personal philosophy to evolve and develop over time through various experiences and enlightenment.

The reason it’s important to have a strong personal philosophy is that it helps us make decisions and live an authentic life where you can be true to yourself and honest with others you interact with.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. What is the purpose or meaning of your life? What are you most passionate about? What do you value the most in life?
  2. Which beliefs resonate with you and which ones do not?
  3. What do you want to contribute to the world? What would you like your legacy to be? What are the most important things for you to accomplish in your life?
  4. What type of working, living, and social environments are best suitable for achieving your goals?
  5. What physical and mental state should you aim to reach in order to achieve your goals and be successful?
  6. What do you need every day to live a life that honors your morals, values, and goals?
  7. What do you need to release from your life or daily habits to achieve your goals and live a life you feel proud of?
  8. What type of music, art, and literature resonate best with you?
  9. How do you view conflicts when they arise? In what way do you approach issues in your life?
  10. What type of attitude do you have in the general theme of your life?

“Don’t Just

Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

7 Ways to Create Your Personal Philosophy

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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How to Identify and Heal the Root Cause of Addiction

How to Identify and Heal the Root Cause of Addiction

By Jennifer McDougall

“At the bottom of every person’s dependency, there is always pain, Discovering the pain and healing it is an essential step in ending dependency.”
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

If you are someone who has been struggling with addiction and want to end the cycle and start living a life you’re proud of, you’ve come to the right place. At Passages, we understand how difficult it is to break free from substance abuse-related issues. Our founders, Chris and Pax Prentiss experienced it first hand when Pax as struggling with an addiction to alcohol, cocaine, and heroin. His father, Chris, fought long and hard to do whatever it took to save his son’s life. It was not until Pax discovered WHY he was using and then began applying holistic therapy methods such as the ones utilized at Passages, to finally end the cycle of his addiction and substance-abuse related problems.

At the core of any addiction is a root cause. Pinpointing that cause is a significant part of the healing process. Many people have unresolved trauma from their childhood. We work with clients from all walks of life that come to us from all over the world and the most common reason people use drugs and alcohol is that they are experiencing some sort of pain or discomfort in their life.

At Passages Malibu, we focus on healing the underlying conditions that are causing you to use drugs and alcohol. We do this by utilizing a highly individualized treatment program with therapists who are experienced in healing the underlying causes of addiction. We do not use the 12-Step program because we believe that it teaches a philosophy that is detrimental to healing and can lead to relapse. Our holistic one-on-one approach is far superior to the 12-Step program and offers state-of-the-art services that will keep you engaged and enthusiastic about healing. During treatment, you will feel empowered, instead of powerless. We do not label you an addict or alcoholic nor do we believe that you have a disease. We have found that damaging labels, such as addict and alcoholic, rob you of your true identity.

It’s the treatment philosophy at Passages that sets us apart from all other rehab centers in the world. We choose to empower you and heal your underlying conditions, rather than label you an addict and tell you that you have a disease.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we believe that addiction is caused by four specific underlying conditions. If you’re abusing drugs and alcohol, you have at least one of these underlying conditions present which needs to be healed in order to achieve permanent sobriety. Please look at the four possible underlying conditions and see if you are aware of which one you have (or if you have more than one).

1. A Chemical
Imbalance

2. Events of the past you
have not reconciled

3. Current conditions
you can’t cope with

4. Things you believe
that aren’t true

Making yourself aware of how you feel when you begin to crave drugs or alcohol is a good indicator or what is motivating your choices and behavior. Next time you have an urge, pay attention to your surroundings, what was said, what just happened that triggered you and then you can begin to take better control of the problem at hand and begin healing every aspect of the substance abuse related issues in your life that have been holding you back from living your best, most true and authentic life that you deserve.

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How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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5 Spiritual Tools in Addiction Recovery

5 Spiritual Tools in Addiction Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

“It takes practice, feeling happy about the ever-unfolding events of life, and, because of all the conditioning we have undergone before this, it may be very difficult to make the change, but if we take the saying to heart and practice it, as the days unfold we will find ourselves living ever happier lives, smiling more, and finally, laughing more.”
― Wu Wei, I Ching Wisdom: More Guidance from the Book of Answers

Having a spiritual tool kit in addiction recovery can help you stay on track in a thriving journey of sobriety. We all have triggers and temptations that try to lead us astray and knock us off course, but with these 5 helpful tools, you can stay focused on being the best version of yourself, the one who is free from substance abuse and addiction-related issues.

  1. Daily meditation. One of my favorite times of the day to meditate is the morning. It allows me to clear my mind, start my day with clear intentions and set a balanced tone so that I can be productive and feel my best.
  2. Understanding your triggers and having a plan for when they arise. Leave an event if you have to. Call a friend when you’re feeling a craving. Go for a run to break a sweat and release any stress or tension. Take a warm bath and leave your phone in the other room to allow yourself some peace and quiet. There are many things to do to help ease the effects brought on by our triggers so find what works for you and stick to that.
  3. Yoga and Tai Chi. These exercises have been shown to help increase flexibility, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, improve quality of sleep, increase strength and muscle tone, improve cardiovascular health, and improve and balance energy levels.
  4. Morning affirmations. Start with some of these: “I am grateful to be alive!” ” Today will be a great and productive day.” I will finish my tasks with joy today.” “I Choose to focus on the positive.” ” I am surrounded by positive and loving people.” “I make great decisions.” “Each day is filled with joy & abundance.” “Life is a beautiful gift.” “I am a happiness magnet.” “Good energy is flowing through me.”
  5. Connect through prayer and spiritual readings. Take a look at our Wellness Store for some wonderful books to read and help you feel empowered. Shop today at www.PassagesWellnessStore.com

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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Passages Malibu Addiction Treatment Philosophy

Passages Malibu Addiction Treatment Philosophy

By Chris Prentiss

Our philosophy of how to defeat addiction came about over the ten years of learning how to defeat Pax’s addiction, first to marijuana, alcohol, ecstasy, tobacco, and finally, eight years of heroin and cocaine. In those early days, there were only 12 step programs and for nearly ten years, Pax went to 30, 60 and 90-day programs. They didn’t work for Pax and they didn’t work for most of the people he was in treatment with. We went to psychiatrists, neurologists, internists, addiction specialists;  they all told us that same sad story: “Alcoholism and addiction are diseases, they’re incurable, your son will be an addict and an alcoholic for the rest of his life.”

They said the best Pax could do would be to learn to “manage his disease.” That ‘broken forever’ life sentence was heart-breaking to us, so we continued our search, but there was no other answer out there.

After ten years of Pax relapsing, 50, 60 times, years when I nearly lost him three times, I said, “Pax, we’ve tried everything anyone knows, unless we create something new, something different, you’ll die. We knew what didn’t work for Pax: 12 step programs; 12-step sponsors; 12-step meetings; doctors and addiction specialists who preached the 12-step doctrine; and everyone who believed that alcoholism and addiction were diseases and incurable. We created an entirely new concept: A concept that provided a way to defeat addiction and alcoholism by finding out what had created it and was keeping it alive: The Passages program.

In three months, Pax learned what had caused his ten-year addiction and was keeping it active. That was the end of his addiction. Here it is twenty years later and Pax is CEO of Passages and is running it brilliantly; with a little help from me. He had learned how to defeat his addiction. Three weeks later, he said, “Look, Dad, we know how to do this, let’s do it.” That was twenty years ago.

Our philosophy was heard. Thousands of people who couldn’t quit came to Passages. It was those brave souls who trusted us who proved that our non-12-step method actually defeats addiction. What we learned is that addiction and alcoholism are the result of one or more of Four Causes that, once discovered, can be entirely defeated.

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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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The Four Causes of Addiction

The Four Causes to Addiction

There are only four causes of all addiction. It may seem as if there are hundreds, but there are only four.  You have quit many times, only to relapse, even if there were long periods of sobriety. What draws you inexorably back is the unresolved conditions produced by one or more of the four causes listed below. As you read the list of examples, write down the numbers of the ones that apply to you. When you are finished, email the numbers to us: passages@evaluation.com  Include your contact information and we will get back to you promptly and tell you what we can do to help end your addiction. It is certain you have an unresolved Cause. It is nearly certain you have forgotten the original cause because of the pain, the shame, the sadness or the hurt you experienced when you remembered it when it was still fresh. Or you may even remember it, but do not credit it with causing and keeping alive your current addiction. You may have examples we haven’t listed; add those to your list. Regarding neurotransmitter imbalance, there’s no need to list it as everyone who has an addiction to drugs, including alcohol, has a neurotransmitter imbalance.

The Four Broad Categories

1A Neurotransmitter imbalance

       2B Events of the past you have not been able to reconcile.

       3C Current conditions you can’t cope with.

4D Things you believe that aren’t true.

A Brief Description of The Four Causes

Cause 1A

1A Neurotransmitter imbalance. In the first 3 ½ years after we opened Passages, everyone who came was given an electroencephalograph exam (EEG). The psychiatrist who administered the EEG testing is one of the foremost psychiatrists in EEG testing. Each client had eight electrodes placed on the top of his or her head to read electrical impulses from the surface of their brain. We read their brain waves for fifteen minutes, then took the quietest ten seconds, when the brain was at its most restful state, and processed it through our computer where we had the baseline from New York University. There was not one person whose brain wave patterns were within the normal range. We discovered that those people who had fast brain wave patterns were using drugs marijuana, opiates and alcohol in an attempt to slow themselves down and feel normal. Those who had slow brain wave patterns were using speed drugs: cocaine, Adderall, methamphetamine, Ritalin, and caffeine. Everyone was seeking a drug that made them feel normal or balanced.

Cause 2B

Events of the past you haven’t been able to reconcile. Life brings us challenges. Some of the challenges are painful, demoralizing, identity crushing, unbearable, humiliating, shameful, depressing, mentally disturbing and they all cause trauma that can live in our brain forever causing us great pain both mental and physical. If the trauma and pain are substantial enough, the memories are stamped indelibly on our brain and in some cases, in our muscle tissue. Many years may pass, but the memories are still there, buried in your subconscious, hurting all your days. One of the most beneficial attributes of a human being is the ability to forget. Whenever the images of the painful trauma emerge, we block it in an attempt to ease the pain. After a while, the event is buried. The memory of it is still there, but our recall system has shut it down from everyday consciousness; yet it is still there, subliminally causing us to medicate ourselves with drugs and alcohol particularly when the same traumatic feeling you experienced during the original trauma are felt again, even though they may not trigger a memory of the original event.  Left to continue its disruptive action, we either suffer or medicate the pain away, unaware of the cause. As you read the examples, write down the numbers of the ones that apply to you and email them to us at

  • B1 Sexually Abused at any time or multiple times.
  • B2 Physically abused as a child
  • B3 Physically abused at any time
  • B4 Victim of bullying
  • Verbal abuse – being yelled at, called names
  • Emotional Abuse – is defined as “stupid” or “wrong”
  • Shamed for being shy
  • Shamed for Self-Expression
  • Shamed for your sexuality
  • Narcissistic abuse
  • Seeing violence occur in your home even if you did not experience it
  • Being introduced to porn or snuff films at a young age by a parent or sibling or babysitter
  • Made to feel like a failure i.e. “You’ll never amount to anything.”
  • Being told they were not wanted “I wish I had an abortion”
  • “I wanted a girl.”
  • “I wanted a boy.”
  • Being told you ruined your parents’ lives
  • Being criticized for your appearance – “too fat, too thin, too ugly, pimples, a deformity.”
  • Being raised in a cult with frightening rituals and practices
  • Overly critical parents
  • Being a victim of parent ‘kidnapping” – one parent kept you from the other
    • Ignored by family
    • Ignored by siblings
    • Abandoned by a parent or parents as a child
    • No listened to or understood
    • Emotionally unavailable parents
    • Made to feel unsafe
    • Not receiving protection from the non-abusive parent
    • Emotionally disconnected parents/family
    • Being raised by a mentally ill parent
    • Absentee Parents
    • Absence of positive role models
    • Sent away to live somewhere else
    • Lack of approval.
    • Not allowed to pursue your interests
    • Not allowed to pursue one’s choice in education or career
    • Severe poverty and conditions
    • Being lost in a large family
    • Lack of affection from parents and siblings
  • Parent’s Divorce
  • Family Addiction
  • Being the scapegoat in your Family
  • Too strict parents
  • Too lenient parents
  • incest
  • No structure in your family
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Not measuring up to family expectations
  • Being made to act as the parent to the parent instead of being allowed to be a child
  • Infantilized by Parents – not allowed to grow up
  • Unresolved grief over the death of a parent
  • Unresolved grief over the death of a sibling
  • A single parent with multiple sexual partners
  • Abuse by a stepmother
  • Abuse by a stepfather
  • Death of a primary caregiver when you were a child
  • Constant Conflict between parents or family members
  • You were adopted
  • Uprooted, frequent relocations
  • Having a long-term illness as a child
  • Loss of a job
  • Unfair judgment put on you.
  • Kept back a grade or multiple grades in school
  • Unfair treatment in school
  • Missed opportunity
  • Passed over for promotion
  • Filing for bankruptcy
  • Failed business
  • Early success and accomplishments, then failure
  • Loss of health
  • Loss of a close relationship
  • Loss of reputation
  • Loss of purpose
  • Loss of dreams
  • Moving to a new area
  • Unhappy marriage (the ideal not being fulfilled)
  • Childbirth problems
  • Adoption
  • Empty Nest (children moved away)
  • Diagnosed with a learning disability
  • Unable to achieve education
  • mid-life crisis
  • Aging process
  • Losing identity/sense of self to being a wife and mother
  • Severe accidents
  • Suicide (by loved one or attempt on one’s own life)
  • Death of loved one
  • Abortion
  • Victim of a Crime of Violence
  • Victim of a natural disaster
  • Divorce
  • Betrayal
  • Scandal, public humiliation
  • Loss of custody of children
  • Death of a child
  • Degenerative illness
  • Injury or disabled
  • War experience
  • Chronic pain
  • Being brought up in the foster care system
  • Being robbed or taken advantage of by a friend or family member
  • Loss of a family pet

3C

Current conditions you can’t cope with.  We all experience stress in one form or another. When stress reaches a level we can’t tolerate, instead of working on ways to reduce the stress either by eliminating the cause or moderating it with calming techniques, we turn to medications for relief. Here are some of the conditions:

  • C1 Unbearable physical pain from a car accident, workplace accident, or a bad fall
  • C2 An illness such a Chron’s Disease, hyper or hypothyroid, HIV, or liver cirrhosis which causes uncomfortable symptoms like mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, or depression.
  • C3 Recent diagnoses with a mental illness
  • C4 Body dysmorphia (Imagined physical defects)
  • Lack of coping strategies
  • A home environment not supportive
  • Passive suicidal ideation
  • Cannot manage life emotionally
  • Lack of life purpose
  • Lacks insight – poor insight into anger or anxiety
  • Balance of work, life, play
  • Lack of support
  • Not taking responsibility
  • being out of touch with self and others
  • Interpersonal conflict and stress
  • Absence of flexibility, difficulties with change
  • Difficulties in regulating emotions
  • Difficulty accepting reality as it is
  • OCD-Having obsessive thoughts
  • Detachment – all the aforementioned such as childhood abuse, trauma, or loss, lack of love can cause us to detach as a survival mechanism. This behavior can stay with us throughout our entire lives and can go unrecognized for many years.
  • in an unhealthy relationship or relationships
  • spouse/family member still using drugs or alcohol
  • returning to the same unhealthy environment after treatment
  • Stress from returning to work or starting a new job
  • Loved one passing away
  • lack of coping skills
  • feelings of unacceptance
  • feelings of low worth and low self- esteem
  • Falling away from support or whatever helps them from not relapsing; i.e. church supportive friends, exercising)
  • Lack of focus,
  • mental noise; scattered thoughts of no consequence.
  • struggling with decision making, overthinking, can’t make up their mind, uncertainty confusion about how to move forward and which path to choose,
  • unable to commit, procrastination.
  • Self-shame
  • Fear of not being good enough.
  • Fear of being alone,
  • Fear of dying,
  • fear of rejection
  • Fear of the future
  • Lack of self-trust or belief, not fitting in with family’s conditions
  • Doesn’t like job/career
  • Self-critical/judgmental
  • Negative self-talk
  • Feeling lost
  • Purposeless
  • Unhappy with Physical self-image
  • Can’t accept the aging process
  • Regrets or angry at their past
  • Hyper Sensitive to energy due to their childhood traumas
  • Lack of spirituality
  • Being disappointed with yourself for not achieving your life’s goals
  • No support system
  • Toxic environment
  • One I hear of frequently changes in life role- having to take on care of aging parents, having older children return home, etc. frequently it also has to do with forcing bad relationships to work (whether these are romantic, friendship, or family) and failing to enact healthy boundaries.
  • Change in work status (up or down) some promotions cause people to feel they may not deserve the promotion and self-sabotage, conversely being demoted, laid off, or outright fired is devastating to self-esteem.
  • Change of residence. moving cities can unbalance someone. Change of countries, even change of homes can cause one to feel unbalanced for a time triggering abuse.
  • Divorce or ending a relationship. Or simply a development of conflict within the relationship.  Death of a family member. Death of a child.  Abortion.
  • Empty nest syndrome I am seeing this a lot more recently where the primary caretaker usually the mother lacks life purpose after the children are grown and starts drinking a lot more
  • Being in the “sandwich” between aging parents and the needs of their children. 
  • Relationships are a very common one, marriages, family, judgment from both
  • High-stress jobs/careers or unhappy with a job/career.
  • Being unable to identify their path in life, finding purpose, and joy.
  • I am part of my family business and they want me to be something I am not.
  • My job is very stressful, I work nonstop many hours per day. 
  • I cannot find my place in this society. I feel out of it
  • My head does not stop. I have thousands of thoughts.
  • lack of lifestyle and balance
  • legal issues
  • chronic pain
  • unemployment
  • not feeling financially stable and still dependent on family or spouse
  • unable to rely on family or spouse because they have passed away or abandoned me
  • insomnia
  • Out of work
  • Financial worries
  • Loneliness
  • Boredom
  • Bad marriage
  • Bad relationships
  • Problems with children
  • Special needs children
  • A general feeling of dissatisfaction with life
  • Feeling stuck
  • Custody battles
  • Co-parenting issues
  • Aging parents requiring care
  • Doubting their sexuality
  • Unsure whether to come out or not
  • In a physically abusive relationship
  • Anxious disorder
  • Medical diagnosis
  • Aging process
  • Unexpected natural disasters
  • Lack of a rewarding social circle
  • Lack of family support
  • Raising a child
  • Being forced to be a part of the family business instead of pursuing their own dreams
  • Working non-stop many hours per day
  • Can’t find their place in society
  • Racing mind, thoughts do not stop
  • Divorce or failing marriage
  • Business decline or bankruptcy
  • Return of older children to the home
  • Lack of intimacy in marriage
  • The difference in parenting styles leading to conflict
  • Poor health
  • Fertility problems
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Menopause
  • School pressures
  • Work/Life balance
  • Lack of friends
  • Spouse’s physical, mental, health issues
  • Raising a special needs child
  • Dealing with teenage/adult children’s own drug or alcohol abuse
  • Adult children being financially dependent and the stress that comes with
  • Raising grandchildren
  • Caring for elderly parents
  • Dealing with and treating an eating disorder
  • General dysfunctional family dynamics
  • Affairs
  • Partners who abuse
  • Conflict with family members
  • Homelessness
  • Isolation
  • Lack of purpose
  • Physical pain
  • Phobias
  • Undiagnosed mental illness
  • Probation/jail time
  • Failing business
  • Failing marriage
  • Unresolved issues in a multi-generational family business
  • Loss from natural disasters
  • Death of a family member or loved one
  • Delabializing illness
  • Diet
  • Inability to control their finances or budget
  • Children with disabilities
  • Lack of job skills
  • Lack of education
  • Lack of self-sufficiency
  • Numerous attempts in treatment or to get sober
  • Standard of living
  • Poor tolerance for discomfort
  • Career dissatisfaction
  • Failing mental capacity as they age
  • Lack of awareness of personal beliefs
  • Dominant family member

4D

Things we believe that aren’t true. What we believe to be true about the world in which we live and about ourselves May not be what is actually true. Some of it we learn from parents, some from teachers or friends or things we read or see in the media. What we believe to be true shapes our actions, our thoughts and indeed our very lives. Here are some examples:

  • D1 I am worthless
    • D2 I am a disappointment
    • D3 I will never be free of my drug of choice
    • D4 One week of treatment and I am ready to go home
    • I can still drink socially or use marijuana without leading to a relapse
    • I am cursed
    • I have done something wrong in past lives
    • I have no control
    • I am too dumb to learn new skills
    • Life is not worth trying
    • My teacher/ mother/ father/ pastor/ priest said I would never amount to anything
    • It’s genetic and out of my control
    • Anger. Much of the time. Unreasonable anger. Quick to anger. Uncontrollable anger.
    • “Not being honest about the treatment they need”
    • I can go on vacation and drink or use and not have it affect me
    • Remembering when using was “fun” in the beginning and only romanticizing it
    • Judgments from family members
    • “I’m not good enough”
    • “No one cares about me”
    • “I don’t deserve to be loved “
    • “I don’t deserve anything good in my life because I hurt so many people”
    • “I’m a failure”
    • “I don’t believe I can change”
    • “Staying sober is impossible”
    • “Being sober is boring”
    • These are frequently inherited or misinterpreted messages from childhood, ex: your sister was the smart one, no one expects much from you, you’ll never succeed because of x, y, or z
    • A belief that the person is entitled to a life free from pain and discomfort. (we are sold this on TV “ask your Dr. if this drug is right for you.
    • The belief that they are damaged goods. essentially tragically flawed, like “I’m an alcoholic.” 
    • The belief that they cannot change
    • The belief that they are trapped by obligation or circumstances
    • The belief that their life has no meaning.
    • Spiritual emptiness
    • Due to most past trauma, a lot of clients believe they are in fact worthless, this is very common with addiction.
    • The other big one, of course, is the incurable disease theory…the shame and guilt of it cause most clients to put off seeking help sooner. 
    • I am not good enough
    • I am not worthy enough,
    • I am not capable enough to go through this
    • The world is unsafe, and no one is to be trusted
    • The only way to deal with my emotions is to numb them with alcohol and drugs
    • Alcohol/drugs are a part of my identity and the only way I fit in
    • I will never live up to expectations
    • Everything is my fault
    • I was abused because I deserved it
    • I am unlovable
    • I’ve made so many mistakes, I will never be able to repair them
    • I will never succeed
    • I am not pretty enough, good enough, smart enough
    • I am helpless
    • I am powerless
    • I am alone
    • I will never be happy
    • The only way to deal with pain is drugs
    • My situation will never improve
    • I am not worth the expense of treatment
    • I am unforgivable
    • I can only get sober through will power and self-determination
    • I am owed something (sense of entitlement)
    • The whole world is against me
    • Drugs and alcohol give me the energy to get things done
    • Getting wasted is a rite of passage
    • I don’t have the opportunities that others have
    • I don’t deserve happiness
    • I am stupid
    • I have been using for as long as I can remember so I don’t think I can live life without it
    • No One expects much from me
    • I won’t ever have fun again if I’m sober
    • Taking care of myself is selfish
    • I’m too old to change
    • People won’t like me if I’m sober
    • I will always need medications for pain/anxiety
    • I won’t ever be happy
    • I can’t do it
    • I can’t survive without this relationship
    • I need extreme stimulation
    • I perform better on drugs
    • My feelings are facts
    • My value comes from the approval of others
    • It feels normal to live in chaos
    • It is not going to happen to me (negative consequences)
    • It is not me but everyone else who has the issues
    • It is in my genetic background to be an addict
    • I have ADHD and cocaine helps me focus
    • I have anxiety and it can only be managed with Xanax
    • 1 month of treatment and I’m ready
    • Nothing matters anymore
    • My addiction is a disease that is incurable
    • I am no longer able to change or grow as a person
    • I need to be smarter/more successful/better than I am
    • Refusing to engage in the world keeps me safe
    • I have already ruined my life and relationships, so I can’t stop now
    • Drugs and alcohol give me the warmth and comfort I can’t get anywhere else
    • I will never find love and acceptance from people who don’t use
    • There are no consequences to using
    • I can safely use
    • My talent is based on my substance abuse

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