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Quit Smoking Cigarettes with These Simple Tips

Cigarette addiction is one of the most common addictions around the world. An estimated 1 billion people worldwide smoke cigarettes; of those 1 billion people, 5 million die each year from nicotine related illnesses. Are you one of the many people fighting to quit this bad habit? Take a moment and ask yourself this simple, yet important question: “When I get the urge to smoke, what is it that triggers me to want to light up?” It could be that you smoke as a habit when you’re bored, or in a social environment that causes you anxiety. Maybe it’s when you take a break at work and step outside with co-workers. Maybe it’s when you’re winding down at the end of the day. Maybe it’s after you have an intense conversation with someone who stresses you out. It could be part of your routine commute. Regardless of what your reason is, this habit is anything but a smart choice.

What are the effects of smoking cigarettes?

  • Cigarettes increase the risk of heart disease
  • Increases the risk of lung cancer
  • Smokers have a higher chance of heart attacks
  • Plays a major role in emphysema
  • Increases the risk of breast cancer
  • Weakens sense of taste and smell
  • Deterioration in mental health and function (Alzheimer’s disease and dementia)
  • Raises the risk of lupus – autoimmune disease
  • Creates unwanted fine lines on your hands, neck, and face
  • Cigarettes leave a strong foul odor on your body and clothes
  • They turn your teeth yellow
  • Most men and women find smoking to be unattractive and a deal breaker
  • Once you start smoking it can be very difficult to quit
  • Visible acceleration in aging
  • Can make you feel sluggish and unmotivated
  • Maternal smoking increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome
  • Damages internal tissue and blood vessels in the body
  • Men who smoke are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction
  • Known to cause blood clots
  • Linked to colon cancer
  • Increases symptoms of depression

 

At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we understand that addiction of any kind is a challenging battle to overcome. Sometimes we need support and here at Passages, we are happy to provide you with these 20 helpful tips that will help you to overcome your addiction to nicotine and cigarettes.

How to Quit Smoking Cigarettes

  1. Be willing and ready to quit smoking
  2. Quit buying cigarettes
  3. Get rid of your lighters
  4. Create smoke free zones (your car, office, and outside patio)
  5. When you have a sudden desire to buy a pack of cigarettes, force yourself to keep driving- do not stop to buy cigarettes under any circumstances
  6. Daily meditation either in the morning or when you have a craving
  7. Schedule a few appointments for acupuncture within the first 30 days of quitting
  8. Choose from a list of herbal supplements
  9. Make a list of things to do instead of smoking
  10. Avoid being around people who smoke
  11. Change up your routine (even if those changes are small)
  12. Practice saying no with total confidence so you are not pressured into any bad choices
  13. Get moving and exercise daily
  14. Keep track of the amount of money you’re saving by not buying cigarettes
  15. Share the good news with your friends and family
  16. Give yourself some credit and reward yourself with a sweet treat or new outfit
  17. Get outside and breathe in fresh air every day, if possible
  18. Practice breathing exercises to relieve stress and cleanse your lungs – providing oxygen to your brain and bloodstream
  19. Create and maintain a healthy diet
  20. Stay hydrated with plenty of water throughout the day

 

What to expect when you quit smoking

Nicotine changes the way your brain operates so it should be no surprise when the withdraw symptoms kick in and you feel like a mess. Do not worry.  This is temporary. As your body adapts to no longer being fed nicotine it will adjust and you will feel remarkably healthier and better-off. Here is what to be look out for while going through the withdrawal phase.

  • Mood swings
  • Increased irritability
  • Change in appetite
  • Lack of sleep or insomnia
  • Surge of energy
  • Trouble focusing

 

Many Benefits of Not Smoking Cigarettes

There are several benefits to not smoking cigarettes. Here is just a handful to start.

  • Experience increased energy
  • Breathe more clearly
  • Have fresh breath
  • Regain your sense of taste and smell
  • Improve fertility
  • Feel healthier
  • No more “Smokers Cough”
  • Feel less stressed
  • Improve the quality of performance in the bedroom
  • Children and other family members are not affected by heavy toxins in cigarettes
  • Live a longer life
  • Smell beautifully again

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers 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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Prevention Starts at Home: 6 Ways to Protect Your Children from Drug and Alcohol Abuse

By Jennifer McDougall

Being the parent to a child of any age can be challenging at times and there are all kinds of things parents worry about, but one very common worry is keeping your child safe from drugs and alcohol. Preventing your child from being exposed to things that could potentially be dangerous is difficult, but it can be done by giving them the tools they need in order to know how to deal with certain situations they may encounter down the road. Here are 6 ways you can start today.

Gain and Maintain Respect From Your Child

A large number of teenagers have said that one of the main reasons they don’t use drugs or alcohol is because they do not want to lose the respect of their parents. You can do this by keeping balance in your relationship with your son or daughter. Know when to be their friend, and know when to lay down the law and be the parent. If your child is too afraid to come talk to you about certain issues they are dealing with they are more likely to turn to substances to escape their discomfort and problems.

Set a Reasonable Curfew

Growing up my parents always told me, “Nothing good happens after midnight.” I still believe this to be true, and growing up I know that it kept me out of a lot of trouble. In high school it was, “Be home by 10 pm.” After I graduated and still lived under their roof, the rule was to always be home by midnight. For many parents it can difficult to get a child to obey by the rules you set for them, but with the help of technology parents can call and text their child’s phone to check in and remind them of the guidelines set in place for them.

Be a Good Example

If you do not want to your child to grow up and drink at an early age, or ever, your best bet is to eliminate alcohol from the house. Don’t do something you wouldn’t want your child to do. Be the example of what you expect them to be instead of living by the motto, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Children watch very closely to what his or her parent is doing. They follow in our footsteps and learn from the moves we make. Try to be alert when your children are present so they can grow up to be strong individuals who have healthy habits and a stable mentality.

Family Dinners

Sitting down as a family at the end of the day to share a meal and talk about your thoughts, challenges, and accomplishments makes it nice- knowing you have people to lean on and talk to. Family dinners are also a good time to learn about what’s going on in your child or teenager’s life. It’s important as a parent to know some of what they are experiencing and know how much you love and support them. This is also a time they can feed off off of your knowledge and wisdom, helping them make smarter choices.

Get involved in school and community events

Children and teenagers who are involved in recreational sporting programs tend to have more confidence and learn a vast variety of skills that can play a major role in their character and academic success. Have a  conversation with your son or daughter about enrolling in a local sporting team or community event to help them step outside of their comfort zone and get more involved with those in their age range.

Educate Your Children on Drugs & Alcohol

Make it known what the dangers and effects are of using drugs and alcohol. Let them know what to look out for and be cautiously aware when they are with friends or other adults. They may have already been taught a few things in school, but it’s important that you instill the warning signs and dangers in their mind so they will be careful and alert. Make it clear that you are always just a call away if they are ever in a bad situation and need to come home.

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers 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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The Rise of Molly and Other Drugs at Trendy Music Festivals 

By Jennifer McDougall

Every year thousands of people gather together at music festivals such as, Ultra, which is held in Miami, Florida and large cities all over the world.  There’s also the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Nevada, Coachella in Indio, California, The Electric Zoo in New York City, and TommorowWorld held in Atlanta, Georgia.

These music festivals are a lot of fun, but there are serious dangers that many people may not realize.

Approximately one hundred sixty five thousand people from all over the world came out to Miami’s Bayfront Park for Ultra’s three day music festival in March 2014. They came to dance in wild neon outfits, embrace the world’s electronic music industry, which is typically high energy, as you can see from the video above. It’s all about the having a good time- and the love, love, love.

But that’s just the thing; a large percentage of these attendees are high on something, the most popular accessory is “Molly”. You may have already heard about Molly, but if you are a parent, and unaware of today’s drug culture this may be the first time hearing about it or you may know its similar form, ecstasy.

Molly is the term used for the “pure” form of MDMA. Ecstasy is a mixture of ketamine, amphetamine and MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine). As raves have gained popularity, the use, and distribution of Molly has as well. Molly has energizing, and psychedelic effects on the body. About thirty to forty-five minutes after taking Molly, the body begins to feel loose. A person under the influence of this drug feels the desire to move around, dance, feel close to others in the room, and quite frankly there are reasons why it has been known as “the love drug”.

When Molly begins to take effect, the body releases hormones, and large amounts of serotonin into the body which also increases the heart rate. Besides the major risk of overdosing a person can die from exhaustion and dehydration. And many people who use Molly mix it with other substances, increasing the risk of an overdose and even death.

Most music festivals are three day events that consist of a lot of partying, and a little amount of sleep. The large amounts of drug use at these festivals are causing a lot of concern for city officials in almost every city these events are being held in. After this year’s Ultra Music Festival in Miami, there was talk about putting a stop to the event in the coming years to avoid the chaos and the many dangers drug use at these events bring with it.

If you or someone you know is planning to go to an upcoming music festival, remind them to take caution, and be alert at all times. A person can turn their head for even a brief second to be rudely awakened thirty minutes later with the effects of MDMA and/or other substances creeping through their veins because someone slipped something in their drink, which may have only been a cup of water or soda.

Help spread the word about the dangers of Molly, and other drug use at this summer’s music festivals and you may help save a life.

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers 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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Passages Malibu & Passages Ventura Drug & Alcohol Treatment Centers Support National Prevention Week

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Malibu, Calif. (May 17, 2012) Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura, the world’s leading drug and alcohol rehab centers, are proud to support the first annual National Prevention Week, which is held from Monday, May 21, 2012 through Friday, May 25, 2012. This health observance is an opportunity for community members and leaders to learn more about behavioral health issues and get involved in ongoing prevention efforts.

National Prevention Week is a new annual health observance week that is supported by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to celebrate and support the work that community organizations, individuals, healthcare providers, and treatment centers, such as Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura, do year round to help heal and to promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

National Prevention Week’s themes are as follows:

Monday, May 21: Prevention of Underage Drinking
Tuesday, May 22: Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use
Wednesday, May 23: Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
Thursday, May 24: Suicide Prevention
Friday, May 25: Promotion of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being

Being a drug and alcohol treatment center that takes the holistic approach to healing the mind, body, and spirit to help promote overall wellness, balance, health, and freedom from substance and alcohol dependency, Passages is thrilled that this new observance has been placed on our national calendar.

“My hope is that we can bring more awareness to the growing problems of underage drinking, prescription drug abuse, and illicit drug use this year and the years to come. National Prevention Week gives us the opportunity to just that. Bringing awareness to these important issues in our society is exactly what’s going to create positive change. Hopefully, everyone will participate in spreading the message during this week and beyond,” says Pax Prentiss, CEO and co-founder of Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura.

National Prevention Week 2012 is timed for the start of summer because, as SAMHSA explains, “Summer is a season filled with celebrations and recreational activities that can potentially be linked to substance use and abuse, such as graduation parties, proms, weddings, boating, and camping excursions. It is also timed to allow schools to take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness in students of all ages. The percentages of marijuana, cigarette, and alcohol initiates among youth increase between spring (April and May) and summer (June and July), and the timing of National Prevention Week 2012 will help to raise awareness in youth at this crucial time of year.”

If you or a loved one is in need of help with an addiction to any type of substance – alcohol, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, prescription medicine, painkillers, or any other type of addictive substance – help is out there. Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura offer customized, holistic, non-12 Step treatment plans for every type of addiction. Their addiction treatment centers in Malibu and Ventura, California are two of only 6% of the nation’s behavioral health treatment programs that have earned the coveted JCAHO accreditation.

Please join Passages Malibu, Passages Ventura, and SAMHSA in spreading the word of National Prevention Week.

About Passages Malibu & Passages Ventura:

Founded by Chris Prentiss and Pax Prentiss, Passages Malibu opened in 2001 with its second location, Passages Ventura, opening in 2009. The two drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers offer an alternative to the 12 Step/AA model of addiction treatment by taking a holistic approach with a program that focuses on the underlying issues of substance dependency, rather than suggesting that addiction is an incurable disease. Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura have earned the coveted JCAHO (Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accreditation, which has only been given to 6% of the nation’s behavioral health treatment programs. The co-founders are also authors of the acclaimed series of treatment books that include their groundbreaking flagship book, “The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure.” At Passages, we believe: Addiction Ends Here™.

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Got Drugs? Give Them Back On Drug Take Back Day

This weekend, the Drug Enforcement Administration is helping Americans do a little responsible spring-cleaning and bring awareness to the growing problem prescription drug abuse at the same time. The DEA’s 4th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day takes place this Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. nationwide where anyone can discard their unused, unwanted, and expired prescription drugs in a safe and anonymous way.

“Take Back Day is important because it gives us an opportunity to do a public service by collecting unused, unwanted, and expired drugs that are sitting in people’s houses, in their medicine cabinets, and they really don’t know what to do with them, and they just continue to collect them and they pile up,” Harry S. Sommers, special agent in charge of the DEA Atlanta field division, told CNN on Friday.

It’s a timely event as recent studies have shown that prescription drug abuse is on the rise, and, in fact, as Sommers points out, “Prescription drugs, most studies show now, are the most abused drug this side of marijuana in America today.”

The danger of having extra prescription drugs lingering around a household are two-fold: 1) Children, teens, and their friends can, and often do, get into the medicine cabinet and take the drugs for recreational use, often times leading to addiction; and 2) Those who the drugs were prescribed to are more likely to return to that drug when it’s not necessary. For instance, one day you’re prescribed Vicodin after a surgery, and the next month you are taking it to simply feel good or for minor aches and pains.

Another recent study showed that prescription drug abuse often begins at the hand of a family member or friend “lending” that friend or relative one of their prescription pills for simple ailments such as headaches, back pain, and muscle aches that could be easily treated with over-the-counter pain medicines. According to the study, based on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health released this Wednesday, more than 70% of people who abuse prescription painkillers have obtained the drug from friends or family.

So, what can you do to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day? Go through your medicine cabinets, gather up all expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs (they’ll even take over-the-counter drugs as long as it’s not in liquid form), and march on over to your local drug collection agency.

The DEA has made the drug drop-off process easy by setting up a website where you enter your city and zip code, and it provides you with a list of free and anonymous collection sites in your area. Approximately 5,000 collections sites are participating nationwide.

To find out where to drop off your prescription drugs, go to: http://1.usa.gov/IdKOc3

To learn more about prescription drug addiction and how to cure it, go to www.passagesmalibu.com and www.passagesventura.com.

Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura support the DEA’s 4th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and encourages everyone to discard their drugs safely this Saturday.

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Family and Addiction

Family members can enable drug use. Enabling means a family member allows drug use by helping the user with whatever they need and overindulging the user with love and affection. Although this seems harmless, these behaviors actually hinder a recovery from drugs or alcohol.

Addiction in the Family: Enablers and Abusers

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Unlearning Bad Habits

Because drug and alcohol use can be equated to learned behavior to deal with other problems, these behaviors can be unlearned. This supports the idea that there is an opportunity for dependent persons to change and achieve a lifestyle that is free from drugs or alcohol and consequently free from dependency. In order to do this appropriately however, it seems necessary to address the actual problem – the issues of the mind rather than the issues with the substances themselves.

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Cocaine Addiction and Brain Chemistry

Repeated use of dangerous and addictive stimulant drugs, such as cocaine, often causes a powerful physical and mental dependency that can be difficult to overcome without attending an inpatient rehab program.

Recently, a new study has found that stimulant drugs actually change and manipulate the brain’s circuitry, which makes recovery following addiction to such drugs an even more difficult process.  At the University of California, Berkeley, researchers found that individuals with a history of using cocaine now show changes in their brain’s chemistry that cause the neurotransmitter dopamine to immediately be released whenever the recovering addict is exposed to cocaine-associated stimuli.

The study also showed that dopamine is released into areas of the brain that are more vulnerable and susceptible to changes.  These findings may help explain why recovering cocaine addicts still feel cravings for the drug, even after they have gone through withdrawal, attended a treatment program, and remained sober for extended periods of time.  Researchers are not sure yet if this alteration in brain chemistry can be reversed, but they do agree that there is a better chance of success with the help of an inpatient drug rehabilitation program.

 

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Worldwide Drug Abuse

Many of the articles we read and the studies we observe are discussing drug and alcohol abuse in the United States.  However, drug and alcohol abuse is a problem that is occurring all around the world, and has been an issue in numerous countries for centuries.

Research studies do show that specific drugs used vary from country to country and from region to region. Throughout the world, the main substance of abuse is alcohol, and the three main illegal drugs of abuse are marijuana, opiates (particularly heroin), and cocaine.  Drugs have been present in every culture throughout history, whether used for medical, religious, or recreational purposes.

The problem of drug abuse around the world has dramatically increased during the past 100 years, as advances in chemistry and science have allowed new drugs to be mass-produced and created synthetically from old sources.  Unfortunately, these new drugs that are refined and created synthetically are often more dangerous, powerful and addictive than any drugs in the past. While great advances have been made in the creation and use of drugs for medical purposes, drug use for recreation and pleasure has increased sharply, resulting in a much higher occurrence of addiction around the world.

 

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Increased Drug Use Among Teens

Numerous studies indicate an alarming trend of drug abuse increasing amongst younger and younger individuals.  Certain social problems amongst younger populations have been decreasing and improving, however, drug and alcohol abuse remains prevalent and hard to control.  In an annual report by America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2011, (which is a compilation of statistics on children from numerous different organizations), studies  found that teen birth rates and high school dropout rates have declined, but teen drug and alcohol use has increased.

For the second consecutive year in the United States, the adolescent birth rate dropped and underage educational dropout rates decreased, both of which are clear indications of effective social and educational programs. Unfortunately, the report also found that  children ages eight-grade and up have increased their use of illicit drugs from 8% in 2009 to 10% in 2010.  These findings are so startling because the earlier an individual begins to abuse drugs and alcohol, the more likely they are to become full blown alcoholics or drug addict’s later in life.  In order to decrease this problem and prevent further adulthood drug issues, education, familial support, and awareness are essential.

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers 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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Social Drinking or Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol consumption is a very prevalent part of our society, and has been for hundreds of years.  Unfortunately, the drinking of alcohol is usually associated with celebration, often heavily consumed at weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and many other types of parties.

Social drinking is a phrase that refers to the consumption of alcohol without the overt signs of a problem (alcohol addiction or abuse). A common way people describe social drinking is the act of consuming alcohol in a social setting without the intention to get drunk.  Although many individuals do engage in social drinking without it developing into a problem, there is a fine line between someone who regularly drinks socially and someone who is developing an alcohol problem.

In the United States there are approximately 219,000,000 adults. Approximately 134,000,000 of those adults (61%) consumed some amount of alcohol in the last year. And in the United States there are about 14,000,000 adults who are addicted to alcohol or abuse alcohol. If an individual who regularly engages in social drinking exhibits any of these tendencies, he or she may be displaying an indication of alcohol abuse.

Individuals who: use alcohol to get through painful or difficult situations or feelings, hide their drinking from others, find it difficult to stop drinking once they start, black out or don’t remember much after drinking, drink with the intention of getting drunk, drink to the point of vomiting/sickness, or feel intense shame or guilt after drinking may be going beyond the territory of social drinking and into the realm of alcohol abuse.  If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction, Passages Malibu can help.

 

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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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