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5 Commonly Asked Questions about Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

By Jennifer McDougall

1. “How much does it cost?”

Our pricing can vary depending on which facility you choose. We do accept a handful of private insurance policies. For specific pricing information please call (888) 397-0112, and ask to speak to an admissions adviser today.

2. “What do you guys do there?”

At Passages, we use various holistic and intensive therapy methods to help discover the underlying reasons to why an individual is using drugs and alcohol.

We believe in the following four causes of dependency:

  1. Chemical imbalance
  2. Unresolved events from the past
  3. Beliefs you hold that are inconsistent with what is true
  4. Inability to cope with current conditions

“If you have ancestors who were dependent on drugs or alcohol, and you have learned about the genetic factor, and you believe you have a genetic predisposition to become dependent, that will work heavily against you. Genetics play a part, but only a small one, and your tendency to become dependent, if you have one, is easily overcome by curing the four causes.” – Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

All the four causes of addiction are explained in great detail in The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure book.

“Unless you identify your core condition and correct it, you’ll probably continue to be dependent on substances for relief.” – Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

3. “What makes you so different?”

One of the major differences between Passages and any other treatment center is that not only are we not 12-step based, but we intend on healing the root cause of a person’s addiction through groundbreaking treatment methods.

Passages Malibu has been healing the underlying causes of addiction for over 15 years. We have a sister location in Ventura, California, a Luxury Sober Living facility in Santa Monica, California, and an Outpatient Treatment Center in Venice, California.  Our treatment team has years of excellent experience to be sure your stay here is comfortable and successful.

Passages is lead by father and son, Chris and Pax Prentiss. The two have both survived gruesome and treacherous darkness caused by addiction and they know firsthand what it takes to break-free from the nasty battle of addiction.

Pax, who is both the CEO and Co- Founder of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, was an addict for 10 years. He was hooked on cocaine, heroin, and alcohol and it almost killed him several times.  Because of the help from his loving father, Chris, Pax was able to pull through and now lives an addiction-free life.

4. “How can you help me?”

If you make the choice to discover sobriety at one of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, you will be in the hands of quality care and trained professionals who want to see you discover your true potential. Our staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are here to be sure you are comfortable and feel secure while going through treatment.

5. “Can you really cure addiction?”

Chris Prentiss puts it nicely, “What you believe about yourself, about alcoholism and addiction, and about the possibility of a cure are key factors in determining whether you’ll overcome your dependency on addictive substances and behaviors or remain dependent on them.” The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

If you believe that you are going to be one way for the rest of your life than that is what you will be, because that is what you believe to be true. If you alter your perception on this idea and understand the true meaning of dependency, you may come to realize that addiction is not the root problem. The problem is what is driving the addiction.

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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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10 Facts About Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

By Jennifer McDougall

Addiction treatment is essential in healing the underlying causes to a person’s addiction. At Passages, we are proud to offer our clients the best possible treatment available, anywhere. Besides being named the “Number 1 Treatment Center in the World” by Healthcare Global, as well as one of the “Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out” by Forbes, Passages Addiction Treatment Centers are the most unrivaled, world-class treatment centers available today. We have the finest facilities in the world for treating drug and alcohol addiction, but what really sets us apart is our effective treatment programs.

Throughout the years, Passages has helped heal thousands of people from all over the world. Because of Passages success in the leading the treatment industry, there are many questions we receive. Here are 10 interesting facts about Passages and the team that helps save so many lives day after day. For more information please see the contact number at the bottom of this page.

  1. Passages accepts a handful of private insurance.

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

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

Passages Malibu recently celebrated 14 years of ending thousands of people’s addictions to drugs and alcohol. We specialize in effective one-on-one treatment and use 19 different holistic treatment methods in which every client benefits from.

  1. Affordable treatment is available at Passages Ventura.

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

  1. Pax Prentiss celebrated 16 years of sobriety in 2016.

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

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

On September 4th, 2016 Pax celebrated 16 years of sobriety. This is an exciting celebration and we are all so proud of everything he has accomplished over the years and continues to do to help those facing the battle of addiction.

Follow Pax on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all the latest with his personal and professional life.

  1.     Passages is not a 12 Step program, nor do we believe that addiction is a disease.

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

  1. A chemical imbalance

  2. Past trauma or unresolved circumstances

  3. Difficulty managing current conditions

  4. Untrue beliefs or an imprisonment of a negative perspective

Anyone who is abusing drugs and alcohol is doing so because of one or more of these four causes. Through extensive research and direct experience, we have learned that addiction is not the primary problem but rather the symptom of a deeper underlying issue.

We began sharing our revolutionary, non 12-step holistic treatment philosophy with the world in 2001 and have been regarded as leaders in the addiction field ever since. Before Passages, addiction was viewed as an incurable disease accompanied by hopelessness, stigma, and shame. We’ve found a better way. Instead, we approach addiction as a completely treatable condition.

  1. Passages offers both intensive inpatient and outpatient addiction rehab services.

We had several program options for those in need of treatment. We offer intensive inpatient treatment in Malibu and Ventura, California. We also have a beautiful sober living home right on the beach in Santa Monica, where you can receive outpatient services during your stay. For details, please call (888) 397-0112.

  1. We have a gorgeous sober living home located right on the beach in the vibrant city of Santa Monica, California.

For details, please call 424-231-8100.

  1. Our remarkably trained team of professional therapists and medical personnel are licensed and experienced in the field of addiction and holistic wellness.

At Passages Malibu, we offer more unique treatment methods than any other rehab center in the world. Unlike the cookie-cutter group approach offered by most rehab centers, our program is customized specifically for each client who walks through our doors. We consider each individual situation and scenario before a personal addiction treatment plan is introduced and implemented. By utilizing a set of diverse methods of addiction treatment, we are able to deal with your addiction from all angles and concentrate on every aspect of your healing process.

  1.   Passages has a Wellness Store full of wonderful products for you to choose from.

Our bookstore offers Books, Audio CDs, and Merchandise, including our flagship addiction treatment book, the world-renown The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure by Pax and Chris Prentiss, co-founders of Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura. This groundbreaking book details Pax’s harrowing 10-year addiction to heroin, cocaine, and alcohol and outlines the treatment plan he used to get sober – the same treatment plan model used at Passages since 2001.

The store also includes over a dozen books penned by Pax’s father Chris, who is also an established author of books on personal growth, including several books on the I Ching, as well as the wildly popular Zen and the Art of Happiness and The Little Book of Secrets, among others.

We invite you to browse our full list of titles. Give yourself or a loved one the gift of empowerment today. www.PassagesWellnessStore.com

  1. We allow you to stay connected with close friends and family members during your time with us at Passages.

Unlike other centers that don’t allow you to have your cell phone or computer with you, we believe its important for you to have the comfort and support from your loved ones while in treatment.

 

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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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Passages Malibu Launches Innovative New Website

Passages Malibu is a pioneer in drug and alcohol addiction treatment with its holistic, groundbreaking, alternative to the 12 Step/AA method of addiction treatment and recovery and now the world renowned treatment center has created an innovative way to experience their 5-star facilities through the Passages Malibu Treatment Experience virtual tour.

The new tour is the centerpiece of Passages Substance Abuse & Addiction Treatment Center’s revamped website (www.passagesmalibu.com), which re-launched this week with more video and more ways to interact via social media, such as the inclusion of Google+ to our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube offerings. The new website and virtual tour are just few new ways that Passages stays on the cutting edge of the recovery industry.

“We didn’t just want to produce the typical virtual tour that you often see, but rather give the viewer an in-depth look at what the Passages treatment experience is all about. We wanted to tell a personal story about how we can change, and often times save, our clients’ lives, and show them exactly what they will be getting when they check into Passages. We are passionate about recovery and I think this new virtual tour shows just that,” says Pax Prentiss, CEO and co-founder of Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura.

The extended version of the beautifully shot video tour (available at www.passagesmalibutour.com) not only gives a never-before-seen look at what treatment at Passages Malibu is like on their ocean view, 10-acre facility known for cutting-edge recovery methods, a picturesque tranquil environment, and 5-star luxury amenities. But the tour also tells the tale of a typical client, “Ben,” whose career and self-esteem struggles have caused his life to spiral downward. “Ben” has tried and failed to get sober at other treatment centers only to find his way to Passages for a life-changing experience.

Before the existence of Passages, the majority of treatment centers used the 12 Step method of addiction treatment, which depends on the client declaring him or herself an addict or alcoholic for the rest of his or her life and using group therapy as a core source of recovery. This method of staying sober certainly works for some, but it does not work for everyone. In fact, many people are apprehensive of the 12 Step model and refuse to sit in meetings where they must declare themselves as addicts or alcoholics to move forward. For those who find this to be ineffective, there needs to be an alternative way of getting sober.

That’s where Passages Rehab Center comes in. In 2001, Passages introduced a new and exciting alternative to the 12 Step model of treatment with its luxurious facility in Malibu, California and then its second more affordable center in Ventura, California in 2009. And the people came. Why? They came because many people were ready for something different – something better. Passages introduced an entirely new way of looking at addiction, which is reflected in their addiction treatment program. They emphasize one-on-one therapy (instead of group meetings) and holistic treatment. But what really sets them apart from the rest is their belief that addiction is not a disease. Rather, it is a symptom of underlying conditions that are treated through various modes of therapy at their treatment centers, including individual counseling, marriage and family therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, hypnotherapy, life purpose counseling, spiritual counseling, and healthy living (yoga, physical fitness training, and equine therapy), among others.

Our program places a lot of importance on holistic treatment that empowers the client rather than breaking them down and making them feel powerless,” explains Prentiss. “I strongly feel that there is something to be said for a holistic approach to addiction. I’m not denying the relative successes of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 Step programs. I just think there’s something more than what AA has to offer.”

Truly the crème-de-la-crème of treatment centers, Passages Malibu and its sister facility, Passages Ventura, earned 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.

At Passages Malibu: “Addiction Ends Here™”

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™. For general inquiries about treatment, contact: 866-233-1753

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The Underlying Causes of Addiction

The abuse of and eventual dependency on drugs and alcohol is merely a mechanism to cope with physical, mental, or emotional pain.  In order to stop your addiction, you must first find the underlying causes of your behaviors and why you are choosing to self medicate with drugs and alcohol in the first place.  Individuals who have experienced abuse, suffered from depression or anxiety, mental illness, or who are having significant life struggles, are much more likely to begin using drugs or alcohol as a way to numb their pain, which eventually leads to dependency.

Once you attend a treatment center and find the cause of your pain, the need to use drugs and alcohol to numb the pain will cease once you have worked through your issues.  If you only focus on the addiction itself and not on the underlying problems, then relapse is very probable. Whether you are dealing with an undiagnosed physical ailment, childhood trauma, family problems, a chemical imbalance, or one of the many other underlying causes of addiction, one-on-one therapy is much more helpful in uncovering what is driving you to use drugs and alcohol.  Passages Malibu is a holistic drug rehab centers that is extremely effective when it comes to uncovering underlying issues, healing addiction and preventing relapse.

 

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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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Are You Addicted to Food?

Food addiction is a condition that many people find difficult to understand.  Many people have unhealthy eating habits and difficulties with food, but it can be tricky to determine whether an individual merely struggles with eating, or whether they are a full blown food addict.  Food addiction is a pathological disorder characterized by the compulsive or excessive craving for and consumption of food.  Food addiction is only present when the intake of food itself is abnormal, and also when the cravings for foods are out of control and harmful to the individual.

Alcoholism and drug abuse are typically easier for the general population to understand.  However, individuals can be addicted to food in the same way that they are addicted to substances.  If you are concerned that you or someone you may know is a food addict, there are several things to look for.  When someone is addicted to food, they become physiologically and mentally dependent upon eating and feel a complete loss of control. If you know that you’re eating ritual is harmful, but continue to engage in the destructive behavior anyways, you may be addicted to food.  Many individuals with a food addiction also suffer from other mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or substance abuse.  At Passages, we help our clients overcome food addiction with therapy, by modifying eating patterns and lifestyle, and with a manageable exercise 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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Exercise as a Key to Recovery

Exercise is a very crucial component for an individual recovering from any sort of alcohol or drug abuse.  Years of dependency on drugs and alcohol severely diminish your physical state and health, often leading to gaining of fat, loss of muscle tone, and deterioration of the bones and joints.

Physical fitness and exercise is definitely one of the keys to maintaining a healthy, balanced, and sober existence.  Regular exercise causes the release of endorphins, which are small, protein packed molecules that are produced by cells in your nervous system.  Endorphins have been shown to have a positive effect on the brain and body causing feelings of pleasure, controlling pain, reducing depression and anxiety, relieving stress, and decreasing cravings for addictive substances.  As you continue to exercise one you have detoxed and become sober, you will notice a difference in your physical appearance and will also begin to feel strong again and your self-esteem will increase.

To reverse the trends you have likely developed as part of an unhealthy lifestyle, at Passages we provide our clients with one-on-one sessions with our Certified Fitness Instructors in our own fully equipped fitness center.

 

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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Denial and Substance Abuse

Many people often hear the term “denial” or the phrase “being in denial” when discussing an individual with a substance abuse issue.  Many individuals who have been abusing drugs or alcohol for an extended period of time get very good at hiding and covering up their actions, and have a hard time admitting to themselves or their families the true extent of their usage.

In a recent study conducted by the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, millions Americans admitted to habitually smoking pot, drinking alcohol, snorting cocaine or taking prescription drugs, yet many of them were not completely honest about their level of use and many of them who met the criteria for needing treatment did not recognize that they have a problem. The study estimates that those “in denial” of a problem is close to 5 million, which is a much higher number than the people that actually seek and get professional treatment.  It seems as though there is a large and growing denial gap when it comes to drug abuse and dependency in our society.  Drug and alcohol abuse is often glorified and readily accepted in the media, which may in part add to the nation’s large issue with denial.  At Passages, we help our client come to terms with and be honest about their behaviors and help them get back to healthy, drug free lives.

 

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