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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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10 Signs You Are Addicted to Love

By: Jennifer McDougall

Just as alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin provide a temporary sense of escape for a person from their reality, anyone who is addicted to love, seeks similar relief, and can face severe physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms. Someone who is addicted to love develops obsessive behaviors and thoughts. They get high on the fantasy they create in their head about a particular person or connection, or likewise they get addicted to the love, intimacy, and physical connection they feel when they are with a partner. That feeling is their dope and they feel they need it like the oxygen they breathe in order to survive.

In many cases, a person who is addicted to love will also find themselves in a co-dependent relationship, which is very common. They may turn to drugs and alcohol to temporarily numb the pain from the deep desire for the other person, or pain they feel from from rejection. They also feel withdrawal symptoms when they are not with the one they love.

Love addiction is actually not as uncommon as most people think. Many people are not as aware or understand the addiction so they do not pay much attention to the signs. And, just like drugs and alcohol, anyone who is addicted to love or in a co-dependent relationship should seek therapy, and proper treatment in order to heal the underlying conditions before the cycle escalates, and the dependency becomes more intense, and life threatening.

Here are 10 major signs to tell if you are addicted to love:

  1. You know the relationship you’re in is bad for you and you can physically feel how unhealthy being in the relationship is, yet you do not make an effective effort to end it.
  2. Fear and anxiety consume you at the thought of ending the relationship.
  3. You make shallow excuses and create reasons why you should stay in the relationship.
  4. After you eventually end a relationship, you suffer painful withdrawal symptoms (and/or unhealthy behaviors) such as, insomnia, vomiting, nausea, deep depression, panic attacks, dramatic weight changes, anger, rage, emptiness, complete loss of purpose, stalking, suicidal thoughts, begging for a chance to be connected, and dramatic episodes (sometimes very violent).
  5. You lower your standards when it comes to dating someone just to avoid being alone.
  6. Every time you have the urge to contact the other person you always say to yourself “one more text,” or “one more phone call” just as someone addicted to drugs or alcohol would say about using “just this one last time.”
  7. Your relationship or love interest consumes your day to day life, separating you from friends and family, your goals, and all of your true, authentic passions that bring you honest joy and happiness.
  8. You would give up anything and everything in the world just to be with someone, even after they have broken up with you multiple times, cheated on you, lied to you, and purposely fed your insecurities.
  9. Obsessive behaviors such as excessive text messages, phone calls, stalking on and off-line, checking your cell phone every couple minutes to see if they have contacted you, fantasizing about them and the relationship you could have, or picking out what kind of dish wear and curtains you would buy for your first home while you two are out shopping on your first.
  10. You feel as if you cannot live or be happy without this person. You want to be around them, with them, just near them all the time. When you are away from them you feel depressed, sad, and lonely. When they aren’t reciprocating the connection you think exists, you feel a lack of drive and passion. It is as if you need this person in your life in order to be happy and survive.

 

What to do:

The most important thing to do is find out the reason why. In order to overcome the addiction you must understand why you are doing what you are doing. Many people who have an addiction to love, like drug or alcohol addictions,  have underlying issues causing them to chase the euphoric feeling  that physical and emotional connections bring them, which is similar to a cocaine addiction.

We suggest looking within yourself to find the underlying issue (abandonment, lack of self -esteem, or traumatic experiences) so that you can move on and live an addiction-free and fulfilling life. If you need professional help, do not hesitate to seek therapy and professional treatment before the situation becomes life threatening.
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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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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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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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LSD Effects and Psychological Addiction

LSD is a psychotropic hallucinogenic drug that has been popular and present in the United States for many years.  Although LSD use does not result in extreme physical withdrawal symptoms, repeated use of the drug can lead to a very strong psychological dependence.

When an individual repeatedly abuses LSD, a short-term tolerance is quickly developed, causing users to have to take more and more of the drug each time they use it to obtain the same initial effects.  Repeatedly increasing the amount of LSD taken quickly reinforces a psychological addiction.  LSD abusers also often develop a psychological addiction as a means of escaping emotional stressors, psychological pain, or low self esteem.

As with any addictive substance, users of LSD feel after awhile that they can no longer function without the drug.  LSD is an incredibly powerful chemical compound, and even a very small amount creates significant changes in the brain’s chemical pattern and disrupts neurotransmitter levels. These powerful changes LSD addiction causes in the brain can bring on a slew of serious problems.

For individuals who are already dealing with underlying emotional or mental health issues, the repeated and intense effects of LSD abuse can aggravate and worsen the problems. There are many signs of LSD addiction, including paranoia, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, delusions, and erratic behavior.  Passages Malibu treats LSD addiction, and can help if you or someone you know is struggling.

 

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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Behavioral Addictions vs Substance Addictions

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

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

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

 

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

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Treating Chemical Dependency

Chemical dependency is a term used to describe the condition of individuals addicted to drugs or alcohol. Essentially, chemical dependency is the compulsive use of chemicals (drugs or alcohol) and the inability to stop using them despite all the negative consequences caused by their use. There are numerous causes of chemical dependency, and cultural and societal norms influence acceptable guidelines of substance use.

Drug and alcohol dependency is caused by multiple underlying issues. People often turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with pain or stress sue to such things as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, environmental stressors, social pressures, trauma, and psychiatric problems.

Once an individual chooses to use drugs and alcohol as their way to deal with the other things that are going on in their life, they actually become physically addicted to their substance of choice. We use a variety of modalities to treat chemical dependency. Each client meets with a chemical dependency counselor, psychotherapist, marriage and family therapist, hypnotherapist, spiritual counselor, personal trainer, and massage therapist in multiple sessions a week to heal their underlying issues and get to the root of what has led to their chemical dependency and help them get healthy and drug-free.

 

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

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