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.