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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.

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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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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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Break Free from Addiction - End the Cycle

How to End an Addiction to Drugs and Alcohol

By Jennifer McDougall

Falling into the cycle of addiction can happen to anyone and when treating a substance abuse related issue, one-sized-fits-all recover models simply are not the most effective way of healing. This is why at Passages, we customize a program tailored to each client’s individual needs. Our non-12 Step addiction treatment therapy focuses on healing the underlying condition driving a person to use and abuse drugs and alcohol.

Unlike other rehab centers, we don’t believe that addiction is a disease. Our research shows that people become dependent on drugs and alcohol because of one of these four causes:

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

Our empowering and non-12 step treatment methods include:

  1. Acupressure and Massage
  2. Acupuncture
  3. Adventure Therapy
  4. Art Therapy
  5. Blood Chemistry Analysis
  6. Chemical Dependency Counseling
  7. Continuing Care
  8. Hypnotherapy
  9. Marriage and Family Therapy
  10. Meditation Therapy
  11. Physical Fitness
  12. Psychotherapy
  13. Sound Therapy
  14. Spiritual Counseling
  15. Tai Chi
  16. Yoga

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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Fighting Addiction: Finding the Source of My Pain

Finding the Source of My Pain

By Dr. Kerri Heath

“The cure for pain is in the pain.” -Rumi

If you are searching for a rehab center, you are probably experiencing a lot of pain.  The substances may no longer be working to numb the pain.  You know that it is time to heal this pain or face certain death.  You are not alone.  Many clients who come to Passages have reached the end of their rope and are faced with the realization that it is time to face the truth and find a new path before it’s too late. It is not uncommon to hear people say “the only other option was death, so I had to get help.”

Humans are experiencing a lot of suffering every day and night.  They are covering the pain up and pretending to be free from pain.  However, unless they can find the cause of the pain it is impossible to heal it.  The pain and suffering will cause disease and physical deterioration if it is ignored over long periods of time. Once the physical pain becomes unbearable, people tend to seek out help for their suffering.  Our suffering should be seen as an alert.  Pain is trying to tell you something, it is not a prediction of doomsday.  If we can pay attention to our suffering and learn from it, then we can be free from it.  Rumi stated that the “cure for pain is in the pain.”

This is why substance abuse is only setting us back on our journey.  If we are not facing the pain and identifying its source, we cannot eradicate it.  The pain will only be prolonged if addictions are used to numb it rather than learning the lesson that it is trying to teach.

Wherever there is a pain of any kind (irritation, aggravation, loss, anger, grieving, jealousy, resentment, indigestion, physical pain, etc.) we will find attaching to something that needs to be released.  Attachment is what leads to suffering.  When you can discover this truth for yourself, and pay attention to the pain, you will be able to understand your pain in new ways and release the thing you are holding on to. On the other side of pain and suffering is a source of freedom.

Passages Addiction Treatment Centers would like to help you overcome the addiction, identify the true source of your pain, and design a new life that is in full alignment with what you truly want.  You are only a few steps away from creating a life that is free from pain and suffering… just make the call.  There is a team waiting for you to make the passage towards a new life of freedom and truth.


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Am I An Addict? | Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

Am I An Addict?

By Dr. Kerri Heath

“You will see it when you believe it.” –Wayne Dyer

This is a very tough question to answer.  An addict is someone whose life is controlled by alcohol or drugs.  Anyone who has struggled with substance abuse has told themselves many times that they “have it under control.” But what is the breaking point? When does a person who uses substances cross over to becoming an addict? What is the point of no return?  Only you can answer this question for yourself.  Don’t let anyone else define you or tell you that you are an addict.

Addiction is a behavior and should not become a label.  If it is a behavior then it can be changed but if it is a description or label, it is harder to overcome.  Your mental model is extremely important when trying to decide if you are an addict or not.  Dr. Wayne Dyer stated that “you’ll see it when you believe it” which describes the importance of making a distinction between being an addict and having addictive behaviors.  If you believe that you are an addict that is what will become your reality.

I have visited Alcohol Anonymous classes on a variety of occasions in order to answer this question for myself.  This group of loving and inclusive people create a safe space to open up about personal struggles. They find ways to help each other maintain abstinence from the substances or behaviors that lead to addiction. The meetings are consistently warm and welcoming, no matter what part of the world you are in. These 12-step programs give people a roadmap for which they can surrender their addictions, process difficult experiences and begin to form new habits and patterns.

The first thing I encountered at AA meetings is a group of accepting individuals that introduce themselves by stating that they are alcoholics. They make it seem so easy to say, however, I never felt comfortable introducing myself by saying, “Hi, I am an alcoholic.”  It never sat right with me. I did feel the pressure from others to label myself an addict because of the negative consequences that substances have initiated in my life.  I thought that people were judging me as being in denial or not ready to take the first step which is to “admit we are powerless over alcohol and that our lives have become unmanageable.”  However, that statement seems helpless.  I have used substances in unhealthy ways to numb pain and deal with difficult situations, but I never felt like labeling myself a victim over a substance would be productive, so I refuse to label myself an addict.

Passages Addiction Treatment Centers believes that you can create a future where substances do not have a grip on your life.  They give you a chance at life without having to label yourself or play a victim role.  There is freedom in this.  If you also feel uncomfortable with the first step of surrendering your power over to alcohol, then this may be the rehabilitation center for you.  A team of professionals will walk alongside you to create a new reality, one where you are in full control of your future.


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Leaving Addiction and Dismantling Fear: Consciousness Drained of All Doubts

Leaving Addiction and Dismantling Fear: Consciousness Drained of All Doubts

By Dr. Kerri Heath

I look forward to meeting with the owner of Passages Malibu, Chris Prentiss, who has dedicated his entire life to helping others reach their highest potential.  Being in the same room with someone who is committed to helping you expand and grow is not an opportunity to take for granted.  I always listen closely to his every word and carefully ask questions that will take me to a higher level of awareness.  He is a wise sage who appears to have found the fountain of youth and the wisdom of the ages.

In one of my afternoons with Chris Prentiss, he shared that the goal in life should be “consciousness drained of all doubt(s),” which in layman’s terms means we should try to live without fear.  I had to write this down and think about it for a while before I fully grasped its meaning.  Truly, fear is the lowest energy there is.  We collect so much fear in our lives that drive us to do things based on the negative messages we tell ourselves.  And ultimately these fears and doubts can lead to addictions and other negative consequences.  If we can live a life beyond fears, we can create a world that is full of freedom and light.  Chris shared a story about being hit in the head by a rock when he was walking along a riverbed one day.  He says the rock fell from 35 feet and crushed his skull, but as he lay on the ground bleeding he was not afraid.  Instead, he thought to himself, “I can’t wait to see what amazing thing will come as a result of this suffering.” He shared that as a result of the blow, he would later find out that he could fully understand spiritual texts that he was unable to interpret prior to his accident.  He stated, “I would get hit in the head by a rock any day to have that ability.” The expectation that great things happen on the other side of suffering is only one example of what can happen when we don’t allow fear to grasp our minds and steal our joy.  I have been testing this theory out in my everyday life and have not been disappointed to find a blessing on the other side of every negative circumstance.  I am so grateful for this lesson that Chris taught me that afternoon.

Chris has an unbridled joy and the clients at Passages have access to him on a regular basis throughout their journey towards healing.  His happiness is contagious.  As he tells funny stories the tears from laughter stream down his face.  This type of energy can only come from a man that has truly found the happiness in life and he is willing to offer the secrets to that kingdom over to anyone who will listen.

I am a spiritual seeker.  I have read countless books and spent thousands of hours trying to understand the meaning of life and discover my true calling.  After only three meetings with Chris, and reading several of his books on metaphysics and spiritual principles for living, I am convinced that he is a true source of inspiration.  He may be the most underrated thing about Passages.  If you are also searching for answers and want to know why you are here on this planet and what you are supposed to do with your remaining days on earth, Chris will be there to guide you along your journey.  He found a way to create a safe passage for his beloved son to move from a life enslaved to substance abuse into a life of meaning and purpose, and now he wants to offer you the same passage.


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Words Matter: Conversations About Addiction

Words Matter: Conversations About Addiction

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

 “A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.” –Mark Twain

We’ve all heard the saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But the field of psychology shows us words do matter. An effective way to change the stigma around addiction and mental health is how we talk about it. Proper usage of language and phrasing makes a big difference when it comes to treating those with addiction.

Being an ally to individuals struggling with mental health issues does not mean one has to volunteer, join an organization, or attend rallies to make a difference. The truth is, no matter the extent of an individual’s involvement, one can serve as a mental health advocate simply by changing the way they speak about addiction and alcoholism.

There are effective and ineffective ways to lessen the stigma around addiction. A simple change in how the disorder or diagnosis is phrased when discussing the person affected can have a huge impact on the way the community reacts, as well as whether the individual himself/herself seeks treatment. When discussing mental health issues with coworkers, friends, and family, phrasing and proper use of terminology makes an impression. An example of ineffective language includes labeling someone as “an alcoholic” or “bipolar.” No one says, “that person is cancer,” or “that person is diabetes.” When using language that pair diagnoses directly with a person’s identity, a message is being sent that addiction is representative of whom the person is. More effective phrasing would be, “that person has alcoholism” or “that person has bipolar disorder.” This way, there is an acknowledgment of presence without permanently labeling the person as such.

Having an addiction or alcoholism is not who the person is. It is a symptom of how the person struggles. 12 step programs encourage individuals to label themselves, thus identifying the disease as who they are: “My name is _______ and I am an alcoholic.” This approach is detrimental both to the individual himself/herself, as well as how the outside world sees and reacts to them. Experiencing difficulties with alcoholism or addiction at some point in one’s life does not mean that the person should be labeled as such for the remainder of their life. It is difficult, at times devastating, to be given a diagnosis (an example would be diagnosed with a disease such as cancer or being told you have AIDS). Pairing a disorder with who you are as an individual does not support the process of recovery. Saying “I am an alcoholic,” is like saying “I am AIDS.” A more effective way of handling a diagnosis is to explore the multitude of ways in which the disease/disorder can be treated. This encourages the individual to take initiative, actively participating in their treatment process that ultimately leads to experiencing self-efficacy.

The next time you find yourself labeling a person as “bipolar,” “an alcoholic,” or “a schizophrenic,” make this simple change instead: that person “has bipolar disorder,” “has an addiction/alcoholism,” or “has schizophrenia.” Words do matter, but the way we use them matters equally as much. Set a positive example by first noticing the language and phrasing. Then make the change in your own conversations for a lasting impression on others.

Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC is an educator, published researcher, and social media consultant for therapists. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH), and Suicide Prevention Instructor (QPR) under the National Board for Certified Counselors.


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Overcoming Loneliness in Addiction Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall


Loneliness is often times what causes people to run to drugs and alcohol for relief away from their misery. They might not admit it right away, but eventually they truth seeps out. They are hurt for one reason or another and have chosen to distance themselves from society as best they can. This can be quite dangerous because extreme loneliness can also lead to major depression, overdose, and even suicide. It might not happen overnight, but as the days and weeks go by bad habits grow and have potential to become a full-blown addiction. This is why it’s important to evaluate your behavior pattern and keep your thoughts in check. It’s okay to feel lonely from time to time; in fact, it means you’re longing for something greater– something beyond just the company of yourself.

“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

Instead of seeking out the human connection when a person is feeling lonely, often times they choose to isolate themselves because they would rather be alone where no one can hurt them than to be around people and feel vulnerable. This type of behavior attracts others who are experiencing similar situations, which can lead to destructive bonds and toxic relationships. When someone is lonely or feeling depressed instead of linking up with another who’s feeling the same, it would be best to seek out a friend or companion who can offer you strength and guidance rather than drag you down a road of darkness and destruction. It takes a great deal of awareness to notice the difference between helping you out with true integrity and a walk down the wrong path.  It might even feel hopeless at times that there’s no one to relate to, but that feeling will soon pass.

Someone who is lonely and sinking into deep depression will begin to do just about anything to numb the pain racing through their bodies. It’s important to understand the simple act of kindness can do wonders for someone who’s feeling so awful. A simple phone call, text, funny Facebook post, or tagging them in a cute or inspirational meme can help more than you know.

To help prevent addiction from happening to someone you love, pay attention to the jokes (there’s a little truth behind every joke), listen when they speak (people suffering from loneliness and depression have to muster up more energy than you think just to speak), hug them as often as possible (human touch is very powerful), and don’t be afraid to check in on them once, twice, maybe three times a day. Even though someone says they want to be left alone, that’s not always true. What they truly want is just someone to sit quietly with them and be there.

If you are someone who has found yourself in the rabbit hole, drowning is poor choices, and a dependency on drugs and alcohol, make Passages Addiction Treatment Centers your next phone call. We offer the best drug and alcohol treatment in the world and rated “The Number 1 Rehab in The World” by Healthcare Global. Our team of licensed nurses are on site 24/7 and our holistic approach to healing is covered by most insurance policies. To learn more and get out of this hole you’ve crawled into call (888) 397-0112 today. Your future is waiting!

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Where Can I Go to Get Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction?

By Jennifer McDougall


Are you searching the web looking for answers? Are you feeling lost or overwhelmed with the options for treatment? Look no further than Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. At Passages, we focus on helping you discover and heal the underlying conditions causing you to use and abuse drugs and alcohol.

Most rehab facilities out there focus on the out dated and traditional form of treating addiction, which is to go to meetings; proclaim you are an addict or alcoholic then go through the 12-Step process, commonly known as Alcoholics Anonymous.

What Makes Passages Different?

We do not believe that drug and alcohol dependency is a disease. Instead, we believe it is the result of one or more of the following four causes:

  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

Since 2001, Passages has changed the way addiction is looked at and treated. With our many non-12-Step holistic methods you will soon find that a 30 to 90-day program is exactly what you need to get sober. We give you the tools to help you regain your mental, physical, and spiritual strength so you can get back into the world with a clarity, purpose, and a true sense of self-worth. Our professional team of therapists and staff members will help guide you on discovering your most authentic self. We want you to succeed in life, but before doing so you must get to the core root of what is causing you to use and abuse drugs and alcohol.

We understand this is a difficult battle you are facing, but that is why we are here.

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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God’s Game by Chris Prentiss

A gift for You

On April 16th, 2016, I will have been on this lovely planet for 80 years. People close to me ask what I want for my birthday. I have all I want. Instead, I want to give a gift.

This is my fifteenth book. My original plan was to have my distributor provide this book to the bookstores and online booksellers to begin sales this month of April. Instead, I’m giving this book to You and to the world as a gift. You may share all or any part of it in any form so long as it is provided free of charge.



This little book is dedicated to You

who may still be wondering:

Who am I?

Where did I come from?

What am I doing here?


What’s it all about?




It’s three-thirty in the morning; that quiet time when the world is renewing itself.  I’m sitting before my fireplace watching the flames turn the logs into glowing shapes and strange images. The crackle and pop of the fire and the occasional shower of sparks is mesmerizing.  The unburned portions of logs have created dark caves through which I can see the white hot embers at the heart of the fire and, like many of our ancient ancestors over the seven hundred thousand or so years since fire was first mastered, I’m staring into the flames, enchanted, seeing fantastic images, letting thoughts come as they will.

As I sit here, half wondering, half dreaming, I find myself thinking what it would be like to be God.  You know, the popular conception of God: all powerful, all-seeing, all-knowing and omnipresent, meaning: “All over all at once.”  I’m startled at my first thought:


There’s no one to talk to, not on God’s level, and even if there were, what’s to talk about when everything is known, past, present, and future?  There’s nothing to do God hasn’t done, nothing to see God hasn’t seen and nothing to know God doesn’t know.  And because God is a permanent fixture, it’s horrifying beyond even the wildest, most extravagant thought I can conjure up:

Eternal boredom!

To my tiny human imagination that situation is intolerable. I’m wondering: “What would God do in such a circumstance?”  The answer comes fully formed, as if I’ve swallowed a capsule with the information inside.  I know what God would do:

God would create a game to play.

I can see it as if The Game is laid out before me—as indeed it is!  If it had come in a box, it would have been labeled,

“God’s Game.”

What God wanted to do more than anything was to end the boredom; and not just for a little while, but for a long time—almost eternally.  I say almost because it was going to be a game, and, like all games, needed to have an ending.  What God wanted, needed, was to have the fresh, exhilarating experience that comes from not knowing what’s around the next bend in the road. Quite a feat when You know past, present and future.

What I imagined God wanted to do, was to experience ‘experience.’

That’s what God’s Game will be about—the experience of experiencing.

What God wanted was to experience the ultimate of ultimates: joy, rage, rapture, pain, passion, love, wonder, happiness, cruelty, cowardice, degradation, hopelessness, sadness, hate, ecstasy, sickness, health, war, disgust, bliss, boredom, gratitude, reverence, loathing, longing, envy, disdain, devotion, fear, lust, terror, rain, peace, tenderness, snow, relaxation, excitement, panic, heat, heartache, betrayal, inspiration, satisfaction, defeat, freedom, winning, cold, disappointment, thirst, villainy,  anger, desire, delight, exultation, dread, losing, celebration, triumph, redemption, killing, water, failure, horror, hunger, loneliness, starvation, kindness, gentleness, affection, all the degrees of love—and one of the greatest, ego.

God wanted to experience God

in all the trillion, trillion, trillion ways that everything in the Universe is experiencing—everything in the Universe.

Isn’t that what We’re all doing—experiencing?

We’re all God—We couldn’t be anything else—there was nothing else to begin with—so, everything that came after God was, is and ever will be—all God. Not all of God, but:

all God.

I began to think about the thought process that would go into the creation of The Game.  Of course, God could have just willed it into being with one mighty thought, but I couldn’t do that because, although I’m God, as You are God, We have only a tiny bit of all the original God powers, and I had to think my way through it. I began by thinking what The Game would be like, what it will have to be like, for me to be able to play.  So, here I am now, sitting in front of my fireplace, thinking my way through the creation of The Game:

as if I am God.

After 80 years on the planet, I have some information about the way things are, so I can imagine how it came about. To begin, there are two major problems.  The first is My omniscience, My all-knowingness; actually:

My Consciousness.

Remember now, I’m thinking my way through this as if I am God. So, as God, if I don’t get rid of My ability to see into the future, knowing everything, The Game won’t be any fun.  There won’t be any suspense, no sense of mystery no:


which is the whole point of The Game. Of course, as God, I will have already looked into the future and seen what was coming, so, I will have to figure out how to solve that most incredibly difficult problem.

The second problem is that I will need a game board to play on. Again, the answer comes, fully formed. I will solve both problems with one stroke:  As God, I will create the Universe.  Instead of playing on the board, I will play in the board.  Actually,

I will be the board.

The board will be made from Me, and I will use up all of Me in creating it.  I will spread Myself to Infinity and to Eternity, willing Creation.  Creation of what?  Well, look around, that’s what I will create:


As God, the greatest deed I will ever do will be:

The creation of the Universe.

After that, everything in My new Universe will be possible, even easy in comparison. My new Universe will always be perfect. It will exist in a stream of  absolute perfection and everything in it will be Alive.

“Universe” is derived from the Latin words “unus,” meaning “one” and “versus,” meaning, “to turn into.”  It means “one” “turned into” the Universe.  The creators of the early Latin language also conceived of God becoming the Universe.  Don’t you find that interesting?

The other major problem, the one about My omniscience, My all-knowingness, My all-seeingness, will be solved when I turn Myself into all those little Bits and Pieces of the Universe.  My God Awareness, God Knowledge, God Power, God Creativity and God Consciousness will be spread out over the totality, each tiny Particle receiving Its share, and therefore, My All Knowingness, My All-Seeingness, My God Consciousness, and ALL my God Powers, which are now concentrated, and therefore potent, will be spread out:

over the entirety

 and will be so reduced in potency that I will only be able to get glimpses of the future and the past.

And, wonder of wonders, every Particle will be different from every other Particle.  There will be no two snowflakes alike, no two spider webs alike, no two raindrops alike and no two blades of grass alike. Now, that is some feat. Talk about diversification:

It will be total!

And wonder of wonders, every infinitesimal Particle will possess a tiny portion of:


And every Particle will be afloat in a sea of:

My Consciousness.

What We will call:


Which is also:


In the creation of the Universe, I will use up all of Me; there will be no little portion left over with which to create mountain ranges, skies, galaxies, stars, black holes or planets.  Every part of Me will be used up, and Everything will be in its exact right place—always.

 I, speaking as God, certainly am not going to create a Universe in which truly bad things could happen to Me because if one truly bad thing could happen to Me, so could two, three, and more, leading to the possibility of destruction.

That is not going to happen!

That’s because the entire Universe will be made from:

is Me,
All is—One

As it is now, I am

Complete Existence.

 In order for Me to play, I will create a smooth, effortless, flowing of events that will follow one another in an unbroken flowing. It will become known as:


Eventually, after 13.82 billions of years of Time from the moment I will turn Myself into The Universe—pure, pristine and exquisite, and 4.543 billion years after Planet Earth will come into existence, My creativity will bring forth:

Thinking Beings:


Physically, you will be made of 93% Stardust and each of You will have a portion of all my God Powers and attributes. Most important, My God consciousness. You will be able to use that to imagine, to do, to create, and to destroy.  I do not mean to destroy in the total sense of the word. That power will be left out. I mean to destroy in the sense of returning a portion of All-That-Is to its original energy state. As, for example, when paper burns it will transform itself into heat Energy, which will be absorbed back into the mass of total Energy, or as when Someone will seem to die. The physical part of that Person will remain physical, although it will change as it decomposes or is burned up and will change into another form, but the part of the Person that is not physical, My Consciousness Part, which We will call Our Spirit or Soul:

Will continue to exist;

As God, I will create:

The Law of Evolution.

That Law will provide for the development of organisms along lines that lead toward ever greater complexity and consciousness; to manifest themselves as more of what they are made of:


To give You an idea of what it means that each tiny Particle of you will be Me and will have a part of all my God Powers and attributes, consider that an average Thinking Being will be made of atoms. How many? Seven followed by twenty-seven zeros.

7, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

That’s more atoms than there will be stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. It’s also a billion, billion billion.

Our sun will emit neutrinos, the smallest Particles We will know of, and they will pass through Us—constantly. How many? A trillion neutrinos will pass just through your pinky—every second. We will never see a neutrino; they’re too small. We will only know they exist because they will leave footprints behind as they travel.

Because each manifested Particle will have a tiny bit of all My original God information, My God powers, My God consciousness, each one of You will know, at some level, “What Is,” but because You may get caught up in The Game, You may forget to take time to look inside for the information so I’m going to provide You with this little book as a reminder.

The moment I will create the Universe, everything will be in its exact right place. Therefore, You will not be able to be out of place in the Universe.


Wherever You will be, that’s where You’re supposed to be, the only place You can be, doing whatever it is You’re doing. That, all by itself, should bring You a degree of peace, knowing You’re in the right place at the right time.  Even though by being in that place at that time, You might stub a toe, or worse, You will still be:

In the right place—at the right time.

Furthermore, whatever is happening to You at that moment is perfect, as I am perfect, and it will be for Your best benefit.  There is nothing else that could possibly happen to You that could benefit You more.  That’s because of:


Acting on the basis of that will bring You great happiness and vast abundance because:

It is

What Will Be

My God Consciousness will permeate everything and everyone. Thinking Beings will all be connected by it. The Consciousness and Awareness of Thinking Beings will be My consciousness, My Awareness. My Consciousness will flow through and be part of Everyone and Every Thing. All ideas will come from My Consciousness where all ideas and information will be stored, to be released at the proper time:

When Thinking Beings need them and are ready for them.

When We will need a new idea, Our thoughts will focus on what We need to know; then the flow will begin.

The greatest honor One will have will be simply:

To be part of the Universe.

And Who I, as the Universe, will honor with existence, Who I will deem to be worthy to receive air, water and the substance of the earth, Who I will love and care for, You, should not disdain:

because it is Me Who You will be disdaining.

Of course, I won’t abandon My Powers without a set of Rules, actually, Laws, that will regulate The Game. If there were no laws, it would leave everything in the hands of blind chance, what we will call:


If something went wrong, there would just be oblivion, as when the lights go out, and, because I am eternal, as My Universe will be eternal, the lights would be out:


A few words about chaos.  Real chaos, meaning total disorder and confusion where anything can happen, will be an impossibility in My Universe.

Only complete order will exist.

If anything less than complete order could exist, My Universe, meaning Me, would be in danger of destruction because anything could happen, including destruction. Therefore:

Chaos will not be a possibility.

It will just be a word that we will use to describe things we don’t understand. Because I do not want the lights to go out forever, into being will come:

The Laws of the Universe

 The Laws that will govern The Game.  As You might imagine, the first Law I create will be the Law of:

Conservation of Energy.

That Law will provide that none of the energy in My newly created Universe can ever be lost or damaged, only changed.  That’s because everything that will exist will be made from:


will be Me,


I don’t want to lose any of Me.

The next law will be:

Only the very best thing can happen to Us at any moment.

There will be no other event that could happen that could benefit us in any greater amount. The event may seem bad, look bad and feel bad—it may hurt Us, take something from Us: a prized possession, a Loved One, a goal not achieved, a desire not obtained or even the loss of a part of Ourselves, but in the final outcome—in My Universe—whatever happens will be of greatest benefit to Us—and everything else in the Universe as well.

Because, as God, I want to keep The Game interesting, the next Law will be:

The Law of Change.

That Law will provide that everything in my new Universe will be in a state of constant change and constant motion—everything except the Laws; they will remain unchanging—at least until The Game is won.

Please note that I did not say “won or lost.”

The possibility of losing will be zero—there will only be winning.  It may take a long time to win, perhaps billions of years, but:

in the end, The Game will be won.

On The Path to winning, it may sometimes seem as if one or more of Us is losing, but that’s just because some of Us will not be paying attention. We will either have forgotten Who-We-Are or We won’t have taken the time to find out. That Person will seem to be losing, but it’s;

“Losing on the way to winning.”

The losing part is only temporary. And even what seems like losing is actually winning because of what We learn while We seem to be losing.

Paying attention to the Laws, working in harmony with them, will bring great pleasure, supreme happiness, great abundance, and the sure knowledge that everything is:

exactly the way it’s supposed to be.

Not paying attention to the Laws will bring Us pain, unhappiness, disillusionment, stress, anxiety, and hopelessness. Why? Because that’s how We will be able realize that We are off The Path to winning.

The next Law will be:

Cause and Effect.

That Law will provide for a response to every change or action, with the response being in perfect accord with the change or action that caused it.  Cause and Effect will be a flowing of events:


Every change or action producing another—in perfect harmony—in perfect accord with the Laws of the Universe.

There will be no real Beginnings or Endings

just a smooth, continuous flowing of events and situations into other events or situations. Life and death, for instance, will be part of one recurring cycle. They will effortlessly flow into each other in accordance with Universal Law. Everything in My Universe will be part of one recurring cycle. And all recurring cycles will exist within larger recurring cycles which all will exist within Time, which always Will Be.

Knowing that the Law of Cause and Effect will require All-That-Is to respond to Us as We will be at every moment, We will be able to make changes or causes within Ourselves that will produce the outer conditions, the Effects, that are nearest and dearest to Our hearts.  Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t that wonderful? Would I, as God, create it in any other way?

Would You?

The next Law will be:

The Law of Opposites

That Law will dictate that for it to become light, it first must be dark. To become dark, it first must be light. To become hot, it first must be cold. To become cold, it first must be hot. To become short, it first must be long. To become long, it first must be short. To become dead, One first must be alive. And to become alive, One first must be dead. If it were not that way, it would be the only exception of My Universe that did not follow the Law of Opposites. And the Life and Death Cycle:

Absolutely follows the Law of opposites.

So, when that moment comes when Our hearts stop beating, transformation will continue on as it has from our birth; the Physical Part of us returning to earth, the Spiritual Part continuing on as Spirit. It will be like walking from one room into another and be:

No more remarkable than any other moment.

 As Spirit, We may, after a period of adjustment and learning, return to Our superb planet as another person, most likely emerging in the same family. At that time, We may not remember how We will have come to this planet, but We will surely know the way; and what We have done once:

We can certainly do again.

Because of the Law of Cause and Effect, a rock thrown into a pond will make ripples—every time—the bigger the rock, the bigger the ripples.  Just as We will be able to depend on that to be true and never be disappointed, We will be able to depend on all the causes to produce the same effects every time. For instance, if You knew the Laws that regulate Happiness, following them will always produce happiness. Once We learn to master The Game, We will know what causes will produce what effects; in other words: What actions to take that will produce the results We desire. In every situation or condition, by taking the appropriate action, We will be able to bring about:

any other condition or situation of life We choose.

To become a Master of The Game, you only will have to observe and study What Is, to see how it works.

As God, I will make many physical Laws, Laws that will govern matter, such as:

The Law of Gravity

A force of attraction that will hold celestial bodies in their orbits and that on Earth will assure that things will fall down and not up. It will also enable Us to see how much We weigh; something that for some reason will occupy a lot of Our thinking.

As God, I will create:


One of the greatest wonders of My New Universe, and:

A Law that will control the speed of light.

That Law will provide that light will travel at a velocity of 186,282 miles per second; no more—and no less.

That is: 670,616,629 miles per hour.

When a photon of light will leave what will be the sun, which will be ninety-three million miles from Planet Earth, it will take eight minutes and twenty seconds for the photon to reach what will be this spectacularly beautiful planet. Each photon of light will be a tiny packet of energy.  Its energy will not be released until the photon comes into contact with an object which will then cause the packet to explode, releasing its energy.  For instance, when We will stand in the sun, We will feel its heat because We will be bombarded with trillions and trillions of tiny photons of light that will impact Us traveling 186,282 miles per second which will explode on contact, releasing their energy as heat and radiation.

The photons of light that will enter Our eyes will create color and form by stimulating the 126 million rods and cones that will be in each of our eyes. However:

We will never see anything other than light photons.

We will never see a tree or a horse or a cow, not Our parents or Our friends, not even Ourselves—all We will ever see will be the light rays that will reflect off those objects into Our eyes where they will form images that will be received in Our brains, which will form a picture.

We will never see the objects themselves.

And the picture will not be “out there.”  It will be entirely inside Our brains—it only will seem as if it’s “out there.”

When the photons of light coming from the sun will enter the earth’s atmosphere, which is about 300 miles thick, some of them will collide with molecules and scatter blue light, causing the sky to appear blue.

It is interesting to note that light will not be propelled, as when We throw a ball or shoot a bullet, but whenever light exists, such as when We strike a match or turn on a light or gas burns as a distant Star, the photons of light will travel at that amazing speed of 186,282 miles per second: instantly.

No acceleration.

Some of the photons of light that We will see will have traveled through space for millions or billions of years before they reach Our eyes.   Therefore, when We will look into the night sky, We will actually be looking back in time to when those photons were first created. The distant stars that produced those photons will possibly have become extinguished thousands or even millions or billions of years ago. You will never see anything in its original, basic form because One: You will only be seeing light rays that bounce off of it and Two, you would be seeing:

My original form before Creation

That’s not Happening

Because seeing My Original Form, would be too much for Thinking Beings. Therefore, just by looking at something, it changes slightly from its original form to whatever it is you will see.

As God, I will want Us to know when We are on The Path to winning or losing, so I will create all the variations of unhappiness, emotional pain and joy.  Whenever We feel happiness, ecstasy, exhilaration, peace, pleasure, love, wonderment, reverence, thankfulness, joy, or feelings like those, We will be on The Path to winning; when We will feel unhappiness, frustration, hopelessness, avarice, hatred, greed, thoughtlessness, anger, revengefulness, ingratitude, emotional pain, or feelings like those, We will be on The Path toward losing.  Once We learn to recognize the signs of winning and losing, We will be able to make the necessary adjustments to Our feelings, thoughts and actions to remain on The Path to winning.  As God, I will make The Path to winning more pleasurable so I and You (as Me) will be encouraged to follow it.

A tip about pain: Emotional pain let’s Us know:

We are off The Path to winning.

Physical pain lets Our bodies know:

Where to send healing energy.

To make The Game even more interesting for Me and for You, I will bring forth the Law of:

Free Will.

That Law will provide for all Thinking Beings to do exactly as They please without reservation.

It will be total FREE will, unbounded and without limitation.

As God, I will want to be able to play The Game and do exactly as I please.  I will want to be able to experience anything and everything, which is why I will create The Game in the first place.  Therefore:

You, as God, will be able to do exactly as You please.

The more inventive You will be, the more You push out the boundaries of Your experience, the better—but remember!—the unbreakable, unbending Law of:

Cause and Effect

will also be part of The Game.

To make The Path more interesting, I will create earthquakes, tornadoes, tidal waves, fierce storms, floods, plagues, viruses, drugs, hurricanes, flowers, alcohol, avalanches, sex, spontaneity, music, war, and peace.  I will also create one of the greatest:


My greatest attribute is, and has always been:


My whole Universe will be saturated with Love, permeated with love because:

I am Love

To experience love will be to experience Me. Love will be the most pleasurable feeling We will be able to experience because it will be the closest One can get to experiencing:


Some there will be who will not experience love. Give them some of yours as no One needs Love more than One who does not feel it. The absence of Love will be the greatest despair One will experience, meaning They will not experience:


in My most wonderful manifestation.

I will also create one of the funniest:


To be an atheist means I won’t believe in Me!

Because, as God, I will create eternity within which to play, I will “rig” The Game.” Which means I will tip the scales toward winning because never to win through all eternity would be the same as losing and:

I don’t want to lose.

What does it mean “to tip the scales toward winning?”  It means that:

My Universe will be favorably inclined.

It means that there will be slightly more Light than Dark, that the more favorable outcome will be favored over the less favorable outcome, that We will have a better chance of achieving Our goals than not, and it means that everything will have a better chance of working out in Our favor than not. Would I, knowing I was creating a game for Myself to play, create it any other way?

Would You?

At some point in time, We will all win in My new Universe:

We cannot lose.

We will be indestructible children of a golden Universe.

We will be The Universe—a part of it.

We will be—Me.

Remember that, and You will play The Game differently, with more confidence, more love, more enthusiasm, more playfulness, with more of a carefree attitude, with more trust, and with more care for your Fellow Humans. (I will especially like that.) You might take more chances, be more confident. And why not?  You will be the Universe, You will be


It will not be any fun for Me if no One can appreciate what I will do, especially Me, so, the moment You will come to know Who-You-Are, You will also know what I have done (what You have done) and I will be able to experience that—through You.

What a thrill!

When any one of Us finally perceives Who He or She Is, it will be like opening the greatest gift of all time and finding out that We get to keep it:


It will be the greatest experience of this or any lifetime. It will absolutely be one of My favorite experiences. Which brings Us to the Object of The Game, a way to win. So, what will be the Object of The Game?

For all Thinking Beings to become aware of Who-They-Are.

Using Our Free Will, Our Intellect, Our Intuition, Our Perception and Our Consciousness, We will finally figure out:


Every single Thinking Being does not have to figure it out on His or Her own.  When enough of Us have figured out Who-We-Are, a point of critical mass will be achieved at which time Everyone will become aware of Who-They-Are and the Game will be won.

Hooray for You, Hooray for Me, Hooray for Us!

That will be a time of such exultation and ecstasy that it will create a climax of joy so great, so intense, as to eclipse even the moment I will create the Universe, and instantly all Parts of Me will come back together again in the sheer joy of unity, knowing We-Are-All-One.

And so God spread Himself/Herself to Infinity and to Eternity, Willing the creation of All That Is!

Now—We have a place to play and Rules that govern The Game; and:

The game is on!  We can play!

Welcome to


Other books by Chris

Zen and The Art of Happiness

Be Who You Want, Have What You Want

The Laws of Love

The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure: Co-author Pax Prentiss

The Little Book of Secrets

The Alliance (Not yet published)

Sober Place (Not yet Published) Co-author Pax Prentiss

Books by wu wei (Chris’s Chinese name)

The I Ching, The Book of Answers

The I Ching Workbook

A Tale of the I Ching (How the I Ching Began)

I Ching Wisdom, Volume One

I Ching Wisdom, Volume Two

I Ching Readings: Interpreting the Answers

I Ching Life (Becoming Your Authentic Self)

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How to Talk to Your Loved One About Going to Rehab

By Jennifer McDougall

Sitting back and watching a loved one spiral out of control is heart-wrenching. The person you once knew has become angry, unstable, and quite possibly irresponsible. We know that you want to help them as best as you can. Without forcing them into rehab, it’s better if they see the choice as their own, but that you helped open their eyes to acknowledge a life-threatening problem. Don’t wait for them to lose everything before you step in and lend a helping hand. There are many things to expect, as this is not always a comfortable or easy process. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you initiate the conversation to motivate them into the right direction.

  • The person you love and care deeply about is most likely in denial. They may not believe there is a problem to begin with. It will take time for them to accept the fact that they are on a dangerous path that could be fatal and completely detrimental to everyone involved. They may think they’re behavior is normal and since they are alive and functioning there is nothing to discuss. This is where they are wrong and you shouldn’t give up persistence on the matter.
  • Expect volatile and emotional behaviors as this confrontation will be upsetting for them. Try your best not to fuel the fire with more anger. Make your points clear to them in a way that will stop them from yelling after they’ve screamed at you, told you how wrong you are, and how little you know about anything they are experiencing.

Many of those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol spiral out of control whether it is immediately after being hooked on a substance or gradually over time. They desperately want to grab a hold of something that gives them purpose and fills void. Typically, they feel as though their lives are meaningless and no one really cares what they are experiencing.

Reaching for the bottle or a syringe to get high takes them away from the place they feel unwanted and forgotten. It’s painful for everyone involved: the addicted person, the family members, co-workers who witness the destruction, and friends who want to help. The addict may begin hearing that their condition is a disease and they are powerless over their own demons. That is not true. At Passages, we don’t believe that addiction is an incurable disease.

We believe in the empowering nature that as humans, we can overcome any obstacle that is put in our way; that if we look at what is causing the problem and focus on healing the underlying conditions then it is absolutely possible to break free and live an addiction-free life.

We believe that those who become dependent on drugs and alcohol do so for the following 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

Chances are your loved one is struggling with one or more of these factors. In order for them to overcome their addiction, they will need to enter a treatment center, such as Passages Addiction Treatment Centers where the healing process is focused on treating the underlying conditions. Talking to your loved one may seem uncomfortable at first, but it’s important that you don’t hesitate as the problem could grow increasingly worse. Here are 7 key points to focus on.

  1. Put a stop to enabling You may not realize it, but you could be making the problem worse by creating excuses for them, or sugarcoating the condition. Be stern about ground rules and the expectations you have for them. Hold them to their promises and commitments. Let nothing slide.

  2. Educate yourself as well as friends and family on everything there is to know about addiction. Start by purchasing a copy of The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure, written by Pax and Chris Prentiss.

  3. Ask questions. Find out what it is that is driving them to use drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms. Let them open up to you. Listen attentively and make eye contact assuring them that you care and hear what they are saying.

  4. Make them feel loved instead of judged. Avoid using the term “addict” when addressing them. Don’t yell or make harsh threats. Try to avoid using phrases that belittle their worth. Instead, empower them and remind them of their strengths, aspirations, accomplishments, and how much they matter to you.

  5. Consider hiring a professional interventionist to conduct an intervention at home or somewhere private.

  6. Provide them with information on treatment centers. Give them brochures, contact information, photos, and enlightening reading material. Talk to them about the many treatment options available for them to get help and put a stop to this brutal battle.

  7. Suggest alternative options for coping with pain, social anxiety, or trauma. Provide them with a list of things to do and give them a sense of hope that things can get better with change. Life doesn’t have to be unmanageable or painful. It can be fulfilling and full of life if you’re willing to make real lifestyle changes.

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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What is Self-Sabotage?

Self-sabotage comes in many forms. It can be mental, emotional or physical.

In human context, selfdestructive behavior is a widely used phrase that conceptualizes certain kinds of destructive acts as belonging to the self. It also has the property that it characterizes certain kinds of self-inflicted acts as destructive 

It is possible that you or someone you know is self-destructive. It can become a bad habit that can only be corrected when the person realizes what they are doing and wants to stop. Sometimes it takes a person to hit rock bottom to then ask, “How did this happen to me?”

What Does it Mean to Self-Sabotage?

Many of those who are self-destructive have low self-esteem or self-respect.  This can be brought on by a personal life event such as a change in job status, death of a loved one, or past trauma.  Self-destructive behavior can also be a result of previous neglect, abuse, bullying (classmates, co-workers, ex-lovers, etc.), or a lack of accomplishment. A person may react with carelessness, anger, uncontrollable emotions, and irrational actions.  Feelings of sadness, loneliness, and depression can be overwhelming, and cause the person to lose hope in life. In many cases, they will pretend to be happy and act like everything is fine; not admitting that they are struggling to cope.

You can help a loved one who suffers from self-destruction by being supportive, loving, kind, reassuring of their capabilities, and letting them know that they are special.  There are cases that require professional help.  To learn more, read “10 Signs of Self-Destruction” on our blog.

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What Do You Think Of The New Passages Malibu Website?

Passages Malibu launched a new and improved website this week at with more social interaction, more videos, more detailed information, and a beautifully shot new Passages Malibu Experience Video Tour, which takes you through the lush 10-acre grounds of our 5-star premium treatment center and tells the tale of one client’s powerful journey to recovery.

Take a look at the new site and tour and then click on the link below to take this poll about what you like most about our new site. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Poll: What Do You Like Most About Our New Website?

Think Positive, Achieve Results

Three parts of this positivity approach are especially useful for understanding drug and alcohol treatment. The first part involves discovering a person’s basic need to pursue an ideal lifestyle. The second involves meeting other essential needs and then pursuing an ideal lifestyle. The third is identifying what that ideal lifestyle is. While this sounds well and good, further explanation is necessary.

– From Positivity in Substance Treatment

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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.

– Full Post on Causes of Addiction


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Ambien and Sleeping Pill Addiction

Addiction to Ambien and various other sleeping medications has drastically increased in recent years.  Ambien is a sedative-hypnotic drug, with effects similar to Valium or Xanax, that is frequently prescribed to people for a temporary solution for insomnia.

Although many physicians do frequently prescribe Ambien, they often frequently urge patients to seek other more permanent, long-term treatment for insomnia that lasts longer than the quick-fix of a sleeping pill.  Ambien does not actually heal insomnia, but rather it masks the problem, which is often caused by some other physical or mental problem and underlying condition that disrupts normal sleep patterns. Long-term use of Ambien can lead to physical or psychological dependency, eventually requiring drug detox and inpatient drug rehab.

Unfortunately, Ambien has several characteristics that make it potentially very addictive. Ambien has a quick onset, and individuals can use the drug to fall asleep, but typically do not have any after-effects the next morning.  Ambien can have dangerous side effects when taken in conjunction with other substances, especially with other central nervous system depressants and alcohol.  Individuals who continually take Ambien build up a physical tolerance, eventually increasing their doses and eventually leading to rebound insomnia if taken off the drug.  Unfortunately, Ambien is also frequently used in suicide attempts and attempts at heavy and unhealthy sedation.  If you or someone you know has a problem with Ambien or other sleep-inducing drugs, Passages 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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What to do when you're friend is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction

Helping a friend struggling with addiction

It can be very difficult to watch a friend or loved one struggling with an addiction.  However, there are many things you can do and many ways you can help.  Initially, it can be hard to recognize if your friend has a drug or alcohol addiction problem, because most likely they have been trying to hide their behaviors.

There are several warning signs to look for, such as moodiness, a drastic change in demeanor, erratic behavior, sudden loss or gain of weight, flaking on plans or not following through with commitments, problems at work or with friends and family, and an overall shift in personality or attitude.

Once you’ve recognized these behaviors and can confirm that your friend is abusing drugs or alcohol, the first and most important thing you can do is to stop enabling their behavior. If you go out drinking with them or are around them when they’re using, you are only aggravating the problem.

When your friend is sober and willing to listen, approach them gently and let them know your concerns rather than expressing criticism. Let them know that you are willing to help and that you are there for them.  Give them specific examples of why you are worried, and let them know you think their substance abuse is impacting their lives in negative ways.

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.


Professionals in Addiction Rehab

Executives and high-powered career professionals who find they needing drug rehab often have specific needs, requirements and concerns.  Professionals in demanding career positions tend to be high-functioning, and often have been maintaining their image at work in spite of their drug or alcohol abuse. Understandably, many people in these positions wish to keep their attendance of a drug or alcohol rehab program under wraps, fearing backlash at work or damage done to their reputation or career.

Another important concern for many of these people is being able to maintain their schedule while in rehab-it can be nearly impossible for executives or CEO’s to take off 30 days or more of work. Many individuals in executive positions actually become addicted to their work, or are “workaholics,” which is why they have the success that they do.

However, this can be emotionally and mentally unhealthy. Men and women in these high performance careers often turn to alcohol or drugs to ease work anxiety or to attempt to relax after a stressful day or some choose to use stimulants to enhance their performance on the job.

Treatment centers like Passages Malibu are very understanding of this situation and cater to executives and professionals.  We offer a resort-style atmosphere and consider privacy and confidentiality to be top priorities for our clients.

We also allow clients to have full unrestricted access to their cell phones and computers, which is very important for people in the business world. Our therapists are experienced in working with these types of individuals who operate under extreme pressure, and they can help them learn how to handle their careers without turning to alcohol or drugs for relief. Our therapists help clients realize their underlying emotional issues that may be causing them to abuse alcohol or drugs to manage work stress.

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 calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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