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How to Maximize Healing in Rehab

How to Maximize Healing in Rehab

By Jennifer McDougall

Picture this. You have made it to rehab, and now you can begin healing from drug and alcohol addiction. Our holistic approach focuses on treating the underlying conditions causing a person to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Our 5-star fabulous facility offers a wide range of luxurious amenities. You can enjoy our heated pool and jacuzzi between sessions, play a game of tennis or basketball with other clients and trainers. You can meditate or read by the waterfall. During lunch, you can sit outside and soak up the sun as you look out to the Pacific Ocean. We also have a top of the line, fully equipt gym with fitness instructors ready to help you meet all your fitness goals and help heal your body from the physical damage inflicted by drug and alcohol abuse.

During your time in rehab at Passages, you will have the opportunity to experience a variety of treatment methods that help you heal from the inside out. To maximize your healing process we recommend you do the following things.

  1. Fully participate in your therapy sessions
  2. Be open and honest with your treatment team so they can best cater to your individual needs
  3. See your time in rehab as an opportunity to learn and grow
  4. Read The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure book, which can find in your bedroom or on various bookshelves and stands at Passages
  5. Practice visual meditation before you go to sleep to imagine your perfect self living a perfectly happy and peaceful life
  6. Journal every day to keep track of your progress
  7. Feed your mind positive and empowering thoughts
  8. Keep your body properly hydrated and partake in the nutritious meals served from our five-star kitchen
  9. Build connections with other clients to create a positive community you can lean on for support
  10. Work with your Continuing Care Specialist to prepare a reliable aftercare program for when you return home or enroll in a sober living program

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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How to Know if You Need Addiction Rehab

By Jennifer McDougall

Many people who become dependent on drugs and alcohol to get through the day or night, don’t plan to end up in that condition. They may have started as a teenager or young adult, surrounded by peers and influences who lead them down the path that brought them to where they are now. It’s unlikely for a person to become addicted to drugs and alcohol intentionally. It usually happens over time. First, it seems like fun, and then the fun turns into trouble, adds complication to life, physical issues begin to arise, and the addiction entirely takes hold and works against you in every way possible. That is the situation many people experience, and what we want to tell you is that there is hope for positive changes to be made when the addicted person decides to get the help they need.

Signs You Need Rehab Now

  1. Your drug of choice has become a priority above and before anything else in your life
  2. Your physical and mental health is suffering due to your substance use
  3. You come up with every excuse to get high
  4. You have tried to quit on your own but have not been able to stay sober
  5. Your relationships have become strained
  6. You have been struggling at work or calling in sick because you’re hungover
  7. You continue to do reckless things under the influence only to wake up and regret everything in the morning
  8. You lie about how often you use
  9. You’ve experienced legal troubles due to drugs and alcohol
  10. You’re missing out on important obligations (meetings, anniversaries, birthdays, paying the bills on time, or not completing assignments on time)

At Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura, we understand that addiction is caused by four main 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

It is common for a person who is addicted to drugs and alcohol to be in denial of having a problem or needing any help. In many cases, they refuse to go to treatment until they genuinely step back and see the situation for everything that it is. Usually, that requires an outside person such as an interventionalist to come in and talk to the individual calmly and soundly.

When relationships are falling apart, deadlines are no longer being met, responsibilities are not being handled, legally matters occur, and physical health is on the decline it should cause for a serious analysis of what is going on with that person and what needs to be done to help improve the overall quality of life for the individual struggling to stay afloat.

“We recognize that you’ve used substances to try to regain your lost balance, to try to feel the way you did before the need arose to use addictive drugs or alcohol. We know that you use substances to alter your mood, to cover up your sadness, to ease your heartbreak, to lighten your stress load, to blur your painful memories, to escape your hurtful reality, or to make your unbearable days or nights bearable.”
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

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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Is Isolation Healthy in Addiction Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

It can be tempting for many people, especially those in recovery, to shut out the world for days at a time, but how much isolation is too much? Because of the high risk for increased loneliness during times of isolation, it is important to point out that if you are feeling a desire to pull back from social environments and becoming disengaged in what was motivating and inspiring you before, that you now need to look at WHY you are wanting to resort to solitude.

How to know when you’ve been isolating for too long

  1. You feel unmotivated

    Shake up the energy in your home first by decluttering every room and every corner. If you’ve been at home a lot lately, chances are things have begun to pile up. That stuff you have just sitting around is collecting dust and blocking out strong energy forces that help you stay enthusiastic about life. Seeing clutter has a negative effect on how we feel. Start by cleaning up. Then work on getting outside and calling a friend or nice family member who can provide you with some good laughter and support. This may help push you to create a better routine and implement new fun activities.

  2. You are experiencing increase in depression and anxiety

    It’s time to get more exercise and practice meditation. You are going to be okay but you need to switch things up. Sometimes we keep doing something long after it is no longer working for us anymore. This happens a lot to those who have used drugs and alcohol for long periods of time. They stop being fun and start being something dangerous and works against you in every way possible. When you’re being depressed and anxious, that’s your body telling you that something has to change.

  3. Your mind is restless at night and you can’t fall asleep

    Get your journal and start writing down all your ideas. This is a great way to calm your racing thoughts and give you a productive outlet for plugging your emotions into something that helps you see things a little more clearly.

  4. You want to get out and do something but you don’t know where to start

    Begin getting out and about a little bit every day. Go to the beach or a park to sit or lay outside under the sun and read a book.

The year is 2020, and many people have experienced an overwhelming sense of loneliness due to a major shift in how we are able to connect with one another from a distance. With the stay-at-home orders and quarantine scenario starting back in March, we have been glued to our phones, computers, and televisions like never before. It’s almost September now, and restaurants are open again, most small businesses are finding a way to continue to provide services to their customers while following strict guidelines enforced by each state.

Thankfully, Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura have been able to remain open during these unprecedented times. We have seen an increased number of phone calls and web inquires for treatment due to the massive hike in substance abuse related issues this year. Passages is grateful to all of the staff who have helped keep things running smoothly and providing a substantial amount of support to one another.

Why Would Someone Want to Isolate Themselves

The pandemic. It also could be that this person recently experienced a job loss, a breakup, the death of a loved one, financial hardship, a desire for peace and quiet because everything around them feels chaotic, is physically or emotionally drained, feels down about themselves, has been deeply hurt by people in the past and prefers to keep to themselves in order to protect themselves from future pain.

Sometimes, isolating is a necessary reset that we must allow our self to flourish. It is not dangerous when appropriately managed. We have to be mindful to incorporate small blocks of time throughout the day to socialize with other people or not. It is essential to talk to other people, release any thoughts, feelings, or ideas you have piling up inside your head. While it may be tempting just to sit inside, work, listen to music, and enjoy time alone, it’s also critical that you exercise once a day to help maintain a healthy rhythm and flow to your sober lifestyle. One of the best feelings is that sense of accomplishment at the end of the day when you can lay your head down at night and know that you completed a difficult task and followed through on vital assignments that needed to be done.

One of the key elements that people crave in isolation is the clarity to concentration and direct all their focus onto a challenging goal they feel strongly about. What gets people off course in isolation is the lack of balance and accountability because when you block people and society out of your life, you don’t allow the most important thing to happen: connection. We all need to feel connected to something, and someone who understands us hears us and gently pushes us to do better and be better every single day. By having a connection to others, we can thrive more abundantly and feel loved, which is something every person on earth wants more than anything else.

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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What to Expect in Residential Treatment at Passages Malibu

What to Expect in Residential Treatment at Passages Malibu

By Jennifer McDougall

During your stay at Passages Malibu or Passages Ventura, you will have the luxury of healing in a tranquil and safe environment. Our treatment team will provide you with a comprehensive daily schedule that will keep you busy and focused on healing completely. We have a 24/7 nursing staff that ensures you receive the proper medications you need at the correct times. You will be surrounded by an encouraging group of individuals who serve your best interests. Our housekeeping staff will be sure your room and common areas are always clean and enjoyable. We do our best to make you feel as comfortable as possible during residential rehabilitation at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers.

Average Length of Stay

Typically our clients enroll in 30-90 day programs at Passages. During your assessment with one of our helpful admissions counselors, you will be advised of the recommended stay depending on your condition.

Detox

Many people detoxing from drugs and alcohol will feel the symptoms of withdrawal. At Passages, we take a careful approach to ensuring that your detox experience is as comfortable as possible through the use of medications. Our team of nurses and doctors are available every step of the way. You can feel confident knowing that you are in good hands as your body rids itself of harmful toxins, and you regain stable physical health. In most cases, detox can take up to one or two weeks, depending on the length and amount of substance abuse.

Residential Treatment

While you heal your mind, body, and spirit at Passages, you can enjoy the many luxurious accommodations we have to offer. Live and breathe free, far away from judgment and shame. Your daily schedule during your stay at Passages will include a variety of holistic therapy methods that will help you discover and heal the underlying conditions to your substance abuse related issues. Finally, feel at peace, knowing you have arrived at the right place surrounded by people who are here to help you break free from addiction.

The Passages Difference

Our treatment programs are designed to support transformation at every level. From innovative therapy methods to plush bedding and tranquil meditation gardens, we are committed to providing the very best in addiction treatment and luxury living accommodations. Here’s what makes Passages different:

  • Individual Therapy: At least 14 to 19 individual sessions per week, depending on your program – this is far more than any other treatment center offers.
  • 24/7 Nursing: Registered, on-site nursing staff to attend to your medical needs.
  • A professionally trained and experienced treatment team including various addiction experts, doctors, and licensed therapists.
  • Freedom to use cell phones and laptops: Stay connected to family and business during your treatment.
  • Advanced holistic therapy methods: Each customized to meet your individual needs, taking into consideration the specific aspects of your addiction.
  • Immaculate grounds and bedrooms create a perfect atmosphere for healing and relaxation.
  • Family owned and operated – Providing reliable and trustworthy addiction treatment services since 2001.
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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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7 Ways to Create Your Personal Philosophy

7 Ways to Create Your Personal Philosophy

By Jennifer McDougall

“A strong personal philosophy does more than sustain us through the tragedies of life. It also stains us daily in everything we think and do. It gives us optimism and hope.”
― Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness

When you think about the way you view the world, what you value, your own moral compass, and perspective, what do you see? Creating a personal philosophy helps guide us into the direction that is aligned with our core principles. How you react and respond to situations that happen to and around you is part of your personal philosophy.

  1. Introspection. Look within your soul to discover a new light of clarity that gives you hope and makes you feel empowered.
  2. Study other philosophies such as religion and spiritual beliefs.
  3. Discuss your values and core beliefs with other people.
  4. Practice making choices that are aligned with your beliefs.
  5. Reframe your beliefs so they work for you and not against you.
  6. Find a therapist, life coach, or mentor that can help guide and support you in creating and practicing your personal philosophy.
  7. Be patient. Allow your personal philosophy to evolve and develop over time through various experiences and enlightenment.

The reason it’s important to have a strong personal philosophy is that it helps us make decisions and live an authentic life where you can be true to yourself and honest with others you interact with.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. What is the purpose or meaning of your life? What are you most passionate about? What do you value the most in life?
  2. Which beliefs resonate with you and which ones do not?
  3. What do you want to contribute to the world? What would you like your legacy to be? What are the most important things for you to accomplish in your life?
  4. What type of working, living, and social environments are best suitable for achieving your goals?
  5. What physical and mental state should you aim to reach in order to achieve your goals and be successful?
  6. What do you need every day to live a life that honors your morals, values, and goals?
  7. What do you need to release from your life or daily habits to achieve your goals and live a life you feel proud of?
  8. What type of music, art, and literature resonate best with you?
  9. How do you view conflicts when they arise? In what way do you approach issues in your life?
  10. What type of attitude do you have in the general theme of your life?

“Don’t Just

Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

7 Ways to Create Your Personal Philosophy

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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5 Spiritual Tools in Addiction Recovery

5 Spiritual Tools in Addiction Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

“It takes practice, feeling happy about the ever-unfolding events of life, and, because of all the conditioning we have undergone before this, it may be very difficult to make the change, but if we take the saying to heart and practice it, as the days unfold we will find ourselves living ever happier lives, smiling more, and finally, laughing more.”
― Wu Wei, I Ching Wisdom: More Guidance from the Book of Answers

Having a spiritual tool kit in addiction recovery can help you stay on track in a thriving journey of sobriety. We all have triggers and temptations that try to lead us astray and knock us off course, but with these 5 helpful tools, you can stay focused on being the best version of yourself, the one who is free from substance abuse and addiction-related issues.

  1. Daily meditation. One of my favorite times of the day to meditate is the morning. It allows me to clear my mind, start my day with clear intentions and set a balanced tone so that I can be productive and feel my best.
  2. Understanding your triggers and having a plan for when they arise. Leave an event if you have to. Call a friend when you’re feeling a craving. Go for a run to break a sweat and release any stress or tension. Take a warm bath and leave your phone in the other room to allow yourself some peace and quiet. There are many things to do to help ease the effects brought on by our triggers so find what works for you and stick to that.
  3. Yoga and Tai Chi. These exercises have been shown to help increase flexibility, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, improve quality of sleep, increase strength and muscle tone, improve cardiovascular health, and improve and balance energy levels.
  4. Morning affirmations. Start with some of these: “I am grateful to be alive!” ” Today will be a great and productive day.” I will finish my tasks with joy today.” “I Choose to focus on the positive.” ” I am surrounded by positive and loving people.” “I make great decisions.” “Each day is filled with joy & abundance.” “Life is a beautiful gift.” “I am a happiness magnet.” “Good energy is flowing through me.”
  5. Connect through prayer and spiritual readings. Take a look at our Wellness Store for some wonderful books to read and help you feel empowered. Shop today at www.PassagesWellnessStore.com

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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What is Holistic Therapy

By Jennifer McDougall

In a medical setting, holistic therapy is when conditions of mental, physical, and emotional health are addressed while taking into consideration social and economical issues. The difference between traditional therapy and holistic therapy is that in traditional therapy only the psychological, behavioral patterns and ramifications are observed and treated. In holistic therapy, the person’s entire being is looked at and treated at a 360-degree angle.

Holistic medicine is used all across the world and incorporates many fundamentals of eastern Chinese medicine that has shown positive results in treating an array of medical issues. Holistic therapy at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers focuses on treating and healing the underlying conditions causing a person to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Deep-rooted issues are often times dug up from past trauma that a person has been carrying around for many years and has yet to realize or heal from. When these underlying conditions are not treated, it is likely that the individual will relapse or have a very difficult time changing the course of their behavior and cravings.

Principles of Holistic Medicine

  • Every individual person has natural healing powers
  • A patient is a person, not a disease
  • Healing takes a team approach involving the patient and doctor in which they work together to address all aspects of a person’s life through a variety of non-traditional treatment methods
  • Treatment consists of fixing the cause of the condition, not just alleviating the symptoms
What is Holistic Therapy

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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Drama Therapy & Addiction

Drama Therapy & Addiction

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

“Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to” Willem Dafoe

The following is a Q&A provided by the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA).

What is Drama Therapy?

NADTA defines drama therapy as the intentional use of drama and/or theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals. Drama therapy is active and experiential.

When applied to addictions populations, drama therapy is especially effective, for it provides chemically dependent clients with an opportunity to safely practice the behaviors necessary for abstinence (North American Drama Therapy Association).

What is the Theoretical Framework?

The theoretical foundation of drama therapy lies in drama, theater, psychology, psychotherapy, anthropology, play, and interactive and creative processes.

How Does Drama Therapy Work?

Through drama, the depth and breadth of inner experience can be actively explored and interpersonal relationship skills can be enhanced. Participants can expand their repertoire of dramatic roles to find that their own life roles have been strengthened.

What Types of Techniques are used?

Processes and techniques may include improvisation, theater games, storytelling, and enactment. Many drama therapists make use of text, performance, or ritual to enrich the therapeutic and creative process.

What are the Benefits of Drama Therapy?

The process of drama therapy is both insightful and enjoyable. By engaging in drama therapy, chemically dependent clients learn that they can have fun without being high. This approach can provide the context for participants to tell their stories, set goals and solve problems, express feelings, or achieve catharsis. It results in increased self-esteem and self-awareness, improved communication and interpersonal skills, a better understanding of oneself and others’ perspectives.

Who Can Benefit from Drama Therapy?

Anyone can benefit from drama therapy. Because addicted individuals tend to be sensitive and creative people, they take quickly to the arts and thrive on being able to express themselves through movement, art, words, music, and drama.

Selected resources

The North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) is a non-profit association incorporated in 1979 to establish and uphold high standards of professional competence and ethics among drama therapists; to develop criteria for training and registration; to sponsor publications and conferences, and to promote the profession of drama therapy through information and advocacy.

For more information visit North American Drama Therapy Association

Video: Drama Therapy Channel: Healthy Relationship Workshop

At Passages Malibu, our philosophy offers a genuine solution to end your addiction permanently. You deserve something different. Something better. Something that works. Call now to learn more about our addiction treatment modalities and treatment programs (888) 920-8849.

Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC is an educator, published researcher, and social media consultant. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) (e-therapy) and Suicide Prevention Instructor (QPR) under the National Board for Certified Counselors.

 

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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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How to Break a Habit

How to Break a Habit

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” Warren Buffett

If a habit or old behavior brings about the desired result, why stop doing it? Change is only initiated when the solution to a problem starts to cause more harm than the problem itself. Individuals who seek help for addiction have little success if the only solution is distraction or cessation of the behavior altogether.

The reasons as to why one becomes addicted to a substance or relies heavily on external behavior as relief from internal pain is multifaceted. Therefore, removal of the substance or destructive behavior will only leave an empty void, one that must be filled with alternative methods of relief. Whether alternative methods chosen are healthy or unhealthy depends upon a proper understanding of the causes behind why an individual self-medicates in the first place.

Studies show it takes 21 days to form a habit;  but how many days to break a habit? The latter question is more difficult to address and less likely to have a set number of days. In other words, there are many factors to consider: for how long was the individual using substances? Was substance use successful in easing the symptoms? Is the habit a response to emotional grief or tied to physical/bodily pain? These questions and more are important to consider when devising an effective treatment plan.

Many 12-step programs advocate for being of service to others: “out of self and into service,” as a solution to addressing addiction. While helping others has been shown to have positive effects on an individual’s self-esteem and self-efficacy, creating “distraction” to divert one’s attention away from addressing personal challenges is just that: a distraction. Doing something outside of oneself may temporarily halt an individual’s fixation on the destructive behavior, but not address the “why” behind their using the behavior as a form of relief in the first place. Unless the individual seeks outside help for understanding and addressing the basis behind the destructive behavior, they will have little luck keeping their sobriety.

Using simple psychology, take into consideration the process of association: making a mental connection between two things that stem from prior experience. If you can challenge the association, you can change the behavior. It may help to track the habit for a period of time to better gauge how often and under what circumstances it is used. Tracking the habit (you can write down in a notebook or calendar), also encourages the individual to take conscious note of their behavior. It may also assist them in determining whether the behavior is effective or not. When an individual makes a commitment to actively identify their poor habits, they are more likely to want to change them. Being mindful of one’s behavior allows the individual to gain a better perspective. It is not uncommon that individuals will start to see an overall shift in how they view other areas of their lives as well.

It is possible to break a bad habit no matter how large or small. But it will take a certain amount of willpower, commitment, hard work, and help from those around us. Having a social support system in place will create a safe and caring environment necessary to make much-needed changes. The simple act of telling those around us the goal we are working towards, and asking them for support, is useful when embarking on a scary and unfamiliar territory. Chances are, key influencers who support the individual will also want to see them make a change in unhealthy behavior/habits as well. Therefore, asking for and gaining the support of others will be a welcomed invitation. One thing remains true: when you have the courage to ask for help, you will never have to go through difficult challenges and make important changes in your life alone.

 

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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What is Psychodrama? | Addiction Treatment at Passages Rehab

What is Psychodrama?

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. –William Shakespeare

Developed by social scientist, Jacob L. Moreno, MD, psychodrama is a method of guided dramatic action in which the participant(s) choose a problem and within a supportive group setting, practice new and more effective behaviors through role-play to address the problem. Dr. Moreno argues that healing can begin when there is the use of spontaneity, creativity, and love within a dynamic community. The use of psychodrama with a trained facilitator works by clarifying issues, increasing physical and emotional wellbeing, enhancing learning and encouraging the development of new skills. – American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP).

The three phases of psychodrama as described by ASGPP:

  1. The warm-up: The group theme is identified and a protagonist, person(s) selected to “represent the theme/issue,” is selected.
  2. The action: The problem is dramatized and the protagonist explores new methods of resolving it.
  3. The sharing: Group members are invited to express their connection with the protagonist’s work.

Benefits of psychodrama: Psychodrama facilitates insight, personal growth, and integration on cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels. It allows an individual to safely explore an issue in a supportive environment.

Selected resources

What is Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Sociodrama? –American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP).

Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC is an educator, published researcher, and social media consultant. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) (e-therapy) and Suicide Prevention Instructor (QPR) under the National Board for Certified Counselors.

 

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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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Dance/Movement Therapy at Passages Rehab

Dance/Movement Therapy at Passages Rehab

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

“The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.” –Agnes de Mille

Dance/Movement Therapy—(DMT) is the psychotherapeutic use of movement (a core component of dance) to promote emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration of the individual. Used as a treatment method for people of all ages and backgrounds, DMT can be taught individually, with couples or families, and in a group format. It is especially effective for individuals with developmental, medical, social, physical and psychological impairments (The American Dance Therapy Association ADTA).

How it Works: DMT is founded on the idea that motion and emotion are interconnected. People in treatment communicate conscious and unconscious feelings through dance, which allows a therapist to respond in kind. Dance therapists help people work on issues through the use of a “movement vocabulary” that is centered around physical expression instead of words (GoodTherapy.org).

In an interview with Dr. Charné Furcron, LPC, BC-DMT, BCC, ACS, the ADTA dance therapist shines light on the benefits of dance both personally and as an instructor:

Dancing soothed her soul, helping her grow into the fullness of herself. With healing dance as a foundation, Charné has engineered a life full of artistry, dance performance,   teaching, therapy, and transformation for herself and the many others she has worked with (ADTA).

Benefits of DMT include an increase in self-esteem, body image, and insight into one’s behavior. It is also useful for stress reduction, disease prevention, and mood management. DMT has been shown to be an effective coping skill. Adding this skill to the toolbox of healthy coping strategies is particularly useful with clients who struggle with substance use and addiction.

Selected resources

Dance / Movement Therapy (DMT). GoodTherapy.org.

Profiles of Dance/Movement Therapists. American Dance Therapy Association.

 

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Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC is an educator, published researcher, and social media consultant. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) (e-therapy) and Suicide Prevention Instructor (QPR) under the National Board for Certified Counselors.

How to Practice Mindfulness

By Jennifer McDougall

 

Being mindful means to be aware and accepting of the present moment, your experiences, and sensations. It’s this therapeutic practice that helps ease your mind and body of anxiety, tension, cravings, and emotions. After eight weeks of practicing and training your mind and body to be mindful, studies have shown a great deal of improvement in the immune system; making it easier to fight off illness. This practice has also proven to increase positive emotions while reducing stress and negative emotions such as depression and cravings for addictive substances. Mindfulness has many other benefits such as, improving memory, empathy, focus, enhances relationships, and improves sleep patterns.

You do not have to be still or act as a statue to be mindful. It is simply living your life moment by moment. It helps to pay close attention to your breathing, especially when energy and emotions are intense or begin to increase. To best recognize when these emotions or energy begins to rise, you must remain aware—moment by moment. Remaining present in each and every moment means being completely conscious and not altering that consciousness with polluted substances, such as drugs or alcohol.

To achieve ultimate mindfulness, meditation is highly recommended.

Mindfulness Techniques

  • Basic Mindfulness Meditation – Paying close attention to the present experience moment by moment
  • Urge Surfing – A tool to stay focused from all distractions causing an impulse of desire for addictive substances. Without feeding it, repressing it, or fighting it let the be just that—an urge. Let it come, then set it free.
  • Body Sensations – Being aware of vibrations, temperature, pressure, lightness and heaviness, hardness and softness, itching, numbness, tingling, and all other sensations perceived within the body
  • Sensory – Be aware of sounds, sights, smells, flavors, or touches
  • Emotions – To feel physical expression completely

Benefits of Mindfulness:

  • Helps relieve stress
  • Improves focus and mental clarity
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Helps treat heart disease
  • Improves sleep
  • Break free from addiction and anxiety
  • Mend broken relationships
  • Helps end self-destructive thoughts and behaviors
  • Overcome obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Helps to be more engaged in activities
  • Form deeper connections with others
  • Less worry about the future or past regret
  • Heal from painful emotions or past trauma
  • Less concern about self-esteem, ego, or success
  • Expands the capacity to deal with unfavorable events

How to Practice Mindful Meditation:

  • Allow 10-15 minutes of quiet time away from your computer, cell phone, or any other outside distractions
  • Find a comfortable place to sit in the quietness of your home or office
  • Do no operate heavy machinery or drive while attempting to meditate or while listening to a guided meditation
  • Start with a guided meditation
  • Breathe slow, deep, and steady
  • Observe your inner thoughts, emotions, and sensations without judging any of them as they come and go (just be one with the flow)
  • Meditating can be challenging in the beginning, but if you stay with it you will soon come to experience the many benefits
  • Practice Mindful Meditation once a day if not more

Aside from meditating, mindfulness should be practiced throughout the day—moment by moment. It is an awareness you will soon become accustom to that will help you in more ways than one. Below are several meditations you can try today and throughout the week.

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Urge Surfing Mindful Meditation:

Basic Mindfulness Meditation:

Healing Meditation Music:

 

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Individualized Psychotherapy

We believe addiction is caused by various underlying and unresolved issues. Dependent individuals typically use drugs and/or alcohol as part of a coping mechanism to deal with past and/or present trauma and pain. At many 12-step rehab programs, substance abuse is treated as the primary problem. At our facilities, we believe that in order to end the cycle of dependency you must first uncover the reasons why you are choosing to numb yourself with drugs and alcohol in the first place.  This is where individualized psychotherapy becomes critical for healing.  Psychotherapy sessions offer safe space to discover the complex nature behind addictive behaviors, and allow each individual to learn how to resolve and heal each unique underlying issue.  Being unable to cope with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, marriage, work, relationships, and the death of a loved one, financial burdens, illness, insecurity, or physical impairment are common reasons for substance abuse that psychotherapists are trained to help clients work through in their sessions.  Many 12-step treatment centers rely primarily on group therapy and usually provide no individual psychotherapy with licenced psychologists. Our individualized approach allows for each specialized licensed therapist to treat each client uniquely based on their circumstance and uncover and explore the causes of each particular addiction.

 

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Alternative Medicine at Luxury Residential Treatment Facilities

Alternative medicine at luxury residential treatment facilities helps provide lasting solutions and improvements to the overall health of patients. While detoxification is an important first step in your holistic recovery, total healing comes from a comprehensive viewpoint of health and well-being that reaches beyond toxin removal and withdrawal elimination. An alternative medicine treatment team can work with you to develop new nutritional and life approaches to facilitate a safe and lasting recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Additionally, alternative medicine at luxury residential treatment facilities offers the added benefit of improving your health and focusing on immunity and prevention—ensuring that your body reaches its maximum potential, rather than simply eliminating alcohol or drugs from your system.

Alternative Medicine at Luxury Residential Treatment Facilities

One of the hallmarks of alternative medicine used to treat drug and alcohol abuse is the individualized nature of its therapies. These treatments are custom tailored to each individual. Each individual’s alternative medicine treatment plan is based on evaluation of the results of various diagnostic tests—including blood chemistry, metabolic rates, and physical examinations. Of course, alternative medicine at luxury residential treatment facilities will also pay close attention to your own feedback about your body, treating you as an expert in how your body feels and performs.

Alternative medicine at luxury residential treatment facilities works alongside proven Western Medicine techniques, augmenting them to find the right balance of treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. Physicians and therapists work together with patients to find the most effective ways for the individual to achieve true and lasting sobriety. The focus of alternative medicine is often a causal one, honing in on root causes of chemical dependency and treating the underlying problems so that relapse can be avoided.

Alternative medicine at luxury residential treatment facilities ultimately provides a greater range of therapeutic tools to facilitate your recovery than those treatment programs that simply offer detox facilities. Energy work can be achieved by using Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques such as acupuncture and acupressure. By using biofeedback and brainwave analysis, practitioners can examine the relations between mind and body as you journey through your recovery process. Deeply held psychological issues can be brought to the surface through the use of expressive therapies such as hypnotherapy, art therapy or other creative therapy techniques. Stress can be managed via aromatherapy, meditation, and guided imagery to promote relaxation, emotional healing, personal empowerment and overall wellness.

Advantages to Onsite Detox Rehab Facilities

After deciding to receive treatment for alcohol dependency, the first stage of recovery is detoxification. This process is necessary to fully free your body of alcohol and to begin the process of restoration of your body and brain to its natural pre-alcohol state, known as homeostasis. There are several advantages to enrolling in an onsite detox rehab facility, all of which increase your chances of lasting sobriety after recovery.

Onsite detox rehab facilities are staffed with medical professionals focused on guiding you through the alcohol detox process. These physicians, nurses and clinicians are experts in their field, with years of hands-on experience in the addiction field. Medical staff can help mitigate physical and emotional discomfort during the alcohol withdrawal process, naturally eliminating cravings. This allows the body to purge itself of toxins and begin to heal, while the body’s hormones and neurochemicals adjust to their natural levels, positively affecting mood while allowing withdrawal pangs to subside.

Advantages to Onsite Detox Rehab Facilities

Onsite rehab facilities allow doctors and staff to closely monitor individuals as alcohol leaves their systems. Medical staff should monitor your vital signs and measure blood chemistry to anticipate and prevent complications. Because the detox process differs for each person—and because each individual’s chemical makeup is unique—individualized care becomes critical in order to ensure successful detox.

Onsite detox rehab facilities can help patients heal by measuring and balancing their nutritional needs. By providing calibrated nutrition, herbal supplements and nutrients, onsite detox rehab facilities can help make the detoxification process easier by correcting physical imbalances caused by years of alcohol use.

Additionally, one advantage of onsite detox rehab facilities is its ability to establish a continuity of care between the detoxification and recovery processes. Therapists get to know you on a first-name basis, and begin their work right away as soon as you finish detoxing from drugs, alcohol and other toxins. Onsite detox rehab facilities provide a seamless transition to the next steps of recovery in a familiar, warm atmosphere, allowing you to focus on emotional healing without battling cravings for drugs and alcohol.

Natural Therapy Methods in Holistic Alcohol Rehab Centers

Natural Therapy Methods in Holistic Alcohol Rehab Centers

Natural treatments used in inpatient holistic alcohol rehab can help ease withdrawal and promote the body’s natural healing abilities. Alcoholism taxes the body’s systems, and initiates chemical changes in the brain that can lead to decreased energy, depression, and anxiety. Thankfully, these symptoms can be alleviated without medication, through all-natural treatments offered by inpatient holistic alcohol rehab programs.

Natural Treatments Used in Inpatient Holistic Alcohol Rehab

Holistic alcohol rehab enjoys a high success rate because it takes a comprehensive approach to healing without endangering your recovery with, unnecessary medications. Here are just a few of the natural treatments that inpatient holistic alcohol rehab programs can provide for you, to alleviate withdrawal and help bring your body back to a state of harmony and balance.

  • Nutritional Services
    During alcohol addiction, many dependent individuals become deficient in a host of vital nutrients the body needs in order to function optimally. Inpatient holistic alcohol rehab programs will offer the services of a nutritionist, to help guide your diet and ensure your body’s healing.
  • Herbal Supplements
    Natural herbs can aid the inpatient holistic alcohol recovery experience, by replenishing vital vitamins and minerals that have become deficient throughout years of alcohol addiction. Many alcohol dependent individuals, for instance, have extremely low levels of folic acid and thiamine, which can lead to brain damage when levels of these specific B vitamins dip too low. Holistic inpatient alcohol rehab programs can also offer natural remedies to promote alertness, calm, circulation, and detoxification, without harmful side effects or addiction potential.
  • Acupuncture and Acupressure
    Traditional Chinese Medicine can offer stress relief, promote energy flow, and encourage healing within the body through acupuncture and acupressure. Inpatient holistic alcohol rehab centers will often offer a combination of Western and Eastern medicine, to help reestablish homeostasis (balance) within the body.
  • Fitness Programs
    Many inpatient holistic alcohol rehab centers will offer fitness programs to gather strength, build endurance and alleviate stress. Additionally, exercise plays an important part in alcohol recovery, as it releases endorphins—the body’s natural sources of happiness and energy.
  • Hypnotherapy
    Sometimes, the symptoms we experience in our bodies have psychological root causes, as the body responds to stress, anxiety, and trauma. Hypnotherapy can be helpful for those who have trouble verbalizing their emotions—or for those who have repressed trauma. Hypnotherapy can also be useful in removing negative self beliefs, promoting self confidence, and uncovering underlying causes for alcohol addiction.

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.

Five Factors of Successful Inpatient Drug Counseling Programs

Most experts will agree that counseling is a vital component of successful inpatient drug rehab. However, not all inpatient drug counseling programs are created equal. Formats can vary from highly individualized counseling to generalized group therapy, and styles can include straightforward awareness education, practical approaches, or trauma therapy. Regardless of the counseling method, successful inpatient drug counseling programs will result in lasting sobriety, and generally those counseling programs that work share a few strong characteristics.

Five Factors of Successful Inpatient Drug Counseling Programs

Here are five factors common to all successful inpatient drug counseling programs. If you find that the inpatient drug counseling program you attended did not meet the following criteria, you may consider additional inpatient care to best posture you for sobriety that sticks.

  • Complete Healing Based Philosophy
    The most successful inpatient drug counseling programs will emphasize full freedom from drug addiction. Inpatient drug counseling programs that do not set lasting sobriety as a goal will simply be less likely to provide you with winning strategies for achieving it.
  • Individualized Therapy
    Some core reasons for drug addiction cannot be appropriately shared in a group therapy session—and drug rehab success rates tend to underscore this fact. If you have not yet received the individualized therapy you need to contextualize drug addiction in your own life, past and relationships, you may benefit from an inpatient drug counseling program that will provide you with intensive, one-on-one counseling sessions.
  • Trigger Coping Skills
    “Triggers” refer to any stimulus (whether a physical place, feeling or situation) that creates the desire to use drugs. Successful inpatient drug counseling programs will not only teach you skills to cope with triggers, but they will also empower you to create your own coping skills as you heal.
  • Emotional Trauma Counseling
    Successful inpatient drug counseling programs understand that buried emotional trauma often lies at the root of drug addiction. If your past trauma was not addressed in the inpatient drug counseling program you chose, it may be time to revisit an inpatient program that does.
  • Self View Adjustment
    Self view assessment and adjustment should be part of any successful inpatient drug counseling program. For many, drug addiction not only lowered their self-views, but negative self beliefs played a part in the initial creation of their drug problem.

 

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Beyond the Genetics Model for Addiction

Over the years, the addiction industry has insisted on the genetic model of addiction as the only acceptable paradigm. However, while genetics can certainly be a contributing factor to the development of drug addiction or alcoholism, it often only offers a partial picture. In fact, twin studies and other scientific research show that genetics only plays a percentage part in the development of addiction, with at least half of the equation attributable to emotional and psychological factors. Beyond the genetics model for addiction, we can consider a holistic view of alcoholism and drug dependency that acknowledges the minor genetic component, but seeks to find resolvable root causes that have led to alcoholism and addiction in the first place.

Reaching Beyond the Genetics Model for Addiction

While genetic predisposition can play a role in the development of drug or alcohol addiction, it likely isn’t the core cause of either condition. In fact, there are four other major reasons that alcoholism and drug addiction develop in dependent individuals.

  • Chemical Imbalance
    Chemical imbalances occur in the body due to two main reasons. Sometimes, preexistence medical conditions cause dependent individuals to self-medicate by using alcohol or drugs. In other instances, chemical imbalances become created by alcohol or drug intake itself, as dosage amount and frequency increase. As alcohol or drug use develops and escalates, the “need” to use heightens, as chemical changes become triggered in the brain and withdrawal begins to kick in during the time in between uses. In fact, research has shown that as little as a single drink daily can lead the body to initiate a chemical imbalance, predictably leading to alcohol dependency as time passes.
  • Unresolved Emotional Pain
    Buried emotional trauma or heartache often lies at the core of alcohol or drug addiction. In these cases, the mind has repressed and refused to deal with lingering memories due to the inner turmoil, anger, fear or intense sorrow they have caused. As a result, alcohol or drug use becomes a means of escaping these memories, and as a way to compensate for the emotional and psychological damage they have wrought.
  • Inability to Cope With Life Challenges
    We learn our coping strategies quite young, and some of us didn’t have the best role models for dealing with life’s inherent challenges. We also might encounter personal tragedies, peer pressure, toxic or abusive situations, heartbreak or job loss, leading us to feel unable to manage our situations and ourselves. As a result, drug addiction or alcoholism become a shortcut to lasting coping strategies.
  • Negative Self Views
    Many alcohol or drug dependent individuals suffer from incredibly low self-esteem. Often received by others’ negative voices, or due to a lack of correct perspective on life events, negative self views prevent us from treating ourselves with dignity and respect. As a result, many alcohol or drug dependent individuals “throw in the towel,” believing themselves to be incapable or unworthy of accomplishment, enjoyment, love or healing.

 

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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