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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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How to Cope With Unexpected Events

How to Cope With Unexpected Events

By Jennifer McDougall

Coping with events that disrupt our inner peace and shake us to the core can be upsetting. Knowing how to navigate through challenging emotions with a healthy approach is always important, especially if you are someone who has struggled with substance abuse related issues in the past. To avoid a relapse, you must remind yourself of what you have to lose if you throw it all away, and remember what you were taught at Passages. The tools we provide you with during treatment can be used throughout your recovery to help keep you on the right track.

“When a problem or a difficult situation arises, say to yourself, as if you already believe it: “This is for my benefit.”
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

If you have recently experienced a tragedy or a troubling situation has occurred in your life, follow these tips.

  1. Deep breathing exercises the moment you feel triggered.
  2. Call and talk to a friend who supports your sobriety.
  3. Go for a run to release any stress and tension.
  4. Write a letter to the person who you are upset at. Read it out loud to yourself and then shred it up and throw it away.
  5. Find a quiet space to meditate for 10-20 minutes to relax your mind.
  6. Create a schedule for the next 5 days that you can hold yourself accountable to. Stay active and productive.
  7. Play uplifting music to keep your spirits lifted.
  8. Take a hot bath with lavender or lemongrass oil and read a book.
  9. Clean your car, house, and workspace.
  10. Get a good night’s sleep.
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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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How to Repair the Damage of Alcohol Abuse

How to Repair the Damage of Alcohol Abuse

By Jennifer McDougall

Are you ready to make changes in your life to get on the right path to health and happiness? If so, you have come to the right place. Many people who have used and abused alcohol or other addictive drugs in the past know how damaging the effects can be on the body, mind, and spirit. At Passages, we take a holistic approach to treating and healing the underlying conditions causing a person to use and abuse drugs and alcohol.

Organs such as the brain, which contain a lot of water and need a lot of blood to function, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of alcohol. Alcohol makes the liver, which is the major organ that processes alcohol, work very hard. Delaying treatment for alcohol abuse can be life-threatening. It is very important that someone who is struggling with addiction to get help as soon as possible.

Since there is a wide range of problems that come with years of substance abuse related issues, including damage to vital organs, interpersonal relationships, and the inability to live a happy and stable life, waiting to get help can and oftentimes only makes matters much worse.

At Passages, we understand what it takes to repair and move on; to live a life free from addiction.

Upon your arrival at Passages Malibu, our nurses will help you get checked in and assess your detox needs. Your medical doctor will then design a customized detox program made specifically for you. During your detox, you will be personally attended to by a team of nurses as your body rids itself of toxic, addictive substances.

We use only the most effective methods and medications to safely bring you off the addictive drugs that your body has formed a dependency on. Our doctor is board certified in addiction medicine, meaning you will receive the most cutting-edge approach to detox. Throughout your detox, our nurses will regularly evaluate your progress and work closely with your medical doctor to coordinate your care.

Alcohol abuse is associated with numerous health issues, emotional problems, social problems, and psychological issues. While it may be difficult to undo all the damage brought on by alcohol abuse, it is possible to heal the body, mind, and spirit through a variety of holistic therapy options such as those available at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. One of the most important aspects of reversing the damage of alcohol abuse is to address the cause, first and foremost so that moving forward we can help prevent future substance abuse related issues. The other thing we need to do is take a health and fitness evaluation to test your body for any liver and cardiovascular issues that need to be addressed.

For many people, they want to make up for the time the lost living a life that didn’t fulfill their needs and wreaked havoc on their social, physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing. They want to improve the quality of their relationships, feel healthy, happy, and repair their careers and overall quality of life.

At Passages, we offer a complete 360-degree approach to healing so that every aspect of your life is given the opportunity to improve. The tools we teach and provide you with at Passages are based upon a unique and empowering non-12 Step philosophy that has helped change and save the lives of over twenty thousand people who have gone through our innovative treatment program. Here is a look at our variety of therapy methods.

Addiction Therapy at Passages Malibu
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“How do you change what you believe when your experience has convinced you otherwise? By creating a new experience. The best way for you to get that new experience is to change your response to what happens. By the natural law of cause and effect, that new response will create new results, which you will then experience as a new reality. To reach the goal of happiness, act as though the following statement is already true: Everything that happens to me is the best thing that can happen to me.”
― Chris Prentiss

For nearly twenty years, Passages has been setting the standard with our revolutionary one-on-one holistic treatment programs. From the moment you check in to the moment you graduate you will experience the highest level of treatment innovations and healing techniques to eradicate addiction for good. Other treatment centers cannot match the level of service and expertise that Passages Malibu offers.

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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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Staying Sober During Self-Quarantine

How to Stay Sober While Social Distancing

By Jennifer McDougall

“Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens, constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting.”
― Roy T. Bennett

For those of you who are now having to work from home, recently got laid off, trying to homeschool your children, or are still going to work every day and coping with the stress from the current economic and health pandemic, this one is for you.

We understand that this is a difficult time, and there may be days you feel a wave of temptation to reach for substances to cope with the discomfort and dreaded sense of boredom. Every one of you has the power within yourself to conquer even the most challenging obstacles, even staying sober while social distancing. We don’t want you to slip back into old habits, to relapse, or lose hope in your goals, future, and purpose for your life. If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse-related issue, please call Passages today at (888) 397-0112.

If you are currently away from friends and family, it’s important to stay connected through texting, emailing, FaceTiming, social media so that you don’t feel so lonely. Communicating daily with loved ones is a great way to share laugher in times of difficulty and talk about your day and what you’re up to. This is also helpful in keeping you accountable and on track in sobriety.

To properly self-quarantine, you must practice social distancing, take bigger measures to stay healthy, and change your normal lifestyle so that you can safely protect yourself from illnesses. This requires a new level of isolation you might not be used to. If you’re now working from home, you may find that you have a lot more time on your hands. The best way to make the most out of this time during self-quarantine is to spend more time on things that help you grow, learn, and become an even better version of yourself than you are right now.

This is a great time to start reading a new book, practice some fun recipes, FaceTime with your friends and family, do a puzzle, or write that book you’ve been talking about writing. Investing your downtime into things that are productive but that also provides your mind, body, and spirit with the uplifting healing it needs can be a great way to benefit from this time of change.

Here are several things you can do during self-quarantine while stuck inside.

  1. Start a journal or blog about a specific interest.
  2. Pick up that guitar sitting in your living room that’s been decor for years; dust it off and start playing.
  3. Complete a puzzle after your workday to help you relax and ease anxiety.
  4. Make TikTok videos and jump on the dance bandwagon.
  5. Have a daily workout routine such as yoga, free weights, or shadowboxing.
  6. Evening meditation with calming background music to help you unwind from the day.
  7. Spend more time on your skincare routine.
  8. Declutter and organize your closet and living spaces.
  9. Clean your house as you have never cleaned it before. Disinfect your surfaces, floors, door handles, etc.
  10. Learn new skills with the help of Skillshare or MasterClass.
  11. Create a vision board on Pinterest.
  12. Get crafty and pick up knitting, painting, pottery, or gardening.
  13. Interview your parents or Grandparents. Record the audio and save it or make a little documentary out of the storylines.
  14. Go through your camera roll and create a photo book for the coffee table or as a gift to give when you get out of self-quarantine.
  15. Make a list of everything you are grateful for.
  16. Review your budget and finances and eliminate any subscriptions you don’t need so you can save money.
  17. Make a list of all the places you want to visit and things you want to do when things reopen.
  18. Rearrange your furniture to mix things up and change your indoor scenery. This could also shake up some static energy that has been stuck in place for a while.
  19. Watch a documentary.
  20. Deep condition your hair and put a face mask on.
  21. Whiten your teeth.
  22. Add content to Hootsuite or Buffer to automate your social media posts.
  23. Try on makeup you don’t usually wear.
  24. Dress up for yourself and have a mini photoshoot.
  25. Wash your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases.
  26. Fill up your to-do list for the next day.
  27. Write a letter to your younger self.
  28. Write a letter to your future self.
  29. Listen to a podcast.
  30. Create a new playlist.

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 Healthy Ways to Express and Release Emotions

5 Healthy Ways to Express and Release Emotions

By Jennifer McDougall

Drugs and alcohol suppress the way you feel authentically, causing you to have midstride and confused thoughts or feelings of your emotions and reactions to situations or symptoms in your life. When you get sober, you will most likely discover a wave of freedom to fully feel everything for exactly how it truly is. This is oftentimes overwhelming for new individuals in recovery because they are not used to feeling all the natural highs and lows people who don’t numb their pain with drugs and alcohol feel. It’s a new and different way of experiencing life and there is nothing better than feeling completely connected with your mind, body, and spirit.

The number of emotions we feel is limitless. From anxiety, sadness, fear, happiness, anger, frustration, irritability, loneliness, discomfort, confusion, excitement, nervousness, worry, and the list goes on. It’s important we keep our emotions balanced so we can remain clear-minded and focused.

Dealing with all these emotions in a healthy and constructive way is important in making the most of our ability to grow in sobriety and become our most authentic self. Here are five helpful ways to express yourself in a positive way and release any pain, tension, or over-excitement.

  1. Pause for a full minute. Close your eyes and take three long deep breaths. Exhale and push all the air out of your lungs after each breath. Then gravitate back to the center in your core. Imagine your heart-centered balance recalibrated.
  2. Identify what emotion you are feeling. Point out where in your body the emotion is affecting. Take into consideration the root cause of this emotion. What brought it on and why your reaction to the feeling is what it is.
  3. Accept what you feel. Be real with how you feel. Talk it out or write it down. Be truly honest in what you are experiencing, emotionally and then set it free. Let the feeling fly free and release it after you have felt it all the way through. Do not bottle things up or hold on to them. Let it go.
  4. Embrace creative your creative side to express emotions. Get our your painting supplies, your journal, your computer, your basket of crafting materials, and start creating. Using art, writing, pottery, poetry, gardening, design, or scrapbooking as creative outlets is a great way to express your internal mayhem.
  5. Break a sweat. As I mention in most of my blog posts, working out is one of the best ways to let out all of the funkiness you’re feeling. Whether you are happy, sad, mad, or overly excited, working out helps release endorphins to not only help keep you in shape but it forces you to BREATHE. Breathing helping provide more oxygen to your brain and pushes your blood flow to help you think clearly and make smarter choices.
Start living a healthy, sober, and happy life.

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 Identify and Heal the Root Cause of Addiction

How to Identify and Heal the Root Cause of Addiction

By Jennifer McDougall

“At the bottom of every person’s dependency, there is always pain, Discovering the pain and healing it is an essential step in ending dependency.”
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

If you are someone who has been struggling with addiction and want to end the cycle and start living a life you’re proud of, you’ve come to the right place. At Passages, we understand how difficult it is to break free from substance abuse-related issues. Our founders, Chris and Pax Prentiss experienced it first hand when Pax as struggling with an addiction to alcohol, cocaine, and heroin. His father, Chris, fought long and hard to do whatever it took to save his son’s life. It was not until Pax discovered WHY he was using and then began applying holistic therapy methods such as the ones utilized at Passages, to finally end the cycle of his addiction and substance-abuse related problems.

At the core of any addiction is a root cause. Pinpointing that cause is a significant part of the healing process. Many people have unresolved trauma from their childhood. We work with clients from all walks of life that come to us from all over the world and the most common reason people use drugs and alcohol is that they are experiencing some sort of pain or discomfort in their life.

At Passages Malibu, we focus on healing the underlying conditions that are causing you to use drugs and alcohol. We do this by utilizing a highly individualized treatment program with therapists who are experienced in healing the underlying causes of addiction. We do not use the 12-Step program because we believe that it teaches a philosophy that is detrimental to healing and can lead to relapse. Our holistic one-on-one approach is far superior to the 12-Step program and offers state-of-the-art services that will keep you engaged and enthusiastic about healing. During treatment, you will feel empowered, instead of powerless. We do not label you an addict or alcoholic nor do we believe that you have a disease. We have found that damaging labels, such as addict and alcoholic, rob you of your true identity.

It’s the treatment philosophy at Passages that sets us apart from all other rehab centers in the world. We choose to empower you and heal your underlying conditions, rather than label you an addict and tell you that you have a disease.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we believe that addiction is caused by four specific underlying conditions. If you’re abusing drugs and alcohol, you have at least one of these underlying conditions present which needs to be healed in order to achieve permanent sobriety. Please look at the four possible underlying conditions and see if you are aware of which one you have (or if you have more than one).

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

Making yourself aware of how you feel when you begin to crave drugs or alcohol is a good indicator or what is motivating your choices and behavior. Next time you have an urge, pay attention to your surroundings, what was said, what just happened that triggered you and then you can begin to take better control of the problem at hand and begin healing every aspect of the substance abuse related issues in your life that have been holding you back from living your best, most true and authentic life that you deserve.

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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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Customized Addiction Therapy at Passages Rehab

Customized Addiction Treatment Program at Passages Rehab

By Jennifer McDougall

Being treated for substance abuse-related issues at Passages Malibu is the start of something beautiful. Anyone who has struggled to get and stay sober knows how challenging this process is. That is why at Passages, we are fully committed to providing our clients with the best possible therapy available that best suits their needs, by customizing a state-of-the-art addiction treatment program.

Our non-12 Step and holistic addiction therapy offers more one-on-one sessions than many other programs out there today. We know how crucial it is for an individual to get the proper attention and professional care so they can begin to feel empowered, heal, and thrive.

Here is what our treatment at Passages Malibu includes:

INDIVIDUAL TREATMENT

GROUP TREATMENT

MEDICAL CARE

The treatment at Passages is exceptionally stellar beyond measure. Many treatment centers claim to offer what Passages offers, but they don’t come close. Here is what makes our addiction treatment center so unique:

  • 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

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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Trauma Therapy at Passages Malibu

Trauma Therapy at Passages Malibu

by Jennifer McDougall

When an individual experiences trauma it is crucial they receive professional therapy, such as what is offered at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. When trauma goes unhealed, a person may carry around the baggage of their pain everywhere they go and into relationships, their career, and in many cases- increased risk of substance abuse related issues. At Passages Malibu, our certified therapists use cognitive behavior therapy to help individuals heal from mental and emotional trauma. When the weight of remorse and pain is lifted, major improvements in overall wellbeing can be felt and seen. There is hope for anyone who has experienced trauma.

Through a variety of holistic therapy methods such as mindful meditation, acupuncture, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and yoga, Passages Malibu makes it possible to help a person heal from trauma-related issues that have caused them to turn to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism. We are confident in the treatment we provide and urge you to reach out for help if you or a loved one is experiencing a drug or alcohol related issue.

Trauma Therapy at Passages Malibu
Passages Malibu Addiction Rehab Center

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.

For additional resources, please read: Passages Malibu Alcohol Rehab

6 Benefits of Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab

6 Benefits of Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab

by Jennifer McDougall

When you are looking for a treatment center that best suits your needs, it’s important to look at both options: inpatient and outpatient rehab. At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we offer several drug and alcohol rehabilitation options, including inpatient and outpatient rehab. Whether you have or have not been to treatment before, Passages offers the perfect setting to accommodate your needs for a successful recovery to get you back on your feet, sober and thriving with a new sense of purpose in your life.

Since 2001, Passages has treated people from all over the world heal their mind, body, and spirit with holistic therapy that has shown much success in breaking free from addiction. Our team of certified therapists are here to work with you to discover, treat, and heal the underlying conditions to what is driving your substance abuse related issues.

  1. Stay close to your family and friends
  2. Maintain your work or school attendance
  3. Spend less money than you would on inpatient treatment
  4. Network with others in your area who are also in recovery
  5. Schedule therapy sessions around your day-to-day responsibilities
  6. Ability to apply what you’re learning in therapy to your daily life as you come and go freely from treatment

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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Will Insurance Cover My Treatment at Passages Rehab

Will Insurance Cover My Treatment at Passages Rehab

Passages Addiction Treatment Centers opened it’s doors in 2001 to help those struggling with substance abuse related issues. Many people don’t realize that Passages accepts most private insurance policies to help cover the cost of treatment. Visit www.PassagesInsurance.com to fill out our confidential insurance form and one of our admissions counselors with contact you with a free quote. 

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers for Additional Information:

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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Why Choose Passages Rehab?

Why Choose Passages Addiction Rehab Center

by Jennifer McDougall

What sets Passages apart from all other treatment centers? One of the most key elements of Passages is the quality of care and level of expertise in the field of holistic addiction treatment. Since 2001, Passages has been the leader in the addiction treatment industry. There have been over twenty thousand people who have come directly to Passages to end their battle with addiction; from all over the world.

People just like you. People who have read our website and who have seen the commercials on television. People of all walks of life, religion, cultures, race, and ethnicity have embraced the healing power of treatment at Passages.

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Passages Addiction Treatment – Malibu Rehab

What makes Passages different than most other treatment centers is the unique philosophy that we do not believe addiction to be a disease. Instead, Passages believes there are four main causes of addiction. 

  1. Chemical imbalance
  2. Events of the past that have not been reconciled
  3. Current conditions you can’t cope with
  4. Things you believe that are not true

As a client at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, you will be under the care of professional doctors, and licensed therapists that are trained to help you discover and heal the underlying conditions driving your addiction, so that you can finally be free– without dependency related issues. 

” I can’t praise Passages enough. The services provided to my son were exactly what he needed and he continues to benefit. He went in February 2015 and stayed about six weeks. My insurance paid for most of it and the staff, I believe, bent over backward to help me pay my part of the bill. I am not of the elite, high-income population but rather low-income living paycheck to paycheck (if that). They have been kind, patient and willing to work with me over and over again. I would (and will) pay them anything they want because of their commitment to my son and his long-term recovery. I’ve found them fair each step of the way and I believe they care more about my son’s success than money.” – Cindy C. 

Passages is JCAHO accredited, which only 6% of rehabs have. We also accept most types of private insurance and 55-70 hours of one-on-one therapy per client each month. Our nursing staff is on site 24/7 to ensure your safety, comfort, and security. 

The programs at Passages are 30-90 days. We also offer outpatient rehab at Passages Beverlywood, Passages Ventura, and Passages Venice. We have a beautiful and luxurious sober living home on the beach in Santa Monica as well. 

While most treatment centers offer a traditional approach to treating addiction, Passages stands out by offering more one-on-one therapy sessions than most other places. We have luxurious grounds and amenities to enjoy as you recover. There are two pools, two Jacuzzi, a tennis court, basketball hoop, world-class chefs, cleaning services, ocean views, beach access, and 16 alternative therapy methods. 

  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

No two days are the same at Passages. You do not have to be worried about feeling bored or homesick. You will be in good hands with us as we want to help you become free of substance abuse issues, and live the life you have always imagined. 

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Recommended Reading: The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure by Chris and Pax Prentiss (Co-Founders of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers) 

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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Pilgrimage for Recovery: Go on an Adventure!

Pilgrimage for Recovery: Go on an Adventure!

By Dr. Kerri Heath

Are you ready to be healthy?  Sick of waking up with a hangover, running out of money, and feeling the heaviness of drama that you have created while intoxicated?  If you find yourself hitting a wall, but get stuck in the cycle of substance abuse, why not try something different?  Plan a trip to another place where you can meet new people, learn about different cultures and experience new ways of thinking.

A pilgrimage is a journey that people take in search of moral or spiritual significance.  People will take these trips to explore their personal beliefs, values, and experiences that have influenced the decisions they have made.  If you are struggling with an addiction, and need to kick start your recovery process, consider a pilgrimage.

Get away as soon as you can.  The ideal situation is to go to another city.  There is a collective consciousness among humans and we can actually feel the energy of the people we are surrounded by.  Chances are that you have people in your surroundings that are harboring negative energies that affect you without you even realizing it.  Head to another city as fast as you can, and you will see what I mean.  It will feel different.

Try to identify a city that has a lot of religious institutions or shrines, where prayer and meditation take place on a regular basis.  I understand that you might not have a budget for an international excursion but if so try to find a city that is known for its spiritual pilgrimages (Camino de Santiago in Spain, Chiang Mai in Thailand, Jerusalem/Bethlehem in Israel, etc.).  These environments are prime locations for you to find relics and reminders at every turn on your path towards healing.

Even if you can only take one day, please consider starting your pilgrimage as soon as possible.  Leave your comfort zone, explore new areas, taste new foods and gain new perspectives.  If you are able to take a Pilgrimage to Passages in Malibu, you will find reminders everywhere you look that prompt you to reflect on who you are and what your purpose is.  The only requirement for a Pilgrimage is that you allow the path to unfold and remain open to the teachers you will meet along the way and the lessons you will learn. If you are not sober, you will miss the signs and the adventures… so let the high come from your adventure.

 

Dr. Kerri Heath is the former Assistant Vice Chancellor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.  She is a lecturer, researcher, and published author.  Dr. Heath is a Life Coach at Inspired Life Consulting and a Producer at Inspired Life Films.  She is certified in Mastering Emotional Connection by Level Five Executive and an editor for the Journal of Leadership Education.

 

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Imagine Yourself at Passages : Four Myths about Luxury Rehab Centers

By Dr. Kerri Heath

Sitting in the Zen garden at Passages one afternoon, a client who had only been there for a few days came and sat with us.  It was a peaceful day with the soft sounds of the waterfall in the background and the beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean to set the tone.  The client was a young man who shared right away, “you will never believe how I got here.”  I could tell that he had only been there for a day or two because he was not fully present.  He was still in a dream-like haze from what the substances have done to his brain and his spirit.  He walked slowly with a geriatric limp, despite seeming to be a young man.

The substances had caused his body to deteriorate and his mind to slowly fade.  He shared that he felt like he was at 10% when he arrived and was already feeling like he was at 60% of being himself again.  That was an amazing report from someone who had just arrived.  He was so thrilled to be sitting in the Zen garden, overlooking the ocean in his new home, and shared that he never thought he would be able to receive treatment from a place like Passages.  He reported seeing the commercials about Passages and wanting to come, but had told himself the following myths that had to be overcome before making his dream a reality:

  1. Passages is too classy.

Although the facilities at Passages are very classy, they are welcome to all.  In fact, you will see people from all journeys and they are wearing whatever clothes they find comfortable and enjoying the same luxuries of the rich and famous.  It is a classy place, but that doesn’t mean it is too classy for you.  You deserve a bit of class.

  1. I can’t afford it.

Many people are unaware that Passages in Malibu takes many forms of insurance and works with clients on payment plans.  If you have never considered a luxury rehabilitation center because of the cost, it is important that you make the call today.  You may find yourself sitting in the Zen garden soon as well.

  1. I have to work.

After putting off rehabilitation for too long, this gentlemen lost his job.  He had taken too many days off of work to drink and get stoned and was unable to make it to work.  Don’t wait until you don’t have a choice.  If you approach your employers with a desire to get treatment, they are required to support you in taking the time that you need to heal and recover.

  1. Only celebrities are at Passages in Malibu.

Although many famous people have attended luxury rehab centers in Malibu due to the quality of care and the benefits of healing next to the ocean and mountains, it is open to people from all walks of life.  The celebrities live in Malibu for a reason, and you should come to find out for yourself why it is a great place to reside.

If you have been wondering if Passages in Malibu is right for you, don’t wait any longer.  Please pick up the phone and call to see if this might be the right option for you.  There is a team waiting to help you come back to life.  And pretty sure you will be at 100% again.

 

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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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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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Self Soothing Through the 5 Senses

Self Soothing Through the 5 Senses

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

Mindfulness is the ability to steer clear from worry and anxiety bringing one’s attention to the present moment. Feeling overwhelmed and ill-equipped to deal with life’s challenges is not uncommon early in sobriety. The use of drugs and alcohol is no longer an option, nor is it effective for easing pain in the long term. The more you practice healthy coping strategies, the better equipped you will be at self-soothing in times of distress. Practicing mindfulness by using our 5 senses is the ultimate form of self-care.

While a stable support system is important, an individual’s therapist, family, friends, and acquaintances cannot be there 100% of the time. It is imperative the individual learns and practices a multitude of self-soothing techniques, affording them the ability to cope when overwhelming thoughts and feelings come to the surface. There are a number of self-soothing exercises to practice mindfulness. The following techniques use our 5 senses. It is a good idea to try them all to see which ones work most effectively, and practice them often!

Touch—Making physical contact with an object is one of the best ways to bring a person’s mind back to the present. While running cold water over your hands or splashing your face, focus on the temperature fully. The change in water temperature will bring a change in mood. If you have an animal, pet it or brush its hair for a few minutes experiencing the softness of its fur and the calming effect it has on both of you. Some individuals find that aligning their breathing with a pet helps them to slow down and regulate their own breath. In nature, pick up a rock and hold it in both hands. Running your fingertips over the surface, study its sharpness/smoothness observing any cracks or imperfections. Handle the leaves of a tree carefully reviewing each vein—the source of carrying food and water throughout. With your shoes off, walk through the lawn taking notice of how each blade of grass feels between your toes.

Taste—Choose healthy foods and avoid waiting until your stomach is growling to eat. Being hungry has a direct effect on mood, making us feel irritable and short tempered. When you get your food, fully experience the taste and texture. For example, hold a grape in your mouth for 5 seconds before eating it. Notice the texture, size, and changes in taste as you bite into it. Experience the act of eating fully, reminding yourself that you are taking care of your body and mind by nourishing it with healthy food.

Smell—Aromatherapy has been effective in treating people experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, and even problems with sleep. Lavender is perhaps the most common essential oil recommended to reduce stress: put a few dabs on your wrist, blend into your skin and breathe in deeply. You may even put a few drops of lavender in the shower-the steam will activate the aroma which helps ease the tension of stress headaches and migraines. A few drops on your pillow may help with getting a better night’s sleep.

Sight—Acutely viewing your surroundings and being fully immersed in the moment works wonders when experiencing distress. Choose a color and then play a game of finding all the objects in the room or in a painting that match that color. Focus on the shape, texture, and size of varying objects in the room. Go outside and experience nature taking the time to see the clouds passing in the sky, or the leaves on a tree.

Hearing—Stop and listen to all the sounds around you. Can you decipher what each sound is and where it is coming from? Are there birds chirping, people talking, music playing, or cars driving by? Try to identify each exclusive noise with its origin.

The regular use of mindfulness will assist in putting life’s stressors their into proper perspective. Remember, much like all learned skills, it requires practice and reinforcement for the self-soothing techniques to take full effect. If something feels awkward or unnatural at first, give it a few more tries. The unhealthy, old strategies used to numb emotional pain did not develop overnight either. Try to release any pressure to do them perfectly; allow yourself the time and patience you deserve during the healing process.

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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Alternative Addiction Treatment

Outside-the-Box Approaches to Overcoming Addiction

by Kimberly Hayes

The 12-Step program is what comes to mind when you hear someone talk about recovery from alcohol and drug abuse. However, there are many treatment methods out there that offer personal empowerment beyond breaking bad habits. Here are a few alternative therapies that can be pursued on their own or in conjunction with more traditional methods. Some may seem strange but all have gained popularity in recent years thanks to their effectiveness.

Yoga

A combination of postures, breath control, and meditation, this ancient Indian art teaches practitioners to cope with the triggers that lead to relapse, according to Yoga Journal, and helps generate an empowering change of consciousness that works holistically through the mind and body. The strenuous nature of some forms of yoga make them dangerous for the elderly and those suffering from physical ailments that can result from long-term substance abuse, so you should talk to a physician before embarking on this course of treatment.

Art

Patients express themselves through exercises that include “incident drawings” of events they lived through during their addiction and “stress painting” when they’re experiencing anxiety. In the short term, this enhances their ability to communicate and convey their emotions to therapists and loved ones while providing a sense of accomplishment. Therapists cited by Science Direct said that over the long term, it results in profound “inner change” by promoting personal exploration, psychological growth, and well-being. Overwhelming emotions are a risk, however, and those for whom art is a trigger are recommended to give this method a pass.

Drama

This involves writing, directing, and acting out stories based on real life, fantasy, or myth and includes extensive improvisation, allowing participants to tap into their emotions and release pent-up anger and fear. Therapists have recording stunning results, saying it provides a powerful means of communication while helping to forge new relationships between participants as they gain control over inner conflicts. Workshops, often based around spontaneous action, can result in transgressive behavior that some find offensive, so caution is advised, and an open mind is a must.

Animals

According to one survey, almost 70 percent of respondents said that animals were an important source of support during their recovery from addiction. Part of the reason is the unconditional love that pets provide, free of any judgment or stigma, and that’s crucial for patients who are struggling with how others think of them as they re-enter society. Spending time with dogs, cats, and horses also reduces stress and lowers blood pressure while giving patients a new source of confidence as they change into the role of caregivers. Of course, a fear of animals would make this treatment inappropriate, and allergies should be considered as well.

Adventure

Mountain climbing, trekking in the forest, or rafting down a river builds self-esteem by teaching new skills and teamwork. Other benefits of outdoor therapy include the restorative powers of fresh air and sunshine, which have a powerful impact on wellness in today’s world where people spend hours each day sitting in front of a screen. It’s not for the faint of heart, however. The physical risks are real, and patients are advised to see a doctor beforehand and prepare mentally for the adventure ahead.

Exercise

You can get many of the same benefits closer to home through a good workout. Besides burning calories and improving your physical health, exercise revamps your brain chemistry through the production of dopamine, a “feel good” chemical that gives you the same high as drugs and alcohol, except in moderation through physical effort and accomplishment. Whether running, cycling, or swimming, remember to recharge with a balanced diet, which provides a whole host of benefits from repairing damaged tissue to boosting your mood.

The results of these methods are short-lived if patients don’t apply what they’ve learned to their everyday life and replace bad habits with healthy new routines. Continued momentum in addiction recovery is key to staying healthy and happy.

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Kimberly Hayes enjoys writing about health and wellness and created PublicHealthAlert.info to help keep the public informed about the latest developments in popular health issues and concerns. In addition to studying to become a crisis intervention counselor, Kimberly is hard at work on her new book, which discusses the ins and outs of alternative addiction treatments.

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Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help

How to Ask for Help

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
–Albert Camus

When it comes to personal struggles with drug and alcohol use, asking for help can seem like an impossible feat. Individuals who have suffered from substance use and addiction in the past know that the hardest part is admitting they have lost the ability to manage their lives.

The mind is a powerful thing. When it comes to addiction, thoughts and feelings get so overwhelming that at times denial and justification can overshadow the negative consequences of destructive behavior. When active in one’s addiction, rational thought becomes clouded and fear of exposing what has been going on “behind the scenes” takes over. Common factors that delay asking for help can include

Fear of:

  • Shame and guilt
  • Anger and resentment from coworkers, family, and friends
  • Having children removed from the home
  • Loss of relationship/divorce
  • Loss of job
  • Loss of reputation in the community
  • Loss of independence
  • Living up to stigma
  • Exposing other problem areas/struggles

These fears and more may prevent an addicted individual from seeking help sooner. The more serious the addiction, the less ownership one takes over their health and wellbeing, and there are times when hopelessness and desperation lead to dangerous and destructive behavior, completely consuming everything else. The irony is that in admitting defeat, the individual is actually demonstrating incredibly courageous behavior. Even if some of their fears of exposing the alcohol and substance use come to fruition (loss of reputation, anger from loved ones, etc.), unless the addicted individual gets the help they need, they may never live long enough to find out if those fears actually do come true.

Making the decision to ask for help is the first part, choosing whom to tell is the second. Given that an individual may have any number of the fears listed above, deciding when and with whom to relay this information is an added stressor. Some people find that testing the waters by calling an anonymous hotline or speaking to a mental health professional confidentially is a start. Others my intuitively know safe individuals in their social circle (who most likely already have an idea) that they can share with. Once the behavior is put out there, an addicted individual will soon see the fact that they do not have to struggle alone. When shared with the appropriate people or through the necessary channel, the recovery process can begin.

 

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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Healing Your Fears and Trauma at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

5 Ways to Confront and Heal Your Inner Demons

By Jennifer McDougall

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.” – August Wilson

Facing your inner demons takes great courage. Bringing forth all of those memories, fears, pain, regrets, and causes for your current conditions, can cause a range of many emotions. Many of us have pain from the past and fears we live with every day that often times get suppressed as a way to ignore them rather than acknowledging them. If you are ready to heal your inner demons and overcome the blockage that has been holding you back from living your best life, this article is perfect for you.

Through professional therapy and compassionate care that is tailored just for you and your specific needs, it is possible to overcome your innermost darkness and experience true freedom. At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we focus on healing the underlying conditions causing you to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Our non-12 Step holistic therapy methods are provided to you by those who have many years of experience in the field of mental health, addiction, and medicine.

Examples of inner demons:

  • Regrets

  • Trauma

  • Substance Abuse

  • Fears

  • Jealousy

  • Pain

  • Anger

  • Depression

  • Self-Doubt

  • Feelings of being stuck

  • Desire to seek revenge and harm others

  • Worries about money, health, or romance

  • Loss of worthiness and purpose for life

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Helpful tips to heal your inner demons:

  1. Address the core issues and unresolved events from the past with a therapist

  2. Practice letting go through meditation, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and other holistic treatment methods such as the ones offered at Passages Rehab

  3. Develop a strong self-care routine that you stick to on a daily basis (time alone, quality time with friends and family, massage, hair & nail care, facials, reading, writing, painting, disconnecting from technology & social media, healthy dieting etc.)

  4. Forgive yourself and others from previous events by telling them personally or just quietly saying the words to yourself in your own privacy

  5.  Bring your fears, pain, trauma, and worries to surface– be real with how you feel as you experience a vast range of different emotions as you heal through this difficult yet courageous process

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

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Visual Arts Therapy at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

“All art intuitively apprehends coming changes in the collective unconsciousness.” -Carl Gustav Jung

Using imagination to create something fresh symbolizes rebirth, new beginnings, and rejuvenation. At Passages Malibu, art therapy is used by some of our life purpose counselors as a way to help you further tap into and express your innermost feelings, emotions, desires, needs, hopes, and dreams. By utilizing a set of diverse methods of addiction treatment, we are able to deal with your addiction from all angles and concentrate on every aspect of your healing process. All that is needed to begin is an open mind and willingness to explore your creative side.

3 Ways to Use Visual Arts Therapy:

Mandala—the word “mandala” is Sanskrit for “circle.” The mandala is a graphic pattern created by enclosing a square with a deity on each side and is widely used as an aid to meditation. “It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds” (The Mandala Project). You can begin by using printable mandala designs for coloring. Creating a mandala assists with an increase in focused attention, an aid to meditation, and for many a spiritual experience.

Vision Board—sometimes referred to as a “dream board,” the vision board is a collage of images, pictures, clippings, words, or other materials that represent your goals, hopes, and dreams in life. The collage allows you to envision what your future might hold.

Sketchbook—a book or pad of paper used for creating illustrations and drawings. All you need to begin is a book of blank pages and something to sketch with. The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University in 2006 suggested that there were two broad categories for classifying sketches:

  • Observation: this focuses on the documentation of the external world and includes many such travel and nature studies and sketches recording an artist’s travels.
  • Invention: this follows the artists’ digressions and internal journeys as they develop compositional ideas

After beginning their unique book of illustrations, many users find that personalizing the sketchbook is also a healing part of the process. Be creative and think outside the box. Decorate your sketchbook to reflect your personality.

 

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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.