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

By Jennifer McDougall

 

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

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

What Makes Passages Different?

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

  1. Chemical imbalance
  2. Unresolved events from the past
  3. Beliefs you hold that are inconsistent with what is true
  4. Inability to cope with current conditions

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

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

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

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What are the Underlying Causes of Addiction?

By Jennifer McDougall

Addiction (defined as a state characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite adverse consequences) generally begins with the desire to escape—pain, loss, heartache, rejection, discomfort, anxiety, chemical imbalances in the brain, and depression. When drugs and alcohol are consumed they affect how the brain operates and processes information. Three areas of the brain most affected by drugs and alcohol are the brain stem (controls heart rate, breathing, and sleeping patterns), the cerebral cortex (delivers information from our senses allowing us to see, feel, hear, and taste), and the limbic system (controls our ability to feel pleasure). After using drugs and alcohol for even a short period of time a person could experience immediate dependency (defined as an adaptive state associated with a withdrawal syndrome upon cessation of repeated exposure to a stimulus). They may feel the urge to continue using in order to keep them going and avoid the awful withdrawal symptoms that are associated with the use of drugs and alcohol.

In a recent study it was shown that an estimated 23.5 million Americans suffer from an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Of those 23.5 million only 1 out of 10 people receive the treatment they desperately need. About 570,000 people die each year because of an addiction to drugs and alcohol. So as you see, treatment is crucial.

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

  1. Chemical imbalance
  2. Unresolved events from the past
  3. Beliefs you hold that are inconsistent with what is true
  4. Inability to cope with current conditions

Anyone who is abusing drugs and alcohol is doing so because of one or more of these four causes. Through extensive research and direct experience, we have learned that addiction is not the primary problem but rather the symptom of a deeper underlying issue.

Passages is proud to offer you the finest drug rehab & treatment program available anywhere. Our deluxe rehabilitation and treatment center has been rated #1 by Healthcare Global magazine. Forbes magazine also named Passages Malibu one of the most luxurious rehab centers in the world.

This recognition comes after years of perfecting our treatment program and sticking with our core philosophy for treating addiction. While most rehab centers still offer group meetings for treatment, we provide you with a customized, one-on-one therapy program tailored to your specific needs.

“I began asking myself just what my high was about. What did I do when I was high that I didn’t do when I was sober? What was wrong that heroin fixed?”
― Pax PrentissThe Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“A friend tells you the truth, that your breath stinks and you need a bath. An enemy tells you that you look great and you shouldn’t change a thing.”
― Nikki SixxThe Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star 

“Alcohol and drugs are not the problems; they are what people are using to help themselves cope with the problems. Those problems always have both physical and psychological components- anything from anemia, hypoglycemia, or a sluggish thyroid to attention deficient disorder, brain-wave pattern imbalances, or deep emotional pain.”
― Chris PrentissThe Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“I spent the rest of that day and most of the night thinking about all the hundreds of people I had met in rehabs and sober living houses and on the streets. We were all medicating our fears and our pain!”
― Pax PrentissThe Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

To avoid getting wrapped up in the awful cycle of addiction, we recommend practicing these 7 healthy habits everyday.

  1. Surround yourself with positive influences who encourage you, motivate you, respect you, and tell you the truth.
  2. Eat right, stay hydrated, and exercise daily. This is essential to your physical and mental wellbeing.
  3. Practice meditation to care for your spiritual health.
  4. Maintain a positive outlook and perspective on life and current situations.
  5. Embrace a sober lifestyle. There are plenty of things you can do and enjoy without the use of drugs and alcohol.
  6. Keep your mind active and challenged by reading, writing, and pursuing your passions.
  7. Know when to put your foot down and say NO when you disagree or feel pressured into doing something you don’t feel right about.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we focus on helping our clients heal the underlying conditions that are causing them to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Unlike most treatment centers, we do not label you an addict or believe that you are powerless. Instead we utilize a variety of 19 holistic healing methods that empower you to grow in ways you may never had thought possible before. Don’t wait another day to break free from the brutal cycle of addiction. The time has come to make a change and begin living a healthy, happy, and sober life. Call us today!

 

 

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

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Heal Anxiety Without Prescription Drugs

By Jennifer McDougall

You can feel it explode from your very core and spread through your entire body. Your heart is racing at an excessive rate and that tightness in the center of your belly sends several waves of discomfort making it hard for you to concentrate. Some people experience anxiety because of their own worries and fears. This can include a wide range of reasons, but no matter what that reasons are the truth is that anxiety is stealing your happiness and life is too short to be anything but happy!

What can you do to stop this dreadful feeling? The first thing you need to know is you don’t need prescription medicines to ease any of this tension; anxiety can be healed through natural remedies such as essential oils, breathing exercises, natural herbs, as well as many other techniques. Here are 10 ways you can naturally heal anxiety and live life more comfortable and breathe freely.

1. Meditation

2. Avoid drugs and alcohol

3. Take a break every now and then and cut yourself some slack from the overwhelming emotions of stress

4. Be sure you’re getting enough sleep

5. Limit your coffee/caffeine intake

6. Exercise for at least 30 minutes per day

7. Welcome good humor and laugh your day through the day

8. Eat well-balanced meals to maintain proper nutrition

9. Close your eyes for 10 seconds and take three deep breaths

10. Talk to a professional who can help you manage your stress and anxiety to avoid it becoming a life threatening problem

 

Also see:  Anxiety Disorders and Substance Abuse

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

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Drug and Alcohol Addiction in the Workplace

Drug and alcohol addiction undoubtedly makes an impact on the lives of everyone it involves; not just the dependent individual.  It effects friends, family, and often times co-workers experience the negative behaviors of addiction as well. For employers, having an addicted individual working for them can be a very difficult and awkward situation.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employees who abuse drugs or alcohol are 25 to 30 percent less productive on the job and miss work three times more often than non-abusing employees. Drug and alcohol addiction in the workplace also results in significantly higher safety risks, as 65 percent of all accidents on the job have been shown to be related to drug or alcohol use.  As an employer, there are many early signs of drug and alcohol addiction to look for that can help you combat the negative effects of dependency in the workplace, and hopefully get your employee some help.

Sometimes, especially in a professional atmosphere where people are usually on their “best behavior,” recognizing signs of drug and alcohol dependency isn’t always easy, as some substance abusing individuals have had practice hiding their addictions for months or years.  Some key signs to look for are:  frequent tardiness or unexplained absences from work, extended lunch breaks, a distant attitude or avoidance of supervisors, missed deadlines or incomplete assignments, various excuses, a careless attitude, poor personal appearance, sudden or unusual weight loss or gain, odd mood swings or erratic behavior, sleepiness, or noticeable financial problems.  If you notice these problems in your workplace, Passages Malibu can help.
Call us today at (888) 397-0112, or visit our website at www.PassagesMalibu.com for more information.

Is it Social Drinking or an Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol consumption is a very prevalent part of our society, and has been for hundreds of years.

Unfortunately, the drinking of alcohol is usually associated with celebration, often heavily consumed at weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and many other types of parties. Social drinking is a phrase that refers to the consumption of alcohol without the overt signs of a problem (alcohol addiction or abuse).

A common way people describe social drinking is the act of consuming alcohol in a social setting without the intention to get drunk.

Although many individuals do engage in social drinking without it developing into a problem, there is a fine line between someone who regularly drinks socially and someone who is developing an alcohol problem.

In the United States there are approximately 219,000,000 adults.

Approximately 134,000,000 of those adults (61%) consumed some amount of alcohol in the last year. And in the United States there are about 14,000,000 adults who are addicted to alcohol or abuse alcohol. If an individual who regularly engages in social drinking exhibits any of these tendencies, he or she may be displaying an indication of alcohol abuse.

Individuals who: use alcohol to get through painful or difficult situations or feelings, hide their drinking from others, find it difficult to stop drinking once they start, black out or don’t remember much after drinking, drink with the intention of getting drunk, drink to the point of vomiting/sickness, or feel intense shame or guilt after drinking may be going beyond the territory of social drinking and into the realm of alcohol abuse.

 

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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Myths About Private Inpatient Drug Rehab

If you’ve never attended a private inpatient drug rehab program before, you may worry about what the experience will be like. Due to inaccurate media portrayals, urban legends, and incorrect assumptions, some of your views on the inpatient drug rehab experience may be based more in myth than fact.

Seven Myths About Private Inpatient Drug Rehab

If you have questions or fears about private inpatient drug rehab, you’re not alone. We’ve highlighted a few of the most common myths about private inpatient drug rehab experience, along with the facts on each aspect of inpatient recovery.

  1. “Detox will be a harrowing experience.”
    It’s a common misconception that inpatient drug detox has to be filled with physical and mental anguish. While the body readjusts to sobriety, medical staff and mental health experts focus on ensuring your drug detox experience is as comfortable and safe as possible. With alternative therapies, medical supervision, carefully calibrated nutrition, and pain management efforts, withdrawal symptoms can be minimized for maximum comfort.
  2. “I’ll have to change everything about myself.”
    Private inpatient drug rehab isn’t about changing who you are, but rather about returning to your core self. The most effective private inpatient drug rehab centers focus on the individual—offering a drug addiction solution that works with your personal relationships, career, dreams, and lifestyle. The only important changes that need to take place are the elimination of your addiction and its underlying causes.
  3. “Drug rehab centers are stark, hospital-like settings.”
    Modern and luxury inpatient drug rehab centers are actually on par with the level of accommodations you’d expect at the best hotels or retreats. With swimming pools, warm interior design, and modern amenities, inpatient drug rehab centers are state-of-the-art facilities focused on serenity, health, and wellness.
  4. “I’ll be forced to stay in private inpatient drug rehab against my will.”
    Most private inpatient drug rehab centers are voluntary facilities. No one can force you to stay in treatment against your will. You can check yourself out at any time.
  5. “Just going to a private inpatient drug rehab will make you sober.”
    While it would be nice if simply checking in to a private inpatient drug rehab program were enough to accomplish sobriety, it’s simply not the case. In order to heal your drug addiction, you need two components of recovery—freeing yourself from the physical bonds of addiction through detoxification, and healing the underlying root causes for drug addiction. Medical diagnostic tests can help uncover preexisting chemical imbalances that need to be treated, and counseling can provide emotional and psychological healing for repressed trauma that may lie at the root of your addiction to drugs. However, these processes—and all forms of treatment—require your consent, participation and desire to heal.
  6. “I’ll have nothing in common with the other guests.”
    When we envision other guests in inpatient drug rehab, we may wrongly assume that they will be people we have little in common with or don’t like. However, these assumptions are based on stigmas about addiction that label and demean those struggling with dependency issues. Many of the guests at private inpatient drug rehab centers are intelligent, funny, compassionate, and accomplished people who simply struggle—as you might—with drug dependency.
  7. “I’ll never be able to cure my drug addiction.”
    Unfortunately, the myth of a lifetime of incurable drug addiction is one of the biggest—and most pervasive—myths about private inpatient drug rehab. Perpetuated by the addiction industry itself, this myth only serves to discourage those who desperately want a cure for drug addiction, while ensuring that treatment centers do not need to offer expensive or intensive treatments for higher chances of full and lasting recovery. The truth is that your drug addiction can be cured, by intensive and multidisciplinary therapies, targeted to you and tailored to your own personality, personal history, lifestyle and addiction. Seek out a private inpatient drug rehab center that believes in your full and total healing from drug addiction.

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

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What Does Outpatient Addiction Rehab Offer?

Outpatient addiction rehab programs can make sense for individuals who do not need to attend inpatient treatment. By nature, outpatient rehab offers lower time commitment and financial investment for those undergoing alcohol and drug addiction treatment. While outpatient rehab is not for everyone, it can provide a viable option for those with financial, career or parenting obligations that would otherwise prevent an inpatient addiction treatment stay.

What Is Outpatient Addiction Rehab?

An outpatient addiction rehab center provides addiction recovery services to chemically dependent individuals—just on a more limited and short-term basis than inpatient addiction rehab tends to. While many outpatient program offerings are limited, they can still be a good fit for those who have less severe addictions that have only endured for relatively short time periods. Outpatient addiction rehab tends to be completed in a shorter time frame, with a weekly time investment, so it tends to be best for those who need less support and who take more initiative in their healing process.

What Does Outpatient Addiction Rehab Offer?

Here are the most common treatment types offered by outpatient addiction rehab programs—and for those who take full advantage of these resources, these offerings may be the key to regaining a safe, peaceful and productive sober life.

 

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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Teenagers and Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Teenagers know—and those past their teens all too vividly remember—that the teen years can be filled with incredible excitement, pressures, and stress. During the teen years, teenagers encounter a host of challenges and life initiations, from an introduction to love (and heartbreak) to the tall order of discovering an identity and path in life. Sometimes, these stressors build into a pressure cooker, causing teenagers to seek escape in alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, as teen drug or alcohol use increases, tolerance and brain chemistry changes can solidify experimentation into full-blown drug and alcohol addiction.

Teenagers and Alcohol Addiction

Teen drug and alcohol addiction has quickly become an epidemic—although not a new one. Currently, alcohol experimentation occurs during the “tween” years, with most tweens tasting their first alcoholic beverage at an average of 11-13 years old. Stunningly, by the time they are 14, 41 percent of teenagers have finished their first drink—making them 500 percent more likely to become develop an alcohol addiction. In total, three million teenagers each year are more than experimenting, meeting the clinical criteria for alcoholism. Additionally, thousands of teenagers each year die of alcohol-related vehicle accidents before they reach the age of 21.

Teenagers and Drug Addiction

The statistics on teenagers and drug addiction don’t create a much more encouraging picture. Drug experimentation among teens begins before they are even licensed to drive—on average, between the ages of 13 and 14. One out of every five teenagers—nearly four million each year—engages in prescription drug abuse, laying the foundation for opiate addiction.

Treatment for Teenagers With Drug or Alcohol Addictions

Behind the numbers are compelling reasons why teenagers are turning to drug and alcohol addiction. Only one out of three teenagers ever is approached by a parent to talk about drug or alcohol addiction and prevention. What parents might come to understand in the wake of such discussions is that teenagers are seeking emotional and psychological release through alcohol and drug use. In fact, studies in the 21st century have already revealed reasons for teenage drug and alcohol addiction in their own words, with boredom, depression, peer pressure, social rejection and academic pressures cited as the main reasons for use.

Because these reasons are largely emotional and psychological at heart, they require more than standard onsite detox to treat—and effectively cure. Individualized therapy by counselors who relate to—instead of alienate—teenagers is an integral part of any teenage drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Many teens can benefit from holistic inpatient addiction rehab that focuses on their entire person—mind, soul and body—rather than simply pushing them through a generic agenda. Additionally, individualized counseling sessions can provide teens with a private and safe forum in which to open up and explore the root causes of their addiction—rather than doing so in a less-than-confidential group setting. With natural detox and a round approach, alcohol and drug rehab for teenagers will not only reintroduce them to sobriety, but give them the tools for future success, peace and self-esteem to tackle life’s adventures.