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Concerns Grow for Alcohol Abuse During Coronavirus Lockdown

Concerns Grow for Alcohol Abuse During Coronavirus Lockdown

By Jennifer McDougall

While many people are stuck at home, finding themselves bored, with more time on their hands than they know what to do with, the number of people abusing drugs and alcohol is on the rise. According to Nielsen data, alcohol sales have risen 55 percent in the week ending March 21.

“U.S. sales of alcoholic beverages rose 55% in the week ending March 21, according to market research firm Nielsen. Spirits like tequila, gin and pre-mixed cocktails led the way, with sales jumping 75% compared to the same period last year. Wine sales were up 66% while beer sales rose 42%. And online sales far outpaced in-store sales.” – AP News

Evidently liquor stores are considered essential businesses in the United States, making buying alcohol convenient and available during this time of crisis. The trouble is that as more people flock to the liquor stores and back home to indulge in toxic self-soothing remedies to cope with the current pandemic, not only are these people exposing themselves to public places during a time where the majority of us should be staying home, the probability of them becoming dependant on substances increases dramatically. Fortunately, there are many resources for people who are struggling with drug and alcohol dependencies, such as here at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers.

Mental health is also a big concern for people in quarantine and struggling to stay calm with productive activities to help pass the time. More people than probably ever before are having a difficult time lowering feelings of stress and anxiety, causing them to crave substances to numb the pain and discomfort.

A lack of meaningful connections such as support from those who share common interests as you who are there for you to lean on and care about you causes a sense of disconnect during this time of quarantine. What we need to embrace most of all right now is staying connected with one another through text messaging, video chatting, and social media so that we can maintain and a healthy level of connectivity to each other. When people feel lonely or withdrawn from society, they tend to move towards drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with the pain of their feeling of not being part of the community or a strong support system.

At Passages Malibu, we offer a true alternative to 12-step addiction rehab. We have been providing holistic therapy for people seeking a non-disease model, non-AA, cutting-edge treatment since 2001.

Our alternative treatment program is designed to completely heal all aspects of your life damaged by addiction, including your physical health, your professional & personal relationships, your self-esteem, and more. No two programs are alike, and each alternative treatment plan is customized for you, by you, with your specific situation in mind.

At Passages Malibu, you can expect the very best from our alternative approach to addiction treatment:

  • We will truly represent the definition of holistic treatment, which means we heal the entire person, from the inside out, through a variety of different methods that address mental, physical, and spiritual health.
  • We will treat each client with respect and dignity, and we will never employ punitive treatment methods.
  • We believe that every person is dealing with unique circumstances, and therefore we make every treatment plan unique and do not adhere to the one-size-fits-all group approach.
  • We will focus on healing the underlying issues that are causing you to use drugs or alcohol, and we acknowledge that drug or alcohol abuse is a symptom of a larger underlying problem.
  • We will never make you declare yourself powerless with a disease.
  • We are accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO) and licensed by the State of California to offer drug and alcohol treatment, and we utilize diverse therapeutic disciplines from across the world in our program.

What sets Passages apart is that we thoroughly address and treat every aspect of dependency. Our alternative approach to drug and alcohol rehabilitation is ultimately very straightforward: We do not believe that you are powerless against addiction, and we emphasize healing instead of labeling.

Don’t live the rest of your life one day at a time – live fully, peacefully, and free from addiction with the help of our alternative addiction treatment program.

Concerns Grow Over Alcohol Abuse During Coronavirus Lockdown

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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Discover and Heal Underlying Causes of Addiction: Step Two in Treating Addiction

by Dr. Kerri Heath

“Only when we are sick of our sickness shall we cease to be sick.”

The 71st verse of the Tao

The problems underlying dependency always have both physical and psychological components, and both have to be treated simultaneously.  At Passages Addiction Treatment Center in Malibu, it takes a carefully selected support team of physical, medical, psychological, and spiritual professionals to design a rehabilitation plan for attacking “sickness” from every angle.  This holistic approach is highly individualized to help clients redesign a better foundation for a more promising future.

The state of your body is a key factor in how you healthy you feel.  When one or more of your body’s systems become dysfunctional, you can become out of balance.  This equilibrium can lead you to medicate the unpleasant feelings with drugs, alcohol or addictive behaviors, which can then lead to dependency.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Center, a full diagnosis must be conducted in order to identify the specific reasons that a drug dependency has developed.  The dependency was created as an attempt to compensate for some area of deprivation.  The process starts by helping each client identify the sickness that is being treated by the addiction.  And it is only when we become fully aware that we are sick (in mind, body, and spirit) that we can heal the sickness.

When we are equipped with this new knowledge we can change behaviors by addressing the fundamental cause of the pain. This knowledge provides us strength in making changes and creating a better life out of well-informed choices made from a conscious place.  Ignorance of the truth only perpetuates our sickness because we are “ignoring” the pain-point. When we experience sickness in mind, body or spirit… it is because some aspect of our life is out of balance.  That toxic area of our life becomes infected and starts to spill into other areas, relationships, etc.

Once your mind and body are in a state of optimum health, you won’t feel the need to alleviate those uncomfortable feelings with addictive substances or behaviors.  As you construct your recovery program, it will help you to understand the functions of the various glands and organs that make up your body’s systems. At Passages Addiction Treatment Center in Malibu, we help you reach your peak health condition (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual).  When you reach these states of vibrational frequency that feel better, you will have created more space to dream about the future and problems that you would like to solve.

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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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What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Drinking Alcohol

What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Drinking Alcohol

By Jennifer McDougall

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you quit drinking alcohol or how you would feel overall? Many people who get sucked into the destructive habit of drinking alcohol tend to forget who they are without substances. They forget how to live without alcohol, and their dependency ends up drying up their purpose for life and their drive for maintaining responsibilities. When people reach for a drink, they do so for many reasons. When they become dependent, they continue to cope to feel an escape from the pain they’re experiencing.

First 48 hours: Depending on how much alcohol you have consumed, detox could be quite the hurdle. You will get through it, but your body is going to need some precious time to recover from the damage you’ve done. The next morning after drinking could be painful and discomforting as you process the toxins throughout your body. There are supplements you can take and many things you can do to help heal your body through the detox period, making it less painful. In some cases, it is recommended that you seek immediate medical attention depending on your withdraw symptoms.

1 Week: After 1 week of not consuming alcohol, you should start to notice yourself experiencing improved sleep patterns. Wake up feeling refreshed and motivated to take on the day. You should also begin to see your skin looking much healthier as your body has restored proper hydration and is now retaining more nutrients as you have let go of consuming harmful chemicals that are in alcohol.

1 Month: After one month of not drinking alcohol, you should begin to notice less belly fat and increased energy levels. By now your liver should be improving, and the ability for it to filter out all the harmful toxins will have accelerated to a stable and healthy rate.

1 Year: After one year of not consuming alcohol, you should notice dramatic changes in your overall physical appearance as far as your skin tone, complexion, body fat, and bright eyes. There are so many life changes you will notice after one year of no alcohol as well such as healthier coping mechanisms, stable relationships, better follow through on goals and responsibilities, increase in financial stability, a much lower risk of mouth, liver, breast, stomach, and heart disease. The list goes on, and we would love to hear from you how your life has changed since completely letting go of alcohol. Leave your comments below or feel free to connect with us through social media.

Things to Look Forward to When You Quit Drinking:

When you quit drinking, it is as if you have stepped into a brand new universe—free from destructive decision making, an improved appearance, stable relationships, and new opportunities in your personal and professional life present themselves as you have opened up this space for healthier living. Stepping away from the bottle can lead to so many wonderful new experiences, and you will be able to embrace them with absolute authority and confidence.

Wouldn’t you like to incorporate this transformation into your life? Here is a list of what to expect to improve when you break free from alcohol dependency.

  • Better job performance
  • Increased energy
  • Better sleep
  • Weight loss
  • A decrease in liver fat
  • Better chance of getting pregnant
  • Reverse negative effects on the brain such as learning abilities, memory, impulses, and problem solving
  • Healthier organs and immune system
  • A decrease in risk for disease
  • Self-awareness
  • Overall healthier appearance
  • Less reckless behavior and poor judgment
  • Improved relationships
  • No more hangovers
  • Less regret
  • Better decision making
  • Improved confidence
  • Others will be able to rely on you more
  • Ability to fully experience your life without feeling numb
  • Gain more respect from others
  • Attentiveness when interacting with people
  • Skin will be more supple and hydrated
  • Higher vibration of consciousness
  • Create a meaningful lifestyle you can be proud of
  • Major improvements in your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing

The Effects Alcohol Has on the Human Body

Why Do People Use and Abuse Alcohol:

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

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

How Passages Can Help You Sober Up and Start to Live a Healthy Life:

At Passages, it is our mission to help you break free from addiction entirely. For the last 16 years, we have been helping thousands of people from all over the world end their battle with drug and alcohol dependency, and we want to help you too. When you check into one of our treatment centers, you will be assigned a team of therapists that will guide you through the recovery process. We will provide you with a comprehensive schedule that will keep you occupied and focused on healing the underlying conditions causing you to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. You are welcome to stay at one of our inpatient treatment centers anywhere from 30-90 days. One thing to note is that we do accept most private insurance, but not Medicare or Medicaid.

Passages is proud to offer you the best treatment available and watch as you transform into the incredible person you have always wanted to be. The world is so full of opportunity for you to grow and expand, not feel lost or hopeless. There is so much life out there waiting to be lived; we hope that you stay with us at Passages and begin your journey to becoming the best possible version of yourself.

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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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.
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What are the Early Signs of Alcohol Addiction

There are several early warning signs to look out for if you believe yourself or someone you know is starting on the path towards alcohol abuse. According to the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 17.6 million Americans abuse alcohol or are full-blown alcoholics. The death toll is upwards of 100,000 people per year.

Luckily, there are early signs of alcohol abuse that if caught early on, could deter a full-blown addiction. Some key signs to look out for are:

  • Increased tolerance to alcohol (you have to drink more and more to feel the same effects)
  • Withdrawal symptoms and cravings when drinking is stopped
  • Blacking out while drinking
  • Drastic change in demeanor
  • Personality or mood while drinking (such as becoming angry or violent)
  • Drinking and driving, missing work or other responsibilities in favor of drinking
  • Lying to others about drinking or other deceptive behaviors
  • Sneaking drinks
  • Displaying a general attitude that drinking is a priority

The key thing to remember with all of these symptoms is that if the individual notices and acknowledges these problems yet continues to drink despite the consequences, there is a definite dependency issue. If you or someone you know is exhibiting these signs of early alcohol abuse, Passages Malibu can help.


How to Contact Passages

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.

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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The Importance of Counseling at Private Drug Rehab Facilities

One of the backbones of successful recovery is the therapeutic counseling that takes place in private drug rehab facilities. While drug addiction certainly has a strong physical component, many drug dependent individuals successfully detox, only to relapse later when emotional or psychological issues resurface. The importance of counseling at private drug rehab facilities lies in its ability to address the root causes of addiction that led dependent individuals to use drugs in the first place.

The Importance of Counseling at Private Drug Rehab Facilities

Drug addiction is a complex issue—and like most complex problems, its solution depends on comprehensive treatment. Throughout the course of counseling at private drug rehab facilities, drug addicted individuals can delve into the psychological component of their dependency. With the assistance of a qualified therapist, drug dependency counseling cuts to the core reasons for addiction—often with roots in negative self beliefs, heartache, or emotional, physical or sexual abuse that has gone unresolved for years.

Benefits of Personalized Counseling at Private Drug Rehab Facilities

Here are just a few of the benefits that personalized counseling at private drug rehab facilities can provide.

  • Emotional Healing
    Individualized counseling at private drug rehab facilities affords a safe atmosphere where counseling can be tailored to an individual’s past, relationships, personality and life experience, engendering recovery that is lasting and personal.
  • Accountability
    Personalized counseling at private drug rehab facilities offers a source of accountability for patients. Therapists can evaluate and guide patients’ progress during the drug recovery process, offering positive reinforcement, providing encouragement and gauging recovery progress.
  • Awareness and Perspective
    At private drug rehab facilities, customized counseling programs provide greater awareness of our thoughts, self beliefs, and history. This allows patients to develop higher levels of self-awareness and perspective, giving them the tools they need to recover from drug abuse without relapse.
  • Solutions
    While qualified therapists can provide coping mechanisms that can aid recovery from drug addiction, they will also partner with the patient to create self-driven solutions. As patients heal, they can learn to forge their own solutions, which enables them to cope not only with addiction, but with any life challenges they may face in the future.

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

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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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What to Do When Your Teen is Addicted to Drugs and Alcohol

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 have 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 are 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. 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 around 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.

Creating a Soothing Sober Living Environment

The transition period that follows drug or alcohol recovery is an important one. During this crucial intermediary phase, you embark on a life free of drugs and alcohol dependency and set the tone for the new, sober life ahead of you. By creating a transition-friendly environment, you can maximize your success as a recovered individual, taking the growth and achievement you accomplished during treatment and putting it into action in your everyday existence.

Creating a Transition-Friendly Environment

Here are a few ways to create a transition-friendly environment, to foster your new sober lifestyle after you have recovered from alcohol or drug dependency.

  • Remove Reminders of Dependency

    The first key to a transition-friendly environment is to ensure that you have removed triggers for drug and alcohol use. Talk to roommates or family members about removing drugs or alcohol from your home, and clear away paraphernalia, posters, or memorabilia that reminds you of your dependent past. Eliminate any negative visual reminders that trigger feelings of low self-worth or shame. If need be, ask a sober coach to accompany you to your home in order to purge your living environment of these triggers.

  • Feng Shui Your Environment

    Translated from the Chinese as “wind-water,” feng shui is the art of balancing the energy of your environment. By situating furniture, wall decorations, and other items strategically throughout your home, you can facilitate life-flow energy known as “chi,” to create a sense of psychological harmony.

  • Stay Socially Connected

    Many people make the mistake of isolating themselves during the transition period. This is a time to rejoin the world and your circle of friends, relating to others in a fresh and authentic way. Make sure to plan social engagements with positive people, and begin to attend activities and functions that open up connections with others.

  • Create a Restful Environment

    Sleep and rest are two of the most important components of sober living. Make sure that your bedroom has an adequate light blockage, and decorate your sleeping area with fabrics, wall hangings, and scents that induce a sense of peace. Create a meditation space in your living area or outdoors, with a mat or comfortable chair where you can read, think, or meditate on positive things.

  • Boost Your Spirits

    Spiritual connections lie at the heart of recovery. Nurture your soul with time set aside for walking in nature, reading ancient scriptures, and visualizing positive energy. Write down positive affirmations or inspirational quotations and place them on the bathroom mirror or on the refrigerator. Make a mix tape of inspirational music to bring a sense of spirituality and centeredness to your environment.

  • Get Organized

    Purchase a calendar or day planner to begin to budget your time and appointments. Clear away clutter and consolidate your belongings, keeping those that are meaningful, sentimental and useful. File important papers for easy access, and organize your belongings to save time and energy. This will allow you to streamline your new, sober life and make your transition period smoother.

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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