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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 When people feel lonely or withdrawn from society, they tend to move towards drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with the pain of their feeling of not being part of the community or a strong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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Passages vs 12 Step Rehabs

For many years the addiction rehabilitation industry was solely based on 12 Step principles, such as group meetings, indirect healing practices, and reciting the imprisoning phrase, “Once an addict, always an addict.” That was until Passages’ opened it’s doors in 2001 and began to experience 360 degree healing from the core of each and every individual who was dedicated to breaking free from substance abuse related issues. Here are the major differences between Passages Rehab Centers and 12 Step based treatment centers.

12-step: Says that alcoholism and addiction are diseases.

Passages: Does not believe that alcoholism and addiction are diseases.

12-step: Says that the disease of drug addiction and the disease of alcohol addiction are incurable.

Passages: Says that addiction to drugs and alcohol is caused by one or more of Four Causes that can be treated and healed.

12-step: Says that in order to remain sober you must go to 12-Step meetings for the rest of your life and have a sponsor with whom you communicate regularly.

Passages: Says that every individual can remain sober without meetings and without sponsors by healing the underlying causes that keep the addiction alive and active.  

12-step: Says that you require help from a higher power to get sober.

Passages: Says that sobriety can be maintained by anyone, even those who do not believe in a higher power.

12-step: Asks you to admit that you are powerless over drugs and alcohol.

Passages: Chris and Pax Prentiss encourage you to believe that you have strength and determination to end your addiction to drugs and alcohol by finding out which of the Four Causes created your addiction and is keeping it alive and active.

12-step: To speak at an AA meeting, it is required that you identify yourself as an addict or alcoholic.

Passages: Believes that it is detrimental in the extreme to identify yourself as an addict or alcoholic.

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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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Break Free from Addiction - End the Cycle

How to End an Addiction to Drugs and Alcohol

By Jennifer McDougall

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

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

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

Our empowering and non-12 step treatment methods include:

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

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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What is Alcohol Rehab like at Passages Malibu

What is Alcohol Rehab Like at Passages Malibu

By Jennifer McDougall

Many people who are addicted to alcohol experience a great deal of mental, physical, and emotional turmoil as their health fades due to the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Getting help for alcohol addiction at Passages Malibu is the best choice you can make if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms.

Signs You Need Rehab for Alcohol Addiction:

  • Strong urges to consume alcohol to cope with current conditions
  • Unable to stop drinking
  • Legal problems pertaining to alcohol-related incidents such as violence, DUI, and robbery
  • Regularly drinking more than originally intended
  • A spiral downfall in work due to drinking habits such as calling out sick often, missing deadlines, and other poor work patterns
  • Increased financial issues due to alcohol-infused decision making
  • Neglect of personal and professional responsibilities
  • Troubles in your marriage or other interpersonal relationships
  • A decline in physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing
  • Noticeable changes in appearance such as weight gain
  • Forgetting what has been done when drinking (blacking out)
  • Continuing to drink despite a health problem

At Passages Malibu, we provide our clients with a holistic and customized treatment program to help discover and heal the underlying conditions causing an individual to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Our board-certified therapists are focused on creating a safe space for all clients to thrive in their healing process. It is our mission to see that every person who walks through our door is treated with decency and respect. We do not label you an addict or an alcoholic. Instead, we choose to empower our clients and give them the tools they need to break free from addiction with the help of our various treatment methods. Our treatment center is JCAHO accredited and has been rated “The Number 1 Rehab Center in The World” by Healthcare Global.

We pride ourselves in state-of-the-art quality care. At Passages Malibu, we offer more one-on-one private therapy sessions than most other rehab centers in the world. If you are ready to get healthy, discover your true life purpose, and live in such a way you can feel proud of, you have arrived to the right place.

Luxury Amenities at Passages Malibu:

  1. 24/7 Nursing staff
  2. Passages accepts most insurance policies, making it even more affordable to get the treatment you need and deserve.
  3. Receive individual therapy at Passages rather than non-stop group sessions such as what you would experience at most other rehab centers.
  4. 16 innovative therapy methods to help you discover and heal the underlying conditions to substance abuse related issues
  5. Permission to use your cell phone and laptop during tour stay with us, whereas most treatment centers take away these privileges. We believe it’s important to stay connected to friends and family while in treatment. We expect you to utilize good judgment for who you allow yourself to associate with.
  6. We have a tennis court, ½ basketball court, two swimming pools, two Jacuzzis, spectacular ocean views, a fully equipt gym with personal trainers, professional culinary team to provide you with exquisite meals and sweet treats throughout the day, a mini-golf course that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, access to musical instruments to play during your stay with us, adorable koi fish you can feed, housekeeping, and 24/7 nursing staff, and 10 acreas of Malibu paradise you will feel absolutely tranquil in as you heal from addiction-related issues.

Unlike other treatment centers, we do not believe addiction is a disease but rather a 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

At Passages Malibu, we offer the following 16 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

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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Surprising Benefits of Sobriety

By Jennifer McDougall

Imagine for a second the perfect life. Imagine yourself living as your most healthy, stable, and spiritual self. This reality is possible when being healing from the underlying causes of your drug and alcohol addiction related issues. At Passages, we provide holistic therapy for substance abuse related issues that have helped save and change the lives of thousands of people from all over the world.

Getting sober is one of the best and healthiest choices you may ever make in your life. Many people don’t how much sobriety can help improve the quality of your life and your overall health. For those who are living in denial of a drug or alcohol addiction, it will take a lot of convincing but we have seen people of all walks of life finally come to their senses and decide to get the help they need. The transformations are incredible. You too can experience great transformation.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we focus on healing the mind, body, and spirit. When someone is addicted to substances, their destructive patterns deeply affect relationships, career, finances, physical appearance and so much more. If you have ever had to witness someone you love suffer from a drug or alcohol addiction you know how painful it is- to see someone you care about destroy their body and their life. If you are that person who is self-destructing through the use of drugs and alcohol, we want to encourage you to call Passages today at (888) 397-0112.

Rather than labeling you an addict or an alcoholic, at Passages we choose to encourage and empower you. Our team of professional addiction specialists are trained and certified in utilizing the most effective methods of therapy to help treat and heal the underlying conditions causing a person to use and abuse addictive substances.

Here are 10 of the biggest changes you may notice when you decide to get clean and sober:

  1. Ability to save more money and spend smarter without the disruption of intoxicated decision making and financial hangovers.
  2. Improved interpersonal relationships and the ability to make stronger connections to others on a deeper and more meaningful level than before.
  3. Stable career thanks to the lack of a physical, mental, and emotional hangover brought on previously from drugs and alcohol.
  4. Increased energy and motivation to take better care of yourself.
  5. Skin complexion drastically improves without the consumption of harmful chemicals found in drug and alcohol products.
  6. Cleaner and more respectable living spaces thanks to the lack of a mess that is typically created when a person is drunk or high. Also, when you are sober and living a healthy lifestyle, you may take up new decor or decide to rearrange your furniture.
  7. Enjoyment in things you are actually passionate about rather than going out and drinking and not making good use of your time and abilities. You may notice yourself having even more fun than you did before when you were drinking and using drugs.
  8. Discovery of mental clarity and inner peace.
  9. Get a better night sleep, every night.
  10. Long term health improvements that will have you living a healthy life without the use of drugs and alcohol.

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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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.

Passages Addiction Treatment - Malibu Rehab
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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Four Myths about Luxury Rehab Centers- Passages Malibu

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.

 

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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Drama Therapy & Addiction

Drama Therapy & Addiction

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

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

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

What is Drama Therapy?

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

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

What is the Theoretical Framework?

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

How Does Drama Therapy Work?

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

What Types of Techniques are used?

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

What are the Benefits of Drama Therapy?

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

Who Can Benefit from Drama Therapy?

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

Selected resources

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

For more information visit North American Drama Therapy Association

Video: Drama Therapy Channel: Healthy Relationship Workshop

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

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

 

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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The End of Addiction: A Safe Passage towards Freedom

The End of Addiction: A Safe Passage towards Freedom

By Dr. Kerri Heath

Tucked away in the mountains of Malibu, overlooking the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, sits a rehabilitation center that boasts of being the safe passage to find the other side of pain, guilt, and remorse where healing occurs. Visitors typically arrive at the lowest point in their lives when they have exhausted all other options and are faced with the reality that they have become powerless to a substance.  By the time they come to Passages, they have suffered a lot of pain, destroyed relationships and wreaked havoc on their personal and professional goals.

However, when they drive onto the grounds, they will immediately sense that they are being transported to a tranquil paradise.  Almost an immediate sense of relief is felt as a result of the cool ocean breeze, the scent of salt water and the serene campus. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and the mountain and ocean views are breathtaking.  When you walk up to the front, you are greeted by the coy fish on either side of the pathway leading up to the door. Upon entering the grand entrance, you are greeted by a warm and friendly face that feels familiar.  This place is magical, for an addict who has hit rock bottom it is the happiest place on earth.

The home is filled with relics of serenity, artwork, musical instruments and comfortable furniture.  And it smells like delicious food every time I visit.  When clients check in they usually look and feel like zombies.  When I sit in the lobby, I can tell which clients are newly checked in because they walk slowly as if they are in pain from having run a marathon the day before.  The substance abuse has deteriorated their bodies and their minds and spirits have pretty much vanished as well.

After a few days of treatment, you can see the light coming on in each person’s life.  They start to feel better and start to reconnect with their emotions again. They become stronger each day and work through the pain and suffering that caused the addictions.  And then finally, a beautiful thing occurs.  You see the client begin to dream again. A renewed hope becomes a commonplace reality in their day to day existence and a new life is created.  The passage towards freedom is a beautiful thing to watch.  If you are struggling with addiction or have a loved one who has deteriorated to the point of no return, it is time to make the passage towards a better life.  And we have a team waiting for you… all you need to do is pick up the phone.

 

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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What is Art Therapy | Substance Abuse Treatment at Passages Rehab

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” -Michelangelo

Artistic and creative expression has a connection to our mental health. In recent years, the use of art therapy has successfully been incorporated into substance use and addiction treatment plans. You do not have to be Michelangelo to benefit from art therapy; all you need is an open mind and willingness to explore your creative side.

At Passages Malibu, art therapy includes several artistic mediums. These include drawing, painting, watercolors, and collages. The vision board, for example, is a collage of images, pictures, clippings, words, or other materials that represent your goals, hopes, and dreams in life.

            “Art Therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self- esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.  Through integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone.” (The American Art Therapy Association)

It is not always what we say that sheds light on our well being, it’s how we express ourselves through what we create. Creativity in art therapy addresses developmental, motivational, affective and cognitive processes. It allows for the subconscious (mental processing without conscious awareness) to bring underlying emotions safely to the surface. For this reason, it is extremely helpful for individuals to process otherwise scary or confusing thoughts, feelings, and memories through artistic expression.

A feeling of isolation is common among those suffering from substance use and addiction. Bringing people together through the arts is a positive way to make a healing connection. A therapist will work with his/her client to effectively support personal and relational treatment goals. Developing a shared bond with the counselor and others through creative expression is an integral part of art therapy.

 

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

How to 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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Getting Sober at Passages Malibu- A True Testimony

Getting Sober at Passages Malibu- A True Testimony

It was 10:00 AM.  I’d already consumed 10 shots of Svedka vodka and had just poured another 5 shot glass when the phone rang indicating the cab had arrived for my trip to the airport.  Next stop, Passages Malibu, where I hoped to conquer my addiction to alcohol.  I grabbed my drink and bags, locked the door and scurried out to meet the cab – sucking on the straw of my vodka drink the entire way.  Cool, another shot down as the driver was loading up my bags.  I jumped in the cab, comforted by the fact I still had four shots remaining to sustain me during the 20 minute trip to the airport.  I gave my gate number to the cabbie and then focused on finishing my drink and scanning Facebook.  SWEET I thought, by the time I get to the airport I should have a great buzz on and before too long, would be in my First Class seat, slamming down a double vodka on the rocks – followed by many more during the flight.  All for “free” since I was in First Class.  Free, quality booze is always the best booze for an addict.

By the time my flight arrived at LAX my buzz was bigger but I remained unsatisfied.  The problem was I’d gotten engaged in a great conversation with the dude next to me and was slow to order my follow-on rounds.  My last party and I wasn’t near as drunk as I wanted to be, sh__!  I got my bags from baggage claim and looked for the driver who’d been assigned to pick me up.  I thought this was part of the class A treatment I expected when I got to Passages for my treatment.  I found out later they do this to protect the addict from hurting themselves.  Many patients arrive with BAC’s so high they need to be monitored and closely watched to ensure they don’t show symptoms of severe alcohol poisoning or drug overdoses – both of which can be life ending situations.  It’s amazing how far guys like me will go to hide/ignore the pain caused by the underlying issue(s) which is/are driving our excessive drinking or drug usage.  We think we can escape the problems because the alcohol/drugs make us feel good and enable us to forget the problems and focus on ensuring the buzz/high is maximized.  More is better, right?

I was forced to acknowledge my alcohol dependency after several visits to the hospital to address a variety of health issues.  They were:

–  Atrial Fibrillation, caused by excessive alcohol.  (Commonly called A-Fib.  You’ve seen the commercials with Arnold Palmer right?)

–  Throwing up blood and passing tremendous amounts of blood through my digestive system.  This was a potentially life-threatening situation caused by alcohol.  The diagnosis was acid reflux, but I knew why it had occurred and the doctors did too.

–  A dehydration episode which rendered me so weak, I couldn’t walk.  Luckily this happened at the bar where I and all my drinking buddies were.  They saw I was in horrible shape and quickly rushed me to the hospital.  They probably saved my life…..thanks guys.

After these harrowing experiences, I knew I needed help and I needed it ASAP.  I’d seen the Passages commercials on Fox News and was intrigued.  I didn’t know at the time what a “12 step” program even was, but the commercials made it clear the 12 step option – while sometimes effective – had no capability to address the root causes of my problem.  I did my research, including discussing the Passages program with several doctors.  They all spoke of Passages with reverence and awe.  Better yet they said it was the best, most effective rehab program in the world.  This was something of a shocker as my experience indicated that TV commercials and the reality were 2 very different things.  Not so with Passages, I would learn.

Before I got to Passages I’d made the decision to immerse myself in the program, follow all therapist guidance, remain open-minded, and participate fully.  I was a bit surprised that some of the patients had less commitment.  They were here to follow the orders or direction of others (family, friends, or sometimes even a court of law).  They had no intention or desire to get better and it was easy to spot them after being in the program for a short time.  If this is your situation, don’t bother coming to Passages.  It will be a waste of your time and money.  Worse yet, you will drain much-needed resources from the patients who want and need the treatment.  In short, don’t friggin’ bother until you’re serious.  Hopefully, you’ll still be alive……

It was about 3 PM Pacific time when my plane landed at LAX.  I got my bags and began looking for the driver Passages had sent to pick me up.  Found him immediately, and we loaded up for the 1-hour road trip to Malibu.  Upon arrival, I was greeted by 4 or 5 folks who I’d worked with prior to my visit, and a few other folks.  I then went into my first “session” which is a Q&A session designed to gauge the severity of my dependency/addiction and to determine how committed I was to getting better.  This lasted about an hour and a half – during this time they searched my bags.  I was there to get better so I had no hidden booze and this process went smoothly.   I then went to the Nurses Station where I provided a urine sample and a blood alcohol content (BAC) test.  I blew a .09 – but I had some friends who told me they’d blown a .4 – WOW!  I was then assigned a room where I would stay while going through “detox”.   Passages takes detox very seriously, so patients going through it are assigned to one specific building which also houses the Nurses Station.  It’s a smart and necessary precaution.

My treatment started the next day and was a 30 calendar day program.  Each weekday I participated in 1 -2 moderated group sessions, led by one of the top-notch Passages therapists.  The sessions are extremely valuable since everyone participates and insights are gained through the experiences of other Passages patients.  Some patients are initially uncomfortable with this, but this uneasiness disappears quickly.  Passages puts you into a program and environment where it’s hard to fail – provided you’re committed to the program and execute accordingly.

The rest of the day consists of 1 on 1 individual sessions with Passages therapists who specialize in the various disciplines required for you to heal.  These include:

–  3 sessions per week with a psychologist

–  3 sessions per week with a chemical abuse therapist

–  3 sessions with a hypnotherapist……I had no experience with hypnotherapy and was concerned it would be weird/awkward etc.  It was actually very helpful – and no, there is none of the TV silliness of “stare deeply into my eyes” stuff.  Trust me, it’s very helpful and professional.

–  3 sessions  per week with a family therapist

–  1 – 2 sessions per week for acupuncture

–  1 – 2  sessions per week for a massage

–  2 sessions per week with a personal trainer – all at your pace.  Working with you, the Passages trainer helps you develop a plan that’s tailored to your needs and capabilities.  You get a plan for your time at Passages, and an ongoing plan for after you leave.

–  Weekly sessions with a medical doctor

–  Weekly sessions with a continuing care expert who helps you develop a plan for the non drug/alcohol centric activities you’ll engage in after treatment.  You pick these activities yourself, but they also help with suggestions based on your input and their experience.  Also, they will find a continuing care therapist near you for ongoing care.

–   Weekly sessions with a spiritual therapist who helps you approach your addiction from a spiritual perspective.  Again, I thought this might be weird, but it was actually an imperative part of the treatment.

On weekends, the Passages team sets up a full day of recreational activities for patients to enjoy, these include:

–  Beach walks and hikes

–  Arts and crafts with “coaches” to help you with your project.  I’d never painted before, but my coach helped me paint a polar bear – one of my favorite wild animals.  This took me the entire 30 days to complete!  I found painting, surprisingly, to be an enjoyable. peaceful experience, and finding peace is an important part of the program.

–  Tennis sessions with a tennis pro – he makes it lot’s of fun and everyone participates – its group fun on both Saturdays and Sundays.

–  Weight and aerobic training

–  Yoga

–  Family weekend visits

Here are some final thoughts I hope you find helpful:

–  Passages created a new addiction treatment paradigm when they were founded in the very early 2,000’s.  They dared to take a fresh approach to curing addiction and it worked.  Passages is now recognized by many to be the best addiction treatment program in the world.

–  The Passages therapists are really good.  They possess amazing professional knowledge, talent, and capability.  Each of them played a major role in me identifying and conquering my underlying causes.  This, of course, was the key to me getting well again.

–  The food is amazing.  The kitchen staff and nutritionists provide delicious gourmet food choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  They will also make diet accommodations on an individual basis.

–  I developed relationships with Passages staff and other patients, some of which will last the rest of our respective lives.  These can be very beneficial as these people can be part of your support network going forward.

–  There is peace and a better life waiting for you.  Passages is the gateway to getting there.

–  One of my Passages therapists told me that bottles of booze should have a skull and crossbones on them because alcohol is poison, and it can be deadly.  I will never forget this, what a powerful reality check to “replay” when you have a craving.

I hope you’re able to experience the Passages program and that you’re successful in your journey to get help, succeed, and lead an addiction-free life.  If the problem exists:  face it, admit it, and take the actions which will deliver your healing.  Passages helps people like you every day, so take that first step now and call Passages….

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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Start with the Why: Treating Drug and Alcohol Addiction

by Dr. Kerri Heath and Chris Prentiss

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it.  And what you do simply proves what you believe.” –Simon Sinek 

In his book Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek presents the idea that great leaders can inspire others by putting the Why (the purpose) before the How (the process), or the What (the product).  His work led to the second most viewed TED talk of all time, because people resonate with the idea of having a greater purpose in life than just doing business. Similar to Sinek’s work in the corporate world, when you visit Passages Addiction Treatment Center, your recovery process will start and end with the “Why”…  

Many of our decisions in life are made from a subconscious place in our brain or from taking directions from others.  We rarely stop and ask ourselves WHY we are doing something. And even more rarely do we intentionally create a new ‘why’ behind our choices.  Science tells us through brain scans that before our brains make a conscious decision, the outcome can be predicted from the unconscious activity in the brain:

“Many processes in the brain occur automatically and without the involvement of our consciousness. This prevents our mind from being overloaded by simple routine tasks. But when it comes to decisions we tend to assume they are made by our conscious mind. This is questioned by our current findings.” (Nature Neuroscience)

This signifies that there is a lot going on in our subconscious minds that impact our lives in ways that we are not even aware of. At Passages, we want to help you identify why you are using so that you can end your addiction, forever.  Once you fully understand “why” you are using drugs and alcohol, the sources of addiction are brought to a conscious level, and the healing process begins.

Once the festering wounds (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) are healed, they can no longer spill toxins into all areas of your life. You will be free to start over and create a life designed around a new sense of purpose.  At Passages Addiction Treatment Center, you will identify a new “Why” that drives every decision you make to rebuild your life… on your own terms.

It can be difficult to find your “Why”… the reason you were put on this earth… when so much of your time and energy is going towards the source of your pain.  Passages provides a team of specialized doctors, therapists, and health practitioners that will help you work with your body, your mind, your emotions and your spirit to stimulate self-healing and regain your passion for life.

by Brooke Cagle

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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What to Know About Loving an Alcoholic

By Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D.

 

Alcoholism is a problem for many couples. Research shows that over 30% of Americans exceed the FDA guidelines for alcohol use (one drink a day for women and two for men). If your loved one drinks to cope with everyday life, the problem has wormed its way into your relationship and everyone close to you will be poisoned.

Unfortunately, most people don’t realize the harmful effects of alcoholism on a relationship until it’s too late. If you’re with someone who is abusing alcohol, it’s time to wake up and drink some coffee.

To find out if you or your partner are drinking alcoholically ask yourselves the following questions.

  1. Have you ever felt that you should cut down?

  2. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

  3. Have you ever felt guilty about your drinking?

  4. Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

Answering yes to even one may be the sign of a problem.

Many people abuse alcohol because they cannot deal with the pain they are feeling or they just want to shut down and escape, doing this regularly is dependence. Alcohol may make you feel better for the moment, but it doesn’t last long and it creates a myriad of problems in your relationship and your life.

Some would say that a little excess now and again isn’t a crime. I beg to differ; if you’re driving while intoxicated it’s a crime. And if something unthinkable happens and someone is killed or injured, there is no getting over it or fixing it. Your life and the lives of those you love are damaged forever.

If you ignore your own values by thinking that you are needed or helping your alcoholic partner, a co-dependency is in progress. In truth, this is only enabling the destructive behavior.

In order to deal with this demon, you also need to get support and demand that your alcoholic partner get help. A good rehab facility will offer family and couple sessions and recommend you get additional support.

Additional assistance may be only a mouse click or a phone call away. There are some great people and places out there. Passages in Malibu, CA has lots of helpful information and a great environment to heal in (www.PassagesMalibu.com).

If your partner resists getting help through AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), going to a treatment center or doesn’t believe he or she has to do something about his or her problem you must create a “tough love” attitude and not allow the person to abuse themselves or you any longer. A qualified rehabilitation facility will offer intervention techniques to help motivate your loved one to take care of the problem.

The bottom line is that alcoholism directly affects those you love and no relationship can survive it. If you want to keep what you have, it’s worth giving up the habit.

 

Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D. has been named as the recipient of the Joseph A. Giannantoino II Award in recognition of his contributions as an Outstanding Educator in the field of Addiction Medicine, given by The California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Counselors, who also inducted him into The CAADAC Hall of Fame.

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Substance Abuse and Denial

By Jennifer McDougall

When someone is heavily addicted to drugs on alcohol, it is not uncommon for them to be in denial for the need of help. Many people who abuse drugs and alcohol don’t want to admit they have a problem. They may think the use is “normal” or acceptable because our society has extended the limit on what is morally responsible by glorifying the use of drugs and alcohol on social media with memes and humorous YouTube videos. The truth is that substance abuse related issues need to be addressed and if you’re dealing with someone who is unwilling to admit to a problem, it can be quite frustrating to be around them or talk to them about the situation.

Whether this person is a friend or family member, it’s important you address the issue with them by at least pointing it out. One of the best ways to talk to someone who is in denial of a drug and alcohol addiction is to ask questions. By answering the questions, they will have the chance to hear themselves out loud and begin processing a revelation that they’ve been trying to hide or run from for a while now. Here are 10 questions you can ask that will be helpful in discussing a substance abuse related issue and get them at least reflecting on what direction they are steering their life and hopefully change the course of their destiny for the better.

  1. Do you think your drinking (or drug) use affects your job?
  2. Are your drinking (or drub) habits affecting your relationships?
  3. Have you thought about just staying sober? If no, what makes you feel uncomfortable about staying sober?
  4. How often to drink alone? (Point out that this behavior is dangerous and could be detrimental to their health, career, etc. due to poor judgment and bad decision making)
  5. Is there something bothering you that you’d like to talk about?
  6. Are you drinking (or using) out of loneliness or boredom? (Suggest other things they could do instead)
  7. Do you ever feel like you should quit drinking (or using) but don’t know how? (Suggest they contact Passages for information about inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation)
  8. What do you usually do when you get home from work to unwind?
  9. Have your friends or family members ever mentioned concern about your drinking (drug use) habits? Do you agree with them? Why do you think they bring that up?
  10. What is the longest period of time you’ve gone without drinking (or using drugs)?

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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What is the Difference Between 12 Step Rehab and Non-12 Step Rehab?

Many people are curious when learning that Passages is a non-12 Step addiction rehab center. They ask us, “What does that mean?” Here we have created an infographic to lay it all out for you to better understand the difference between 12 Step and non-12 Step addiction treatment philosophies and rehabilitation methods. Non-12 Step addiction treatment is a holistic and empowering practice of therapy done by professionally trained and certified on-site addiction specialists. They work with you to treat and heal the underlying conditions causing substance abuse related issues so you can be free of addiction and live your best life after a complete transformation at Passages Malibu, or one of our many other non-12 Step addiction treatment centers located in beautiful Southern California.

Non-12 Step Addiction Treatment

What is the difference between 12 Step rehab and non-12 Step rehab?

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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How to Stop Using and Abusing Drugs and Alcohol

How to Stop Using and Abusing Drugs and Alcohol

By Jennifer McDougall

If you’re someone who is heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol you may feel hopeless and lost in life. The good news is there is hope for achieving complete sobriety and breaking free from addiction so you can finally live a clean and stable life you can feel proud of. How do you this?

That’s where Passages Addiction Treatment Centers come in.

We are a non-12-step addiction treatment center that has helped thousands of people from all over the world discover and heal their underlying conditions causing them to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Where do you play into this? This is the beginning of a beautiful journey you’re about to embark on. Your future is waiting for you to make this change. Before you do though allow us to walk you through what you can expect during treatment at Passages. Please note that most insurance does help cover treatment with us.

Our luxurious treatment center in the exclusive city of Malibu, California provides you with the following:

  • Individual therapy – (private, 1-on-1 therapy, rather than group meetings)
  • 24-hour nursing staff – (licensed nurses to oversee your needs)
  • A treatment team including addiction experts and therapists – (4:1 client to staff ratio and personalized therapy)
  • We give you the freedom to use cell phones and laptops – (remain connected to family and business during your stay at Passages)
  • 22 different types of holistic methods – (customized to meet your individual needs, taking into consideration the specific aspects of your addiction)

Our unparalleled luxury rehab center also features top of the line facilities and amenities. During your stay at Passages Malibu, you will have special access to:

  • 5 beautiful and elegant estates, each with spectacular ocean views
  • 10 acres of pure Malibu paradise
  • 1 Full sized tennis court and basketball hoop
  • Full gym with your very own experienced personal trainer
  • Exclusive and comfortable serene detox unit perched over the magnificent Pacific Ocean
  • 2 heated swimming pools and 2 Jacuzzi where you can relax after an eventful day

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How to Get Sober and Stop Using Drugs Today

When you’re ready to get sober and stop drinking and using drugs, there’s a lot of wonderful things that begin to happen and you will experience these good fortunes as you stay dedicated to living a sober life. Many people use drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms to help ease their physical or emotional pain.

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

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

Our goal is to find out what’s driving you to use drugs or alcohol. Once we locate the cause of your addiction, we will begin the work to heal it. Our entire program revolves around accomplishing this goal using an advanced one-on-one approach to therapy.

How to Contact Passages Malibu

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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Reasons to Quit Drinking Alcohol

10 Reasons to Quit Drinking Alcohol

By Jennifer McDougall

Besides not waking up with a painful headache and a list of regrets from the night before there are several other reasons to quit drinking alcohol. The amount of damage alcohol does to your body should be enough reason to avoid alcohol altogether, but for many, it’s not.

What if I told you that your overall quality of life would dramatically improve with the absence of alcohol? Within weeks you could see increased productivity at work and more money in the bank. Do I have your attention? Okay, good.

If you are unsure whether or not you should quit drinking, here are a few clues to help you see that this is without a doubt the right move for you.

  • If you find yourself drinking alone more than three nights a week.
  • If you are lying to others about your drinking habits.
  • If you have a reckless attitude which leads you to drive under the influence.
  • If you wake up with one-too-many moral hangovers full of shame and regret.
  • If your relationships are falling apart because of your intoxicated behaviors.
  • If your job or career is suffering due to the lack of arriving on time, performing tasks that are expected of you and failure to follow through on ideas and promises.
  • If your self-esteem is at rock bottom because you no longer see yourself as someone who is making good decisions and prospering in life.
  • If you start fights while your intoxicated and cause unnecessary drama that end up making you look ridiculous.
  • If someone mentions to you that it’s time to give up your drinking habits.
  • If you have increased anxiety and body aches.
  • If your face begins to appear more puffy than usual.
  • If your doctor suggests you dry up and get sober due to health concerns.
  • If you have to ask yourself if 10 am is too early to start drinking.
Quit Drinking with the Help of Passages

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Now that you’ve established the fact that this habit is making your life more and more unbearable it’s time to look at the benefits of putting down the bottle. Keep in mind there are more than just 10 benefits, but these are the ones we think are the most important.

  1. To promote a healthier brain and liver.

  2. Increase your energy level.

  3. Save a lot more money for valuable things that actually matter and are worth investing in.

  4. You will boost your levels of creativity.

  5. Improve your overall complexion.

  6. Wake up earlier feeling refreshed and more energized.

  7. Gain mental clarity- say goodbye to a cloudy mind.

  8. You will feel empowered to make the most out of life and help other people.

  9. You will feel much happier and self-confident.

  10. Will have more time for productive and exciting hobbies.

 

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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Passages Malibu & Passages Ventura Drug & Alcohol Treatment Centers Support National Prevention Week

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Malibu, Calif. (May 17, 2012) Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura, the world’s leading drug and alcohol rehab centers, are proud to support the first annual National Prevention Week, which is held from Monday, May 21, 2012 through Friday, May 25, 2012. This health observance is an opportunity for community members and leaders to learn more about behavioral health issues and get involved in ongoing prevention efforts.

National Prevention Week is a new annual health observance week that is supported by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to celebrate and support the work that community organizations, individuals, healthcare providers, and treatment centers, such as Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura, do year round to help heal and to promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

National Prevention Week’s themes are as follows:

Monday, May 21: Prevention of Underage Drinking
Tuesday, May 22: Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use
Wednesday, May 23: Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
Thursday, May 24: Suicide Prevention
Friday, May 25: Promotion of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being

Being a drug and alcohol treatment center that takes the holistic approach to healing the mind, body, and spirit to help promote overall wellness, balance, health, and freedom from substance and alcohol dependency, Passages is thrilled that this new observance has been placed on our national calendar.

“My hope is that we can bring more awareness to the growing problems of underage drinking, prescription drug abuse, and illicit drug use this year and the years to come. National Prevention Week gives us the opportunity to just that. Bringing awareness to these important issues in our society is exactly what’s going to create positive change. Hopefully, everyone will participate in spreading the message during this week and beyond,” says Pax Prentiss, CEO and co-founder of Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura.

National Prevention Week 2012 is timed for the start of summer because, as SAMHSA explains, “Summer is a season filled with celebrations and recreational activities that can potentially be linked to substance use and abuse, such as graduation parties, proms, weddings, boating, and camping excursions. It is also timed to allow schools to take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness in students of all ages. The percentages of marijuana, cigarette, and alcohol initiates among youth increase between spring (April and May) and summer (June and July), and the timing of National Prevention Week 2012 will help to raise awareness in youth at this crucial time of year.”

If you or a loved one is in need of help with an addiction to any type of substance – alcohol, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, prescription medicine, painkillers, or any other type of addictive substance – help is out there. Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura offer customized, holistic, non-12 Step treatment plans for every type of addiction. Their addiction treatment centers in Malibu and Ventura, California are two of only 6% of the nation’s behavioral health treatment programs that have earned the coveted JCAHO accreditation.

Please join Passages Malibu, Passages Ventura, and SAMHSA in spreading the word of National Prevention Week.

About Passages Malibu & Passages Ventura:

Founded by Chris Prentiss and Pax Prentiss, Passages Malibu opened in 2001 with its second location, Passages Ventura, opening in 2009. The two drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers offer an alternative to the 12 Step/AA model of addiction treatment by taking a holistic approach with a program that focuses on the underlying issues of substance dependency, rather than suggesting that addiction is an incurable disease. Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura have earned the coveted JCAHO (Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accreditation, which has only been given to 6% of the nation’s behavioral health treatment programs. The co-founders are also authors of the acclaimed series of treatment books that include their groundbreaking flagship book, “The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure.” At Passages, we believe: Addiction Ends Here™.

For general inquiries about treatment, contact: 866-233-1753

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