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How to Know if You Need Addiction Rehab

By Jennifer McDougall

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

Signs You Need Rehab Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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What to Expect in Residential Treatment at Passages Malibu

What to Expect in Residential Treatment at Passages Malibu

By Jennifer McDougall

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

Average Length of Stay

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

Detox

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

Residential Treatment

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

The Passages Difference

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

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

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

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Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on the Brain

Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on the Brain

Drugs and alcohol are made of a variety of harmful chemicals that have many troubling effects on the body and brain. When a person consumes drugs and alcohol, chemicals make their way to the brain impacting how a person feels, thinks, and behaves. When someone is under the influence of drugs and alcohol, they tend to overreact in situations, create unnecessary drama, suppress stress, become dehydrated, neglect responsibilities, end up with vitamin deficiencies and have incoherent conversations.

Drugs are linked to a wide variety of effects on the brain specifically, including the following.

Impaired Short and Long Term Memory

It doesn’t take much for harmful and poisonous chemicals found in cocaine, alcohol, and, Xanax, just to name a few. The more you take drugs, the more impact it will cause. Substance abuse is proven as a cause of short and long term memory loss. A person who is intoxicated or high may experience a complete loss of memory the day or night before while using drugs and alcohol. This can be scary for anyone who may wake up and have little to no recollection as to what happened, or what was said during the time of being intoxicated. It certainly never makes for a good impression when socializing with other people not to mention the anxiety and panic that’s to come due to moral regret, physical aches, and pains, and fear of what’s to come from the choices made while under the influence.

Decision Making Process

Drug and alcohol make it difficult to think clearly and make smart choices. They make the user feel brave and a bit invincible; a misleading side effect of drugs and alcohol causing a person to act in such a way that is not authentic with who they truly are. It is more likely that the user will end up making poor decisions that oftentimes lead to dangerous and harmful situations that are found to be regrettable later. Those under the influence of drugs and alcohol are likely to experience balance problems, blurry vision, and slow reflexes.

Poor Judgement and Mood Disorders Including Anxiety and Depression

Since alcohol is a depressant that leads to relaxation, it slows down the user’s reaction time leading to loss of physical coordination, poor judgment, and sleepiness. A mood disorder is one of the effects of longer substance abuse. The frontal lobe is specifically responsible for reasoning and judgment.

Inability to learn

Drugs and alcohol interfere with the normal traffic pattern that neurotransmitters use. Chemical structures in drugs normally imitate and fool receptors locking and altering activities of the nerve cells. The alteration can cause neuro messages to go in the wrong direction and can also reset how the brain reacts, processes and retains information as well as effects the way you learn, think, focus, and remember. Other issues caused by substance abuse include disruption of nutrients that are needed by brain tissue, cause of killing brain cells including neurotransmitter receptors and the deprivation of oxygen to brain tissue.

Our brains are wired to help us repeat experiences that specifically make us feel good, the pleasure sensors specifically. Addictive drugs and alcohol target the reward system of the brain. Chemical dopamine goes into the brain and triggers a feeling of pleasure. That’s why many people use and abuse drugs and alcohol when coping with difficult issues in life such as grief, stress, loneliness, or boredom. They use addictive substances to escape the pain (current conditions causing discomfort or trouble), a chemical imbalance, unresolved issues from the past, or untrue beliefs they continue to tell themselves.

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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A Holistic Approach to Drug Addiction at Passages Rehab

by Dr. Kerri Heath

“A holistic approach looks for fundamental underlying issues,

rather than only addressing symptoms.”  

–Fran Sussman

A truly great drug rehab center knows that a holistic recovery program will help you discover and heal the underlying causes of addiction, which is the only way to achieve permanent recovery.  Choosing a holistic recovery program is crucial because it identifies the primary causes of your dependency (the why), which always have both physical and psychological components that must be identified in order to truly heal.  These can stem from anything such as anemia, hypoglycemia, thyroid problems, attention deficit disorder, brain-wave pattern imbalances, or deep emotional pain caused by trauma.  The “why” may not always be self-evident because it is buried underneath the drugs, alcohol, and other symptoms that are used to numb the pain. At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, the right team will guide and protect you as you delve into the areas of your life that have been hidden from you but hold the keys to your freedom.

It takes a carefully selected team to help you uncover and treat the specific reasons you are depending on addictive substances or behaviors to cope with your life.  At Passages, you will be guided through a personalized program to achieve total recovery and optimum health.  This is done by enlisting the help of several key health professionals that look at the specific situation from different points of view, treating every aspect of your life.  A holistic approach considers the importance of the entire person: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  A team of specialized doctors, therapists, and health practitioners will help you work with your body, your mind, your emotions and your spirit to stimulate self-healing and regain your passion for life.

The pain is there for a reason. It is calling to you.  It wants you to find it and heal it so that you can be free to exert energy on things that excite you and inspire you.  But if you numb the pain and never fully address the situations that need to be healed, the pain will continue and even grow stronger. But you don’t have to face this alone. By identifying the source of the pain, and working through it with a team of professionals, you can find healing and begin to create a new direction for your life.   Deepak Chopra states that “the best way to get rid of the pain is to feel the pain.  And when you feel the pain and go beyond it, you’ll see there’s a very intense love that is waiting to awaken itself.”  And won’t be alone… there is a team of professionals waiting to walk alongside you as you take the steps forward on this path towards freedom.

Passages Addiction Treatment Centers would like to help you find permanent freedom from your addiction through a holistic approach that can help you redefine the “why” that guides the life you decide to create.

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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Choosing Between Inpatient and Outpatient Rehab

By Jennifer McDougall

After you have made the decision to go to rehab, the next choice you need to make is whether you with be going to inpatient or outpatient treatment. When you call our admissions office to review the options for treatment, they will be happy to go over all the details you need to know and what to expect from each program.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment rehab services.

Passages Malibu Inpatient Treatment Center

What is Inpatient Rehab Treatment?

At residential inpatient treatment, clients are supervised 24/7 and have access to medical attention around the clock. Consistent care helps prevent relapse during the first few weeks of treatment. Depending on the length and depth of the substance abuse, treatment can vary as to how long you should stay in residential treatment. This is something you will need to discuss with an admissions coordinator to properly place you in the correct treatment program that will best suit your treatment needs. With inpatient treatment, you will need to notify your employer and find secure living arrangements for your children or pets while you are in rehab.

What is Outpatient Rehab Treatment?

While inpatient rehab is entirely residential, outpatient treatment allows you the freedom to go about your daily routine between schedule therapy sessions and return home at the end of the day. Outpatient treatment usually costs less than inpatient, but your decision should depend solely on the severity of your addiction. Passages offers non-12-step outpatient treatment in Venice, California and Ventura, California.

Signs you need addiction treatment for substance abuse include:

  • Hiding your drug or alcohol use from friends and family
  • Questioning yourself if your substance abuse is an issue
  • Your personal and professional life is suffering
  • If you’re isolating yourself from loved ones and certain hobbies you once enjoyed
  • Drastic changes in sleep patterns – insomnia or not getting out of bed at all
  • A decline in your overall physical, mental, and emotional health due to substance use
  • You find yourself feeling guilty and apologizing more and more
  • Reckless behavior has become second nature and you’ve begun to scare yourself and not trust your own actions or self-control

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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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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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How to Get and Stay Sober with the Help of Passages Treatment

How to Get and Stay Sober with the Help of Passages Treatment

By Jennifer McDougall

 

What do you do when you’re ready to get sober and change your life for the better? Well, it’s a lot easier than you may think. At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we make getting sober a tranquil and safe process that will have you thriving in absolute harmony in all areas of your life—that is if you are willing to use the proper tools provided to you through our comprehensive holistic therapy methods. Many people come to Passages feeling broken, wounded, damaged, hopeless, unbalanced, and sick. If you are one of those people who have spent the last several days, weeks, months, maybe even years feeling remotely similar—it could be time to contact Passages.

When was the last time you felt motivated, fulfilled, inspired, and satisfied in life? Do you continue reaching to achieve a better level of health and happiness, but your self-destructive habits and poor choices keep dragging you back down the road of a toxic lifestyle? Are you ready to try something different?

The first thing you should do if you want to get sober is to reach out to Passages for addiction treatment options. We offer several programs that can help you get back on your feet, stronger than before. One of the things most people don’t realize is that Passages Addiction Treatment Centers accepts most insurance policies that cover a large percentage of treatment.

If you have already gone through addiction treatment and are looking for support or ideas to stay sober, please take a moment to read the following 20 tips that will help you throughout your sober journey.

  1. Sober Living or transitional living homes with a stable environment
  2. Begin a healthy workout routine
  3. Create goals for yourself
  4. Pick up a new hobby or two
  5. Live in the present
  6. Practice mindful meditation
  7. Surround yourself with positive influences
  8. Travel more frequently
  9. Keep yourself in check with self-care
  10. Ongoing forgiveness and let go of resentment
  11. Maintain a clean home and living area (including your car)
  12. Learn to be stern about not going down a dangerous road that could lead to relapse
  13. Embrace your skills and talents
  14. Repair broken relationships
  15. Spend time surrounded by nature
  16. Remind yourself constantly of what you’re grateful for
  17. Continuing education
  18. Resist temptations and triggers
  19. Read more books
  20. Outpatient Addiction Treatment

 

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

By Jennifer McDougall

 

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

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

What Makes Passages Different?

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

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

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

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

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

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What are the Underlying Causes of Addiction?

By Jennifer McDougall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Passages Malibu: Revolutionizing Addiction Treatment for 15 Years.

When Chris and Pax Prentiss opened Passages on August 11th, 2001 they had one goal in mind, to open the world’s finest treatment center, and help as many people as they could. Now, fourteen years later and it’s clear they have accomplished their goal, not only has their groundbreaking, holistic approach made them the No. 1 rehab in the world, but they’ve also revolutionized the industry.

“When we opened 15 years ago, we were ridiculed by other treatment centers for not incorporating the 12-Steps into our program, but why we should, we knew the 12-Step philosophy was contradictory to what we believed to be true about treating addiction. Ultimately, we refused to use it and instead relied on professional one-on-one treatment to be the mainstay of our program. Over the years, as Passages grew in popularity other treatment centers were more inclined to adopt our ways or be faced with becoming stagnant.” Said co-founder and CEO Pax Prentiss.

At the core of the Passages’ game changing philosophy is their focus on healing the underlying conditions that cause addiction. They do this through a holistic program that offers an abundance of one-on-one therapy. “One-on-one treatment is far more effective then groups when it comes to treating someone’s underlying conditions.” Says Prentiss. Pax should know, he was addicted to heroin, cocaine and alcohol for ten years, and failed many times at traditional rehab centers that incorporate the 12-steps and offered only group meetings.

Passages is Joint Commission Accredited, has been ranked the No. 1 rehab in the world, and was named by Forbes magazine as one of the “Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out.” In 2009 Passages opened its sister facility in Ventura California.

On August 10th, 2015, Passages opened their very first outpatient treatment center located in Venice, California for those who are in need of holistic outpatient treatment that is similar to what is provided at Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura.  Passages also has a sober living facility located in vibrant Santa Monica, California.

 

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About Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Founded by Chris Prentiss and Pax Prentiss, Passages Malibu opened in 2001 with its second location, Passages Ventura, opening in 2009 and an outpatient center in Venice, California which opened in 2015. The three 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.

 

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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The Dangers of Ecstasy

By Jennifer McDougall

Many times when ecstasy users grab ahold of this drug, they don’t realize the amount of danger they are putting themselves in. Ecstasy is one of the scariest drugs because a person can overdose on it before they have time to rewind and retrace their steps or get any help.

Ecstasy eliminates the process in which one can recall events, remember specific things that happened while on the drug. It destroys Nigral cells in the brain, which cannot be recreated or brought back to life.  We are born with about 400,000 of these cells and once you lose under 250,000 of them you could be at risk for getting Parkinson’s disease.

Like many drugs, the chemicals and continued use, destroy parts of your body and vital organs that you need in order to live a long and healthy life.

Someone who abuses ecstasy increases their risk to develop a number of health problems down the road. As for more immediate affects, ecstasy has been known to cause panic attacks, blurred vision, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and too often, lead to death.

One of the more common places ecstasy is used, is at night clubs or live music venues. The reason for this is the rush that is created when someone combines substance, loud music, crowds of people, lots of movement, and low lights. Yes, it is a very dangerous combination and when a person participates in this type of activity, they can easily get caught up in the rush, the fun, the moment when they feel happy and alive; In that moment is when everything can turn and your life, body, and whole world can come crashing down on you in the blink of an eye.

When we use substances to try and increase the amount of “fun” we could have, we increase the chance of losing it all. Don’t be one of the many thousands of people each year who overdose on Ecstasy.

Symptoms of Overdose:

  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Increased body temperature
  • Abdominal pain and pressure
  • Stiff muscles
  • Chest pain

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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Prescription Medication: Confronting a Growing Problem

The misuse and growing dependency problems surrounding prescription painkillers have reached significant levels in the US.  Forbes recently ran an article that reported how 40,000 Americans no perish each year from prescription medication overdose.  In fact, more people die from prescription medication than by car accidents or violent crimes.

This is a relatively recent development, spurred largely by the proliferation of pharmaceuticals like OxyContin, and other opioids, many of which are based on formulations of oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone.  As of 2007, 99% of all the hydrocodone (found in Vicodin) in the world was consumed in the US.

Between 1990 and 2012, drug overdoses in the US doubled. Of those, almost 60% occured as a result of prescription medication.

The Clinical Journal of Pain has pinned the total cost from non-medical abuse of painkillers at $53 billion.  That staggering amount was totaled by including lost workplace productivity, treatment, and associated medical complications.

Recent data from The White House shows that one third of people using illegal drugs first began with prescription drugs. The picture is coming very clear. Something needs to be done.

While immediately following surgery or injuries, painkillers can allow for an individual to cope with the pain of recovery, the use of these medications for more than 90 days drastically increases the overall likelihood of dependence.

Additionally, extreme caution is needed when prescribing prescription pain treatment medication to children under the age of 18.

At this point in time, some physicians prescribe extremely powerful pain medication for patients dealing with recurring lower-back pain, chronic headaches, and other ongoing medical issues.  Rather than focusing on patient wellness, many physicians take steps in treatment that solve short-term problems, without a long-term solution in mind.

As individual tolerance builds up, these patients need higher dosages to achieve similar results.  While the pain they feel may be perceived as “needing” more medication, the negative health effects such as cardiac or repertory failure, draw nearer with each heightened dose.

A more appropriate solution to pain management should include the administration of these medications as a part of a comprehensive and holistic treatment strategy.  More centralized data collection would also be appropriate, to help physicians track patients who have developed dependencies on painkillers or those who participate in “doctor shopping.”

While individual American consumers are ultimately responsible for their own behavior, a great degree of responsibility could also be placed on the physicians who better understand the full spectrum of health risks associated with prescription medication.

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Got Drugs? Give Them Back On Drug Take Back Day

This weekend, the Drug Enforcement Administration is helping Americans do a little responsible spring-cleaning and bring awareness to the growing problem prescription drug abuse at the same time. The DEA’s 4th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day takes place this Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. nationwide where anyone can discard their unused, unwanted, and expired prescription drugs in a safe and anonymous way.

“Take Back Day is important because it gives us an opportunity to do a public service by collecting unused, unwanted, and expired drugs that are sitting in people’s houses, in their medicine cabinets, and they really don’t know what to do with them, and they just continue to collect them and they pile up,” Harry S. Sommers, special agent in charge of the DEA Atlanta field division, told CNN on Friday.

It’s a timely event as recent studies have shown that prescription drug abuse is on the rise, and, in fact, as Sommers points out, “Prescription drugs, most studies show now, are the most abused drug this side of marijuana in America today.”

The danger of having extra prescription drugs lingering around a household are two-fold: 1) Children, teens, and their friends can, and often do, get into the medicine cabinet and take the drugs for recreational use, often times leading to addiction; and 2) Those who the drugs were prescribed to are more likely to return to that drug when it’s not necessary. For instance, one day you’re prescribed Vicodin after a surgery, and the next month you are taking it to simply feel good or for minor aches and pains.

Another recent study showed that prescription drug abuse often begins at the hand of a family member or friend “lending” that friend or relative one of their prescription pills for simple ailments such as headaches, back pain, and muscle aches that could be easily treated with over-the-counter pain medicines. According to the study, based on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health released this Wednesday, more than 70% of people who abuse prescription painkillers have obtained the drug from friends or family.

So, what can you do to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day? Go through your medicine cabinets, gather up all expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs (they’ll even take over-the-counter drugs as long as it’s not in liquid form), and march on over to your local drug collection agency.

The DEA has made the drug drop-off process easy by setting up a website where you enter your city and zip code, and it provides you with a list of free and anonymous collection sites in your area. Approximately 5,000 collections sites are participating nationwide.

To find out where to drop off your prescription drugs, go to: http://1.usa.gov/IdKOc3

To learn more about prescription drug addiction go to www.passagesmalibu.com and www.passagesventura.com.

Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura support the DEA’s 4th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and encourages everyone to discard their drugs safely this Saturday.

Denial and Substance Abuse

Many people often hear the term “denial” or the phrase “being in denial” when discussing an individual with a substance abuse issue.  Many individuals who have been abusing drugs or alcohol for an extended period of time get very good at hiding and covering up their actions, and have a hard time admitting to themselves or their families the true extent of their usage.

In a recent study conducted by the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, millions Americans admitted to habitually smoking pot, drinking alcohol, snorting cocaine or taking prescription drugs, yet many of them were not completely honest about their level of use and many of them who met the criteria for needing treatment did not recognize that they have a problem. The study estimates that those “in denial” of a problem is close to 5 million, which is a much higher number than the people that actually seek and get professional treatment.  It seems as though there is a large and growing denial gap when it comes to drug abuse and dependency in our society.  Drug and alcohol abuse is often glorified and readily accepted in the media, which may in part add to the nation’s large issue with denial.  At Passages, we help our client come to terms with and be honest about their behaviors and help them get back to healthy, drug free lives.

 

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Marijuana Addiction and Treatment

Cannabis (or more commonly known as marijuana, weed, or pot) is a very popular and prevalent drug in the United States. It is even legal for medicinal purposes in some states; however, marijuana is highly abused. When an individual smokes or ingests marijuana, the individual will experience distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory. Several research studies have shown that chronic marijuana users have difficulty learning and decreased memory function, which can last for days or weeks after the actual physical “high” or effects of the drug wear off. Therefore, chronic marijuana abuser are functioning at a suboptimal intellectual and physical level of capability all of the time.

Many studies also show a direct correlation between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and various mental illnesses. There are numerous misconceptions about cannabis addiction and treatment and about the actual addictive qualities of marijuana. Many pro-marijuana users ridicule the idea that marijuana is addictive. At Passages, we see people addicted to marijuana every day. Marijuana is a gateway drug, meaning that individuals who abuse it typically drink alcohol more and abuse other drugs, drastically increasing their chances for becoming addicted to numerous substances. Cannabis has definite withdrawal symptoms when an abuser stops using, which include vivid dreams (caused by the chemical THC), anxiety, irritability, decreased appetite, paranoia, tension and insomnia. At Passages Malibu, we treat marijuana addiction and provide a medically supervised detox.

 

 

 

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Native American Influences in Drug Rehab Centers

Many people seeking drug or alcohol treatment find themselves unwilling to subscribe to the disease concept of addiction, and wanting something more than just the typical, conventional 12-step programs.

Many non-12 step and holistic treatment centers fill this void and offer unconventional treatment practices that incorporate and respect all cultures, religions, and backgrounds.  This kind of treatment facilities often focus on a combination of culture, spirituality, tradition and healing.

Native American culture is very rich and complex, and many Native Americans wish to attend a treatment center that will allow them to focus on their Native American spirituality, beliefs, culture and practice.  There are Native American rehabilitation programs available; these programs are not exclusive to Native Americans, however the majority of clients that attend have a cultural background of Native American tradition.

These treatment facilities often involve a combination of individual therapy, cultural understanding, traditional ceremony, and group therapy. There are also rehab programs that have a focus on Native American elements, but are not solely Native American in nature.

At Passages Malibu, we consider ourselves to be one of these types of treatment centers. We incorporate all forms of spirituality and cultural backgrounds into our program, and design a treatment plan designed for each individual’s particular needs.

 

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 Know About an Ecstasy Addiction

Ecstasy use has increased in recent years and is considered a fairly new street drug; however, the consequences of ecstasy abuse are very severe.  Deaths from ecstasy can occur due to overdose, as well as from either electrolyte imbalances or impairment while driving.

Hyponatremial is the term used to describe a condition where an individual who has taken ecstasy consumes a sometimes fatal large amount of water without having enough salts in the body; this is also known as water poisoning.  This commonly happens to ecstasy abusers, and some have died because they felt overheated and drank excessive amounts of water with no food.

Addiction to ecstasy is driven by the withdrawal symptoms of the drug, such as depression, severe fatigue, loss of appetite, trouble concentrating, anxiety and an inability to feel pleasure. Addicted individuals become dependent on the good feelings they get while taking ecstasy, and when they stop using they often think their life seems dull and not worth living.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that 43% of young adult and adolescent ecstasy users met the accepted diagnostic criteria for dependence;  they continued using ecstasy despite knowing that it could cause physical or psychological harm. An additional 34% of those ecstasy users met the criteria for drug abuse which in turn could lead to an ecstasy addiction.  At Passages Malibu, we treat ecstasy dependence on a regular basis, and provide a safe, comfortable, and medically supervised detox.

 

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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Innovative and Different Forms of Therapy in Addiction Rehab

Numerous non-traditional, cutting-edge forms of treatments are becoming popular in rehab centers to heal dependency on drugs and alcohol. By incorporating types of one-on-one psychotherapy sessions, treatment centers ensure a more complete, well-rounded and total recovery.

Some of these “non-traditional” forms of treatment include acupuncture, physical training, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), art therapy, etc. Many therapists and addiction professionals believe that innovative and experimental treatments offer a variety of benefits and can help clients strengthen and develop non-verbal and verbal communication, creative thinking, problem-solving, leadership, responsibility, confidence and relationship skills.

Passages Malibu offers a variety of these cutting-edge types of treatments. For example, clients regularly work out with a personal trainer and receive acupuncture sessions. Acupuncture sessions not only encourage and enhance relaxation but they actually physically relieve the body of impurities left over and lingering from years of drug and alcohol dependency. Another one of these types of therapies that have shown to be extremely effective is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Working with such a large animal often allows individuals to overcome fear and develop confidence, strengthening the skills needed for dealing with other intimidating and stressful day-to-day life situations.

Not only are innovative and different forms of treatment therapeutically beneficial, but they are also enjoyable and often provide individuals with a relaxing or creative outlet.

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