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The Four Causes of Addiction

The Four Causes to Addiction

There are only four causes of all addiction. It may seem as if there are hundreds, but there are only four.  You have quit many times, only to relapse, even if there were long periods of sobriety. What draws you inexorably back is the unresolved conditions produced by one or more of the four causes listed below. As you read the list of examples, write down the numbers of the ones that apply to you. When you are finished, email the numbers to us: passages@evaluation.com  Include your contact information and we will get back to you promptly and tell you what we can do to help end your addiction. It is certain you have an unresolved Cause. It is nearly certain you have forgotten the original cause because of the pain, the shame, the sadness or the hurt you experienced when you remembered it when it was still fresh. Or you may even remember it, but do not credit it with causing and keeping alive your current addiction. You may have examples we haven’t listed; add those to your list. Regarding neurotransmitter imbalance, there’s no need to list it as everyone who has an addiction to drugs, including alcohol, has a neurotransmitter imbalance.

The Four Broad Categories

1A Neurotransmitter imbalance

       2B Events of the past you have not been able to reconcile.

       3C Current conditions you can’t cope with.

4D Things you believe that aren’t true.

A Brief Description of The Four Causes

Cause 1A

1A Neurotransmitter imbalance. In the first 3 ½ years after we opened Passages, everyone who came was given an electroencephalograph exam (EEG). The psychiatrist who administered the EEG testing is one of the foremost psychiatrists in EEG testing. Each client had eight electrodes placed on the top of his or her head to read electrical impulses from the surface of their brain. We read their brain waves for fifteen minutes, then took the quietest ten seconds, when the brain was at its most restful state, and processed it through our computer where we had the baseline from New York University. There was not one person whose brain wave patterns were within the normal range. We discovered that those people who had fast brain wave patterns were using drugs marijuana, opiates and alcohol in an attempt to slow themselves down and feel normal. Those who had slow brain wave patterns were using speed drugs: cocaine, Adderall, methamphetamine, Ritalin, and caffeine. Everyone was seeking a drug that made them feel normal or balanced.

Cause 2B

Events of the past you haven’t been able to reconcile. Life brings us challenges. Some of the challenges are painful, demoralizing, identity crushing, unbearable, humiliating, shameful, depressing, mentally disturbing and they all cause trauma that can live in our brain forever causing us great pain both mental and physical. If the trauma and pain are substantial enough, the memories are stamped indelibly on our brain and in some cases, in our muscle tissue. Many years may pass, but the memories are still there, buried in your subconscious, hurting all your days. One of the most beneficial attributes of a human being is the ability to forget. Whenever the images of the painful trauma emerge, we block it in an attempt to ease the pain. After a while, the event is buried. The memory of it is still there, but our recall system has shut it down from everyday consciousness; yet it is still there, subliminally causing us to medicate ourselves with drugs and alcohol particularly when the same traumatic feeling you experienced during the original trauma are felt again, even though they may not trigger a memory of the original event.  Left to continue its disruptive action, we either suffer or medicate the pain away, unaware of the cause. As you read the examples, write down the numbers of the ones that apply to you and email them to us at

  • B1 Sexually Abused at any time or multiple times.
  • B2 Physically abused as a child
  • B3 Physically abused at any time
  • B4 Victim of bullying
  • Verbal abuse – being yelled at, called names
  • Emotional Abuse – is defined as “stupid” or “wrong”
  • Shamed for being shy
  • Shamed for Self-Expression
  • Shamed for your sexuality
  • Narcissistic abuse
  • Seeing violence occur in your home even if you did not experience it
  • Being introduced to porn or snuff films at a young age by a parent or sibling or babysitter
  • Made to feel like a failure i.e. “You’ll never amount to anything.”
  • Being told they were not wanted “I wish I had an abortion”
  • “I wanted a girl.”
  • “I wanted a boy.”
  • Being told you ruined your parents’ lives
  • Being criticized for your appearance – “too fat, too thin, too ugly, pimples, a deformity.”
  • Being raised in a cult with frightening rituals and practices
  • Overly critical parents
  • Being a victim of parent ‘kidnapping” – one parent kept you from the other
    • Ignored by family
    • Ignored by siblings
    • Abandoned by a parent or parents as a child
    • No listened to or understood
    • Emotionally unavailable parents
    • Made to feel unsafe
    • Not receiving protection from the non-abusive parent
    • Emotionally disconnected parents/family
    • Being raised by a mentally ill parent
    • Absentee Parents
    • Absence of positive role models
    • Sent away to live somewhere else
    • Lack of approval.
    • Not allowed to pursue your interests
    • Not allowed to pursue one’s choice in education or career
    • Severe poverty and conditions
    • Being lost in a large family
    • Lack of affection from parents and siblings
  • Parent’s Divorce
  • Family Addiction
  • Being the scapegoat in your Family
  • Too strict parents
  • Too lenient parents
  • incest
  • No structure in your family
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Not measuring up to family expectations
  • Being made to act as the parent to the parent instead of being allowed to be a child
  • Infantilized by Parents – not allowed to grow up
  • Unresolved grief over the death of a parent
  • Unresolved grief over the death of a sibling
  • A single parent with multiple sexual partners
  • Abuse by a stepmother
  • Abuse by a stepfather
  • Death of a primary caregiver when you were a child
  • Constant Conflict between parents or family members
  • You were adopted
  • Uprooted, frequent relocations
  • Having a long-term illness as a child
  • Loss of a job
  • Unfair judgment put on you.
  • Kept back a grade or multiple grades in school
  • Unfair treatment in school
  • Missed opportunity
  • Passed over for promotion
  • Filing for bankruptcy
  • Failed business
  • Early success and accomplishments, then failure
  • Loss of health
  • Loss of a close relationship
  • Loss of reputation
  • Loss of purpose
  • Loss of dreams
  • Moving to a new area
  • Unhappy marriage (the ideal not being fulfilled)
  • Childbirth problems
  • Adoption
  • Empty Nest (children moved away)
  • Diagnosed with a learning disability
  • Unable to achieve education
  • mid-life crisis
  • Aging process
  • Losing identity/sense of self to being a wife and mother
  • Severe accidents
  • Suicide (by loved one or attempt on one’s own life)
  • Death of loved one
  • Abortion
  • Victim of a Crime of Violence
  • Victim of a natural disaster
  • Divorce
  • Betrayal
  • Scandal, public humiliation
  • Loss of custody of children
  • Death of a child
  • Degenerative illness
  • Injury or disabled
  • War experience
  • Chronic pain
  • Being brought up in the foster care system
  • Being robbed or taken advantage of by a friend or family member
  • Loss of a family pet

3C

Current conditions you can’t cope with.  We all experience stress in one form or another. When stress reaches a level we can’t tolerate, instead of working on ways to reduce the stress either by eliminating the cause or moderating it with calming techniques, we turn to medications for relief. Here are some of the conditions:

  • C1 Unbearable physical pain from a car accident, workplace accident, or a bad fall
  • C2 An illness such a Chron’s Disease, hyper or hypothyroid, HIV, or liver cirrhosis which causes uncomfortable symptoms like mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, or depression.
  • C3 Recent diagnoses with a mental illness
  • C4 Body dysmorphia (Imagined physical defects)
  • Lack of coping strategies
  • A home environment not supportive
  • Passive suicidal ideation
  • Cannot manage life emotionally
  • Lack of life purpose
  • Lacks insight – poor insight into anger or anxiety
  • Balance of work, life, play
  • Lack of support
  • Not taking responsibility
  • being out of touch with self and others
  • Interpersonal conflict and stress
  • Absence of flexibility, difficulties with change
  • Difficulties in regulating emotions
  • Difficulty accepting reality as it is
  • OCD-Having obsessive thoughts
  • Detachment – all the aforementioned such as childhood abuse, trauma, or loss, lack of love can cause us to detach as a survival mechanism. This behavior can stay with us throughout our entire lives and can go unrecognized for many years.
  • in an unhealthy relationship or relationships
  • spouse/family member still using drugs or alcohol
  • returning to the same unhealthy environment after treatment
  • Stress from returning to work or starting a new job
  • Loved one passing away
  • lack of coping skills
  • feelings of unacceptance
  • feelings of low worth and low self- esteem
  • Falling away from support or whatever helps them from not relapsing; i.e. church supportive friends, exercising)
  • Lack of focus,
  • mental noise; scattered thoughts of no consequence.
  • struggling with decision making, overthinking, can’t make up their mind, uncertainty confusion about how to move forward and which path to choose,
  • unable to commit, procrastination.
  • Self-shame
  • Fear of not being good enough.
  • Fear of being alone,
  • Fear of dying,
  • fear of rejection
  • Fear of the future
  • Lack of self-trust or belief, not fitting in with family’s conditions
  • Doesn’t like job/career
  • Self-critical/judgmental
  • Negative self-talk
  • Feeling lost
  • Purposeless
  • Unhappy with Physical self-image
  • Can’t accept the aging process
  • Regrets or angry at their past
  • Hyper Sensitive to energy due to their childhood traumas
  • Lack of spirituality
  • Being disappointed with yourself for not achieving your life’s goals
  • No support system
  • Toxic environment
  • One I hear of frequently changes in life role- having to take on care of aging parents, having older children return home, etc. frequently it also has to do with forcing bad relationships to work (whether these are romantic, friendship, or family) and failing to enact healthy boundaries.
  • Change in work status (up or down) some promotions cause people to feel they may not deserve the promotion and self-sabotage, conversely being demoted, laid off, or outright fired is devastating to self-esteem.
  • Change of residence. moving cities can unbalance someone. Change of countries, even change of homes can cause one to feel unbalanced for a time triggering abuse.
  • Divorce or ending a relationship. Or simply a development of conflict within the relationship.  Death of a family member. Death of a child.  Abortion.
  • Empty nest syndrome I am seeing this a lot more recently where the primary caretaker usually the mother lacks life purpose after the children are grown and starts drinking a lot more
  • Being in the “sandwich” between aging parents and the needs of their children. 
  • Relationships are a very common one, marriages, family, judgment from both
  • High-stress jobs/careers or unhappy with a job/career.
  • Being unable to identify their path in life, finding purpose, and joy.
  • I am part of my family business and they want me to be something I am not.
  • My job is very stressful, I work nonstop many hours per day. 
  • I cannot find my place in this society. I feel out of it
  • My head does not stop. I have thousands of thoughts.
  • lack of lifestyle and balance
  • legal issues
  • chronic pain
  • unemployment
  • not feeling financially stable and still dependent on family or spouse
  • unable to rely on family or spouse because they have passed away or abandoned me
  • insomnia
  • Out of work
  • Financial worries
  • Loneliness
  • Boredom
  • Bad marriage
  • Bad relationships
  • Problems with children
  • Special needs children
  • A general feeling of dissatisfaction with life
  • Feeling stuck
  • Custody battles
  • Co-parenting issues
  • Aging parents requiring care
  • Doubting their sexuality
  • Unsure whether to come out or not
  • In a physically abusive relationship
  • Anxious disorder
  • Medical diagnosis
  • Aging process
  • Unexpected natural disasters
  • Lack of a rewarding social circle
  • Lack of family support
  • Raising a child
  • Being forced to be a part of the family business instead of pursuing their own dreams
  • Working non-stop many hours per day
  • Can’t find their place in society
  • Racing mind, thoughts do not stop
  • Divorce or failing marriage
  • Business decline or bankruptcy
  • Return of older children to the home
  • Lack of intimacy in marriage
  • The difference in parenting styles leading to conflict
  • Poor health
  • Fertility problems
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Menopause
  • School pressures
  • Work/Life balance
  • Lack of friends
  • Spouse’s physical, mental, health issues
  • Raising a special needs child
  • Dealing with teenage/adult children’s own drug or alcohol abuse
  • Adult children being financially dependent and the stress that comes with
  • Raising grandchildren
  • Caring for elderly parents
  • Dealing with and treating an eating disorder
  • General dysfunctional family dynamics
  • Affairs
  • Partners who abuse
  • Conflict with family members
  • Homelessness
  • Isolation
  • Lack of purpose
  • Physical pain
  • Phobias
  • Undiagnosed mental illness
  • Probation/jail time
  • Failing business
  • Failing marriage
  • Unresolved issues in a multi-generational family business
  • Loss from natural disasters
  • Death of a family member or loved one
  • Delabializing illness
  • Diet
  • Inability to control their finances or budget
  • Children with disabilities
  • Lack of job skills
  • Lack of education
  • Lack of self-sufficiency
  • Numerous attempts in treatment or to get sober
  • Standard of living
  • Poor tolerance for discomfort
  • Career dissatisfaction
  • Failing mental capacity as they age
  • Lack of awareness of personal beliefs
  • Dominant family member

4D

Things we believe that aren’t true. What we believe to be true about the world in which we live and about ourselves May not be what is actually true. Some of it we learn from parents, some from teachers or friends or things we read or see in the media. What we believe to be true shapes our actions, our thoughts and indeed our very lives. Here are some examples:

  • D1 I am worthless
    • D2 I am a disappointment
    • D3 I will never be free of my drug of choice
    • D4 One week of treatment and I am ready to go home
    • I can still drink socially or use marijuana without leading to a relapse
    • I am cursed
    • I have done something wrong in past lives
    • I have no control
    • I am too dumb to learn new skills
    • Life is not worth trying
    • My teacher/ mother/ father/ pastor/ priest said I would never amount to anything
    • It’s genetic and out of my control
    • Anger. Much of the time. Unreasonable anger. Quick to anger. Uncontrollable anger.
    • “Not being honest about the treatment they need”
    • I can go on vacation and drink or use and not have it affect me
    • Remembering when using was “fun” in the beginning and only romanticizing it
    • Judgments from family members
    • “I’m not good enough”
    • “No one cares about me”
    • “I don’t deserve to be loved “
    • “I don’t deserve anything good in my life because I hurt so many people”
    • “I’m a failure”
    • “I don’t believe I can change”
    • “Staying sober is impossible”
    • “Being sober is boring”
    • These are frequently inherited or misinterpreted messages from childhood, ex: your sister was the smart one, no one expects much from you, you’ll never succeed because of x, y, or z
    • A belief that the person is entitled to a life free from pain and discomfort. (we are sold this on TV “ask your Dr. if this drug is right for you.
    • The belief that they are damaged goods. essentially tragically flawed, like “I’m an alcoholic.” 
    • The belief that they cannot change
    • The belief that they are trapped by obligation or circumstances
    • The belief that their life has no meaning.
    • Spiritual emptiness
    • Due to most past trauma, a lot of clients believe they are in fact worthless, this is very common with addiction.
    • The other big one, of course, is the incurable disease theory…the shame and guilt of it cause most clients to put off seeking help sooner. 
    • I am not good enough
    • I am not worthy enough,
    • I am not capable enough to go through this
    • The world is unsafe, and no one is to be trusted
    • The only way to deal with my emotions is to numb them with alcohol and drugs
    • Alcohol/drugs are a part of my identity and the only way I fit in
    • I will never live up to expectations
    • Everything is my fault
    • I was abused because I deserved it
    • I am unlovable
    • I’ve made so many mistakes, I will never be able to repair them
    • I will never succeed
    • I am not pretty enough, good enough, smart enough
    • I am helpless
    • I am powerless
    • I am alone
    • I will never be happy
    • The only way to deal with pain is drugs
    • My situation will never improve
    • I am not worth the expense of treatment
    • I am unforgivable
    • I can only get sober through will power and self-determination
    • I am owed something (sense of entitlement)
    • The whole world is against me
    • Drugs and alcohol give me the energy to get things done
    • Getting wasted is a rite of passage
    • I don’t have the opportunities that others have
    • I don’t deserve happiness
    • I am stupid
    • I have been using for as long as I can remember so I don’t think I can live life without it
    • No One expects much from me
    • I won’t ever have fun again if I’m sober
    • Taking care of myself is selfish
    • I’m too old to change
    • People won’t like me if I’m sober
    • I will always need medications for pain/anxiety
    • I won’t ever be happy
    • I can’t do it
    • I can’t survive without this relationship
    • I need extreme stimulation
    • I perform better on drugs
    • My feelings are facts
    • My value comes from the approval of others
    • It feels normal to live in chaos
    • It is not going to happen to me (negative consequences)
    • It is not me but everyone else who has the issues
    • It is in my genetic background to be an addict
    • I have ADHD and cocaine helps me focus
    • I have anxiety and it can only be managed with Xanax
    • 1 month of treatment and I’m ready
    • Nothing matters anymore
    • My addiction is a disease that is incurable
    • I am no longer able to change or grow as a person
    • I need to be smarter/more successful/better than I am
    • Refusing to engage in the world keeps me safe
    • I have already ruined my life and relationships, so I can’t stop now
    • Drugs and alcohol give me the warmth and comfort I can’t get anywhere else
    • I will never find love and acceptance from people who don’t use
    • There are no consequences to using
    • I can safely use
    • My talent is based on my substance abuse

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 Holistic Therapy

By Jennifer McDougall

In a medical setting, holistic therapy is when conditions of mental, physical, and emotional health are addressed while taking into consideration social and economical issues. The difference between traditional therapy and holistic therapy is that in traditional therapy only the psychological, behavioral patterns and ramifications are observed and treated. In holistic therapy, the person’s entire being is looked at and treated at a 360-degree angle.

Holistic medicine is used all across the world and incorporates many fundamentals of eastern Chinese medicine that has shown positive results in treating an array of medical issues. Holistic therapy at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers focuses on treating and healing the underlying conditions causing a person to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Deep-rooted issues are often times dug up from past trauma that a person has been carrying around for many years and has yet to realize or heal from. When these underlying conditions are not treated, it is likely that the individual will relapse or have a very difficult time changing the course of their behavior and cravings.

Principles of Holistic Medicine

  • Every individual person has natural healing powers
  • A patient is a person, not a disease
  • Healing takes a team approach involving the patient and doctor in which they work together to address all aspects of a person’s life through a variety of non-traditional treatment methods
  • Treatment consists of fixing the cause of the condition, not just alleviating the symptoms
What is Holistic Therapy

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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How to Break a Habit

How to Break a Habit

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” Warren Buffett

If a habit or old behavior brings about the desired result, why stop doing it? Change is only initiated when the solution to a problem starts to cause more harm than the problem itself. Individuals who seek help for addiction have little success if the only solution is distraction or cessation of the behavior altogether.

The reasons as to why one becomes addicted to a substance or relies heavily on external behavior as relief from internal pain is multifaceted. Therefore, removal of the substance or destructive behavior will only leave an empty void, one that must be filled with alternative methods of relief. Whether alternative methods chosen are healthy or unhealthy depends upon a proper understanding of the causes behind why an individual self-medicates in the first place.

Studies show it takes 21 days to form a habit;  but how many days to break a habit? The latter question is more difficult to address and less likely to have a set number of days. In other words, there are many factors to consider: for how long was the individual using substances? Was substance use successful in easing the symptoms? Is the habit a response to emotional grief or tied to physical/bodily pain? These questions and more are important to consider when devising an effective treatment plan.

Many 12-step programs advocate for being of service to others: “out of self and into service,” as a solution to addressing addiction. While helping others has been shown to have positive effects on an individual’s self-esteem and self-efficacy, creating “distraction” to divert one’s attention away from addressing personal challenges is just that: a distraction. Doing something outside of oneself may temporarily halt an individual’s fixation on the destructive behavior, but not address the “why” behind their using the behavior as a form of relief in the first place. Unless the individual seeks outside help for understanding and addressing the basis behind the destructive behavior, they will have little luck keeping their sobriety.

Using simple psychology, take into consideration the process of association: making a mental connection between two things that stem from prior experience. If you can challenge the association, you can change the behavior. It may help to track the habit for a period of time to better gauge how often and under what circumstances it is used. Tracking the habit (you can write down in a notebook or calendar), also encourages the individual to take conscious note of their behavior. It may also assist them in determining whether the behavior is effective or not. When an individual makes a commitment to actively identify their poor habits, they are more likely to want to change them. Being mindful of one’s behavior allows the individual to gain a better perspective. It is not uncommon that individuals will start to see an overall shift in how they view other areas of their lives as well.

It is possible to break a bad habit no matter how large or small. But it will take a certain amount of willpower, commitment, hard work, and help from those around us. Having a social support system in place will create a safe and caring environment necessary to make much-needed changes. The simple act of telling those around us the goal we are working towards, and asking them for support, is useful when embarking on a scary and unfamiliar territory. Chances are, key influencers who support the individual will also want to see them make a change in unhealthy behavior/habits as well. Therefore, asking for and gaining the support of others will be a welcomed invitation. One thing remains true: when you have the courage to ask for help, you will never have to go through difficult challenges and make important changes in your life alone.

 

Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC is an educator, published researcher, and social media consultant for therapists. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH), and Suicide Prevention Instructor (QPR) under the National Board for Certified Counselors.

 

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Alternative Addiction Treatment

Outside-the-Box Approaches to Overcoming Addiction

by Kimberly Hayes

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

Yoga

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

Art

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

Drama

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

Animals

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

Adventure

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

Exercise

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

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

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

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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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Holistic Treatment at Passages Malibu Addiction Rehab

Are you ready to make the change of a lifetime and experience a transformation unlike anything else? At Passages, we are here to help make that happen. It is through our holistic drug and alcohol rehabilitation expertise that you are sure to be in the hands of top quality physicians, clinical therapists, and a 24/7 staff here to see that your time with us is a success. Take a few moments to read the infographic below to learn precisely how you can get started in transforming your life, your mind, body, and spirit in great ways you probably never imagined possible.

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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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Passages Malibu Celebrates 16 Years of Luxury and Non-12-Step Addiction Treatment

By Jennifer McDougall

 

Since August 11, 2001, Passages Malibu has stood at the forefront of non-12-Step addiction treatment. When Passages Malibu opened its doors 16 years ago, Co-Founders Pax and Chris Prentiss forever changed the way addiction is viewed and treated. Passages Malibu was created after CEO and Co-Founder, Pax Prentiss fought to overcome his own battle with addiction for 10 difficult years. The treatment that is utilized at Passages is also what helped save Pax’s life and break the cycle of his addictions, for good.

Before the revolutionary holistic treatment offered at Passages Malibu was available, addiction was viewed as an incurable disease. This philosophy is accompanied by hopelessness, stigma, and shame. Passages chooses to empower those who are suffering with addiction so they can regain the hope, strength, and courage to get to the root cause of the issue causing them to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. We don’t agree with the disease model of addiction for our research as shown that dependency is 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

The treatment model at Passages Malibu has helped saved the lives of thousands of people around the world. We are grateful for the opportunity to make such a positive impact on those who suffer. Whether it is you or someone you know who is struggling with dependency related issues, Passages can help.

What Makes Passages Malibu Different Than Other Treatment Centers

Unlike other rehab centers, Passages provides you with a comprehensive treatment plan in luxurious comfort and tranquil surroundings. When you enroll in one of our non-12-Step holistic treatment programs, you will be assigned to a team of specialized therapists that will help you get to the root cause of what is causing your dependency on drugs and alcohol. Our unique philosophy and top tier treatment team at Passages offers a genuine solution to what could be a fatal problem. If addiction is not properly treated in a timely manner it could be a matter of life or death. Don’t wait another day. Get the treatment you deserve, at Passages Malibu.

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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10 Ways to Build Courage

By Jennifer McDougall

Wouldn’t it be great if fear would just get out of the way so that we could make the moves we spend hours daydreaming about? Well, I have 10 suggestions that will help you overcome the fear and anxiety that is holding you back from living a courageous life.

Courage- Mark Twain

1. Identify what is you are afraid of.

2. Practice doing things you haven’t done before. This will help you become more bold in your actions and will open you up to new ideas and perspectives.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”- Neale Donald Walsch

3. Visit somewhere you have never been before. Take a different route home from work.

4. Speak from the heart.

5. Stand up for someone. It could be a total stranger or your best friend.

6. Express yourself with your style. Dress how you feel. Wear what you want. Use your personal style as a form of art to express yourself.

7. Trust yourself.

8. Know that no matter the outcome, what happens is exactly what is meant to happen. The universe makes no mistakes.

9. Try out new restaurants you don’t usually go to.

10. Admit when you are wrong.

 

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Stress Reducing Techniques in Holistic Inpatient Drug Rehab

Long-term stress is detrimental to your body, mental health, and sobriety. Achieving balance in life is an important aspect of recovering from drug abuse, as well. Fortunately, you can achieve sobriety and simultaneously lowering techniques for stress reduction while in holistic inpatient drug rehab.

Stress Reducing Techniques Taught in Holistic Inpatient Drug Recovery

The pressure of life can be managed by learning and practicing stress reduction techniques, to help ensure lasting recovery from drug abuse and an overall improvement in quality of life.

  • Breathing
    Breathing exercises are one of the easiest stress reduction techniques to learn in holistic inpatient drug rehab. By mindfully breathing in and exhaling, you can help improve the oxygen levels in your blood stream for a relaxing effect. In moments of stress, focusing on your breathing can provide focus like the kind achieved in meditation.
  • Exercise
    Any physical exercise helps increase circulation. As you begin to increase the intensity of your activity, you will experience greater release of endorphins and other naturally occurring calming hormones in your body.
  • Positive Thinking
    Believe it or not, positive thinking is a natural, stress reducing technique embraced in holistic inpatient drug rehab. Positive thinking helps free us from being bogged down and distracted by anxiety, anger and self-defeating behaviors that reinforce stress.
  • Scheduling
    Often, we see life a as series of events and tasks that must be crammed into timeslots and checked off “To Do” lists. Taking a more holistic mindset allows you to prioritize those things that are truly important to you. In holistic inpatient drug rehab, you can learn how to manage your time, maintaining sobriety, relationships, achievements and maximum mental and physical health by being in touch with your body, mind, and needs.
  • Create Self-Focused Breaks
    Create times to focus on yourself fully and limit outside communication—by as turning off your phones, staying off the computer for a few hours, and instead reading a book, cooking or enjoying any one of your favorite activities. By practicing enjoyment, you can find your inner voice, reduce stress and make mindful decisions—both in holistic inpatient drug rehab and beyond

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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Characteristics of Holistic Addiction Rehab Facilities

Holistic addiction rehab facilities treat the whole person—body, mind, and soul—with a range of approaches to maximize recovery potential. Because of the proven power of holistic addiction approaches, many treatment programs have begun billing themselves as holistic addiction rehab facilities. While it is certainly encouraging to witness the trend towards holistic addiction treatment, not every rehab program that makes this claim actually follows through. Familiarizing yourself with characteristics of truly holistic addiction rehab facilities can help you select a drug or alcohol treatment program that offers the benefits—and results—of a holistic philosophy and execution.

Characteristics of Holistic Addiction Rehab Facilities

Here are just a few of the key characteristics of holistic addiction rehab facilities. If you are seeking enhanced results in drug or alcohol recovery through holistic treatment, make sure that the holistic addiction rehab facility you choose has the following important traits.

  • Multidisciplinary Approach
    Holistic addiction rehab facilities should incorporate a range of treatment approaches, considering physical, emotional and spiritual health. Since alcoholism and drug addiction are multifaceted problems, a truly holistic approach will incorporate treatment of the entire person.
  • Caring Treatment
    Holistic health care centers around kindness and dignity, recognizing the individual as the foremost expert on her or his own body. If you find that a treatment program takes a demeaning approach, it likely has not fully embraced the spirit of holistic treatment.
  • Prevention
    Holistic addiction rehab facilities will emphasize preventative medicine. By seeking ways to promote overall health and strength, holistic practitioners will focus on solutions that solve recurring problems rather than simply offering symptom management.
  • Natural Approaches
    Truly holistic addiction rehab facilities will favor natural approaches whenever possible, leveraging the body’s ability to self-heal.
  • Prioritized Health Care Planning
    Holistic addiction rehab facilities will employ physicians that consider all possible solutions in their health care plan for you. These options will then be analyzed and prioritized, allowing for lifestyle modification, alternative approaches, supplements, and prescription medications only when necessary.
  • Solid Patient Relationship
    Any rehab facility that is truly holistic in nature will partner with you for your recovery. Patient feedback will be valued and incorporated into the decision-making process, rather than summarily dismissed.
  • Individualized Care
    Each patient at a holistic addiction rehab facility will be viewed as an individual and solutions—whether for emotional, mental or physical recovery—will be custom tailored instead of generalized.

 

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Healing the Body Through Holistic Addiction Treatment

During alcohol and drug dependency, the body undergoes a series of chemical changes that both fuel addiction and create physical damage. When dependent individuals seek treatment, the physical healing process can begin. Holistic addiction treatment centers take a round view of recovery, allowing your body and brain to return to a state of natural harmony and balance, known as homeostasis.

Healing the Body Through Holistic Addiction Treatment

Alcoholism and drug addiction are by nature complex issues—and naturally ones that require comprehensive treatment. For years, studies have shown that augmenting addiction treatment programs with holistic approaches can increase success rates and reduce the odds of relapse significantly. In fact, one Yale University study even showed that adding a single holistic therapy to traditional addiction treatment programs can triple the chances of recovery.

In holistic addiction treatment approaches, the whole individual is assessed and treated—mind, body and spirit. Healing of the body takes on greater impact as diagnostic tests are performed to uncover underlying chemical imbalances that may have led to drug or alcohol use in the first place. Addiction and alcoholism are seen as mere symptoms of repressed trauma, negative self beliefs, or physical issues that need to be treated. Because holistic addiction treatment centers tend to favor natural remedies over unnecessary prescriptions, root causes can be resolved for greater health and well-being, rather than simply medicated away.

Healing, Alternative Therapies at Holistic Addiction Treatment Centers

Physical healing in holistic recovery programs includes a variety of medical and alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, acupressure, massage and meditation. Healing the body through holistic addiction treatment often involves nutritional and exercise programs, to leverage the body’s natural ability to heal. Many formerly dependent individuals experience vitamin and nutritional deficiencies as a result of their drug or alcohol use. For this reason, nutritional and herbal supplements are also incorporated into holistic alcohol and drug addiction treatment plans, to promote long-term health and healing.

Natural Treatments Used in Inpatient Holistic Alcohol Rehab

Natural treatments used in inpatient holistic alcohol rehab can help ease withdrawal and promote the body’s natural healing abilities. Alcoholism taxes the body’s systems, and initiates chemical changes in the brain that can lead to decreased energy, depression, and anxiety. Thankfully, these symptoms can be alleviated without medication, through all-natural treatments offered by inpatient holistic alcohol rehab programs.

Natural Treatments Used in Inpatient Holistic Alcohol Rehab

Holistic alcohol rehab enjoys a high success rate because it takes a comprehensive approach to healing without endangering your recovery with, unnecessary medications. Here are just a few of the natural treatments that inpatient holistic alcohol rehab programs can provide for you, to alleviate withdrawal and help bring your body back to a state of harmony and balance.

  • Nutritional Services
    During alcohol addiction, many dependent individuals become deficient in a host of vital nutrients the body needs in order to function optimally. Inpatient holistic alcohol rehab programs will offer the services of a nutritionist, to help guide your diet and ensure your body’s healing.
  • Herbal Supplements
    Natural herbs can aid the inpatient holistic alcohol recovery experience, by replenishing vital vitamins and minerals that have become deficient throughout years of alcohol addiction. Many alcohol dependent individuals, for instance, have extremely low levels of folic acid and thiamine, which can lead to brain damage when levels of these specific B vitamins dip too low. Holistic inpatient alcohol rehab programs can also offer natural remedies to promote alertness, calm, circulation, and detoxification, without harmful side effects or addiction potential.
  • Acupuncture and Acupressure
    Traditional Chinese Medicine can offer stress relief, promote energy flow, and encourage healing within the body through acupuncture and acupressure. Inpatient holistic alcohol rehab centers will often offer a combination of Western and Eastern medicine, to help reestablish homeostasis (balance) within the body.
  • Fitness Programs
    Many inpatient holistic alcohol rehab centers will offer fitness programs to gather strength, build endurance and alleviate stress. Additionally, exercise plays an important part in alcohol recovery, as it releases endorphins—the body’s natural sources of happiness and energy.
  • Hypnotherapy
    Sometimes, the symptoms we experience in our bodies have psychological root causes, as the body responds to stress, anxiety, and trauma. Hypnotherapy can be helpful for those who have trouble verbalizing their emotions—or for those who have repressed trauma. Hypnotherapy can also be useful in removing negative self beliefs, promoting self confidence, and uncovering underlying causes for alcohol addiction.

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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Natural Therapy Methods in Holistic Alcohol Rehab Centers

Natural Therapy Methods in Holistic Alcohol Rehab Centers

Natural treatments used in inpatient holistic alcohol rehab can help ease withdrawal and promote the body’s natural healing abilities. Alcoholism taxes the body’s systems, and initiates chemical changes in the brain that can lead to decreased energy, depression, and anxiety. Thankfully, these symptoms can be alleviated without medication, through all-natural treatments offered by inpatient holistic alcohol rehab programs.

Natural Treatments Used in Inpatient Holistic Alcohol Rehab

Holistic alcohol rehab enjoys a high success rate because it takes a comprehensive approach to healing without endangering your recovery with, unnecessary medications. Here are just a few of the natural treatments that inpatient holistic alcohol rehab programs can provide for you, to alleviate withdrawal and help bring your body back to a state of harmony and balance.

  • Nutritional Services
    During alcohol addiction, many dependent individuals become deficient in a host of vital nutrients the body needs in order to function optimally. Inpatient holistic alcohol rehab programs will offer the services of a nutritionist, to help guide your diet and ensure your body’s healing.
  • Herbal Supplements
    Natural herbs can aid the inpatient holistic alcohol recovery experience, by replenishing vital vitamins and minerals that have become deficient throughout years of alcohol addiction. Many alcohol dependent individuals, for instance, have extremely low levels of folic acid and thiamine, which can lead to brain damage when levels of these specific B vitamins dip too low. Holistic inpatient alcohol rehab programs can also offer natural remedies to promote alertness, calm, circulation, and detoxification, without harmful side effects or addiction potential.
  • Acupuncture and Acupressure
    Traditional Chinese Medicine can offer stress relief, promote energy flow, and encourage healing within the body through acupuncture and acupressure. Inpatient holistic alcohol rehab centers will often offer a combination of Western and Eastern medicine, to help reestablish homeostasis (balance) within the body.
  • Fitness Programs
    Many inpatient holistic alcohol rehab centers will offer fitness programs to gather strength, build endurance and alleviate stress. Additionally, exercise plays an important part in alcohol recovery, as it releases endorphins—the body’s natural sources of happiness and energy.
  • Hypnotherapy
    Sometimes, the symptoms we experience in our bodies have psychological root causes, as the body responds to stress, anxiety, and trauma. Hypnotherapy can be helpful for those who have trouble verbalizing their emotions—or for those who have repressed trauma. Hypnotherapy can also be useful in removing negative self beliefs, promoting self confidence, and uncovering underlying causes for alcohol addiction.

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.