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How to Repair the Damage of Alcohol Abuse

How to Repair the Damage of Alcohol Abuse

By Jennifer McDougall

Are you ready to make changes in your life to get on the right path to health and happiness? If so, you have come to the right place. Many people who have used and abused alcohol or other addictive drugs in the past know how damaging the effects can be on the body, mind, and spirit. At Passages, we take a holistic approach to treating and healing the underlying conditions causing a person to use and abuse drugs and alcohol.

Organs such as the brain, which contain a lot of water and need a lot of blood to function, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of alcohol. Alcohol makes the liver, which is the major organ that processes alcohol, work very hard. Delaying treatment for alcohol abuse can be life-threatening. It is very important that someone who is struggling with addiction to get help as soon as possible.

Since there is a wide range of problems that come with years of substance abuse related issues, including damage to vital organs, interpersonal relationships, and the inability to live a happy and stable life, waiting to get help can and oftentimes only makes matters much worse.

At Passages, we understand what it takes to repair and move on; to live a life free from addiction.

Upon your arrival at Passages Malibu, our nurses will help you get checked in and assess your detox needs. Your medical doctor will then design a customized detox program made specifically for you. During your detox, you will be personally attended to by a team of nurses as your body rids itself of toxic, addictive substances.

We use only the most effective methods and medications to safely bring you off the addictive drugs that your body has formed a dependency on. Our doctor is board certified in addiction medicine, meaning you will receive the most cutting-edge approach to detox. Throughout your detox, our nurses will regularly evaluate your progress and work closely with your medical doctor to coordinate your care.

Alcohol abuse is associated with numerous health issues, emotional problems, social problems, and psychological issues. While it may be difficult to undo all the damage brought on by alcohol abuse, it is possible to heal the body, mind, and spirit through a variety of holistic therapy options such as those available at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. One of the most important aspects of reversing the damage of alcohol abuse is to address the cause, first and foremost so that moving forward we can help prevent future substance abuse related issues. The other thing we need to do is take a health and fitness evaluation to test your body for any liver and cardiovascular issues that need to be addressed.

For many people, they want to make up for the time the lost living a life that didn’t fulfill their needs and wreaked havoc on their social, physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing. They want to improve the quality of their relationships, feel healthy, happy, and repair their careers and overall quality of life.

At Passages, we offer a complete 360-degree approach to healing so that every aspect of your life is given the opportunity to improve. The tools we teach and provide you with at Passages are based upon a unique and empowering non-12 Step philosophy that has helped change and save the lives of over twenty thousand people who have gone through our innovative treatment program. Here is a look at our variety of therapy methods.

Addiction Therapy at Passages Malibu
Addiction Therapy at Passages Malibu | Luxury Rehab

“How do you change what you believe when your experience has convinced you otherwise? By creating a new experience. The best way for you to get that new experience is to change your response to what happens. By the natural law of cause and effect, that new response will create new results, which you will then experience as a new reality. To reach the goal of happiness, act as though the following statement is already true: Everything that happens to me is the best thing that can happen to me.”
― Chris Prentiss

For nearly twenty years, Passages has been setting the standard with our revolutionary one-on-one holistic treatment programs. From the moment you check in to the moment you graduate you will experience the highest level of treatment innovations and healing techniques to eradicate addiction for good. Other treatment centers cannot match the level of service and expertise that Passages Malibu offers.

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How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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What 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.
Passages Addiction Treatment Centers | Holistic Non-12 Step 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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6 Benefits of Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab

6 Benefits of Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab

by Jennifer McDougall

When you are looking for a treatment center that best suits your needs, it’s important to look at both options: inpatient and outpatient rehab. At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we offer several drug and alcohol rehabilitation options, including inpatient and outpatient rehab. Whether you have or have not been to treatment before, Passages offers the perfect setting to accommodate your needs for a successful recovery to get you back on your feet, sober and thriving with a new sense of purpose in your life.

Since 2001, Passages has treated people from all over the world heal their mind, body, and spirit with holistic therapy that has shown much success in breaking free from addiction. Our team of certified therapists are here to work with you to discover, treat, and heal the underlying conditions to what is driving your substance abuse related issues.

  1. Stay close to your family and friends
  2. Maintain your work or school attendance
  3. Spend less money than you would on inpatient treatment
  4. Network with others in your area who are also in recovery
  5. Schedule therapy sessions around your day-to-day responsibilities
  6. Ability to apply what you’re learning in therapy to your daily life as you come and go freely from treatment

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

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Will Insurance Cover My Treatment at Passages Rehab

Will Insurance Cover My Treatment at Passages Rehab

Passages Addiction Treatment Centers opened it’s doors in 2001 to help those struggling with substance abuse related issues. Many people don’t realize that Passages accepts most private insurance policies to help cover the cost of treatment. Visit www.PassagesInsurance.com to fill out our confidential insurance form and one of our admissions counselors with contact you with a free quote. 

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers for Additional Information:

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

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Why Choose Passages Rehab?

Why Choose Passages Addiction Rehab Center

by Jennifer McDougall

What sets Passages apart from all other treatment centers? One of the most key elements of Passages is the quality of care and level of expertise in the field of holistic addiction treatment. Since 2001, Passages has been the leader in the addiction treatment industry. There have been over twenty thousand people who have come directly to Passages to end their battle with addiction; from all over the world.

People just like you. People who have read our website and who have seen the commercials on television. People of all walks of life, religion, cultures, race, and ethnicity have embraced the healing power of treatment at Passages.

Passages Addiction Treatment - Malibu Rehab
Passages Addiction Treatment – Malibu Rehab

What makes Passages different than most other treatment centers is the unique philosophy that we do not believe addiction to be a disease. Instead, Passages believes there are four main causes of addiction. 

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

As a client at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, you will be under the care of professional doctors, and licensed therapists that are trained to help you discover and heal the underlying conditions driving your addiction, so that you can finally be free– without dependency related issues. 

” I can’t praise Passages enough. The services provided to my son were exactly what he needed and he continues to benefit. He went in February 2015 and stayed about six weeks. My insurance paid for most of it and the staff, I believe, bent over backward to help me pay my part of the bill. I am not of the elite, high-income population but rather low-income living paycheck to paycheck (if that). They have been kind, patient and willing to work with me over and over again. I would (and will) pay them anything they want because of their commitment to my son and his long-term recovery. I’ve found them fair each step of the way and I believe they care more about my son’s success than money.” – Cindy C. 

Passages is JCAHO accredited, which only 6% of rehabs have. We also accept most types of private insurance and 55-70 hours of one-on-one therapy per client each month. Our nursing staff is on site 24/7 to ensure your safety, comfort, and security. 

The programs at Passages are 30-90 days. We also offer outpatient rehab at Passages Beverlywood, Passages Ventura, and Passages Venice. We have a beautiful and luxurious sober living home on the beach in Santa Monica as well. 

While most treatment centers offer a traditional approach to treating addiction, Passages stands out by offering more one-on-one therapy sessions than most other places. We have luxurious grounds and amenities to enjoy as you recover. There are two pools, two Jacuzzi, a tennis court, basketball hoop, world-class chefs, cleaning services, ocean views, beach access, and 16 alternative therapy methods. 

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

No two days are the same at Passages. You do not have to be worried about feeling bored or homesick. You will be in good hands with us as we want to help you become free of substance abuse issues, and live the life you have always imagined. 

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Recommended Reading: The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure by Chris and Pax Prentiss (Co-Founders of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers) 

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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Dance/Movement Therapy at Passages Rehab

Dance/Movement Therapy at Passages Rehab

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

“The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.” –Agnes de Mille

Dance/Movement Therapy—(DMT) is the psychotherapeutic use of movement (a core component of dance) to promote emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration of the individual. Used as a treatment method for people of all ages and backgrounds, DMT can be taught individually, with couples or families, and in a group format. It is especially effective for individuals with developmental, medical, social, physical and psychological impairments (The American Dance Therapy Association ADTA).

How it Works: DMT is founded on the idea that motion and emotion are interconnected. People in treatment communicate conscious and unconscious feelings through dance, which allows a therapist to respond in kind. Dance therapists help people work on issues through the use of a “movement vocabulary” that is centered around physical expression instead of words (GoodTherapy.org).

In an interview with Dr. Charné Furcron, LPC, BC-DMT, BCC, ACS, the ADTA dance therapist shines light on the benefits of dance both personally and as an instructor:

Dancing soothed her soul, helping her grow into the fullness of herself. With healing dance as a foundation, Charné has engineered a life full of artistry, dance performance,   teaching, therapy, and transformation for herself and the many others she has worked with (ADTA).

Benefits of DMT include an increase in self-esteem, body image, and insight into one’s behavior. It is also useful for stress reduction, disease prevention, and mood management. DMT has been shown to be an effective coping skill. Adding this skill to the toolbox of healthy coping strategies is particularly useful with clients who struggle with substance use and addiction.

Selected resources

Dance / Movement Therapy (DMT). GoodTherapy.org.

Profiles of Dance/Movement Therapists. American Dance Therapy Association.

 

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

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Visual Arts Therapy at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

“All art intuitively apprehends coming changes in the collective unconsciousness.” -Carl Gustav Jung

Using imagination to create something fresh symbolizes rebirth, new beginnings, and rejuvenation. At Passages Malibu, art therapy is used by some of our life purpose counselors as a way to help you further tap into and express your innermost feelings, emotions, desires, needs, hopes, and dreams. By utilizing a set of diverse methods of addiction treatment, we are able to deal with your addiction from all angles and concentrate on every aspect of your healing process. All that is needed to begin is an open mind and willingness to explore your creative side.

3 Ways to Use Visual Arts Therapy:

Mandala—the word “mandala” is Sanskrit for “circle.” The mandala is a graphic pattern created by enclosing a square with a deity on each side and is widely used as an aid to meditation. “It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds” (The Mandala Project). You can begin by using printable mandala designs for coloring. Creating a mandala assists with an increase in focused attention, an aid to meditation, and for many a spiritual experience.

Vision Board—sometimes referred to as a “dream board,” the vision board is a collage of images, pictures, clippings, words, or other materials that represent your goals, hopes, and dreams in life. The collage allows you to envision what your future might hold.

Sketchbook—a book or pad of paper used for creating illustrations and drawings. All you need to begin is a book of blank pages and something to sketch with. The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University in 2006 suggested that there were two broad categories for classifying sketches:

  • Observation: this focuses on the documentation of the external world and includes many such travel and nature studies and sketches recording an artist’s travels.
  • Invention: this follows the artists’ digressions and internal journeys as they develop compositional ideas

After beginning their unique book of illustrations, many users find that personalizing the sketchbook is also a healing part of the process. Be creative and think outside the box. Decorate your sketchbook to reflect your personality.

 

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

What is Art Therapy | Substance Abuse Treatment at Passages Rehab

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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Getting Sober at Passages Malibu- A True Testimony

Getting Sober at Passages Malibu- A True Testimony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

–  3 sessions per week with a psychologist

–  3 sessions per week with a chemical abuse therapist

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

–  3 sessions  per week with a family therapist

–  1 – 2 sessions per week for acupuncture

–  1 – 2  sessions per week for a massage

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

–  Weekly sessions with a medical doctor

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

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

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

–  Beach walks and hikes

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

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

–  Weight and aerobic training

–  Yoga

–  Family weekend visits

Here are some final thoughts I hope you find helpful:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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The Many Benefits of Massage Therapy

By: Jennifer McDougall

Massage therapy is one of the many treatment methods offered at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers in our quest in healing our client’s addiction.  It actually has many benefits that can help improve one’s well-being.  Listed below are just a few:

  1. Helps improve posture
  2. Relieves chronic stress
  3. Increases muscle tone
  4. Helps lower blood pressure
  5. Improves your quality of sleep
  6. Eases joint and muscle tension
  7. Soothes depression and anxiety
  8. Improves range of bodily motion
  9. Helps move toxins out of the body
  10. Relieves migraine pain and headaches
  11. Improves circulation to provide oxygen to vital organs
  12. Boosts the body’s immune system to help fight off illnesses
  13. Increases your mood, intellectual reasoning, and overall alertness

 

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 Signs You Are Addicted to Love

By: Jennifer McDougall

Just as alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin provide a temporary sense of escape for a person from their reality, anyone who is addicted to love, seeks similar relief and can face severe physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms. Someone who is addicted to love develops obsessive behaviors and thoughts. They get high on the fantasy they create in their head about a particular person or connection, or likewise, they get addicted to the love, intimacy, and physical connection they feel when they are with a partner. That feeling is their dope, and they feel they need it like the oxygen they breathe in order to survive.

In many cases, a person who is addicted to love will also find themselves in a co-dependent relationship, which is very common. They may turn to drugs and alcohol to temporarily numb the pain from the deep desire for the other person or pain they feel from rejection. They also feel withdrawal symptoms when they are not with the one they love.

Love addiction is not as uncommon as most people think. Many people are not as aware or understand the addiction, so they do not pay much attention to the signs. And, just like drugs and alcohol, anyone who is addicted to love or in a co-dependent relationship should seek therapy, and proper treatment in order to heal the underlying conditions before the cycle escalates, and the dependency becomes more intense and life-threatening.

Here are ten significant signs to tell if you are addicted to love:

  1. You know the relationship you’re in is terrible for you, and you can physically feel how unhealthy being in the relationship is, yet you do not make an adequate effort to end it.
  2. Fear and anxiety consume you at the thought of ending the relationship.
  3. You make shallow excuses and create reasons why you should stay in the relationship.
  4. After you eventually end a relationship, you suffer painful withdrawal symptoms (and/or unhealthy behaviors) such as insomnia, vomiting, nausea, deep depression, panic attacks, dramatic weight changes, anger, rage, emptiness, complete loss of purpose, stalking, suicidal thoughts, begging for a chance to be connected, and dramatic episodes (sometimes very violent).
  5. You lower your standards when it comes to dating someone to avoid being alone.
  6. Every time you have the urge to contact the other person, you always say to yourself “one more text,” or “one more phone call” just as someone addicted to drugs or alcohol would say about using “just this one last time.”
  7. Your relationship or love interest consumes your day to day life, separating you from friends and family, your goals, and all of your true, authentic passions that bring you honest joy and happiness.
  8. You would give up anything and everything in the world to be with someone, even after they have broken up with you multiple times, cheated on you, lied to you, and purposely fed your insecurities.
  9. Obsessive behaviors such as excessive text messages, phone calls, stalking on and off-line, checking your cell phone every couple minutes to see if they have contacted you, fantasizing about them and the relationship you could have, or picking out what kind of dish wear and curtains you would buy for your first home while you two are out shopping on your first.
  10. You feel as if you cannot live or be happy without this person. You want to be around them, with them, just near them all the time. When you are away from them, you feel depressed, sad, and lonely. When they aren’t reciprocating the connection you think exists, you feel a lack of drive and passion. It is as if you need this person in your life to be happy and survive.

 

What to do:

The most important thing to do is to find out the reason why. In order to overcome addiction, you must understand why you are doing what you are doing. Many people who have an addiction to love, like drug or alcohol addictions, have underlying issues causing them to chase the euphoric feeling that physical and emotional connections bring them, which is similar to cocaine addiction.

We suggest looking within yourself to find the underlying issue (abandonment, lack of self -esteem, or traumatic experiences) so that you can move on and live an addiction-free and fulfilling life. If you need professional help, do not hesitate to seek therapy and professional treatment before the situation becomes life-threatening.

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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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Alternative Medicine at Luxury Residential Treatment Facilities

Alternative medicine at luxury residential treatment facilities helps provide lasting solutions and improvements to the overall health of patients. While detoxification is an important first step in your holistic recovery, total healing comes from a comprehensive viewpoint of health and well-being that reaches beyond toxin removal and withdrawal elimination. An alternative medicine treatment team can work with you to develop new nutritional and life approaches to facilitate a safe and lasting recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Additionally, alternative medicine at luxury residential treatment facilities offers the added benefit of improving your health and focusing on immunity and prevention—ensuring that your body reaches its maximum potential, rather than simply eliminating alcohol or drugs from your system.

Alternative Medicine at Luxury Residential Treatment Facilities

One of the hallmarks of alternative medicine used to treat drug and alcohol abuse is the individualized nature of its therapies. These treatments are custom tailored to each individual. Each individual’s alternative medicine treatment plan is based on evaluation of the results of various diagnostic tests—including blood chemistry, metabolic rates, and physical examinations. Of course, alternative medicine at luxury residential treatment facilities will also pay close attention to your own feedback about your body, treating you as an expert in how your body feels and performs.

Alternative medicine at luxury residential treatment facilities works alongside proven Western Medicine techniques, augmenting them to find the right balance of treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. Physicians and therapists work together with patients to find the most effective ways for the individual to achieve true and lasting sobriety. The focus of alternative medicine is often a causal one, honing in on root causes of chemical dependency and treating the underlying problems so that relapse can be avoided.

Alternative medicine at luxury residential treatment facilities ultimately provides a greater range of therapeutic tools to facilitate your recovery than those treatment programs that simply offer detox facilities. Energy work can be achieved by using Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques such as acupuncture and acupressure. By using biofeedback and brainwave analysis, practitioners can examine the relations between mind and body as you journey through your recovery process. Deeply held psychological issues can be brought to the surface through the use of expressive therapies such as hypnotherapy, art therapy or other creative therapy techniques. Stress can be managed via aromatherapy, meditation, and guided imagery to promote relaxation, emotional healing, personal empowerment and overall wellness.

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.

Confidence Boosting Visualization Techniques

Visualization can be a powerful tool for boosting self confidence. So often, we allow negative beliefs to permeate our thought life, robbing us of creativity, confidence and a sense of competence. Recover a mindset of grounded, inspired and positive thinking by using these easy visualization techniques to bolster confidence and foster a sense of self.

Confidence Boosting Visualization Techniques

  • Paint Your Picture of Success
    Anytime that you begin to feel your belief in yourself wavering, simply begin to visualize the success you’re aiming for. Close your eyes and ask yourself, what would it look like if I succeeded? Picture your wardrobe, facial expressions, and even hairstyle. Envision how your mornings will begin, what you will eat for breakfast, and what you would do on the weekends. No detail is too small to envision. Having a detailed visual image of your success will enable you to not only motivate yourself, but to believe in the reachability of your goals and dreams.
  • Capture Your Magic Moments
    A quick visualization to use when you feel your self-confidence plummet is to simply pluck a strong memory of success from the past. Think of a time in your life—whether for a moment, an evening or a period of life—where you felt empowered, attractive, successful and at peace. Visualize the scene from your past, envisioning yourself full of self-confidence, persuasiveness, charisma, and competence. Remember how it felt to be proud of your accomplishments, and to trust yourself. Spend time remembering each detail of the memory and recite an affirmation to yourself as you do. In a pinch, simply restate your affirmation and you’ll be able to conjure up this positive proof of your capability and worth.
  • Find Roots and Heavenly Inspiration
    Envision your feet planted firmly on the ground, unwavering. Relax your muscles in sets, moving from your toes to your neck. As you do, picture a color that you find strengthening and calming as energy running through your body and veins, haloing above your head and reaching upward through the galaxy until it attaches to a star. Envision your feet planted firmly on the ground, with roots extending downwards through the earth until they attach at its core. Combine the mental images to picture yourself as connected to heavenly life-flow and purpose, while firmly rooted and grounded in your sense of self.

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