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Four Myths about Luxury Rehab Centers- Passages Malibu

Imagine Yourself at Passages : Four Myths about Luxury Rehab Centers

By Dr. Kerri Heath

Sitting in the Zen garden at Passages one afternoon, a client who had only been there for a few days came and sat with us.  It was a peaceful day with the soft sounds of the waterfall in the background and the beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean to set the tone.  The client was a young man who shared right away, “you will never believe how I got here.”  I could tell that he had only been there for a day or two because he was not fully present.  He was still in a dream-like haze from what the substances have done to his brain and his spirit.  He walked slowly with a geriatric limp, despite seeming to be a young man.

The substances had caused his body to deteriorate and his mind to slowly fade.  He shared that he felt like he was at 10% when he arrived and was already feeling like he was at 60% of being himself again.  That was an amazing report from someone who had just arrived.  He was so thrilled to be sitting in the Zen garden, overlooking the ocean in his new home, and shared that he never thought he would be able to receive treatment from a place like Passages.  He reported seeing the commercials about Passages and wanting to come, but had told himself the following myths that had to be overcome before making his dream a reality:

  1. Passages is too classy.

Although the facilities at Passages are very classy, they are welcome to all.  In fact, you will see people from all journeys and they are wearing whatever clothes they find comfortable and enjoying the same luxuries of the rich and famous.  It is a classy place, but that doesn’t mean it is too classy for you.  You deserve a bit of class.

  1. I can’t afford it.

Many people are unaware that Passages in Malibu takes many forms of insurance and works with clients on payment plans.  If you have never considered a luxury rehabilitation center because of the cost, it is important that you make the call today.  You may find yourself sitting in the Zen garden soon as well.

  1. I have to work.

After putting off rehabilitation for too long, this gentlemen lost his job.  He had taken too many days off of work to drink and get stoned and was unable to make it to work.  Don’t wait until you don’t have a choice.  If you approach your employers with a desire to get treatment, they are required to support you in taking the time that you need to heal and recover.

  1. Only celebrities are at Passages in Malibu.

Although many famous people have attended luxury rehab centers in Malibu due to the quality of care and the benefits of healing next to the ocean and mountains, it is open to people from all walks of life.  The celebrities live in Malibu for a reason, and you should come to find out for yourself why it is a great place to reside.

If you have been wondering if Passages in Malibu is right for you, don’t wait any longer.  Please pick up the phone and call to see if this might be the right option for you.  There is a team waiting to help you come back to life.  And pretty sure you will be at 100% again.


How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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Depression Treatment

Depression is one of the most frequent co-occurring issues seen with individuals suffering from drug or alcohol dependency.  It is very common for people who are struggling with depression to turn to drugs and alcohol for relief.  Depressed individuals are often suffering from so much pain, hopelessness, and low self-esteem that drugs and alcohol serve as a temporary escape and a way to self-medicate.  However, this repeated self-medicating causes a chemical dependency in the mind and body, eventually leading to a full blown addiction.  Although the use of drugs and alcohol starts as a way to numb the pain, it actually ends up magnifying and aggravating the effects of depression, having the opposite intended outcome.

Typically, depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the body or brain that can be corrected with proper treatment. Many times depression is caused by low dopamine or serotonin levels, which are the “feel good” chemicals in the body.  Unfortunately, many of the most commonly prescribed medications for depression/anxiety have addictive potential.  At Passages Malibu, we believe in treating patients with depression using natural supplements rather than addictive prescription medications.  Natural supplements for depression can actually rebuild the chemicals in your body that are lacking, as well as result in improved moods, energy levels and sleep patterns.  At Passages Malibu, our program not only works for people who have depression, but anxiety, insomnia, and ADD as well.


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Sex Addiction in the Public Eye and Media

Recently, it seems that whenever you turn on the television, radio, or browse the internet, there is a news story about a public figure seeking treatment for sex addiction or being involved in a sex-related scandal.  Sex addiction is a disorder that is present in all walks of life, but when a person with celebrity stature is involved in such behaviors it raises questions and sparks public curiosity.

Sexual addiction, sexual compulsivity or “hypersexuality” is defined as a condition where a person has an unusually intense sex drive, uncontrollable sexual urges, behaviors, or thoughts, making it difficult to work or engage in healthy personal relationships.  Sex addicts often rationalize, justify, or deny their behaviors and do not believe there is a problem present. Many celebrities, such as comedian Russell Brand, actor Michael Douglas, and golfer Tiger Woods have been involved in sex scandals and openly admitted to having a problem and sought professional treatment.  However, others such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and recently New York State Representative Anthony Weiner have been involved in scandals and so far kept quiet on the subject.

With all of these stories on the news, people are often left wondering, what is the difference between just downright bad behavior and sex addiction?  Are these men just simply calling themselves “addicts” and seeking treatment as a ploy to buy time and sympathy?

Although the diagnosis of sexual addiction is controversial due to the fact that it is not recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, professionals in the addiction community do view it as a behavioral addiction with just as severe consequences as substance abuse disorders.  Individuals who have a true sexual addiction are often completely out of control and continue to engage in their behaviors despite obvious negative consequences (health, social, financial and emotional).  Generally, a person with a sex addiction gains little pleasure or satisfaction from their encounters and is unable to form any emotional bond with their partners.

Luckily, there is treatment available for this condition, which often consists of individual psychotherapy, marriage and family therapy, and various other treatment modalities at an inpatient rehab center like 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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Therapeutic Benefits of Luxury Rehab Centers

Although it may seem like just an added perk and not necessary for complete healing, attending a luxury rehab center does have numerous therapeutic advantages.  Although there are thousands of drug rehab centers throughout the country, not many of them place much of an emphasis on the treatment center atmosphere. Commonly, especially in 12-step rehab programs, the centers are set up with more of an institutionalized atmosphere in mind-facilities designed to treat a large number of people in a small space.

Why Choose Passages Malibu

Luxury rehab centers,  such as Passages Malibu, provide clients not only with top-notch treatment but also with beautiful, peaceful, tranquil surroundings. Passages spans across 10 gorgeous acres with easy access to the beach, 5 large luxurious estates for treatment and client residences, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, top of the line amenities, pools, a tennis court, gym, large living quarters, and a full time housekeeping staff.

When individuals enter a rehab facility that is small, cramped, and have the feel of a hospital, that environment can be very stressful and traumatic.  At luxurious treatment centers, clients are able to relax and heal in the comfort and beauty of their surroundings. Treatment centers that are focused on top-notch luxurious settings also tend to have top-notch treatment programs with more staff members, therapists, doctors and nurses per client.


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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Increasing Abuse of Prescription Drugs

Abuse of prescription painkillers in the United States increased 400 percent between 1998 and 2008, according to a study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Unfortunately, this problem is not just isolated to a particular group; all ages, races, socioeconomic groups and genders are reporting increased usage. Nowadays, there are so many addictive painkillers, anti anxiety medications, mood relaxants, and various other drugs readily available. Sadly, the fact that these types of drugs are prescribed by a doctor often gives individuals the illusion of safety; they think that because their doctor is giving it to them it must be harmless, when in reality many of these drugs are extremely dangerous and addictive. We often see individuals who have no history of illegal drug abuse who become addicted to pain killers after surgery, an accident, and so on. Fortunately, we have many therapists on hand who are experienced in dealing with individuals addicted to prescription drugs, and we offer a safe and comfortable detox.

Breaking Through Denial at Drug Rehab Centers

Whenever our minds are forced to encounter knowledge that seems threatening, denial kicks in as a defense mechanism. In the context of drug addiction, the body has become chemically dependent on drug use, causing acknowledgement of a drug addiction—and its resolution—to feel like an untenable threat. As a result, denial takes a hold of us mentally during the course of drug addiction, attempting to preserve drug use—and prevent knowledge of a drug problem—at all costs. For this reason, breaking through denial is one of the first forms of psychological treatment that you will receive during your stay at a private inpatient drug rehab center.

The Nature of Denial and Drug Addiction

Breaking through denial about drug addiction can be incredibly difficult—largely, because we don’t even realize denial is present. As a defense mechanism, the subconscious becomes avoidant, experiencing great anxiety at the mere thought of removing drugs from our lives—since we have become dependent on them psychologically and physically for daily living. Altered thinking patterns begin to take place as a result. We tell ourselves we do not have a problem—and thus we never need to get sober and remove the drug from our lives and bodies. We fear that we may not be able to get sober, so we tell ourselves that we do not need to in the first place. What follows is a pattern of justification, minimization, blame-shifting and avoidance that all allow us to continue using drugs without fear of their removal.

However, even though denial is the subconscious, sincere attempt at self-protection, it often just leaves us at greater risk instead of providing safety. While we engage in the cycle of denial about our drug abuse, addictions tend to worsen. Personal consequences and relationship problems increase, and we find ourselves with financial, health, and psychological repercussions to drug addiction. Additionally, the same denial that encompasses our drug addiction often invades other parts of our psyches and lives. We may find ourselves using the same measure of denial to avoid our own emotional pain, past traumas, or even current abuse we’re suffering from. Until these areas of denial are broken, we will never be truly healed or truly free.

Breaking Through Denial at Private Inpatient Drug Rehab Centers

When you enter an inpatient drug rehab center, denial can be dealt with in a safe, confidential and nonthreatening atmosphere. In the nurturing environment of one-on-one therapy sessions, you can partner with a compassionate therapist who can help you confront both your addiction—and any unresolved emotional pain—without feeling frightened or overwhelmed. As you begin to heal yourself view in individualized drug addiction therapy sessions, the defenses of denial will become less necessary—as you recognize that you have the personal power to overcome your drug addiction.

Breaking Physical Dependency at Drug Rehab Centers

Drug addiction happens for complex reasons—some of them physical, while others are psychological, emotional and highly personal. Because of the intricate nature of drug addiction itself, breaking physical dependency to drugs can be best handled at a private inpatient drug rehab center, due to the varied and deep work that needs to be accomplished. Breaking physical dependency is the first priority, before the psychological or emotional reasons for your drug addiction can be treated. While it can be dangerous—and at best, foolhardy—to attempt to detox alone, private, inpatient drug rehab centers offer expertise, services and facilities to help you break the physical addiction to drugs, once and for all.

Breaking Physical Dependency at Private Inpatient Drug Rehab Centers

While each drug recovery program is unique, breaking physical dependency at private inpatient drug rehab centers should include the following aspects.

  • Supervised Drug Detoxification
    Drug dependency alters the production levels of neurotransmitters. After drug use ends, there is a lag before the body restores its normal level of these neurotransmitters, which causes of withdrawal. By treating the symptoms of withdrawal, supervised drug detox creates a period of abstinence so that the body to can resume its normal level of balanced neurotransmitter production.
  • Minimization of Withdrawal Symptoms
    Private inpatient drug rehab centers will never expect you to stick out withdrawal symptoms without assistance. In fact, many drug withdrawal symptoms can be alleviated with traditional medical care, nutritional aids, alternative medicine, and individualized counseling. During the withdrawal phase of recovery, professional detox facilities should be made available to you with round-the-clock medical supervision and a caring, compassionate staff to help ease you through the withdrawal process.
  • Treatment of Chemical Imbalances
    Once detox is completed, it is possible to diagnose and treat any chemical imbalances. Through the use of diagnostic tests, addiction professionals can assess metabolic rates and chemical or hormone levels that can indicate an underlying problem. By curing these physiological issues, the bonds of physical dependency are lessened.
  • Alternative Therapies for Long-Term Detoxification
    Drug addiction strips the body of nutrients, which can take a long to be replenished in the body. Targeted alternative therapies such as nutritional counseling, modified diet, supplements, and specialized exercise programs can restore vital nutrients to the body. Additionally, alternative medicine practitioners can aid detoxification and healing wroth massage therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, and other holistic and eastern medicine treatments.

Customized Addiction Plans at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

Customized addiction plans at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers make a world of difference in your recovery from drug addiction. The nature of drug addiction is persistent and its reasons are complex and highly personal—requiring much deeper healing than most generic addiction plans can offer. With customized addiction plans, the team at Passages has the means to apply their intense expertise to your personal story of drug addiction, providing you with greater odds of recovery.

Customized Addiction Plans at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

Addiction plans in many inpatient drug rehab centers aren’t tailored to an individual’s needs or obstacles, and with good reason. Inpatient drug rehab centers with higher capacity and lower overhead need to find solutions that require less planning. This leads to blanket solutions to drug addiction that, while perhaps well-intended, simply do not provide the individualized attention and strategy to lead to relapse-free sobriety.

At Passages, customized addiction plans can also provide flexibility necessary for successful sobriety. Perhaps your body or innermost self responds better to certain treatments, learning styles, or environments. With a customized addiction plan from a luxury inpatient drug rehab center, your course of treatment can be adjusted, depending on your responses. This allows for fine-tuning of addiction planning that many non-luxury inpatient drug rehab centers simply do not have the bandwidth to offer.

Customized Addiction Plans at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

At Passages, we strongly believe in the personal power that lies in each individual—and we believe that everyone’s path to recovery is a unique one. In fact, from the moment you enter the Passages, we begin learning more from and about who you are—your body, your background, your lifestyle, and even your hopes and dreams. Based on this philosophy of individualized care, our specialists collaborate to create a drug treatment plan that is tailored just for you. We even assemble a team of dedicated doctors, therapists, and spiritual, health and wellness experts that meet weekly to review your personal progress.

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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Contacting Loved Ones in Private Inpatient Drug Rehab

When someone you love comes to terms with a drug addiction and decides to enter inpatient drug treatment, it’s often a moment that brings incredible relief and hope. Relationships that have been damaged by a loved one’s drug addiction begin to renew, and we experience the excitement and joy of watching those we care about to embark on a journey to freedom. However, the decision to enter drug treatment is only the beginning—your loved one will benefit from your support and encouragement as they heal. Contacting loved ones in private inpatient drug rehab will help you inspire them towards healing, surround them with love, and may even reignite friendships that have been estranged in the wake of addiction.

Contacting Loved Ones in Private Inpatient Drug Rehab

During a friend’s private inpatient drug rehab experience, the most important thing you can do is reach out to them. Most of us consider contacting loved ones in private inpatient drug rehab but hesitate for fear of breaking the rules, or not knowing how to get in touch. Here are a few ways you can contact loved ones in private inpatient drug rehab and bring them healthy and encouraging interactions.

  • Send a Letter

    Letters are wonderful ways to get in touch with your loved one during their stay at private inpatient drug treatment, as they provide a gentle approach that allows the patient to get in touch on their own timetable. Letters also can be reread, bringing encouragement and delight late at night when visiting hours or phone calls may not be accepted.

  • Create a Care Package

    You’ll want to get in touch with your loved one’s relative or the treatment center itself to inquire first as to which items are encouraged and which are disallowed. Prohibited items usually include food, alcohol, or contraband of any kind, but most other items are accepted. Good care package ideas include books, magazines, crossword puzzles, journals, stuffed animals, mix CDs and photographs.

  • Pick Up the Phone

    Especially if you live at a distance from your loved one’s private inpatient drug rehab center, a phone call can help you reconnect. Do not take offense if your loved one doesn’t get back to you immediately—remember that their recovery from drug addiction is their top priority right now, and requires the bulk of their time and energy. If you do connect, ask about their experience, offer your support, and make sober plans with them for the future. Let them know how proud you are of them. Also, consider filling them in on your life, as well—many patients in private inpatient drug rehab enjoy connecting with the outside world and catching up with friends.

  • Find Out the Visiting Policy

    Contact your loved one to ask about visiting hours at the private inpatient drug rehab they’re attending. Few gifts are as valuable as your presence, and the sad truth is—few friends go out of their way to visit during tough situations. Even spending a few hours with your loved one during their stay at private inpatient drug rehab centers can make an incredible difference in their day—and their healing.

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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Amenities Common to Luxury Alcohol Rehab Facilities

The holistic approach found at luxury alcohol rehab facilities such as Passages encourages healing of the whole body. Many of the amenities common to luxury alcohol rehab facilities serve to encourage recovery and complete healing. These experiences help people reconnect with their true nature and ultimately promote lasting sobriety.

Some Amenities Common to Luxury Alcohol Rehab Facilities

While each rehab program is different, here are some of the amenities common to luxury alcohol rehab facilities.

  • Individualized Counseling
    Individualized therapy sessions are one of the most important amenities common to luxury alcohol rehab facilities. Sadly, most inpatient alcohol rehab facilities do not have the capacity to provide intensive hours of private alcohol counseling. The emotional and mental factors that create the drive to use alcohol are often exceedingly private, and difficult to share in a group setting. Additionally, the walls of self-preservation grow thick over the course of alcohol abuse, requiring individualized attention and care by therapists in order to break through deeply ingrained patterns of denial.
  • Somatic Healing
    While many alcohol programs focus only on talking, reading and reflecting, luxury alcohol rehab facilities take into account the overall health of the body by providing bodywork services such as massage, acupuncture and acupressure. Regular use of these techniques during the alcohol recovery process helps reduce stress, eliminate pain and release toxins trapped in the body. Relieving tension and removing harmful toxins allows the body to better function and helps the individual return to a state of homeostasis to maintain sobriety.
  • Fitness Coaching
    During alcohol abuse, we often neglect ourselves and feel disconnected from our bodies. One amenity common to luxury alcohol rehab facilities is physical fitness coaching. Certified fitness instructors can find the level and type of activity that suits each individual. For some that might include a weight training regime, while others might gravitate towards yoga or Pilates training, hiking, tennis or biking. Luxury alcohol rehab facilities will help you find the correct balance of activities to meet your fitness goals and strengthen your body.
  • Gourmet Cuisine
    For many, food became either an indulgence or occasional fuel during alcohol addiction. By providing delicious and healthy food, a luxury alcohol rehab facility helps your body heal by providing proper nutrition and helping to foster a healthy relationship with food. Gourmet chefs thoughtfully prepare meals for you to enjoy and savor, while taking your special dietary needs into consideration.

Nutritional Needs During Extended Stay Residential Treatment

One often overlooked aspect of inpatient alcohol and drug treatment programs is the quality and nutritional value of the food served to guests. In fact, nutritional needs become exceedingly important during extended stay residential treatment for drug of alcohol dependency. Proper nutrition promotes healing within the body, repairs damage caused by years of drug and alcohol addiction, and encourages long-term sobriety. Effective extended stay residential treatment programs will evaluate your nutritional needs through diagnostic tests, interviews and physical examinations, and work with you to make sure you receive the proper nutrition throughout your entire stay.

Nutritional Needs During Extended Stay Residential Treatment

Here are a few ways in which your nutritional needs during extended stay residential treatment can be addressed by the rehab facility of your choice.

  • Nutritional Testing
    It is important to run diagnostic tests during intake at extended stay residential treatment centers, in order to establish a baseline for your physical care. Additionally, nutritional testing can uncover deficiencies in vital nutrients such as B-complex vitamins, which can run dangerously low for those who have faced long-term or intense alcohol addictions. Diagnostic testing can also reveal nutritional imbalances such as a lack of key amino acids, vitamins or minerals, or a deficiency of antioxidants. Simple blood and urine tests can also bring to light any underlying nutritional causes that may contribute to your drug or alcohol addiction’s development. Your extended stay residential treatment staff will then provide supplements and a dietary plan to help engender necessary shifts in nutrient levels.
  • Dietary Advice
    A dietitian will assess your nutritional needs during your extended stay residential treatment. Usually this involves a review of your nutritional testing results, interview questions and medical history. A dietitian will work with you to create diets that taste good while helping you to restore balance in the body. These plans can and should be modified over the course of your stay, as you work through detoxification, the initial stages of recovery, and begin planning for your aftercare. Your body’s need will be different at each stage of healing, and a dietitian’s professional experience will help improve your recovery process.
  • Nutritional Supplements
    Additionally, dietitians can provide natural supplements to assist your recovery or eliminate any withdrawal symptoms that occur. For instance, the lack or excess of key amino acids can indicate underlying damage and ultimately prevent your body from healing. Nutritional supplements given in extended stay residential treatment can help boost levels of deficient amino acids to eliminate stress placed upon your body. Additionally, dietitians will often recommend an increase in certain antioxidants in order to promote healing and prevent further damage to your body.
  • Balanced Meals
    Balanced meals can make a difference in how you feel during your extended stay residential treatment program—both physically and emotionally. Organic foods can minimize the introduction of new toxins, while you undergo the process of removing those stored up in the body during chemical dependency. Additionally, well-balanced meals provide the fuel you need to adjust metabolic rates, promote energy, provide focus, and ensure relaxation during your detox and alcohol or drug recovery process.

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.

Advantages to Onsite Detox Rehab Facilities

After deciding to receive treatment for alcohol dependency, the first stage of recovery is detoxification. This process is necessary to fully free your body of alcohol and to begin the process of restoration of your body and brain to its natural pre-alcohol state, known as homeostasis. There are several advantages to enrolling in an onsite detox rehab facility, all of which increase your chances of lasting sobriety after recovery.

Onsite detox rehab facilities are staffed with medical professionals focused on guiding you through the alcohol detox process. These physicians, nurses and clinicians are experts in their field, with years of hands-on experience in the addiction field. Medical staff can help mitigate physical and emotional discomfort during the alcohol withdrawal process, naturally eliminating cravings. This allows the body to purge itself of toxins and begin to heal, while the body’s hormones and neurochemicals adjust to their natural levels, positively affecting mood while allowing withdrawal pangs to subside.

Advantages to Onsite Detox Rehab Facilities

Onsite rehab facilities allow doctors and staff to closely monitor individuals as alcohol leaves their systems. Medical staff should monitor your vital signs and measure blood chemistry to anticipate and prevent complications. Because the detox process differs for each person—and because each individual’s chemical makeup is unique—individualized care becomes critical in order to ensure successful detox.

Onsite detox rehab facilities can help patients heal by measuring and balancing their nutritional needs. By providing calibrated nutrition, herbal supplements and nutrients, onsite detox rehab facilities can help make the detoxification process easier by correcting physical imbalances caused by years of alcohol use.

Additionally, one advantage of onsite detox rehab facilities is its ability to establish a continuity of care between the detoxification and recovery processes. Therapists get to know you on a first-name basis, and begin their work right away as soon as you finish detoxing from drugs, alcohol and other toxins. Onsite detox rehab facilities provide a seamless transition to the next steps of recovery in a familiar, warm atmosphere, allowing you to focus on emotional healing without battling cravings for drugs and alcohol.

Five Common Fears About Inpatient Alcohol Counseling Programs

One of the most important aspects of alcohol recovery is individualized therapy offered by inpatient alcohol counseling programs. In therapy, you can gain perspective to promote healthy self views, find the courage to heal, and address any buried emotional trauma that may fuel your alcohol addiction. However, those of us who have never seen a therapist—or who have had negative therapy experiences—might find ourselves afraid of inpatient alcohol counseling programs. By addressing common fears about inpatient alcohol counseling programs, you can find the comfort and confidence you need to heal any psychological or emotional root causes of alcohol addiction.

Five Common Fears About Inpatient Alcohol Counseling Programs

If you find yourself feeling fear over counseling sessions in inpatient alcohol rehab programs, you’re not alone. Here are five of the most common fears many people have about therapy, and the truths behind the myths.

  • “What if I find out I’m crazy?”
    One of the most common fears about inpatient alcohol counseling programs is that patients will find out they are mentally ill. Remember, alcoholism is not a mental illness—but rather a symptom of negative self beliefs or emotional pain that has not yet been dealt with. Remember that inpatient alcohol counseling programs should be conducted in a nonjudgmental, trusting atmosphere that nurtures your sense of self confidence. Reputable talk therapists will help heal your self view, and empower you to resolve problems and achieve your utmost potential in life.
  • “What if I don’t want to open up?”
    In inpatient alcohol counseling programs, therapists should never push you, berate you, or force you to disclose anything you do not want to. Therapeutic relationships are built on a foundation of trust, allowing you to open up your history and your feelings on your own timetable.
  • “What if I feel worse?”
    Dealing with trauma and low self esteem can be an intimidating—and sometimes draining experience. However, a professional therapist will gauge your inpatient alcohol counseling to ensure that you do not feel overwhelmed or depressed as a result of session work. Your therapist should also give you positive coping mechanisms that will help you deal with any trauma that comes up during counseling sessions.
  • “What if I’m in therapy for the rest of my life?”
    One common fear about beginning therapy is the belief that the process will never end. In inpatient alcohol counseling programs, however, you and your therapist are partnering for a specific goal—to heal negative self beliefs or lingering trauma that may contribute to your addiction. Once you have found freedom from alcoholism, your therapy is considered successful and completed.
  • “Will a therapist be able to know what I’m thinking?”
    Some people become afraid that therapists will be able to “see right through them,” eliminating their ability to keep their innermost thoughts private. In actuality, therapists can’t read your mind and need your cooperation in order to create a positive and productive therapy experience.

Individualized Care at Luxury Addiction Treatment Centers

The level of individualized care you receive during your alcohol or drug rehab experience can make an incredible difference in your recovery success. However, the vast majority of traditional addiction treatment programs simply do not have the means to offer high levels of customized treatment for each patient. For individualized care such as intensive, one-on-one addiction counseling, tailored treatment plans, and lifestyle coaching, luxury addiction treatment centers often offer recovery options that others cannot.

Individualized Care at Luxury Addiction Treatment Centers

We believe that each individual’s history, life story, and personality are exceptional and unique. In fact, the specific factors and reasons that led you down the path of addiction are highly personal. Similarly, addiction treatment is not a “one size fits all” process, but involves your personal beliefs, life experiences, past and present relationships, and specific physical and emotional issues.

At luxury addiction treatment centers, the staff-to-patient ratio tends to remain low, allowing you to receive the full focus of the staff members you deal with every day. At Passages, our dedicated addiction team gathers professionals and experts from a host of disciplines, who review—and adjust—your treatment plan regularly, to ensure recovery that works. Patients can even request recovery help from our founders as part of our ongoing commitment to individualized care at our luxury addiction treatment center.

The Importance of Individualized Therapy at Luxury Addiction Treatment Centers

In recovery, therapy sessions should occur in a safe, confidential environment, where you can work with a qualified therapist to gain perspective and coping mechanisms tailored to your life and circumstances. Many addiction treatment centers lower their operating costs by providing group sessions that simply aren’t appropriate venues for sharing private and painful experiences that contribute to drug or alcohol addiction. Luxury addiction treatment centers can offer one-on-one therapy sessions that allow you to open up in a comfortable, nurturing setting.

Individualized guidance takes on additional importance once successful recovery has taken place. After Care specialists at luxury addiction treatment centers can meet with you one-on-one, presenting you with carefully crafted, customized transitional plans to help you embark on your new, sober life.

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

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Reasons to Choose Luxury Inpatient Alcohol Rehab

Quite often, luxury inpatient alcohol rehab centers remain overlooked because patients assume they cannot afford high-end alcohol rehab experiences. However, luxury inpatient alcohol rehab centers often offer the highest level of return on investment for those seeking alcoholism recovery. Boasting world-class experts in a host of disciplines, nutrition and exercise programs, and plenty of individualized attention, many luxury inpatient alcohol rehab centers provide a level of service—and corresponding success rates—that are truly unmatched.

Reasons to Choose Luxury Inpatient Alcohol Rehab

Luxury inpatient alcohol rehab can provide a customized recovery experience that provides alcohol dependent individuals with the tools they need to get and stay sober. Here are just a few of the reasons you might want to consider choosing inpatient alcohol rehab.

  • Individualized Attention and Therapy
    Many alcohol rehab centers use group therapy settings to lower overhead and reduce cost. However, the painful experiences that have contributed to the psychological addiction to alcohol may be too private to share with strangers. Luxury inpatient alcohol rehab provides safe, one-on-one therapy sessions with confidential therapists who customize your counseling experience to your life, relationships, goals, and personality. Additionally, luxury inpatient alcohol rehab centers tend to have lower patient-to-staff ratios, allowing you more attention and care from physicians, nutritionists, and other addiction professionals.
  • Alternative Addiction Therapies
    Luxury inpatient alcohol rehab centers have the bandwidth to offer alternative therapies alongside traditional medicine and counseling. Research has shown that even a single alternative therapy integrated into the recovery experience can triple the rates of successful sobriety.
  • Higher Levels of Dignity
    Due to higher occupancy and less progressive methodology, many rehab centers enforce needless regulations and assign chores to guests at their facilities. Luxury inpatient alcohol rehab facilities are adequately staffed to eliminate the need for patient contribution to maintenance and can provide individualized supervision and guidance without the need for blanket restrictions.
  • Confidentiality and Discretion
    Luxury inpatient alcohol rehab centers can provide a more confidential, discrete alcohol rehab experience. Often tucked away in highly scenic locales, luxury alcohol rehab centers provide a haven for executives and celebrities, as well as those who simply desire treatment in the most private settings.
  • World-class Staff
    Many rehab centers save money by lowering the number of offerings or require fewer qualifications of the treatment staff. Luxury inpatient alcohol rehab centers, however, can offer the best physicians, psychotherapists, nutritionists, fitness experts, massage therapists and alternative medicine practitioners to their guests, to maximize their success rates. Gourmet, nutritious food is prepared daily, and every detail is taken care of so that guests can focus on their reason for being in rehab—obtaining the sobriety they deserve.


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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