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Passages vs 12 Step Rehabs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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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.

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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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Find Your Flow

Overcoming Addiction by Finding Your Flow

By Dr. Kerri Heath

“Being in Flow is a mystical or transcendent state where you go beyond your sense of self and you experience exceptional feats of strength and endurance of creativity.” –Glen Gerreyn

One of the best ways to overcome addiction is to find your flow.  Your flow is the connection you have when your inner life is completely aligned with your external experiences.  When you are suffering internally, your external world becomes chaos, but when you can rebalance your inner life, the external world will reflect your inner contentment. Researchers have been studying the experts who lead happy lives as a result of being in the flow.  The secrets they share can help you find the best version of yourself as well.

Malcolm Gladwell described how to become a true expert at something in his book Outliers (2008) by stating that one practicing anything for 10,000 hours guarantees success.  He was trying to show that natural ability takes an investment of time in order to be made manifest.  This is discouraging for people, like myself, who grow easily distracted and bored.  I prefer to try many different things in life and spending 10,000 doing one thing sounds painful.  However, it takes time to put in the practice at becoming good at something.  If you are reading about addiction, it’s possible that you have spent 10,000 hours drinking or using substances which are lower levels of energy that don’t feel good.  What if you start replacing that time with something that does feel good?

Noting that money cannot make us happy, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi set out to find people who experience lasting satisfaction in activities that bring a state of flow.  When someone is in a state of flow, they are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter, they experience ecstasy.  Every flow activity provides a sense of discovery and a creative feeling that transports the person into a new reality.  Flow pushes people into higher levels of performance and leads to new states of consciousness.  Flow helps you “get in the zone” or experience being “on point” or “on a roll.”  Michael Jackson achieved a state of flow by pushing the boundaries of his brilliance to new heights.

By the time addictions have taken control of your life, you are not able to experience flow that leads to happiness and tranquility. The flow has been blocked by the substances that prevent you from true alignment with your optimal state of being. The state of flow is achieved when you can identify negative emotions and replace them with trying new things, challenging yourself and experiencing new growth. However, you may have become accustomed to using a substance every time a negative emotion arises.  Do not try to eliminate addictions on your own in order to obtain a state of flow but find a team of professionals that can surround you to help you identify the obstacles that are standing in your way.  People come to Passages to find freedom from addiction and they end up finding their flow.  You will begin to feel your negative emotions, and instead of numbing them with substances, look for ways to grow and challenge yourself towards higher states of existence. Once you experience the “high” from being in the flow, you will never want to return to substances again.  Now, that is something you won’t learn from the 12-step programs… that is what makes Passages distinct from the rest.  You find your flow at Passages in Malibu.

 

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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Alternative Addiction Treatment

Outside-the-Box Approaches to Overcoming Addiction

by Kimberly Hayes

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

Yoga

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

Art

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

Drama

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

Animals

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

Adventure

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

Exercise

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

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

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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Author

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

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Addiction Rehab

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

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

Non-12 Step Addiction Treatment

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

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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How to Stop Using and Abusing Drugs and Alcohol

How to Stop Using and Abusing Drugs and Alcohol

By Jennifer McDougall

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

That’s where Passages Addiction Treatment Centers come in.

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Get Sober and Stop Using Drugs Today

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

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

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

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

How to Contact Passages Malibu

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

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Passages Ventura Celebrates 8 Years of Holistic Addiction Treatment

By Jennifer McDougall

For 8 years, Passages Ventura has been helping those suffering with drug and alcohol related addictions discover and heal their underlying conditions causing them to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Passages Ventura is located in Ventura, California. It is a non-12-step addiction treatment center lead by father and son duo, Chris and Pax Prentiss. Passages has set the standard for addiction treatment that has surpassed expectations beyond measure. The success rate for those who leave Passages is higher than any other treatment center in the world, next to Passages Malibu, which was founded in 2001.

Co-Founder and CEO of Passages, Pax Prentiss, knows first-hand how difficult is to break free from the chains of addiction. For 10 years, Pax was addicted to heroin, cocaine, alcohol and cigarettes and with the help of his father, Chris Prentiss, he was able to overcome his battle with addiction. Together, they designed a programed that successfully helped Pax get sober. After many failed attempts to get sober, Pax finally discovered the why to what was causing him to use. The holistic program which is utilized at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers is what has now saved the lives of thousands of those who have come to Passages for treatment.

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

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

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

Since opening Passages Ventura, Chris and Pax have opened a luxury sober living home in Santa Monica, California and an outpatient rehab center in Venice (Abbot Kinney), California. Both of these facilities instill the values and philosophy that Passages has thrived on since 2001. Soon, Passages will open another outpatient rehab and sober living home in Beverlywood, California.

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About Passages Malibu & Passages Ventura:

Father and son team Chris and Pax Prentiss founded Passages Malibu in 2001. Its second location, Passages Ventura, first opened its doors in 2009. The two drug & alcohol abuse treatment centers offer an alternative to the 12-Step AA model of addiction treatment by utilizing an innovated and holistic program that focuses on healing the underlying issues of substance dependency, rather than attributing addiction to an incurable disease.  Both Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura accept insurance.

Passages Malibu was named the #1 treatment center in the world by Healthcare Global, one of the “Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out” by Forbes magazine, and the Huffington Post recently acknowledged Passages as a center that “caters to a high-end crowd, with many CEOs, entrepreneurs, and high-powered professionals among its clients.”

The co-founders are also authors of an acclaimed series of addiction treatment books, including their groundbreaking, flagship title, The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure.

For general inquiries about treatment, contact: (888) 397-0112.

For media inquiries, contact press@passagesmalibu.com.

Passages Ventura | www.PassagesVentura.com

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

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Passages Malibu: Revolutionizing Addiction Treatment for 15 Years.

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

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

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

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

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

 

At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers – Addiction Ends Here

About Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Founded by Chris Prentiss and Pax Prentiss, Passages Malibu opened in 2001 with its second location, Passages Ventura, opening in 2009 and an outpatient center in Venice, California which opened in 2015. The three drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers offer an alternative to the 12-step/AA model of addiction treatment by taking a holistic approach with a program that focuses on the underlying issues of substance dependency, rather than suggesting that addiction is an incurable disease. Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura have earned the coveted JCAHO (Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accreditation, which has only been given to 6% of the nation’s behavioral health treatment programs. The co-founders are also authors of the acclaimed series of treatment books that include their groundbreaking flagship book, “The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure.” At Passages, we believe: Addiction Ends Here.

 

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

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Addiction Treatment at Passages Rehab

How to Get the Most Benefit From Addiction Rehab

By Jennifer McDougall

 

1. Set realistic expectations in the beginning.

It is best to know before going into rehab what you would like your end result to be. If you hope to never have a desire to lay a finger on a single addictive substance again, mend those broken relationships, and find clarity in your outlook on life; remind yourself of that every day.

2. Be present in every moment. 

We all feel a little anxiety at times, but when you learn to focus solely on the moment you will be able to think more clearly and learn from the world around you. Thinking too far ahead about any particular thing can be a bit overwhelming. Take every moment one minute at a time, and you will be rewarded with an abundance of self-awareness and mental clarity.

3. Try your best to remain positive and be optimistic throughout treatment.

When you begin to feel doubtful or hopeless about recovery, remind yourself that you are able to do anything you set your mind to. That includes being completely healed.

4. Obey the rules.

Rules are set in place to help not only protect you, but help you through the healing process. Every rule that is set in place at Passages serves a purpose. Obeying these rules and guidelines promote a smooth transition throughout your individual treatment.

5. Be willing to share your story with others.

It takes a lot of courage to speak in front of a group of people, and sometimes it takes the same amount of courage to speak to one individual about some of the darkest most sensitive situations in your life. Be free to speak openly with your therapist. They are here to help you overcome your troubles so you can leave completely healed and empowered. Don’t be afraid of what anyone will think about you. At Passages we do not judge anyone for things that they have experienced in the past. All of our stories are unique and can be the light in someone else’s life that will make a significant difference.

6. Invite family members to come visit.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Center, we encourage our clients to invite their family members to visit them during treatment. This can be very beneficial for the individual who is in treatment. Family can help provide comfort and give them a boast of care and support. Some of those in treatment may feel a bit homesick at times, but when approved family members visit, those feelings of discomfort tend to vanish and clients typically feel motivated to make the most of their stay in rehab.

7. Do not give up!

No matter how frustrating something might be or how shy you might feel about discussing past traumas or bad experiences with your therapist please know that once you get through your rehabilitation everything will be much better.

 

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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I’m Sober, but My Family Isn’t Supportive

By Jennifer McDougall

 

Getting sober is one of the best decisions you will ever make. But what if your friends and family aren’t very supportive and think that instead of getting sober you should drink or use in moderation? As heart shattering as this may be for you to feel little support from your loved ones, know that they are probably in denial or unaware of the real issue. Maybe they are unwilling to give up drugs and alcohol themselves. The thought of being sober to (most) people who drink in moderation is a tough one to swallow.

Being sober is very rewarding.  You must do it for yourself though, and don’t let anyone try and talk you out of it or downplay your problem. This is your life and you need to be responsible for making the best choices for your health and well-being. If your friends and family don’t agree, find truly supportive people to surround yourself with.

The truth is that your family probably does not know the extent to your drug and alcohol use. Maybe they do not understand the reasoning for your decision.  Now would be the time to sit them down and explain it to them so they fully understand what you’ve been through, why it’s important to not even have ONE drink, and that they need to respect and support your life choices. Many people don’t understand that having just one drink will only throw you back into the cycle of bad choices and back into your addiction.

It is important to stay focused and remember why you made this choice in the first place. Maybe you’re like me and you were tired of waking up on Saturday mornings not wanting to get out of bed, looking at the thread of text messages you sent out last night and feeling so shameful about all the terrible decisions you made. Or maybe it’s 8 a.m. and you still haven’t gone to sleep because you’re still partying from the night before.

There are many reasons most of us decide to get sober but the most common reason is because most of us are tired of living with our minds clouded by poison and our lives shattered by the consequences of our toxic induced decisions.

When discussing your sobriety with friends and family be clear and firm in what you are saying. It is okay if they do not fully understand, but let it be known that you will not be participating in consuming alcohol or using drugs – not even one sip of champagne on New Year’s Eve, one toast of wine on a friend’s birthday, or even a slice of rum cake at the holidays.  Your sober actions and new-found healthy lifestyle will eventually prove that living a 100% sober life 24/7 is the best choice you’ve ever made. Give your family a little time. They’ll eventually come around.

 

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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Chris Prentiss, Passages Malibu

Special Public Appearance from Passages Malibu co-founder Chris Prentiss

After Passages Malibu CEO Pax Prentiss overcame his dependence on alcohol, cocaine, and heroin, he went on to found Passages along with his father, Chris Prentiss.  Before Passages’ founding, Chris authored numerous books on topics like love, self-empowerment, and wisdom.

To this Chris’ books are celebrated around the world.

While Pax runs the day-to-day operations at Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura, Chris often drops by to share some of the collected wisdom from his many books, for the benefit of current clients.

Earlier in May, the Malibu Times reported on Chris’ public appearance at Banks of Books in Malibu for California Bookstore Day.  The Times’ mentioned that Chris this was Chris’ first public book signing in 10 years.

While the books that Chris wrote have been published in 25 different countries around the world, at Passages, he is also well known for his motivational metaphysics talks.

The guiding philosophies of self-empowerment, self-love, and universal trust are examined in illuminating detail throughout Chris’ talks.  If you haven’t enjoyed the pleasure of listening to Chris speak, below are four clips selected from one of his recent metaphysics sessions at Passages Malibu.




Among the books that Chris is well-known for are included Zen and the Art of Happiness, The Laws of Love, and The I Ching: The Book of Answers.  Copies are available in the Passages Wellness Store.

Reimagining Your Treatment Environment

Contemporary research suggests that specific environments may play a critical role in understanding, preventing, and treating drug addiction. These specific atmospheres are identified as environmental enrichment settings. Appreciation of the environmental enrichment concept could lead to substantial progression in treatment approaches. But what is environmental enrichment and how can it mitigate and potentially eliminate dependence on drugs? Further examination is necessary. -read more: http://bit.ly/pYp2xx

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Native American Influences in Drug Rehab Centers

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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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.

 

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Treatment Team Approach at Passages Malibu

We are the world’s most innovative and effective residential drug and alcohol treatment program, partly due to our treatment teach approach.  Unlike other treatment centers, Passages is not 12-step based and rather focuses on a more individually tailored, holistic method of treatment.  We believe that addiction is not a disease, but rather that it is a symptom resulting from other problematic issues. The abuse of and eventual dependency on drugs and alcohol is merely a mechanism to cope with physical, mental, or emotional pain.  We believe that completely healing addiction is possible, and in order to do this, you must find the underlying causes of your behaviors.  Each of our clients receive an individually tailored treatment team of 10 therapists.

Whether you are dealing with depression, anxiety, an undiagnosed physical ailment, childhood trauma, abuse, family problems, a chemical imbalance, or one of the many other underlying causes of addiction. Our treatment program of mainly one-on-one therapy will help you uncover what is driving you to use drugs and alcohol.  At the end of each week, your treatment teams hold a meeting to discuss your progress and pool their insights and resources together.  They do this in order to make sure you are getting the most comprehensive, diverse treatment possible, allowing them to alter your program each week and to progress as you progress. At Passages, we truly believe in healing all of you, from the inside out:  you will receive primarily individual therapy sessions with a dynamic rotation of enriching groups mixed in, with a treatment team that is fully committed to your recovery.

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Individualized Psychotherapy

We believe addiction is caused by various underlying and unresolved issues. Dependent individuals typically use drugs and/or alcohol as part of a coping mechanism to deal with past and/or present trauma and pain. At many 12-step rehab programs, substance abuse is treated as the primary problem. At our facilities, we believe that in order to end the cycle of dependency you must first uncover the reasons why you are choosing to numb yourself with drugs and alcohol in the first place.  This is where individualized psychotherapy becomes critical for healing.  Psychotherapy sessions offer safe space to discover the complex nature behind addictive behaviors, and allow each individual to learn how to resolve and heal each unique underlying issue.  Being unable to cope with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, marriage, work, relationships, and the death of a loved one, financial burdens, illness, insecurity, or physical impairment are common reasons for substance abuse that psychotherapists are trained to help clients work through in their sessions.  Many 12-step treatment centers rely primarily on group therapy and usually provide no individual psychotherapy with licenced psychologists. Our individualized approach allows for each specialized licensed therapist to treat each client uniquely based on their circumstance and uncover and explore the causes of each particular addiction.

 

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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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Physical Effects of Psychedelic Mushrooms Abuse

What Does a Psychedelic Mushrooms High Feel Like?

A psychedelic mushroom high is a hallucination-fraught, highly emotional experience that distorts perception and reality. Psychedelic mushrooms’ effects tend to last four to six hours and are collectively referred to as a “mushroom trip” or “shrooming.” Depending on the variety of psychedelic mushrooms, hallucinations, laughing fits or strange, abstracted thoughts may also occur. Many users continue to hallucinate even with their eyes closed. Mood swings tend to occur, encompassing a range of feelings from happiness to sadness or hope to pessimism and nihilism.

What Are the Physical Effects of Psychedelic Mushrooms?

At the onset of a psychedelic mushroom trip, the first noticeable physical effects will hit roughly 20 minutes after first ingesting psilocybin mushrooms. Psychedelic mushroom users often experience cold sensation and feelings of nausea at this point. Next, colors begin to deepen or distort, and movements in the corners of the eyes (peripheral vision) may be detected.

Psychedelic mushrooms also sometimes create emotional sensitivity or anxiety. Nausea often lasts through the first hour of the psychedelic mushroom trip. For the next two to three hours, psychedelic mushroom users find themselves immersed in the drug’s peak effects. Physical signs of reaching the apex of a mushroom trip include dilated pupils, auras around objects, layered vision, changing shapes, and highly detectable patterns in stationary objects. As psychedelic mushroom users “come down,” hallucinations tend to wane and severe stomach cramps tend to set in.

Can You Overdose From Psychedelic Mushrooms?

Overdosing on psychedelic mushrooms is almost impossible—largely because a psychedelic mushroom overdose would require eating over twenty five pounds of psilocybin mushrooms to experience toxic effects. Large doses of psychedelic mushrooms, however, can produce traumatic experiences that can last even beyond the time period that the mushrooms are active in an addicted individual’s system. Certain drugs can also amplify the effects of mushrooms, such as MAOIs—monoamine oxidase inhibitors commonly used medically as anti-depressants or smoking cessation drugs—because they reduce the body’s ability to process psilocybin and psilocin. These effects will not cause an overdose, but can increase the risk of “bad trips” since the psychedelic experience from mushrooms will have longer duration and greater intensity.

Physical Effects of Nicotine Addiction

What Does a Nicotine Buzz Feel Like?

The nicotine high can sometimes be imperceptible, as it eliminates withdrawal symptoms and fills nicotine users with a sense of calm. Some users experience a “nicotine buzz,” most common in first-time nicotine users or after a period of abstinence. The main nicotine high starts almost immediately upon ingesting nicotine—especially for tobacco smokers—and lasts for a very short duration. Smokers feel it almost immediately after taking the first puff of a cigarette, while those who chew tobacco tend to feel the nicotine high within a minute of starting to chew. A wave of calmness passes over the user’s body, replacing the agitation of withdrawal, as soon as the nicotine is transferred to the brain. As the nicotine levels increase, nicotine users may feel feelings of calmness and relaxation replaced by a tingling sensation and sense of heaviness.

What Are the Physical Effects of Nicotine?

Because nicotine is a stimulant, heart rate and blood pressure increase as soon as nicotine enters the system. In fact, nicotine users can sometimes feel their pulses over their entire bodies. Additionally, some nicotine users even hear a slight buzzing or hum in the ears. In your brain, nicotine binds to the nicotine acetylcholine receptors that increase the levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine—resulting in a pleasant and relaxed feeling. As another neurotransmitter—serotonin—is released, nicotine users feel increasingly calm and slightly euphoric. The pleasant and euphoric feeling lasts for only a few minutes and quickly fades, though increased heart rate may last for several hours after nicotine use.

Nicotine is extremely addictive, as it acts on many neurotransmitters in the brain. Nicotine is also extremely short-acting, requiring frequent use of tobacco products in order to alleviate withdrawal that quick sets in. Chronic use leads to tar-stained teeth from smoking, oral and esophageal cancers and lung cancer. Many nicotine smokers also put themselves at risk for stroke, heart attack and emphysema. Cigarette smoke in nicotine-laden tobacco also leads to stained fingers and fingernails, yellowish skin, signs of premature aging and yellow-hued teeth. Smokers are also at risk for gum disease and infections.

Can You Overdose From Nicotine?

Yes, you can overdose from ingesting too much nicotine. Nicotine overdose usually occurs by accidentally ingesting too much nicotine from nicotine replacement products such as gum, lozenges, inhalers or patches. If you continue to smoke when using these products, you increase your risk of a nicotine overdose. Common digestive symptoms of nicotine overdose include stomach pains or nausea, resulting in either diarrhea or vomiting. Nicotine addicted individuals may also feel light-headed and confused during an overdose, or have extreme headaches and experience vision or hearing problems. Some nicotine users also experience racing heart and accompanying chest pains. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop using products that contain nicotine immediately and call your physician.

Physical Effects of LSD Abuse

What Does a LSD High Feel Like?

LSD creates an intense high, resulting in a hallucinatory multi-sensory experience that lasts from eight to twelve hours. As the LSD takes effect, about 20 minutes to two hours after ingesting the drug, users experience euphoric feelings and the beginnings of bodily sensations and tingling. Shortly thereafter, LSD users find that boundaries between the self and the surrounding world fall away. Details in sound, sight, taste, and touch become heightened—colors may appear brighter and sounds become louder or more enveloping. In some instances, these sensations overlap, resulting in synesthesia—a bizarre mixing of the senses, where colors are felt, sounds are visualized, or sights are tasted.

At the peak of an LSD high, during a period of two to six hours, LSD users can experience intense hallucinations, including perceiving objects that are not present, and seeing motion in stationary items. The intense sensory and hallucinogenic effects often last for 8 hours, and then take an additional 4 hours to gradually fade away.

What Are the Physical Effects of LSD?

While LSD is primarily a psychedelic drug, there are several physical effects that occur during an LSD trip. Pupil dilatation is one of the first external cues that the LSD is taking effect. The digestive system becomes affected, as well, resulting in nausea that endures for roughly the first hour—although for a minority, feelings of nausea can last the duration of the LSD “trip.” Most people feel extremely alert while under the influence of LSD, and find it difficult to sleep until the effects of the drug wear off. Less frequently, LSD users experience temperature regulation issues, encountering hypothermia (abnormally low temperatures) with profuse perspiration, while others experience hyperthermia (fever) with the chills and goose bumps. Often people find themselves clenching their jaws during an LSD trip, or sensing a metallic taste in their mouths.

Can You Overdose From LSD?

While you cannot physically overdose on LSD, as it is a nontoxic substance, LSD users can experience psychological damage from use. Higher doses have a greater likelihood in resulting in an intensely negative experience know as “bad trip,” which can be reexperienced in flashbacks later. Because LSD users cannot end the effects of LSD but are instead held captive to the experience, negative thought and emotions can manifest themselves in visualizations and dominate the experience. It is even possible for a particularly traumatic trip to result in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).