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How to Maximize Healing in Rehab

How to Maximize Healing in Rehab

By Jennifer McDougall

Picture this. You have made it to rehab, and now you can begin healing from drug and alcohol addiction. Our holistic approach focuses on treating the underlying conditions causing a person to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Our 5-star fabulous facility offers a wide range of luxurious amenities. You can enjoy our heated pool and jacuzzi between sessions, play a game of tennis or basketball with other clients and trainers. You can meditate or read by the waterfall. During lunch, you can sit outside and soak up the sun as you look out to the Pacific Ocean. We also have a top of the line, fully equipt gym with fitness instructors ready to help you meet all your fitness goals and help heal your body from the physical damage inflicted by drug and alcohol abuse.

During your time in rehab at Passages, you will have the opportunity to experience a variety of treatment methods that help you heal from the inside out. To maximize your healing process we recommend you do the following things.

  1. Fully participate in your therapy sessions
  2. Be open and honest with your treatment team so they can best cater to your individual needs
  3. See your time in rehab as an opportunity to learn and grow
  4. Read The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure book, which can find in your bedroom or on various bookshelves and stands at Passages
  5. Practice visual meditation before you go to sleep to imagine your perfect self living a perfectly happy and peaceful life
  6. Journal every day to keep track of your progress
  7. Feed your mind positive and empowering thoughts
  8. Keep your body properly hydrated and partake in the nutritious meals served from our five-star kitchen
  9. Build connections with other clients to create a positive community you can lean on for support
  10. Work with your Continuing Care Specialist to prepare a reliable aftercare program for when you return home or enroll in a sober living program

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 Repair the Damage of Alcohol Abuse

How to Repair the Damage of Alcohol Abuse

By Jennifer McDougall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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Concerns Grow for Alcohol Abuse During Coronavirus Lockdown

Concerns Grow for Alcohol Abuse During Coronavirus Lockdown

By Jennifer McDougall

While many people are stuck at home, finding themselves bored, with more time on their hands than they know what to do with, the number of people abusing drugs and alcohol is on the rise. According to Nielsen data, alcohol sales have risen 55 percent in the week ending March 21.

“U.S. sales of alcoholic beverages rose 55% in the week ending March 21, according to market research firm Nielsen. Spirits like tequila, gin and pre-mixed cocktails led the way, with sales jumping 75% compared to the same period last year. Wine sales were up 66% while beer sales rose 42%. And online sales far outpaced in-store sales.” – AP News

Evidently liquor stores are considered essential businesses in the United States, making buying alcohol convenient and available during this time of crisis. The trouble is that as more people flock to the liquor stores and back home to indulge in toxic self-soothing remedies to cope with the current pandemic, not only are these people exposing themselves to public places during a time where the majority of us should be staying home, the probability of them becoming dependant on substances increases dramatically. Fortunately, there are many resources for people who are struggling with drug and alcohol dependencies, such as here at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers.

Mental health is also a big concern for people in quarantine and struggling to stay calm with productive activities to help pass the time. More people than probably ever before are having a difficult time lowering feelings of stress and anxiety, causing them to crave substances to numb the pain and discomfort.

A lack of meaningful connections such as support from those who share common interests as you who are there for you to lean on and care about you causes a sense of disconnect during this time of quarantine. What we need to embrace most of all right now is staying connected with one another through text messaging, video chatting, and social media so that we can maintain and a healthy level of connectivity to each other. When people feel lonely or withdrawn from society, they tend to move towards drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with the pain of their feeling of not being part of the community or a strong support system.

At Passages Malibu, we offer a true alternative to 12-step addiction rehab. We have been providing holistic therapy for people seeking a non-disease model, non-AA, cutting-edge treatment since 2001.

Our alternative treatment program is designed to completely heal all aspects of your life damaged by addiction, including your physical health, your professional & personal relationships, your self-esteem, and more. No two programs are alike, and each alternative treatment plan is customized for you, by you, with your specific situation in mind.

At Passages Malibu, you can expect the very best from our alternative approach to addiction treatment:

  • We will truly represent the definition of holistic treatment, which means we heal the entire person, from the inside out, through a variety of different methods that address mental, physical, and spiritual health.
  • We will treat each client with respect and dignity, and we will never employ punitive treatment methods.
  • We believe that every person is dealing with unique circumstances, and therefore we make every treatment plan unique and do not adhere to the one-size-fits-all group approach.
  • We will focus on healing the underlying issues that are causing you to use drugs or alcohol, and we acknowledge that drug or alcohol abuse is a symptom of a larger underlying problem.
  • We will never make you declare yourself powerless with a disease.
  • We are accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO) and licensed by the State of California to offer drug and alcohol treatment, and we utilize diverse therapeutic disciplines from across the world in our program.

What sets Passages apart is that we thoroughly address and treat every aspect of dependency. Our alternative approach to drug and alcohol rehabilitation is ultimately very straightforward: We do not believe that you are powerless against addiction, and we emphasize healing instead of labeling.

Don’t live the rest of your life one day at a time – live fully, peacefully, and free from addiction with the help of our alternative addiction treatment program.

Concerns Grow Over Alcohol Abuse During Coronavirus Lockdown

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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What to Expect in Residential Treatment at Passages Malibu

What to Expect in Residential Treatment at Passages Malibu

By Jennifer McDougall

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

Average Length of Stay

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

Detox

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

Residential Treatment

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

The Passages Difference

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

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

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

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Managing Stress and Anxiety During a Time of Crisis

Managing Stress and Anxiety During a Time of Crisis

By Jennifer McDougall

During times of crisis, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos spreading through the news and media outlets informing us hourly of the many updates happening in the world. It’s common to feel an increase in stress and anxiety during times of uncertainty.

In many cases, people want to fast forward through the chaos and get to where things are peaceful again. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works but that’s also perfectly fine because it allows us to take a closer look at why we are feeling the way we are feeling regarding a particular scenario. Sometimes our fear brings us to realize what is most important in our lives. Knowing how to use your stress and anxiety to your advantage is the trick. How to do this is simple. The moment you feel scared or worried about something, ask yourself why you have that particular fear.

Digging deeper within yourself to find the source of your stress and anxiety can help bring buried thoughts and feelings to the light. Acknowledging these emotions and looking closer at where they stem from and why will give you the power you need to release that stress and anxiety, leaving you feeling lighter and more clear-minded.

In the midst of stress, fear, anxiety, and panic, many people experience knots of nerves racing around their stomachs, the inability to sit still, difficulty catching their breath, and have racing thoughts which cause them to skip meals, abuse substances, and lose sleep.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we understand how uncomfortable stress and anxiety can be and how deeply it affects the nervous system and your everyday life. We want to offer you these seven helpful tips for relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety so that you can feel your very best and be at peace within your mind, body, and spirit.

  1. Get up and exercise. Moving your body and breaking a sweat will help your body release endorphins in your brain that will help improve your mood and lower symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  2. Journal your thoughts on paper. Allowing yourself to express your emotions privately in a notebook can help you gain a better understanding of the source of your frustrations as well as giving you an opportunity to open your mind to new ideas and potential strategies in solving your current problem.
  3. Cut out caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. Every time you have a craving for coffee, alcohol, or a cigarette, grab something healthy to eat or drink to train your brain to replace unhealthy habits with healthy ones. Maintaining a healthy diet is a great way to promote long term improvement in feelings of stress and anxiety.
  4. Dab lavender essential oil on your temples and wrist. Then, take three slow and deep inhales through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
  5. Practice yoga and meditation before you go to sleep at night. Block out at least one hour every night to dim the lights, put on relaxing music and stretch. Yoga is a great way to decrease stress, reduce anxiety, fight depression, and promote the quality of sleep in a person.
  6. Watch or listen to something funny. Haven’t you heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine”? Lighten the mood and vibration you’re currently feeling by turning to a comedy. This could be a movie, a podcast, or silly cat videos on YouTube. Anything to make you laugh should help you feel better.
  7. Eliminate things that cause you stress. If it is a toxic friend, a critical co-worker, a repetitive thought of regret or self-depravation, it’s time to put some distance between you and this thing or person. If you do something and then feel bad about it later, it’s time to find a way to kick that habit. If there is someone in your life that is putting pressure or stress on you, talk to that person about the problem calmly and try to work together in resolving the issue.

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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7 Ways to Create Your Personal Philosophy

7 Ways to Create Your Personal Philosophy

By Jennifer McDougall

“A strong personal philosophy does more than sustain us through the tragedies of life. It also stains us daily in everything we think and do. It gives us optimism and hope.”
― Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness

When you think about the way you view the world, what you value, your own moral compass, and perspective, what do you see? Creating a personal philosophy helps guide us into the direction that is aligned with our core principles. How you react and respond to situations that happen to and around you is part of your personal philosophy.

  1. Introspection. Look within your soul to discover a new light of clarity that gives you hope and makes you feel empowered.
  2. Study other philosophies such as religion and spiritual beliefs.
  3. Discuss your values and core beliefs with other people.
  4. Practice making choices that are aligned with your beliefs.
  5. Reframe your beliefs so they work for you and not against you.
  6. Find a therapist, life coach, or mentor that can help guide and support you in creating and practicing your personal philosophy.
  7. Be patient. Allow your personal philosophy to evolve and develop over time through various experiences and enlightenment.

The reason it’s important to have a strong personal philosophy is that it helps us make decisions and live an authentic life where you can be true to yourself and honest with others you interact with.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. What is the purpose or meaning of your life? What are you most passionate about? What do you value the most in life?
  2. Which beliefs resonate with you and which ones do not?
  3. What do you want to contribute to the world? What would you like your legacy to be? What are the most important things for you to accomplish in your life?
  4. What type of working, living, and social environments are best suitable for achieving your goals?
  5. What physical and mental state should you aim to reach in order to achieve your goals and be successful?
  6. What do you need every day to live a life that honors your morals, values, and goals?
  7. What do you need to release from your life or daily habits to achieve your goals and live a life you feel proud of?
  8. What type of music, art, and literature resonate best with you?
  9. How do you view conflicts when they arise? In what way do you approach issues in your life?
  10. What type of attitude do you have in the general theme of your life?

“Don’t Just

Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

7 Ways to Create Your Personal Philosophy

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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5 Spiritual Tools in Addiction Recovery

5 Spiritual Tools in Addiction Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

“It takes practice, feeling happy about the ever-unfolding events of life, and, because of all the conditioning we have undergone before this, it may be very difficult to make the change, but if we take the saying to heart and practice it, as the days unfold we will find ourselves living ever happier lives, smiling more, and finally, laughing more.”
― Wu Wei, I Ching Wisdom: More Guidance from the Book of Answers

Having a spiritual tool kit in addiction recovery can help you stay on track in a thriving journey of sobriety. We all have triggers and temptations that try to lead us astray and knock us off course, but with these 5 helpful tools, you can stay focused on being the best version of yourself, the one who is free from substance abuse and addiction-related issues.

  1. Daily meditation. One of my favorite times of the day to meditate is the morning. It allows me to clear my mind, start my day with clear intentions and set a balanced tone so that I can be productive and feel my best.
  2. Understanding your triggers and having a plan for when they arise. Leave an event if you have to. Call a friend when you’re feeling a craving. Go for a run to break a sweat and release any stress or tension. Take a warm bath and leave your phone in the other room to allow yourself some peace and quiet. There are many things to do to help ease the effects brought on by our triggers so find what works for you and stick to that.
  3. Yoga and Tai Chi. These exercises have been shown to help increase flexibility, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, improve quality of sleep, increase strength and muscle tone, improve cardiovascular health, and improve and balance energy levels.
  4. Morning affirmations. Start with some of these: “I am grateful to be alive!” ” Today will be a great and productive day.” I will finish my tasks with joy today.” “I Choose to focus on the positive.” ” I am surrounded by positive and loving people.” “I make great decisions.” “Each day is filled with joy & abundance.” “Life is a beautiful gift.” “I am a happiness magnet.” “Good energy is flowing through me.”
  5. Connect through prayer and spiritual readings. Take a look at our Wellness Store for some wonderful books to read and help you feel empowered. Shop today at www.PassagesWellnessStore.com

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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Passages 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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7 Common Challenges in Early Days of Sobriety

7 Common Challenges in Early Days of Sobriety

By Jennifer McDougall

Getting sober is one of the bravest and at times a very challenging journey. In the early days of sobriety, many people may feel uncomfortable when being invited out, at social events, coping with triggering events, telling people they no longer drink, in intimate settings, or while being present in a scenario where there may be drugs or alcohol being offered. Taking an honest look at potential situations that could test your sobriety is an important task while ensuring you have a plan and feel prepared to take on any challenge that comes your way.

Getting sober is one thing; staying sober is another. Your new drug and alcohol-free lifestyle will require you to put your foot down more often, feeling confident when saying, “No” and having no guilt in declining offers to participate in risky behavior that could lead to relapse. It is understandable the struggle that many people face in newfound sobriety during an epidemic of alcohol addiction and drug abuse– the temptation when life throws you a curveball or when you’ve had a tough day. These are still no excuses to go back to your old ways.

Practicing new and healthy coping mechanisms is an essential component in maintaining stability and strength building techniques for lasting sobriety. Here are 7 common challenges people experience in early sobriety.

  1. BOREDOM. Finding things can do may seem challenging in the early stages of sobriety. Luckily for you, we have compiled a list of 30 fun things you can do alone or with friends and family to enjoy sober.
  2. SAYING NO TO PEER PRESSURE. Often times when a person gets sober it can feel difficult dealing with pressure from others to join them in drinking or using drugs. One thing to remember is that this is an opportunity to be reminded that you need to focus on your sober journey. If you are surrounded by people who do not support your sobriety, it’s time to find yourself a new group of friends. Anyone who continues to pressure you into using isn’t someone you need in your life.
  3. DATING. Whether it is a new relationship or someone you have been seeing for a while, it’s important to be clear to them that you are sober. If it is the first date and you don’t feel comfortable discussing why you got sober, etc it’s okay to just have a non-alcoholic beverage, tell him/her that you don’t drink, and move on to asking questions about the other person. This way it takes the pressure off you while you continue to be true to your sobriety and get to know the person you’re out with. Another aspect is keeping a watch on co-dependency behavior. Read: The Connection Between Codependent Relationships and Addiction
  4. Coping with emotions. Long-term drug and alcohol abuse cause damage to the brain and other bodily organs. You may experience emotions that you haven’t felt in many years and could feel overwhelming at times. These emotions commonly include anger, sadness, and irritation. As you begin rebalancing your mind, body, and spirit through holistic healing and healthy coping techniques such as yoga, meditation, massage therapy, psychotherapy, and physical fitness training, you will gain strength to get through difficulties that arise more easily.
  5. Increased energy and insomnia. Trouble sleeping is common in many people who are in early recovery from substance abuse related issues. Without medicating yourself, there are many healthy remedies to get a good night sleep such as exercise, journaling, essential oils, and creating a calm atmosphere. Read: 5 Things to do Before Bed to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life
  6. Managing stress. One of the best ways to manage stress is to maintain a healthy diet, exercise, and breathing techniques. Many people find comfort and peace when connecting to creative outlets such as photography, writing, painting, sculpturing, or gardening. Read: The Best 5 Ways to Reduce Stress From Your Life Today
  7. Financial setbacks. Budging your finances is important no matter if the money is flowing in or if you’ve recently experienced a setback. Impulse buying or retail therapy is a common and unhealthy coping mechanism for people in early recovery. Be mindful of your sudden urges to buy a new outfit or big purchase that you either don’t need or is out of your current budget.

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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Break Free from Addiction - End the Cycle

How to End an Addiction to Drugs and Alcohol

By Jennifer McDougall

Falling into the cycle of addiction can happen to anyone and when treating a substance abuse related issue, one-sized-fits-all recover models simply are not the most effective way of healing. This is why at Passages, we customize a program tailored to each client’s individual needs. Our non-12 Step addiction treatment therapy focuses on healing the underlying condition driving a person to use and abuse drugs and alcohol.

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

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

Our empowering and non-12 step treatment methods include:

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

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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Trauma Therapy at Passages Malibu

Trauma Therapy at Passages Malibu

by Jennifer McDougall

When an individual experiences trauma it is crucial they receive professional therapy, such as what is offered at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. When trauma goes unhealed, a person may carry around the baggage of their pain everywhere they go and into relationships, their career, and in many cases- increased risk of substance abuse related issues. At Passages Malibu, our certified therapists use cognitive behavior therapy to help individuals heal from mental and emotional trauma. When the weight of remorse and pain is lifted, major improvements in overall wellbeing can be felt and seen. There is hope for anyone who has experienced trauma.

Through a variety of holistic therapy methods such as mindful meditation, acupuncture, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and yoga, Passages Malibu makes it possible to help a person heal from trauma-related issues that have caused them to turn to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism. We are confident in the treatment we provide and urge you to reach out for help if you or a loved one is experiencing a drug or alcohol related issue.

Trauma Therapy at Passages Malibu
Passages Malibu Addiction Rehab Center

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.

For additional resources, please read: Passages Malibu Alcohol Rehab

What is Alcohol Rehab like at Passages Malibu

What is Alcohol Rehab Like at Passages Malibu

By Jennifer McDougall

Many people who are addicted to alcohol experience a great deal of mental, physical, and emotional turmoil as their health fades due to the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Getting help for alcohol addiction at Passages Malibu is the best choice you can make if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms.

Signs You Need Rehab for Alcohol Addiction:

  • Strong urges to consume alcohol to cope with current conditions
  • Unable to stop drinking
  • Legal problems pertaining to alcohol-related incidents such as violence, DUI, and robbery
  • Regularly drinking more than originally intended
  • A spiral downfall in work due to drinking habits such as calling out sick often, missing deadlines, and other poor work patterns
  • Increased financial issues due to alcohol-infused decision making
  • Neglect of personal and professional responsibilities
  • Troubles in your marriage or other interpersonal relationships
  • A decline in physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing
  • Noticeable changes in appearance such as weight gain
  • Forgetting what has been done when drinking (blacking out)
  • Continuing to drink despite a health problem

At Passages Malibu, we provide our clients with a holistic and customized treatment program to help discover and heal the underlying conditions causing an individual to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Our board-certified therapists are focused on creating a safe space for all clients to thrive in their healing process. It is our mission to see that every person who walks through our door is treated with decency and respect. We do not label you an addict or an alcoholic. Instead, we choose to empower our clients and give them the tools they need to break free from addiction with the help of our various treatment methods. Our treatment center is JCAHO accredited and has been rated “The Number 1 Rehab Center in The World” by Healthcare Global.

We pride ourselves in state-of-the-art quality care. At Passages Malibu, we offer more one-on-one private therapy sessions than most other rehab centers in the world. If you are ready to get healthy, discover your true life purpose, and live in such a way you can feel proud of, you have arrived to the right place.

Luxury Amenities at Passages Malibu:

  1. 24/7 Nursing staff
  2. Passages accepts most insurance policies, making it even more affordable to get the treatment you need and deserve.
  3. Receive individual therapy at Passages rather than non-stop group sessions such as what you would experience at most other rehab centers.
  4. 16 innovative therapy methods to help you discover and heal the underlying conditions to substance abuse related issues
  5. Permission to use your cell phone and laptop during tour stay with us, whereas most treatment centers take away these privileges. We believe it’s important to stay connected to friends and family while in treatment. We expect you to utilize good judgment for who you allow yourself to associate with.
  6. We have a tennis court, ½ basketball court, two swimming pools, two Jacuzzis, spectacular ocean views, a fully equipt gym with personal trainers, professional culinary team to provide you with exquisite meals and sweet treats throughout the day, a mini-golf course that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, access to musical instruments to play during your stay with us, adorable koi fish you can feed, housekeeping, and 24/7 nursing staff, and 10 acreas of Malibu paradise you will feel absolutely tranquil in as you heal from addiction-related issues.

Unlike other treatment centers, we do not believe addiction is a disease but rather a result of one or more of the following four causes:

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

At Passages Malibu, we offer the following 16 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

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.

For additional resources, please read: Passages Malibu Alcohol Rehab

Why Choose Passages Rehab?

Why Choose Passages Addiction Rehab Center

by Jennifer McDougall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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

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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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Overcoming Addiction for Good: Finding Peace at Passages

Overcoming Addiction: Finding Peace at Passages

By Dr. Kerri Heath

“Reserving judgment is a matter of infinite hope.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

I love visiting Passages in Malibu, as it brings a sense of peaceful re-centering every time I visit.  The beautiful ocean views and perfectly groomed landscaping create the context, but it is the warm personalities that makes it feel like a home.  This makes Passages a very unique place.  It feels like the Prentiss family has opened up their home for addicts to come in and find solace, a place of refuge.

People who struggle with addiction are searching for peace. According to the philosophy at Passages, substances are used to cover up one or more of following: chemical imbalance, unresolved events from the past, beliefs you hold that are inconsistent with what is true, and an inability to cope with current conditions.  People think they are coming to Passages to heal an addiction, but what they are really seeking is peace and that is what they leave with.

It is no coincidence that the name of the co-owner is Pax, which literally means “peace” in Latin because that seems to be his gift to the world. Pax helps people find true peace in their lives by identifying the real source of pain and offering a variety of solutions to create a better life. I met with Pax on a Thursday afternoon to hear more about his experience and his call to help lead others out of a life of addiction and into a life of peace and happiness. I had already read about his experience in “kicking” addiction, so I knew that I was meeting with a miracle man who was lucky to be alive. People who have come so close to death seem to be laser-focused on things that truly matter (not just material possessions, power, and privilege), and he did not disappoint. Pax was late for our meeting because he ran into a client in the garden who wanted to talk, and that is always a priority to him.  This is the perfect example of how this man makes time for each one of the visitors that come to him for transformation and renewal.

In my brief time with him, I found myself sharing things with him that I have not told others.  I mentioned to him several times “I don’t know why I am telling you this…” to which he replied, “I hear that on a daily basis.”  I am not surprised that his clients find themselves sharing openly and honestly with Pax because he has a true sense of tranquility and unconditional love.  Because of the lack of judgment, people can only find themselves in a safe place to open up, explore and seek honesty in his presence.  One of the greatest things about Passages is that you are invited into a family that honestly cares about you as if you were their own child, because in a way you are.

If you are struggling with addiction, there will come a time when the need for peace far outweighs the need to continue down the path of pain and resistance.  When you want to find the solutions to your problems and a road to recovery, Pax will be there to show you the way.  He has walked the same road and he’s willing, to be honest about it.  And just being in the same room with him will give you the peace that you need to make it through another day.

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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Leaving Addiction and Dismantling Fear: Consciousness Drained of All Doubts

Leaving Addiction and Dismantling Fear: Consciousness Drained of All Doubts

By Dr. Kerri Heath

I look forward to meeting with the owner of Passages Malibu, Chris Prentiss, who has dedicated his entire life to helping others reach their highest potential.  Being in the same room with someone who is committed to helping you expand and grow is not an opportunity to take for granted.  I always listen closely to his every word and carefully ask questions that will take me to a higher level of awareness.  He is a wise sage who appears to have found the fountain of youth and the wisdom of the ages.

In one of my afternoons with Chris Prentiss, he shared that the goal in life should be “consciousness drained of all doubt(s),” which in layman’s terms means we should try to live without fear.  I had to write this down and think about it for a while before I fully grasped its meaning.  Truly, fear is the lowest energy there is.  We collect so much fear in our lives that drive us to do things based on the negative messages we tell ourselves.  And ultimately these fears and doubts can lead to addictions and other negative consequences.  If we can live a life beyond fears, we can create a world that is full of freedom and light.  Chris shared a story about being hit in the head by a rock when he was walking along a riverbed one day.  He says the rock fell from 35 feet and crushed his skull, but as he lay on the ground bleeding he was not afraid.  Instead, he thought to himself, “I can’t wait to see what amazing thing will come as a result of this suffering.” He shared that as a result of the blow, he would later find out that he could fully understand spiritual texts that he was unable to interpret prior to his accident.  He stated, “I would get hit in the head by a rock any day to have that ability.” The expectation that great things happen on the other side of suffering is only one example of what can happen when we don’t allow fear to grasp our minds and steal our joy.  I have been testing this theory out in my everyday life and have not been disappointed to find a blessing on the other side of every negative circumstance.  I am so grateful for this lesson that Chris taught me that afternoon.

Chris has an unbridled joy and the clients at Passages have access to him on a regular basis throughout their journey towards healing.  His happiness is contagious.  As he tells funny stories the tears from laughter stream down his face.  This type of energy can only come from a man that has truly found the happiness in life and he is willing to offer the secrets to that kingdom over to anyone who will listen.

I am a spiritual seeker.  I have read countless books and spent thousands of hours trying to understand the meaning of life and discover my true calling.  After only three meetings with Chris, and reading several of his books on metaphysics and spiritual principles for living, I am convinced that he is a true source of inspiration.  He may be the most underrated thing about Passages.  If you are also searching for answers and want to know why you are here on this planet and what you are supposed to do with your remaining days on earth, Chris will be there to guide you along your journey.  He found a way to create a safe passage for his beloved son to move from a life enslaved to substance abuse into a life of meaning and purpose, and now he wants to offer you the same passage.

 

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Sound Therapy at Passages Malibu

Benefits of Sound Therapy

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

“A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this world” -John Locke

Sound Therapy—the use of vibrations to affect cellular resonance (the frequency at which an object naturally vibrates). Cellular resonance is found in each part of the body and can be affected by emotional and physical illness or environmental factors. Vibrational medicine is based on the idea that disease is a result of those natural resonances getting out of tune –brought on by depression, anxiety, and trauma. Used as an ancient practice originating in the eastern part of the world, sound therapy encourages mindfulness and self-awareness. In addition, it is a way to enhance relaxation in massage therapy and acupuncture sessions. Medical research shows that the use of sound therapy to treat those with illnesses decreases stress hormones in the body (The Healing Power of Sound).

When done individually or in a group setting, sound therapy has been shown to lend numerous physical and emotional benefits. Many illnesses have a direct relation to the amount of emotional stress one is experiencing. Therefore, methodologies that promote relaxation can be an excellent way to prevent and treat illnesses (The British Academy of Sound Therapy).

The most effective treatment facilities utilize a combination of Western and Eastern philosophies to address the unique needs of each client. Rapid advancements in medicine indicate that a total body treatment approach has successful outcomes. At Passages Malibu, we offer more holistic treatment methods than any other rehab center in the world. Our in-house Spiritual Counselor, Jesse Hanson, uses a variety of instruments in Sound Therapy including quartz crystal singing bowls, didgeridoos, Native American flutes, buffalo drums, and his own voice, among other unique instruments from around the world.

Selected resources

Olson, Karen. The Healing Power of Sound

What is Sound Therapy? The British Academy of Sound Therapy

Our treatment approach is designed to address the root cause of your addiction. The Passages Malibu addiction treatment programs are unique and effective – offering you the very best program available. Life begins where addiction ends.  Call now to learn more about our addiction treatment modalities and treatment programs (888) 920-8849.

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

 

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An Addiction Philosophy: Step Three for Treating Addiction

by Dr. Kerri Heath

 

“Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you.”

–Dr. Stephen R. Covey

There is a way to end addiction.  But before you can experience it, you must believe that it’s possible.  Currently, you have a philosophy on what addiction is whether you are aware of it or not.  You have already decided if you believe addiction can be healed or if you believe that it is a terminal illness.  The philosophy you choose to believe will determine your experience of addiction.

Passages Addiction Treatment Center believes addiction can be treated by addressing the real causes of dependency head-on with a three-step holistic treatment program.  The three steps are:

Step 1:  Believe that a complete recovery is possible for you

Step 2:  Discover and heal the underlying causes with a holistic recovery program

Step 3:  Adopt a philosophy based on what is true in the universe

The final step in the journey towards recovery requires that you adopt a personal philosophy.  One of the major causes of dependency is the lack of a personal philosophy on addiction.  Your mind is a very powerful thing.  The thoughts you have become your reality, so identifying your beliefs become foundational in the journey towards healing. At Passages Addiction Treatment Center in Malibu, finding a philosophy of addiction which is congruent with the universal laws of nature.

The universal law of gravity states that every particle in the universe attracts every other particle with the force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.  Cause and effect is another Universal law which states that every action produces a result that is in exact accord with the action.  Once you begin to incorporate a philosophy of addiction into your life that is in accordance with Universal law, your life will bring such joy that you can remain calm through any difficult situation. An example of an addiction philosophy is that “everything that happens benefits us.”

A personal philosophy that is based on universal law will sustain you through the tragedies of life.  It will also sustain everyday activities by providing optimism and hope for the things to come.  Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so when you are ready to try something new… a personal addiction philosophy that is in accord with the universal law will equip you for the adventures that await.

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Discover and Heal Underlying Causes of Addiction: Step Two in Treating Addiction

by Dr. Kerri Heath

“Only when we are sick of our sickness shall we cease to be sick.”

The 71st verse of the Tao

The problems underlying dependency always have both physical and psychological components, and both have to be treated simultaneously.  At Passages Addiction Treatment Center in Malibu, it takes a carefully selected support team of physical, medical, psychological, and spiritual professionals to design a rehabilitation plan for attacking “sickness” from every angle.  This holistic approach is highly individualized to help clients redesign a better foundation for a more promising future.

The state of your body is a key factor in how you healthy you feel.  When one or more of your body’s systems become dysfunctional, you can become out of balance.  This equilibrium can lead you to medicate the unpleasant feelings with drugs, alcohol or addictive behaviors, which can then lead to dependency.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Center, a full diagnosis must be conducted in order to identify the specific reasons that a drug dependency has developed.  The dependency was created as an attempt to compensate for some area of deprivation.  The process starts by helping each client identify the sickness that is being treated by the addiction.  And it is only when we become fully aware that we are sick (in mind, body, and spirit) that we can heal the sickness.

When we are equipped with this new knowledge we can change behaviors by addressing the fundamental cause of the pain. This knowledge provides us strength in making changes and creating a better life out of well-informed choices made from a conscious place.  Ignorance of the truth only perpetuates our sickness because we are “ignoring” the pain-point. When we experience sickness in mind, body or spirit… it is because some aspect of our life is out of balance.  That toxic area of our life becomes infected and starts to spill into other areas, relationships, etc.

Once your mind and body are in a state of optimum health, you won’t feel the need to alleviate those uncomfortable feelings with addictive substances or behaviors.  As you construct your recovery program, it will help you to understand the functions of the various glands and organs that make up your body’s systems. At Passages Addiction Treatment Center in Malibu, we help you reach your peak health condition (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual).  When you reach these states of vibrational frequency that feel better, you will have created more space to dream about the future and problems that you would like to solve.

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Believe: Step One in Treating Addiction

by Dr. Kerri Heath

“…the reward of faith is to see what you believe.”

-Saint Augustine

Do you believe that you can create a better life for yourself than the one you are living?  Do you believe that it is possible to be free from the binds of addiction?  American’s have a lot to learn from Eastern medicine.  Passages Addiction Treatment Center in Malibu (ranked the number one rehab in the world) blends both Eastern and Western methodologies to help end addiction for good.  The first priority in Chinese medicine is always “the intention to heal” because the beliefs of those who are treating you are of supreme importance.  Dr. Andrew Weil said that “successful patients often ally themselves with health professionals who support them in their search for answers… What you want is a professional who believes in you and in your ability to heal yourself”.  Healing addiction starts by finding the right team, and Passages believes that you have the power to permanently end your addiction.

The first step towards finding treatment for addiction is to believe that a complete recovery is possible.  Usually, people hit rock bottom before they find that ending addiction is an option. But you don’t have to get to that point.  If you believe there is a complete recovery, then you can start to rebuild your life around a new calling and purpose, and you won’t need to spiral out of control.  If you ignore the signs of addictions that call you towards your higher purpose, you will keep finding yourself in painful situations.  The universe is calling out to you to find your place in this world, which you can only do from a healed place.

Change starts now, with a choice in your mind. 

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If you believe that freedom is possible, Passages Addiction Treatment Center in Malibu is ready to help you make the leap towards a better life.  We will surround you with a team of professionals who can individual a treatment plan that helps you design a better future.

The underlying causes of chemical dependency always stem from a.) chemical imbalance, b.) unresolved events from the past, c.) beliefs held that are inconsistent with the truth, d.) an inability to cope with current conditions, or e.) a combination of these four causes.  All of these causes for dependency are within you and you must believe that the solutions for overcoming them are also within you.  Addictions are temporary, destructive solutions that signal to you that life needs to be brought back into balance.  But there are alternative positive solutions that can bring life back into full equilibrium more permanently.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Center in Malibu, finding a end to addiction starts by identifying these underlying conditions and finding a way to bring your life back into balance (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually).  Once you bring your life back into harmony, you won’t need alcohol, drugs or addictive behaviors ever again.

 

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