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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 When people feel lonely or withdrawn from society, they tend to move towards drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with the pain of their feeling of not being part of the community or a strong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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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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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 Ventura Celebrates 6 Years of Holistic Healing

By Jennifer McDougall

On May 17, 2009, Co- Founders, Chris and Pax Prentiss opened a second holistic healing center in Ventura, California. This non-12 step treatment center has been the home to thousands of those seeking to heal the underlying conditions causing them to use and abuse drugs and alcohol.

Passages Ventura is the sister facility to the world renowned non-12 step treatment center, Passages Malibu located exclusively in beautiful Malibu, California. After experiencing unparalleled success with the program and innovated treatment methods at Passages Malibu, father and son team Chris and Pax decided to expand by opening the doors to a new and more affordable treatment center focused on the same treatment methods used at Passages Malibu.

The program model was initially created after many failed attempts for Pax himself to get clean and sober. Pax struggled with addition for 10 years, but thanks to the program designed at Passages, Pax has now been sober for over 15 years and is the CEO of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. He remains involved in the day- to- day functions at both facilities and works with many of our clients one-on-one to help mentor and guide them into the direction of ultimate sobriety and healthy life choices.

Not long after opening, Passages Ventura earned the coveted JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accreditation, which has only been given to 6% of the nation’s behavioral treatment programs. Passages Malibu is accredited by JCAHO as well, and both facilities continue to ensure the highest quality of treatment for each and every client that walks through the door.

There are currently 11 holistic treatment methods being utilized at Passages Ventura, all of which are provided regularly during a 30 or 90 day stay. A few of the treatment methods offered at Passages Ventura are: Acupuncture, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Life Purpose Counseling, and Yoga Therapy. Passages also offers Continuing Care at both facilities, which a coordinator will recommend you to trustworthy therapists, enroll you in a local gym, help you find a sober coach, and whatever else you may need in order to be sure your sobriety is on track and successful.

Passages Ventura has seen an extraordinary amount of growth over the last 6 years. There is an immense amount of passion and care that goes into treating individuals at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. The staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s safe to say that the success currently taking place at Passages is only the start to what’s to come. There is no limit to the growth at Passages Ventura. Chris and Pax are excited to continue to help thousands more who want to permanently overcome their addictions and live a life free from the intoxicating discomfort and pain caused by the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins

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.

 

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

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10 Ways to Overcome Symptoms of Depression

By Jennifer McDougall

Depression affects millions of people across the world; of all ages. In many cases, those who suffer from depression also suffer from anxiety disorders, as well as, drug and alcohol addictions. It is not uncommon for those suffering from depression symptoms to turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to temporarily numb the pain and regain a pinch of satisfaction. The problem with this type of outlet is that it tends to lead to an array of health problems, emotional stress, loss of clarity and mental focus, as well as financial and relationship trouble.

When someone is feeling depressed they may not reach out immediately for help or want to talk about what is causing them to feel alone and hopeless. There are many situations and circumstances that can cause a person to feel this way. It could be due to loosing a job, breakup, financial struggle, loss of a loved one, poor diet, lack of exercise and outdoor activity, or major change at home or work. They may not feel like they add up to the expectations drawn out for them. Without supportive friends and family members, many of the difficulties we face in life tend to be much more challenging.

Many of us go through certain phases in life; we experience changes in our relationships, finances, and careers. Through those changes it is important to remain focused on our goals so that we don’t get overwhelmed with the “what if’s”, “why not’s”, “how come’s” and “what now.”

It is not uncommon for someone to experience symptoms of depression a few times throughout their lives. What matters most is what to look out for and know how to treat these symptoms before things take a downward spiral towards physical harm, addiction, or suicide.

Here are a several signs that you or someone you care about is suffering with depression.

  • An overwhelming sense of sadness
  • Loss of concentration and interest
  • On-going negative thoughts and comments
  • Excessive drinking or use of drugs
  • Aggression or reckless behavior
  • Too little or too much sleep
  • Little to no motivation or enthusiasm
  • Extreme changes in appetite
  • Suicidal thoughts or remarks

Depression is not something to ever feel ashamed of. It affects millions of people who have managed to overcome the symptoms and go on to live a happy and healthy life. Here are 10 ways to overcome the dark dreary symptoms of depression.

  1. Connect with friends and family who help motivate and support you in a positive way.
  2. Get 8 hours of sleep.
  3. Drink plenty of water.
  4. Meditate
  5. Eat healthy.
  6. Avoid drugs and alcohol.
  7. Add lighting and spruce up your living space.
  8. Journal your thoughts, ideas, and day-to-day experiences.
  9. Watch feel-good or funny movies.
  10. Change up your worn out routine.

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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Spring Equinox 2015: A Message From Chris Prentiss

“Hello, Everyone.

This is truly a magical time of the year. The forces of light and dark are equally balanced. All is in perfect order. This is a time when the light force is in the ascendancy, and the dark force is diminishing. That is true not only for the actual light of the sun, but also for the energy of our pretty little planet. Perfect harmony and balance  have been achieved. We are part of that. It is a fertile time of the year, not just for plants, trees and animals, but also for ideas, new resolutions, a time of forgiveness, for renewing friendships and ending conflicts  It is a time when plans can be fulfilled, long-held dreams carried out, and it is a time when the beneficial aspects of our universe becomes manifest in our lives. Make the most of it; be the best you can be. You owe it to yourself and those around you to shine and set a great example. You are special, and this is the time of the year when your specialness can be magnified. Doing so, you will find your actions reflected to you many times over and you’ll be carried to the skies of success as though on the wings of six dragons!”

Chris Prentiss

 

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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How to Discover Your Life’s Purpose

By Jennifer McDougall

 

Many of us ask ourselves this simple question, “What was I put on this earth to do?” The answer is different for every person. What we do- which direction we decide to take is purely up to us. No one can decide where our future lies besides our own individual selves.

When we take a step back and look at our lives, we see an array of choices that have lead us to this exact point. In every moment we breathe, think, and live in a reality we create for ourselves. If you find yourself unhappy and losing focus on the things that bring you joy, you may need to re-center your energy into what it is that you were put on this earth to do.

Through our skills and talents there lies something very special within every one of us that we were created to share with the world.

Many of us have often felt lost and confused. We have been in the middle of a cold fog without a clue of where to go next. With technology being the leader in our day to day lives, it’s no wonder why many of us feel overwhelmed with the amount of opportunities and choices available to us. Now more than ever we have the power to choose where we live, who we marry, if we marry, how far we travel, what we drive, wear, eat, and do.

People all across the world have the luxury of having so many options and choices they can make. The downside of that is no one can seem to decide what it is they want to do with their lives.  That is why it is important to set your sights on the things that bring you the most happiness and fulfillment at the end of each and every day.

For some, it is creating works of art that opens the eyes of others to see a perspective on something that is so abstract and brilliant that it changes the way people see the world. For others, it’s running a successful empire that conducts business in such a way that has never been done before.  There are those who hope to advocate for a nonprofit organization and help save the lives of people in less fortunate circumstances.

Finding your life purpose is a process that you should not hesitate to aim for. Read these 5 simple tips that will help you narrow down what it is that you were created to do here on earth.

  1. Write down the top 10 things you enjoy doing the most outside of work.

Think of what makes you smile the most. Ask yourself what causes you care most about? If you could teach something, what would it be? Dig deep and find what matters most to you.

  1. Use exercise and meditation to gain mental clarity.

Being active is a good way to clear your mind. It is also a great way to see where your mind wanders when you’re not busy working on other things. More importantly, it will help you preserve balance in times of excitement and distress.

  1. Listen to what other people say about your strengths and weaknesses.

They have the insight to see what best suits your abilities, personality, and skills.

  1. Embrace moments of solitude.

Put your cell phone away for at least an hour every night, and disconnect from the world and chaotic things happening outside the four walls that surround you.

  1. Find what brings you true inspiration.

It could be music, a specific person, an activity, or a book. Whatever it is that reveals inspirational qualities specifically for you is what your subconscious mind feeds from. That is the heart of your soul’s wish. That is what you should pay close attention to.

 

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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Also read: Life Purpose Counseling at Passages Malibu.

 

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Sober Super Bowl Sunday

By Jennifer McDougall

Grab the nachos and prepare to enjoy the game of all games. It’s almost kickoff time for the most watched sporting event of the year. The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will go head to head this Sunday, February 7, 2016 in the city of Santa Clara at the Levi’s Stadium to compete for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Super Bowl 50 can be watched on CBS at 3:30PM Pacific Standard Time.

Super Bowl Sunday is also one of the biggest days in advertising, and sales for alcoholic beverages, not to mention the second largest day of food consumption besides Thanksgiving. According to 247WallSt.com, on Super Bowl Sunday in 2014, “roughly 325 million gallons of beer were consumed.”

If at a super bowl party this weekend and alcohol is available, do not let temptation get the best of you. The best thing to do is decline any offers and bring your own non-alcoholic beverages to the party with you. Just remember these 5 Simple Tips for a Safe and Sober Holiday Weekend.

Here at Passages Addiction Treatment Center, we will be watching the game with a variety of gourmet snacks and a healthy beverage selection for the enjoyment of all of our clients. Stay updated with us on Instagram and Twitter by following us today.

 

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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20 Fun Sober Date Ideas

20 Fun Sober Date Ideas

By Jennifer McDougall

Are you and your sweetheart looking for something fun to do, and would prefer not to be in an alcohol or drug infused environment? Well, that’s simple. Here are 20 ideas for the two of you love birds to enjoy some precious time together.

1. Take a hike

Get outside and enjoy the great outdoors together. Hiking is a wonderful form of exercise that the two of you can enjoy together and take photos along the way. Just don’t forget to bring a bottle of water with you!

2. Grab a cup of coffee together 

Find a unique little coffee shop nearby to sit down at, and enjoy a nice cup of coffee together. This is a good way to talk about what is on your mind and share a few good laughs.

3.  Lunch or Dinner Date

Who doesn’t love to eat? Go grab a bite somewhere neither of you have ever been before. This will be a fun experience for both of you and when you think about the place again you will think of each other, and remember the great time you shared, hopefully. Visit Eater to see all the best places to check out near you.

 4. Be tourists for a day 

Who cares if you’ve lived in the same city for the past 5 years; you probably have not explored everything the city has to offer! This is the time to go roam around and check out some of the places on your list you’ve been wanting to visit, but “haven’t had the time.” Visit Things To Do to see what there is to see and do in your city.

5. Go bowling 

You may be surprised to see how much better your game is without blurred vision and feeling off-balanced. There’s a much less chance you’ll slip and fall on the alley too. #ThanksSobriety

6. Dance Lessons

Whether you are a beginner or a skilled dancer, check out your local dance studios for you and your honey to swing in some fun on the dance floor. Don’t be shy! Get out there.

7. Ice Skating

Many cities have an indoor ice skating rink where you and your sweetheart can go ice skating all year round.

8. Go out for brunch

Switch things up and take your loved one out to a nice brunch. Get dressed up and take photos of one another while you dive into your favorite breakfast or lunch item.

9. Take a fitness class together

Break a sweat and shed some calories by getting involved in a fun fitness class. Look at available classes at the gym or local fitness studios. Groupon is a great place to find some local fitness deals.

10. Photography adventure

Plan a day for you and your sweetheart to get out visit a variety of fun and beautiful places in your city. Bring your camera and begin capturing priceless moments together.

11. Go for a boat ride

If you don’t have a boat of your own, visit a local marina and inquire information on renting a small boat for a couple hours. Get out on the open water and enjoy the tranquil scenery.

12. Improv show

Laugh the night away at a local improv show. These shows are usually inexpensive and a lot of fun.

13. Wander a bookstore

Go into a local bookstore and wander around. Browse through the store and pick out the books that spark your interest. Take about the different book titles, covers, and content with your loved one.

14. Visit a local fair or amusement park

Connect with your inner-child and ride some of  your favorite childhood rides.

15. Take a cooking class together

Those who cook together, stay together. Right? Well, maybe, but its certainly worth trying.

16. Take a mini vacation or road trip

Nothing like the feeling of freedom out on the open road. Enjoy some time away from your day to day routine and explore new places and new horizons with the one you love. Don’t forget the music and of course your camera too.

17. Have a nature picnic

Plan a nice little picnic lunch out in the fresh air. Go to a local park, beach, or even your backyard.

18. Get out the old board games

Who doesn’t love a game of Monopoly, or Life? How about Guess Who? There are so many fun board games we might have forgotten about over the years. Maybe its time to break them out and have a game night.

19. Spa day

Spa days are not just for women. Men deserve a spa day from time to time too. Call up a local day spa and reserve a spot for 2, where you and your boo can relax, de-stress, and recharge.

20. Stargaze

Grab a blanket and head outside when the sky is perfectly dark and the stars twinkle bright. Watch for shooting stars and  point out the Big Dipper. Men: don’t forget to bring an extra jacket for your lady in case its chilly outside!

 

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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Heal Anxiety Without Prescription Drugs

By Jennifer McDougall

You can feel it explode from your very core and spread through your entire body. Your heart is racing at an excessive rate and that tightness in the center of your belly sends several waves of discomfort making it hard for you to concentrate. Some people experience anxiety because of their own worries and fears. This can include a wide range of reasons, but no matter what that reasons are the truth is that anxiety is stealing your happiness and life is too short to be anything but happy!

What can you do to stop this dreadful feeling? The first thing you need to know is you don’t need prescription medicines to ease any of this tension; anxiety can be healed through natural remedies such as essential oils, breathing exercises, natural herbs, as well as many other techniques. Here are 10 ways you can naturally heal anxiety and live life more comfortable and breathe freely.

1. Meditation

2. Avoid drugs and alcohol

3. Take a break every now and then and cut yourself some slack from the overwhelming emotions of stress

4. Be sure you’re getting enough sleep

5. Limit your coffee/caffeine intake

6. Exercise for at least 30 minutes per day

7. Welcome good humor and laugh your day through the day

8. Eat well-balanced meals to maintain proper nutrition

9. Close your eyes for 10 seconds and take three deep breaths

10. Talk to a professional who can help you manage your stress and anxiety to avoid it becoming a life threatening problem

 

Also see:  Anxiety Disorders and Substance Abuse

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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How Yoga Can Help in Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

Whether it is Bikram, Hatha, Power, or Yin yoga there are several benefits you should know. Starting or ending the day with any type of yoga practice is one of the best ways to be sure your body receives the proper amount of daily exercise. Yoga consists of a variety of poses that promote relaxation, full body circulation, flexibility, weight loss, and helps to increase muscle tone and strength.

Years of prolonged drug and alcohol abuse will cause your body to deteriorate. Lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet, and the constant bombardment of toxins cause a multitude of health problems. Passages Malibu offers many indoor and outdoor exercise programs to combat the effects of drug use on the body.

One of the many holistic methods that we offer is yoga. This treatment is a positive, calming technique to begin steadily reversing the negative effects of drug and alcohol use. When combined with our nutrition counseling and physical training, yoga is sure to place you back on the path to healing. As one of the many substance abuse treatment methods we utilize at Passages Malibu, yoga stretches the muscles and soft tissues in your body and releases the lactic acids that build up in the joints and cause stiffness, pain, and fatigue.

After several yoga sessions you will start to experience a better range of motion, giving you a sense of ease and fluidity. Your muscles will start to strengthen, including your heart, and you will also notice an improvement in your cardio performance. Here are just some of the benefits to practicing yoga.

 

  1. Helps you be more self aware
  2. Improves your inner strength
  3. Decreases your blood pressure
  4. Increases your blood flow
  5. Give you a more positive perspective on life
  6. Helps you gain focus
  7. Improves your balance
  8. Relaxes your racing mind
  9. Clears and strengthens your lungs and respiratory system
  10. Releases tension through your entire body
  11. Strengthens your immune system
  12. Boosts your confidence and self esteem
  13. Reliefs your body of aches and pains
  14. Improves your quality of sleep
  15. Decreases your level of stress
  16. Improves your posture
  17. Aligns your spine and gives your back more support
  18. Eases headaches and migraines

 

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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Also see: Yoga, Relaxation, and Drug Treatment

 

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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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Signs someone is enabling you to use and abuse drugs and alcohol

What to Know About Enablers

By Jennifer McDougall

When someone you know is battling an addiction and desperately needs help changing their current conditions and lifestyle the last thing they need is to be influenced by an enabler. If you are not careful, that enabler could be you.

Do you have a loved one who wants to quit drinking or using drugs, but on the weekends you try to persuade them to loosen up and have some fun by encouraging them to indulge?  If so, you are not helping this person get to where they want and need to be. You are enabling them.

Sometimes a person who is trying to come off drugs or alcohol has a difficult time communicating the problem. They may even have difficulty saying no to you. Maybe they have not realized yet why they are using drugs and alcohol; all they know is they want to stop, because it is creating a mess out of their life.

If someone you know has talked to you about making a positive change such as quitting smoking, drinking, or using drugs please listen to them carefully. In many cases, there is a lot more to it than the substance abuse itself. Persuading them to do something they actually don’t want to do could reside in anger quickly down the road. They may wake up with a hangover the next morning and yell at you asking you why you don’t take the situation seriously and respect their wishes to get sober. Surprisingly enough this happens a lot within families, circles of friends, even co-workers who do not understand the sincerity of one’s wishes.

Here are 10 ways to stop being an enabler to a friend or loved one battling an addition:

  1. Remove all temptation. Do not encourage or provoke drug or alcohol use at any time.
  2. Motivate and support the positive changes the person is making.
  3. Allow them to take responsibility for their daily life (finances, job, rent, etc.) while offering help when things become too overwhelming.
  4. Help provide the skills and resources needed for the abuser to become the best version of themselves that they can reasonably achieve.
  5. Do not try to sugarcoat the truth. Be real with them, but be ready to listen to their confessions and questions.
  6. Keep a close watch on what you say around your loved one. Don’t entice them of stories about partying and reminiscing about times when you would get wasted.
  7. Make sobriety fun (see: 23 Fun Sober Activities).
  8. Stop coming to the person’s rescue every single time they fail. Failure can actually be a good thing if you allow it to work in the way that teaches the abuser a valuable lesson. Coming to their every call with a solution of your own does not actually help this person.
  9. Do not punish the person for their actions. Be open to listening to them. Be there to hear them express themselves without you getting angry at them.
  10. Do not be ashamed of your loved one for their behaviors. Do not tell them how they have embarrassed you or made you look bad in some way. It is important to be stable and compassionate in any disheartening situation your loved one may endure with you. Your shame towards your loved one will leave them feeling depressed and withdrawn.
  11. Reward them sporadically with gifts, notes, and a listening ear.

 

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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What is GHB or γ-Hydroxybutyric acid?

By Jennifer McDougall

 

GHB, short for γ-Hydroxybutyric acid is another drug wreaking havoc on today’s club kids. It is popular among teens, young adults, and those in the bodybuilding community (used to increase muscle growth and athletic performance). So what exactly is it?

GHB, otherwise known as “G”, was synthesized in France over 50 years ago and originally used as an anesthetic, but many rejected it due to its unwanted side effects. It was reintroduced in the medical community in 1987, and was used in research studies to determine whether or not it could be used to help patients with severe pain, sleep disorders, and to help with weight loss. Some have reported to use it as an anti-aging component.  Bodybuilders have been told that this drug would help to increase muscle size.

What some physicians prescribing this drug are not telling their patients is that it is extremely easy to overdose on GHB when mixed with alcohol or any other chemically induced substance such as cocaine and ecstasy. Even though some confuse this drug to be related to ecstasy because of its other name “Liquid X,” there is actually no relation; “G” is a completely separate drug.

It grew popularity in the early ’90s in North America among the club scene and regardless of many overdoses on the drug “G” was approved by the FDA in 2002 to treat narcolepsy under the name of “Xyrem.”

GHB is a powerful nervous system depressant and psychoactive drug and has been said to be one of the most dangerous drugs in the country. One very alarming thought about “G” is that many young adults believe they can use “G” responsibly. This is completely untrue.

The average measurement that is consumed is in the amount which fills a water bottle cap, or one teaspoon taken orally. It may be clear or blue, and it has a salty taste. “G” is used to relax and calm a person’s mind, but can cause a lot of anxiety, sweating, blurry vision, tunnel vision and it can even result in sudden unconsciousness, a coma, and in many cases death. Many club-goers use it as a “pregame” drug either before they get to the club, or while partying to increase the euphoria of other substances, such as cocaine, alcohol, and/or ecstasy, which can be instantly deadly. “G” stays in the body for about 12 hours and feelings of euphoria may last up to 48 hours.

When mixed with alcohol and any other substance, “G” becomes one of the deadliest drugs out there. Many reports have shown cases of women dying every year from “G” being poured into their drinks at a bar or nightclub and being used as a date rape drug. It is important for both men and women to be extremely careful and consciously aware of their surroundings. It does not take much for someone to slip up alongside you and pour something very dangerous in any beverage while looking the other way.

A person who consumes even just one water bottle cap size of “G” is expected to experience numbness all over their body, time-lapse,  a disengagement in intellect, difficulty speaking, shallow breathing, delusion, slow heart rate, amnesia, and potentially overdose or death. It was actually approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002 to use as a treatment for narcolepsy (sleeping disorder) and has been found to be addictive.

There is not a whole lot of information out there about “G,” and many people are unaware of the serious dangers that just a small amount of this liquid can cause.  Below you’ll find additional information that can help save a life or help someone in need.

How to avoid being “drugged”:   

  • Never accept a drink from a stranger.
  • Never leave a drink unattended.
  • If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
  • Stay consciously aware of surroundings.

Signs you have been drugged:

  • You feel more intoxicated than you should.
  • You feel intoxicated when you haven’t been drinking alcohol.
  • You suddenly become very sleepy and light-headed.
  • You experience a significant loss of coordination.
  • You wake up feeling fuzzy and can’t recall any events of the night before.
  • You believe sexual contact occurred, but you cannot remember details of the incident.

What to do if you suspect you’ve just been dosed:

  • Get to a safe place as quickly as possible.
  • Call a friend, family member, or even police for help.
  • Seek out medical assistance and describe all of the symptoms and what you remember.

Street names used for “G” or GHB:

  • Liquid X
  • Vita-G
  • Liquid Ecstasy
  • Cherry Meth
  • Fantasy
  • Liquid E
  • Blue Nitro
  • Georgia Home Boy
  • Juice

Short term effects:

  • Intense relaxation
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Hallucinations
  • Decrease in heart rate and body temperature
  • An increase in confidence
  • Memory impairment

Effects when consumption is increased:

  • Disorientation
  • Significant impairment to speech and bodily function
  • Convulsions
  • Stiff muscles
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Sleepiness
  • Sudden loss of consciousness
  • Possible overdose
  • Possible death

Common Side Effects:

  • Nausea
  • Amnesia
  • Depression
  • Vertigo

 

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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Prevention Starts at Home: 6 Ways to Protect Your Children from Drug and Alcohol Abuse

By Jennifer McDougall

Being the parent to a child of any age can be challenging at times and there are all kinds of things parents worry about, but one very common worry is keeping your child safe from drugs and alcohol. Preventing your child from being exposed to things that could potentially be dangerous is difficult, but it can be done by giving them the tools they need in order to know how to deal with certain situations they may encounter down the road. Here are 6 ways you can start today.

Gain and Maintain Respect From Your Child

A large number of teenagers have said that one of the main reasons they don’t use drugs or alcohol is because they do not want to lose the respect of their parents. You can do this by keeping balance in your relationship with your son or daughter. Know when to be their friend, and know when to lay down the law and be the parent. If your child is too afraid to come talk to you about certain issues they are dealing with they are more likely to turn to substances to escape their discomfort and problems.

Set a Reasonable Curfew

Growing up my parents always told me, “Nothing good happens after midnight.” I still believe this to be true, and growing up I know that it kept me out of a lot of trouble. In high school it was, “Be home by 10 pm.” After I graduated and still lived under their roof, the rule was to always be home by midnight. For many parents it can difficult to get a child to obey by the rules you set for them, but with the help of technology parents can call and text their child’s phone to check in and remind them of the guidelines set in place for them.

Be a Good Example

If you do not want to your child to grow up and drink at an early age, or ever, your best bet is to eliminate alcohol from the house. Don’t do something you wouldn’t want your child to do. Be the example of what you expect them to be instead of living by the motto, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Children watch very closely to what his or her parent is doing. They follow in our footsteps and learn from the moves we make. Try to be alert when your children are present so they can grow up to be strong individuals who have healthy habits and a stable mentality.

Family Dinners

Sitting down as a family at the end of the day to share a meal and talk about your thoughts, challenges, and accomplishments makes it nice- knowing you have people to lean on and talk to. Family dinners are also a good time to learn about what’s going on in your child or teenager’s life. It’s important as a parent to know some of what they are experiencing and know how much you love and support them. This is also a time they can feed off off of your knowledge and wisdom, helping them make smarter choices.

Get involved in school and community events

Children and teenagers who are involved in recreational sporting programs tend to have more confidence and learn a vast variety of skills that can play a major role in their character and academic success. Have a  conversation with your son or daughter about enrolling in a local sporting team or community event to help them step outside of their comfort zone and get more involved with those in their age range.

Educate Your Children on Drugs & Alcohol

Make it known what the dangers and effects are of using drugs and alcohol. Let them know what to look out for and be cautiously aware when they are with friends or other adults. They may have already been taught a few things in school, but it’s important that you instill the warning signs and dangers in their mind so they will be careful and alert. Make it clear that you are always just a call away if they are ever in a bad situation and need to come home.

 

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

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10 Creative Ideas for a Fun Sober Nightlife

By Jennifer McDougall

It is possible to still have a nightlife even though you are sober. When the sun goes down and the night sky begins to settle in you may start to wonder, though, what in the world could you possibly do now that you’re clean and sober?

We have 10 ideas right here for you to help bring some excitement to your sober nightlife.

1. Bowling

You may find that you are a terrific bowler without drugs and alcohol messing up your game.

 2. Coffee & dessert with friends

Did someone say cheesecake and a latte under the stars? Count me in!

 3. Throw a dinner party

Invite your closest sober friends over for a fun-filled night of food, games, and music at your house.

 4. Live music

Check www.livenation.com to see the upcoming events and live shows that are coming to a venue near you and invite some of your sober friends to join you.

 5. Movie night

Either go out to see a movie or enjoy a night in with your friends and family, or that special someone in your life.

 6. Meetup.com

This website provides a great way to help you connect with people in your area who share the same interests as you. There are also several (non-12 Step) sober groups and activities you can join in on.

 7. Take dance lessons

Get your groove on at a local dance studio! Drag one of your friends or romantic partner to join you.

 8. Attend a fitness class

Most gyms hold classes in the evening so check their schedule and pick a class that best interests you and GO! Grab a smoothie with a pal after class.

 9. Play a game of cards with friends

Put a stack of cards in front of me and I will have you locked into a game of Swedish Rummy in no time. There are so many fun card games you can play with your sober friends, and hey you might even win a few games thanks to a toxic-free mind that is no longer polluted with drugs and alcohol!

 10. Miniature golf

Remember how much fun you used to have to play miniature golf as a kid? Well, you can relive those fun times by getting a couple of your sober buddies together and putt-putting the night away.

 

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10 Ways to Build Courage

By Jennifer McDougall

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

Courage- Mark Twain

1. Identify what is you are afraid of.

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

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

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

4. Speak from the heart.

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

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

7. Trust yourself.

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

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

10. Admit when you are wrong.

 

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