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Accountability in Addiction Recovery | Passages Holistic Rehab

How to Have Accountability in Addiction Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” –   Sigmund Freud

Give a person freedom and see what they do with it. You can tell a lot about a person’s habits, beliefs, and priorities when you hand them freedom. This, of course, comes with great responsibility, especially for someone in addiction recovery.

Most people who have struggled with substance abuse related issues know how important it is to have someone help them be accountable for their actions so that they can stay on the right path. Accountability helps us reach our goals and be the successful individual we hope and work hard to be. Knowing that you have to show up for that meeting or appointment in the morning will help you be less tempted to get in trouble the night before. You will most likely be more motivated to have a relaxing, drug, and alcohol-free evening so you can wake up and feel healthy and energized in the morning.

For many people in recovery, the fear of going back to old ways, and unhealthy habits keep them pushing forward to grow and develop new and improved lifestyle choices they can feel happy about. Having a carefully laid out course of action to stay accountable is the best way to be clear and focused on your sobriety. Here are 7 helpful tips.

  1. Let your friends and family know about your sobriety.
  2. Find an accountability partner to check in with as often as you need.
  3. Keep a physical and mental list of what you have to lose.
  4. Stay closely connected to those who support your sobriety.
  5. Be consistent in your routine and responsibilities.
  6. Set weekly and daily goals for yourself and cross them off as you go.
  7. Schedule social, fitness, and business appointments for the morning to keep you from being tempted to stray off course in the evening hours.
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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 Malibu Addiction Treatment Philosophy
Passages Malibu Addiction Treatment Philosophy
How to Identify and Heal the Root Cause of Addiction

How to Identify and Heal the Root Cause of Addiction

By Jennifer McDougall

“At the bottom of every person’s dependency, there is always pain, Discovering the pain and healing it is an essential step in ending dependency.”
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

If you are someone who has been struggling with addiction and want to end the cycle and start living a life you’re proud of, you’ve come to the right place. At Passages, we understand how difficult it is to break free from substance abuse-related issues. Our founders, Chris and Pax Prentiss experienced it first hand when Pax as struggling with an addiction to alcohol, cocaine, and heroin. His father, Chris, fought long and hard to do whatever it took to save his son’s life. It was not until Pax discovered WHY he was using and then began applying holistic therapy methods such as the ones utilized at Passages, to finally end the cycle of his addiction and substance-abuse related problems.

At the core of any addiction is a root cause. Pinpointing that cause is a significant part of the healing process. Many people have unresolved trauma from their childhood. We work with clients from all walks of life that come to us from all over the world and the most common reason people use drugs and alcohol is that they are experiencing some sort of pain or discomfort in their life.

At Passages Malibu, we focus on healing the underlying conditions that are causing you to use drugs and alcohol. We do this by utilizing a highly individualized treatment program with therapists who are experienced in healing the underlying causes of addiction. We do not use the 12-Step program because we believe that it teaches a philosophy that is detrimental to healing and can lead to relapse. Our holistic one-on-one approach is far superior to the 12-Step program and offers state-of-the-art services that will keep you engaged and enthusiastic about healing. During treatment, you will feel empowered, instead of powerless. We do not label you an addict or alcoholic nor do we believe that you have a disease. We have found that damaging labels, such as addict and alcoholic, rob you of your true identity.

It’s the treatment philosophy at Passages that sets us apart from all other rehab centers in the world. We choose to empower you and heal your underlying conditions, rather than label you an addict and tell you that you have a disease.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we believe that addiction is caused by four specific underlying conditions. If you’re abusing drugs and alcohol, you have at least one of these underlying conditions present which needs to be healed in order to achieve permanent sobriety. Please look at the four possible underlying conditions and see if you are aware of which one you have (or if you have more than one).

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

Making yourself aware of how you feel when you begin to crave drugs or alcohol is a good indicator or what is motivating your choices and behavior. Next time you have an urge, pay attention to your surroundings, what was said, what just happened that triggered you and then you can begin to take better control of the problem at hand and begin healing every aspect of the substance abuse related issues in your life that have been holding you back from living your best, most true and authentic life that you deserve.

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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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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

Healing From Trauma at Passages Rehab

Healing From Trauma at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

by Jennifer McDougall

What is Trauma? 

When someone experiences a deeply distressed or disruptive event in their life, physical, mental, or emotional, they have been exposed to what is known as trauma. This event or experience can disturb a person’s thought process, emotional response, and behavior patterns that show significant psychological troubles. That is why it is important to get help for any trauma-related issue. 

The Connection Between Trauma and Substance Abuse

Those who have trauma-related issues and are triggered by subtle yet similar events that originally caused the deeply rooted disruption. When this happens, it’s not uncommon for the individual to seek quick relief from the pain and discomfort they are feeling. That’s when someone who is not practicing healthy coping mechanisms, such as working with a therapist, exercising, meditating, and practicing deep breathing techniques, will, unfortunately, reach for drugs and alcohol to suppress their pain and anxiety. 

Who Has Trauma?

Many people have experienced some type of traumatic experience in their life; some have resolved and healed from the event and found peace. Others have unresolved trauma that affects many aspects of their lives and need one-on-one therapy, such as the treatment that is offered at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

Common types of trauma are:

  • Breakup or divorce
  • Cancer or loss of health
  • Death of a loved one, including a pet
  • Loss of a job
  • Financial crisis
  • Physical, mental or emotional abuse
  • Devastation in the local community
  • Unwanted relocation
  • Selling or losing the family home
  • Miscarriage
  • Stressful legal battle

Most common emotional responses to unresolved-trauma: 

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Increased arousal 
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Guilt or shame
  • Isolation
  • Cynical views on self-image
  • Neglect of responsibilities
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dramatic changes in sleep patterns
  • Feelings of being threatened
  • Re-activeness in thoughts and behavior
  • Lack of appetite
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Difficulty maintaining healthy relationships

The Connection Between Trauma and Self-Harm

Someone who is struggling with a past traumatic situation in their life may harm themselves due to poor self-esteem, guilt, and shame. This could be because of past abuse brought on to them by a loved one or experiencing direct violence by anyone else, such as rape. There is a lack of healing and forgiving with someone who is harming themselves because of the unbearable pain they are currently experiencing. At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, our team of therapists works with clients every day to help treat and heal the underlying conditions causing substance abuse and self-harm related issues through one-on-one holistic therapy methods. 

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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Inspirational Quotes for Addiction Recovery

Inspirational Quotes for Addiction Recovery

When you are in need of inspiration in your recovery from drug and alcohol dependency related issues, these quotes by Chris Prentiss will help lift your spirits and give you some wonderful insight to ease your mind.

“You are not an alcoholic or an addict. You are not incurably diseased. You have merely become dependent on substances or addictive behavior to cope with underlying conditions that you are now going to heal, at which time your dependency will cease completely and forever.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“If you examine your motive for doing anything, you’ll soon discover that your reason is that you believe it will make you happy.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“At the bottom of every person’s dependency, there is always pain, Discovering the pain and healing it is an essential step in ending dependency.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“Each river is different, but they all eventually lead to the ocean. No matter what we’re doing or when, or whether it brings us happiness or remorse, gain or loss, we’re all on our individual paths to enlightenment. Even when we’ve done something we consider wrong, we’re still on our path to enlightenment.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness


“Who you allow into the circle of your life will make the difference in the quality of your life.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness


“Alcohol and drugs are not the problems; they are what people are using to help themselves cope with the problems. Those problems always have both physical and psychological components- anything from anemia, hypoglycemia, or a sluggish thyroid to attention deficient disorder, brain-wave pattern imbalances, or deep emotional pain.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“The best way for you to get that new experience is to change your response to what happens.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness


“It’s the causes, not the dependent person, that must be corrected. That’s why I see the United States’ War on Drugs as being fought in an unrealistic manner. This war is focused on fighting drug dealers and the use of drugs here and abroad, when the effort should be primarily aimed at treating and curing that causes that compel people to reach for drugs.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“If you are surrounded by people who not only don’t believe in your goals and your positive outlook on life, but who also continually try to tear you down, it will be extremely challenging for you to hold firmly in mind that you will succeed and that you can be happy.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness


“When you need an idea about how to do anything, get quiet and relaxed and think about what it is you need to know. Then the flow of ideas will come. Be patient and let it happen. Sometimes it takes a little while, but it always works.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life


“The more you engage in any type of emotion or behavior, the greater your desire for it will become.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness


“Think about the stigma that is attached to the idea that alcoholism is a disease, an incurable illness, and you have it. That’s a terrible thing to inflict on someone. Labeling alcoholism as a disease, a cause unto itself, simply no longer fits with what we know today about its causes.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“When a problem or a difficult situation arises, say to yourself, as if you already believe it: “This is for my benefit.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life


“People who are dependent are merely using alcohol as a crutch to get through the day. Yet doctors and scientists are still treating “alcoholism” as if it is the problem, when it has nothing to do with the problem. They might as well be studying “scratchism” for people who have a chronic itch.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“We recognize that you’ve used substances to try to regain your lost balance, to try to feel the way you did before the need arose to use addictive drugs or alcohol. We know that you use substances to alter your mood, to cover up your sadness, to ease your heartbreak, to lighten your stress load, to blur your painful memories, to escape your hurtful reality, or to make your unbearable days or nights bearable.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“…there is a saying used in twelve-step programs and in most treatment centers that “Relapse is part of recovery.” It’s another dangerous slogan that is based on a myth, and it only gives people permission to relapse because they think that when they do, they are on the road to recovery.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“To give up power to change for the better is inherently distasteful to everyone, and to force people to affirm that they are addicts or alcoholics so they can speak in a meeting is shameful and demoralizing.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“Whether the underlying cause of your dependency is a chemical imbalance, unresolved events from the past, beliefs you hold that are inconsistent with what is true, an inability to cope with current conditions, or a combination of these four causes, know this: not only are all the causes of dependency within you, but all the solutions are within you as well.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“The true source of happiness is within each of us.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness


“Take a few minutes now and see your current circumstances- your physical condition, your emotional condition, your possessions, your financial condition, where and how you live, your relationships, the situations surrounding your life, and the way you believe other people see you- as mirrors showing you “Who You Are.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life


“A relationship is like a garden. To create a condition that will cause your plants to thrive and produce abundantly, you must weed, water, fertilize, and care for the plants in your garden. You must also know about the special needs of the plants you’re caring for. Some need more or less light than others, some need more or less water than others, and some need special fertilizers.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams


“If those underlying conditions aren’t treated, the return of those symptoms may cause us so much discomfort that we’ll go back to using addictive drugs or alcohol to obtain relief. That’s the primary reason there is such a high rate of relapse among people who have become dependent of alcohol and addictive drugs. It has little to do with alcohol and addiction themselves and almost everything to do with the original causes that created the dependency.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“The world is actually a mirror, and as you change, you will see everything around you changing as well, mirroring your changes.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life


“What we call coincidences, accidental and remarkable events occurring at the same time, are actually circumstances and events that have come into your life to serve a purpose is to benefit you.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life


“When you change the way you see and interpret events, suddenly everything will be different for you. Everything will make sense.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life


“We know that you don’t want to be a drunk and you don’t want to be hooked on addictive drugs. You do it because you can’t cope with your life without some sort of support, even if that support is damaging.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“The events that occur in my life are workout situations. They are there for my benefit so I can become strong and gain wisdom and information by working my way through those situations.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life


“How do you think your body and mind would respond if you were surrounded by psychologists, psychiatrists, or drug and alcohol counselors who subscribed to the belief that “once an alcoholic or addict, always an alcoholic or addict” and who believed that your current stay in rehab would be one of many?” 
― Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness


“Negative emotions, like depression or anxiety, have been shown to affect our immune system. Stress impedes wound healing.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life


“If you feel depressed for an hour, you’ve produced approximately eighteen billion new cells that have more receptors calling out for depressed-type peptides and fewer calling out for feel-good peptides.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness


“When you imagine yourself as a failure or as having insurmountable problems in your relationships or any part of your life, you think failure, act failure, and produce failure.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams


“A diminished self-image will cause you to slouch, to avoid meeting others, to avoid looking others in the eye, to be unassertive, and to be indecisive.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams

“From this moment forward, I am in control of every situation. I will always know the exact right action to take, and this is so. I will now obtain vibrant good health. I will have the possessions I want, I now have the power and wisdom to bring this about, and this is so. I will have peace and harmony in my life. I will have love and abundance, and this is so. I now claim all these things for my own from this time forward.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams


“If who you are and what you have is what you want, that’s perfect. Keep doing what you’ve been doing and you’ll get more of it.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life


“Trustworthy partners always think first before they do anything that may affect either the reputation or well-being of each other.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams


“We help our clients discover and correct the underlying conditions that are causing them to self-medicate, to seek relief in substances and addictive behavior.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams


“Do you believe in chaos- in random, uncontrolled events, in the idea that anything can happen at any time without fixed laws governing it? If you believe that, you will always be in a state of fear, not knowing what will happen from one moment to the next. The fear might be small, but it is there. That fear results in a lack of security and a feeling of mistrust.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams


“Most centers offer a one-program-fits all type of service, which is rather like a department store that sells one-size fits all clothing.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“In the one-treatment-fits-all approach, clients sit in group meetings all day and all evening and listen to each other stories. At the end of the first week, everyone in the room knows everyone’s story. That goes on for three more weeks, and then most people go home with the same problems they brought with them when they arrived.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“Staying sober is easy once you have been successful in healing the underlying conditions that were responsible for your dependency in the first place.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure


“If you have experienced recurring situations in your life that are unpleasant, know that there is something you are supposed to be getting from those situations that you have not been getting and that the moment you get it, those situations will pass out of your life, not to return.” 
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

“If I were to create a word that more accurately describes alcoholism and addiction, I would say it was dependencyism. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Yet it’s no sillier than the word alcoholism. The reason alcoholism no longer sounds silly to you is because you’re used to hearing it, reading it, and thinking about it.” 
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

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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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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Recognizing Early Signs of Mania & Depression

Recognizing Early Signs of Mania & Depression

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

 “To heal illness, begin by restoring balance.” –Carolone Myss

Individuals who struggle with the ups and downs of bipolar disorder (along with their loved ones) can tell you that there are definite changes in mood and behavior preceding the onset of mania or depression. Some individuals know themselves well and can identify when to ask for and receive extra help with managing the disorder. Others are not as keen to their own mood fluctuations and may need assistance from family, co-workers, therapists, and friends to recognize the symptoms early on. The quicker one can pinpoint breaks in mood and behavior, the greater the chances of intercepting the onset of full-blown mania or depression.

The medical symptoms of bipolar disorder are outlined in the DSM-V. Every person is unique, therefore specific warning signs are easier to identify early on when there is an awareness of which symptoms that person experiences most frequently. When the early signs of mania and depression arise, it is helpful to have an arsenal of tools one can use. For example, it is essential to address apparent triggers by introducing healthy coping skills and grounding techniques to the individual’s self-care routine. The implementation of new methods is a good way to continue building confidence.

In order to effectively learn and recognize the signs of mania and depression, it is useful to keep a mood chart– a calendar that keeps a record of one’s daily/nightly life. Factors to keep track of include sleep patterns, drug or alcohol use, medication, diet, and any changes in weight or exercise. When a significant life event or stressor occurs, these things should be recorded on the calendar as well. For women, keeping track of their menstrual cycle is also helpful due to the effect hormones have on overall mood and brain chemistry. Having those closest to the individual also keep track of typical changes in routine is useful when treating and managing bipolar disorder. After recording for a few months, the individual, their family, friends, and therapist have a physical representation of events and begin to see recurring patterns allowing them to more readily identify and address triggers early on.

A simple way to explain managing bipolar disorder is to give the example of eczema. The earlier it is treated, the less severe the outbreak and quicker the healing time. In addition, staying calm and knowing that the outbreak is temporary and not permanent, that it will pass, and avoiding unnecessary stress will all make the healing process faster.

Remember, every body and every mind experiences the changes that occur leading up to a bipolar episode differently. Keeping track of these changes does not guarantee that an individual will cease to have the exhilarating highs and excruciating lows that characterize bipolar disorder. More realistically, it will help with managing severe mood fluctuations if and when they do occur. Recognizing the early signs and practicing self-awareness is empowering for the individual to have an understanding of the active part they play in managing the disorder.

 

Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC is an educator, published researcher, and social media consultant for therapists. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH), and Suicide Prevention Instructor (QPR) under the National Board for Certified Counselors.

 

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Sexuality and Substance Use Disorders

Sexuality and Substance Use Disorders

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

“We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.”–George Takei

Substance use disorders do not discriminate based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion. In fact, any individual can develop and suffer from a substance use disorder at some point in their lifetime. However, certain demographics or “at-risk” populations are more susceptible to be personally affected by alcohol and substance use disorders. These include individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ).

There is a higher prevalence of LGBTQ persons struggling with addiction compared to the general population. An estimated 20-30% of LGBTQ people abuse substances, compared to about 9% of the general population and 25% of LGBTQ people abuse alcohol, compared to 5-10% of the general population. In fact, those who identify as members of the  LGBTQ community are 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, substance use disorder and suicidal ideation at some point in their lives. Bisexual and questioning individuals are at highest risk (NAMI).

It is imperative that mental health professionals, educators, and society at large recognize the added environmental and psychological stressors apparent in the LGBTQ community. Formerly referred to as  “minority stress,” LGBTQ persons have additional fears and stressors not apparent in the straight or “majority” population. Examples may include:

  • the added stress of coming out
  • being discriminated against for sexual orientation and gender identities
  • prejudice and other biases.
  • denial of civil and human rights
  • abuse
  • harassment
  • victimization

The research supports these findings as problematic. That is why concentrated efforts are being made to effectively treat and identify underlying causes of higher levels of substance use disorders in LGBTQ persons. Every day, more programs have been enacted and continue to evolve to best suit the unique needs of LGBTQ persons. The connection between sexuality and increased risk for addiction is studied closely by organizations and non-profits in the efforts to address challenges and implications when providing effective mental health care. Some helpful resources for LGBTQ persons include:

  The Center for American Progress offers a variety of resources, including a report called Why the Gay and Transgender Population Experiences Higher Rates of Substance Use.

  The GLBT National Help Center provides multiple resources and access to a hotline and a youth chat line.

  The Trevor Project is a multimedia support network for LGBTQ youth providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

It is difficult for many individuals to seek and receive help for mental health conditions, but particularly difficult when there is the added fear of being ridiculed or rejected (as evidenced in previous cases of experiencing social exclusion). LGBTQ centers are an excellent place to find referrals and suggestions for LGBTQ-friendly healthcare providers. Most importantly, addressing stigma and lessening prejudice against at-risk populations will make the act of seeking and obtaining help more likely.

Selected resources

LGBTQ | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC is an educator, published researcher, and social media consultant for therapists. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH), and Suicide Prevention Instructor (QPR) under the National Board for Certified Counselors.

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A Holistic Approach to Drug Addiction at Passages Rehab

by Dr. Kerri Heath

“A holistic approach looks for fundamental underlying issues,

rather than only addressing symptoms.”  

–Fran Sussman

A truly great drug rehab center knows that a holistic recovery program will help you discover and heal the underlying causes of addiction, which is the only way to achieve permanent recovery.  Choosing a holistic recovery program is crucial because it identifies the primary causes of your dependency (the why), which always have both physical and psychological components that must be identified in order to truly heal.  These can stem from anything such as anemia, hypoglycemia, thyroid problems, attention deficit disorder, brain-wave pattern imbalances, or deep emotional pain caused by trauma.  The “why” may not always be self-evident because it is buried underneath the drugs, alcohol, and other symptoms that are used to numb the pain. At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, the right team will guide and protect you as you delve into the areas of your life that have been hidden from you but hold the keys to your freedom.

It takes a carefully selected team to help you uncover and treat the specific reasons you are depending on addictive substances or behaviors to cope with your life.  At Passages, you will be guided through a personalized program to achieve total recovery and optimum health.  This is done by enlisting the help of several key health professionals that look at the specific situation from different points of view, treating every aspect of your life.  A holistic approach considers the importance of the entire person: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  A team of specialized doctors, therapists, and health practitioners will help you work with your body, your mind, your emotions and your spirit to stimulate self-healing and regain your passion for life.

The pain is there for a reason. It is calling to you.  It wants you to find it and heal it so that you can be free to exert energy on things that excite you and inspire you.  But if you numb the pain and never fully address the situations that need to be healed, the pain will continue and even grow stronger. But you don’t have to face this alone. By identifying the source of the pain, and working through it with a team of professionals, you can find healing and begin to create a new direction for your life.   Deepak Chopra states that “the best way to get rid of the pain is to feel the pain.  And when you feel the pain and go beyond it, you’ll see there’s a very intense love that is waiting to awaken itself.”  And won’t be alone… there is a team of professionals waiting to walk alongside you as you take the steps forward on this path towards freedom.

Passages Addiction Treatment Centers would like to help you find permanent freedom from your addiction through a holistic approach that can help you redefine the “why” that guides the life you decide to create.

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The Many Benefits of Massage Therapy

By: Jennifer McDougall

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

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

 

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25 Ways to Manage Emotional, Mental and Physical Pain

By Jennifer McDougall

When we feel overwhelmed with the amount of physical, emotional, and mental pain that can come at us in all channels of life, its no wonder people take to great strife for relief. Those who are suffering from physical, emotional, or mental pain often times find themselves indulging in the use of drugs and alcohol to “ease the tension”. This is not the answer though. In fact, drugs and alcohol usually only make matters much worse. Rather than reaching for prescription drugs or consuming alcohol, here are 25 healthy alternatives to help manage the pain you’re feeling:

  1. Locate exactly where the pain is coming from
  2. Reflect on what it was that caused you this pain in the first place and what is causing it to get worse or not ago away
  3. Schedule acupuncture treatment by a professional
  4. Avoid the use of drugs and alcohol
  5. Learn to take control of stress with deep breathing methods
  6. Low impact exercises 30-60 minutes a day such as yoga, Tai Chi, walking, swimming or scenic hiking
  7. Write in a private journal every day
  8. Avoid cigarettes and nicotine
  9. Take a scenic drive with soothing music and the windows down
  10. Eat healthy foods regularly (lots of omega-3, and whole grains)
  11. Drink plenty of water every day – hydration is so important
  12. Watch a funny movie, or feel good movie to bring comfort back into your life
  13. Read an insightful and thought-provoking book or novel
  14. Take a walk outdoors, if you can
  15. Talk to someone you can trust about the pain you’re feeling
  16. Indulge in a 20-30 minute warm Epson salt and lavender-infused bath with soft lights and music before bedtime
  17. Hypnosis and guided imagery
  18. Guided Meditation or meditation of your choice twice a day
  19. Go for a light swim if you have permission to access to one nearby
  20. Herbal remedies and supplements
  21. Massage therapy
  22. Hydrotherapy
  23. Go to your local Chiropractor to have your spine realigned
  24. Get enough sleep and allow yourself to relax
  25. Let go of any guilt or shame you have been carrying around

 

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Learning to be With Your Pain Instead of Escaping It

By Jennifer McDougall

Pain is the most common reason behind addiction. It comes in many forms; physical, mental, and emotional pain. It stems from the brain and flows into your central nervous system. An extreme amount of pain and discomfort can potentially send you right over the edge, but if you listen closely, it can also be the most helpful thing that can happen for you. The majority of people who seek medical attention or temporarily relief through the use of drugs and alcohol do so, because they are experiencing some sort of pain. It is in fact, a survival mechanism to help protect your body. Those who are born without the ability to feel things due to issues within the central nervous system typically do not live long healthy lives. We must understand the importance of being able to feel everything our bodies are trying to communicate to us. When people use drugs and alcohol to numb their pain, their perceptions towards situations are altered, along with their consciousness and they increase the risk of making really lousy decisions.

Whether it’s from abuse (of any kind), trauma, fear, anxiety, or physical ailments; we have all felt pain one way or another. Throughout this journey in life, we must all learn to adjust to the changes that come and go. One thing that is guaranteed is change itself. Change is inevitable. What is causing your pain and sorrow one day could be gone the next.  By trying to escape pain there is an immense potential of making matters extremely worse for ourselves and those we love. It’s important to be fully conscious and aware of our surroundings so that we can make good decisions and know when something is not right. Because of perhaps the horrible things that have happened in your life your body reminds you when something feels off or dangerous. When our heart breaks for the first time we learn to be more cautious in future relationships. When we cut our finger slicing veggies, or burn our hand on a hot pan, we learn to be more careful in the kitchen. When we have our first car accident we learn to be more aware of others on the road and pay close attention to what’s going on around us at all times. Pain teaches us lessons in life and that’s something we shouldn’t ignore.

There are times in your life when you may be stressed, overwhelmed, broken, hurt beyond belief, and sad over a loss. Pain is a natural feeling that is meant to be felt. To be with your pain means to accept what is happening in your life and throughout your body. We have a natural right to feel everything that this sometimes cruel and unfair world throws at us. The best part about all of it is that you have a choice. You can either choose to accept what is, let go of what is not (anymore), and cope with an attitude of optimism that circumstances will improve.

Your mind and body must heal from the pain you have experienced over time. This can be done by using therapy methods such as the ones used at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. For anyone who is or has suffered with emotional, mental, or physical pain, knows the discomfort that can be debilitating. When you experience pain there is an instant shock-wave like feeling that erupts and at times, it feels so uncontrollable. When this happens, you must first practice deep breathing and try to remain calm.

Reaching for the bottle or a substance to get high isn’t the solution. When you find yourself in a situation where you are sinking deep with a weight of pain; call a friend, go for a quiet walk, have a cup of tea, write in a private journal, or turn up your favorite song and sing it out loud. Life is better when you can learn to manage your pain instead of escaping it. Other means of pain relieve can also be helpful such as acupuncture, massage, meditation, and stretching exercises. A healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and 7-8 hours of nightly rest will also help.

 

 

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The Dangers of Ecstasy

By Jennifer McDougall

Many times when ecstasy users grab ahold of this drug, they don’t realize the amount of danger they are putting themselves in. Ecstasy is one of the scariest drugs because a person can overdose on it before they have time to rewind and retrace their steps or get any help.

Ecstasy eliminates the process in which one can recall events, remember specific things that happened while on the drug. It destroys Nigral cells in the brain, which cannot be recreated or brought back to life.  We are born with about 400,000 of these cells and once you lose under 250,000 of them you could be at risk for getting Parkinson’s disease.

Like many drugs, the chemicals and continued use, destroy parts of your body and vital organs that you need in order to live a long and healthy life.

Someone who abuses ecstasy increases their risk to develop a number of health problems down the road. As for more immediate affects, ecstasy has been known to cause panic attacks, blurred vision, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and too often, lead to death.

One of the more common places ecstasy is used, is at night clubs or live music venues. The reason for this is the rush that is created when someone combines substance, loud music, crowds of people, lots of movement, and low lights. Yes, it is a very dangerous combination and when a person participates in this type of activity, they can easily get caught up in the rush, the fun, the moment when they feel happy and alive; In that moment is when everything can turn and your life, body, and whole world can come crashing down on you in the blink of an eye.

When we use substances to try and increase the amount of “fun” we could have, we increase the chance of losing it all. Don’t be one of the many thousands of people each year who overdose on Ecstasy.

Symptoms of Overdose:

  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Increased body temperature
  • Abdominal pain and pressure
  • Stiff muscles
  • Chest pain

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

By Jennifer McDougall

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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