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What to do When You Feel Depressed

By Jennifer McDougall

“You can be happy if you are willing to let go of your past and leave yourself unencumbered so you can fly freely.”

― Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness

One of the best ways to overcome the depressive state you’re currently in is to look at what it is that is the driving force of those emotions. Is it stressing from work or financial issues? Is it a relationship that is draining you or not giving you what you need to thrive? Is it a recent loss of someone you loved or cared for? To overcome anything, we must first look at what is causing what we are feeling.

Depression leads many people to do many self-destructive things in their lives that that later down the road regret. It can drag you down to the depths of despair and leave you feeling hallow and alone. There may be days you find yourself not sleeping or sleeping too much; not eating or eating to much. Depression also affects how much or little we have the drive to socialize with other people, even those we love. Sometimes there is no explanation to why you feel sad, you just do. We understand that, but we want to help you get out of this slump and start living life in a more inspiring and uplifting way so that you can be the remarkable person you were created to be.

Here are 10 simple tricks to help you get up, get motivated, and start embracing life again.

  1. Take a long hot bath before bed with lavender oils and Epson salt to help relax your mind and body and detoxify your organs.
  2. Wake up early no matter what day it is and go for a walk, swim, hike, or bike ride.
  3. Remind yourself you are a strong individual who is loved and has so much grace and talent to give to this world.
  4. Eat proper meals and drink plenty of water so your body gets all of the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
  5. Give thanks to those who are good to you. Give thanks to yourself because you offer so much light to this world. Give thanks for a beautiful day no matter if there is rain or sunshine. Just give thanks.
  6. Listen to uplifting music at home or in the car
  7. Avoid any consumption of drugs and alcohol because these things on lead to making poor choices
  8. Distance yourself from anyone who makes you feel less than, who discourages you, who doubts you, who is jealous of you, and who tries to rain on your beautiful day. Just smile and walk away.
  9. Pick up an enchanting novel that will let your mind wander and expand your imagination
  10. Give yourself a break. Be kind to yourself and let yourself rest when you’re worn out, drained or just need a day off. It’s okay. You must be good to yourself. This must be a priority.

 

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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Defeating Negative Energy

By Jennifer McDougall

Does it feel like something in the air is weighing you down? When you are around a particular person or a particular crowd, do you leave feeling drained and unable to stand? These are only a couple signs that negative energy is consuming your physical and mental being. Unfortunately, for many of us there is not much we can change about our situations or the people we are forced to interact with.

The good news is that we can change how we react to negative energy. The way we do that is by practicing a few techniques that strengthen our minds to be free or negative thoughts, and teach our bodies to fight off negative energy from affecting our moods and productivity.

Have you ever heard the quote, “You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind?” Well, that is very true. To control your thoughts you must be conscious of everything that enters your mind. The second you begin thinking something negative, correct yourself with a positive thought. Conditioning your mind to process only positive thoughts will not only change your life, but it will make you an overall happier person.

Here are 10 things you can start doing today to practice eliminating negativity from your life.

  1. Distance yourself from people who drag you down.
  2. Frown less and smile more.
  3. Rise and shine with a grateful heart.
  4. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
  5. Drink plenty of water (6-8 cups per day).
  6. Look on the bright side of every situation. Try to find the good in all that happens.

“When a problem or a difficult situation arises, say to yourself, as if you already believed it: “This is for my benefit.” –Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want Have What You Want (p.32)

  1. Don’t compare yourself to other people. Always aim to be your most authentic self. When we compare our lives to other’s we lose focus on everything that we have to be grateful for because we are too busy looking at everything we think we want instead.
  2. Invest time in creative hobbies, such as: photography, painting or drawing, writing, crafts, gardening, reading, cooking, outdoor sports, dancing, or playing an instrument.
  3. Embrace life- all of the obstacles and opportunities. Be bold and courageous in everything you do so that you can grow and your mind can continue to expand with blossoming thoughts and ideas.
  4. Stay humble. Those who get a little hot-headed tend to think they are better than other people. They tend to say things that are insulting and hurtful to others, maybe without realizing it.

Recommend reading: Zen and the Art of Happiness

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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5 Commonly Asked Questions about Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

By Jennifer McDougall

1. “How much does it cost?”

Our pricing can vary depending on which facility you choose. We do accept a handful of private insurance policies. For specific pricing information please call (888) 397-0112, and ask to speak to an admissions adviser today.

2. “What do you guys do there?”

At Passages, we use various holistic and intensive therapy methods to help discover the underlying reasons to why an individual is using drugs and alcohol.

We believe in the following four causes of dependency:

  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

“If you have ancestors who were dependent on drugs or alcohol, and you have learned about the genetic factor, and you believe you have a genetic predisposition to become dependent, that will work heavily against you. Genetics play a part, but only a small one, and your tendency to become dependent, if you have one, is easily overcome by curing the four causes.” – Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

All the four causes of addiction are explained in great detail in The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure book.

“Unless you identify your core condition and correct it, you’ll probably continue to be dependent on substances for relief.” – Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

3. “What makes you so different?”

One of the major differences between Passages and any other treatment center is that not only are we not 12-step based, but we intend on healing the root cause of a person’s addiction through groundbreaking treatment methods.

Passages Malibu has been healing the underlying causes of addiction for over 15 years. We have a sister location in Ventura, California, a Luxury Sober Living facility in Santa Monica, California, and an Outpatient Treatment Center in Venice, California.  Our treatment team has years of excellent experience to be sure your stay here is comfortable and successful.

Passages is lead by father and son, Chris and Pax Prentiss. The two have both survived gruesome and treacherous darkness caused by addiction and they know firsthand what it takes to break-free from the nasty battle of addiction.

Pax, who is both the CEO and Co- Founder of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, was an addict for 10 years. He was hooked on cocaine, heroin, and alcohol and it almost killed him several times.  Because of the help from his loving father, Chris, Pax was able to pull through and now lives an addiction-free life.

4. “How can you help me?”

If you make the choice to discover sobriety at one of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, you will be in the hands of quality care and trained professionals who want to see you discover your true potential. Our staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are here to be sure you are comfortable and feel secure while going through treatment.

5. “Can you really cure addiction?”

Chris Prentiss puts it nicely, “What you believe about yourself, about alcoholism and addiction, and about the possibility of a cure are key factors in determining whether you’ll overcome your dependency on addictive substances and behaviors or remain dependent on them.” The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

If you believe that you are going to be one way for the rest of your life than that is what you will be, because that is what you believe to be true. If you alter your perception on this idea and understand the true meaning of dependency, you may come to realize that addiction is not the root problem. The problem is what is driving the addiction.

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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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Depression Treatment

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

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

 

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