Category Archives: Addiction

Holistic Treatment for Addiction

Drug addiction is an extremely complex problem that does not adhere to a one size fits all approach, and many treatment centers are realizing this fact and altering their programs.  For many years, the 12-step treatment center was considered the only option when it came to drug rehab.  In more recent years, the holistic model of treatment has emerged and has changed what people look for in an effective drug treatment center.

Essentially, holistic treatment centers use a variety of different modalities such as one-on-one therapy, marriage and family therapy, hypnosis, acupuncture, physical training, and a healthy diet plan.There are many benefits of a non 12-step model versus a 12-step drug rehab center, both in terms of what the center provides and what clients should expect.  12-step centers still use the outdated model that addiction is an incurable disease, and that the addiction itself is your primary problem that you will always have and just need to manage. As a result, these centers offer mostly group therapy and no therapy geared towards individual problems.

At holistic treatment centers, caring professionals realize that every person is dealing with different underlying issues and life circumstances, and that private attention and individually tailored therapy is really the key to getting sober.  Passages Malibu is a holistic, non 12-step treatment centers with years of experience in treating addiction.

Caffeine Addiction

Caffeine is a controversial substance in both the medical and professional addiction communities.  Although there are numerous medical studies that show health benefits as a result of caffeine use, caffeine is also considered to be the most commonly used stimulant and psychoactive drug in the world.

According to research, approximately 90% of American adults consume caffeine on a daily basis.   Just like other addictive drugs, caffeine has been shown to affect mood, stamina, the cerebral vascular system, and gastric and colonic activity.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Medical Association classify moderate ingestion of caffeine as safe, however they agree that people can become dependent on the substance to the point of addiction and symptoms of psychological and physical withdrawal.

Caffeine withdrawal can include fatigue, headaches, decreased energy, decreased alertness, drowsiness or sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, depression, irritability, and confusion. There is no disputing the fact that caffeine addiction is not as intense or dangerous as drug or alcohol addictions, however, experts wonder what effects we will see in the future as a result of our nation’s extreme dependence on caffeine.  Studies have also shown that individuals who are addicted to stimulants, particularly cocaine, amphetamines, and cigarettes, consume a much higher amount of caffeine than the average population.

Passages Malibu Cost

Many types of insurance pay for treatment at Passages Ventura, he said. But just because it’s less expensive than the high-end Malibu center, it’s not cheap. Prentiss said Passages Malibu costs clients $88,500 a month. Passages Ventura costs either $32,500 or $16,500 a month, depending on the amount of individual therapy a client receives. Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/mar/07/passages-ventura-offers-malibu-style-rehab-at/#ixzz1Rphnwrby – vcstar.com

LSD Abuse

LSD is a hallucinogenic drug that has been around for decades.  Although the precise mechanism by which LSD alters perceptions is still unclear, we do know that LSD abuse can have detrimental affects on the brain.

Several lab studies suggests that LSD acts on certain groups of Serotonin receptors and that its effects are most prominent in two regions of the brain.  It first affects the cerebral cortex, which is an area involved in mood, cognition, and perception, and then it affects the locus ceruleus, which receives sensory signals from all areas of the body and can been described as the brain’s detector for important external stimuli. LSD effects or an LSD “trip” typically begins within 30 to 90 minutes of ingestion and may last as long as 12 hours.  When LSD is ingested, it can result in hallucinogenic experiences with both pleasant and unpleasant aspects.

LSD is extremely unpredictable; the results may vary with the amount ingested and the user’s personality, mood, expectations, and surroundings.  A bad LSD experience may include terrifying thoughts and nightmarish feelings of anxiety and despair that include fears of insanity, death, or losing control. A dangerous thing about LSD is that users quickly develop a high tolerance for the drug, and have to keep taking more and more to get the same desired effects.  Long term LSD abuse can cause permanent and irreversible brain damage or psychosis.

Oxycontin Users Turning to Heroin

Oxycontin and heroin are two drugs that have many similar qualities, although it may not seem like it at first.  Drugs and opiates, both are extremely addictive, and both can cause death. Many people still do not attach the same stigma to Oxycontin addiction as they do to heroin addiction heroin; many people see Oxy as less dangerous because although it is a very powerful painkiller a doctor can prescribe.  However, many people do not realize that Oxycontin abuse can lead directly to heroin addiction, and that there has been a startling spike in heroin use across the country.

Often times, individuals who had been using and addicted to Oxycontin switch to heroin several reasons.  Heroin is more accessible and does not require a prescription, and heroin is much less expensive. Although heroin use in on the rise all over the country, most law enforcement statistics state that most heroin is still purchased in big city environments, but that it is definitely spilling into the suburbs. When the addict cannot access heroin or Oxycontin, they will experience numerous withdrawal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, hyperventilation, chills, body aches and extreme restlessness.  If you or someone you know has a problem with either of these drugs, Passages can help.

Characteristics and Dangers of Love Addiction

Love addiction is a condition that many people find hard to grasp or difficult to understand.  It is often perceived to be less serious than other addictions, such as substance abuse addictions, compulsive sexual addictions, eating disorders or other self-harm and mutilation addictions.  However, love addiction is in fact very serious and can have several detrimental effects for the addicted individual and their partners.

Many individuals who are suffering from a love addiction have other disorders present, such as depression or other mood or personality disorders, and very commonly also suffer from substance abuse.   There are numerous traits to look for that may signal a love addiction, and several characteristics that indicate that someone may be suffering from this problem.  As mentioned previously, individuals with love addictions commonly suffer from substance abuse disorders or other personality issues.

Love addiction is often rooted in a lack of nurturing or feeling attention when they were young, which leaves individuals feeling isolated and detached later in life, seeking out relationships to fill that void.  Love-addicted individuals often mistake intensity for intimacy and seek to avoid rejection and abandonment at any cost.  They feel a sense of worthlessness without a relationship or partner, and feel as though a relationship is the only thing that makes them feel complete or whole.  If you or someone you know is suffering from a love addiction with or without other compounding addictions, we are here to help.

Addiction and Family Systems

Addiction not only negatively impacts the drug or alcohol dependent individual, but it also can have detrimental consequences for the entire family. As long as an addicted person is suffering, their entire family is suffering. Nearly one third of
American families have a member with a substance abuse problem, with over one fourth of that population being within the immediate family (such as parent or sibling).

Many addiction professionals consider treatment of the entire family to be a critical and beneficial part of the overall healing process.  At Passages, we understand the damage that addiction can have on family systems, which is why we incorporate marriage and family therapy as a primary part of our treatment program.

In households with either one or more addicted family member, there are more instances of medical problems, depression, anxiety, divorce, domestic violence, and child abuse.  Individuals who are married to an addict are more likely to suffer from stress, depression, anxiety, and more frequently engage in adultery. Children with addicted parents more frequently have behavioral as well as academic problems, and suffer from low self esteem.  These behavioral patterns
continue into adulthood, as grown children of addicts often suffer from
depression and more frequently have relationship problems and problems with the law.

Once an addicted individual gets into treatment, active participation in family therapy can help the entire family heal and slowly begin to reverse these negative effects.  At Passages Malibu, our marriage and family therapists help individuals rebuild their family systems, as well as provide preventative education,  counseling and support to help avoid any more patterns of family substance abuse in the future.