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rehab center, both in terms of what the center provides and what clients should expect.  12-step centers still use the outdated model that addiction is an incurable disease, and that the addiction itself is your primary problem that you will always have and just need to manage.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.

STDs and Substance Abuse

Many studies have shown a strong correlation between heavy drinking and higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases.  Among people who drink alcohol and use drugs, the risk and occurrence of STD’s is even higher, especially amongst females. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, young adults who drink heavily are twice as likely to have sexually transmitted diseases as those who do not drink or use drugs.  This can be attributed to a number of factors.  When an individual is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, which have many serious and potentially lifetime consequences.  As we all know, heavy drinking and drug use can lead to serious addictions and dependence-related problems, including loss of friends, family, housing, job, health, and even
life.  According to another study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each time beer taxes go up or the legal drinking age is raised, gonorrhea rates usually dropped among young people.  This shows a direct correlation between underage drinking and sexually transmitted diseases.  In addition to sexually transmitted diseases, alcohol consumption by people below the minimum legal drinking is also associated with higher incidences of adverse alcohol-related health outcomes (motor-vehicle crash-related deaths, liver cirrhosis, suicide, and violent crime, including domestic violence). Providing education, awareness and improved enforcement of minimum legal
drinking age requirements have been highlighted as some potential strategies to
reduce alcohol consumption by minors.

Cocaine Addiction and Treatment

Cocaine is currently the most prevalent and abused stimulant in America.  Cocaine abuse and addiction has numerous physical, emotional, mental, and financial consequences.  Cocaine abuse spans across individuals of all backgrounds and situations, whether it be inner-city crack addicts, teenagers, or middle-class suburbanites.

According to the National Institute on Drug Addiction, cocaine abuse actually causes biological changes in the brain due to altered levels of a specific brain protein that regulates dopamine, causing the brain to adapt quickly and to become severely dependent on cocaine. Consequently, the large number of people using cocaine has resulted in a large increase in the number of people seeking cocaine treatment programs.  Treatment of cocaine dependency is complex and should involve a variety of different and diverse treatment methods.

At Passages Malibu, we frequently treat individuals for cocaine abuse and offer over 16 different treatment modalities for our clients.  Our treatment program is tailored to treat the physical, emotional, and psychological damage cocaine has caused through individualized therapy as well as group sessions, physical activity, and a healthy diet plan. With a staff of over 100, plenty of individual attention and an emphasis on professional care, Passages is by far the most comprehensive and effective cocaine treatment center around.

Staying Sober on a College Campus

Staying sober in college can be a challenging feat. Research studies have shown that roughly half of American college students report binging on drugs and alcohol on a regular basis.  Unfortunately, many college campuses have become heavily influenced by alcohol abuse, in Greek circles and non-Greek circles as well.  Every year, thousands of college students drop out after freshman year due to failing classes because of binge drinking, and the great privilege of higher education is lost solely due to self destructive choices. Some students claim they binge drink due to peer-pressure, while others claim it is to escape the pressure of homework and getting good grades. However, there are many individuals who do not binge drink or abuse drugs in college and there are lots of ways to get through college without drug and alcohol abuse. If you have already attended a drug or alcohol
rehab program and are returning to college, let your family and friends know you need their support to stay clean. There are lots of people you can turn to for encouragement, such as college counselors, professors, your parents and friends.  For someone newly sober, it can be difficult and tempting to stay in the environment where you were used to drinking or doing drugs, but with the right attitude and commitment it is impossible.  Be aware that it is challenging for all college students, whether they have had a past with addiction problems or not, to stay away from substance abuse. Make a commitment to yourself and to your education not to do drugs or drink.  Most college campuses have many sober social events, elective courses, athletic clubs, and many fun activities without drinking or drugs involved.