Category Archives: Passages Rehabs

Passages Malibu’s New Social Media Sites and Accounts

Alcohol and drug treatment center Passages Malibu now hosts a family of digital accounts, websites, and blog that can be easily followed, to keep up with our latest announcements and developments.
Our non-12 Step treatment center focuses on the underlying causes of substance dependence, and as such, has revolutionized the way that addiction treatment is approached. While we’re most well known for our coastal location and luxury amenities, it’s actually the plentiful hours of one-on-one therapy that distinguish our commitment to service.
For the latest updates across all of Passages’ news and social media channel please visit.

If you or a loved one is interested in additional information about Passages, please reach out to us at (855) 848-8854. Our experienced admissions counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Passages Malibu first opened its doors in 2001 by father and son team Chris & Pax Prentiss. Chris successfully helped Pax overcome ten years of addiction, and started a new paradigm in substance recovery. Pax’s personal journey beating heroin and cocaine addiction solidified the foundation for Passages to blaze a new trail which has since become the standard for treatment of alcohol and drug dependency. Pax’s journey and subsequent recovery is told in the book The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure, currently in print with over 300,000 copies in circulation.

Passages Malibu provides the most one-on-one therapy for their clientele, rather than the group meetings commonly associated with 12 Step recovery programs. These personally crafted sessions focus on determining the underlying causes of dependency on drugs and alcohol. At Passages, an attending physician and skilled team of licensed therapists develop a treatment program for each individual in a naturally serene and beautiful setting. In 2009, a sister facility, Passages Ventura opened, offering more modestly price addiction treatment while maintaining the Passages standard of high quality clinical outcomes.
Being in a serene, beautiful, peaceful environment, where your dignity is maintained and where you feel peaceful and content is very important in the healing process.

The main Passages facility is 15,500 square feet of luxury with four fireplaces we usually keep burning, a library, gourmet kitchen, bedrooms that each have their own bath, a gym, and plenty of extra space to find a quiet spot. The grounds are superbly landscaped on a beautiful bluff overlooking the serene Pacific Ocean. The north/south tennis court is first class. Our clients attest to the healing quality they feel at Passages. Additionally, due to the tremendous success of the Passages Model, we have expanded the facilities across several acres of picturesque Malibu land that overlooks the entire bay.

The Clear Benefit of Positive Influences

There is a distinct line drawn between positive influences and negative influences as far as substance abuse is concerned. Even further, positive influence has very clear benefits over negative influence. This is because whether in pre-recovery, recovery, or post-recovery, these influences in subtle ways effect the behavior, attitudes, and perceptions of the user/former user.

Preference toward the Positive

We can say there is a good reason to prefer positive influence over negative influence because of both our intuitions and observations. Obviously more often than not people will prefer positive lifestyles, approaches, and outcomes to negative ones. Surrounding oneself with positivity and success is conductive to achieving this preference.

Additionally, we can observe the relative success rates of people who follow a positive path rather than a negative one, and witness proactive change more consistently among those who choose a proactive lifestyle and adopt positive beliefs about their chances to succeed. This is complemented by the fact that the influence of others in addition to lifestyle change is the best way to attain a lasting sobriety, rather than admitting defeat or a defeatist attitude.

Why Some People Might Abuse Substances

People influence and are influenced by other people. Because of this influence, it is reasonable to say that people can influence others to use illicit substances. Although that is seemingly an obvious point, there is a deeper meaning to why this influence takes place.

Preserving “Harmonious” Relationships

Since people influence and are influenced by others, the influence can change the capacity of people to exercise their self-control in order to preserve their relationships with others. So when someone is surrounded by others who don’t exercise self-control they become more likely not to exercise their own self-control to “fit in”. The need to be included is very strong and may limit a person’s ability to exercise self-control.

Furthermore, to preserve harmonious relationships, people who might be predisposed to not engaging in self-control behaviors would be more likely to do so if they are surrounded by people who do successfully manage their self-control. This is important because it implies that people who have a difficult time managing their substance addiction may find it much easier to do so when they are surrounded by people who don’t relapse, as opposed to people who do relapse.

Examine Yourself

There are a couple ways in which people can resolve internal strife. They can change their behavior to match their own standards, or avoid situations which allow them to think about themselves where the conflict arises again. If they run away from situations that involve them thinking about themselves, then conflict between standards and behavior seldom, if ever, arises.

- From Looking Inward

Amy Winehouse, the Insider with Pax Prentiss

Amy Winehouse, the Insider with Pax Prentiss –


Spread the Knowledge

When I finally read this book, this was what I have been thinking and feeling since I got clean and sober.

-from Spread the Knowledge

Ecstasy Addiction

Ecstasy is a man-made psychedelic drug with hallucinogenic properties. Ecstasy’s active ingredient, MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine), acts as a psychoactive stimulant, causing hyperawareness of the senses, heightened empathy, emotional openness and intense euphoria.

Fueled by a release of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine, ecstasy users experience a rush of energy and happiness, leading to feelings of hyperactivity and emotional connectedness.

However, due to the rapid release of serotonin, ecstasy users experience the depletion of this vital neurotransmitter in the days following an ecstasy trip, leading to depression, anxiety and lethargy. One of the most serious risks of ecstasy addiction is dehydration, leading to intense fevers, overheating and possibly death.

With continual use, ecstasy users can also experience other side effects, such as tooth and gum disease, bruxism (teeth grinding), jaw clenching and high blood pressure, as well as transmission of sexually transmitted diseases from lowered inhibition during intoxication.  Chronic ecstasy use can also lead to severe depression, anxiety, lethargy, memory loss and cognitive disturbances.  At Passages, we treat ecstasy addiction and provide a medically supervised full detox.

Crack Cocaine Addiction

Crack is a smokeable form of cocaine that is manufactured by mixing cocaine with baking soda and water through a heat-intensive process. The resulting “rock” state of cocaine (known as base-cocaine) forms as the water evaporates from the mixture, creating the crackling sound that gives crack its name. As a result, crack cocaine will vaporize at low temperatures, making it easier to inhale for a fast-acting high. However, crack cocaine is by nature impure, generally including less than 40 percent cocaine, depending on the degree to which it is “cut” with additives. 

On a physical level, crack cocaine becomes addictive largely because of the effects it creates in brain chemistry. Crack sharply increases the levels of dopamine in the user’s brain, resulting in intensified feelings of excitement and euphoria. While this creates a sense of disoriented pleasure while the crack high lasts, dopamine levels become depleted after use.

Additionally, continued crack cocaine use can cause the brain to lower dopamine levels over the long run, sensing excess dopamine present. When users attempt to cease crack cocaine use, they experience this cocaine-initiated chemical imbalance, causing depression, withdrawal symptoms and anxiety.  If you or someone you know is addicted to crack cocaine, Passages can help.

Why Primarily Group-Based Treatment is Ineffective at Drug Rehab Centers

The vast majority of drug rehabilitation centers revolve around a group-oriented approach to treatment. Unfortunately, drug and alcohol withdrawal and recovery requires a deep, focused and attentive process that cannot be achieved in a group setting. Only in the safety and confidentiality of committed therapy can true healing from the psychological and emotional roots of substance addiction begin.

Group therapy programs at rehab clinics have become notoriously overpopulated and understaffed, short-changing addicted individuals from receiving the depth of healing they deserve for recovery.  In the long run, the lack of individualized care and targeted therapy applied at many rehabilitation centers may cut costs for facilities, but proves incredibly costly to the addicted individual. These lapses in care lead to chronic relapse, mental breakdowns, and physical complications as drug use endures. While short-term rehabilitation may be achieved, long-term group treatment programs experience roughly the same success rates as placebo therapies in treating addiction.  At Passages, the majority of our treatment program is comprised of one-on-one, customized therapy.

Alternate Pain Management at Drug Rehab Centers

Many individuals addicted to drugs, especially prescription pain killers, began abusing such drugs as a result of an ailment or injury.  Often times, individuals who have been treating chronic pain with opiate drugs develop an extreme physical dependency on their prescriptions, and are extremely reluctant to stop taking them even if the injury or pain is long gone.  In order to reduce this fear of recurring pain once drug use has ceased, many drug rehab centers now include alternative pain management programs.

Detoxing from prescription pain killers will not do much good if the addicted individual is dealing with an intense amount of chronic pain and does not know how to manage it.  At Passages, we help our clients develop an individualized pain management program to deal with their unique circumstances.  Whether it is through our natural supplements, acupuncture, yoga, or seeing a specialist at an outside pain management clinic, at Passages we are very successful at helping our clients heal their pain naturally, without the help of addictive and damaging medications.  We provide a full medical detox, where our staff can manage withdrawal symptoms and keep clients comfortable and safe.