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rehab center, both in terms of what the center provides and what clients should expect.  12-step centers still use the outdated model that addiction is an incurable disease, and that the addiction itself is your primary problem that you will always have and just need to manage.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


Volunteer Work in Drug Treatment

There are several things beyond just group meetings and psychotherapy that are effective at helping with addictions within drug or alcohol treatment programs.  Many treatment centers are incorporating various forms of volunteer work and community services programs into their treatment plans.  These activities allow individuals in treatment to interact with one another and get them involved in the community.

According to a new study, volunteer work and community service may also help support relapse prevention efforts.  Volunteer work and community service helps substance abusers focus on something outside of them and put their energy towards a greater good.  In a recent study, researchers found that 40 percent of alcoholics who provided emotional support to individuals with a similar addiction stayed sober for a longer period of time than those who did not.  Many experts in the addiction field now believe that helping others should be a regular component of relapse prevention programs, and that this strategy may help more recovering alcoholics and drug users learn to remain substance-free.  At Passages Malibu, we allow our clients to do volunteer work as a part of their individualized treatment program.

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.

Positive Non-12 Step Approach

AA and other 12-step programs have saved many lives and worked for many people over the years.
However, there are millions of people who still need help, who have not succeeded in AA, and who are not among the group of individuals who choose to attend 12-step meetings. At Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura, we encounter numerous individuals every day who are against and have not succeeded at the AA program for various reasons. AA claims to be open to anyone, but in reality it’s only open to those who are willing to publicly declare themselves to be alcoholics or addicts, sick with a disease and powerless over drugs and alcohol.  We believe that declaring yourself to be powerless with a “disease” and unable to be healed and whole again is counter-productive, demoralizing and ineffective.   We believe that you are not at all powerless, and that you are fully capable of attaining a complete and total return to health and happiness. For these reasons, many individuals choose to go the non 12-step route.  At Passages, we do not believe you are a sick, damaged, and hopeless addict, but rather we believe in a cure and we believe in you.

Non 12-Step Treatment

Anyone that is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction should be aware that there are numerous treatment options available. Most people have heard of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and 12-step recovery programs, however, many people do not know that there are many non 12-step alcohol rehabs and non 12-step drug rehabs as well.  While the 12-step model does work for some people struggling with addiction issues, many dependent individuals are left still struggling after completing the 12-steps and still wondering what the underlying causes are that are causing them to abuse drugs and alcohol in the first place. Some individuals do not wish to attend 12-step programs because of the acknowledgement of a higher power-this can be uncomfortable for some people. Non 12-step alcohol rehabs and non 12-step drug rehabs do not consider all addictions to be a “disease” that the addict will always have and simply has to manage. Non 12-step programs stress personal responsibility, complete recovery, and do not believe that you should live the rest of your life being constantly referred to as a recovering addict.  It is a confidence builder and an important part of healing for people to know that they can be cured, and they do not have to live with the sigma of being an addict attached to them for the rest of their lives.  All individuals are different, and their addictions require different types of treatment.  At Passages Malibu, we provide a non 12-step, individualized treatment program for each person who walks through our doors.

Alternative and Evidence-based Addiction Treatment

Drug addiction is an extremely complex problem that does not adhere to a one size fits all approach. Since the beginning of the development of drug and alcohol treatment centers, the 12-step philosophy has served as the foundation for everything else to come. For many years, the 12-step approach was considered the only option when it came to drug and alcohol rehab. In more recent years, alternative medicine and evidence-based treatments has emerged as the framework for what is considered effective drug and alcohol treatment. Alternative medicine and evidence-based practices of licensed professionals 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 to address the causes of drug and/or alcohol dependency without teaching that it is because of a disease. When addiction is addressed as a disease that will forever be within you, the real reasons why you are using drugs and alcohol are never addressed.