Is Addiction a Disease? Passages Malibu Explains

There is a lot of talk about whether or not addiction is a disease. The AA/12-Step community labels individuals who have used and abused drugs and alcohol as “addicts.”

At Passages, we do not believe addiction is a disease. We believe that a person who is addicted to alcohol or drugs is motivated to seek substances by one of four underlying conditions:

  1. A Chemical Imbalance
  2. Events of the past that you have not reconciled
  3. Current conditions you can’t cope with
  4. Things you believe that aren’t true

Using a one-on-one treatment approach, with the help of our therapists, will allow you to focus on healing the underlying conditions that are causing you to use.

Chris and Pax Prentiss spent years gathering the finest treatment professionals they could find. As a result, our clients frequently tell us these are the best people they have ever worked with. Here is a list of the therapists and doctors that will be on your team.

  • Medical Doctor
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • Acupuncturist
  • Hypnotherapist
  • Spiritual Counselor
  • Physical Trainer
  • Aftercare Planner

If you have been bored in treatment centers that use the old cookie-cutter group meeting approach, you will be amazed by the holistic one-on-one treatment at Passages.

At Passages Malibu, we focus on healing the underlying conditions that are causing you to use drugs and alcohol. We do this by utilizing a highly individualized treatment program with therapists who are experienced in healing the underlying causes of addiction. We do not use the 12 Step program because we believe that it teaches a philosophy that is detrimental to healing and can lead to relapse. Our holistic one-on-one approach is far superior to the 12 Step program and offers state-of-the-art services that will keep you engaged and enthusiastic about healing. During treatment, you will feel empowered instead of powerless. We do not label you an addict or alcoholic, nor do we believe that you have a disease. We have found that damaging labels, such as addict and alcoholic, rob you of your true identity.

It’s the treatment philosophy at Passages that sets us apart from all other rehab centers in the world. We choose to empower you and heal your underlying conditions rather than label you an addict and tell you that you have a disease.

It’s been twenty years since opening the doors at Passages Malibu, and thousands of people from all over the world have proved its success and the success of this remarkably life-changing philosophy. Together, Chris and Pax Prentiss have successfully established a treatment program that has helped save the lives of thousands of people from all over the world. There are no two people who know and understand how to pinpoint and heal addiction-related issues better than Chris and Pax Prentiss.

As Pax’s father, Chris, witnessed his son struggle for nearly ten years to get clean and sober, they heard time after time the same sad story, “Alcoholism and addiction are diseases, and Pax will always be an addict.” But, that was not the answer they were going to accept. So instead, they paved the way for a new and refreshing style of looking at addiction as a disease or a forever broken mentality that they found to be damaging and outdated.

12 Step meetings, 12 Step sponsorships, and doctors who preached the 12 Step methodology continued to fail Pax as he relapsed nearly fifty times before he and his father, Chris, created a program customized around Pax’s specific needs in healing. Together, they implemented a holistic therapy plan that offered Pax the help he needed to completely break free from his substance abuse-related issues and live a healthy life free from addiction.

Because of the Passages non-12 Step treatment program, Pax and thousands of other people around the world were able to end the cycle of their addiction and heal the underlying causes driving them to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Pax is now the CEO of Passages and runs a smooth and thriving organization. From Paris to Los Angeles, New York, South America to Scotland, Pax has inspired change and transformation in people, just like him, who wanted to be free of drug and alcohol abuse.

Non-12-Step Addiction Rehab at Passages

Passages Malibu is an alternative to traditional rehab that provides a holistic, client-centered approach to addiction treatment. Find lasting healing through our model of care and experiential therapies. You will uncover the root causes of your addiction, and we will provide you with tools for lifelong sobriety and change. We can help you turn your life around and find hope again. Call (888) 397-0112 today for more information.

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