About Passages Addiction Cure Centers

About Passages Addiction Cure Centers


Passages’ philosophy begins with our belief that addiction is not an incurable disease that you’ll have forever. You’re not an “addict” and you are not powerless over this problem. In fact, we know you have the power to change. Passages’ innovative holistic, non-12-Step, non-disease addiction treatment philosophy will help you harness the power to overcome the obstacles that led you to alcohol and drugs.

When I co-founded Passages Malibu in 2001 with my son, Pax, we knew one thing for sure: We needed to offer an alternative to the outdated 12-Step approach to addiction treatment. Why? Because it doesn’t work. We knew this first-hand – Pax tried to kick his addiction to heroin, cocaine and alcohol using the 12-Step program and checking into conventional type treatment facilities. This did not work and he struggled through relapse-after-relapse.

What did work for him was one-on-one counseling, discovering WHY he used. Then he worked on healing the underlying issues that caused him to turn to drugs and alcohol in the first place. Once Pax did that, everything changed. Today, we’re proud to say that he’s been sober for 15 years.

People often ask me, “If addiction is not a disease, then what is it?” The answer to that question is the heart of our addiction treatment philosophy. It’s also explained in much more detail in our book, “The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure,” but here is the abridged answer: We believe that alcohol and drug addiction is not a disease and not something that you will have for life. You are not defined by your addiction. An addiction is something that you can heal, not something you are. As such, we do not call people addicts or alcoholics.

We believe that addiction is the result of one or more of these four causes of dependency, which are:

  1. Chemical imbalance
  2. Unresolved events from the past
  3. Beliefs you hold that are inconsistent with what is true
  4. Inability to cope with current conditions

Every one of our clients has had one, or even all of these four causes present. We treat addiction as a symptom of a deeper underlying issue.

We utilize a holistic treatment approach that focuses on the body, mind and spirit using 20 modalities including chemical dependency counseling, psychotherapy, marriage and family therapy, spiritual counseling, massage, yoga, meditation, adventure therapy, art therapy, sound therapy, life purpose counseling, equine assisted therapy, and more.

At Passages, our program has set a new industry standard for the treatment of addiction internationally. Our Malibu facility was named "#1 Rehab Center in the World by Healthcare Global magazine and “One of the Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out” by Forbes magazine. Both Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura were accredited by The Joint Commission (JCAHO) in 2011, which is a highly coveted accreditation, with only 6% of addiction treatment centers in the US securing JCAHO certification.

If you’ve tried the 12-Step method and it didn’t work for you, then it’s time you came to Passages.

Try something different. Try something that works. Call Passages today at (888) 991-2219. Insurance is accepted.

At Passages – Addiction Ends Here™