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Passages Malibu unveils unprecedented addiction treatment modality

October 16, 2012
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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Passages Malibu Addiction Treatment Center has announced the inclusion of a new treatment to its roster of modalities. They call it “Ocean Therapy,” and it has already been introduced to the clients attending their Malibu Rehab Center.

“At Passages, our first-class facilities and staff are a representation of the finest treatment program in the world. Now we want to expand our treatment from the grounds of our center to the Pacific Ocean, which we are fortunate enough to have right at our doorstep. Through Ocean Therapy, we continue to set the bar even higher by providing our clients with an exciting and intimate outdoor experience,” says Pax Prentiss, CEO of Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura Rehab Centers.

As part of its Ocean Therapy program, the Passages Malibu clients have the opportunity to take a trip aboard the company’s private yacht, aptly named “Safe Passage,” along with co-founders Pax Prentiss and Chris Prentiss and a professional Captain. The clients will embark from Marina Del Rey and cruise along the coastline, experiencing areas such as Catalina Island, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Malibu and the Santa Monica mountains. They will also have the opportunity to see and engage with an abundance of local sea life, including dolphins, sea lions and humpback whales. Each client will have the chance to take at least one trip prior to their graduation from the Passages Program.

“We hope that this experience will give our clients a firsthand opportunity to witness the exuberant and healing effects of the ocean. Another goal of our Ocean Therapy experience is to demonstrate how great sobriety can be, and how you can once again enjoy life as well as the overwhelming beauty and serenity of the natural world around us,” says Prentiss.

The Ocean Therapy program serves as an addition to the forms of therapy that currently exist at Passages, including the Ropes Course, Equine Therapy program and Adventure Therapy program.

“We have known that treating drug and alcohol addiction with group therapy is usually not sufficient to get someone better. By incorporating several different ways to heal, you tap into each person’s unique ways of learning,” says Prentiss. “While one client may respond to traditional psychotherapy, another may have a breakthrough finding their purpose in the great outdoors. We try to harness each person’s individuality and potential, and we believe in our clients and their power to overcome addiction permanently. This is where Ocean Therapy will be an invaluable asset for our clients, our treatment program and our brand as a whole.”

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