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Meet Pax Prentiss

Meet Pax Prentiss

CEO of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

Hi, my name is Pax Prentiss. I’m the co-founder and co-director of Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura, along with my dad, Chris. We opened Passages Malibu 2001 and Passages Ventura in 2009 because of our deep desire to save the lives of people who are suffering from alcohol and drug dependency. Our breakthrough program evolved from our harrowing firsthand experience with my own addictions.

For 10 years, I was hooked on heroin, cocaine, and alcohol. My drive to do drugs was so powerful because I wanted to numb the pain of my underlying problems, which were low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. I was using drugs for the same reason most people are using—I was trying to run away from my problems and avoid feeling the pain they brought me.

During my years of using in the late 1990s, I did things that I never thought I would. I lied, thieved, cheated my friends and loved ones, pawned my possessions, conned credit card companies, and passed bad checks. Soon I had nothing left, but I was still willing to sacrifice whatever I could for drugs. I began stealing heroin from dealers, and eventually I was caught, beaten, and hospitalized. You would think that nearly being killed would stop me from using, but I didn't. I continued year after year until I had no friends, I had alienated my family, and my health was in danger. I remember a time near the end of my 10-year run when I was standing in the street, trying to sell my shoes for $10 so I could buy more heroin.

Throughout that horrific time in my life, my dad and I continuously tried to get me sober. I detoxed myself at home, went to AA meetings, attended 12 Step treatment centers, and pretty much tried everything else that was available at the time. None of it worked. I continued to relapse time and time again, and I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t overcome my addiction.

Now I know exactly why I failed. It’s because I was being treated with an antiquated treatment philosophy based on the disease concept and 12 Step methods, which focused on group therapy instead of individual care and labeled you an addict for life. My dad and I realized it’s not just about stopping the drug and alcohol abuse, but it’s about learning why you use and then healing it. The resources I had available to me provided zero to little therapy to help me discover the "WHY" behind my using.

When this realization hit us, we knew that we had to figure out the underlying reasons behind addiction. We imagined the kind of program that focused on me as an individual, offered lots of one-on-one therapy, did not believe in the disease concept, and did not look at me as an addict but rather as a person who needed to heal his core issues. We searched and searched and eventually discovered that such a program didn’t exist, so we created it ourselves. Because of it, I am 12 years sober today, and I can proudly say that I am a devoted single father and have been able to experience the joys of raising my daughter, 12-year-old Taylor, in a clean and healthy lifestyle.

This treatment method that my father and I designed has cured thousands of people at Passages, all of whom suffered and struggled like I did. My promise to you is that we will deliver the most comprehensive, holistic, cutting-edge program in the world for drug and alcohol addiction. We will put every ounce of effort into helping you heal your core issues and returning you to a life of freedom from drugs and alcohol.

It worked for me and I know it can work for you. Don’t wait- Make This Moment Count!