Passages Malibu

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Passages Malibu Addiction Treatment Center
Private
Industry Rehabilitation
Founded 2001
Headquarters Malibu, California, United States
Key people
Chris Prentiss
Pax Prentiss
Number of employees
100+
Website Passages Malibu Addiction Treatment Center

Passages Malibu Addiction Treatment Center, known as Passages Malibu, is a for-profit addiction treatment facility located in Malibu, California and founded by Pax and Chris Prentiss in 2001.

History and founders[edit]

The center was founded by a father and son, Chris and Pax Prentiss. Chris Prentiss is a former real estate developer with no formal training in rehabilitation or medicine.[1]

Passages operates on the principle that people become addicted to drugs and alcohol due to underlying and unresolved problems in their lives. Passages relies on one-to-one therapy sessions.[1]

The center comprises a $15 million mansion on 10 acres (4.0 ha)[2] overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The center provides a number of recreational opportunities, including tennis and swimming. Unlike many other centers, clients are allowed to use their cell phones and have computer access.[3]

A second, less expensive facility called Passages Ventura opened in 2009 in Port Hueneme, California.[3]

In 2012, the center had 29 beds and approximately 25 percent of its clients were Californians.[3]

Controversy[edit]

Passages, and the treatment method it employs, have been the subject of controversy. According to a September 2013 New York Times report, it is "the largest and most expensive" of the many rehab facilities in Malibu.[4] In 2011, treatment at the center cost $88,500 a month.[3] In contrast, the Betty Ford Center cost $27,400 for 30 days in 2011.[5] Passages keeps any money that has been deposited, even if a patient exits the center before completing treatment similar to other addiction treatment facilities.[6]

In addition, Passages' treatment philosophy is controversial both because it disputes the efficacy of multi-step treatment programs and also because the founders do not believe that addiction is a disease.[7] Passages claims that its method produces above an 80-percent rehabilitation rate.[6] However, the accuracy of these statistics have been questioned by other rehabilitation professionals, particularly because they include people who have been out of treatment for only 30 days.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Valhouli, Christina (March 17, 2004). "Most Luxurious Places To Dry Out". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Top 10 Rehabilitation Hospitals". Healthcare Global. June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  3. ^ a b c d Bruce, Allison (March 7, 2011). "Passages Ventura offers Malibu-style rehab at lower price". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  4. ^ Peter Haldeman, "An Intervention for Malibu", The New York Times, September 13, 2013.
  5. ^ Deni Carise, " Substance Abuse Centers: Does Higher Cost Mean Higher Quality Treatment?", Huffington Post, June 15, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Paul Pringle, "The trouble with rehab, Malibu-style", Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2007.
  7. ^ a b Mark Groubert, "Addiction: Buying the Cure at Passages Malibu", LA Weekly, June 25, 2008.

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