It’s hard to describe Malibu’s most expensive treatment center without talking about its owners—Chris and Pax Prentiss, a father and son team who claim to have discovered a non-12-step holistic addiction treatment which they offer as the program of recovery at Passages, their $80,000 a month rehab that opened its doors in 2001. While a number of treatment centers offer alternatives to 12-step these days, Passages is openly anti-AA, making it arguably the most controversial treatment center in existence.
Accommodations and Food
The 10-acre, $23 million posh Malibu compound will not fail to wow perspective clients and incoming residents who will be more than pleased with their new home. The sprawling marble entrance and high-end décor are aesthetically rich and meticulously maintained by the facility’s staff of housekeepers. All the bedrooms come equipped with plush mattresses and luxury bedding.
Passages Malibu is a luxury rehab catering to those for whom money is no object—and they do not fall short in delivering perks. Upon arrival, residents are assigned an assistant, who tends to their needs throughout their stay. The on-site gourmet chef serves a wide variety of high-end and healthy meals, taking into account the individual dietary needs and preferences of each client.
Treatment and Staff
The program is made up of an array of therapies—including sound therapy, adventure therapy, equine therapy and meditation therapy—as well as an array of qualified staff members who are at a four-to-one staff-to-client ratio and include a psychotherapist, a family therapist, hypnotherapists, spiritual and life purpose counselors, nutritionists, masseuses and acupuncturists. Passages does not have a medical doctor on regular duty but there is an MD that makes weekly visits.
As a non-12-step treatment program—or rather an anti-12-step program—Passages puts a lot of emphasis on healing and offers many alternative treatment methods like acupuncture, Tai Chi and a ropes course to achieve that. The philosophy at Passage is that to tackle addiction properly, one must address any chemical imbalances, unresolved events from the past, beliefs that are held inconsistent with what is true and an inability to cope with current conditions. The team at Passages feels it takes 60 to 90 days to deal with addiction and the underlying issues properly.
Special attention and focus are strong points at Passages, as it gets extremely specific when it comes to addiction. For example, it doesn’t just treat alcohol addiction—it breaks down the treatment into subcategories like beer addiction treatment, wine addiction treatment and liquor and spirits addiction treatment.
With front row views of the Pacific Ocean, Passages has an on-site, state-of-the-art, glass-enclosed gym complete with personal trainers.The property also houses two gorgeous pools, a tennis court, several fireplaces, a juice bar, a library and a koi pond.
If the ideology at Passages is appealing but the price too much, it also has a slightly less palatial estate in Ventura, California, just 40 miles up the coast.
Addicts who have little financial barriers and not much enthusiasm for 12-step programming will be drawn here. Still, no conversation about Passages is complete without an analysis of some of its more extreme claims, whether its Pax Prentiss saying to grads, “You will never use drugs and alcohol again—your dependency has been cured” or to a reporter that he feels like he “could drink in a controlled fashion.” If none of these issues are deterrents, those who’d like to try taking care of their addiction in one swoop would surely be comfortable here.
Passages Malibu Addiction Rehab Center
6428 Meadows Court
Malibu, CA 90265
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