Malibu, CA (PRWEB) November 6, 2007
Texas State Senators and Representatives as well as military personnel and media were invited to a meeting at the Texas State Capitol on September 19 in Austin, during which a new program was introduced for providing treatment to returning soldiers suffering from PTSD and resulting alcohol and drug abuse. The new program, entitled Federal Recovery Systems, focuses on providing adequate therapy and support to soldiers, most of whom do not receive effective treatment for either PTSD or substance abuse.
The speech, headed by Chris Prentiss, co-founder and co-director of Passages Addiction Cure Center, and John-Michael Penn, two-time Veteran of Iraq deployments, diagnosed with PTSD, aimed to gain support for Federal Recovery Systems, a treatment program designed to provide American Servicemen with the best care possible for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and subsequent substance abuse.
Of utmost concern is that the Army faces epidemic proportions of post-combat behavioral problems of which it is not prepared to manage. Since 2001, 1.4 million troops have served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The National Center on PTSD predicts that 40% of troops will be affected by psychological problems.
Combat stress and PTSD exponentially increase the probability of substance abuse among soldiers. During his first deployment to Iraq, John-Michael Penn encountered combat stress and suffered the initial cause of his post traumatic stress disorder. As a result, upon returning to the United States, Penn's alcohol consumption escalated. He was treated for addiction through the Army's traditional treatment methods, and after a second deployment, relapsed.
After being prompted by a civilian counselor who recognized the symptoms of PTSD, Penn searched for a self-help book. What he found was Prentiss' book, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure, which he confirms as being instrumental in overcoming his self-destructive behavior, and achieving a holistic cure for his alcohol dependency. "After twenty years of service to the Army, experiencing the lifestyle, deployments, and their version of treatment for psychological problems and substance abuse, Passages has what our soldiers, especially those exposed to combat, desperately need."
Six years ago, Chris Prentiss and his son, Pax, founded Passages Malibu Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Treatment Center. Since then, it has become the most effective substance abuse treatment center in the world, offering a breakthrough alcohol rehab and drug rehab treatment program, with a cure rate of 84.4%. Passages Malibu's method of individualized, one-to-one therapy is changing the paradigm of substance abuse treatment throughout the world. At the core of the Passages method is the belief that alcoholism and addiction are not diseases. Dependency is simply a person's attempt to cope with underlying conditions that must be healed, at which time dependency will be cured. It is the belief of Prentiss and Penn that Federal Recovery Systems can do for soldiers, what has been done for clients at Passages.
Federal Recovery Systems is a program largely based on the successful treatment program at Passages Malibu Addiction Cure Center, which aims to effectively treat the psychological problems affecting returning soldiers, with one-on-one, comprehensive, and holistic therapy.
Passages Malibu is a drug and alcohol treatment center in beautiful, secluded Malibu, California. Passages can be reached via phone at 888-777-8525 or their website http://www.passagesmalibu.com/.