Linebacker Aldon Smith Reactivated Following Treatment and DUI Charges

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Passages Malibu issues statement on the stakes of being a high profile athlete in a competitive environment

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“When it comes to athletes and other individuals who work in high pressure careers, we understand that high stakes can lead to demands that are difficult to cope with,” said Pax Prentiss, CEO of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers.

In late September 2013, San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. After a stint in substance abuse counseling and inpatient rehabilitation, CBS Sports reported on October 31st that the 24-year star athlete was reactivated from the reserve-non football injury list. The 49ers have a bye this weekend, but Smith could be eligible to play during their next game on November 10th.

The legal troubles that Aldon Smith faces also include a weapons charge from an earlier arrest. “I am sorry that I have affected my team, my family, and the organizations. I will do everything in my power to handle this situation in the best way possible,” said Smith in a recent public statement Professional football players often face extreme pressure to perform under national attention.

“When it comes to athletes and other individuals who work in high pressure careers, we understand that high stakes can lead to demands that are difficult to cope with,” said Pax Prentiss, CEO of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. “If a person is ready to address the underlying issues that drive substance dependency, we can begin the healing process to help them effectively overcome addiction.”

At Passages Malibu - Addiction Ends Here™

About Passages Malibu & Passages Ventura:

Father and son team Chris and Pax Prentiss founded Passages Malibu in 2001. Its second location, Passages Ventura, first opened its doors in 2009. The two drug & alcohol abuse treatment centers offer an alternative to the 12 step/AA model of addiction treatment by utilizing a holistic program that focuses on the underlying issues of substance dependency, rather than attributing addiction to an incurable disease.

Both Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura accept insurance and each have earned the coveted Joint Commission (JCAHO) accreditation, which has only been given to 6% of the nation’s behavioral health treatment programs.

Passages Malibu was named the #1 treatment center in the world by Healthcare Global, one of the "Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out" by Forbes magazine, and the Huffington Post recently acknowledged Passages as a center that “caters to a high-end crowd, with many CEOs, entrepreneurs and high-powered professionals among its clients.”

The co-founders are also authors of an acclaimed series of addiction treatment books, including their groundbreaking, flagship title, The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure.

For general inquiries about treatment, contact: 866-233-1753.

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press(at)passagesmalibu(dot)com

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