"Part of being a good role model as a father is to talk to your kids early and often about the dangers of drugs and alcohol," says Pax Prentiss, CEO and co-founder of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers.
Malibu, CA (PRWEB) June 11, 2012
In honor of Father’s Day (June 17) and National Men’s Health Week (June 11-17), Pax Prentiss, CEO and co-founder of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers in Malibu and Ventura, California, encourages fathers to talk to their children about healthy living and the dangers of using drugs or alcohol.
Prentiss, who was hooked on heroin, cocaine, and alcohol for 10 years before opening the holistic, non-12 Step drug and alcohol rehab center Passages Malibu in 2001 with his father Chris Prentiss, knows first-hand the importance of a healthy father/daughter relationship. When he found out his then-girlfriend was pregnant with his child – Taylor, now age 13, his desire to get clean increased tremendously. Today, he still credits being a father for his sobriety.
“When Taylor was born, I had been in and out of treatment centers for about nine years, none of them sticking,” single dad Prentiss told Singular magazine in a profile on him in 2011. “Taylor was definitely motivation for me and helped me stay sober, but it took me another year before I actually achieved sobriety.”
Prentiss had tried several methods to get clean over the years, including rehabs, hospitals, detox units, and 12 Step programs, but none of them worked. His father realized that they were failing to address the reason behind his addiction. Knowing that the current model of addiction treatment was ineffective, he helped his son create a new program that focused on healing the underlying causes of his addiction. This new and improved program saved Prentiss’ life. This revolutionary process of identifying and healing the underlying causes of addiction was created by the Prentiss’ and is the primary reason why Pax will celebrate 12 years of sobriety on September 4, 2012.
The single dad and CEO waited to tell his daughter about his past addiction until she was old enough to understand. “She has a clear idea about not using drugs or alcohol,” he says. “The best thing a father can do for their child is to lead by example. Even if drugs and alcohol are not an issue, showing your child how to live a healthy lifestyle by eating properly, exercising, and taking care of yourself is an important role for a father. Taylor and I do a lot of things together and that’s really important for a child’s development. It’s great to have observances like National Men’s Health Week to bring awareness to better health.”
On the topic of talking to your kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, he advises, “It’s never too early to start talking to your kids about that. Drug and alcohol abuse are starting earlier than the teen years today and the sooner you can educate and inform your child, the better.”
Prentiss, who lives in Calabasas, California, will spend this Father’s Day with his daughter. They plan to have breakfast together, and then spend the day hiking and taking pictures in Malibu.
National Men’s Health Week (June 11 through Father’s Day- June 17) is organized by National Men’s Health Network as a way to bring awareness to preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
About Passages Malibu & Passages Ventura:
Founded by Chris Prentiss and Pax Prentiss, Passages Malibu opened in 2001 with its second location, Passages Ventura, opening in 2009. The two drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers offer an alternative to the 12 Step/AA model of addiction treatment by taking a holistic approach with a program that focuses on the underlying issues of substance dependency, rather than suggesting that addiction is an incurable disease. Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura have earned the coveted JCAHO (Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accreditation, which has only been given to 6% of the nation’s behavioral health treatment programs. The co-founders are also authors of the acclaimed series of treatment books that include their groundbreaking flagship book, “The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure.” At Passages, we believe: Addiction Ends Here™. For general inquiries about treatment, contact: 866-233-1753
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