Passages Malibu Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center Announces Co-Branding Alliance with Psychology Today

January 26, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Psychology Today, the nation's leading magazine dedicated to promoting mental health, and Passages Malibu (, the premier drug and alcohol treatment center, annouce the February 13 launch of a co-branded Therapy Directory built on North America's most comprehensive and authoritative database which already features detailed profiles of over 30,000 active, licensed therapists and which currently attracts over 1 million visitors/month and generates 8,000 inbound contacts a day from those seeking treatment.

Many of the therapists in this extensive database specialize in treating addiction for which Passages Malibu sets the industry standard, offering more therapies than any other facility in the United States. This partnership represents an unprecedented first between the magazine and a substance abuse treatment center. Passages Malibu has secured a National Exclusive with Psychology Today, in support of Passages' intensive therapy treatment model that focuses on identifying the underlying causes of substance abuse.

The Psychology Today Therapy Directory has already established itself as a trusted, free and easily accessible resource for millions seeking treatment. The Therapy Directory is carried exclusively by WebMD and ranks high in search engines including Google and Yahoo, making it a leading go-to source of those struggling with addiction and other mental health issues.

Passages Malibu will elevate and expand the Therapy Directory by engaging more professionals from Passages 'After Care' Therapists network, offering them a complimentary 6 month trial membership. Following an intensive 30, 60 or 90 day treatment course at Passages Malibu, the center always works to place out-going patients with local therapists in their hometowns for follow-up and continuing care.

"Psychology Today is delighted to be entering into this exclusive online partnership with Passages Malibu which focuses on the underlying causes of addiction, rather than treating addiction as a disease," stated Lawrence Rose, President of Sussex Publishers which publishes Pyschology Today. "With Passages Malibu's commitment to identify and treat these underlying issues of addiction, there's a special responsibility to serve the widest possible client needs. We will ensure that with Psychology Today's Therapy Directory embedded on the Passages Malibu's website, the facility can meet this challenge and invite the public to anonymously search for a licensed therapist to meet their individual needs - free of charge and with no obligation. Together, we're harnessing our technological resources to provide an under-served and under-represented segment of the healthcare market with a valuable and complimentary service."

In a high-impact online campaign that will launch on February 1, Passages Malibu will become the Exclusive Sponsor of Psychology Canada & UK, and will have strong presence on the site in the U.S. Passages Malibu will raise its profile in the magazine in which it will be featured in 3 full page ads along with 1/3 page ad. In addition to the ads for the Passages Malibu drug and alcohol treatment center, the book The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure, will also be featured in the March/April issue of Psychology Today.

"Passages Malibu is proud to step forward as the first drug and alcohol treatment center in the nation to forge a partnership of this magnitude with the most respected publication in the field," said Pax Prentiss, Co-Founder of Passages Malibu. "At Passages Malibu, we believe in the proven power of therapy to help our patients win the fight against life-threatening addictions. We believe in it so strongly that we set the gold standard by providing 60-65 hours per month of one-on-one therapy to every patient who walks through our doors to get to the root of why they are abusing drugs and alcohol. This is why we are making this commitment to partner with 30,000 therapists across the country to help even more people gain control of their health and take back their lives."

At Passages Malibu (, a consulting physician with 30 years of experience and a skilled team of licensed therapists collaborate to form a 10-person team that customizes a substance abuse treatment program for each individual. In stark contrast to the prevailing so-called "disease" rehab model which focuses on group therapy, Passages focuses on helping individuals achieve overall health and wellness through intensive one-on-one therapy to uncover the underlying causes that are driving them to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Common underlying causes of drug and alcohol addiction include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, panic attacks, loss of loved ones, trauma, physical pain, chemical imbalance and family turmoil.

About Psychology Today
Psychology Today is devoted exclusively to everybody's favorite subject: ourselves. Founded in 1967, Psychology Today covers all aspects of human behavior and mental health, from the workings of the mind to the bonds between people and the larger cultural forces that drive our most intimate decisions. includes editorial contributions from the leading academics, clinicians and authors in the field of Psychology. There are currently over 1,000 expert bloggers writing for The accumulated knowledge bank represents the largest archive of its kind in the world. The magazine has built a subscriber base of 275,000 and reaches a total audience of 3 Million per issue.

About Passages Malibu
Passages Malibu was founded in 2000 by father and son team Chris and Pax Prentiss as a result of a father's unconditional love and ongoing concern for son Pax and his downward life spiral of addictions. Pax's personal journey in overcoming heroin and cocaine addiction was the foundation for Passages to pioneer the approach which has now become the new standard for the treatment of alcohol and drug dependency. Rather than simply following the basic one-size-fits all 12 step rehab model in which clients attend group meetings and receive little individual counseling, Passages provides 60-65 hours/month of concentrated one-on-one therapy to every client. These personalized sessions focus on determining the underlying causes of dependency on drugs and alcohol. At Passages, a consulting physician and skilled team of licensed therapists customize a treatment program for each individual in a naturally serene and beautiful setting. In 2010, a new Passages wellness center, Passages Ventura, was established in Ventura, California.

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