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Title: Holistic Approach May Be The Key to Curing Addiction Word Count: 279 Summary: Though the medical profession label s alcoholism and addiction - Americ a's No. 1 health problems - as incu rable diseases that are manageable at best, one man is determined to p rove that there is a complete cure for those twin demons. Keywords: Holistic Approach May Be The Key to Curing Addiction Article Body: Though the medical profession label s alcoholism and addiction - Americ a's No. 1 health problems - as incu rable diseases that are manageable at best, one man is determined to p rove that there is a complete cure for those twin demons. According to Chris Prentiss, co-fou nder of the world-famous Passages R ehab Center in Malibu, Calif., and author of the new book, "The Alcoho lism & Addiction Cure, A Holistic A pproach To Total Recovery," the cur rent treatment methods are obsolete . Prentiss says that alcohol and dr ugs are not the problem. "It will be clear to anyone who thi nks about it," he says, "that we ar e using drugs and alcohol to try an d cope with lives that are not work ing. We use them to change the way we feel, to blur the images that ha unt us, to deal with failure, broke n hearts, growing up, stress, depre ssion, trauma and all the other eve nts that regularly befall all of us . Once the real reasons we are drin king and using addictive drugs are discovered and cured, our dependenc y disappears along with our cravings." Although that's a strong claim, Pre ntiss relies on statistics to prove his point. In an era when the nati onal relapse rate is between 80 per cent and 90 percent, Passages repor ts that 84.6 percent of their gradu ates have remained sober. Prentiss' book describes the Passag es holistic three-step program in d etail, and it lists what he claims are the four causes of dependency a nd how to cure them. He says that e ach person's reasons for using subs tances are unique, and therefore ea ch person's treatment, if it is to succeed, must also be unique. Prentiss became involved in the fie ld to save his son's life from 10 y ears of addiction to heroin, cocain e and alcohol.
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