The Dunes East Hampton is a strong believer that a blend of holistic treatment and clinical services are needed in order to help people recover from drug or alcohol addiction. Therefore, in addition to our unique holistic offerings, we have a comprehensive lineup of tried-and-true clinical services, as delivered by licensed counselors, therapists and similar professionals.
Our inpatient addiction treatment program is highly customized to the individual, so it’s unlikely any one client will be directed to participate in every single form of clinical treatment we offer. Nonetheless, to get a better idea of each of our clinical treatment offerings, here’s more on each of those services:
Addiction is a disease that affects both the brain and the person’s behavior. Concrete neuroscientific evidence says that brain and body chemistry change with addiction.
Thus, we deliver addiction education, which provides an understandable review of the chemical impact alcohol and drugs have on the body and mind – such as increased tolerance, cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
We place particular emphasis on the client’s personal understanding of where they are most vulnerable and how to utilize the tools they are given in rehab to prevent relapse. Clients leave our addiction education group with practical knowledge of how this disease expresses itself physiologically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
EMDR affects how the brain processes information, similar to what occurs during the dream phase of sleep (known as rapid eye movement). Utilizing light and guided by a trained therapist, clients explore past trauma in a safe, controlled environment. EMDR does not erase trauma, but helps clients view the disturbing experience as a less distressing experience.
EMDR is approved and utilized by The World Health Organization, American Psychiatric Association, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense as an effective treatment for PTSD, trauma and other psychological distress.
Being in a residential rehab facility is a safe and protective environment. However, many recovering addicts find that after they leave the protective “bubble” of rehab, it is difficult and stressful to re-enter their communities and to reach out to friends and family.
At The Dunes, we integrate our residents into the local community and allow the use of cell phones, laptops and tablets to stay in touch with family and friends.
Our community integration program also involves taking advantage of what East Hampton, New York has to offer, such as fishing, golfing, trips to museums and theaters, and shopping. We also immerse clients into the strong sober community of the “East End” with daily trips to various AA and NA meetings.
Participation in and with the community helps prepare residents for life after they return home.
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that tie into people’s difficulties, and to change the way they feel.
An important advantage of CBT is that it tends to be short, taking 5 to 10 months for most emotional problems. At our inpatient facility, clients attend one session per week, with each session lasting approximately 50 minutes. During this time, the client and our therapist work together to understand what the problems are and develop new strategies for tackling them.
CBT introduces our clients to a set of principles that they can apply whenever they need to – ones that will last them a lifetime.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that is designed to help individuals accept and regulate their emotional responses.
DBT therapy with a trained therapist at The Dunes helps enhance daily living skills so that clients are better equipped to deal with issues they will face during recovery from alcohol or drug addiction.
The goals of DBT are to:
- Build self-esteem
- Improve interpersonal relationships
- Ultimately enjoy a better quality of life.
In many cases, addictive behavior is rooted in some form of trauma, such as emotional or physical abuse, or the death of a loved one. By turning to alcohol or drugs to numb pain or grief, the individual postpones true healing from the event, which can drive him or her further into addiction.
Substance abuse is a false remedy for the negative feelings that result from trauma. Through various types of therapy (such as EMDR and CBT, which are listed above) at The Dunes, clients can process trauma-related memories and feelings so they can learn to regulate these negative emotions and start trusting others again.
Mindfulness group sessions are based on the Rogerian theory which states, “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
The focus of mindfulness at The Dunes is on changing maladaptive behaviors and reducing stress by encouraging clients to “stay in the moment” rather than allowing their minds to dwell on the past or worry too much about the future.
Mindfulness, when practiced in a group or alone, helps to alleviate stress and anxiety, among many other benefits.
The key to relapse prevention is to understand that relapse begins weeks, sometimes months before you pick up the first drink or drug. There are often certain triggers or warning signs that are present long before someone starts to abuse substances again.
In relapse prevention, clients learn the about the many steps to relapse so that they can understand and prevent it before it happens. We introduce and practice tools and techniques that help clients be better prepared to face these warning signs and ultimately prevent the relapse from occurring.
Internal Family Systems
The Internal Family System (IFS) model of psychotherapy offers a clear and empowering method of understanding problems. It also provides a forum for both therapist and client to enter into a transformational relationship in which healing can occur.
IFS views each person as an “ecology” of many parts or sub-personalities, each of which plays an important role within all of us. Sometimes, due to life experiences – such as trauma, domestic violence or sexual abuse – these different parts are forced to disorganize in unhealthy and conflicting ways.
IFS is designed to reorganize and resolve these conflicts. Once resolved, we can honor each of them and restore ourselves to harmony by gaining an understanding of the origins of our addiction.
Twelve-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are support programs that bring together a community of people who share their experiences, insights and difficulties. This helps members of the group achieve sobriety and live substance-free lives.
At The Dunes, our clients have the opportunity to engage with the strong sober community in Eastern Long Island by attending 12-step meetings, which can be such a vital step towards each person’s recovery. Through a 12-step program, anyone can learn to live a happier, healthier life by practicing the principles of each step and developing friendships with others who are also working toward a life of sobriety.
In this comprehensive exercise, clients participate in creating and sharing their key life experiences and achievements with their peers and clinicians. This detailed, in-depth exercise helps to facilitate an effective method of getting to know and understand the client’s experience before coming to The Dunes.
Group dynamics among clients at The Dunes are an important piece of the healing process. The timeline exercise is a wonderful bonding experience for the entire group. By sharing their history with an empathetic group who understands their background, clients find a sense of relief and comfort. Others in the group also benefit by giving support to the person who is presenting.
The wrap-up group provides a forum for clients to share and discuss their treatment progress. By sharing with a group that has the same or similar experience, clients see that they are not alone on their journey to recovery. One of the main benefits of our wrap-up group sessions is that it facilitates mutual support among clients of The Dunes.