At The Dunes East Hampton, we not only provide some of the most advanced methods of clinical treatment available for drug and alcohol addictions, but we also create an unrivaled recovery experience through our inclusion of holistic treatment modalities.
Our serene East Hampton location, coupled with our staff’s advanced treatment philosophy, provides a recovery process that centers on complete healing. When given a chance to reconnect with and reinvigorate your body, mind and spirit, you truly renew your passion for life.
Our unique approach makes for an enjoyable journey to recovery that cannot be found anywhere else. Through our holistic treatment methods, clients enjoy a truly personalized recovery program that helps them reclaim their health and gives them tools to live a long and prosperous life.
Below is an overview of the holistic treatment offerings at The Dunes, starting with the most unique modalities first.
Equine-assisted therapy is the practice of using horses to provide self-reflective, metaphoric experiences to foster emotional growth. This practice can be a powerful tool for recovering addicts during the difficult rehabilitation process. By working with horses, we can experience a profound shift in the way we view our relationships with others, as well as our own thoughts and emotions.
Under the instruction and supervision of a certified EAP (equine-assisted psychotherapy) technician at The Dunes, clients will not ride but instead learn to connect authentically through touching, grooming and guiding the horses. These tasks build abilities in:
- Behavioral and emotional control
- Problem solving
- Building a positive self-image
Equine-assisted therapy is a way to reconnect with our deeper selves and overcome the psychological hurdles that resulted in addictive patterns of behavior. The experience serves as a metaphor for how we feel and react in real-world situations.
Individuals who are in recovery report many life-changing benefits after working closely with horses. This is especially true for those who struggle with allowing themselves to become emotionally vulnerable with other people. An animal won’t judge you for your past mistakes and shortcomings, which makes equine-assisted therapy a wonderful addition to the inpatient addiction treatment program at The Dunes.
Energy medicine exercises are powerful, yet easy to practice. Energy medicine includes the best of Eastern healing disciplines and Western science, including such techniques as:
- Therapeutic tai chi
- Yogic breathing
- Craniosacral therapy
- Sound vibrational healing
These practices help to heal the body’s whole system while cultivating greater health and vitality.
As clients learn basic self-care practices from energy medicine, they acquire simple tools they can use immediately to balance their daily energy. Such tools help to heal imbalances that cause distress, anxiety and pain. They also reduce the effect of stress.
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Experiential Group Outings
Our experiential group sessions are conducted in and outdoors (but mostly the latter). The many experiential activities we offer include, but are not limited to:
- Visiting art museums
Through participation in these activities, The Dunes’ clients develop personal communication and problem-solving skills in new environments, which prepare them for life outside of rehab. Clients also begin to understand how to enjoy their life again in a sober fashion.
This is a workshop about much more than putting a pen to paper. It is about writing as it relates to our personal narratives.
Regular practice in forming new stories for ourselves can have lasting effects on our perspectives. Through various exercises involving an eclectic array of fiction, nonfiction and spiritual writings, our clients begin to understand how seemingly small adjustments in behavior or perspective can create profound changes in their lives.
As more is revealed about themselves in this free-form writing exercise, clients gain increased self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem.
At The Dunes, we believe that physical exercise is a key element to each client’s overall health and recovery progress. Therefore, we set aside time for the gym every day, Monday through Friday. Gym facilities are offsite, but our staff discreetly transports clients to and from these facilities to ours.
We believe that engaging in physical activity outside of The Dunes’ property is important, which is why it is a key element in our community immersion program.
Art, regardless of the medium, allows for true self-expression. Even if you don’t consider yourself creative, it does not matter in art therapy. The creation of artwork can provide you with a channel to communicate your feelings that you may not want to express verbally – or that you may not even be aware of.
At The Dunes, art therapy is done as a group, which allows each participant to grow closer and better understand each other’s emotions, feelings and experiences.
In addition, we encourage our clients to continue doing arts and crafts throughout their recovery, including well beyond completion of our inpatient program. Adopting arts and crafts as a hobby keeps a person’s hands and mind busy, which in turns reduces stress, depression and anxiety.
The word reiki means “universal life energy.” Reiki healing involves the transfer of this universal life force in the healer’s palm onto the client, a process that promotes relaxation and healing.
Alcoholism and drug addiction affects the entire person: physically, emotionally and spiritually. When used in conjunction with traditional methods of treatment, reiki can provide a powerful supplement.
Many clients find physical relief through reiki for withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Muscle aches and pain
Additionally, reiki also provides emotional and spiritual relief from the overwhelming feelings of guilt, shame and isolation that often accompany addiction.
Acupuncture, an age-old traditional form of Chinese medicine, has been used in the United States since the early 1970s to treat addiction and other ailments. Specifically, auricular acupuncture, used in the treatment of addiction, targets 2 to 5 points in the ear that are associated with the kidneys, lungs and liver – organs that may be compromised because of drug or alcohol use.
At The Dunes, we use acupuncture to bring clients relief from drug cravings and symptoms of withdrawal, such as nausea, headaches, insomnia and pain. In addition, because acupuncture works with the nervous system, it often provides emotional relief from anxiety and depression.
The practice of yoga enhances vitality, reduces stress and produces natural feelings of pleasure and contentment, all of which are vital for clients striving to experience sustained recovery. At The Dunes, we believe that a quieter mind and healthy body help people more effectively address the underlying emotional issues that fuel addiction.
Yoga therapy programs at The Dunes take place three to four times weekly in our glass-sided atrium, where clients get to look out over the landscaped grounds and pool as they follow the directions of our expert yoga instructors.
Meditation is a technique which helps promote relaxation, mental clarity and an overall sense of calm and optimism. At The Dunes, group meditation – guided by a Buddhist monk – is practiced twice weekly in a beautiful and serene environment.
Utilizing visual imagery and various breathing techniques, our clients are encouraged to develop non-judgmental self-awareness, peace and tolerance – traits all helpful in an ongoing recovery.
Ultimately, many clients learn to practice meditation on their own to cope with life’s challenges and to create a new way to tackle not just addiction, but other problems that may increase their relapse risk, such as anxiety and depression.