“You’re an addict. You have a problem. You need to get sober.”
Nobody wants to hear these words. Even when the person who says them means well, or even if you’re saying them to yourself, they bring on a mix of intense emotions – especially indignation, anger and fear. Those words feel like a judgment, a condemnation of your lifestyle, your ability to make wise choices.
Our cultural upbringing has taught us that addicts are losers. But this is simply not true. On an emotional level, a person addicted to drugs or alcohol feels that they aren’t a loser, and yet at the same fears that it might be true, or at least fears that other people will think they’re a loser.
The fact is addicts are human beings like everyone else, doing the best they can, often in the face of stressful circumstances. If you’ve come to recognize that your substance use might be an issue, but are afraid of being labeled an addict, then the questions become: How do I get help for my addiction without sacrificing my dignity? How can I admit my problem without becoming a victim, and instead take proactive control of the situation?
Treating the Whole Person
There are many rehabilitation facilities that can help you detoxify and get sober. But without addressing the underlying factors that led to addiction in the first place, relapse into addiction is common. That’s why the most effective addiction treatment program takes a holistic approach that addresses the whole person: mind, body and soul.
Not all treatment programs that use the term “holistic” are worth your time and money. Especially here on the East Coast, it can be difficult to find high-quality holistic addiction treatment.
We opened our doors seven years ago so that executives and other professionals with highly demanding careers would have a trusted, luxurious place to experience holistic treatment right here in East Hampton.
Most of the time, when treatment centers say they have holistic services, they are referring to alternative medicine techniques that originated with Eastern medicine – or to ancient healing techniques that have been passed down through the centuries.
Some of these techniques, especially those that have been proven to be effective by scientific studies, are now becoming more common in Western society. Examples include:
- Tai Chi
What Holistic Addiction Treatment Really Means
At The Dunes, we take a more comprehensive approach to holistic addiction treatment. Rather than simply adding a few holistic techniques to a traditional program, our approach fully integrates advanced clinical treatment methods with holistic treatment modalities.
Truly holistic treatment is a compassionate and respectful approach that focuses on healing the whole individual.
We use a variety of techniques and therapies in order to:
- Detox the body and restore natural, healthy physical functioning
- Discover and address limiting thoughts, beliefs and habits that are sabotaging success
- Empower the individual to make decisions that take their life to the next level, personally and professionally
- Educate on healthy ways to alleviate stress and enjoy life, even when under a great deal of pressure
The Best of Both Worlds
In order to provide the highest quality of addiction treatment, we combine traditional and cutting-edge treatment methods that support recovery at the physical, mental and emotional levels.
We customize treatment for each individual, drawing from many different modalities:
- Equine-Assisted Therapy
- Energy Medicine
- Experiential Group Outings
- Writing Workshops
- Physical Fitness
- Art Therapy
- Yoga Therapy
- Meditation Therapy
- Addiction Education
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
- Community Integration
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Trauma Therapy
- Mindfulness Group
- Relapse Prevention
- Internal Family Systems Therapy
- 12-Step Program
- Timeline Group
- Wrap-up Group
Who Benefits from Holistic Treatment
A holistic approach to addiction recovery is ideal for people who:
- Are under a great deal of stress and need alternative ways to handle a demanding career and active lifestyle without having to turn to substances for relief
- Are used to partaking in their substance of choice as a social and/or professional activity and wonder how they would maintain important relationships and activities while sober
- Are feeling unsatisfied with life despite having achieved a relatively high level of success
- Desire closer family relationships without having to give up career ambitions
- Want to take back control of their life from addiction but are wary of the types of rehabs they’ve seen in the media
With holistic addiction treatment, getting sober is just the first step. The real aim of the program is to teach the client how to thrive while sober.
This begins with our attitude toward the clients who come through our doors. We recognize that addicts are not broken people who need to be fixed. They are human beings coping with stress in their lives the best way they know how at the moment.
A truly holistic, integrated treatment approach teaches you better ways to get what you want out of life, so that instead of being at the mercy of your circumstances and your addiction, you have the ability to take on any challenge.