Category Archives: Addiction

Drinking-Age Celebrations Can Lead To Dangerous Binge Drinking

Underage drinking is not a new phenomenon. Young people have been indulging in alcohol before it is legal for years. The problem however, is continuing to rise over time, and the results of several studies have revealed that binge drinking for young people tends to peak during the week that they celebrate the birthday when they turn the legal drinking age.

Definition Of Binge Drinking

Binge drinking is drinking to the point of becoming intoxicated. Men reach this point when they have five drinks in one sitting and women binge drink when they have four or more drinks in one sitting. At any point in time, 40 percent of US college-aged students will have engaged in binge drinking within the prior two weeks (National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse).

Canadian Drinking-Age Celebrations Study Results

Drinking-Age Celebrations Stats on Dangerous Binge Drinking - DunesOPThe results of a Canadian study published in the journal Addiction in July 2014 looked at all in-patient/Emergency Department admissions in Ontario, Canada from April 1, 2002-March 31, 2007. The participants in the study were individuals between the ages of 12-30 years of age.

The largest increases in admissions for Alcohol-Use Disorder (AUD) occurred during the birthday week the participants turned 19 years of age, which happens to be the legal drinking age in Ontario. Admission rates increased by over 110 percent over baseline for males and over 160 percent over baseline for females!

Another spike in admissions occurred for both genders during the birthday weeks when survey participants turned ages 20-22. This makes sense from a lifestyle point of view; young people in this age group could be binge drinking and needing medical attention during their “birthday weeks.”

As the participants aged, less pronounced spikes were noted as participants reached ages 23-26 years and 30 years. It’s interesting to note that the spikes in hospital admissions during “birthday weeks” still exist up to age 30, which means that binge drinking to celebrate a birthday doesn’t stop by the mid-twenties for all adults.

Dangers Of Binge Drinking

Binge drinking can lead to a number of injuries, including burns, falls, motor vehicle accidents and drownings. People who binge drink are at risk for being the victims of crime as well as having a heart attack, contracting a sexually transmitted disease or developing high blood pressure.

Frequent binge drinking puts participants at risk for alcoholism. This chronic disease requires professional treatment if the person is going to achieve sobriety, as he or she would not be able to stop independently.

Outpatient Alcohol Treatment In NY

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The Syndrome Model Approach To Addiction Treatment

One way of looking at addiction treatment has been to look at the chemicals contained in drugs and alcohol and the way they act on a person’s brain as the cause of addiction. Since these substances stimulate the brain’s pleasure center, it made sense that a vulnerable individual would look to something outside him or herself to feel good and want to continue repeating the experience, especially in the face of challenging situations.

Syndrome Model Of Addiction

The Syndrome Model Approach To Addiction Treatment - TheDunesOPThe syndrome model of addiction takes a different approach and considers that there is a broad, underlying condition that allows the various signs of addiction to become evident. The condition makes it more likely that a particular person may develop addictions to one or more substances. Research has suggested that a person’s risk for becoming addicted may come from one of three factors:

  • Genetics or psychological factors
  • Exposure to the substance
  • Experience with the addictive substance

Mental Health Issues And Addiction

A person who is already living with a mental health issue may be more vulnerable to addiction, according to the syndrome model of addiction. There have been higher instances of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress noted among clients seeking addiction treatment.

Among different types of addiction, there seems to be a noticeable pattern of clients showing signs of improvement, and then relapsing before moving into a period of remission. This pattern would support the idea of addiction as a syndrome, since a syndrome involves recurring behavior.

Treating Causes And Consequences Of Addiction

At the Dunes East Hampton Outpatient Program, we understand that our clients go will likely go through certain phases during their addiction treatment in East Hampton NY. Our individualized treatment plan teaches clients how to deal with cravings and temptations as well as the feelings of loss of control that may signal the start of a relapse.

One thing that clients in addiction treatment need help with is dealing with the consequences of their addiction. The disease of addiction can make an addict unable to appreciate their consequences. The recovery process includes allowing those in recovery to take responsibility for their choices and experience real-life consequences.

We treat our clients with the dignity and respect they need to start believing in themselves again. With a customized treatment plan and tools to use for long-term sobriety, we know we can help you have life-long healing and freedom from addiction!

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How Do You Overcome Drug And Food Addiction?

Treating a substance abuse addiction with a food addiction eating disorder is unlike treating other forms of addictions, since total abstinence (from food) is not an option. Discover how to overcome drug addiction while changing your relationship with food!

How Do You Overcome A Substance Abuse Addiction And A Food Addiction?

How Do You Overcome Food Addiction - TheDunesOutpatientProgram Someone solely with a drug or alcohol addiction can be approached from the point of view that they can get free from the influence of the chemicals and then get help to deal with the root of the addiction.

It’s not that simple when the issue is also related to food, since everyone needs to eat, and no one can commit to a life of abstinence from this activity.

We help our clients learn to overcome their substance abuse addiction while also treating the secondary issue of an eating disorder to improve the quality of their lives and their health for the long-term.

First Step In Addiction Treatment: Assessment

No two clients that we see at The Dunes OP are alike, and this includes people seeking help for food addiction. The first step in determining how we can best help a client is to conduct an assessment. All of our outpatient treatment programs are customized to ensure that we meet each client’s specific needs.

Customized Treatment Plans

Once the assessment is complete, we can recommend a customized treatment plan to get at the underlying issues of both the drug addiction and the eating disorder (whether the eating disorder is food addiction, bulimia or anorexia).

We understand that a client who is in treatment for multiple addictions or disorders needs individualized care. We treat every one of our clients respectfully as a person and create customized treatment plans with multiple types of therapy, based on the client’s individual needs.

Treatment For Clients With A Secondary Eating Disorder

When our clients are receiving secondary help for food addiction and bulimia, they will need time to develop trust with their therapists and may not feel comfortable admitting how much they ate, when they last purged, or that they are still purging even after seeking treatment. They may be more likely to be able to open up to fellow peers in a group therapy session, which is less intimidating. At The Dunes, our clients receive individual and group counseling sessions as part of their treatment.

For clients who are looking for treatment for anorexia, they may tell their treatment team that they are eating more than they really are, especially if they are being treated on an outpatient basis. During a group therapy session where they are interacting with other clients who have or are experiencing similar challenges, a new client may be more likely to open up and share her experiences. If she feels accepted by the group, she will find it easier to talk to her treatment team in the same open manner.

Nutritional Counseling And Professional Chef

We always include nutritional counseling as part of our treatment plan to help our clients learn how to prepare healthy meals and why nutrition is so important for long-term recovery and sobriety. We also have a professional chef who works closely with our accredited Nutritionist and Dietician to provide local and fresh meals for our clients.

Overcoming any addiction takes time and commitment, but there is a brighter future waiting for those who are willing to take the first step and admit they need help.

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