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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

Our outpatient alcohol treatment in NY offers help and hope to those who need help getting sober, in a private and luxurious setting, while still offering the flexibility of returning to your school, home and career life each day.

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You’ve Decided You’re Ready For Rehab…What Next?

Deciding that you are ready to go to rehab to get help for a drug or alcohol addiction is a big step. Often, admitting to yourself that you have a problem is the most difficult part of the process. Denial is a big part of the disease of addiction.

Many people affected by the disease have said at one point or another that they either have it under control or that they can stop using or drinking any time they want to, on their own. By the time they reach the point where they have a full-blown addiction, the disease is controlling them and they no longer have a choice about whether they will use or not.

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Finding A Rehab Facility – Inpatient Or Outpatient Treatment?

Once you have made the triumphant decision to get help, the next step in the process is to find the right rehab facility for your needs and goals. You can choose from two general treatment models: inpatient and outpatient.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment programs house clients and offer access to counselors and staff on a 24/7 basis. This type of program is best for those who have very severe addictions, an unstable or unsafe home life, or are able to be away from work/family/school for an extended period of time.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment, such as our Dunes Outpatient Program, offers a more flexible individualized treatment that includes individual and group therapy, as well as other types of holistic treatment options offered at inpatient programs. The advantage to clients who choose this model is that they are able to return home every day to continue with work/school/home life. The outpatient process is still effective and confidential.

Telling Your Loved Ones

Once you decide to get help for an addiction, making your family and friends aware of your plans will help them know what to expect with your actions and to help hold you accountable. You will also need support to stay committed to your goal of long-term sobriety. If you get cold feet from the time you agree to start treatment to the day you go to the facility, they can offer encouragement for you to continue with your important goal.

Getting Help For Addiction – The Right Decision

No matter how long you have been using, making the decision to get help for addiction is the right one. It takes real courage to admit that you need help. You will find support and guidance from our caring and professional staff here at The Dunes OP.

We assess your needs and goals on admission to our program so that we can provide you with a personalized plan that will address your needs. Along with group and individual therapy, you may also benefit from our holistic services, which include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Equine Therapy
  • Meditation
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • and much more!

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Why Is A Long-Term Recovery Plan Necessary For Life-Long Sobriety?

Treating addiction is not something that has a set beginning, middle and end. Recovery is a life-long journey for addicts, who are said to be “in recovery,” not “recovered” from their disease. For that reason, long-term treatment is necessary to support a client’s long-term recovery.

Simply having someone complete his or her course of outpatient addiction treatment and then return to a regular schedule without a long term treatment plan would be unfair to the client, who has invested so much effort in making a life change to get sober.

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A New Lifestyle Starts In Outpatient Addiction Treatment

When people come to us for help, they know they need to embrace an entirely new way of thinking, a new way of dealing with emotions, relating to family members, friends and co-workers and themselves. In short, they are beginning an entirely new life and lifestyle. We teach the skills to continue this new way of thinking and dealing with emotions and stress throughout our client’s life.

Even the most enthusiastic and receptive client will take time to learn these new skills and strategies so that they become second nature. The process will not happen overnight, and there is a lot of damage from the substance abuse that needs to be uncovered and dealt with.

Life-Long Tools To Overcome Temptation And Prevent Relapse

We guide our clients through their own personal reasons for turning to drugs and then teach them how to overcome these reasons and work toward their own personal goals.

Replacing the previous unhealthy coping strategy with something positive through supportive therapy takes practice, and we know that our clients do not have their former coping method of choice (taking drugs or using alcohol) to rely on when they feel stressed during this process.

That’s exactly why, through our individualized long-term recovery plan, we work closely with each of our clients, providing the essential knowledge and tools to prevent relapse once they have completed their outpatient program.

Private Residential Sober Living Available For Outpatient Clients

The Dunes East Hampton can also offer outpatient clients our private, sober living house to stay in. This arrangement gives our clients the opportunity to have support from other clients who are in the same phase of recovery all while providing a safe, comfortable and luxurious residence.

Part of a long-term treatment plan may include regularly attending 12-step meetings or counseling. Sober living house clients can arrange to attend those types of support groups while they continue their therapy.

Begin A New Journey Of Life-Long Sobriety

Here at The Dunes Outpatient Program, we help our clients overcome their painful past of addiction and begin the journey to life-long sobriety.

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What Are Behavioral Addictions And How Are They Similar To Substance Addictions?

Not all addictions involve drugs or alcohol and in the case of behavioral addictions, the affected person becomes dependent on a behavior to achieve a “high” and to “escape” from his or her life.

Examples Of Behavioral Addictions

What Are Behavioral Addictions - Outpatient Treatment - Dunes OPA person can become addicted to activities such as:

  • Food
  • Sex
  • Gambling
  • The Internet
  • Shopping
  • Video Games

How Behavioral Addictions Are Similar To Substance Addictions

No matter the type of addiction, all addictions have a compulsive component. A pattern develops where participating in the activity takes on an ever-increasing importance in the addict’s life, to the extent that he or she thinks about it most of the time and has cravings to participate in the activity.

  • The behavior changes the person’s mood by giving what is to them a positive consequence. It can be described as a “high.” The person may start using the behavior as a coping strategy to deal with stress, boredom, anxiety, or other difficult emotions.
  • Over time, it takes more of the activity to achieve the same level of satisfaction, since the client develops a tolerance.
  • If the person can’t engage in the activity, he or she experiences negative feelings, such as irritability or moodiness. Some people even react physically and get “the shakes.”
  • Behavioral addictions cause conflict between the addict and his or her family members, friends, and co-workers. The addict may promise not to engage in the behavior again and appear to be sincere in the moment but someone who is truly addicted cannot stop and will continue the same behaviors without professional help. Engaging in the addiction may cost an inordinate amount of money, and it will take time away from the addict’s family and work, which is a further source of conflict.
  • Even if a behavioral addict does have a self-imposed period of abstinence, he or she will revert back to earlier behavioral patterns without addiction treatment.

Outpatient Treatment For Behavioral Addictions

Behavioral addictions can be successfully treated. At The Dunes OP, we get to the source of the problem and treat clients for behavioral as well as substance addictions on an outpatient basis. This allows our clients to continue to receive treatment without interrupting their home, work or family life.

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Who Does Outpatient Rehab Work Best For?

Though inpatient rehabs have a solid place in addiction treatment, many individuals can benefit greatly from outpatient rehab care. With less intensive treatment and accommodation of full-time schedules, outpatient programs offer intervention, therapy and the education necessary for long-term abstinence following drug addiction. Deciding which option to pursue requires assessment of the patient’s physical and psychological health, personal responsibilities and specialized treatment needs.

Who Does Outpatient Rehab Work Best For - The Dunes OPWhen Is Outpatient Drug Rehab Appropriate?

There are many cases in which outpatient rehab can prove the best option for those seeking recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. It is essential that our counselors perform a complete and professional assessment before making a recommendation. However, there are a number of signs to indicate whether outpatient treatment is a proper fit.

Lower Levels Of Physical Drug Addiction

Our outpatient program is often recommended to those who can achieve abstinence with a short visit to a detoxification center prior to enrollment, or who have already achieved physical sobriety. In many cases, lower levels of, or less severe physical addiction are correlated with shorter-term drug use.

Supportive Home Environment

Because our outpatient program does not offer 24/7 supervision, success within the program depends heavily on the client’s home environment. Clients with a supportive and sober family, healthy living situation, and positive relationships tend to fare much better in outpatient programs. The family’s commitment to their loved one’s sobriety can make a huge difference throughout treatment, as families learn to understand the dynamics of addiction, repair trust and relationships, and address family roles through addiction education and family counseling sessions.

Work / Family Responsibilities

While success in treatment far outweighs logistical needs in the wake of substance abuse, some of our clients have circumstances (such as child care needs, work responsibilities, or shared custody arrangements) that make outpatient rehab the most logical choice for recovery.

The Need And Motivation To Achieve Sobriety

Though recovery does not hinge on motivation levels alone, outpatient care tends to require a higher level of determination. This often means participation in 12-step meetings, healthy lifestyle building, trigger avoidance, and seeking ongoing treatment in order to ensure a healthy and lasting sobriety. We recommend our inpatient rehab for clients who require higher levels of addiction treatment in a residential setting.

No matter the type of addiction treatment you need, we have the caring and qualified staff to meet all of your recovery needs. Call us now!