See Just How Beneficial Luxury Rehabs Are For Successfully Treating Addiction


We at A Calming Tide have long touted the benefits of drug and alcohol rehab programs for addicts — no matter whether it be a local outpatient program, a clinical inpatient rehab, or even a luxury rehab. Getting help in some way is the most important thing, and where you get help from has long been secondary. That being said, a recent article we read in Vanity Fair Magazine really made us go back and visit the subject of luxury rehabs, and why they are so often successful at treating those with addictions, and providing a long-term recovery solution.

This recent article focused on one rehab in particular — The Dunes in East Hampton. Sure, the facility is in a luxurious residential home in one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the country; but the opulence of the grounds aside, it was there approach that really stands out.

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From the very beginning of the article, and the interview with owner Joe McKinsey, it is evident that the success this recover facility and program has endured is more attributed to the caring nature of the staff, and dedication to recovery and sobriety, rather than the rich appointments on the grounds.

The Dunes is much more than just a business that is looking to provide run-of-the-mill care for a large sum of money or insurance payment. The staff is truly looking to provide those in recovery with an environment where they can learn how to integrate sobriety into every aspect of their personal lives. The 7,400-square-foot home on four acres of beautiful property is the perfect setting for recovering addicts to relax, reassess their day-to-day lives, and to formulate a plan for long-term sobriety.

To quote owner Joe McKinsey:

“Their [addicts] lives have become really small as addicts, whether they live on a park bench or on Park Avenue. We try to expand that.”

Read The Full Article In Vanity Fair Magazine Below:

The Dunes East Hampton: What Life in a $75,000-per-Month Hamptons Rehab Looks Like


Understanding Opioid Drug Abuse

Understanding Opioid Drug Abuse

When one takes opioids as prescribed by a doctor, they are relatively safe; however, opioid drug abuse is still a potential risk when taking these drugs. When taken orally in high doses or injected, opioids give an intoxicating high, which is why they are one of the most commonly abused drugs by young adults and teens, after marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco.

One of the most common reasons people visit the doctor’s office is for pain relief. Opioids, also called narcotics or opiates, are painkillers made from opium. Codeine and morphine are two products of opium, a narcotic drug obtained from the poppy plant. Imitations and synthetic modifications of morphine produce other opioids, including:

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  • Fentanyl
  • Vicodin
  • Lorcet
  • Methadone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Demerol
  • Percodan
  • Percocet

Drug abuse, including opiate abuse, is the intentional use of drugs beyond a doctor’s prescription. Dependence arises when the body builds tolerance to the drug, which means that one would need higher doses for the same effect. Additionally, a person who has drug dependence goes through withdrawal symptoms when he/she stops using.

People tend to use terms like drug addiction, drug dependence, drug abuse, and opioid abuse interchangeably; however, they all have different meanings. Drug addiction happens when one has drug dependence, and shows certain psychological effects, such as intense craving, compulsive behavior, legal problems, and continued use despite negative consequences.

Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Drug Abuse

  • Euphoria
  • Analgesia
  • Poor judgment or confusion
  • Sedation
  • Respiratory depression
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Constipation
  • Small pupils
  • Flushed skin or itching
  • Slurred speech

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Irritability
  • Tremors
  • Intense craving
  • Sweating
  • Rapid breathing
  • Muscle aches
  • Salivation
  • Yawning
  • Confusion
  • Runny nose
  • Goosebumps
  • Vomiting
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Abdominal cramps

These withdrawal symptoms are not medically dangerous; however, they can be intolerable and agonizing, which can contribute to continued abuse. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms depends on how long one has been abusing opiates, as well as how much of the drug one has been taking.

Opioid drug abuse is a complex health condition that can affect anyone. It could be a spouse, a parent, a brother, a sister, a friend, or a co–worker. Fortunately, it is possible to get on the path to recovery through counseling, different treatment programs, and medication–assisted treatment.

For Opiate Addiction Treatment Services in the Northern California Area, Contact Summit Estate:

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Entering Residential Treatment for Addiction

Residential Treatment for Addiction

For those that will soon be entering into a residential treatment program or inpatient drug rehab facility, there is often a lot of anxiety and worry in the time leading-up to the day when finally go into treatment. This worry comes from a few different apprehensions, but most often the worry is wondering, “how bad will the withdrawals be?” and, “How hard is this going to be?” For those wondering these questions, rest assured, entering into a residential addiction treatment facility is much more comfortable “in-reality,” as opposed to the worries in your mind.

Living in the Drug Rehab Facility

While being away from your family and your own home can sometimes give you homesickness — especially if you are entering a long-term or extended-term drug rehab — but living in the inpatient rehab facility is very comfortable. Though the guest is required to keep the room clean, the staff will provide you with meals and other comforts and amenities within the facility.

Nutrition and Meals in Drug Rehab

Nutrition is a big part of the addiction recovery process. During your stay and treatment for addiction, healthy meals are supplied to guests to help nourish any vitamins or nutrients that have been lost through the abuse of chemicals and drugs, and diet planning teaches healthy habits for future sobriety.

All in all, entering into a residential treatment facility is can be a bit unnerving — like the first day of school. Even though your nerves might be jittery in the first few days of treatment, remember your long-term goal of sobriety and a cleaner, healthier life. You have taken the beginning step into recovery, now put your next foot forward.