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WHOLE PERSON™ BARIATRIC ADDICTION RECOVERY PROGRAM

You underwent weight loss surgery to improve your health, but now you find yourself struggling with alcohol. We can help by taking a WHOLE person approach to your recovery with our specialized program, Whole Person Bariatric addiction recovery.

TREATING THE WHOLE PERSON AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY, PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY

Recent studies have shown a link between bariatric procedures and alcoholism. Many addiction experts believe this link is a combination of physical and emotional factors. Oftentimes, bariatric patients have a history of using food to comfort them and relieve stress. After their surgery, they look for alternate ways to achieve the emotional response they received from food. While surgery can yield significant physical health benefits, underlying psychiatric or psychological issues may still remain. If there are emotional issues that drive addictive behaviors, these issues will not go away after surgery.

Without proper attention to the person inside, the spirit and the psyche, mental health issues can manifest themselves into other destructive behaviors and addictions. While the body heals from surgery, new construction of mind and heart is in order. Repair and

healing must occur and the whole person must be seen, acknowledged, known, treated.

Recovery from bariatric surgery requires long-term commitments, particularly to the individual represented in your body – the individual at the core – under the complications and anxieties a disorder presents.

BARIATRIC PATIENTS HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR CROSS ADDICTION, ESPECIALLY ALCOHOLISM

The utility of food, substances, gambling, shopping, pornography and screen time lead to dysregulation and maladaptive behaviors. The cues and habits in each communicate with the body, through some of the same neurological pathways. The dopamine and epinephrine response from these mental, emotional and physical relationships may lead to cross addictions that demand an intensive, integrated approach. Some habits are retrained in 21 days or less. Some require clinical care in a 24-hour supportive residential setting. There are certain risk factors that can increase the chance of developing a cross addiction:

Family history of substance or alcohol abuse
Regular consumption of alcohol before bariatric surgery
History of chronic pain/overuse of narcotics for pain management
History of trauma, physical or sexual abuse
History of depression or anxiety
Lack of adequate support
Avoidance of emotions
History of self-sabotaging tendencies or suicidal thoughts

GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY AFFECTS ALCOHOL ABSORPTION IN THE BODY

A recent study revealed that one in five people who had gastric bypass surgery met the definition for alcohol abuse disorder (AUD) at some point within five years of their surgery, even though they hadn’t had a problem in the year before their procedure. Alcohol Abuse Disorder is characterized by compulsive alcohol use, which can take the place of binge or compulsive eating after surgery.

Physical factors that may contribute to alcoholism in post-bariatric patients include:

Because 80% of beverage alcohol is absorbed in the small intestine, bariatric surgery results in a much higher peak Blood Alcohol Consumption (BAC) than with the equivalent amount of alcohol consumed before the surgery
With a greater peak alcohol level, it takes longer for a bariatric patient to reach zero or no alcohol
With a smaller stomach after surgery, alcohol enters the bloodstream faster–almost as if a needle injected it!

D’AMORE HEALTHCARE SPECIALIZES IN TREATING BARIATRIC PATIENTS WITH ALCOHOL USE DISORDER

Our ability to identify and address underlying disorders, addictions or mental health conditions in bariatric patients plays a critical role in total recovery. We offer comprehensive treatment for mental health and behavioral illnesses, along with a wide variety of addictions such as alcoholism, opiate addiction, cocaine addiction, crystal meth addiction and prescription drug abuse. Bariatric patients can enter our program pre and post-surgery.

For bariatric patients struggling with alcoholism, D’Amore offers a closely and professionally monitored detoxification, using effective and safe methods in a residential, in-patient setting. Our highly trained team also has the ability to handle post-surgery complications, including loss-of-control eating, alcoholism and laxative abuse that seriously compromises the patient’s long-term success. As your recovery evolves, so will your personal treatment program and treatment modalities utilized.

Every D’Amore Healthcare program educates and equips individuals for a high quality of life, focusing on long-term wellness and sustainable habits. The 60 Day Whole Person™ Bariatric Addiction Recovery Program takes wellness to a higher plane. By addressing behavioral patterns associated to obesity, D’Amore Healthcare patients are supported to address eating triggers, cross-addiction, deep-seated beliefs, psychoeducation, core values, time management, biology, professional growth, nutrition, family systems and emotional patterns.

Every day is structured around:

Therapy
Music
Group work
Exercise
Self-regulating goals
Writing
Psychiatric care

THERE ARE 5 KEYS TO PRE AND POST BARIATRIC TREATMENT FOR ALCOHOL ADDICTION

Our patients benefit from D’Amore’s individualized approach to treating the root cause of the disease. Within this individualized framework, our Whole Person™ Bariatric Addiction Recovery Program involves:

Beginning to Restore Patient to Medically Appropriate Weight & Detox if Needed
Identifying & Addressing Psychological Challenges
Identifying & Addressing Psychiatric Illnesses
Reducing or Eliminating Destructive Thoughts & Behaviors
Creating & Implementing a Strong Relapse Prevention Plan

WHAT MAKES D’AMORE’S WHOLE PERSON™ BARIATRIC ADDICTION RECOVERY PROGRAM UNIQUE?

Bariatric patients need familiarity with new habits to ensure long-term healing and recovery. The post-bariatric surgery wellness plan is more often than not underutilized, rendering habits that lead to chronic illness at the same rate and in some of the same mechanisms as food consumption did before surgery.

According to New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center, after bariatric surgery,  “Patients can expect to lose 50% or more of their excess weight in three years. Hormonal changes after the procedure help patients to feel sated, eat less, as well as improve or resolve diabetes.” But, the secret weapon to assail cross-addiction is Bariatric Recovery at D’Amore Healthcare to treat the cue, habit and reward cycle. 

Our compassionate approach to the treatment of addiction and mental health is best explained through our proprietary evidence-based therapies and Gracious Redundancy theory of positive reinforcement. Gracious Redundancy ensures a foundation for healthy living by treating psychiatric needs while caring for the whole person.

Our carefully selected staff is composed of supportive, experienced professionals including physicians, primary therapists, substance abuse counselors, and recovery technicians. All members of our staff genuinely care about the long-term recovery of our patients!

You took the giant step to undergo a life-changing surgery for the betterment of your health and wellbeing. Don’t stop there! If you are struggling with alcohol, take the next step in caring for your WHOLE self, both physically and emotionally. Call us today and let’s start you on your path to lifelong health.

BARIATRIC SURGEONS & D’AMORE HEALTHCARE: HOW WE WORK TOGETHER

Through a holistic approach to the bariatric surgery journey, both your physical and psychiatric needs can be met, setting you up for long-term success. We collaborate with bariatric healthcare professionals to screen, assess and prepare patients for bariatric surgery. Through screening and education regarding alcohol intake before and after surgery, we can help decrease the risk of alcohol use disorder. Our ultimate goal is to increase your chance of living a healthy, happy life after surgery by treating the WHOLE person.

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