3 Important Differences Between Suboxone and Naltrexone Therapy for People Addicted to Opioids

3 Important Differences Between Suboxone and Naltrexone Therapy

I was surprised earlier this week when Bridget Walsh, our Clinical Case Manager and I screened a former patient who wanted to return to Coleman Addiction Medicine for a second detox off opioids.  Why to Detox Again People relapse for a variety of reasons. Screening someone who has already completed

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Loving Someone to Death

Loving Someone to Death: Supporting Recovery Without Enabling

When someone suffering from a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) or Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) undergoes treatment, support from the people in their lives is critical. Unfortunately, behaviors done out of love are not always the supportive actions we hope they are. Sometimes these behaviors are actually “enabling.” But what is

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Crushing Fentanyl Addiction: Some Fringe Benefits

It is completely possible to stop using fentanyl and get into recovery. Even though it may be simple, it is not necessarily easy. In my many years working as a Nurse Practitioner in the field of Substance Use Disorders (SUD), I have had numerous powerful and unforgettable conversations with people

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Day Drinking, COVID-19, & Returning to the Workplace

Day Drinking, COVID-19, & Returning to the Workplace

Maria submitted an online screening form to come to Coleman Addiction Medicine, looking for a safe way to stop drinking alcohol. When I reviewed it before calling her, I noticed that Maria was 34, a data professional, had been married for ten years, and had two children. There was no

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6 Things to Know If Your Child is Using Drugs

6 Things to Know If Your Child is Using Drugs

When I was younger and many friends were having babies, I would often send a hand-written note with a powerful message by Elizabeth Stone: “Making the decision to have a child — it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

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Returning to the Workplace Post-COVID

Recovery & Returning to the Workplace Post-COVID

It has been an unusual year — an extremely painful and challenging time for many of us, with isolation from friends, family, and our places of employment (our ‘work family’). For some people, certain aspects of working from home — like the absence of a commute — has been welcome.

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Low Energy After Opioids: What’s to Blame?

Low Energy After Opioids: What’s to Blame?

“Please,” my patient pleaded, “please take out my naltrexone implant. I don’t like it anymore…” Jackie is a 40-something year-old teacher in New Jersey, who had an especially brutal 2020. While all teachers deserve a medal for Adaptability and Creativity in the Teaching-In The Middle Of-A-Pandemic sweepstakes, Jackie’s job was

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Is Kratom Addictive

Is Kratom Addictive?

The short answer is Yes! First, what is Kratom and why should you care? Kratom is a plant derivative of Mitragyna speciose. This is an evergreen tree in the coffee plant family that grows in the wild in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, and Malaysia. Like other plant and herbal

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Grief and the Genetic Component of Addiction

Grief and the Genetic Component of Addiction

Our team has been blessed recently to work with Haylee, who came to us for a dual detox off of opioids and alcohol.  She was brought with her an outstanding support person, her Aunt Joyce, who is level-headed and patient, and who loves Haylee unconditionally. When I came into her

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5 Scary Things People With Substance Use Disorder Believe

5 Things People With Substance Use Disorder Believe

It has been a really busy season at Coleman Addiction Medicine in Bergen County, New Jersey. We have improvised to figure out the best ways to protect patients and staff from COVID, manage holiday schedules, and help fight the tidal wave of people seeking treatment against various addictive substances. Covid

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