Part 2: Choose Healthy Habits

Part 2: Choose Healthy Habits

All habits are behaviors that have been repeated enough times to become automatic. James Clear, author of Atomic Habits breaks habit formation into 4 steps: cue, craving, response, and reward. When we recognize the behaviors that form habits, we can then begin to change those behaviors. His 4 Laws of Behavior Change are rules we […]

Part 1: Alcoholic or Just A Bad Habit?

Alcoholic or Just A Bad Habit

In his book, Atomic Habits, author James Clear states that addiction is not just someone’s “bad habit.” So it makes sense to apply Clear’s habit forming (or breaking) concepts to addiction.  Clear has taken the topic of habit creation, broken it down to bite-sized pieces, and provided suggestions to create good habits or eliminate bad […]

Alcohol Use Disorder: Easy to Meet Criteria

Alcohol Use Disorder: Easy to Meet Criteria

A lot of patients that we see at Coleman Addiction Medicine don’t know if they meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder. I can tell you that it’s not that hard to qualify, and more and more people are entering the ranks. From 2001 to 2012, the prevalence of alcohol use disorder (AUD) increased by […]

Energy After Ending Methadone Use

Getting Energy Back After Ending Methadone Use

After 8 years of use Ramon, age 56, decided to stop taking methadone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Was it essential or was it elective? In Ramon’s case, it was a bit of both. Ramon’s story began neck and back surgery followed by several years of pain medication. A move to a rural community meant the […]

Get Clean or Screw It?

Get Clean or Screw It?

Sometimes it is hard to think beyond the next few weeks or even days. It is very easy to say “f**k it, I may not even be here in a few weeks I contract coronavirus.” For many, there is a sense of the relief from responsibility that comes with being confronted by our current vulnerability […]

Mental and Physical Pain Connection

Mental and Physical Pain Following Trauma

I stood at the podium, in front of a room filled with strangers at a state summit in Michigan. I was there to recount my trauma — my past. I shared my vulnerable story and my transition from victim to thriving survivor. As I spoke, my legs shook uncontrollably, my palms were sweaty, and my […]

Reframing Thoughts During Coronavirus

Reframing Negative Thoughts

Prior to COVID-19, I attended a retreat that focused on reframing thoughts, feelings, and past experiences by turning negatives into positives. What we are experiencing is difficult, painful, and likely once in a lifetime. I find myself using some of the reframing skills I learned during this retreat now, during our current coronavirus pandemic experience. […]

How the Hell do I Stay Sober Now?!

How the hell do I stay sober now

As we continue to live in a world with coronavirus, it is becoming easier and easier to get lost in our minds. We think about the future and fear of the unknown. Many of us may also experience the reality of being host to the virus which may or may not make us, our loved […]

How Can I Safely Detox Off Opioids During Coronavirus?

How Can I Safely Detox Off Opioids During Coronavirus?

I don’t remember a time when I felt less in control of so many things or so many areas of my life. The novel coronavirus has changed our daily lives. I’m reminded of Steven Covey’s work on our Circles of Influence and Circles of Concern.  Imagine an inner and outer circle. The outer circle is […]

Cravings and the Coronavirus

Naltrexone Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A trademark of Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders is cravings. A craving, defined by Merriam Webster, is “an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing.” People with substance use disorders aren’t experiencing cravings that are “abnormal” but actually the result of the brain “remembering” past compulsive use that is associated with the release of neurochemicals […]