Drugs Have Made My Life Bearable

Drugs Have Made My Life Bearable?

“Tripping Over Joy” What is the difference Between your experience of Existence And that of a saint? The saint knows That the spiritual path Is a sublime chess game with God And that the Beloved Has just made such a Fantastic Move That the saint is now continually Tripping over Joy And bursting out in […]

Set Yourself Up for Sobriety Success

Set Yourself Up for Sobriety Success

Linda, a patient at Coleman Addiction Medicine, came in for a follow up visit after completing her treatment program. She is in her early 50’s and has wrestled with her addiction to alcohol for more than half of her lifetime. Except for a (pretty bad) one night slip last Thanksgiving, she now has two years […]

Spoiler Alert 1 in 4 Make It

Spoiler Alert 1 in 4 Make It

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the film Recovery Boys with Dr. Coleman and my nurse practitioner colleague, Lauren Farnsworth. Working in the field of addiction for many years now, there weren’t a lot of surprises in the actual story. Perhaps what did surprise me was how many times I became […]

Changing Behavior To Stop Opioid Use

Changing Behavior To Stop Opioid Use

I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of motivation and willpower as it pertains to substance use disorder. BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits, says: “. . . motivation and willpower get a lot of airtime. People are always looking for ways to ramp them up and sustain them over time. The problem is […]

Part 5: What Feels Better Than Heroin?

Part 5: What Feels Better Than Heroin?

The 4th and final law in James Clear’s Atomic Habits refers to the final part of the habit loop, the reward. In order for a new habit to form and be sustained, the reward must be satisfying. The difficult thing about this step speaks to our biology and evolution. As our earliest ancestors learned to […]

Part 4: Make Not Drinking Easy

Part 4: Make Not Drinking Easy

Substance use disorders and behavioral addictions are complex psychosocial/spiritual conditions and not just bad habits.  Incorporating insights from the highly studied topic of habit change can be a boon for anyone desiring recovery. In earlier blogs we examined the Habit Loop: cue, trigger, craving, response, reward. Atomic Habits author, James Clear, breaks each component of […]

Part 3: Cravings and Forming Habits

Part 3 Be With The Cravings

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, defines the Habit Loop as consisting of four components: the cue or trigger, the craving, the response and the reward. He offers strategies for breaking down each component for those who are attempting to create a new habit or extinguish an old habit.   As mentioned in part 1 and […]

Sobriety Slogans to Help You During COVID-19

Sobriety Slogans

Sobriety during the coronavirus pandemic can be difficult. Remembering why you are sober, and staying focused can make a significant impact on your sobriety. Each of these slogans has an underlying message that can be just what you need to stay dedicated to your sobriety during a pandemic. This Too Shall Pass. During uncertain times, remember […]

Finding Courage for Recovery During COVID-19

Finding Courage for Recovery During COVID-19

We all have to display an immense amount of courage and resilience to make it through the current times. The COVID-19 pandemic is all over the media. There is bad news everywhere we turn. Unemployment is rising fast. There is illness, death, and suffering throughout the world. We don’t know what our new normal will […]