The Safest & Best Way to Detox Off Fentanyl

The Safest & Best Way to Detox Off Fentanyl

I started working as a Nurse Practitioner in the field of addiction 13 years ago. At the beginning, our patients generally sought help getting off of prescription pain medications, heroin, or methadone. The Accelerated Methadone Detox program using the Coleman Method has remained relatively unchanged throughout this period. It is an 8-day outpatient process. Because […]

Addiction, Family, and Recovery

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When a new patient comes to Coleman Addiction Medicine for a detox, we are always interested to learn about their family and relationships. For some, there is no family support to speak of. They do not have relationships with family members; they have exhausted all ties to family.  For others, they have significant relationships within […]

Why Do I Need To Change?

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I am NOT the problem!  Our family is NOT the problem, they are the one who is actively bringing addiction into this family! It’s Not My Problem, Right? The “it’s not me, it’s you” system of thinking can be problematic to a family unit when someone in that unit suffers from a substance use disorder […]

Opioid Detox Transcends Politics

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Between coronavirus, racial injustice movements, and current events like the presidential election, the United States is simultaneously experiencing life changing exposure to novel and new things. Our belief systems are being highlighted. Based on our upbringing and the news we listen to, we have all arrived wherever we are with our own version of what […]

Energy After Quitting Suboxone®

No Opioids No Energy: Life After Quitting Suboxone®

Benny is a professional in the IT world, a father of two, and a husband of 10 years. He has also suffered from Substance Use Disorder. Prior to coming to Coleman Addiction Medicine, Benny had been prescribed Suboxone® to help end his reliance on opioids. He was on this Suboxone® prescription for 8 long years.  […]

The Link Between COVID-19 and Relapse

Isolation and Relapse

Coronavirus has turned our world upside down. It has changed almost every aspect of how we live our lives. As we continue to mitigate transmission and do what we can to keep hospitals within their capacity, many of us are working from home for the foreseeable future. Those venturing into their places of employment are […]

A Sobering Experience

A Sobering Experience

A close friend of mine is spending her time battling a disease but it’s not COVID-19. She has been diagnosed with cancer. She has roughly 1 year to live and it’s looking like the majority of her time left will be spent in quarantine from coronavirus. As her support person, this entire situation has led […]

Who Am I Without Booze?

Who Am I Without Alcohol?

Arthur has it all; a loving family, supportive friends, health, and a successful career. But he starts each day with a drink to stop the shakes. By the end of the day, he will have finished a fifth of liquor. He does this every day. Signs of a Drinking Problem Drinking is a part of […]

Break Up With Addiction

If you think about addiction as a partner, it’s clear you need to kick it to the curb. It doesn’t deserve you. After the novelty of a relationship with addiction wears off (and it will, it always does), the red flags of an unhealthy relationship with a substance come to light, including poor communication, controlling […]

Exercise and Addiction Recovery

Keenan is a soft-spoken barber in his mid 40’s. He is a born listener. But when he speaks, everyone listens. As an established barber in his community for the last eighteen years, Keenan admitted to me that he sipped bourbon all day long as he coiffed his clients and they shared their stories. A Heavy […]