Don’s Story: Detox and Long-Term Recovery

Detoxing, through the Eyes of a Person in Long-Term Recovery

My name is Don Hebert and I’m the Director of Business Development at Coleman Addiction Medicine. I’m also a person in long-term recovery from Substance Use Disorder. For me, that means I have not taken a drink of alcohol or ingested drugs to get high since October 10, 1989. A lot has changed since then. […]

What To Do If You Relapse Back Onto Fentanyl

What To Do If You Relapse Back Onto Street Fentanyl

Scott came to our office yesterday for a naltrexone implant. He had detoxed off street fentanyl ten weeks ago. He was a few days late for his scheduled naltrexone implant, and he started getting restless as the time for his appointment approached. Scott’s wife has understandably had a hard time trusting him lately.  They had […]

Restoring Hope: The Gift of Detox

It doesn’t happen for me every day. But it definitely happened yesterday. As I moved from room to room and patient to patient, I heard one success story after another. Kevin has been off fentanyl since the middle of April. He is sleeping well and doing home renovation projects he’d delayed for years. Now he […]

My Pain Doctor Cut Me Off, What Do I Do?

My Pain Doctor Cut Me Off, What Do I Do?

Unfortunately this has become an increasingly common situation across the country over in recent years. It is important to recognize the difference between addiction and physical dependence. Addiction is continued use despite negative results. Physical dependence is the physical condition caused by chronic use of a tolerance-inducing drug, where withdrawal produces unpleasant physical symptoms. Long Term Pain […]

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

Addiction,-Family,-Recovery

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 […]

Opioid Detox Transcends Politics

OpioidDetoxTranscendsPolitics

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 […]

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 […]