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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Naltrexone Therapy During COVID-19

Naltrexone During COVID-19

Naltrexone is a non-addictive medication that can be used for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for both Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). We offer 2 specially formulated Naltrexone options for patients, depending on their unique circumstances and needs: implants or injections. Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist, meaning it is a non-opiate blocker of […]