Low Energy After Opioids: What’s to Blame?

Low Energy After Opioids: What’s to Blame?

“Please,” my patient pleaded, “please take out my naltrexone implant. I don’t like it anymore…” Jackie is a 40-something year-old teacher in New Jersey, who had an especially brutal 2020. While all teachers deserve a medal for Adaptability and Creativity in the Teaching-In The Middle Of-A-Pandemic sweepstakes, Jackie’s job was even tougher because she works […]

Is Kratom Addictive?

Is Kratom Addictive

The short answer is Yes! First, what is Kratom and why should you care? Kratom is a plant derivative of Mitragyna speciose. This is an evergreen tree in the coffee plant family that grows in the wild in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, and Malaysia. Like other plant and herbal derivatives, people incorrectly assume that […]

Grief and the Genetic Component of Addiction

Grief and the Genetic Component of Addiction

Our team has been blessed recently to work with Haylee, who came to us for a dual detox off of opioids and alcohol.  She was brought with her an outstanding support person, her Aunt Joyce, who is level-headed and patient, and who loves Haylee unconditionally. When I came into her room to start the last […]

5 Things People With Substance Use Disorder Believe

5 Scary Things People With Substance Use Disorder Believe

It has been a really busy season at Coleman Addiction Medicine in Bergen County, New Jersey. We have improvised to figure out the best ways to protect patients and staff from COVID, manage holiday schedules, and help fight the tidal wave of people seeking treatment against various addictive substances. Covid has really complicated the lives […]

2 Addiction Treatments for a Better Life

2 Addiction Treatments for a Better Life

Addiction is a difficult disease. It can be isolating, lonely, and painful. Unlike many other diseases, addiction is often paired with secrets and lies. It is hard to picture a life without addiction when you don’t know what treatment solutions are out there. Here are 2 addictions solutions that can turn your life around. Treatment […]

That Street Pill Might Be Fentanyl

That Pill You Bought On The Street Might Be Fentanyl

We see it happen every week. A person comes to our office to start our treatment program, confident that they’ve been getting “legit” prescription pills from their dealer–whether opiates or benzos. They are certain that their dealer is “on the level and that they are getting what they are paying for. However, when we test […]

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 […]