Crushing Fentanyl Addiction: Some Fringe Benefits

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It is completely possible to stop using fentanyl and get into recovery. Even though it may be simple, it is not necessarily easy. In my many years working as a Nurse Practitioner in the field of Substance Use Disorders (SUD), I have had numerous powerful and unforgettable conversations with people about their experiences in recovery. […]

Day Drinking, COVID-19, & Returning to the Workplace

Day Drinking, COVID-19, & Returning to the Workplace

Maria submitted an online screening form to come to Coleman Addiction Medicine, looking for a safe way to stop drinking alcohol. When I reviewed it before calling her, I noticed that Maria was 34, a data professional, had been married for ten years, and had two children. There was no family history of either Alcohol […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Triggers as Reminders

Triggers as Reminders

Recovery is a lifelong journey, complete with many twists and turns. A friend who has been sober from alcohol use disorder for 2 1/2 years told me a story yesterday that drove this point home. She had just renewed her Costco membership and went there for the first time since she became sober.  In addition […]

How Can Naltrexone Make Life Better in a Pandemic?

How Can Naltrexone Make Life Better in a Pandemic?

People in true recovery are easy to spend time with.  They are in emotional recovery, not just in a state of not drinking or not using. They are wounded healers who have found strength through their weakness. They gained wisdom through doing it wrong at first, not by doing it right. The Cycle of Stress […]

How Do I Know It’s Safe to Stop Drinking Alcohol?

How Do I Know It's Safe to Stop Drinking Alcohol-80

People in true recovery are easy to spend time with.  They are in emotional recovery, not just in a state of not drinking or not using. They are wounded healers who have found strength through their weakness. They gained wisdom through doing it wrong at first, not by doing it right. The Cycle of Stress […]