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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]