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 […]

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 […]

Reframing Thoughts During Coronavirus

Reframing Negative Thoughts

Prior to COVID-19, I attended a retreat that focused on reframing thoughts, feelings, and past experiences by turning negatives into positives. What we are experiencing is difficult, painful, and likely once in a lifetime. I find myself using some of the reframing skills I learned during this retreat now, during our current coronavirus pandemic experience. […]

How the Hell do I Stay Sober Now?!

How the hell do I stay sober now

As we continue to live in a world with coronavirus, it is becoming easier and easier to get lost in our minds. We think about the future and fear of the unknown. Many of us may also experience the reality of being host to the virus which may or may not make us, our loved […]