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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Alcohol: One Superman’s Kryptonite

Keenan is a soft-spoken barber in his mid 40’s. He is a born listener. But when he speaks, everyone listens. As an established barber in his community for the last eighteen years, Keenan admitted to me that he sipped bourbon all day long as he coiffed his clients and they shared their stories. A Heavy […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is Alcohol Essential During a Pandemic?

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April is alcohol awareness month. But this year, April is unlike any April we have ever experienced. COVID-19 has turned our world upside-down. Businesses are closed, people have been mandated to work from home, and kids are home from school.  Have you noticed that in many places liquor stores are considered essential businesses? Why is […]

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Beginning in 1987, this month is focused on encouraging communities across the country to reach out to their citizens about alcohol, alcohol addiction, and recovery. The goal is to help reduce the stigma associated with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). This year, alcohol awareness month takes on added significance this year because […]