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 […]

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 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 to their […]

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?

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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 […]

The Safest & Best Way to Detox Off Fentanyl

The Safest & Best Way to Detox Off Fentanyl

I started working as a Nurse Practitioner in the field of addiction 13 years ago. At the beginning, our patients generally sought help getting off of prescription pain medications, heroin, or methadone. The Accelerated Methadone Detox program using the Coleman Method has remained relatively unchanged throughout this period. It is an 8-day outpatient process. Because […]

Addiction, Family, and Recovery

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When a new patient comes to Coleman Addiction Medicine for a detox, we are always interested to learn about their family and relationships. For some, there is no family support to speak of. They do not have relationships with family members; they have exhausted all ties to family.  For others, they have significant relationships within […]

Why Do I Need To Change?

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I am NOT the problem!  Our family is NOT the problem, they are the one who is actively bringing addiction into this family! It’s Not My Problem, Right? The “it’s not me, it’s you” system of thinking can be problematic to a family unit when someone in that unit suffers from a substance use disorder […]