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

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That Pill You Bought On The Street Might Be Fentanyl

That Street Pill Might Be Fentanyl

We see it happen every week. A person comes to our office to start our treatment program, confident that they’ve been getting “legit” prescription pills from their dealer–whether opiates or benzos. They are certain that their dealer is “on the level and that they are getting what they are paying

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Detoxing, through the Eyes of a Person in Long-Term Recovery

Don’s Story: Detox and 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

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What To Do If You Relapse Back Onto Street Fentanyl

What To Do If You Relapse Back Onto 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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