The Truth About Suboxone

The Truth About Suboxone®

Alex, now in his mid-thirties, began experimenting with drugs during high school. Opioids quickly became his drug-of-choice. During college, he traded opioids for heroin. Now older, Alex met a girl he wanted to start a life with, but he knew he wanted this life to be drug-free.  Prescribed Suboxone® for

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Why Opioids Can Make Pain Worse

Why Opioids Can Make Pain Worse

Recently a patient shared this story and he brought up a valid question. “For the past two years, I have been working with a pain management doctor to find a remedy for my back pain. I tried every treatment in the book from physical therapy, to ibuprofen, to cortisone injections.

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Still Drinking Get Support

Still Drinking? Get Support

One of the best takeaways from my interview with Casey McGuire Davidson, who became a Certified Life Coach and a Master Practitioner in Core Energy Leadership was why she does what she does. Davidson’s goal is to “help other successful women who’ve gotten into the habit of drinking too much

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That Pesky Thought "I Must Get High"

That Pesky Thought, “I Must Get High”

Lindsey kicked my butt in yoga last week. As the owner of the studio, she has a reputation for teaching beautifully choreographed classes that can be challenging. So while I was holding a pose, I had the opportunity to observe my thoughts. “I’m too old for this.” “Has she even

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Drugs Have Made My Life Bearable?

Drugs Have Made My Life Bearable

“Tripping Over Joy” What is the difference Between your experience of Existence And that of a saint? The saint knows That the spiritual path Is a sublime chess game with God And that the Beloved Has just made such a Fantastic Move That the saint is now continually Tripping over

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Set Yourself Up for Sobriety Success

Set Yourself Up for Sobriety Success

Linda, a patient at Coleman Addiction Medicine, came in for a follow up visit after completing her treatment program. She is in her early 50’s and has wrestled with her addiction to alcohol for more than half of her lifetime. Except for a (pretty bad) one night slip last Thanksgiving,

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Spoiler Alert 1 in 4 Make It

Spoiler Alert 1 in 4 Make It

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the film Recovery Boys with Dr. Coleman and my nurse practitioner colleague, Lauren Farnsworth. Working in the field of addiction for many years now, there weren’t a lot of surprises in the actual story. Perhaps what did surprise me was

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Changing Behavior To Stop Opioid Use

Changing Behavior To Stop Opioid Use

I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of motivation and willpower as it pertains to substance use disorder. BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits, says: “. . . motivation and willpower get a lot of airtime. People are always looking for ways to ramp them up and sustain them

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Part 5: What Feels Better Than Heroin?

Part 5: What Feels Better Than Heroin?

The 4th and final law in James Clear’s Atomic Habits refers to the final part of the habit loop, the reward. In order for a new habit to form and be sustained, the reward must be satisfying. The difficult thing about this step speaks to our biology and evolution. As

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Part 4: Make Not Drinking Easy

Part 4: Make Not Drinking Easy

Substance use disorders and behavioral addictions are complex psychosocial/spiritual conditions and not just bad habits.  Incorporating insights from the highly studied topic of habit change can be a boon for anyone desiring recovery. In earlier blogs we examined the Habit Loop: cue, trigger, craving, response, reward. Atomic Habits author, James

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