6 Things to Know If Your Child is Using Drugs

6 Things to Know If Your Child is Using Drugs

When I was younger and many friends were having babies, I would often send a hand-written note with a powerful message by Elizabeth Stone: “Making the decision to have a child — it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” Because of this truth, when […]

Recovery & Returning to the Workplace Post-COVID

Returning to the Workplace Post-COVID

It has been an unusual year — an extremely painful and challenging time for many of us, with isolation from friends, family, and our places of employment (our ‘work family’). For some people, certain aspects of working from home — like the absence of a commute — has been welcome. The net cost, however, to […]

Low Energy After Opioids: What’s to Blame?

Low Energy After Opioids: What’s to Blame?

“Please,” my patient pleaded, “please take out my naltrexone implant. I don’t like it anymore…” Jackie is a 40-something year-old teacher in New Jersey, who had an especially brutal 2020. While all teachers deserve a medal for Adaptability and Creativity in the Teaching-In The Middle Of-A-Pandemic sweepstakes, Jackie’s job was even tougher because she works […]

That Street Pill Might Be Fentanyl

That Pill You Bought On The Street 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 for. However, when we test […]

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 […]

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 […]

Man Ends Fentanyl During Pandemic To Save His Mother

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Earlier this week, James, a young man, and his 80-year old mother traveled from Kentucky to our facility for an accelerated detox off fentanyl. Admittedly grateful for a severe needle phobia, James was snorting about .2 to .3 grams regularly for about 3 years. They lost his father three years ago, a significant contribution to […]

Do This One Thing to Stay Off Opioids Forever

Courage. Energetic determination. Stamina. All of these things contribute to our individual willpower. Willpower is the key to changing behavior. It is a critical element in working hard to achieve something. If you need willpower to accomplish something, then you are attempting a task that you feel some level of conflict about doing. Part of […]

Can I Still Detox Off Opioids While Coronavirus Is Spreading?

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While these are uncertain times, Coleman Addiction Medicine remains committed to helping patients while we all navigate the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. At this time, Coleman Addiction Medicine is continuing to treat patients who need a detox off opiates including oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone, buprenorphine, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine, kratom, poppy tea, and heroin.

5 Ways to Boost Energy After Opioid Withdrawal

Patients who have stopped using opiates and gone through the withdrawal process often wonder why their energy is so low and want to find ways to boost it. After extended use of opioid pain medications such as Oxycontin, Percocet®, Opana®, Dilaudid®, Vicodin®, etc., stopping is no easy matter. Neither are the first several weeks afterward.  […]