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. […]

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 […]

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 she became sober.  In addition […]

Energy After Quitting Suboxone®

No Opioids No Energy: Life After Quitting Suboxone®

Benny is a professional in the IT world, a father of two, and a husband of 10 years. He has also suffered from Substance Use Disorder. Prior to coming to Coleman Addiction Medicine, Benny had been prescribed Suboxone® to help end his reliance on opioids. He was on this Suboxone® prescription for 8 long years.  […]

The Link Between COVID-19 and Relapse

Isolation and Relapse

Coronavirus has turned our world upside down. It has changed almost every aspect of how we live our lives. As we continue to mitigate transmission and do what we can to keep hospitals within their capacity, many of us are working from home for the foreseeable future. Those venturing into their places of employment are […]

A Sobering Experience

A Sobering Experience

A close friend of mine is spending her time battling a disease but it’s not COVID-19. She has been diagnosed with cancer. She has roughly 1 year to live and it’s looking like the majority of her time left will be spent in quarantine from coronavirus. As her support person, this entire situation has led […]

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 […]

Break Up With Addiction

If you think about addiction as a partner, it’s clear you need to kick it to the curb. It doesn’t deserve you. After the novelty of a relationship with addiction wears off (and it will, it always does), the red flags of an unhealthy relationship with a substance come to light, including poor communication, controlling […]

Exercise and Addiction Recovery

Exercise can be beneficial to the healing and recovery of those suffering from substance use disorders. It can be even more effective for those in early recovery or those experiencing post-acute withdrawal symptoms.   Exercise Can Battle Withdrawal Symptoms Many patients in recovery go through stages of loss of energy, fatigue, and sleeplessness while their body […]

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 […]