Crushing Fentanyl Addiction: Some Fringe Benefits

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It is completely possible to stop using fentanyl and get into recovery. Even though it may be simple, it is not necessarily easy. In my many years working as a Nurse Practitioner in the field of Substance Use Disorders (SUD), I have had numerous powerful and unforgettable conversations with people about their experiences in recovery. […]

Day Drinking, COVID-19, & Returning to the Workplace

Day Drinking, COVID-19, & Returning to the Workplace

Maria submitted an online screening form to come to Coleman Addiction Medicine, looking for a safe way to stop drinking alcohol. When I reviewed it before calling her, I noticed that Maria was 34, a data professional, had been married for ten years, and had two children. There was no family history of either Alcohol […]

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 turn your life around. Treatment […]

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

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

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 […]

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 or too often, reevaluate their relationship […]

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 Clear, breaks each component of […]

Part 3: Cravings and Forming Habits

Part 3 Be With The Cravings

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, defines the Habit Loop as consisting of four components: the cue or trigger, the craving, the response and the reward. He offers strategies for breaking down each component for those who are attempting to create a new habit or extinguish an old habit.   As mentioned in part 1 and […]

Alcohol Use Disorder: Easy to Meet Criteria

Alcohol Use Disorder: Easy to Meet Criteria

A lot of patients that we see at Coleman Addiction Medicine don’t know if they meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder. I can tell you that it’s not that hard to qualify, and more and more people are entering the ranks. From 2001 to 2012, the prevalence of alcohol use disorder (AUD) increased by […]