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 […]

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 Curbing Addiction He went to […]

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. After months of consulting with […]

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 tried to do this herself?” […]

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 Joy And bursting out in […]

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, she now has two years […]

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 how many times I became […]

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 over time. The problem is […]

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 our earliest ancestors learned to […]

How the Hell do I Stay Sober Now?!

How the hell do I stay sober now

As we continue to live in a world with coronavirus, it is becoming easier and easier to get lost in our minds. We think about the future and fear of the unknown. Many of us may also experience the reality of being host to the virus which may or may not make us, our loved […]