Low Energy After Opioids: What’s to Blame?

Low Energy After Opioids: What’s to Blame?

“Please, Ms. Shepherd,” my patient begged, “please remove this naltrexone implant. I don’t want it anymore…” Evelyn is a 42-year-old high school teacher in New Jersey, and quite frankly, had one hell of a year in 2020. While all teachers deserve medals for Resilience...
Is Kratom Addictive & How You Can Detox Safely

Is Kratom Addictive & How You Can Detox Safely

The short answer is Yes! First, let’s review what Kratom is and why it is of concern. Kratom is a plant derivative of Mitragyna speciose. It is an evergreen tree in the coffee plant family, which grows naturally in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea....
Grief and the Genetic Component of Addiction

Grief and the Genetic Component of Addiction

All week long our staff has had the pleasure of working with Juliette who came to us for a dual detox off alcohol and buprenorphine. She couldn’t have chosen a better support person, her Aunt Leila, who is tough, wise, and adores Jules. When I opened the door to get...
That Street Pill Might Be Fentanyl

That Street Pill Might Be Fentanyl

We see it almost daily. A patient comes in for a detox with us stating that they are buying pills, like opiates or benzodiazepines, on the street. They say their dealer is “trustworthy” and that the pills are “legit.” When we test their urine for substances, more...