What To Do If You Relapse Back Onto Fentanyl

What To Do If You Relapse Back Onto Fentanyl

Fred came for an implant yesterday. He detoxed off of street fentanyl 10 weeks ago. He was about a week late for his scheduled naltrexone implant and as the time drew closer to his return visit, he was getting antsy. An argument with his wife, who is rightfully having...
Restoring Hope: The Gift of Detox

Restoring Hope: The Gift of Detox

It doesn’t happen like this all the time. But it did happen yesterday. Room to room, patient to patient, over and over—I heard one success story after another. Mack, off fentanyl since mid-April. Sleeping well, doing home renovation projects he’d put off for...
My Pain Doctor Cut Me Off, What Do I Do?

My Pain Doctor Cut Me Off, What Do I Do?

This has become a very common scenario and patients from all around the country are calling the Coleman Institute for Addiction Medicine for help. It’s important to understand the difference between addiction and physical dependence. Addiction, at its simplest, can be...
Triggers as Reminders

Triggers as Reminders

Recovery is a lifelong process, fraught with many twists and turns. A friend who has been sober from alcohol for two and a half years told me a story yesterday that brought this point home. She had just renewed her Costco membership and went there for the first time...
Addiction, Family, and Recovery

Addiction, Family, and Recovery

As a clinician, when first meeting a patient I am very interested to learn about their family and relationships. For some, sadly, they may have exhausted all ties to family and their relationships may be slim to non-existent. In other scenarios, the person in active...