The Painful Isolation of Addiction

The Painful Isolation of Addiction

The theme of Connectedness is permeating much of what I am reading and listening to these days…and how disconnection and isolation is such a hallmark of the patients with addiction we treat every day at the Coleman Institute. This powerful isolation-belief can...
How Pain Perpetuates Addiction

How Pain Perpetuates Addiction

My good friend sends me articles she reads that have to do with addiction. This morning she sent me a quick story from the New York Times that describes a woman’s experience of having surgery in Germany: “After Surgery in Germany, I Wanted Vicodin, Not...
Dual Diagnosis: Addiction and Bipolar Disorder

Dual Diagnosis: Addiction and Bipolar Disorder

I was recently invited to speak to a class of student nurses and discuss how 12-Step Recovery programs like AA can help an alcoholic or addict. Not being in recovery myself, but having worked in this field for over 10 years now, I have a profound sense of the...
Towing and Recovery

Towing and Recovery

I was riding my bike when a huge flatbed roared past me. Stenciled onto the back of the cab were big red letters: TOWING and RECOVERY. I thought, “Now that would be an interesting way to tout our own services at the Coleman Institute…” I looked up a...