Happiness in Recovery: One Patient’s Experience

Not every patient we see for follow up after a detox has profound spiritual experiences to share with us. Billy was in last week. He’s 23 and is eight months clean. Grinning like a kid. So happy. “Billy, what are you doing with all your extra money?”...

When Surgery and Substance Use Disorder Collide

A patient we have come to know very well is with us again—his third time—for help with a rapid opiate detox. It won’t be as rapid as when he was getting off a gram of heroin a day or when he returned for a detox off Percocet. Each of those...

Access To The Soul

When I was eating lunch recently with my friend Ellie, who volunteers at the Richmond jail teaching meditation and yoga, she mentioned a quote by Dr. Parker Palmer, an educator and activist. He says, “The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or...

The Lighthouse

A podcast I often recommend to patients is The Bubble Hour (www.thebubblehour.com). On a recent episode the discussion was about relapse. Two women in long -term recovery discuss what it’s like for them when friends relapse. One of them quoted Anne Lamott, who...

Success Story: Airport Encounter

On Sunday morning Dr. Coleman and I were returning from a weekend in Boston. We were rolling our bags through the airport when a young man came up to us and excitedly said, “Um, excuse me…don’t mean to interrupt you….but, do you remember...