Cravings and the Coronavirus

Cravings and the Coronavirus

One of the trademarks of Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders are cravings. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines cravings as: “an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing.” In people with substance use disorders, cravings are not “abnormal” but actually the result...
Naltrexone Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Naltrexone Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Naltrexone is a non-addictive medication that can be used for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for both Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). The Coleman Institute for Addiction Medicine offers two specially formulated Naltrexone options for...
What Trumps the Fear of Stopping Methadone

What Trumps the Fear of Stopping Methadone

I was moved to write a letter to a patient who completed an Accelerated Opioid Detox off Methadone last week. She is in the Post Acute Withdrawal (PAWS) stage, which can be very challenging. I have changed the name of the patient, but wanted to share the sentiments...
All I Want For Christmas Is Sobriety

All I Want For Christmas Is Sobriety

To choose nursing or medicine as a profession comes with the reality that, at some points in your career, you will likely be covering weekends and holidays. So when my children were young, I had to take my turns doing shifts on Thanksgiving and Christmas for many...