18 Holiday Gifts for Those in Recovery

18 Holiday Gifts for Those in Recovery

People in recovery deserve a lot of praise. The best gift that you can give someone in recovery is acknowledgment—an acknowledgement of how hard they have worked, how much they have changed, and how proud of them you are. If you didn’t know, those in...
Healing the Brain After Opioid Detox and Withdrawal

Healing the Brain After Opioid Detox and Withdrawal

Raphael (I don’t use patients’ real names, so I thought this would be a fun one) came to the office recently to have his monthly Vivitrol injection. Vivitrol is the trade name for a long-acting formulation of naltrexone, which is a pure opiate antagonist...
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...