Overcoming the Fear of Stopping Methadone

Overcoming 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...
A Sobering Experience

A Sobering Experience

I just returned home from a “virtual” first oncology appointment with a friend. In the midst of the international COVID crisis, my friend now has to deal with the fact that her time on this planet is limited. She is confronted with that “if you had one year to live”...
Who Am I Without Alcohol?

Who Am I Without Alcohol?

Yesterday afternoon I screened Arthur, a young man who will be coming in for an alcohol detox this morning. He is very successful, surrounded by supportive family and friends, and — aside from the fifth of liquor he drinks every day, starting with a few snorts each...
Breaking Up With Your Addiction

Breaking Up With Your Addiction

Consider addiction as an abusive partner. After the novelty wears off, the dynamics and red flags of an unhealthy relationship with a substance come to light – poor communication, controlling behavior, and gaslighting, to name a few. Addiction and Poor Communication...