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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 lead to hopelessness and despair.

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.

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 Herbal Tea.

John is a 60-year-old man who was the victim of a motor vehicle accident in 1996 that left him with multiple injuries, including skull, vertebral and other bone fractures. He was hospitalized for several weeks and basically had his entire face rebuilt and rods placed in his back, while other bones were screwed back together.

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…”

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