There are multiple suggestions for detoxing after indulging in the overabundance of food and drink that many people experience during the Thanksgiving holidays. Warm water plus lemon, drinking green juice, using a body brush, yoga, and meditation are a few. While all of these may be great idea for a post holiday detox, I just want to make you aware that if you or a loved one needs help detoxing off opioids, The Coleman Institute is available 365 days a year to help you.
I recently attended a conference where participants were challenged to surrender their electronics, tobacco products, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, gum, any medications or supplements not prescribed by a medical provider, and between-meal snacks for the duration of the event, which lasted a little longer than a week.
I had the pleasure of seeing my patient Isabel (not her real name, but I love this name) in the office today for her regular monthly Vivitrol® injection. Vivitrol® is a long-acting, injectable form of naltrexone. Naltrexone is an opiate blocker, also called an opiate antagonist. When naltrexone is present in the system, there is “no room at the inn” for opioids. The receptors are blocked and opiates have nowhere to rest, so they simply leave. It also non-addictive. This is why naltrexone is gaining more and more popularity as a form of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for people with Opioid Use Disorder.
It should be no surprise to anyone reading this newsletter that we are in the middle of the worst opioid epidemic to ever strike our country. Thanks to fentanyl (a powerful synthetic opioid), the 2016 mortality figures are even worse than 2015 – over 60,000 deaths. To put this in perspective, there were more overdose deaths in that one year than the entire Vietnam war! How did we possibly get here?
Helping to restore people to wholeness is really what our business is. For those who have taken a detour on their road to being the best version of themselves, we offer hope.
We get people off opioids. When the brain has been abducted by the unnatural and indescribable need for opiates to flood their brains, it is difficult to think of or about anything else. The wake of destruction that can follow an addict’s actions can be immense: broken relationships and commitments, financial travesty, and deep shame.
The first step is to get off the opioids. Many of the people who call us at The Coleman Institute have attempted to detox themselves in the past--often successfully, but brutally. The anguish of relapse and having to go through another detox keeps many people frozen in inaction.