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Aug 19

August 21, 2019

Is Rapid Opioid Detox Really Too Good To Be True?

By The Coleman Institute

I am going to change the details for my patient’s confidentiality, but the basic story is spot on.

Alana, a beautiful 23-year-old woman who lives far away from Richmond, VA, convinced her mother to bring her to the Coleman Institute for Addiction Medicine to help her stop using opioids.

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Jail cell

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Aug 19

August 16, 2019

Parents’ Ultimatum: Stop The Heroin Or Go To Jail

By The Coleman Institute

I interviewed Caylee for this blog article.

Caylee has been coming to the Coleman Institute for Addiction Medicine for several years now for long-acting naltrexone treatments. She has close to four years of sobriety under her belt, and although many things impress me about this young woman, I think I’m most taken by the intensity she continues to put into her commitment to stay off drugs.

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Adult woman drinking wine at restaurant

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Aug 19

August 16, 2019

The Myth of the ‘Functioning Alcoholic’

By The Coleman Institute

Laura now realizes that this is no longer a joke. While she used to kid around calling herself a “functioning alcoholic,” that all changed when, after many attempts at cutting back, stopping drinking for a period of time, or setting limits, she suddenly lost her job of 10 years. She made an error that cost her company thousands of dollars and they fired her.

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Man with a pill bottle

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Aug 19

August 2, 2019

I’m Addicted But I’m Not An Addict

By The Coleman Institute

Looking at my schedule a few weeks ago, I saw that a new patient was coming in for a consultation to learn more about our Accelerated Opioid Detox (AOD).

Detox means different things to different people.

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Pill Bottle

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Jul 19

July 26, 2019

Help Me, Please! My Doctor Won’t Stop Prescribing Pain Medication

By The Coleman Institute

This was the call I received from a woman who was desperate to get off her opioid pain medication. To protect her privacy, her name has been changed for the purpose of this post.

Janine is a 52-year-old woman who had her first surgery in her late twenties for a gastric by-pass. She did fairly well and lost about eighty pounds, which she was able to keep off for several years. In her mid-thirties, she had complications with the surgery and for the next eleven years, she had a series of operations to repair, revisit, or revise the original surgery. These were difficult years and Janine experienced almost constant pain, even when she was months beyond the actual procedures.

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