Typical scenario at the Coleman Institute:
A patient and their support person arrive at the office to begin an accelerated opioid detox from heroin, fentanyl, Dilaudid®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, etc. Many patients also seek our help to come off long-acting MAT (Medication-Assisted Treatment) methadone or buprenorphine products.
Often, I feel like the only thing I have been writing and teaching about the last few months is how bad fentanyl really is, how many people it is killing, and how it is increasingly becoming an alarming and dangerous situation. Nonetheless, I still feel compelled to write this newsletter article on fentanyl, because the situation with fentanyl is becoming worse by the day.
I just heard an incredibly disturbing report on National Public Radio (NPR) this morning. The report was called: Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine Becoming A Deadly Problem Among Drug Users.
More and more people are dying from using cocaine laced with fentanyl.
1. Go slow or go fast, either way, be prepared for inevitable side effects.
Getting off benzos such as Ativan®, Xanax®, and Klonopin® is tough. Detailed methods for slow weaning abound, but that doesn’t guarantee a symptom-free withdrawal. Several of our Coleman Institute locations provide a medically assisted benzo detox to safely remove most benzos from the body in a week, and provide medications to deal with the usual side effects.
It was a pretty typical day at the Coleman Institute. Patients were being seen in various stages of recovery: a patient at the beginning of a detox off Opana®, another a few days into a detox off Xanax®, a person scheduled to get Vivitrol® but who had relapsed on Vicodin®, a gentleman following up with three months of sobriety off alcohol, a repeat naltrexone implant for a patient now 8 months off heroin, and one patient, Caitlin*, who was on her eighth and final day of an Accelerated Opioid Detox from 130 mg of methadone.