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What is the Difference Between Addiction and Dependence?

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Jan 23

January 17, 2023

What is the Difference Between Addiction and Dependence?

Dr Craig Swainey, who specializes in Addiction Medicine and is also in long-term recovery himself, responds to a question that we are often asked here at the Coleman Institute: What is the difference between drug addiction and dependence?

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How to Get into Recovery or Stay There during the Holiday Season

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Nov 22

November 29, 2022

How to Get into Recovery or Stay There during the Holiday Season

One of the most profound sentiments I hear from patients in recovery from various substances is the sense of pure gratitude they feel on a holiday morning when they wake up knowing that they won’t have a hangover and that they won’t have to come up with excuses to leave their family and figure out how to get something to keep from being sick.

As the holidays approach, there are many resources published to give people ideas and strategies for remaining off addictive substances and—if you or a loved one are in early recovery—Congratulations! I urge you to start planning your strategy now. For anyone who remains ensnared in the nightmare of addiction, I want to emphasize that the holidays may be your best time to consider an outpatient detox.

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How to Get Energy Back After Opioid Withdrawal

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Nov 22

November 27, 2022

How to Get Energy Back After Opioid Withdrawal

Patients who have stopped using opiates and gone through the withdrawal process often wonder why their energy is so low and ask about ways they might boost it.

After extended use of opioid pain medications such as Oxycontin, Percocet®, Opana®, Dilaudid®, Vicodin®, etc., stopping is no easy matter. Neither is the first several weeks afterward. Cessation of these opioid medications leaves the brain with a deficit of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward.

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How Long Does It Take To Get Energy Back After Opioid Withdrawal

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Nov 22

November 24, 2022

How Long Does It Take To Get Energy Back After Opioid Withdrawal

A patient called the other evening. He finished his rapid opioid detox about a week ago. He has a very physical job and is the father of a 4-month-old baby, Noah. Noah is the reason he finally decided he had to stop his drug use once and for all. He has been using high dose opiates for over 20 years, with a few small blocks of abstinence thrown in.

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Can a Doctor Refuse to Prescribe Medication? What Do I Do?

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Nov 22

November 22, 2022

Can a Doctor Refuse to Prescribe Medication? What Do I Do?

Can a doctor refuse to prescribe you pain medication? This blog will answer that question and provide insight into how the Coleman Institute can help you detox from pain medication with The Coleman Method and live a life free of addiction.

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