In part 6 of Dr. Peter Coleman's and Dr. Banimahd's interview, they discuss how you can detox off opioids with naltrexone as medication-assisted treatment (MAT) versus using Suboxone.

Have you missed part 5? You can catch up on what it takes to be ready to detox from opioids with naltrexone therapy here.

Explore the recap of Dr. Peter Coleman’s YouTube video, “Dr. B interviews Dr. Coleman about the Coleman Method for Opioid Detox and Naltrexone MAThere.

Navigating Post Detox

Dr. Banimahd

Any thoughts or recommendations? What do you think about post-procedure treatment intervention of any kind, psychosocial or medical? What is it that you recommend to patients? I have my own little thing, which is different from yours.

More like this: Healing the Brain After Opioid Detox and Withdrawal

Dr. Peter Coleman

Yeah. So, it's not rocket science. It's pretty straightforward. There's a Dr. Robert DuPont, who has studied doctors who went through a rehab kind of like I did. The success rate is about 92% five-year success. Whether they were on opioids, heroin, fentanyl, alcohol, cocaine, whatever it was.

Dr. Banimahd

For doctors?

Dr. Peter Coleman

Yeah. Phenomenal success rate. And when you look at that program's features, I wish everybody could get that program because 92% success rate is phenomenal. It was about 78% with no slip ups and then another 16 odd percent with one short relapse five years later. So what they find is that it's extended treatment upfront.


Getting Therapy for Post Detox

Dr. Peter Coleman

So, usually three or four months of pretty intensive therapy, which can be an IOP, it's terrific if they live in a halfway house where there's a lot of structure and stuff like that, so they don't mess up.

There's complete abstinence. So it's a program where there's no alcohol, no pot, no addictive drugs going in the brain, just substituting one for another.

So it's, it's accepting the fact that you've got the disease of addiction. You're not just a cocaine addict or an alcoholic. You've got this chemical dependency problem that you need to be off of everything and learn how to live. So there's intensive therapy, and then there's follow-up with urine drug screens and stuff like that. And almost everybody had to go to some support group, like 12 Step, AA or NA, or Smart Recovery or something like that.

More like this: the Coleman Institute Addiction and Recovery Resources

Abstinence-Based Model For Long-Term Recovery

So really, it's a good treatment upfront abstinence-based model and support groups and some ongoing therapy. You have to get the chemicals out of your brain at the end of the day. Most people use drugs because they kind of want to be satisfied, you know? And they think the drugs kind of give it to them. "Oh, I don't feel as shy or as nervous or whatever. My life's exciting." You've got to find those things in recovery without putting some chemicals in. And it just takes time to do that.

Dr. Banimahd

So you're not dismissing the importance of that psychosocial intervention and long-term recovery.

Dr. Peter Coleman

It's essential.

Dr. Banimahd

You do the procedure.

Dr. Peter Coleman

You've got to learn how to be happy.

Dr. Banimahd


Dr. Peter Coleman

That doesn't happen overnight. It doesn't happen just because you want it to happen. It happens because you do the work of recovery.

More like this: Taking the First Step in Your Recovery Journey

Dr. Banimahd

Yeah, a lot of work.

Dr. Peter Coleman

Yeah, yeah, yeah.


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