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May 10, 2017

Staying Comfortable During Alcohol Detox

By Andrew Rountree

If you are daring to stop using drugs or alcohol, you are daring to believe there is something better out there for you.

It is a huge leap of faith to give up something that has so consistently given what you’ve asked of it: ease of mind, release of tension, the illusion of no responsibilities, justification to escape from the troubles the world has unjustly stowed upon you…

Of course, alcohol is consistent on the other end, as well: hangovers, neglected commitments, forgotten conversations, poor health, maiming motivation…

To be open to the possibility that something better awaits can be a terrifying proposition.

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May 17

May 8, 2017

The Ecstasy of Detachment

By Andrew Rountree

I received a rather desperate call from a patient who’d recently completed an Accelerated Opiate Detox with us at The Coleman Institute. Jean*is the mother of three young children. Prior to completing her detox, she had been taking opioids for several years; originally starting when she was prescribed Hydrocodone for tooth pain.

As we hear frequently from our clients, her use went from being somewhat sporadic to more frequent, until one day she realized her low energy, sweats, irritability and upset stomach had everything to do with the fact she was out of the drug.

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the brain

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Apr 17

April 10, 2017

Changing the Brain after Opioid Detox

By Andrew Rountree

I’ve spent some time recently listening to interviews with Dr. Rick Hanson, a neuro-psychiatrist. Based on his and others research, he teaches very specific strategies that have been shown to affect the human brain in positive ways.

Like many species, we are more biased toward paying attention to the negative rather than the positive. As Dr. Hanson puts it, our thoughts about negative experiences are like Velcro, our thoughts about positive experiences are like Teflon.

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waterwheel

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Apr 17

April 10, 2017

The Water Wheel

By Andrew Rountree

Emptying

I am a fan of Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest in New Mexico. He’s a little controversial in some more conservative Catholic circles, and perhaps that’s why I like him.

Last week one of his daily Lenten readings discussed the idea that creation is a continuous “water-wheel” of the Trinity emptying itself, pouring into, receiving, and emptying again. He says, “It’s no good telling people to let go if they can’t be assured they will be re-filled…I can let go because I trust I will always be filled up again. That’s the pattern of reality.”

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prescription

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Mar 17

March 22, 2017

Avoiding Dependency and Addiction if Opiate Painkillers are Prescribed

By Andrew Rountree

Unfortunately, it happens all the time. Patients are prescribed narcotic painkillers for legitimate reasons and then, become addicted to them. Most of the time, the doctors who are prescribing the medicines are good physicians who mean well. They are just trying to relieve pain in order to help their patients, but the very prescription that is given to relieve pain can often turn into a lifetime of misery. Historically, no data has been available on just how often this happens, but a recent study provides some frightening answers.

The study looked at over one million patients who were given a new prescription for opiate pain medications and then followed them to see how many were still taking opiates 12 months later. They excluded any patients who had received an opiate prescription in the prior 6 months – so the one million excluded any chronic pain patients who may have already been addicted. The study also excluded any patients with cancer.

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