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Connection Between Emotional and Physical Pain

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May 20

May 14, 2020

The Connection Between Mental and Physical Pain

By The Coleman Institute

My trauma occurred in February of 2011. As I stood in front of the podium and spoke at a state summit in Michigan, I recounted my trauma — my past — in front of a room filled with strangers. I shared my vulnerable story and my transition from victim to thriving survivor. As I spoke, my legs shook uncontrollably, my palms were sweaty, and my heart raced.

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Reframing Negative Thoughts

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May 20

May 13, 2020

Reframing Thoughts During Coronavirus

By The Coleman Institute

On a recent (pre-COVID 19) retreat I attended, we focused on reframing thoughts, feelings, and past experiences and turning negatives into positives. I have found myself using some of these reframing skills during our current coronavirus pandemic experience. I am in no way trying to sugarcoat it. What we are collectively experiencing is difficult and painful.

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How the hell do I stay sober now

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May 20

May 7, 2020

How the Hell do I Stay Sober Now?!

By The Coleman Institute

It is easier than ever to become lost in the rabbit holes our minds are diving into — fear of the future, fear of the unknown… If not already happening, many of us will likely also experience the reality of being host to a virus which may or may not make us, our loved ones, or our colleagues ill.

My gratitude extends to all who are taking seriously the social distancing actions and other important measures to keep people safe. It is truly choosing to live in the reality of the current situation.

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Safely Detox During Coronavirus

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May 20

May 5, 2020

How Can I Safely Detox Off Opioids During Coronavirus?

By The Coleman Institute

I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t remember a time when I felt less in control of so many things or so many areas of my life. I’m reminded of Steven Covey’s work on our Circles of Influence and Circles of Concern.

Imagine an inner and outer circle. The outer, or Circle of Concern, contains things that we are interested in, that we care about, and that may affect us, but over which we have minimal control. The inner Circle of Influence contains those things we can control or influence.

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Naltrexone Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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May 20

May 4, 2020

Cravings and the Coronavirus

By The Coleman Institute

One of the trademarks of Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders are cravings. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines cravings as: “an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing.”

In people with substance use disorders, cravings are not “abnormal” but actually the result of the brain “remembering” past compulsive use that is associated with the release of neurochemicals which activate the pleasure parts of the brain.  These neurochemicals can trigger intense cravings.

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