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Oct 19

October 11, 2019

What To Know About Boosting Energy After Stopping Opioid Medication

By The Coleman Institute

It happened again.

The office phones had just transitioned to the answering service for the evening when a call came through from a patient who had completed an accelerated opioid detox (not to be confused with ultra-rapid (anesthesia-using), hospital-based detox) three days earlier.

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Oct 19

October 5, 2019

How Do I Get Off Methadone?

By Andrew Rountree

I had the pleasure of seeing my patient Isabel (not her real name, but I love this name) in the office for her regular monthly Vivitrol injection.

Vivitrol is a long-acting, injectable form of naltrexone. Naltrexone is an opiate blocker, also called an opiate antagonist. When naltrexone is present in the system, there is “no room at the inn” for opioids. The receptors are blocked and opiates have nowhere to rest, so they simply leave. It is also non-addictive. This is why naltrexone is gaining more and more popularity as a form of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for people with Opioid Use Disorder.

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Oct 19

October 3, 2019

There Are Alternatives to Using Suboxone to Stop Pain Medications and Withdrawal

By Andrew Rountree

As family practitioners, my colleagues and I are receiving more and more information from the DEA and other government agencies about prescribing opioid pain medications to patients.

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Sep 19

September 30, 2019

Opioids, Tobacco, and Relapse

By The Coleman Institute

When patients come to the Coleman Institute for Addiction Medicine to detox off various addictive substances such as heroin, fentanyl, Percocet®, Dilaudid®, Roxicet®, or any other derivatives of morphine, they aren’t feeling their best.

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One Thing To Remember

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Sep 19

September 29, 2019

The Single Most Important Thing to Know When Detoxing off Opioids, Alcohol, or Benzos

By Andrew Rountree

A body, left to its own devices, manages pretty well.

Breathing, digestion, circulation, and metabolism are all nicely orchestrated with only the minimal input from the inhabitant of said body. A little food, a little water, a little oxygen, and the body is good to go.

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