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Detox With Compassion and Competence: Fentanyl, Heroin and Methadone

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Dec 17

December 4, 2017

Detox With Compassion and Competence: Fentanyl, Heroin and Methadone

Last week was busy and wonderful at The Coleman Institute’s main office in Richmond, Virginia!

We helped a married couple with two children detox off a variety of opioids, most recently heroin, which they had been using for several years. Amazingly, they had kept it a secret from their family, but their lives had turned into a series of exhausting, shame-filled activities centered around getting money for drugs, hiding, and trying to hold things together with a very thin thread.

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Staying Sober During The Holidays

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Nov 17

November 27, 2017

Staying Sober During The Holidays

I always like to forward good tips about staying sober during the holidays. We see so many patients who talk about their ‘triggers’ during those times. I thought this article contained some great ideas. He clearly references things from The Recovery Book, so unless you read the book, some of the things may not be completely fleshed out.

And just a reminder, at TCI we see patients 365 days a year. Many people are able to schedule with us over the holidays so they don’t miss work. It keeps their detox discrete and convenient.

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Thanksgiving Detox – The Coleman Way

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Nov 17

November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Detox – The Coleman Way

There are multiple suggestions for detoxing after indulging in the overabundance of food and drink that many people experience during the Thanksgiving holidays. Warm water plus lemon, drinking green juice, using a body brush, yoga, and meditation are a few. While all of these may be great idea for a post holiday detox, I just want to make you aware that if you or a loved one needs help detoxing off opioids, The Coleman Institute is available 365 days a year to help you.

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28 Reasons To Use Long-Acting Naltrexone

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Nov 17

November 13, 2017

28 Reasons To Use Long-Acting Naltrexone

I recently attended a conference where participants were challenged to surrender their electronics, tobacco products, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, gum, any medications or supplements not prescribed by a medical provider, and between-meal snacks for the duration of the event, which lasted a little longer than a week.

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How Did We Get Here?

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Oct 17

October 25, 2017

How Did We Get Here?

It should be no surprise to anyone reading this newsletter that we are in the middle of the worst opioid epidemic to ever strike our country. Thanks to fentanyl (a powerful synthetic opioid), the 2016 mortality figures are even worse than 2015 – over 60,000 deaths. To put this in perspective, there were more overdose deaths in that one year than the entire Vietnam war! How did we possibly get here?

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