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Naltrexone During COVID

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Apr 20

April 23, 2020

Naltrexone Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By The Coleman Institute

Naltrexone is a non-addictive medication that can be used for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for both Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). The Coleman Institute for Addiction Medicine offers two specially formulated Naltrexone options for patients, depending on their unique circumstances and needs: implants or injections.

Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist — a non-opiate blocker of the opiate receptors in the brain — which means it is not addictive and it seems to not block the body’s natural endorphins. It has been shown to be effective in fighting both AUD and OUD. It is known to dramatically reduce cravings when taking it.  
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ManRecoversforMom

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Apr 20

April 15, 2020

Man Stops Using Fentanyl During 2020 Pandemic To Save His 80 Year Old Mother

By The Coleman Institute

Heroes come in many forms.

Earlier this week a young man traveled from Kentucky to the Coleman Institute for Addiction Medicine in Richmond, Virginia for an accelerated detox off heroin and fentanyl. (His urine drug screen revealed there was actually no heroin; it was all fentanyl).

Admittedly grateful for a severe needle phobia, James was snorting about .2 to .3 grams daily, and had been using regularly for about three years. Prior to that, he’d enjoyed six years of abstinence from all mind-altering substances. 

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AlcoholAwarenessMonth

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Apr 20

April 14, 2020

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

By The Coleman Institute

Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma associated with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcohol addiction, and recovery. Alcohol addiction is a chronic, progressive disease, and can be fatal if untreated. Treatment and recovery from AUD is available and possible!

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Alcohol During Pandemic

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Apr 20

April 13, 2020

Is Alcohol Essential During a Pandemic?

By The Coleman Institute

April is alcohol awareness month. This April is unlike any April we have ever experienced. Businesses are closed, people have been mandated to work from home, and kids are home from school.  

Have you noticed that in many places liquor stores are considered essential? Why is that? What, if anything, does that say? 

We all need food, water and yes, toilet paper…but alcohol?

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Tired and stressed man

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Apr 20

April 12, 2020

Low Energy After Opioid Withdrawal: What You Need To Know

By The Coleman Institute

A patient called the other evening. He finished his rapid opiate detox about a week ago. He has a very physical job and is the father of a 4-month-old baby, Noah. Noah is the reason he finally decided he had to stop his drug use once and for all. He has been using high dose opiates for over 20 years, with a few small blocks of abstinence thrown in.

He did well through his detox; he was able to stay pretty comfortable getting off the equivalent of somewhere between 300-450 mg of mixed opiates. He was also using heroin but didn’t want his grandmother – who was his support person-to know about that. We never mentioned it to her.

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