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Jan 20

January 6, 2020

Can I Really Be Addicted To Tramadol?

By The Coleman Institute

If you think tramadol is a benign drug, think again.

This past spring we met Gus, a middle-aged man from the southwest who was using large amounts of tramadol daily, originally for back pain. His doctor prescribed a certain amount, the rest he purchased online.


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Jan 20

January 2, 2020

Why Playing The Victim Card Will Destroy Your Chances For Recovery

By The Coleman Institute

“When you believe that your problem I caused by someone or something else, you become your own victim.” Byron Katie

The more I work with successful patients at the Coleman Institute for Addiction Medicine, the more I recognize consistent qualities: resilience, gratitude, and ownership of their problem, to name a few.


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Dec 19

December 30, 2019

How Can I Get Off These Bloody Pain Medications?

By The Coleman Institute

A recent publication by Health and Human Services (HSS) reports that opioid prescriptions in the US peaked at 255 million in 2012 and decreased to 191 million in 2017.


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Dec 19

December 27, 2019

My Husband Was My Enabler

By The Coleman Institute

Rebecca was here for a follow up after her alcohol detox at the Coleman Institute for Addiction Medicine. Two weeks earlier she and her husband of 38 years had spent the day with us in a quiet, private, comfortable room to help Rebecca carefully stop drinking alcohol. While she had been a daily drinker for some 40 years, over the last 3 years her drinking has escalated to a minimum of 2 bottles of wine each day.


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Dec 19

December 23, 2019

The Most Important Thing To Consider When You Relapse

By The Coleman Institute

B. called to schedule an Outpatient Alcohol Detox with us earlier this week. It will be her second time coming to the Coleman Institute for Addiction Medicine for the same purpose.

J. was in last month, repeating his Accelerated Opioid Detox for the third round.

S. came back and completed his rapid detox off fentanyl two weeks ago. He was with us several months ago but didn’t complete it, admitting at that time that using the drug was just more compelling to him than getting clean.

Relapsing is not an uncommon phenomenon for people with substance use disorder.


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