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Heroin and Other Opioids are Very Powerful Emotional Pain Killers

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August 31, 2021

Heroin and Other Opioids are Very Powerful Emotional Pain Killers


We've known for a long time that opiates are fantastic pain killers for physical pain. We use them in medicine all the time. Opioids relieve the pain of terminal cancer, general surgery and broken bones.

But, it is more and more clear to me, that opiates are even more powerful in relieving emotional pain. I think this is the main reason why the relapse rate is so high for people with opiate addiction. I believe it is why so many people go back to using opiates even after they are fully detoxed. They have such strong memories of how good they felt on opiates and they want to get back those good feelings. (more…)
Healing the Brain After Opioid Detox and Withdrawal

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Aug 21

August 25, 2021

Healing the Brain After Opioid Detox and Withdrawal

Raphael (I don’t use patients' real names, so I thought this would be a fun one) came to the office recently to have his monthly Vivitrol injection. Vivitrol is the trade name for a long-acting formulation of naltrexone, which is a pure opiate antagonist or blocker.

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My Doctor Refuses To Prescribe My Pain Medication: What Do I Do Now?

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Aug 21

August 22, 2021

My Doctor Refuses To Prescribe My Pain Medication: What Do I Do Now?

John is a 60-year-old man who was the victim of a motor vehicle accident in 1996 that left him with multiple injuries, including skull, vertebral and other bone fractures. He was hospitalized for several weeks and basically had his entire face rebuilt and rods placed in his back, while other bones were screwed back together.

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Why We No Longer Perform Anesthesia Detox

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Aug 21

August 20, 2021

Why We No Longer Perform Anesthesia Detox

Every now and then, I get questions about whether we still do the Anesthesia Detox. This treatment method has many names and variations, including an Ultra-Rapid Detox (URD or UROD), a Rapid Drug Detox, an Anesthesia-Assisted Rapid Opioid Detoxification (AAROD), or a Rapid Opiate Detox under Sedation. Of course, the answer is that the Coleman Institute has not performed an opioid detox using anesthesia since 2001 - so it really is yesterday's treatment.

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Suboxone Alternatives to Stop Pain Medication Use and Withdrawal

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Aug 21

August 15, 2021

Suboxone Alternatives to Stop Pain Medication Use and Withdrawal

COVID-19 aside, the landscape of family practice has changed dramatically in the last few years, especially as it pertains to prescribing medication for patients with chronic pain. The CDC reports that starting in 2006, the total number of opioid prescriptions dispensed continued to rise until it peaked in 2012 at “more than 255 million and a prescribing rate of 81.3 prescriptions per 100 persons.”

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