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Jan 17

January 25, 2017

From Anxiety to Peace

Besides helping people release themselves from chemical addictions and launch new lives through our various Accelerated Opioid Detox programs, we also have a pretty robust family practice. Many people in our community with addiction issues become our family practice patients. It’s helpful for your doctor to know your history and understand the medical problems that accompany alcohol and/or other drug addiction. (more…)
Season’s Greetings

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Dec 16

December 22, 2016

Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings! Just wanted to share one of the excellent bloggers that support people in recovery. Here Jean talks about Supportive Normies on her blog Unpickled, and how non-drinkers can help their alcoholic loved ones during the holidays. Be blessed and safe! https://unpickledblog.com/2014/12/24/top-ten-list-for-supportive-normies/ Joan Shepherd, FNP

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Nov 16

November 22, 2016

Living in Recovery: A Holiday Survival Guide

A few years ago we shared the article below from the Crying Out Now blog as the holidays approached. It can be a difficult time for sober people or people struggling to get or stay sober. Now is a good time to prepare.

Planning ahead can be incredibly helpful. Here are a few strategies you may wish to consider:

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Nov 16

November 15, 2016

Happiness in Recovery: One Patient’s Experience

Not every patient we see for follow up after a detox has profound spiritual experiences to share with us.

Billy was in last week. He’s 23 and is eight months clean. Grinning like a kid. So happy.

“Billy, what are you doing with all your extra money?” I asked.

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Nov 16

November 11, 2016

When Surgery and Substance Use Disorder Collide

A patient we have come to know very well is with us again—his third time—for help with a rapid opiate detox. It won’t be as rapid as when he was getting off a gram of heroin a day or when he returned for a detox off Percocet. Each of those out-patient opiate detoxes were done in 3 days.

When Al called us last week, he was bummed. And desperate. He’d managed to go three years with using nothing stronger than over the counter non-steroidals for the occasional back pain he experienced. Al is six foot three and owns a lot of equipment to clear land, remove snow, excavate and haul. His business has grown and he has about twelve full-time employees. His wife has stuck with him through all the ups and downs of his struggles with benzos and opiates, and they have two young children.

About a month ago Al experienced severe tooth pain. Turns out there was an abscess under a wickedly curled wisdom tooth. He needed some pretty serious dental work and needed it sooner than later. 

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