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The Painful Isolation of Addiction

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Feb 18

February 15, 2018

The Painful Isolation of Addiction

The theme of Connectedness is permeating much of what I am reading and listening to these days…and how disconnection and isolation is such a hallmark of the patients with addiction we treat every day at the Coleman Institute. This powerful isolation-belief can lead to hopelessness and despair.

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How Pain Perpetuates Addiction

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Jan 18

January 31, 2018

How Pain Perpetuates Addiction

My good friend sends me articles she reads that have to do with addiction. This morning she sent me a quick story from the New York Times that describes a woman’s experience of having surgery in Germany: “After Surgery in Germany, I Wanted Vicodin, Not Herbal Tea.

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Naltrexone: Medication-Assisted Treatment For Opioid Use Disorder

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Dec 17

December 21, 2017

Naltrexone: Medication-Assisted Treatment For Opioid Use Disorder

When I write blog articles, my inspiration is drawn from the courageous patients who are re-writing the stories of their lives. Usually when I ask for permission to tell someone’s story, changing a few details to keep it confidential, people are willing to share. When I talked to Ben about sharing his story, he offered to write it in his own words. Clearly, I couldn’t have said it any better.

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Towing and Recovery

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Dec 17

December 21, 2017

Towing and Recovery

I was riding my bike when a huge flatbed roared past me. Stenciled onto the back of the cab were big red letters: TOWING and RECOVERY.

I thought, “Now that would be an interesting way to tout our own services at the Coleman Institute…”

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The Landmark X:BOT Study Has Now Been Published

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Dec 17

December 20, 2017

The Landmark X:BOT Study Has Now Been Published

Last month, a long-awaited research study was published that will help patients and physicians make decisions on which treatment to use for opioid dependence. For quite some time, Suboxone, (Buprenorphine combined with Naloxone) has been the most recommended type of treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. Suboxone is a partial agonist, which means it turns on the opiate receptors, and so it is quite addictive.

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