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Carrots, Garlic, and Mostly Love

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Mar 17

March 9, 2017

Carrots, Garlic, and Mostly Love

I just returned from a weekend conference about breaking habits and addictive behavior. The speaker, Mukta Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D., has worked in rehab clinics for 40 years and trained with Indian Guru, Yogi Bhajan for about 30 years. Now she does training for people who work in the field of addiction. The presenter talked about how by the time a child hits developmental landmarks at ages 3, 7 and 11 years, habitual reactions to stress are established. Add to that an absent, abusive or negligent parent, and the child is naturally going to be at risk to use substances to avoid the emotional maelstrom created. (more…)
Feeding the Tiger Metaphor – What Is It & How to Get Help

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Mar 17

March 2, 2017

Feeding the Tiger Metaphor – What Is It & How to Get Help

Recently a mother of one of my patients expressed her concern that although her daughter was willingly going through our Medically Assisted Opioid Withdrawal process and committed to not using narcotics, she was insistent about her intention to continue using pot when she returned home. Her daughter insists it is the only thing that helps with her anxiety.

I don’t make any moral judgments about using marijuana, but I think it’s probably useful for someone who has the disease of addiction to be curious about alternative approaches to dealing with anxiety. There are so many great tools and therapists available to help people learn to coexist with their anxiety, and I struggle to simply see them surrender to a pharmaceutical “solution.”

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The Soul in Hiding

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Feb 17

February 23, 2017

The Soul in Hiding

“The human soul doesn't want to be fixed, it simply wants to be seen and heard. The soul is like a wild animal - tough, resilient and shy. When we go crashing through the woods shouting for it to come out so we can help it, the soul will stay in hiding. But if we are willing to sit quietly and wait for a while, the soul may show itself.”

These are the words of Parker J. Palmer.

I am reading this, thinking of the patients who come through our doors, desperate to be released from the grip of substances, and from the grip of agonizing thoughts.

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Bring It Home – Please Spread The Word

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Feb 17

February 9, 2017

Bring It Home – Please Spread The Word

The Opioid Epidemic has clearly gained national attention. Recent legislation allows qualified doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to treat 275 patients with Substance Use Disorder per year with Suboxone or buprenorphine, instead of the previously allowed 100 patients per year. Additionally, the number of methadone clinics continues to increase. As many of our patients and their families have found, using buprenorphine or methadone to help a loved one off opiates (i.e. maintenance treatment) is a fairly accessible Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) option. With the prevalence of methadone clinics, and the ability of doctors to easily and quickly prescribe Suboxone in an office setting, this is a convenient treatment for many people and can help save precious lives. (more…)
A Drug-Free Dad

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Feb 17

February 3, 2017

A Drug-Free Dad

It was very gratifying to see Benjamin* for his naltrexone implant follow up appointment earlier this month. He first came to the Coleman Institute-Richmond for his rapid opioid detox about eight months ago to get off methadone.

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