The Truth About Suboxone®

The Truth About Suboxone

Warren began experimenting with drugs during high school. He tried a little bit of everything, but opioids became his drug-of-choice. During college, his active pill addiction turned into a heroin habit.  Prescribed Suboxone® for Curbing Addiction Now older, Warren met a girl and wanted to start a life with her. A life without drugs. He […]

Why Opioids Can Make Pain Worse

Recently, a patient came to me with a question: “For the past two years, I have been working with a pain management doctor to find a remedy for my back pain. I tried every treatment in the book from physical therapy, to ibuprofen, to cortisone injections. After months of consulting with my doctor, we arrived […]

Still Drinking? Get Support

Still Drinking Get Support

Casey McGuire Davidson became a Certified Life Coach and a Master Practitioner in Core Energy Leadership to “help other successful women who’ve gotten into the habit of drinking too much or too often, reevaluate their relationship with alcohol, get out of overwhelm, and create lives they love.”  I first found Casey’s work on the Bubble Hour, […]

That Pesky Thought, “I Must Get High”

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There’s no pretty way to say it, Lindsey kicked my butt in yoga last week. As the owner of the studio, she has a reputation for teaching beautifully choreographed classes that can be challenging. So while I was holding a Bird Dog pose (look it up), I had the opportunity to observe my thoughts while […]

Drugs Have Made My Life Bearable

Drugs Have Made My Life Bearable?

“Tripping Over Joy” What is the difference Between your experience of Existence And that of a saint? The saint knows That the spiritual path Is a sublime chess game with God And that the Beloved Has just made such a Fantastic Move That the saint is now continually Tripping over Joy And bursting out in […]

Set Yourself Up for Sobriety Success

Set Yourself Up for Sobriety Success

Wendy, a patient at the Coleman Network for Addiction Medicine, is 53 and has wrestled with an addiction to alcohol for over half of her life. She holds her recovery gingerly, like a butterfly in cupped palms. Her recovery means everything to her. She doesn’t want to take it for granted ever again. She did […]

Spoiler Alert 1 in 4 Make It

Spoiler Alert 1 in 4 Make It

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the film Recovery Boys (now on Netflix). Working in the field of addiction for many years now, there weren’t a lot of surprises in the actual story. Perhaps what did surprise me was how many times I became teary-eyed.  Emotional Conflict or Schedule Conflict Every […]

Changing Behavior To Stop Opioid Use

Changing Behavior To Stop Opioid Use

I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of motivation and willpower as it pertains to substance use disorder. BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits, says: “. . . motivation and willpower get a lot of airtime. People are always looking for ways to ramp them up and sustain them over time. The problem is […]

Part 5: What Feels Better Than Heroin?

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The 4th law in James Clear’s Atomic Habits refers to the final part of the habit loop, the reward. In order for a new habit to form and be sustained, the reward must be satisfying. The difficult thing about this step speaks to our biology and evolution. As our earliest ancestors learned to survive predators, […]

Part 4: Make Not Drinking Easy

Part 4: Make Not Drinking Easy

Substance use disorders and behavioral addictions are complex psychosocial/spiritual conditions and not just bad habits.  Incorporating insights from the highly studied topic of habit change can be a boon for anyone desiring recovery. In earlier blogs we examined the Habit Loop: cue, trigger, craving, response, reward. In Atomic Habits, author James Clear breaks each component […]