Triggers as Reminders

Triggers as Reminders

Recovery is a lifelong journey, complete with many unexpected detours and bumps in the road. A friend who stopped drinking 2 1/2 years ago shared a story yesterday that drove this point home to me. She had just gone to Costco for the first time since she became sober. Besides their rotisserie chicken, Costco is […]

Addiction, Family, and Recovery

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As a clinician, when first meeting a patient I am very interested to learn about their family and relationships. For some, there is no family support to speak of. They have exhausted all ties to family or their relationships may be slim to non-existent. For others, the person in active addiction has significant relationships within […]

Why Do I Need To Change?

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I am NOT the problem!  Our family is NOT the problem, they are the one who is actively bringing addiction into this family! They Are the Active Substance User. It’s Not My Problem, Right? A problematic belief system that we, as care advocates commonly see, is that many families do not believe they need to […]

The Link Between COVID-19 and Relapse

The Link Between COVID-19 and Relapse

Coronavirus has changed the landscape of how we live. Many of us are working from home for the foreseeable future. Those venturing into offices and places of employment are doing so with ample safety precautions that limit person-to-person interactions. Even when we venture to the grocery store, our faces are covered. Together, these things, necessary […]

A Sobering Experience

A Sobering Experience

I just finished up a “virtual” first oncology appointment with a close friend of mine. As if the coronavirus wasn’t enough, my friend now has to quarantine knowing her time on this planet is limited. She is confronted with that “if you had one year to live” scenario. This entire situation has initiated some serious […]

Who Am I Without Booze?

Who Am I Without Alcohol?

Recently, a young man named Arthur came to the Coleman Network for help dealing with his alcohol use disorder. Arthur appears to have it all. He has a successful career, a loving family, and supportive friends. Overall, Arthur is a healthy person. But every morning, he starts his day with a drink to stop the […]

Break Up With Addiction

Consider addiction as an abusive partner. After the novelty wears off, the red flags of an unhealthy relationship come to light – poor communication, controlling behavior, and gaslighting, to name a few. Let’s explore. Addiction and Poor Communication Addiction does not care about who you are a person. It does not care about your emotional […]

Exercise and Addiction Recovery

Exercise can be beneficial to the healing and recovery of those suffering from substance use disorders. It can be even more effective for those in early recovery or those experiencing post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Exercise Can Battle Withdrawal Symptoms Many patients in recovery go through stages of loss of energy, fatigue, and sleeplessness while their body […]

Alcohol: One Superman’s Kryptonite

Michael, 40,  is a born listener. He is the kind of person who speaks with great care for the words he uses. He never talks just to talk; everything he says has deep meaning. Michael is a well-known barber in his community. He admitted to me that he sipped bourbon all day long as he […]

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 […]