When Does Energy Come Back After Opioid (Pain Medication) Withdrawal?

When Does Energy Come Back After Opioid (Pain Medication) Withdrawal?

I recently had a conversation with Lisa, a 56-year-old female who confided in me, “I am so sick and tired of being dependent on pain meds, I could tear my hair out.” She tried many times to stop taking oxycodone. She could get so far in her recovery before the withdrawal symptoms overpowered her. One […]

Methamphetamine Treatment: New Trial Is Promising for Recovery

Methamphetamine Treatment: New Trial Is Promising for Recovery

According to recent studies, there are new treatment options for patients who are struggling with methamphetamine dependence, abuse, or addiction. It’s encouraging because it’s the first methamphetamine treatment researchers have seen hopeful results from work in clinical trials.

Loving Someone to Death: Supporting Recovery Without Enabling

Loving Someone to Death

Recovery is hard. It’s hard on the person recovering, it’s hard on their friends and family, and it’s hard on the relationship. For many, supporting a loved one through recovery can accidentally and unknowingly turn into enabling. How do you know if you’re enabling someone? What can you do to refocus your supportive efforts during […]

Grief and the Genetic Component of Addiction

Grief and the Genetic Component of Addiction

Our team has had the privilege of working with Allyson who came to us for a dual detox off opiates and alcohol.  She was accompanied by a phenomenal support person, her Aunt Kimberly, who is strong and practical, and who truly loves Ally. When I entered the room to begin the final day of her […]

5 Scary Things People With Substance Use Disorder Believe

5 Scary Things People With Substance Use Disorder Believe

We’ve had an incredibly busy season across our physicians’ offices in the Coleman Network for Addiction Medicine. Everyone has been challenged to find the best ways to protect patients and staff from COVID, juggle holiday schedules, and help fight the avalanche of people seeking help against various addictive substances. If Covid wasn’t piling enough stress […]

Restoring Hope: The Gift of Detox

Restoring Hope: The Gift of Detox

I had a wonderful experience yesterday. As I went about my daily rounds meeting with patients, I heard one success story after another. This doesn’t happen every day, but I love it when it does. Jordan has been off fentanyl since the middle of April. He is sleeping well and doing home renovation projects he’d […]

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 […]

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 […]