Friday, July 25, 2014

Handcuffs.


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

I remember the first public consequence I ever received in my life.  I was in first grade and I was so excited to be in school.  Not really interested in learning, I felt that socializing was an important part of my education for future job prospects (ahem: my job is to talk to people all day long as a recovery coach.  Mission Accomplished Mrs. Hodges).  My first grade teacher, the aforementioned Mrs. Hodges, did not share my enthusiasm for social interaction.  She taped my mouth shut.  Talk about embarrassing!

Have you ever had public consequences for an action you couldn't take back but wish you could?  Drunk in public?  Indecent exposure?  Jaywalking?  Walking while chewing gum?  You get the point.  We all do things that fall into the category of 'stupid' from time to time.  Of course, consequences vary.  Not everyone has the same punishing experience.  This could be a good thing.  But, maybe there is a lesson to be learned here about people who have had really awful consequences. It can be a warning for those of us who haven't to made that choice, but are certainly eligible to, if we are not careful.

Robert Downey, Jr. is a great actor.  From Sherlock Holmes to Iron Man, he is a gifted actor with a wide range of acting skills.  It wasn't always that way.  He infamously tanked his life in his earlier career and, in his words, "broke out in handcuffs" as a result of his drinking and drugging.  Translation: Jail.

We can take courage, though, from Mr. Downey Jr.'s story.  The good news is that he is healing.  He is on the road to recovery.  He has come so far in his journey.  His personal life has straightened out and his career is experiencing a phenomenal resurgence of monetary and popular success.

What's the take away?  Drugs and alcohol cause all kinds of consequences.  Broken relationships.  Ill physical health.  Ill mental and emotional health.  And sometimes, even handcuffs and jail.  There is wisdom in learning from other people's mistakes not because we stand in judgment of their mishaps, rather, we see that "but by the grace of God" do we end up in a similar situation.  This creates gratitude and humilty which are two very important qualities for successful recovery!

If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1.877.773.3869 today.   Learn from others mistakes...take positive action today. Help. Hope. Healing. Starts Here!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Location, Location, Location!!!


 

 By
Peter R. Coleman, M.D.


If you've ever looked at buying or renting a house, you've probably heard the familiar saying that it is all about, "Location, Location, Location!!!"  What does this really mean?  It means that identical homes, depending on their individual locations, can greatly very in value simply because of where they are located.  Why, you might ask?  We tend to gravitate towards the 'better', the 'excellent, the 'best'! The truth is people like to be near better food, entertainment and sports options in town.  So, they take this into consideration in choosing the right location for them. In other words, having options is a good thing and being in the right location provides options!

Speaking of location, there is a drug epidemic in the United States today.  It's very sad.  The reality is that it's not really getting all that much better.  Take a look at these startling facts:
  • There is a drug arrest every 19 seconds in the U.S.
  • The U.S. government estimates that more than 118 million Americans above the age of 12 (47 percent of the population) admit to using illegal drugs.
  •  According to the federal government, 23.5 million Americans are in need of substance abuse treatment, but only one in 10 receive it.
Like all things in life, there are exceptions.  There are millions who are getting better or who at least want to get better.  That's where The Coleman Institute comes in.  We are passionate about helping people stuck in the mire of addiction to get clean AND stay clean.  That is, we emphasize both our medical detox for opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, and Suboxone, but also encourage our patients to grow through an individualized aftercare plan.  

How are we doing this?  Location, location location!  All joking aside, but the reality is the United States is a very big piece of real estate.  At this time, we have 9 offices nationwide which are Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Seattle, WA, Austin, TX, Atlanta, GA, Tampa, FL, Chicago, IL, Barboursville, West Virginia, and Richmond, Virginia, our home office site.   I am honored to work with an incredible network of passionate, highly educated, and compassionate doctors across the nation to turn the tide of substance abuse in America.  

But that is not all!  We are expanding. There are still new lands to explore, so to speak.  Places like New Jersey, Boston, Colorado, and Arizona are currently on the horizon. Our goal is to be about 4-6 hours drive from anywhere in the country.  In other words, we want to be in the right locations so more people have access to our services so they can get their lives back.  It is exciting to know that we can partner with people across the country to provide as much access to quality substance abuse detox care as possible.  

To that end, we are excited to announce that we will be filming and uploading an introductory video of each of our doctors at their respective offices for our 'Locations' page so that prospective patients can put a face to a name and see, that at The Coleman Institute, we are real people helping real people get clean and stay clean.  Fear keeps people bound up in addiction.  We're trying to shine the light of help hope and healing to all the dark corners where drugs exist in our country.   

Friday, July 18, 2014

RIP Johnny Winter: Sober 'Til the End!


By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

It's always sad to learn about the passing of any human being.  Life is precious and often we take it for granted so easily.  Unfortunately, the world lost another great musician yesterday.  Johnny Winter, the albino blues guitar legend, passed away in Zurich, Switzerland.  Music will never be the same.

Besides his long and distinguished music career which including playing with the likes of Janis Joplin, Muddy Waters, Vince Gill and Eric Clapton, in 1968, Winters received what is believed to have been the biggest music recording contract in history at the time for the sum of $600,000.  He also produced 3 Grammy-winning albums for his hero blues icon Muddy Waters.  

However, in my opinion, his biggest accomplishment was winning his battle against substance abuse.  In fact, in a 2012 article by UltimateClassicRock.com, Winter described his struggles with substance abuse saying, "Heroin was the hardest thing I ever had to go through.  It was worth it to go through it and get clean.  I'm not taking any drugs and I'm not drinking.  I'm not smoking cigarettes anymore and I'm not doing anything bad.  I never thought this would be possible.  I never thought I would see the day when I had no vices at all."

Mr. Winter successfully achieved sobriety and maintained it laying his vices to rest before he finally passed away.  Thankfully, he died sober.  This is the ultimate accomplishment for someone who was hooked to heroin and even lost his brother to alcoholism.  

Rest in peace, Mr. Winters.  You have my utmost respect, not just as a musician and songwriter, but as someone who faced his demons with the needle and the bottle and emerged clean, sober, and happy.  Enjoy your free ride!

If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1.877.773.3869 today.  Let us help you get clean and stay clean!
“Heroin was the hardest thing that I ever had to go through,” Winter tells Classic Rock Revisited. “It was worth it to go through it and get clean. I am not taking any drugs and I am not drinking. I am not smoking cigarettes anymore and I am not doing anything bad. I never thought this would be possible. I never thought I would see the day that I didn’t have any vices at all.”

Read More: Johnny Winter Battles Back from Decades of Substance Abuse | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/johnny-winter-battles-back-from-decades-of-substance-abuse/?trackback=tsmclip
“Heroin was the hardest thing that I ever had to go through,” Winter tells Classic Rock Revisited. “It was worth it to go through it and get clean. I am not taking any drugs and I am not drinking. I am not smoking cigarettes anymore and I am not doing anything bad. I never thought this would be possible. I never thought I would see the day that I didn’t have any vices at all.”

Read More: Johnny Winter Battles Back from Decades of Substance Abuse | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/johnny-winter-battles-back-from-decades-of-substance-abuse/?trackback=tsmclip

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Healthy Heart is the Best Place to Start!


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

A healthy heart is one of the most important things you can have on your side to live a long life.  How do I know this?  Heart attacks have ended the last two generations of my family unfortunately so I have a little bit of interest in the topic.  So many people take heart health for granted.  Do you?  

A new article from The Clinical Advisor reports that there is a possible correlation between reduced alcohol intake for light to moderate drinkers and having a healthier ticker.  We know that excessive alcohol consumption creates myriad problems such as cirrhosis, cancer, injuries and even death.  It seems that reducing alcohol can benefit our health in more ways than one.  For more information, please read this fascinating article here!

If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1.877.773.3869 today.  We're on your side and want to help you get clean and stay clean!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Addiction is a Disease of the Brain


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Growing up in the 1980's, I remember very vividly hearing about the 'war on drugs'.  I was too young and naive to truly understand all the parameters of this huge social issue at the time.  Now, having worked at an alcohol and drug detox center for the past 5 years, I understand substance abuse from a whole different angle; namely, the disease model. 

Research is showing that the origin of substance abuse is most likely a disease of the brain not a result of bad character, immoral choices, and selfish behavior on the part of the addict/alcoholic.  To be sure, when people are in full, active addiction they often make immoral, selfish choices.  However, what is clear, is most people do not set out to destroy their life or other people's lives from their alcohol and/or drug use.  It has to be set off which is where the brain disease piece comes in.  It lays dormant until it is set off and unfortunately no one knows whether their brain is set up for addiction until it is often too late.  

It appears the Obama administration is trying to take a step in the right direction in the war on drugs by utilizing the science of the disease model of addiction as the foundation for policy decisions.  In fact, the administration just released a National Drug Policy Strategy that emphasizes public health approaches to this national problem.  To be sure, people need to be held accountable for their actions.  Kids should not be able to buy drugs from a drug dealer after school on the playground.  However, many drug dealers are addicts themselves simply trying not to go into withdrawal although their method is selfish and hurtful to others.  It is a complicated problem demanding a multifaceted solution.  Prison, it seems, is not solving the problem.  For more information, you can read the report summary here!

If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1.877.773.3869 today.  We're here to help you get clean and stay clean! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Kiss Your Blues Goodbye!


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Have you ever paid attention to your thoughts?  Most of us walk around on autopilot while the voice(s) in our head carry out a cacophony of conversations, unbeknownst to us, feeding our subconscious mind with poison.  That is, your subconscious mind, left unchecked, tells you all sorts of junk and most times you believe it.  And oftentimes, these thoughts can make us blue or depressed even when they are not true.  When people are stuck in active chemical addiction, those negative thoughts get amplified 1,000%!  The good news is you can change your mind and incorporate positive thinking into your recovery plan!

This weekend try this experiment: go to 'Google' and type in 'inspirational quotes' first thing in the morning and last thing before you go to bed at night.  Surf around until you find one that resonates with you powerfully.  Then, take a few minutes to read it and think on it.  Go about your day as usual and notice whether that inspirational quote re-surfaces in your conscious mind.  What are your thoughts like during the day?  Are they different?  Do they need to change?  How would you like to change their content? 

As a matter of fact, many self-help teachers say that if you can imagine something in your mind, focus on it consistently and persistently, then you can achieve it.  If that is true, then perhaps you can set a goal to consistently kiss your blues away with positive thoughts until they are gone....to learn more, read here!

If you or someone you love suffers from addiction, we can help!  At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in detoxing people off of alcohol, benzos, opiates, Methadone, and Suboxone.  Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1.877.773.3869.  
 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bioshock and Death!



By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.


The rapper Will Smith famously rhymed about the state of most parents as they relate to their kids saying tongue-in-cheek, "parents just don't understand!"  One could argue both sides of that equation and probably still come out in a stalemate.  For sure, there are parents who are 'lame' and don't get today's youth and culture.  On the flip side, there are rebellious kids who think any words that come out of their parents mouths are stupid and embarrassing.  However, most parents, while they may not 'understand' the new school hip-hop language, know that it is not appropriate to hide heroin needles in their baby's diaper.  Unfortunately, it seems, not all parents got that memo.  I wish I was joking!

The Smoking Gun is reporting such a crazy incident today.  It appears that a man committed a robbery and later police spotted him on the street.  As they approached the suspect, preparing to arrest him, he proceeded to stuff 16 heroin needles down his child's diaper trying to hide them from the authorities!  Can you believe that?  I can.  I work for a detox center.  I've heard other stories that are about as strange but none have involved kids with diapers.  It appears we have come to an all new low because of drugs in this country.  Our hope is that this man, while appropriately held legally responsible, also gets the recovery assistance he needs so he can be a better person, a better father, and a recovering addict and not one who mistakes diapers for heroin holders.  Most parents do not set out one day to get arrested in such a manner.  Parents involved in addiction and drugs, however, may find this to be their fate as well. You can read more about this bizarre yet true story here!

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean and stay clean from opiate drugs like heroin.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1.877.773.3869 today.  We're here to help you change your life as you get clean and stay clean.