Saturday, June 5, 2010

Drug Seeking in the ER

Many patients we treat at The Coleman Institute for opiate addiction have been unable to get off medications prescribed by their doctors. In some cases, doctors have refused to continue to prescribe, leaving patients without a legitimate means to get their prescriptions, pitching them into withdrawal. Unfortunately, going cold turkey is such a painful process people find other ways to get their medications. Frequently they show up in emergency rooms or go doctor-shopping.

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Being addicted to opiates is a monkey on your back. People are surprised after going through a detox how their bodies adjust to pain as they are able to manufacture their own endorphins again. Many of our patients are able to function normally using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. If you recognize yourself in this clip, consider coming to The Coleman Institute for a consult.

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Joan Shepherd NP


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