Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Couple that Detoxes Together...



One of the most gratifying scenarios we see at The Coleman Institute is when a couple—married, engaged or significant other—come together to do an Accelerated Opiate Detox. I know that doesn’t sound particularly romantic, but you can imagine the challenges that a couple face when they both have an opiate addiction.

Frequently, the plan is for one person to get clean, then the other. You can see why this is a tough problem. The newly detoxed patient, struggling with early sobriety, goes back home to an environment
where opiates are still being used. The guilt and shame of the still-using partner is compounded because they know their partner is desperate to stay clean.

When a couple is able to do this together, they are on the same page. They can start counseling together and move forward more steadily. They have each other to lean on, as well as the support of their families and/or sponsors. And, of course, with the naltrexone implant, a person will have opiate blocking for about two months: time enough to get a real start on their long-term recovery plan.

If you have specific questions about coming as a couple for an Accelerated Opiate Detox, please call our office…you can always go to the Bahamas next year. Trust me, it’s much better when you are sober!!!

- Joan Shepherd, FNP

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