Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Detox

It’s not unusual for patients to express how different it feels to be treated at The Coleman Institute.

Yesterday, a gentleman from Maryland who came to The Coleman Institute for a Rapid OpiateDetox remarked about his previous doctor who had treated him for pain, but did not have experience in treating the physical dependence which subsequently developed.

 He knew how to get the patient on pain meds…but didn’t know how to help him get off pain meds. In frustration his doctor cut him off, basically telling him he ‘didn’t need the meds anymore’, and implied it was a character flaw that he was still using them. 

He’d been chastised, lectured to, and judged for his inability to stop. At best, he felt like a second class citizen; on bad days—like a criminal.

 He told me it was a refreshing experience to come to a facility staffed by medical professionals who understood the disease of addiction.

Besides recognizing addiction as the medical condition that it is, another feature that distinguishes us is our commitment to working with our clients’ schedules.

We cared for several patients getting off methadone and other opiates throughout the Thanksgiving holiday, and we will be treating patients through the Christmas and New Year’s holidays as well.

If you or a loved one is ready to commit to starting 2012 drug-free, please give us a call. We’ll have the (virgin) eggnog ready. 

Joan R. Shepherd, NP


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