Friday, March 30, 2012

Legal Problems from Substance Abuse?

There are many reasons people come to The Coleman Institute for our Accelerated Detox programs off alcohol, benzos and opiates.

Mostly they have tried so many times to stop using and couldn’t get past the physical challenge. Others did the excruciating work of detoxing themselves, only to find they couldn’t sustain it for more than a couple of days. Almost invariably, our patients recognize that they can no longer give attention to the things that truly matter to them.

Confounding this for many people are the legal problems they have created for themselves.  It gets really complicated and the spiral seems to keep swirling down, pulling more and more into its whirling vortex.  So, I’m just putting a little bug in your ear...

We are glad to send you off with a letter for your lawyer, employer or ‘To Whom It May Concern’ stating you have completed an Accelerated Opiate (Alcohol, Benzo—or all three) Detox Program when you leave us.  For people getting off opiates, this letter lets the recipient know that by choosing a Naltrexone Implant and entering into long-term recovery, you effectively choose to have opiates blocked for about two months until you return for the next pellet.

This is a great piece of paper for people trying to navigate some sticky legal situations. It is a very loud statement to people who are making important decisions about your life that you are making a change; that you are taking responsibility.  And while we can't guarantee the outcome of your legal situation, every bit of positive evidence of your intention to recover from alcohol and substance abuse may help your case!

I wouldn’t say that’s the best reason to come to The Coleman Institute for an accelerated detox program, but for those who can use it--it’s a nice bonus.

Call our Clinical Supervisor Jennifer Pius and talk to her about how we can help at 1.877.77.DETOX

Joan R. Shepherd, FNP

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Benefits of Naltrexone

It is an unfortunate fact that America has a significant problem with the pervasive use of opiate drugs and alcohol.   While this has been an ongoing issue, more recently, addiction rates have increased and this is placing considerable pressure on the national health care system.  A large proportion of opiate addiction pertains to legal prescription medications.  According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, there are over one million people in the United States dependant on legal opiates, with a further six million using the psychotherapeutic drugs with the potential to also become addicted. Alcohol abuse continues to plague the United States with approximately 14 million Americans, meeting the diagnostic measure for alcohol abuse or alcoholism.  This equates to 7.4 percent of the American population!

Although these figures are depressing, there are excellent opportunities to beat these addictions under the correct guidance.  While there are many different treatment options for opiate and alcohol dependency, the use of naltrexone has proven to be very effective.  Naltrexone works by blocking the effects of opioids in the brain.  It binds to opioid receptors, stopping opioids from stimulating the neurons and creating the experience of pleasure or euphoria from opioid drug and alcohol use. Naltrexone is a popular choice because it doesn't interfere with any other functions within the body and therefore it has minimal side effects.

Naltrexone therapy helps patients regain a sense of happiness without the desire for opiates.  While the opiate receptors are blocked, patients have fewer cravings and if they do continue to consume alcohol or other opiates they do not receive the same stimuli which lead to the addiction in the first instance.

Most commonly naltrexone is taken orally, although some clinics such as The Coleman Institute offer naltrexone implants.  The implants are placed under the skin and are designed to slowly release naltrexone over six to twelve weeks.  This is a highly effective treatment method because patients aren't required to remember to take their naltrexone medication.  Also, the steady dose over several weeks creates greater stability and increases the probability that the patient will remain abstinent in the future.

The benefits of naltrexone implants have been recently verified during a clinical study. A new publication in the American Journal of Psychiatry, titled 'Naltrexone Implant for the Treatment of Polydrug Dependence: A Randomized Controlled Trial', details research into the effectiveness of naltrexone implants. The research team concluded that after a ten week study period, patients that received the naltrexone implants had a greater success rate than those who received a placebo implant.

Given these favorable results, this drug treatment program is likely to continue to expand and offer a new and more effective method of beating drug and alcohol dependency. 

If you or someone you love needs help getting off of opiates such as Oxycontin or Percocet or alcohol, please don't hesitate to contact us at 1.877.77.DETOX (33869).  Help, Hope, and Healing begins here!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Jars of Pebbles

Just got off the phone with a delightful patient who recently finished an eight-day Accelerated Opiate Detox here at The Coleman Institute where we also detox people off of benzos, alcohol, methadone, and suboxone.  I didn’t get to see him much; he worked a lot with Courtney and Dr. Coleman, but I saw him and his girlfriend enough to refer to them as ‘the beautiful couple’.

They got home late last night. Bill* couldn’t sleep so he drank a beer and took a Valium.  Oops.  That did not sit well with Beth*after all the time and money spent, and a rather ferocious row ensued.  He first felt overwhelmed with anger, stopping just short of kicking a hole in the wall, followed soon after by incredible guilt and shame.

He called me and said, “My emotions are through the roof…I’m an emotional wreck…my mood swings are going up and down all over the place…”

To which I reply, “And…?”

When a person has spent many years of their life on medications that dampen the emotional response to normal every day events, let alone important, life changing events—and then no longer have the drugs in their system, that doesn’t mean the emotions stop.

 Oh no.

 Your emotions will tail you wherever you go.  In fact, according to Dr. James Prochaska, the behavioral change guru, it’s one of the biggest reasons people relapse from any kind of behavioral change they are trying to make; you can change your environment to avoid certain triggers, but you can’t get your mind and emotions to move across the country or even around the block.

Between growing up in a family that was fraught with addiction issues and being an addict himself, Bill’s got himself a wonderful opportunity for a lifetime of learning how to ‘deal with’ his distorted thoughts, his disturbing emotions, and his painful memories. I told him if he weren’t having strong emotions right now I’d really think something was wrong with him.

Bill wondered if there was some kind of medication he might use to help him mediate his labile feelings.  Yes, medication may help; however, the longer answer—and in my opinion, the truer answer: it’s going to take a whole lot more than a pill to help Bill.  And the good news is--healing happens.

Fortunately for Bill, he is crystal clear about what he values.  He has an amazing partner who wants him well.  He has two beautiful children.  He is a devout Christian.  He is successful in his work and plans to open his own business in the future.

Being solidly grounded in what he values will allow Bill to move forward, taking at least one baby-step every day in committed action toward those values.

Becoming immersed in a strong recovery program will help him begin the process—and I emphasize process—of recognizing that although thoughts and emotions are sources of information for us, they are likely to be confusing, distorted, and false on a regular basis.  Action is real; action is measurable.

We talked about having a big glass jar. Maybe even a jar to represent each of his most important value areas: Family, Work and Faith.  Each time Bill does an action step—even a tiny one-- that supports what he values, he can drop a pebble in the jar.

A pebble for deep breathing instead of yelling when the kids are running late for school.
A pebble for remembering to look into Beth’s eyes and tell her 'Thank You for sticking with me'.
A pebble for bringing her a rose on the way home from work.
A pebble for getting up an hour early to go to an Al-Anon meeting.
A pebble for sitting down and looking at his kid’s math homework.
A pebble for opening a door for an employee.
A pebble for ‘dying to self’ when an overwhelming urge to use arises and letting God fill the space.

I wondered what it would be like for someone to start this tradition and continue it for years. I got an image of a funeral service-- a celebration of a life well-lived-- and on the altar or around the coffin or around the headstone were hundred of bottles full of pebbles.

Pretty cool, huh?

Because the thing is, if you are loving your family only in your head, and not supporting it with actions, how will they ever know it’s real?

First things first.  Figure out what you are living for.  Get off the drugs.  Find resources to help with thoughts and emotions.  Then, in the words of Nike, 'Just Do It'!  Take committed action toward your values.

  *(Not real names, of course…but you know who you are, and I told you I’d write a blog about this!)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Willpower – Is it useful for recovery from addictions?

It must be a hot topic, because I have come across three articles in the last month that have discussed the issue of “willpower” and how we can resist urges to do things that may not be good for us.

It turns out that there are new techniques, including functional MRIs, for studying the human brain. These functional MRIs (fMRIs) are starting to shed some light on how we make decisions, and particularly how we resist temptations. Of course we have known for quite a long time that there is a deep seated part of the brain that gives us strong urges, or strong drives to do things that feel good. This is sometimes called the primitive brain or the lizard brain. In medical terms it is called the Locus Ceruleus, the Nucleus Accumbens, or the Ventral Tegmental area. I just call it the Pleasure Center. Whatever you call it, this area of the brain works with Dopamine, which can be called the pleasure molecule. When this region of the brain is activated – and this can happen with pictures, memories, strong emotions and feelings, or food, sex and drugs – Dopamine is released. When Dopamine is released we feel euphoric and we may have cravings for more -depending on how much Dopamine is released and what the situation is.

Now, it is obvious that sometimes acting on these urges or cravings is not a good idea – think of having a large Chocolate milkshake if you are on a diet, or having a cigarette when you have been off cigarettes for 6 months. This is where the frontal lobes of the brain come into play. The frontal lobes contain the thinking parts of the brain. The frontal lobes can put the brakes on our urges. They can evaluate whether this really is a good idea or not. The frontal lobes are where willpower resides. Sometimes the frontal lobes lose out and the pleasure center wins, but some of this new research is helping to understand how this  works and what we can do about it.

I will highlight some of the findings of this new research:

1.     If you successfully resist something once – it is harder to resist the next tempting thing – even if the next temptation is something different. I have heard that exerting willpower to avoid a temptation is a little like holding a ball under water – the more you keep it down, the more it wants to come up. It is better to avoid the temptation in the first place. In a practical sense, this means not being around other people who are smoking, not going to places that sell chocolate milkshakes, etc.

2.     Low blood sugar seems to make willpower go down. It may be that the brain has to conserve it’s resources, so if brain energy is low it may be more tempting to get satisfactions (dopamine) in other ways.

3.     Alcohol and drugs clearly decrease willpower. Judgment gets altered and consequences don’t get clearly evaluated. Alcohol and drugs decrease willpower even for people who don’t have an addiction problem, so if you do have an addiction problem it is a double whammy – don’t drink or do drugs!

4.     Cravings trigger a fight or flight effect, which is usually an increase in adrenaline. Our bodies go into panic and fear mode which can make willpower less effective.

5.     There is often a “what the hell effect” on willpower. This means that if you have given in once it is very easy to throw it all away because the day is shot anyway. Not much frontal lobe thinking in that scenario, but many of us do fall into this trap. 

6.     The “halo effect” decreases willpower – this is when you have worked out at the gym and used up 400 calories – you have been so good that you may as well get that milkshake (500 calories) on the way home – tell that to your frontal lobes!

7.     Near misses – or almost getting what you want seems to decrease willpower. Gambling machines actually set their machines up to have a lot of near misses (seeing 4 cherries in a row on the line just below your line) so that compulsive gamblers will keep playing. Gamblers will actually believe that they were so close, that the next time they are much more likely to win. Logically this makes no sense but try telling that to a gambler.

8.     Environment makes a difference. Studies show that people who come from environments with high crime rates and low life expectancy are much more likely to not use willpower to avoid temptations that are risky – why should they?

9.     Thinking about the long term does improves willpower. If people see a computer generated picture of themselves - as they are going to look in twenty years - they are more likely to make good decisions, including putting away more retirement money. It seems that getting in touch with the reality of our “future self” allows us to make more rational decisions. 

10.  Meditation and mindfulness really do improve willpower.

11.  Good habits can make a big difference to willpower. One suggestion to make it a habit of going to exercise is to put your exercise gear where you will see it when you get home (the cue), then do the exercise (the action), then make sure you get something good (the reward) - like some chocolate. After a while, the exercise will become a habit and it will be its own reward.

It is fun to learn about willpower and how these amazing brains of ours work. Temptations are always going to be there, but clearly it is up to us to learn how to moderate and avoid them.

Whether you struggle with opiates, benzodiazepines, chronic pain, methadone or suboxone, the Coleman Institute is here to help you!  Please give us a call at'll be glad you did.

Patient Testimony: Gratitude!

At The Coleman Institute, we are dedicated to help those suffering with addiction to alcohol, opiates, benzodiazepines, methadone, suboxone, and/or chronic pain medications to get clean and stay clean.  This month, we want to share some really great news about our patient Jayne* who recently celebrated one year clean and sober.  A lot has changed since she came to our clinic over a year ago to detox from opiates.  Read on...we are thankful for her progress and belief in giving back...please read and celebrate and enjoy her story as much as we have!

"I came to the Coleman Institute in late December of 2009 after being on Suboxone for approximately 7 months as treatment to my addiction to chronic pain medication, namely Oxycontin.  I participated in the ten day rapid detox treatment followed by a years worth of Naltrexone implants.  I followed up with coaching via Skype with Chris, which was the highlight of my Tuesday mornings. Chris always gave me straight forward advice about what ever situation I found myself in at the time, even if I didn't want to hear it.  It is always easier for an addict to ignore what they don't want to hear, and only take in the parts that they can skew to their advantage, and that's exactly what I did.  I wasn't fully ready to change everything I had known for the past 4 years of my life.  I was scared, and I let fear influence every decision I made which led me to do what was comfortable, and for me, being comfortable meant hanging around the same people at the same places.  I thought this wasn't a problem because I had my implants, and I couldn't get high even if I wanted to.  However, after 10 months of implants one got infected, and within five days of my implant coming out I was using again.  This time it was worse than before, and I couldn't believe I had done the same thing to myself after I had known the freedom of a sobor life.  Chris referred me to Edge Hill Treatment center in Winchester, VA and I began treatment on the 3rd of November.

I was in Edge Hill for 30 days, and in those 30 days something clicked for me.  I came to a lot of realizations while I was in Edge Hill, and I truely believe that it saved my life.  Most of all I learned I had to let go of all of my resentments I kept in a death grip for so many years. My entire stay was truely an eye-opening experience.  I could go on for days about the staff and all of the people I met along the way, but I'll just say that I couldn't imagine better people working together to help suffering addicts, they are miracle workers. 

Since my stay at Edge Hill I have graduated college with a degree in Fashion Merchandising/Business Communication from WVU and plan to start grad school in August persuing an Executive MBA.  I also met my husband a week after I came home.  We started dating in December, and got married in Septmeber of last year.  Since my graduation, I am currently employed as Commerical Account Specialist for one of the most productive insurance firms in the state of West Virginia.  A sobor life used to be a distant memory when I was in my active addiction; addiction is now the memory, and  I have the life that I always knew I deserved but I could never achieve.  I owe it all to the staff of The Coleman Institute for giving me the foundation I needed to grow and conquer my deamons.  Without you guys I probably wouldn't be here today, and for that I cannot thank you enough.

Please feel free to contact me anytime.  I would be more than happy to help in anyway that I can.



*Name changed to protect anonymity and confidentiality

Friday, March 16, 2012

Heroin Detox

Diacetylmorphine is the medical term for heroin and was originally marketed by the Bayer Pharmaceutical Company in 1897.  The name heroin was used to communicate the "heroic" benefits of the substance to control pain without the resulting addictive potential of morphine.  Unknown at the time was the fact that heroin can almost instantly metabolize into morphine, and some users report becoming addicted after just one single use, making heroin one of the most addictive substances ever. Sadly, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported in 2009 that 605,000 people at the age of 12 or older had abused the heroin, and the trend still seems to be on an upward trajectory.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies heroin as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, not even suitable for any medical use.

This horrific drug can be smoked, snorted or injected, usually in that order as the addiction progresses. Sustained use leads to rapid tolerance build up, and users tend to need increasing amounts of the drug just to maintain the level of euphoria commonly associated with it.

It is not unusual for heroin users to quickly disregard normal daily activities for the exclusive search for more "highs", leading to total disruption of relationships, isolation, anxiety, or depression.  Loss of employment is quite common.

Habitual heroin use always causes extremely serious medical conditions, such as collapsed veins, respiratory and pulmonary problems, abscesses, and  malnutrition, just to name a few.  Sharing of needles is also very conducive to HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis infections.  Mothers using heroin during pregnancy, furthermore, tend to deliver babies already addicted to the drug.

The terrifying thing about heroin is that the state of euphoria and relaxation only lasts about three to four hours, making escalation inevitable, and addiction to heroin is practically impossible to cure without professional assistance such as rehabilitation programs which are often recommended; however, substituting heroin with another drug such as methadone can also lead to addiction to the replacing drug.

If you know of a loved one with heroin problems, NOW is the time to seek medical attention and the following is a good place to start : The Coleman Institute.  In addition to detox of opiates, the Coleman Institute also specializes in the detox of alcohol, benzodiazepines, methadone, and suboxone as well as chronic pain medication.  Please visit us on the web today at

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Creating Effective Drug Treatment Programs

Government funded drug prevention initiatives in the United States have lagged behind Government spending on drug control.   For some time now, the United States has been investing tens of billions of dollars per year in an attempt to manage drug trafficking and the use of illicit drugs.  Most of the focus has been on implementing harsher penalties and stricter enforcement measures.   Studies by the non-profit RAND corporations' Drug Policy Research Center (DPRC), amongst other research institutes, have revealed that more emphasis should be placed on on-going drug prevention programs.

In particular, school-based initiatives are shown to be most effective.  It's important to recognize that the implementation of drug prevention programs will not solve pre-existing drug problems throughout America.  However, if they are properly introduced throughout the entire school system and consistently maintained, these initiatives do have the potential to minimize future drug problems.

One of the challenges is keeping up with the evolving nature of drug use.   Illicit drugs that are extremely popular in one era are not necessarily going to be the most popular drugs in a new era. Consequently, any drug prevention program must also evolve and keep up with the current trends to ensure maximum benefits.

The growing trend in addiction to legal drugs must also be considered in any drug prevention program.   Addiction to prescription medications and the scourge of alcoholism are never far from the headlines throughout the United States.  Over the recent years, more frequently high profile celebrities and other well know personalities are losing their live to these legal drugs, with Whitney Houston one of the most recent victims.  Given that prescription medication and alcohol are legal, many people do not view them in the same way as illegal drugs. However, they can be equally dangerous and addictive.  Consequently, they must be considered in any drug prevention program.

While society will always have problems with drug addiction, there are opportunities to change the pervading nature of drug abuse and create a brighter future.   Through better education and support programs, such as those offered by the Coleman Institute, with it's emphasis on detox of opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines, methadone, and suboxone, it is possible to start shifting the emphasis toward preventative measures.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Substance Use and Chronic Pain – How Are They Linked?

It is indeed a challenge for the health care experts to manage cases related with substance abuse and patients suffering from chronic pain.   It may come as a surprise that over one-third of the American population are suffering from some sort of chronic pain.  Almost half a billion Americans are either partially or completely disabled by the effects of chronic pain.  Chronic pain usually subsides after a period of three months compared to six weeks in case of acute pain.  Patients report lowed back pains, pain in the knee joints, headaches, migraine, pain in the neck, shoulder, hips and finger areas.


Current research in the field of medical science show that there a number of psychosocial, neurobiological, and psychological factors which are leading people to developing addiction and eventually suffer from chronic related health effects. As per a recent study discussed at the Annual Meeting in California by the American Academy of Pain Medicine, high risk patients are experiencing a significant improvement in the reduction of severe chronic pain through an intensive rehabilitation program.  The interesting thing is that the results are similar to that of the outcomes of low risk patients.

Patients with substance use issues are treated using non-opioid drugs, psychological, physical occupational therapies etc.  Stanford University experts from the Division of Pain Management strongly recommend the patients to seek psychological counseling on an individual basis or either in a group.  Organizations such as The Coleman Institute are making significant inroads in developing unique programs for detoxification and stabilization of substance abuse related effects safely and achieving commendable results with over a 95% success rate. The detoxification methods applied by the Institute are quite affordable for the patients and lasts less than a week which explains its growing popularity.
Chronic pain is the source of adverse health effects such as deterioration of relationships, increase in anxiety, depression etc. and thus leading to high psychological and economical costs running over $500 billion annually.  Health experts thus, are faced with the problem of delicately balancing the contribution of prescription drugs which may lead to possible abuse and also managing the pain in a compassionate manner.

If you or someone you love has a problem with addiction to Chronic Pain medications or other substances such as opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines, methadone, or suboxone, Please feel free to contact The Coleman Institute.  We're here for you! 

Friday, March 9, 2012


According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, a broad-based definition of addiction is a chronic disease of the brain circuitry controlling reward, motivation and memory.  Simply put, addiction is the continued use of an addictive substance, or the continued engagement in an addictive behavior despite adverse results.

A main factor in the onset of substance abuse such as drug addiction and alcoholism is that of self-medicating.  Self-medicating is when people suffering from anxiety, stress, or depression attempt to dull the unpleasant feelings by turning to chemical coping mechanisms.  Although these substances seem to aid in the feelings of stress and anxiety, the relief is short-lived, as those who become addicted rapidly find out.  Because drugs and alcohol cross the blood brain barrier and change the chemical composition of the brain, more and more of the substance are quickly needed in order to obtain the same level of high that was first enjoyed.  This physical and psychological dependence quickly spirals out of control, becoming an addiction.

Substance addictions are normally treated in several ways.  For drug and alcohol abuse, there are several voluntary 12-step programs that can be successful in long-term treatment.  Therapy sessions in either a group setting or one-on-one can also be a means of breaking the addiction cycle.  In the case of an opioid (heroin) dependence, patients can go through the accelerated opiate detox available through The Coleman Institute which will stabilize patients and relieve withdrawal symptoms.  In a similar fashion, the Coleman Institute also detoxes patients off of methadone and suboxone. The dosage can gradually be dialed down, resulting in a slow recovery from an addiction.

Those who avoid or delay treatment in order to remain active drug addicts normally end up dead, incarcerated, or institutionalized.  Those who successfully complete a 12-step-program or some other form of intensive treatment have a better chance of survival and eventual recovery.  If you suffer from opiate, alcohol, or benzodiazepine dependence, please call The Coleman Institute at 1.877-77.DETOX.  They want to help you get clean and stay clean!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Accelerated Detox

When chemical dependency is discussed, quitting cold turkey is no longer an option.  Traditional detoxification methods only subject patients to unnecessary and horrific withdrawal symptoms.  The success rate of such treatments is barely 10% after one year, and even worse after the second.  The common concept of substituting an illegal drug with a legal one such as Methadone or Suboxone switches the addiction from one drug to another.  Ultra Rapid Detox (URD) was subsequently introduced as a faster and more efficient technique to treat drug addiction.  However, this method has some drawbacks, thus, The Coleman Institute, an advanced center for addiction treatment, started using a new method called accelerated detox, providing a safer and more cost efficient alternative to URD for over ten years.

URD was introduced in the 1980s and involves the use of general anesthesia and Naltrexone is used to flush all opiates from the brain receptors, achieving 100% detox within about ten to thirty minutes. However, the extreme speed of detox puts the body into shock, and a recent study has reported that the stress the body is subjected to is the equivalent of a major automobile accident.  Some fatalities have also been reported, although the exact cause of death was never verified.

Accelerated detox is only similar to URD to some extent.  Anesthesia is eliminated, with sedative medication being used instead.  The body is allowed a minimum of three days for the detox process to unfold.   Accelerated detox can begin in an office setting, then proceed to an outpatient basis, vastly more cost effective than prolonged hospital stays.

As with URD, patients are given Naltrexone, which is a narcotic antagonist, meaning that even if patients were to use narcotics, no effect will be felt as the brain receptors have been blocked.

Accelerated detox, just like any other detox program, is only effective with consistent followups and positive reinforcements; however, taking a regimen of Naltrexone for a minimum of twelve months can only make the whole accelerated detox process much more tolerable.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Acceptance: Giving Up Hope for a Better Past

I recently heard a gentleman tell about what caused a relapse for him after he’d had several months of sobriety.  He attended a family event and was reminded about all the unfair and awful things that had happened to him in his past.  It ate away at him.  Numbing himself seemed very justifiable.

Of course, he was miserable with his drinking.  Once again, his relationships were going down the tubes, his job performance was slipping, money was always a problem.  In a moment of desperation he went back to an AA meeting.  The topic was acceptance.  He heard someone define acceptance as “Giving up any hope for a better past.”

The truth of this statement hit him like a ton of bricks.  Almost instantaneously, he was able to release much of the bitterness that he had been clinging to so tenaciously.

At The Coleman Institute, we see success stories every day as we detox people off of opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines ("benzos") as well as Methadone and Suboxone.  If you recognize yourself in this story, and are ready to ‘give up any hope for a better past’, good for you.  Releasing such poisonous thoughts will free you up in a way you won’t believe possible.

If you’ve been drinking alcohol heavily enough that you need some medical assistance to stop, call The Coleman Institute and ask Jennifer about our Accelerated Alcohol Detox program.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Scourge of Addiction

There is little doubt that addiction has become one of the biggest scourges of modern society.  There are many reasons for this, but the overriding fact is addiction is now one of the leading causes of societal problems as addicts act outside the norms and bring untold harm to themselves, their family, friends and relationships.  It is a real problem and one that must be dealt with as soon as possible on an individual basis before things spiral completely out of control.  Even then, recovery is possible.

Addictions break down into two distinct areas.  There are the physical addictions of nicotine, alcohol and opiates that are portrayed so frequently in the media.  In addition, people also struggle to free themselves from Methadone and Suboxone as well.  Finally, people also become addicts due to struggle with chronic pain issues where drugs are legitimately prescribed and become addicted.  Then there are what are known as behavioral addictions. As the name suggests, these addictions are tailored towards a particular type of behavior.  A classic example is someone who gets addicted to gambling, but this type of addiction can extend to anything from sex to eating to exercising excessively.

The biggest problem with addictions is that the addict is often unable to recognize the harm that their addiction is causing to them and those around them.  Addicts often miss important things such as their child’s birthdays without even realizing it so that they can participate in their addiction.  They abuse the people they are in relationships with due to their inconsistent and often aggressive conduct. Finances tend to fly off the handle and, overall, the addict’s life is simply one that is a huge mess that sticks to those around them as well.

The Coleman Institute is here for addicts and their impacted family and friends.  The ability to break an addiction is not something one person usually has.  While an addict can break an addiction on their own for perhaps a day, a week or even a few months in rare cases, they eventually return to it because they do not have the proper foundation to move beyond it.  At The Coleman Institute, we provide immediate help and build a foundation for long term success.  Contact us today to learn more about putting an end to the addiction in your life!