Thursday, March 22, 2012

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.

Sincerely,

Jayne*"

*Name changed to protect anonymity and confidentiality

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