Friday, June 29, 2012

Enough is Enough

It's a famous saying.  You hear it in movies.  You'll hear it at the mall by exasperated mothers trying to settle their rambunctious children as they fight over the front seat in the parking lot of Target.  You even hear it in the midst of election year discourse.  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

This blog is not political or about dealing with rambunctious kids.  However, it is about believing in the phrase, "enough is enough".  Let me explain. 

The Coleman Institute believes it's time to shout it out loud from the mountain tops "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!" when it comes to drug and alcohol use!  The word 'enough' is defined as, "sufficient for the purpose"  For the purpose of what?  For the purpose of destroying the lives of addicts and alcoholics worldwide.  That is, drugs and alcohol are enough or sufficient for the purpose of destroying people's lives.  We are saying that it is time to recognize that we've had enough (sufficient for the purpose) of enough (sufficient for the purpose of destroying lives) with drug and alcohol abuse!  Won't you join us in making some noise?  

You don't have to be a saint to help someone.  You don't have to have all the answers.  All you have to do is tell them that they are meant for so much more in this life than the empty promises of drugs and alcohol.  Love them.  Encouragement them.  Try not to judge them.  Support them in ways that are healthy for all involved.  You'll be glad you did and so will they! 

At The Coleman Institute, we love to help people get clean and stay clean from addiction to alcohol and drugs.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcoholbenzosMethadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Detox Answers For Trauma And Addiction

Sometimes due to uncontrollable circumstances, trauma and addiction will go hand-in-hand in the lives of the people who experience severe accidents.  When someone goes through severe injuries after an accident they can be in unthinkable pain and to get them through the healing process they are given pain medications to relieve them of this pain.  Over a period of time some of these medications can be addictive.  The brain is a magnificent part of our bodies but there are parts of that are locked from our understanding, oddly enough, in many ways.  We are still searching for the right key to unlock its mysteries, particularly with regards to trauma to the body and addiction in the brain. 

There is a pain and addiction pattern that can be established after the body has been traumatized.  With some of the injuries that occur, there is no choice but to reduce the amount of pain involved so the patient can recover.  The more pain there is the more medication has to be used and the longer the involvement with these drugs will last.

The real problem lies in the type of drug involved and the time that the person is taking this pain medication.  Some pain medications can evoke an addiction easier than others but the bottom line is that many of these drugs can produce a tolerance and a need or desire for these drugs.

For the person recovering from a traumatic accident, this can be a double-edged sword.  The pain that can occur throughout a long-term physical recovery needs to be managed. The method of that management can be the cause of a new problem; an addiction to the very drugs that were supposed to be helping the patient recover.

There are alternative ways to manage pain but most physicians and surgeons rely on the time tested way of pain management; prescription drugs.  These drugs are very effective in what they are supposed to do but the risk for addition is great.  Alternative methods of pain management usually are not tried until it is too late and often do not reduce the pain to a manageable level.

There are different ways of helping a person fight addition to pain medications.  One drug that is commonly used for detox treatment is Methadone.  This is used to help "wean" a person from the other drugs that they have become addicted to.  This assists the person through the withdrawal symptoms that accompany this process of cleaning the system of the drug.

The problem with this system is that these drugs that help a person get through their addiction may become an addiction problem themselves.   Methadone and other drugs like Suboxone are used to help addicted people get through an opiate detox are even more addictive and they are much more painful to clean out of the system and brain.

Fortunately, this method described is not the only way to help a person clean their system of a drug that has been an addiction problem.  Another way is to put an addicted person through an accelerated program of detox off of the pain medicine, Suboxone, or Methadone so they can truly be drug-free.  The system we use takes only three days as opposed to the five to ten days that occurs naturally.  We help the brain receptors rid themselves of the toxins while maintaining the comfort of the person throughout this process.  A Naltrexone implant under the skin is the last step of the process to keep all opiates from being received by the brain's receptors which aids in keeping the person drug free for many weeks.  This allows a pattern to be developed by the person to stay drug free.

This is a trauma and addiction method to free a person of their addictions in a less painful way.  It will take less time and help to ensure each person the hope of a drug free life.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcoholbenzosMethadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!

New Scams Flood the Streets with Suboxone

It was bound to happen – when an addictive drug as potent as Suboxone was made available and promoted heavily it was only a matter of time that enterprising people would start scams and make money.  Over the last year, we have been hearing more and more about how easy it is to get Suboxone on the streets, and how often people are now abusing it.  Last week, a patient who we detoxed off Suboxone revealed to us just how bad the situation is in his home town in West Va.  He also told us about the latest scam – a scam involving both unscrupulous doctors and people posing as patients.  

Suboxone is a powerful and highly addictive drug.  Its characteristics include the fact that it lasts a very long time, it binds tightly to the opiate receptors and it doesn’t turn the switch on fully.  As a substitute drug, it is pretty ideal.  It only needs to be taken once a day.  It reduces cravings for short-acting opiates like Heroin and OxyContin.  If patients use other opiates, they don’t get much effect because the Suboxone is already bound to the receptor.  And lastly, it doesn’t give much of a high because it only turns the switch on partially.

Unfortunately, these same characteristics make it a real problem.  It lasts such a long time that withdrawal off of it takes forever.  Patients suffer for months with acute withdrawal and even longer with post-acute withdrawal.  Almost all of them go back to using short-acting opiates during the time they try to taper off the Suboxone.  This is why our Naltrexone Implant works so well for these patients – it seems to speed up the post-acute withdrawal and it forces them to get through it.

There are probably a lot of scams going on but the one I heard about last week involved unscrupulous doctors and unscrupulous patients.  Apparently, there are groups of people traveling to Pittsburgh for the day, and going to physicians who are licensed to prescribe Suboxone.  After they pay their inflated fee, they receive a medical visit, and are then prescribed 8mg Suboxone tablets – three daily.  They leave with a script for 90 pills – worth about $2700 ($30 per pill).  I am sure some patients are hitting up more than one physician in a day.

The physician part of the scam is that the physician lets the patient know that they can get a refill of 90 tablets every month.  No visit is necessary - all they have to do is call on the phone for a couple of minutes and pay $250 with a visa card!  Not a bad way to make another $2700.

It is all quite legal.  Suboxone was regulated lightly on purpose.  Last year I spoke with an official at SAMSHA and he informed me that the intention of the Suboxone regulations was to trust doctors to use their clinical judgment on how they treated their Suboxone patients. They didn’t want to restrict Suboxone’s use like Methadone had been.  Methadone, of course, is only available in clinics.  This forces addicts to waste a lot of time, often making it hard to keep a job.  It also forces them to congregate with other addicts, many of whom are still using and not interested in recovery.  So Suboxone can be prescribed in private physician’s offices and the “trusted physician” can treat his patient with dignity and respect. Both are working towards stopping drug use and changing behaviors and lifestyles.

It all sounds good, but now we have patients hitting up multiple doctors and making very easy money.  The unscrupulous doctors are getting rich by writing scripts for lots of patients and pretending they are practicing good medicine.  And already there is so much Suboxone on the streets that many patients are getting hooked on it.  They will soon find out just how difficult it is to stop.

If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcoholbenzosMethadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sustaining Life Change

I had the honor of hearing Dr. James Prochaska speak at a conference recently.  He is one of the gurus of behavioral change, and has spent years doing research on what exactly helps or hinders people from making—and sustaining—change in their lives.  His research reveals that people go through stages along a continuum on their way to making lasting change.  The earliest stage, what he labels "Pre-Contemplative", is characterized by denial and avoidance of dealing with the detrimental behavior.  In this stage, a person likes to blame his problem on other people or circumstances in his life.  Actually, most people are not on board with changing at all at this stage.

The stages then progress to:

- Contemplation ("OK, maybe I do have a problem…I’ll deal with it sometime, somehow…") 
- Preparation ("I’ve checked out several different programs to help me detox") 
- Action ("I’ve called and scheduled myself. I’m no longer using, and I’ve found a Narcotics   
  Anonymous meeting I’m willing to attend") 
- Maintenance (Sobriety becomes a daily habit).

Needless to say, by the time we see most people, they have made it to the Action Phase; they are highly motivated to stop using opiates, and they have signed up for an Accelerated Opiate Detox.

If you are pretty sure you have your opiate problem under control, that the nagging from your spouse is her annoying personality, that you ‘can stop anytime you want to’, that you feel like an utter failure because you keep spending money on drugs that could have been used to take your family on vacation…you are probably still in the early or Pre-Contemplative phase.  I urge you to begin to start a list of pros and cons about your drug use.  You won’t have to look far to hear about the joy and freedom that others have found when they let it go.

 If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcoholbenzosMethadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Coleman Institute and Alcohol Detox

Alcohol is the worlds most commonly abused drug. Some people can give alcohol up alone but many others need professional help.  It is important to find the right help if you or someone you know wishes to stop drinking alcohol completely. Ultimately, you need an organization which offers professionalism, safety and high levels of care.

Once a person has decided to stop drinking alcohol, they will experience some horrendous withdrawal symptoms.  Alcohol withdrawal can include excessive sweating, loss of appetite, seizures, anxiety, insomnia, trembling and nausea and in severe cases delirium tremors (the "DT's") which can be fatal.

The Coleman Institute has developed an alcohol detox program where patients can go through a safe, managed detoxification process in an outpatient environment.  This means that patients can go through much of their alcohol detox in the comfort of their own home. Of course, this is only possible if the patient has a support network such as a sober friend or relative at home who can administer their medication.

At the Coleman Institute, the first step of alcohol detox following screening for suitability is for the patient to be given an intravenous mixture of medication.  This will help replenish any nutrients and neurochemicals that have been depleted as a direct result of alcohol abuse. Things such as Folates, Magnesium and Thiamine are given via an IV drip.   If this potent cocktail is not administered quickly enough, a patient could be at risk of brain damage.  The patient would then be given a Phenobarbital medication to calm them down and prevent seizures.  Without using a Phenobarbital medication, the detox cannot begin to work effectively.  Once the patient shows signs that the detox has begun, he or she would be given additional Phenobarbital medication until the Detox is well under control. The correct dosage of any medication that is required is then given to the patient's support person. The patient is then discharged to their care who will be responsible for them over the following days.

The patient must return daily to the Coleman Institute until the detox has reached completion.  The institute prides itself on providing excellent aftercare to all of its patients so that people have the confidence to continue with their sobriety.  Education about recovery is given to all patients along with any necessary medication.  Patients are also encouraged to attend meetings and receive counseling from specialists who deal with alcohol abuse.

In addition, patients are given implants which block receptors in the brain which will result in the patient having reduced cravings to drink alcohol again.  These implants greatly increase the success rates of the patient remaining sober.  The implants are normally used between 6-12 months.

The Coleman Institute's Alcohol Detox program relieves the physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal which have arisen because the patient's brain has adapted to the constant presence of alcohol.  Once the alcohol is taken away, the person's body and mind is unable to function properly.  Alcoholism increases the risk of certain types of cancers as well as damaging the stomach lining, affecting the nervous system and depleting the body of much needed vitamins and minerals.  People who abuse alcohol also have memory loss and poor relationships with friends and family.  The Coleman Institute ensures that it does its best to give alcoholics their lives back, and by doing so, improve the lives of friends and family who are affected by an alcohol abuser.

If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcoholbenzosMethadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Family Support

Family support is an important and essential factor in any recovery process, and detox is no exception.   By utilizing a network of professional inpatient/outpatient treatment centers, therapist, psychiatrists, and 12 Step groups such as A.A. and N.A. to aid in the treatment process, the Coleman Institute's methods for treatment are modeled on proven strategies that have a history of success.  In addition, the Coleman Institute recognizes that whether recovering from alcohol or drug addiction, family support is a necessary part of any successful recovery program for addicts and alcoholics who are serious about getting better.

Whether just beginning a treatment program or continuing on the path to recovery, the support of family and friends plays a pivotal role in whether or not treatment will be successful.  It's often easy to slip back into old patterns or behaviors, and having family support will encourage recovering alcoholics and other addicts to stay clean and not engage in activities that can encourage a fallback into old behaviors.  Family support plays a vital role in all recovery treatments, and having a network of friends and family is an essential part of getting - and staying - clean.

Family members can provide necessary and lasting support to patients who have gone through the detox procedure through encouragement and the establishing of a support network that makes the process more manageable.  Whether a patient has been clean for a year or a day, having the support of those closest to them plays a vital role in staying clean, and avoiding problem areas that could lead to a relapse.

For those struggling with an addiction to narcotics or prescription painkillers, a family support system becomes vital when facing the possibility of surgery or other conditions where the use of painkillers becomes necessary.   A support system can help patients in monitoring medicine in order to avoid developing another addiction.  They can also play a pivotal role in holding onto prescription medication for a patient recovering from addiction as an additional check and balance to ensure prescription drugs are not being abused or mismanaged.

For those battling against alcoholism, a strong support network of family and friends in addition to an A.A. program can greatly aid alcoholics in maintaining sobriety and not relapsing back into drinking. By having a group of close friends to whom they are accountable, recovering alcoholics have a better chance of staying sober, and not repeating old patterns or behaviors which could lead to repeat drinking.

Addictive behaviors not only affect the patient who is drinking, doing drugs or abusing prescription medications.  It influences and has an affect on the family as a whole, which is why support for the family is so vital in the recovery and treatment process.  Family members also need 'recovery' from the effects of being in relationship with someone with an active addiction.  Groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon as well as Families Anonymous are great for helping family members learn new ways of coping with an addict who is in recovery or has not yet entered recovery.  This way the family, through support of these groups, can help their loved one or friend without hurting themselves!  

If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcoholbenzosMethadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

You and Me

I frequently get asked by friends and family about my patients.
“What are they like?”
“Where do they live?”
“How can you work with those crazy people?!”
You know what I tell them?
They’re just like you and me.
They are mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sons & daughters.
They are hard-working. 
Incredibly smart.
They are from suburban and urban communities that you call home.
They want to be well & have peace in their life, just like you do.
They are wonderful people who may have done some not-so-wonderful things in their past.
Couldn’t you say the same things about most of your family and friends?
…and aren’t we all a little crazy?
If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcoholbenzosMethadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Truth About Using "Suboxone Detox"

Suboxone is a drug used to help people to detoxify their bodies from opiates such as methadone or heroin.  Even though Suboxone is utilized as a detox from another opioid, one can get addicted to it.  Many patients are not able to stop using it and they may take it for a long duration as a maintenance drug.  They may not be able to relinquish it even if they attempt to gradually wean it off. 

At The Coleman institute, we do not recommend the use of Suboxone or Methadone as viable detox treatment options for opiate addiction.  Therefore, we offer a different detox process that is much easier than the typical "Suboxone Detox" used by other facilities.  This process is the Accelerated Detox Program, which is useful for patients suffering from opiate addictions and those who have taken large doses of Suboxone.

Using our Accelerated Detox, we can detoxify patients off even large doses of Suboxone over a five to eight day period.  Following detoxification, we recommend Naltrexone therapy, usually in the form of a Naltrexone implant.  The Naltrexone implant fills up the opiate receptors in the brain and this decreases cravings and the residual withdrawal symptoms.  Each implant lasts for six to twelve weeks.  Combined with our commitment to quality aftercare, this gives our Suboxone patients a significant head start in remaining drug-free permanently!

We believe that abstaining from drugs completely means that patients should not take any drugs or alcohol.  The only drugs that a patient should take are the non-addictive medications prescribed by a physician who knows about the addictive struggles that the patient is dealing with.

If you or someone you love is in need of help detoxing off of Methadone, Suboxone, opiates, benzos or alcohol, please don't hesitate to call Jennifer Pius at 1.877.77.DETOX (33869). 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Celebrity Warning: Jay-Z to Rihanna!!!

Very rarely do we get to see one musician stand-up to and for another one BEFORE the addiction gets them into major trouble.  Finally, some one spoke up!  Many people believe part of Whitney Houston's death was to blame on her 'handlers' who neither handled her nor handled her well.  Perhaps, Whitney could've been saved.  Alas, it is too late.  Maybe not for Rihanna.  Let's hope so!

For our Friday blog, we are reposting an article from about record executive and rap superstar Jay-Z giving his young, superstar singer an ultimatum to pursue rehab or be dropped from the record label.  This would spell career disaster or even failure for Rihanna.  Let's hope she is wise and listens to Jay-Z's counsel soon!  Click below to read the article:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Chemistry of Accelerated Opiate Detox

If you have been watching television recently, then chances are you have seen an intervention show or at least part of it.  It paints the traditional picture of a person struggling with addiction, often relapsing or not accepting help at all.  It is unfortunate that not many shows highlight the chemical changes in the body which make staying sober difficult or the new procedures like accelerated opiate detox which can help an addict successfully start his or her journey to sobriety.

We often judge people who are dependent on opiates like Heroin, Methadone and Oxycontin too harshly thinking that they only lack will power in order to get their lives back on track.  The truth is there is a chemical aspect to addiction that physically affects an individual and makes him or her feel very ill.  Spells of vomiting, dizziness, weakness, intense pain, loose bowel movement and suicidal feelings are just some of the withdrawal symptoms experienced by those undergoing rehabilitation. Aside from the traditional psychological counseling the chemical or physical aspect of addiction should also be addressed.  This is the reason why a chemical detoxification process like accelerated opiate detox is so very important because it deals with the physical dependence of the person and not just the psychological dependence focused on by counseling. 

Medical facilities like The Coleman Institute specialize in this type of chemical and physical management of symptoms in order to ensure that the patient has a reasonable chance of success.  Too often many addicts are not able to continue their rehabilitation program because of the painful and uncomfortable detoxification process.  The Coleman Institute has a three day accelerated detoxification program which, with constant supervision, allow the individual to quickly, safely and as comfortable as possible undergo the withdrawal process.

Traditional treatments for opiate dependents in rehab centers are often a combination of the painful withdrawal symptoms and psychological counseling and activities.  This technique of dealing with addiction has been in practice for decades and more often than not does not include the modern chemical findings where a medical drug called Naltrexone blocks opiates from an addicts system. Opiates like Heroin and Oxycontin synthetically tell our brain to flood our system with endorphins which is our body's natural pain killer as well as being responsible for making us feel happy or content.  Because opiates artificially stimulate endorphin release, our body, in time, no longer releases endorphins naturally and thus we become addicted to opiates.  Naltrexone stops the person from craving the abused substance.  Also, because opiates are no longer used or are attached to the brain's receptors, the process of endorphins being released naturally so that an addict can once again feel "normal" can now start to heal.

The accelerated opiate detox that The Coleman Institute offers are not like the ones in other facilities which simply sedate the patient through the withdrawal period. What The Coleman Institute offers is a type of opiate neuro-regulation which supports the patient even after the three day detox program. The minute the Naltrexone implant is placed under the patient's skin, it keeps opiates from the receptors in the brain for eight to twelve weeks.  This is a leap forward in the rehabilitation process since it gives an addict more time to deal with the physical as well as psychological facets of addiction and in so doing help him or her become drug-free permanently.

If you or someone you love is in need of help detoxing off of Methadone, Suboxone, opiates, benzos or alcohol, please don't hesitate to call Jennifer Pius at 1.877.77.DETOX (33869).  Remember, relapse prevention is possible!!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Methadone Detox and Its Treatment

The practice of using Methadone as a treatment for Heroin addiction has been highly recommended by some institutions. However, is it really a good choice of detoxification?

What is Methadone?
Methadone, also known as Amidone, Dolophine, Symoron and Heptadon, is a cheaper narcotic (opioid) that is mostly used to substitute other opioid pain relievers.  It is also used as an antitussive and an anti-addictive element in opiate-related addiction detox treatments that include heroin and morphine addiction.  Methadone was formulated in Germany in 1937 and was brought to the US in 1947.  This drug can be administered through intravenous injections, inhalation and via the oral, sub lingual (under the tongue) or rectal route.

Although used in the treatment of heroin addiction, Methadone also carries its own withdrawal symptoms and it's also highly addictive.  According to studies, Methadone withdrawal can be harder to deal with and is potentially longer to battle than heroin addiction.  Many patients who have succeeded against heroin addiction may soon after submit themselves for another detoxification and to end a new or another drug addiction.  Since it had happened numerous times in the past and up to this very day, it may no longer sound strange and ironic that Methadone-treated heroin dependents may later undergo a Methadone Detox to completely clear themselves from drug addiction.

What is Methadone Detox?
Methadone Detox is the process undergone by previous Heroin, Morphine and Oxycontin users that were given Methadone as treatment for their addiction.  This detox is highly needed once an individual finds it very hard to kick the habit.  In addition, those who have tried to subdue its addictive effect may experience severe withdrawal symptoms that may lead them to get back to their previous addictions.  As a result, patients that were able to clear themselves from the painful effects of addiction and withdrawal are prone to experience an addiction comeback.

It has been proven that Heroin and Oxycontin detoxification should not be treated with another addictive drug for the same reason that the previous addictions are being treated for.  The Coleman Institute, an advanced detoxification center with several locations in the United States provides detoxification without the use of Methadone and other addictive drugs.

What is the Accelerated Detox Program?
This is an outpatient treatment used for Methadone Detox but is performed inside a medical facility. Since its development in 2001, it has cleared more than 98% of Methadone affected patients.  The Accelerated Detox Program advocates an 8 day treatment to help patients detox off of Methadone. The patient in this program is strictly monitored to ensure that every needed medical support and assistance is met and provided for.  This is done to achieve a successful and effective detoxification. The Accelerated Detox also uses Naltrexone therapy that offers an efficient and comfortable way of eliminating addictive opiates from the patient's system.

Naltrexone therapy also includes an implant that is recommended for 12 months to finally avoid a relapse.  Sufferers of addiction may also seek help from the center's Aftercare Coordinator to find the appropriate treatment facility following a successful detoxification process.  A support group will make the patient more invulnerable to addiction setbacks.  Keep in mind that addictions should not be treated with addictive compounds, the use of doctor-prescribed, non –addictive medications are the most efficient method to fight-off addictions.  Be treated by doctors and professionals who really care and sees what's best for you!

 If you or someone you love is in need of help detoxing off of Methadone, Suboxone, opiates, benzos or alcohol, please don't hesitate to call Jennifer Pius at 1.877.77.DETOX (33869).  Remember, relapse prevention is possible!!!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Relapse Prevention

The Coleman Institute is a detox facility that has been around for a number of years.  The goal of the institute is to use a combination of methods to detox the addict, or those dealing with drug addiction. Once the addict is sober, they need to stay in recovery.  As most everyone knows, this is often a challenge. This is especially true for addicts that are returning to their old community, or place of residence. Triggers abound everywhere for a former drug user. Even awareness of these triggers do not always curb the addicts desire to use.  Triggers work in an unconscious way to trigger the brain to use again.

Most people remember the experiment with Pavlov's dog in which even though the particular food that started the animals salivation was taken away, the bell that always sounded when the food was served served as a trigger for the dog's salivating.  The dog paired the bell stimuli with the food.
Addicts brains work in much the same way.  Sounds, music like you used get to get high to, smells, places, all work to unconsciously trigger the desire to use.  It is critical for addicts to avoid these triggers as much as possible, especially for addicts that are returning to the same surroundings.

A support system is critical for you to maintain sobriety.  Whether you, the addict, attends AA, NA or just has a strong network of friends and family helping to maintain sobriety, making use of these resources is critical.  In addition, you should maintain a daily journal, and be aware of when bad feelings may cause a desire to use.  You have to have all new coping mechanisms in place.  Maybe physical exercise is the key for you, perhaps devoting time to a new and interesting hobby may be a method of coping without turning to drugs.  It is critical for you to distract yourself when the urge to use presents itself, as it almost certainly will.  Relapse prevention is not just one decsion but a series of decsions to keep clean and sober.

Addicts need to plan for relapse prevention while they are still in treatment.  They may do well in treatment, only to be faced with a whole new set of circumstances out in the world.  They need to anticipate what set of circumstances will be difficult for them, and how they will cope.

That is why it is critical to discover what they are like sober, what they like to do, what is helpful for them; so that when they are faced with difficult circumstances out in the world, they can react to them appropriately, and not give in to the desire to use.  Remember that how you cope with your triggers is up to you.  At times the urge to use again may be overwhelming; particularly if you are tired, stressed and overwhelmed.  You will have to make sure that you have adequate coping strategies in place to cope with these strong urges to use again.

If you or someone you love is in need of help detoxing off of Methadone, Suboxone, opiates, benzos or alcohol, please don't hesitate to call Jennifer Pius at 1.877.77.DETOX (33869).  Remember, relapse prevention is possible!!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Letting Go

Ever held onto something you just couldn't seem to let go?  Like that candy bar in the check-out line that is calling your name while your conscience is screaming at you to run like a madman out of the store before you gain another 5lbs by osmosis?  Me too.  Been there, done that.  Overrated!!!

Sometimes letting go can save your life.  For example, if your family has a risk of heart attack and stroke, it would be a wise move to 'let go' of eating at McDonald's.  It may be hard at first but it beats the alternative! 

The same is true with drugs and alcohol.  You may feel that you have to have drugs or alcohol to be normal.  The reality is we are all born without drug and alcohol addiction (unless born to a mother who is addicted) as a natural course of human experience. Therefore, it is NOT normal to use drugs and alcohol.  Therefore, letting go of them is ok! 

What can you do today to 'let go' of your addiction?  Is there someone you can talk to about your problem?  Isn't it time to trade in broken dreams for new hope and possibilities?  What part of drugs and alcohol is really worth it anyway?  Don't know where to start?  We do! 

The Coleman Institute is the premier addiction detox specialists in the U.S.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Bath Salts Revisited

Recently, we posted an article about the increasing use of 'bath salts' by addicts to get high.  By now, most of our readers are aware of the recent story out of Miami about the homeless man who was killed in a senseless attack by another man in a rage high on bath salts. 

To be clear, we do not want to glorify the use of bath salts.  They are incredibly dangerous and not to be used ever!  In light of this new 'addiction development', we thought it appropriate to direct our readers to an article on this morning about another bath salt user who is now clean and lived to tell about it as a warning to never 'try' bath salts.  It is clearly not worth it!  Please click on the link below to read the article!

The Coleman Institute is the premier addiction detox specialists in the U.S.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!

Friday, June 1, 2012


                I am a carnivore.  I love animals, they are tasty.  In particular, I prefer chicken, turkey, and cow.  I am not a big pig fan but will eat the occasional hotdog at the ballpark, if necessary.  I don’t, however, wish to see animals hurt or tortured (disclaimer so you’ll read the rest of the article).  However, in order to eat, something must die whether it is vegetable or animal.  Thankfully, it’s not me!
                What might carnivorous activities have to do with recovery you ask?  Well, let’s see if I can make that connection in the next three paragraphs!  As mentioned previously, I have an affinity for chicken.  There is nothing like a chicken sandwich from a famous fast food retailer (ahem…Chik-Fil-A) with some fries and an ice cold drink!  But on a deeper level, our little feathered friends can be helpful to our recovery.          
                Whenever someone is teased about lacking intestinal fortitude (i.e. guts) to do something, they are often labeled a “chicken”.  You know, it’s the whole ‘Chicken-Little-the-sky-is-falling,-I-am-a-wuss’ scenario.  Furthermore, some folks go as far as including sound effects such as, and forgive the rough translation, “bwock, bwock, bwock!”  It is even more effective if said sounds are accompanied by a wing flipping action (hands tucked with thumbs attached under the armpit and flipping wildly back and forth…kids get permission from your parents before trying such a dangerous behavior)  much like the bird that is being imitated!  These sounds are immediately understood by the accused.  They indicate weakness and ‘wussi-hood’ (a term I made up for this article that one does not want applied to oneself to be sure as it indicates complete, pathetic weakness)!
                Much like the proverbial “bwock-ing” accompanying fear of the unknown, the A.A. Big Book teaches that most addicts, before they enter recovery “balk”, that is, reject, refute, or argue with the suggested 12 Step approach to long-term sobriety.  It says, “At some of these we balked.  We thought we could find an easier, softer way.  But we could not” (Big Book, p. 58).  This “balk” is much like that “bwock” not only in sound but in meaning.  Just as someone might “bwock” with fear at the thought of skydiving, so to; many addicts “balk” in fear at the effort it takes to get clean.  “Balk-ing” is really just excuse-making.  It is a way to get out of owning your responsibilities and being held accountable to your actions.  In a word, it’s chicken. 
                You might be thinking, “Yeah that’s funny and all but you try kicking an addiction.”  You’re right.  It is funny!  And you’re right that kicking an addiction is no joke.  But here’s the catch, it’s not you that is chicken, rather, it is the addict within you who is afraid.  It balks like a true Chicken Little because it is scared of how good the 12 Steps are and how effective they have been in the lives of sober addicts all over the world.  So the next time you don’t feel like doing something your sponsor suggested, or going to a meeting, or anything else recovery-related, just remember to kick your inner chicken.  Tell him that he’s done for and you’re not going to be a victim to his poultry pandering any longer.  Because after all, chicken is white meat and white is the color of surrender.  Time for ‘Chicken Little’ to quit while he’s behind!
                 While this article is a bit tongue in cheek, we at The Coleman Institute take alcohol and drug abuse very seriously.  If you or someone you love needs detox services from alcohol, opiates, benzos, methadone or suboxone, please call Jennifer at 1.877.77.DETOX (33869).  Let us help you get clean and stay clean!