Friday, July 13, 2012

When Your Soul Comes Knocking...

When people come for an Accelerated Opiate Detox they are highly motivated, often desperate to make positive changes in their lives.  Following a detox, we almost invariably suggest that patients use a 12-Step Program to help them on their journey.  Some people embrace this idea; others prefer to stay clean without a 12-Step approach, preferring one on one counseling, Skype-Groups with our own Chris Newcomb, combinations of the above, or no formal help at all.

It is hard to describe what I see happen with people who embrace the 12-Step philosophy.  I was quite moved a couple weeks ago when I spoke to a woman who has not used substances for over 20 years.  She didn’t start attending AA or NA meetings until she’d been ‘clean’ for 15 years.  Simply not using substances wasn’t providing serenity or recovery for her, and she knew she was looking for something to fill a void.

She found her answer in the AA/NA community; it fed her soul.  She consciously chose to work the 12-steps, one by one, with a sponsor.  Some steps were easier than others.  The profound message for her was: There is another way to live.

I encourage you to consider this as you sign up to complete a detox with us at The Coleman Institute.  We’ll provide you with a pretty comfortable way to physically get off-- then stay off, opiates, for the duration of the naltrexone therapy.  The exciting, fulfilling, rewarding and joyful piece (peace) is also there for you, but it requires answering the call when your soul comes knocking.  I invite you to consider the 12-Step approach to help structure your own recovery.

At The Coleman Institute, we love to help people get clean and stay clean.  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! 

- Joan R. Shepherd, FNP

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