Peter R. Coleman, M.D.
Every now and then, at an AA or an NA meeting, someone brings up the topic of “Gratitude”. There is usually a bit of a groan from the crowd – who wants to think about all that sappy, positive stuff anyway? But, I suspect that, like me, most people are secretly happy to be thinking about all the things they have to be grateful for. Certainly “Gratitude meetings” always end up being fabulous, and I, for one, always leave feeling so much better than when I came.
So, here it is December. It is that time of the year when it feels natural to look back and count our blessings. As I look back over the last12 months, I am struck by just how many wonderful things there are in my life and how many wonderful things there are in the lives of the people around me.
First, we get to work with some amazing patients and their families. On a daily basis we are reminded of just how wonderful it is to see patients transforming their lives. Many patients come back to see us for follow up implants and they come back clean and sober, looking and feeling great.
Second, the transformations going in their lives are truly awe inspiring and amazing. Many are forging new and healthy relationships with their families and loved ones. Many are taking good care of themselves, physically emotionally and spiritually. Many are rediscovering healthy friendships and making new ones. Many are going back to school or forging ahead in their careers. In short they are growing in recovery – living a good clean life. It is such a blessing for us to be able to watch this happening, and for us to play our small part in it.
Third, at our Christmas party last weekend, I had the experience of being able to look around the room and see all of the people I have the pleasure of working with. We have an incredible team. Smart people. Dedicated people. Funny people. They work hard. They enjoy helping patients along their recovery journey, and they are fun to work with. I am so grateful.
Furthermore, in the last year, The Coleman Institute has seen some great changes and growth in the company. We have opened an office in Tampa, Florida, working with Dr Imtiaz Hossein. He is a very knowledgeable and nurturing physician who loves helping patients overcome their addiction problems. We are now in the process of training Dr. Baruch who has an office in the Philadelphia area, and we are talking with physicians in the Austin, Texas region.
We have now celebrated the reality that we have been providing our Accelerated Opiate Detoxification (AOD) for over 10 years. It is a fantastic option for patients to be able to get off opiates safely, comfortably and usually in only three days. We are also doing more and more outpatient alcohol detoxes and we are detoxing more patients off Xanax, Klonopin and other Benzodiazepines. We continue to use Naltrexone Implants which are working very well, but now we are also using a lot of Vivitrol – a monthly Naltrexone Injection. For the last year we have been providing coaching services for some of our clients and we are now in the process of adding an online coaching program.
Last, on a personal level I am very blessed. I am in love with an amazing and wonderful woman. We work well together, loving each other, communicating well and sharing fun adventures. My two children are growing up in such a beautiful way. They are both loving the schools they are in and enjoying their studies. They have good friends and they are happy. I sure do have a lot to be grateful for. I hope that your lives are full of blessings and wonderful things too!
Have a great 2013!