Wednesday, June 5, 2013

True Freedom

Joan Shepherd, FNP

When a patient comes to us for a detox of some sort, we commence with the physical process by giving medications to relieve side effects commonly experienced with withdrawal.  Many patients simply desire a bridge to help them safely, and relatively painlessly, get off opiates.  They believe that physical addiction is their problem, and once free from the physiological manifestations of addiction, they can move forward in their relationships, work and leisure activities. And while we are not likely to try to overtly change anyone’s mind during an Accelerated Opiate or Alcohol Detox, it may be helpful for anyone considering a detox to give some thought to the situations that created the patterns of abuse in the first place.

In Divine Therapy and Addiction,Thomas Keating describes the three emotional programs that drive humans: the desire for security and safety, self-esteem and approval, and power and control. From our childhood, we learn to identify the gratification of these categories as happiness. Stated very simplistically, when these emotional programs are thwarted, frustration is created. Depending on how severely a person’s emotional needs are unmet, genetic pre-disposition for addiction, and other societal influences, a vulnerable person may turn to alcohol or drugs to provide temporary relief. As this becomes habitual, the problem of unmet needs is compounded by all the problems that come with addiction.

And while we can provide our patients with a successful physical detox from alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines, we almost invariably observe that those clients who enjoy long-term freedom from addictive substances are those who embark on some program of unraveling and understanding the compounding, confounding reasons that led them to these destructive patterns in the first place.

This is where the true freedom lies, and this is our hope for you!

At The Coleman Institute, you are very important to us!  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We look forward to talking with you.  

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