Joan Shepherd, FNP
We have many clients who come to The Coleman Institute simply for help to physically stop using opiates, alcohol or benzos . We have a solid program that works well. However, because addiction is a bio-psycho-social illness, most people need to do more than simply address the ‘bio’ piece.
Data seems to support the attendance at recovery meetings for long-term sobriety, but I meet clients regularly who do not like Twelve Step programs such as AA or NA. Many report not relating to the Higher Power component; others do not like the idea of a group setting and prefer working one-on-one with a qualified counselor.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and trying to figure out how the heck you are going to re-create, or rather, re-discover who you are without the chemicals, there are some excellent on-line resources. For many people, participating in an on-line program as they are tentatively exploring the world of sobriety feels much safer, and the support from fellow addicts/alcoholics can be as real on-line as it is in person at a meeting. Just no hugs or handholds. (which may be exactly what they are looking for!)
Here’s a link that was posted earlier this year by Healthline.com. It contains the best 15 blogs specifically related to alcoholism. Click below to learn more!
Remember, if you or a loved one is looking for help with a safe way to detox off opiates, benzos or alcohol, give Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart a call.
Joan Shepherd FNP