Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I'm Gonna Knock You Out!!!


By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.


Ever had someone threaten to 'knock you out'?  It's not a pleasant feeling.  I've had it happen a few times in my life, mostly in youthful athletic squabbles, but no matter how it happens, it is a very scary feeling.  Why?  Because our #1 drive in life is to survive! 

That's why I use what I call the 'Mike Tyson Analogy' regarding drug and alcohol relapse.  If you're familiar with former heavyweight champion boxer 'Iron' Mike Tyson, you know that he was a massive force to be reckoned with during his prime.  Mr. Tyson won his first 19 fights by knockout and 12 of those were in the first round!  He was the youngest boxer to simultaneously hold the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at the ripe old age of 20.   He successfully defended his titles nine times before finally losing to Buster Douglas.  You can see why I might use him as an analogy.  Allow me to explain. 

Relapse is a lot like getting an invitation to be knocked out by Mike Tyson.  If I got in the ring with an older Mike Tyson in 2013, I could out run him for a while.  Eventually, however, that famous left hook/right uppercut combination would strike and knock me out.  I would need a face lift from the damage. That's why I have no intention of EVER stepping in the ring with him!

Relapse works the same way.  Imagine, for a moment, if the drug is standing in the middle of the ring instead of Mike Tyson and it is taunting you calling you every name in the book and then some.  If you take the bait and get in the ring (i.e. use drugs), you're going to lose (i.e. relapse) because it's like messing with Mike Tyson.  My advice is never get in the ring in the first place (i.e. total abstinence).  

 Today the headline on the BBC reads, "Mike Tyson is close to death from drugs and alcohol".  So much for analogies, huh?!? Yes, even the mighty Mike Tyson is unable to stand up toe-to-toe against the powerful drugs and alcohol of today.  Recently on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, Tyson said, "I want to live my sober life. I don't want to die. I'm on the verge of dying, because I'm a vicious alcoholic."  What goes up must come down.  Oh, how, the mighty have fallen!  

Unfortunately, I am not able to use that analogy anymore.  However, the good news is that Mike Tyson is being honest, albeit before the entire world, that he has a problem and needs help dealing with it.  Our sincere wishes to Mr. Tyson as he starts training for the toughest fight of his life!

At The Coleman Institute, you matter!  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius and/or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We're here to help!







Ensuring Success in Long-Term Sobriety





 By 
Peter R. Coleman, M.D.

Today I met with a patient who has continued to relapse. He fully believes he is an alcoholic and he knows what he should do to stay sober. But, up until now, he has not done what he needs to do in order to stay sober. It requires a huge amount of work to be successful and stay sober.
 
Last week my family and I returned from a highly successful two week vacation with a very difficult mission. Joan and I took my two teenage children, three of their friends and her two adult children on a trip out west. Our mission was to climb the tallest peaks in four states – New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. Five teenagers and four adults in a 32-foot RV traveling across the country into places we had never been. Nine people with the intention of doing things we had never done before. In truth, the mission was a lot more difficult than any of us imagined, but we did achieve our goals - and we had a huge amount of fun doing it. It will certainly be one of the best vacations I have ever had, and it was a life-changing experience for all of us!


In order to be successful, we had to do a lot of preparation and then execute on it. There are a number of similarities between this trip and getting into recovery and staying in recovery:
 

1.     Determining our Destination - We had to decide where we actually wanted to get to (e.g. in your recovery, what do you really want?) before we could move forward with the other components, such as:


2.    Planning

o   Deciding on the Route

o   Reading books - on how to do it and how to be safe

o   Consulting professionals who knew the steps to be successful

o   Consulting other climbers who had taken the same journey

3.    Committing to the plan

o   Buying the tickets

o   Telling friends and family what we were doing

4.    Training and getting prepared

o   Obtaining equipment and supplies

o   Preparing physically

o   Preparing emotionally

o   Preparing spiritually

5.    Executing the plan – enjoying the journey

o   Start the journey

o   Being with friends who knew the way

o   Asking for help

o   Being flexible if plans needed to change

o   Being patient if plans needed to change

o   Dealing with setbacks, when needed

o   Helping each other so no one got left behind

o   Making sure the journey is fun along the way

o   Celebrating successes along the way


We had a fabulous vacation and all nine of us feel incredibly happy and proud that we were able to do what we set out to do. I hope my patient is able to achieve success in his endeavor to stay sober. It is a lot of work, but the outcome is priceless!

Friday, August 23, 2013

BUSTED BY THE DEA!!!


By
Chris Newcomb, M. Div.

Working in the substance abuse field is very rewarding.  Seeing people come in to our facility in complete disarray and watching them embrace sobriety and recovery is an amazing miracle!  It is so nice to see the change as people progress from a state of sickness to full health. 

Sometimes, however, it can be a bit depressing.  There are people who do not get better and continue to relapse.  They do not break old ties with drug using friends.  They do not pursue aftercare.  They try to keep living the same way they did before hoping they can control the drug when the drug controls them.  It is sad to watch.

However, today, I met with the parent of a current patient who shared a great story with me about their adult child* who detoxed with us about a month ago.  After they got back home from the detox, the adult child took it upon themselves to contact the DEA (Drug and Alcohol Enforcement Agency) to turn in some doctors in their local area that helped to keep them addicted. 

The parent told me they were upset when they pulled in their driveway to see a group of black SUV's and found federal agents inside taking notes from their adult child.  They were relieved to find that this time there was no trouble!  As a matter of fact, the DEA agent told them that their adult child had gone, "over and above the call of duty" because this new evidence would help them secure a conviction on at least 2 of the doctors.  The agents were so impressed that they gave their adult child a "DEA" hat!!! 

It was nice to hear that the drug peddlers are going to receive justice.  To be fair, we believe that those who sell drugs, while they make vile choices, are just as sick as the 'customers' to whom they sell.  They need help to break their addiction to power and money.  Hopefully, this time of incarceration will help change their hearts so they will be different when they return to society and other doctors and drug dealers in the area will take notice and stop their activities.  This is not a joke because people's lives are at stake.  

In the meantime, we press on spreading the good news about living a sober life.  And we look forward to helping as many people as we can through our innovative detox treatments and aftercare coordination and programming.  Helping people get clean and stay clean isn't so bad after all! 

At The Coleman Institute, we care about you!  If you or someone you love needs to be detoxed off of alcohol, benzos, opiates, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We're here for you.

*Names are withheld for anonymity and safety

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I Believe.


By 
Chris Newcomb, M. Div.

What do you believe?  What do I believe?  What do we believe?  I believe in gravity.  I believe in peace.  I believe in coffee flavored Haagen Dazs ice cream.  I believe in sunrises and sunsets.  I believe in music.  I believe in art.  I believe in sports.  I believe in helping the little old lady across the street.  I believe in balloons.  I believe in guitars.  I believe in movies.  I believe in grapes.  I believe in my car.  I believe in my co-workers.  I believe in the mission of the job for which I am writing this blog.  Speaking of blogs, I believe in this blog.  You should too!  ;)

What do you believe?  Do you believe in second chances?  Third chances?  Five hundred and forty-six chances?  Do you believe in love?  How about peace?  Joy?  Forgiveness?  Do you believe in friendship?  How about marriage?  What about boyfriend/girlfriend or just being'friends'?  Do you believe in laughter?  I do.

I also believe in comic books.  I believe in television (usually).  I believe that reading is, in fact, fundamental.  I believe in best friends.  I believe in brothers and sisters.  I believe in dogs and cats.  I believe in bacon.  Lots of it.  Plus, I believe in onions.  I also believe in health.  I believe in understanding.  I believe in the right to defend yourself although here's hoping you never have to do so.

Do you believe that life is larger than ourselves?  Do you think that you are here for a purpose or are you just randomly along for the planetary ride around the sun each year?  What about koala bears?  Do you believe in them?  Disneyland?  Disneyworld?  Either?  Neither?  Both?

I can tell you what I DON'T believe.  I don't believe heroin is a great drug.  I don't believe that alcohol is all it's cracked up to be.  I don't believe people are cool when they get fall down drunk and act like baffoons.  I don't believe that pot is just a casual drug to, "chill you out man".  I don't believe that the sober life is boring, stupid or lame.  I don't believe that people suffering with chronic pain can't find some relief mentally, emotionally and spiritually through complementary, homeopathic medicine.  I don't believe that you're through reading this article either.  See.

I believe this for you:  I believe if you will put down the drugs and alcohol long enough to get clean then you can stay clean.  I believe that you will feel so much better about your life and the possibilities your future may hold.  I believe that if you give sobriety a chance, you won't regret it.  I believe that no matter what your using friends tell you about continuing your drug use, they are dead wrong.  I believe that you can take a stand right where you are to be a new kind of human being who loves being clean and sober and living for something larger than yourself.

At The Coleman Institute, we believe in you!  We believe that it doesn't matter whether you got a problem by being a recreational user or because you have really bad chronic pain.  If you or someone you know is in need of detox from alcohol, benzos, opiates, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.   It would be our pleasure to help make a believer out of you or anyone you know who believes there has to be a better way to live life than doing drugs or alcohol. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Prescription Painkiller Dependency


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

We have nothing if we do not have our health.  Life begins and literally ends with our health.  Unfortunately, many people are not very healthy.  Sometimes this is because of genetics and/or environmental factors.  Often times, it is self-induced due to behavioral choices such as poor diet and a sedentary life style.  The good news is those types of behaviors can be changed and health is often restored. 

But what do you do when your health isn't restored?  What do you do when you're doing all the right things and still your health is suffering.  These are hard questions that don't have easy answers.  For many people, one answer becomes prescription painkillers. 

I once had a dental procedure to fix a root canal.  I was very thankful for the medications they gave me afterwards to control my pain.  Thankfully, I did not need them for very long.  But what if I did need them?  And what if I got addicted to them?  How would I get clean and stay clean?  Could I just wean off them slowly or just quit cold turkey? 

As the picture quote above states, prescription painkiller dependency is at an all-time high.  Why?  Because it is very easy to go to a doctor and fake some sort of ailment in order to get a prescription of your favorite opiate.  In West Virginia, we have even heard of elderly patients who get prescriptions (a.k.a. 'scripts') from their family physician and then turn around and sell them to their neighbors!

At The Coleman Institute, we understand prescription painkiller dependency very well.  For example, on average, most people cannot complete a slow taper on their own.  It usually takes 7-10 days to complete and most people cave in and use drugs again by day 3 to day 5 because it is just too difficult.  Dependency is no joke and chronic pain isn't either.  We believe, however, that being chemically addicted to prescription painkillers is not the way to live life.   

We are here to help!  If you or someone you know needs to detox off opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Surrender the Victim Card!

By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Have you ever been a victim of a random act of violence?  Twice I have been a victim of violence towards my car.  Both were hit and runs.  Neither time was I able to catch the perpetrator(s).  I felt totally victimized.  I wondered if I had big words written across my forehead in 18 point font and all caps screaming 'VICTIM' to everyone who passed me by.  Being victimized can make you feel that way, can't it?

Maybe you've been victimized by well-meaning doctors who wanted to help you control your chronic pain but didn't have a clue what they were doing leaving you addicted to pain medication that controls your life.   Perhaps you gave in one too many times to peer pressure and started using recreational drugs.  What started out as fun has now become an albatross round your neck!

Catch my drift?  Most people experience 'victimization' at one point in their lives.  However, there is a big difference between experiencing victimization and becoming a card carrying member of the Victim Card Club!

The best advice I can give you is this: surrender the victim card.  Go ahead and put it on the table.  Tear it up and throw it away.  The Victim Card mentality means that the big bad world is out to get you alone and that you are helpless.  That is not true.  Yes, life is not fair.  Yes, life hurts.  But playing the victim card only makes it worse.  You lose your own self-respect and the respect of others.  You settle for a life of 'could have been' because you resign yourself to being powerless to make changes in your life. 

Ask for help.  Make the call.  Reach out.  You can't do this life on your own.  None of us can.  When the weight is too much to bear, we have to reach out to others to hold us up. 

If you or someone you love is in need of detox from alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869. We're just a phone call away!

Friday, August 16, 2013

House of Horrors


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Home sweet home!  There's nothing like it.  Unless, of course, your home is a house of horrors.  I know it's not Halloween yet and please forgive the cheesy bat flying overhead pic above but hopefully it will make sense by the end of this article. 

As a kid, I had a friend who loved to watch horror movies.  He would push me to come over and watch them with him and I would evade his invitation almost daily.  Finally, I gave in and watched one with him.  That was the worst mistake I would make for a good 10 years.  Why?  Because horror movies cause fear.  I hate fear.  Maybe you can relate?

Fear and I began dating regularly in 7th grade.  She was kind of ugly and her mother, Horror, dressed her funny but I got used to her bad breath and sinister voice the more we hung out.  Eventually, we hung out all the time.  I was one scared kid growing up.  

Ever been scared before?  Ever felt like you were living in a 'House of Horrors', so to speak?  If you've ever struggled with chronic pain then you know what I'm talking about.  If you've ever lived with an addiction to a drug, you know what I'm talking about.  If alcohol has ruined your life in some way, shape or form, you know what I'm talking about.  And what I'm talking about is horror is no picnic. 

The reality is that addiction is like living in a house of horrors.  It doesn't matter whether you come in through the front door (recreational drug use) or sneak in through the back (chronic pain).  Either way, there is an ogre standing 7 ft. tall weighing 310lbs waiting to terrorize you by throwing you through a wall as he calls you every name in the book.  Over dramatic example?  Perhaps.  But you get the point.  And, I bet you can relate!

How do you get out of the House of Horrors?  Run.  Forget trying to jimmy the engine on the car outside to get away.  Anyone who tries that in the horror movies dies.  I know, I've watched way too many of them.  Don't stop to look around and see if the ogre is chasing you.  If you do, you'll run into a tree and then you'll see him standing over you waiting to crush you.  No, quite simply, just run.  Run fast like the wind.  Sprint like you're Carl Lewis or Michael Johnson.  Run like your legs are a Ferrari carrying you away at 180mph.  Don't look back.  Don't look side to side.  Just run.  Breathe.  Run.  Breathe.  Run. Repeat.  Oh, and scream.  They do that in the horror movies so we want you to look real as you run.  SCREAM!!!!   Scream for help!  Help Me.  Help Me.  I can't get off this drug.  I need help.  Help me.  Like that.  Only louder.  People have to be able to hear you to rescue you.  That little whimper of a yell you've been doing isn't working.  

Ok, all horror movie jokes aside, please ask for help.  There's no shame in accidentally or purposely walking into a house of horror like addiction.  The only shame is staying there.  Leave now.  There is roadside assistance.  They're nice people.  They'll even buy you a soda on the way home.  Recovery is like that.  

At The Coleman Institute, we want take you away from your house of horrors and drop you off in front of your new mansion...called Recovery Manor.  It's beautiful.  It's nice.  It's all yours.  It's called your life in sobriety and recovery once you face your inner demons that are in control in the form of addiction.  

If you or someone you love is in need of detox from alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart today.  They will be happy to be your guides into better housing, so to speak.  You can reach them at 1-877-773-3869 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Patient Video Testimony: "It was ten times better than I expected!"





 By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div. 

Day after day, I see people changing their lives. I see people who are sick and tired of being sick and tired.  They come to get detoxed because life as they know it is no longer acceptable.  They are done.  Finished.  Through.  Most importantly, they are ready to make the transition off of drugs into abstinence, sobriety, and recovery!

I had the opportunity to capture Robert's story on video recently.  His story from addiction to recovery is amazing.  Please click on the link below to watch the video and feel free to share it with anyone and everyone you think might benefit from it!


If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We're here for you! 



Monday, August 12, 2013

What's the Deal?!?

By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

What's the deal?  Ever heard that question before?  What's the deal with...her/him/us/them/your mom/your ex-girlfriend/the economy/the weather/the Redskins (they stink)/etc., etc., etc.?  It's a very common question when we do not understand a person or situation.

This morning I was having a conversation with a support person for one of our detox patients.  This individual had a very colorful story to report about his life in and out of jail, selling drugs as well as being addicted to opiates.  His enthusiasm for drug dealing was palpable yet disgusting.  He spoke of his full-time occupation very seriously as if he worked at a prestigious investment banking firm.  To him, however, he does just that.

He told me that he makes good money and could retire now.  He's 26.  Yet he has no aspirations in life except to retire filthy rich.  I don't think that is an altogether bad aspiration but when it includes guns, knives, violence, and other people's safety and well-being, I have an issue with that.  However, I am not the police and this was just a conversation so I was obliged to listen to him brag about his 'power and fame' on the street.  It was sad to listen to really. 

I tell you that story to ask you this question:  What's the deal!?!  How is it we live in a world where people are seen as 'cool' and 'hip' for putting chemicals in their bodies that make them act like complete idiots?  How is it we live in a world where this guy preys on the weak and vulnerable, cares nothing about it, AND gets rich off of his nefarious schemes?  While I don't have an immediate answer, I do know this, the sober life is the best life there is to live!  I will preach it from the rooftops.  I'll shout out it loud.  I'll talk about it until I'm blue in the face.  Drugs destroy!  Heroin is heinous!  Oxys obfuscate!  Selling drugs sends people to the grave!  It's all a farce!  What is the deal people?!?!  Wake up!!!

Having said all of that, I do want to be clear that I am not judging this man or anyone who abuses substances or chooses to sell drugs.  My hope is that they get help because there is so much more to life than the small, pitiful existence that drugs and alcohol actually give.  However, it does not stop my disdain for those substances because of the many lives they do destroy on a daily basis. 

So, I ask you this, what's your deal?  Where do you stand when it comes to drug and alcohol?  Are you committed to total abstinence or are you playing around using a little here or there?  I doubt there are any drug dealers reading this blog but if you are...please stop what you're doing before more people get addicted and you eventually go to jail and/or get killed.  You know deep down that you are hurting people.  You also know deep down that you need help to quit.  Ask for it.  It's there.  You can change and be a new person.  It's never too late to be someone different! 

At the Coleman Institute, we believe that everyone deserves another chance.  In our line of work, we help put broken people back together again.  We truly want to help you get clean and stay clean.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Satisfaction


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

What exactly is 'satisfaction'?  Is it writing a blog article at noon on a Friday knowing the day is already half over?  Perhaps.  If it was, however, I wouldn't admit it for obvious reasons!

Satisfaction is basically the feeling we get after meeting a need or desire.  For example, if I eat a nice meal when I am hungry then I will feel 'satisfied'.  Why?  Because I am no longer beholden to my 'hunger'.

Many people try to find satisfaction in different ways.  Food.  Sex.  Money.  Power.  Relationships.  Goals.  Dreams.  Ambitions.  Alcohol.  Drugs.  Those last two are what I like to speak about today. 

There is a cultural myth that the only way to be truly satisfied socially is to drink and/or do drugs.  Our  advertisements push this idea.  Don't believe me?  Next time you see a beer commercial pay close attention to what the 'beer drinker' gets if he (notice it's not a she) drinks that particular brand of beer.  Usually it is the affection of a drop-dead gorgeous, blond, model, bikini-wearing, and  volleyball-playing superwoman who falls head over heels for him based on his beer choice.

Also there is a cultural myth that says that you will not find satisfaction living a sober life.  That couldn't be further from the truth.  The reality is that drugs and alcohol are one type of activity and they are not the only game in town! 

Do you derive satisfaction from using alcohol and drugs?  Are you afraid to be at a party without using some sort of 'chemical courage' to get you in the mood, whether that's to hit on the girl in the next room or pick a fight with the guy she's talking to?  Do you wonder how people are sober and still have fun without using substances? 

Perhaps you are a person who has chronic pain and you feel no satisfaction in life except when you take pain pills but lately that has gotten out of control.  Maybe it's time to ask for help.  Maybe the pain pills you think are the cure are really the problem.  It is possible that getting off the pills might show you that the pain is not as bad as you remember it to be before you started taking them in the first place. 

Satisfaction, in my opinion, is a choice.  I choose to assuage my hunger by eating.  If I need to see a rock concert, I purchase Paul McCartney tickets.  If I want to dance, I put on my favorite station and get busy dancing the night away.  Even with chronic pain, accepting where you are today with that pain instead of railing against it could bring you one step closer to satisfaction. 

Take some time this weekend to figure out how you define satisfaction.  Maybe it's time to make some changes in your life.  Maybe it's confirmation that you don't need to change your life.  One thing we know for sure: you don't need drugs and/or alcohol to have a fun and satisfying life! 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Patient Video Testimony: Molly's Heroin Detox

By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Stories are a part of the human experience.  We all love a good story especially when it has a happy ending.  This story has a happy ending.  Please click on the video below to hear Molly tell her story about her recent detox from The Coleman Institute.  Also, feel free to share it with anyone you know who may benefit from her story.  Spreading good news is important when you live in an increasing dark world! 

If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of opiate, alcohol, benzos, Methadone or Suboxone, whether for chronic pain, recreational use, or both, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869. 


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

F.E.A.R. and H.O.P.E. - The Dynamic Duo of Chronic Pain


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.


Fear is a word that can insight the very thing it defines, namely, fear.  Fear is a natural human response to a real or perceived threat.  For example, if we are swimming in the ocean and a large fin surfaces out of the water, we should all have a 'fear response' and head for the shore.  However, if we're having a nice, quiet dinner at a restaurant where there is no possibility of a shark attack yet we have the same strong fear response, our system is clearly out of whack. 

This is often what happens with chronic pain.  To be sure, there is real legitimate physical pain.  There is also psychological pain.  However, a patient can often vascillate between fear and hope.  When they are on the fear side of things, the pain can be much worse.  On the rare occasions that they are on the hope side of things, pain is somewhat experienced with less intensity.  Is it just all in their heads? 

Yes.  And no.  The brain is the pain center of the body.  Whenever you injure your body, a chemical signal is sent to the brain and then the brain responds with words like 'ouch', 'that hurt' and '#@$% shoelace stop trying to trip me'!  When a person experiences pain, it is normal for them to experience a fear response the next time a situation arises that is similar to the painful one in the past.  If we make fear an acronym (F.E.A.R.) it stands for False Evidence Appearing Real.  That is, we can psych ourselves into believing we're in more pain than we are. 

Conversely, hope is a word that is charged for people suffering with chronic pain.  They want to believe that it will get better.  They want to believe that there is a cure.  They hope that they won't suffer with this or that for the rest of their lives.  If we make hope an acronym (H.O.P.E.), it stands for Hold On Pain Ends.  Do you see the difference?  One creates a notion of pain that is exaggerated or even doesn't exist.  The other gives a sense of a better life coming down the future pike.  Which would you rather focus on? 

Let me be clear here:  I am NOT saying that all chronic pain patients have mental problems and that their pain is just in their heads.  That is not true and it is completely insensitive.  Rather, what I am saying is that chronic pain patients still have a choice as to how they focus on their pain and manage their pain from a psychological perspective.  That is, they can focus on F.E.A.R. or they can focus on H.O.P.E. but either way they have to make that choice. 

In fact, many chronic pain patients who are addicted to prescription pills vascillate between F.E.A.R. and H.O.P.E. when it comes to getting detoxed and getting into recovery.  They hang out with F.E.A.R. because society tells them that they are just 'junkies' like people who shoot up this or drink that or snort this over there.  Reality is that they are physically addicted and have a mental obsession about the drugs they are prescribed.  It is not their fault.  It is not their intent.  But, it is their reality.

If you are reading this and have chronic pain, I feel for you but I don't pity you.  I believe that you can improve your pain cycles and your quality of life wherever you are on the chronic pain scale.  I know that you are scared to face you're addiction and all that could mean for you and your family and friends.  Words like 'failure', 'addict', 'junkie', and 'loser' may plague your thoughts.  F.E.A.R. has run H.O.P.E. out of town and it looks like it will never come back. 

That's not the truth.  I'm here to tell you that there is a better way.  At The Coleman Institute, we believe that a 100% sober lifestyle is the best way to live life and that is completely and totally possible for anyone who is willing to do the work.  The hardest part is letting go of F.E.A.R. and embracing H.O.P.E.  If that's where you are as you read this or you know someone who is in that space, I encourage you to run into the arms of H.O.P.E.  You won't regret it. 

If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of prescription pills such as opiates or benzos, we have a solution.  Perhaps alcohol, Methadone or Suboxone is what you're addicted to.  We can help you with that too.  Please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius and Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Chasing the Dragon: U.S. Heroin Rates Skyrocket!!!



By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Urbandictionary.com defines the term 'chasing the dragon' as, "Smoking heroin off of a piece of tin foil. As the heroin rolls across the tin foil, the smoke moves with it and looks like a dragon. The user follows the smoke with their straw, hence "Chasing the dragon"."  Sounds exciting doesn't it?  Not really.  Sounds awful.  And it is.  I've never experienced it and I never want to however I see the effects of it every day. 

Heroin is no longer an 'inner city' problem.  In fact, CBS News just did an expose on the rising incidence of heroin use and overdose in suburban America.  In fact, the fastest growing group of new heroin users are under age 21!  Take a moment to watch this video.  Please share it with anyone and everyone you know!

http://cbsn.ws/13xymxt

At The Coleman Institute, we are committed to helping people get clean and stay clean from heroin along with other addictive substances.  If you or someone you love needs to be detoxed off of opiates (such as heroin), alcohol, benzos, Methadone and Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We're here for you! 

Monday, August 5, 2013

How Bad Do You Want It?


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Do you have a goal that you've been wanting to achieve but keep putting off?  I have lots of goals.  Some I meet and others I don't.  Most days though, I am pushing myself towards the completion of a goal.  I don't know how else to live.  What about you?

Life isn't all about achievement but achievement sure does bring something special to life.  To win.  To succeed.  To excel.  This is a special feeling that few ever get to feel.  The sad truth is that most people are too afraid to put one foot in front of the other and try.  Instead, they come up with a 1,001 excuses as to why they can't or won't succeed.  They say, "It's too hard!"  "Tomorrow I will make myself do it," they whine.  "It would work if only ________" as they wax poetic about why it doesn't happen.  The reality is this:  shut up and do it.  Period.  End of story.  

Just kidding, not really!  Like the picture above says, it won't be easy.  It will require everything you got and then some.  There will be dark moments and there will be trying ones too.  There will be days when you want to quit and nights when you're so excited you can't wait for day to return so you can keep making progress.  

What sort of achievement am I talking about?  I'm talking about health and wellness.  I'm talking about turning away from all addictive drugs and alcohol.  I'm talking about making a split from the crowd that says you have to drink, snort, shoot, or smoke a substance in order to fit in.  Forget them.  They don't know what they're talking about.  That life is not a life.  It is prison!

The surest way to success is to allow yourself to feel the pangs of growth.  Instead of a 'buy now, pay later' mentality, flip the script and "pay now" through dedication and hard work in order to later buy the 'peace of mind' you so desperately want.  What you put into your sobriety and recovery, you will get out of it.  Make no mistake, staying clean takes work and dedication.  You can do it.  How bad do you want it?

At The Coleman Institute, we try to inspire people to want more sobriety and recovery than they ever had before.  The sober life is the best life there is and isn't it time to make a change?  Then go do it.  Now.  Don't wait.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from alcohol, opiates, benzos, methadone, or suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Ms. Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Patient Video Testimony: Methadone Detox


Methadone is a serious problem in our country.  It started out as a vehicle to help people get off opiates and now has become a 'maintenance medication' that leaves people hooked for years and sometimes for life!  

At The Coleman Institute, we see things a little differently.  We believe the best life is a completely abstinent one from all alcohol and drugs.  Therefore, we are passionate in helping people get off of Methadone, along with other substances. 

Take a few moments and watch this video of Benjamin, a recent patient, who detoxed off of Methadone through our home office in Richmond, VA.  Please feel free to share it with anyone you know who needs to get off of Methadone!


At The Coleman Institute, we care about your health and well-being!  If you or someone you love needs to be detoxed off of opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please don't hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Are There Such Things as Absolutes?


By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

I'm sorry.  No, really.  I am very sorry.  I couldn't help it.  A picture of Obi-Wan with his lightsaber drawn was too compelling to pass up as the jpeg for this article.  Insert nerd joke here. 

However, Obi-Wan, brings up a good point.  Are there such thing as absolutes?  I think they are.  Here are a few of mine...

The Washington Redskins are not as good of a football team as the Dallas Cowboys.  The Cowboys 5 Super Bowl Rings absolutely proves my point.  There is no arguing this point all of you RG3 fans. 

Gravity exists.  I can prove it.  Let's go on top of the Empire State Building and I'll dare you to jump.  You'll refuse.  Why?  Because you and I both know that you don't look good splattered across the pavement below once gravity is through with you!


Why all this talk about absolutes?  I had a client this morning that was adamant that absolutes were overrated.  He said he didn't like how hard of a stand we take for abstinence from all drugs and alcohol at The Coleman Institute. 

I can understand his point of view.  Coming off of any drug is difficult and he is definitely committed to being happy and healthy the rest of his life.  However, he's not willing to give up drinking.  He never drinks to excess.  He usually drinks 1-3 drinks in the evening as a way to unwind.

For most people, that is not a problem.  However, for someone with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is not easy advice to follow nor is it usually welcomed.  In reality, this gentleman was not a recreational drug user rather he was addicted to prescription painkillers for chronic pain. 

Here's the rub, and thus, the absolute: when you are addicted to one substance, your chances of switching addictions to another substance are very high.  This is why conventional wisdom says once you are free from your primary addiction you need to abstain from any other opportunities to pick up a 2nd addiction. 

We're all on a journey.  Sometimes absolutes are not accepted at first.  People thought the Orville Brothers were absolute fools for trying to fly.  Come to find out, we absolutely can fly with the right technology!

Likewise, at The Coleman Institute, we respectfully and in a spirit of non-judgement, believe that the best life is a completely sober life free from any alcohol or drugs.  We encourage you to consider this viewpoint and then make the right decision for yourself. 

At The Coleman Institute, people matter!  We love helping people get clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of alcohol, benzo, opiates, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.