Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Connection Defeats Isolation!


By

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

I remember as a child being told it was “time to take a nap”.  Upon hearing those words, a dark force would immediately rise within me preparing to go to war against the ‘Nap Aggressors” (a.k.a. my parents).  I did not want to miss anything.  Unfortunately, I lost every time.  

The reality is that naps are now one of my favorite past times.  There is nothing quite like lying down in the bed on a Sunday afternoon to get some “nap shut eye”.  I love it and I do it every week!  

On a more serious note, how often do we feel like hiding from our lives?  I think most of us have tried to hide from life at least once if not more often if we are honest.  Life is tough.  It is sharp.  It has edges.  If you live long enough, you will experience pain.  If you live long enough, you will want to check out.  Unfortunately, naps aren’t always the obvious choice for many people.  

When life gets overwhelming, we often seek out chemical substances when our emotions feel out of control.  In theory, it works.  In the beginning, it seems like chemical nirvana has been discovered until physical tolerance sets in and exposes the mirage as nothing more than a mouthful of hot, gritty sand.  

We get 8 hours a day to escape life in a ‘coma’.  It’s called sleep.  We’re not meant to live life in a coma.  We are meant to be wide awake!

Do you try to escape and hide from your life through drugs and alcohol?  Do you party every chance you get so you can avoid relationships and responsibilities?  Perhaps you suffer from chronic pain and you just can’t stand the pain anymore so you take more of your prescription medicine than is directed?  

The good news is this: you can learn to live life sober and wide awake and full of joy.  It might take some time at first.  It may be even frustrating.  However, you can do it! 

The most important thing you can do is check-in with other people in recovery.  Whenever you feel the desire to check-out into a ‘small coma’, take action and call someone.  Meet a friend for coffee.  Go to the gym with a buddy.  Do whatever you can to connect with someone else so you will feel understood and supported.  This will most certainly reduce the desire to check-out.  Remember, connection defeats isolation.  

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean and stay clean from alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, and Suboxone.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of any of these substances, or combination thereof, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

E-Cigarettes – Helpful or Harmful?




By

Peter R. Coleman, M.D. 
Electronic cigarettes have become a $2 Billion market in the US. The technology is fairly simple. Long white cylinders are made to look just like real cigarettes, and they are now even being made to have the texture and feel of real cigarettes. These e-cigarettes are loaded with an electronic vaporizer and a liquid mixture of nicotine. When the smoker – or “vaper”, according to the new lingo – sucks on the e-cigarette the nicotine fluid is vaporized and is inhaled directly and rapidly into the lungs. It sounds perfect - smoking without all of the nasty tars and other chemicals that presumably are the cause of all that lung cancer and heart disease.  

The advantages of these products are fairly obvious. People can supposedly avoid all of the health risks of real cigarettes, be able to smoke in airplanes and public spaces, and maybe use them to help them quit real cigarettes. But questions are starting to arise about how safe they really are and whether there will be unintended negative consequences. They are currently unregulated because the government hasn’t yet decided whether they are a tobacco product, a drug to aid in stop smoking, or something else. The e-cigarettes contain some other chemicals including propylene glycol which is best known as antifreeze. E-cigarettes are made with a number of flavors – some to simulate the burn and flavor of real cigarettes and some to introduce totally new flavors including root beer and cotton candy. It is quite possible these new flavors, and the notion that these are safer than real cigarettes, will induce non-smokers and children to try them. Many of these may get addicted to e-cigarettes and then switch to real cigarettes. It turns out that nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs known – especially when it is directly inhaled into the lungs. Does anyone remember the crack epidemic of the 1980s and 90s? Many recovering heroin addicts will tell us that quitting smoking is actually harder than quitting heroin.  

It is certainly not clear if switching to e-cigarettes actually helps people to quit real cigarettes. I have a few patients who have switched, but none of them a have completely given up the cigarettes yet. And, many of them are now smoking both – and feeling good about the fact that they are smoking less real cigarettes.  

It seems clear that e-cigarettes are safer than real ones. And it also seems clear they are here to stay. The big tobacco companies are moving into the market as quickly as they can. But, if e-cigarettes induce people to “vape” who never were smokers in the first place, then this product may just be the next big addictive scourge.  

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of opiates, benzos, alcohol, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Jennifer Pius or Mrs. Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We're here to help you!  And, if you decide you want to quit smoking, we support that decision as well.  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Party in Your Mouth: Savor the Flavor!


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

This morning I had a wonderful breakfast experience!  I bought 2 fruit plates from the store.  I had apples, pears, watermelon, ,grapes, cantaloupe, and melons.  Talk about flavor!  It's like a party in your mouth!  The fruits were fresh and succulent.  They were filled with nature's flavors and my taste buds were alive.  Hungry yet?

What would food be without taste buds?  Those tiny little champions of flavor help you to
'savor the flavor' of whatever foods you're eating.  They pick up the subtle nuances of hot and cold, sweet and sour, bland and bad.

We are born with 5 senses: taste, touch, feel, see, and hear.  Watch a newborn and you will see someone whose senses are alive and kicking taking in all the new stimuli of a world yet undiscovered.  It's enticing!  It's exciting!  It's exhilarating!  And that's also why people do drugs and alcohol.

It appears, on the surface, that drugs and alcohol are natural.  Pot comes from the ground, man!  Beer has natural ingredients too, dude!  Ever heard these excuses before?

The party scene is enticing.  It's exciting.  It's exhilarating.  And it kills.  And it puts people behind bars.  And it sends  people to psych wards.  They are looking to savor the flavor and the flavor stinks.  The food is poisoned. 

Recovery is about recovering your lost taste buds for life, so to speak.  It's about re-claiming your right to great flavor, free-of-charge living an all-natural and healthy way.  Why not quit with the artificial "sweeteners" and get some real flavor?  As you eat a meal today, savor the flavor and think really long and hard about the flavor your tasting and just how much flavor has gone from your life while you're using.  You might decide to place an order for something real, fulfilling, and good....it's called a sober life.

At The Coleman Institute, we are passionate about helping people get clean and stay clean.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of alcohol, benzos, Methadone, Suboxone, or opiates, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We're here for you!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Miracles Do Happen!

By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

I don't believe in coincidences.  I believe in miracles.  I believe in things happening that are outside the scope of human reason and understanding.  The truth is, however, I am a major skeptic and cynic due to my western-trained mind to uncover every possible flaw in anything and everything to get down to the real kernel of truth or lack thereof.  Sometimes, I just do better when I sit back and accept the miracles and don't question them.  

Have you ever been there?  You want to believe that good things happen to people.  You hope that there is redemption for those who struggle but it just seems like that doesn't happen all that much. Well, today is your day to hear and see something different!  Watch this video below of Kim telling her story about getting clean from opiates.  As she tells it, she believes in miracles.  We do too!  Do you? If you do, pass it on.  If you're not sure, that's ok too, you can still pass it on to give hope to others who just might need a miracle.  

At The Coleman Institute, we love to help people get clean and stay clean.  It is our passion.  If you or someone you love is 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 to help you reach your miracle of healing from drug and alcohol abuse one step at a time!  It all starts with detox.  Give your body the rest it deserves.  It will thank you for it for many years to come!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry!!!


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.


"You wouldn't like me when I am angry".  These famous words were uttered every Friday night by 'Bill Bixby' the scientist who, when pressed by stress, would undergo severe biological changes and morph into The Incredible Hulk.  I would watch the show at the end of the week full of excitement waiting to see which character was going to tick Mr. Bixby off and turn him into Lou Ferrigno (see below)!  




Anger, it seems, can get the best of us.  While most of us don't turn into green, muscular beasts every time we feel a little miffed, many people don't know how to deal with their anger and say or do things they later regret.  Why is anger so tricky?

Anger is a secondary emotion to pain.  When I stub my toe, I get angry because my toe hurts.  The most important question to ask myself, although very obvious, when I'm angry is "Why am I angry?".  This inquiry will lead me to dig deeper into my feelings to name the hurt that is causing the anger in the first place.  

In Alcoholics Anonymous, the standard wisdom regarding such matters is to not let yourself get too hungry, angry, lonely or tired (a.k.a. H.A.L.T.) because this exposes you to a higher risk for relapse.  Notice that while it is ridiculous that Bill Bixby turned into a hulking, green freak when he got angry, he does give a warning every time before it happens saying, 'You wouldn't like me when I'm angry'.  It was his way of acknowledging his potential anger and the reactions that happen when it is unleashed.  He knew it was dangerous.  And knew that most people don't like angry people which is why he gave the warning.  The reality is most people don't like angry people and most of us don't like ourselves when we get angry.

That's why paying attention to our emotions is vital in recovery.  Whether you are a recreational substance abuser or someone who got addicted via legitimate chronic pain, anger is a powerful emotion with powerful consequences.  It is ok to be angry.  To be angry is to be human.  What we do with our anger is the most important point.  Robbing a bank?  Not ok.  Punching someone when it is not in self-defense?  Not ok.  Calling a co-worker every name in the book?  Nope.  You can't do that either.  Not if you want to keep your job, that is!  

The next time you feel anger consider conducting this little experiment: ask yourself as soon as you realize you are angry the following questions, "Why am I angry?  Who or what is hurting me?".  For example:
Me: "Wow, I am really angry.  Why am I angry?  Who or what is hurting me?
Me:  Oh, I am angry because my football team is not playing well and I am loosing money in fantasy football.  Not only that, but the guys make fun of me and I feel like a loser because I picked the wrong players for my team.  I hate being ridiculed but I don't want to seem like a wuss by asking them to stop picking on me."

I don't play fantasy football.  If I did, it's highly likely the above scenario would be true.  While it seems a bit silly, it is important to recognize what hurts us.  That is the way to dissipate the anger.  That is the way to stay sober and avoid relapse.  And finally, that is also the way to keep us from becoming....well....Lou Ferrigno in green paint!

At The Coleman Institute, we are happy to help people who need to get clean off of drugs and/or alcohol.  Some of them are very angry.  We are very happy to see them transform their anger and become happy and whole.  

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





Friday, October 11, 2013

To Attempt is to be Brave!


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

My friend has a special needs child who participates in the Special Olympics.  She loves to play soccer.  One day my wife and I joined his family at a local school to watch her play.  What transpired was amazing to me!

There was a point in the game when the opposing team had a player who had the ball and was about to score a goal against my friend's daughter's team.  Their defenders tried unsuccessfully to take the ball away.  It came down to the final moment and the ball went into the goal.  Down the field, the opposing team jumped up and down and hooped and hollered in celebration.  What happened next blew my mind.  My friend's daughter's team, the one that just got scored on, began clapping and saying 'Good Job!' to the player from the other team who had just scored!

This made absolutely no sense to me.  Couldn't they see that he scored against them and they were supposed to mad, frustrated, and in need of a regrouping so they could win the game?  Didn't they see that you never congratulate an opponent who just scored on you?  Apparently, not.  

Later on that day, I got the lesson.  Winning isn't everything.  It is great when it happens but community is even better.  Of course, this mindset would never fly in professional sports.  They play hard like they are the Spartans of yore!

I love the Special Olympics Athlete Oath in the picture above.  It basically says, 'let me do my best and let that be a win BUT if it is not, let me do my best with courage regardless of the outcome.'  Recovery is a lot like that.  

In recovery, people learn that it is most important to attempt sometimes the seemingly impossible things regardless of the outcome.  And, if failure happens, while it is disappointing, there is some satisfaction in knowing one did not give up and displayed bravery in the attempt at victory.  And, that is not all, there is a community of people to rally around you both when you win and when you lose. 

Human beings fail.  This is a fact.  However, failure is not the worst thing that can happen to you.  The worst thing that can happen is abandoning bravery and never trying in the first place.  

Maybe you've give up hope that you can get clean?  Maybe you have given up belief in yourself as a drug addict or alcoholic?  Maybe you feel like there is no way for you to be brave enough to endure the withdrawal to get clean and stay clean?  That is totally understandable.  Now, stand up and brush yourself off and let's get some bravery happening here so you can change your life!

To be brave is to feel the fear and step out in faith anyway.  Step out my friend!  Your life can be completely different.  Don't let fear punk you out! Be strong!  Be mighty!  Be brave!  Recovery is not impossible.  That word broken down can be translated 'I'm Possible'.  In other words, anything is possible.  There is literally a global community of people who are cheering you on to sobriety.  They've been where you are and they've done what you've done and they've lived to tell about it.  They found a better way.  You can too.  Take the step of faith.  Attempt and be brave.  It will work it in your favor.  And if you fall and skin your knees, we'll all be here to help you get back up and get back in the game.

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.  We're here for you! 





Thursday, October 10, 2013

Relax. It's All Good.


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

He's a cool little fella isn't he?  The kid in the picture above...just take a moment and look at the picture.  Does it make you wonder what he's thinking?  Is he dreaming of race cars?  Knights and Castles?  Mom's chocolate chip cookies?  Cartoons? 

Who knows what he's thinking but I know that when I look at this picture I feel a sense of calm and that is before I read the caption that states, "everything is gonna be alright."  It's almost as if I knew that from the picture without even reading the words. 

So, take a moment and look at the picture and put yourself in the place of this little guy EXCEPT insert a 'little version' of you.  You know, the inner child that still longs to play and daydream and live with a heart full of awe and wonder before 'adulthood' and 'responsibility' came in and choked them out.  Before we forgot, that everything is gonna be alright. 

There are 5 words in that sentence.  I would like you to read the 5 sentence sequence below and as you read them aloud emphasize the word in bold.  Take note of how emphasis of each word strengthens the overall theme and meaning of the sentence.  Then, allow the truth of those words to settle deep into your heart and mind and soul.  Then perhaps cross your arms and place your chin down on top of them and day dream in the still, quietness like our little friend above who intrinsically knows that, 'everything will be alright'!

5 Word Sequence:
Everything is gonna be alright.  Everything is gonna be alright.  Everything is gonna be alright.  Everything is gonna be alright.  Everything is gonna be alright.

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 are here to help and to remind you that everything will be alright!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Discipline Disciples


By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Discipline is difficult to have but so necessary.  I learned this very early in my teenage life when I went to a Catholic military high school for boys.  I am still in therapy.

Actually, I am not in therapy.  But, it was one hell of a ride, pardon the pun!  Everyday, it was my job to shine my shoes, clean my 'brass' (i.e. belt buckle, uniform accoutrements), and iron my uniform.  These are not the typical tasks of a high school boy much less the typical task of an undiagnosed ADHD, creative, musician boy.  FAIL!

I lived in detention.  It had a placard with my name on it.  Between lacking the discipline to meet the basic uniform requirements and mouthing off to the student-leaders, I gave up many a free hour after school to sit staring straight ahead at the wall in front of me.  In those days, I was a slow learner apparently.

However, something began to click for me in my senior year.  I was promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant (i.e. Platoon Leader) which actually means nothing in the real world because this was J.R.O.T.C. (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp) but it felt good and I got to carry a sword!  And thus began my first relationship with discipline.

We've been dating for years now.  She wants a commmitment but I tell her that I am not that kind of guy.  I stray at times.  Sometimes I look at other options like procrastination, relaxation, and apathy.  When I do, she slaps me and get's my attention back on her.  I find that when I pay the most attention to her, that is when I am most happy.  She treats me right.  I'm learning to do the same by her.

Believe it or not, drug and alcohol abusers are some of the most disciplined people I have ever met.  In fact, today I talked to a patient who lives in a small town working for a small company their spouse.  Apparently, over the course of 4 years, they spent close to $1.8 million dollars on drugs.  The result left their marriage in shambles and the destruction of their business.  It was very sad to hear and not their intent when they started doing drugs.  It never is.

The truth is that this person and their spouse were tremendously disciplined in order to spend that kind of money.  And, as the graphic above suggests, they chose what they wanted now over what they wanted most.  As far as recovery goes, people stuck in addiction have to learn how to choose what they want most (i.e. a clean life with the ability to deal pragmatically with real problems) versus what they want now (i.e. a quick fix from drugs and alcohol).

I have found that not one patient in the 4 years I have worked at The Coleman Institute have ever said they started using drugs or alcohol because they woke up and thought it was a great day to ruin their lives by becoming an addict.  It never starts that way.  And the reality is that many people are very undisciplined before they start doing drugs and become "Discipline Disciples" once their addiction is under way.  In fact, they have to be in order to stave off dope sickness on a daily basis.  So, it is safe to say that it is not true when an addict or alcoholic says that they are not able to have discipline!

The truth is we all need disciple.  It is a good thing.  It gives our lives structure and purpose.  Are you a disciple of discipline for sobriety?  If not, you can be!  Recovery will give you the tools to turn that habit of discipline in the right direction.  The choice is yours. 

At The Coleman Institute, you matter to us!  We care deeply about helping people turn from drugs and alcohol and embrace a wonderful, happy, and fulfilled life in recovery.  Sobriety, contrary to popular belief, is NOT for losers!  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We are here for you! 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Take a Chance!


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

I remember when I was in between colleges (read: I dropped out from skipping class too much).  I had had enough of 'High School Part 2' which is also known as the first two years of undergraduate study at most colleges and universities.  Therefore, I began to skip class and eventually received a letter from the university encouraging me to study or else I would be kicked out.  I beat them to the punch: I quit.  

I was already working at a bank part-time when an opportunity presented itself:  the chance to work full-time as a 'credit limit defender'!  Don't ask.  The only thing standing between me and the promotion was math.  I have dyscalculia, a math learning disability.  Looked like I was going to have to take a chance.  

To this day, I don't know if I actually passed or the instructor had pity on me but I passed and received the promotion.  I was now a full-time banker.  I hated it!  8 hours a day tied to a phone made me want to eat a shotgun barrel like a nice, cold popsicle on a 110 degree summer day after a marathon! 

Long story short, after a year of that job, I decided that tests and papers weren't that bad and I went back to school.  I ended up graduating have made Dean's List and 4.0 my last semester.  Bonus: I even got an 'A' in Psychological Statistics.  In other words, tutoring works!

Have you ever taken a chance with something or someone?  If you are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, that answer would be yes.  Let's admit it, it takes guts to get so drunk you can't find the door (thank you Joe Walsh).  It takes courage to smoke so much dope you can't remember your name and you eat all of the meatloaf you never eat when you're sober.  In other words, you take a chance to embrace the partying lifestyle.  For many, it's a fun trip that has no consequences.  For most, it is akin to riding shotgun in a car that is on fire going 100 mph straight into a brick wall.  That is, "Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!" 

So, here is a proposition for you.  Take a chance.  Be different.  Give up the partying lifestyle. It's stupid.  We all know it.  But  not all of us have the courage to live it out and walk away.  Please understand I am not calling people who party 'stupid'.  I am saying the 'act' of partying is, well, stupid.  For example, stupid is defined as, "lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull".  Let's use that in a sentence and see if it fits the bill:

'As John drank his 15th beer & went driving, he was making a very stupid (lacking ordinary quickness & keenness of mind; dull) choice.'

Yep.  It fits.  So, we can all agree that the act of partying is stupid.  Now let's take a leap of faith and say that the act of taking a chance is brave.  Everyone wants to be brave (i.e. "possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance").  No one wants to be a coward! 

Today is your opportunity to be brave.  Right here, right now.  Give up the partying.  It takes 'courageous endurance' to walk away from the crowd and do something different.  Yes, your buddies will make fun of you.  Yes, you'll get bored.  Guess what?  You'll get over both.  Take a chance.  Find an even better life as a sober individual just like you were when your mama brought you here and the doctor smacked the breath of life into you. 

At The Coleman Institute, we see people every day who take a chance on sobriety and recovery and find that they love it!  You can too.  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.  We're here for you! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sad: Glee Autopsy Report Revealed


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Admittedly, I am not much of a Glee fan.  I love music.  I am a musician, after all.  However, musicals have never been my thing.  

I have, however, seen a few episodes of Glee.  It's my wife's fault.  She made me do it.  And, it turns, out it was a pretty entertaining experience.  Actor Corey Monteith played the good-looking jock 'Finn Hudson' very well.  His character struggles with identity issues, namely, being a popular jock who is forced to join the Glee Club which is the equivalent of social suicide for his particular popular high school social cast.  Unfortunately, his internal struggles in real life would be his undoing. 

Monteith was found dead in July 2013 from an apparent overdose.  Last week, the coroner's report was released to the public and affirmed the original suspected cause of his early demise: over dose from a combination of alcohol and heroin.  This revelation confirmed earlier reports that the talented actor died of a drug overdose.  

Why does this nonsense keep happening?  He was a talented guy.  Women adored him the world over.  It seemed he had every reason to live and celebrate his good place in life.  Unfortunately, his addiction could care less about any of that stuff.  In the end, Monteith was a human being with a drug problem.  It was too much for him.  It got the last word.  And now the world has lost another talented soul to drug addiction.  

What is the lesson, if any, in his untimely death?  I could wax philosophic about choosing to be 'present' in the moment since tomorrow is no guaranteed to me.  I could use a 'gratitude' list to help maintain a positive outlook.  Both of these ideas are important ways to live regardless of whether or not you have an addiction.  

I think the lesson is this: Don't Do Drugs!   That may sound very flippant but I certainly don't mean it that way.  Drugs are a zero sum game.  Don't mess with them.  They don't play and they don't care who you are, where you come from, what your life goals are for the future.  They are just a substance and only do what they are supposed to do: react to a human body.  

My hope is that millions will recognize their problem and get the help that they need.  It's never too late to get  clean and change your life.  If you let go of your substance abuse problem and embrace recovery, then you will experience true joy (a.k.a. glee).  

If you or someone you love is in need of detox off 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!
                                                                                                                                                                                                        



Friday, October 4, 2013

Kristen Johnston Speaks


 

 By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

I am not a big T.V. guy.  No, that is not to say that I like little T.V.'s either!  What I mean is, I don't watch T.V.  That's right, I'm speaking out and telling my truth.  I don't watch T.V.  I don't condemn those who do however I just see very little use for it in my life today.  It was not always this way though.  In my youth, I spent countless hours watching MTV and HBO.  I think I've watched enough T.V. during that time of my life to last for 3 lifetimes!

However, I would like to share a video that I think is definitely worth watching from the manyfaces1voice.org website.  It is the story of 2-time Emmy winning actress Kristen Johnston from the sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun".  She is proof that people's lives can change when they get sober and embrace recovery.  She is doing her part to share her story of recovery to all those who are still lost in the grasp of addiction.  Take a few minutes and watch this video.  It's amazing!

Click here for the Kristen Johnston Video

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

10 Times Better!




By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Life is better sober.  That's a fact.  But it's very hard to measure it mathematically.  However, when we hear the words of someone who once almost lost it all and now has it all back, we can begin to put numbers to it.  As a matter of fact, if you watch the video below, you'll hear Robert refer to the detox process as '10 times better then he expected."  We're glad to be able to help him get through his detox comfortably so that he can go on living a sober life interacting with his family and children.  That's how he lives his life today.  Check it out.  Pass it on to encourage someone who needs it!

At The Coleman Institute, everyone is welcome!  We specialize in helping people get clean and stay clean.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We're here to help you make your life 10 times better than it ever was under the power of your addiction!