Thursday, April 24, 2014


Joan Shepherd, FNP 

A couple of weeks ago, we did an Accelerated Alcohol Detox on a lovely young man who is happily still among the living.  He was involved in a pretty bad motor vehicle accident and ended up in the hospital after blowing a breath alcohol level of 2.8.  Yikes!!!   Amazingly, he didn't get hurt too badly.

At The Coleman Institute, we steer people into the most appropriate level of aftercare which may also include therapy.  He didn't talk much during the detox because he's a pretty quiet guy.  After he completed his detox, he started going to his I.O.P. (Intensive Out-Patient) classes.  I think the experience was kind of like a drowning, thirsty guy getting water.  He realized for maybe the first time in his life that he was surrounded by people who KNEW him!

This not in any way discounting his very supportive family.  They talked about feelings and what happens when we don't know how to express them.  They discussed the A.A. 9th step promise: "We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness."

He said good things were already starting to happen.  He owed over $10,000 for his emergency room visit, and he has no health insurance.  He received a call a couple of hours before his follow up appointment with me from the patient advocate at the hospital: the entire debt has been dissolved!  He is looking for more good things to continue.  I have no doubt they will!

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