Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Travelogue: Austin, Texas

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Yesterday's blog chronicled our adventures to the Seattle, Washington office of The Coleman Institute known as Emerald City Medical Arts under the direction of Dr. Michael Rosenfield.  Monday's blog followed us to San Francisco, California with Drs. William and Daniel Glatt while Sunday's blog reviewed our first day in California at the La Mirada office of Dr. Philip Zaret.  And, today, our adventure continues to Austin, Texas with Dr. Daniel Frederick!

(Dr. Daniel Frederick of Central Texas Pain Center in Austin, TX, an affiliate office of The Coleman Institute)

 Dr. Frederick has been with The Coleman Institute for over a year now.  He specializes in pain management working with chronic pain patients to help manage their day-to-day lives while living with chronic pain.  Often times, chronic pain doctors get a bad reputation as 'pill pushers' who do more to aid addiction than to stop it.  While there might be some doctors who fit that description, Dr. Frederick definitely does not!  He is dedicated to helping patients who have legitimate chronic pain learn to manage their pain as best they can without using addictive pain medication.  In fact, he helps them learn to control the pain using other classes of drugs that are non-addictive.  Some are even able to just use over-the-counter medications like Tylenol.

He is a great asset to our company.  We see lots of people who are physically-dependent on legitimate prescription opiates given by a doctor (i.e. Vicodin, Percocet, etc.) who are afraid to get detoxed for two reasons.  First, they are afraid that they will be judged as just another 'junkie'.  Second, they are afraid if they come off of the drugs they were prescribed then their pain will be unbearable.  It is interesting to note that Dr. Frederick helps these people understand that their pain will most likely be LESS than it was before the detox because of the body and brain's remarkable ability to adapt and heal.  Also, he helps chronic pain patients understand, that while the nature of addiction is primarily physical, there are many reasons people use in the first place such as recreational use. Regardless of the reason one uses, physical dependence still happens.  Therefore, a chronic pain patient is not a bad person just like a recreational user is not a bad person.  They suffer from a similar physical dependence to a drug and become ill from it.  Fortunately, there is treatment available and new life to be discovered! 

We had a great time in Austin, TX.  In fact, we got to ride in a really cool rental truck (thanks Gene!) which helped us sort of look the part. I have a feeling, upon closer inspection, our city slicker identities would have blown our cover!

Artwork is a trend in many of our offices.  Here are two beautiful pictures from the Austin office.  Life is a lot like being a tree.  We can't control where we are planted but if we are open to the right support (i.e. sunlight and water) we can grow and bloom right where we are into a beautiful sight for all to enjoy. 

At The Coleman Institute, we care for chronic pain patients who are addicted to prescription medication as well as recreational drug users.  Regardless of the reason, we want to help you 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 today.  We're here for you! 

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