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Oct 19

October 15, 2019

How Important Are The Medical Staff In An Opioid Detox?

By The Coleman Institute

My patients, the struggles they have endured, and the efforts they have made to achieve sobriety inspire many of my blogs. But yesterday at work, I have to say, I was moved so much by my coworkers.

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Oct 19

October 13, 2019

Getting Off Opiates Quickly

By Andrew Rountree

As the opioid epidemic has exploded, so have treatment options. In the desperation of being personally trapped by addiction, or having a loved one on the brink of losing everything, it can be quite overwhelming to make an informed choice about the most appropriate treatment.

There are plenty of good, solid treatment programs out there, but how is it possible to make the best decision? A person can’t possibly vet every place they find on-line. Word of mouth can be helpful and, sadly, it is easier and easier to find people with personal testimonies to share.

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Oct 19

October 11, 2019

What To Know About Boosting Energy After Stopping Opioid Medication

By The Coleman Institute

It happened again.

The office phones had just transitioned to the answering service for the evening when a call came through from a patient who had completed an accelerated opioid detox (not to be confused with ultra-rapid (anesthesia-using), hospital-based detox) three days earlier.

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Oct 19

October 5, 2019

How Do I Get Off Methadone?

By Andrew Rountree

I had the pleasure of seeing my patient Isabel (not her real name, but I love this name) in the office for her regular monthly Vivitrol injection.

Vivitrol is a long-acting, injectable form of naltrexone. Naltrexone is an opiate blocker, also called an opiate antagonist. When naltrexone is present in the system, there is “no room at the inn” for opioids. The receptors are blocked and opiates have nowhere to rest, so they simply leave. It also non-addictive. This is why naltrexone is gaining more and more popularity as a form of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for people with Opioid Use Disorder.

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Oct 19

October 3, 2019

There Are Alternatives to Using Suboxone to Stop Pain Medications and Withdrawal

By Andrew Rountree

As family practitioners, my colleagues and I are receiving more and more information from the DEA and other government agencies about prescribing opioid pain medications to patients.

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