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When Pain Medication Becomes a Dependency

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Nov 22

November 1, 2022

When Pain Medication Becomes a Dependency

Eve, age 46, is a long-time nurse. When she was younger and working in the hospital, she was helping an obese patient from bed to their wheelchair. The patient became unsteady, and when Eve reached to steady the patient, the patient fell, pulling and twisting Eve’s back as they tumbled to the floor together. The patient was fine. Eve acquired a slipped disc and horrific pain, leading her to seek treatment for her pain and injuries.

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Adam’s Opioid Addiction and Recovery Story

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Oct 22

October 18, 2022

Adam’s Opioid Addiction and Recovery Story

I have written this before in many blogs, and (as long as I continue to write) this will remain a constant: my inspiration comes directly from our patients. Although I change personal details to protect their privacy, the core of their stories is what moves me and what I deem so worthy of sharing. Yesterday I was particularly touched by two patients: “Adam” and “Eve”.

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What Makes Detox with the Coleman Institute Different?

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Sep 22

September 27, 2022

What Makes Detox with the Coleman Institute Different?

I just spent some time reading Google reviews for the Coleman Institute. Many patients reference their recent experiences, while other narratives go back years.

For myself, I’ll never forget my first inkling of what it meant to be a patient here.

In 2007 I was interviewing for a Family Nurse Practitioner position in the Richmond, Virginia area. I’d been working for five years, and my current employer was planning to retire. I answered an ad in the newspaper and met with Dr. Coleman soon after. It seemed like a good fit: he was a genuinely nice, laid-back Kiwi (he is from New Zealand), the office was within biking distance, the staff very pleasant, and the family practice patients were diverse. As our conversation was coming to a close, Dr. Coleman informed me that he also practiced Addiction Medicine.

Although I didn’t really know what that entailed, it wasn’t the kind of statement that made me want to sign an employment contract. I politely thanked him and told him I was going to continue with some other interviews but agreed to return and shadow him for a couple of hours to learn about this part of his practice. I think I’d already made up my mind that this wasn’t the gig I was looking for. A few days later, I returned to follow Dr. Coleman around as he introduced me to ‘Addiction Medicine’.

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What If I’d Never Stopped Suboxone?

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Sep 22

September 20, 2022

What If I’d Never Stopped Suboxone?

Fred, a former patient at the Coleman Institute, was prescribed opioids for roughly 14 years. When a specialist treated this with Suboxone, he found himself needing treatment to detox off of Buprenorphine. Find out how the Coleman Institute helped Fred detox comfortably and quickly.

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The Most Compassionate Way to Get off Opioids

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Sep 22

September 7, 2022

The Most Compassionate Way to Get off Opioids

Richard Rohr, author of Breathing Under Water, Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, writes in his newsletter about how it is so much easier for many people to have a relationship with a process or a substance than with a person. Unlike objects, people are so unpredictable!

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