About The Coleman Institute
Since 1998 our mission has been to help patients with addiction on their road to recovery. The Coleman Institute, under the direction of Dr. Peter Coleman, has developed a suite of unique programs that help people detoxify and stabilize from the effects of opiates (heroin, methadone, OxyContin, etc.), alcohol and benzodiazepines. These revolutionary techniques have achieved remarkable results: Thousands of patients treated with over a 98% success rate.
Dr. Coleman is not just the National Medical Director for, and founder of The Coleman Institute. He is also a recovering addict who understands what it takes to get, and stay clean. He has experienced the intense level of pain that each patient feels while detoxing and he understands the stresses and challenges associated with maintaining long term sobriety.
"The Coleman Institute is dedicated to developing treatments that are safe, comfortable and affordable for patients, enabling them to take that first step towards recovery and a drug-free life."
Dr. Peter Coleman
The Coleman Institute has multiple locations across the United States to better serve you:
- Richmond, Virginia
- Los Angeles, California
- San Francisco, California
- Chicago, Illinois
- Barboursville, West Virginia
- Seattle, Washington
- Tampa Bay, Florida
- Austin, Texas
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Phoenix, Arizona
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Dr. Coleman's Story
I grew up in New Zealand in what I thought was a pretty normal family but, as I later came to realize, my mother was both alcoholic and addicted to sleeping pills. Like most kids, I experimented with alcohol as a teenager. I remember the first time I got drunk was with cherry brandy. A friend and I had stolen it from his brother. We got so drunk that we vomited and had terrible hangovers - but the one thought that went through my mind was that I absolutely loved the feeling I got from the alcohol and I was definitely going to do it again. While I was in high school, even though I was headed to medical school, I started associating with other people who liked to smoke pot and drink a lot of alcohol. Right from the beginning, I started getting into some trouble with my drug and alcohol use. On one occasion, the police came to my house and they accused me of selling pot at high school. Fortunately my father and I were able to talk them into the fact that a good boy like me would never do something like that!
I went to medical school and concentrated on my studies during the day time, but concentrated on partying hard in the evenings. I felt very proud of the fact that I could maintain my studies during the day but really live it up and get very drunk and take other drugs at night and on the weekends.
Over the years my drinking and drug use increased. In medical school I was forced to keep a pretty tight control of it, especially when exam time was coming around. But after I completed medical school, I was on my own. I started partying more and more and hanging out with people who were using harder drugs. I started using cocaine and started experimenting with opiates.
I had always wanted to come to America and so in 1983 I moved here and took a job in Virginia in a small country clinic. By then I had started using IV narcotics, and being in the country, there was very little control and no one to really keep an eye on me. My drug use rapidly escalated to include cocaine and IV Morphine. It very quickly got out of control. I was no longer able to function at work and this to came to the attention of my supervisors at the clinic. One day after a particularly long bout of heavy drug use I used too many drugs and had an overdose that was almost nearly fatal. I passed out and stopped breathing. Fortunately I was discovered by one of the nurses who got help and I was able to be resuscitated.
Amazingly, even after this experience, I was in full denial and tried convincing the doctors that I did not have a drug problem and that I would be able to quit on my own - even though I had no intention of doing that. Fortunately they insisted that I go to treatment and said that if I did not go to a prolonged treatment program I would not be able to work as a physician ever again. I entered a treatment program in Hampton VA in October of 1984 and fortunately I have been able to stay clean and sober since that time.
In the treatment program I attended I started learning all about addiction and recovery. I realized that this illness is genetically inherited. I realized that it was caused by a brain disorder. I realized that people who suffer with addiction don't want to be addicts. In treatment they taught us that it is not your fault you have an addictive illness, but it is your responsibility to get into recovery and stay in recovery. I also realized that if people are paying close attention to their recovery they can maintain life long abstinence and have a happy and fulfilling life. At that time I decided to work in the field of addiction and since then I have done my best to develop programs and treatments that help people get in recovery and stay in recovery.
My experiences have taught me that almost all people can recover, if they put forth maximum effort in their recovery. This requires diligence, effort and at times sitting through discomfort. It involves changing the way we think about the world, our attitudes, our beliefs and mostly our behaviors.
I have been very blessed to have had the opportunity to get into recovery, and equally blessed to be a part of so many other peoples' recoveries.
Jennifer Pius is the Director of Clinical Services for The Coleman Institute. Her main role is providing support and medical information for potential patients and their family as well as performing clinical assessments to ensure each patient is appropriate for our services. She is the guiding voice on the phone helping those who are struggling with addiction. Jennifer holds a Bachelors Degree in Recreational Therapy and a minor in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. After several years of working as a therapist, she began her career at The Coleman Institute in March 2000.
During her spare time, Jennifer enjoys running, yoga, traveling and cheering on her favorite college basketball team, the VCU Rams. Her daughter also keeps her busy with gymnastics and cheerleading practices.
Amy Stewart is the Clinical Supervisor for the Coleman Institute. Her main role is providing support and medical information for the potential patients and their families as well as performing clinical assessments to ensure each patient is appropriate for our services.
Amy holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from VCU and two Associates Degrees in Human Services and Arts and Sciences. Amy previously worked for 13 years with troubled youth and their families in the city of Richmond as a Site Supervisor. Amy began her career at the Coleman Institute in June 2012.
During her spare time, Amy enjoys going to the movies, horse-back riding, spending time with family and traveling. Amy also stays busy taking care of her children.