Heroin, Oxycontin and Methadone are the most widely abused opiate drugs. Other opiates, such as Percocet, Vicodin, Dilaudid, and Demerol are also highly addictive. But regardless of the specific opiate addiction, The Coleman Institute can help with the revolutionary Accelerated Detoxification Technique (ADT).
Our ADT procedure is designed to remove all of the narcotics that are attached to the patient's brain receptors in the most comfortable, safe and speedy process possible. When people come in to detox they have a certain amount of narcotics that are attached to the receptors in their brain. Any detox procedure needs to assist the patient getting rid of all of those drugs so that the patient and the patient's brain are completely drug-free. At that point, the detox process is completed. If patients detoxify on their own without any assistance, the drugs wash out of their brain in around five to ten days. This is extremely painful and most patients are unable to tolerate it on their own.
At The Coleman Institute, we have found a much easier process, called the Accelerated Detoxification Technique. But please don't be thrown off by the word "Accelerated." Our Accelerated Detoxification Technique is by no means a "compromise" for beating an addiction. In fact, quite the opposite is true. It is, quite literally, a breakthrough program that is easier on the patient, more effective, safer, and less expensive than other available treatments for the following reasons:
- Neither general anesthesia nor hospital stays are required, which is much safer and far less costly.
- Patients move quickly and safely through the withdrawal process with minimal discomfort and constant supervision.
- Our procedure normally takes just three days on an outpatient basis, rather than seven days - or longer - inside a hospital.
- The very small Naltrexone implant we place under the skin, which keeps all opiates from the brain receptors for around eight to twelve weeks, gives our patients a significant head start in remaining drug-free permanently.
In Accelerated Detoxification, we meet with the patient for the initial assessment and ask that they be in some mild withdrawal. In this way, by the time we meet with them they've already started the detoxification and they are ready to receive some of the medicines we use for the detoxification. We then give our patients a combination of drugs, including some mild opiates and some strong sedatives. Patients usually become much more comfortable and they can be discharged home.
On the second day, we continue their sedatives and then actually give them some medicines to speed up the detoxification and prepare the brain for being drug free.
On the final day of the detox, the patient fasts overnight and takes a dose of oral Valium before arriving in the office. The oral Valium lasts long enough to provide good sedation throughout the whole detoxification procedure. We usually insert an IV so we can provide extra sedation throughout the course of the day, if this is needed. By the end of the day, the patient has received full doses of antagonists, and we can insert the small Naltrexone implant under the skin, knowing that the patient is fully detoxified and will not get any extra withdrawal symptoms once they leave the office. The sustained, time-release nature of Naltrexone allows us to keep all opiates from the brain receptors for at least six to twelve weeks, giving patients the best possible chance for a lasting recovery.
“Happy to be alive and sober!”
This was the text I received from my son this morning. We are praising God for leading us to The Coleman Institute. Obviously, his journey has just begun, but your program made the "start" a reality.
He has had no drugs of any kind since Monday, the day if his detox. Yesterday was a little "odd", but he woke up this morning clear headed and ready to go to work. We are greatly encouraged. Tomorrow, he will be going to an orientation meeting at the rehab center in town.
Please pass along our gratitude to Dr Coleman and all the staff that helped him. I know Jim (not his real name) will be giving his own thanks, as well.
Blessings to you all.
I hope everyone at the Coleman Institute is doing well and continuing the success of the work that you all carry out. I just wanted to stop by and let you all know how great things have been going.
This is Joe (not his real name). Since I left your clinic a little over a year and a couple of months ago, things have been steadily improving for me. I just wanted to let everyone know from Joan, Courtney, and most importantly, Dr Coleman. When I first spoke with Dr Coleman, one of the first things he said was "you don’t know ‘blank’ about this". I said, your right…I totally didn’t. All I knew was that I was in a world of turmoil with problems and financial crisis.
I followed through and had several implants afterwards, and woke up one day and decided that that would be my last implant, and it was. Since then, I have not used, not even once, as I know that the process I received at Coleman was a once in a lifetime service. I have been going to meetings since then and reaching out to others and doing my part in aiding others, just like people did for me.
I have regained stability, paid off legal fees, and gotten my life back 100%, and I am ever so thankful for the folks at Coleman for making this possible.
Just wanted to check in and let the staff know how I am doing.
I spent a lot of the past week at Coleman with my son. After a back injury, poor surgery and a year wait for a second effective surgery, he became dependent on opiate painkillers and had a heck of a time the past few months. I was hesitant and had no idea what to expect. Did not really understand the difference between rehab and detox and was very doubtful that 5 days could really effect much change.
From the minute we walked into your welcoming waiting room the Coleman Institute was really, really great. The program is so thorough, your staff explains the steps and options very well, and the treatment rooms are pleasant and welcoming for family. Most important your nursing and social work staff are uniformly well trained, pleasant and just really great.
I loved how the nurses were so non- judgmental, respectful to the patient, kind, chatty and at the same time able to be direct and get history and detailed, sometimes painful, personal information. They knew just when to strike during a treatment day to ask questions. Several times my son told me that chatting with Joan or our other wonderful nurse (whose name I forgot) made him realize several things that have to change for him. Big stressors he didn’t even realize. The conversations made things clearer for him. How great is that!
I would highly recommend Coleman to anyone looking to do medical detox.
To: Nurse Shepherd and all staff,
Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality. Because of the wonderful work you do, you save lives – including mine and my friend's. From the fun with Giselle at the front desk, to every single attentive nurse and doctor, we offer our sincerest gratitude.
Onward and Upward!
AA & CC
Jennifer is awesome! Not sure what would have happened if she hadn’t have worked so closely with me to get me to Dr. Coleman. As a repeat client, I have trust in Dr. C. and his staff, and the detox process as well as their encouragement to move forward in the recovery process.
I'm well beyond being satisfied, I'm thrilled with the progress my son has made. His whole life has changed as a result of this treatment. This is an amazing program, truly amazing.
The staff was incredible from start to finish, but it's the results that matter. This was a miracle. I got my son back after 2 years of darkness. The results were more than I could have ever hoped for. After 6 weeks, as a result of the treatment and the Naltrexone implant, desire to use is very low. Positive results had such an impact, and with the implant, using was simply not an option. There are no side effects, and I'm getting more sleep.
I can't say enough about this program. It's truly a miracle. I can feel things I haven't felt in a couple years. It's a wonderful feeling. I feel so indebted to the great staff IN San Francisco; they were so caring and friendly. Dr. Glatt was incredible, very focused and caring… easy to talk to.
The results were nothing short of a miracle.
The Staff in Richmond was incredible and highly recommended. Joan is the best! Everyone was compassionate, caring, knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. Amy Stewart was extremely helpful with everything leading up to day 1. She is an absolute asset to your company!
No cravings, energy and mood improving and in counseling and doing great. Saved my life! Keep doing what you are doing…saving lives. Giving people second chances at life!
Complete judgment free zone!
Words cannot express our gratitude for this opportunity. You had faith in our recovery and by working with us in so many ways, you have put us on a path to sober living. In one weekend, you managed to save at least two lives!
Your detox program has been a blessing. My son has become a much better person in ways I cannot describe. Dr. Coleman and staff did an incredible job. I cannot thank you enough!!!!
After trying myself several times and unable to get through a few days, I was amazed how comfortable I was going through the detox process. All of the Dr.’s and staff were very friendly and understanding through the whole process. I honestly thought I would not be able to quit using and have been absolutely amazed in how easy it was at The Coleman Institute and am grateful that I was able to complete everything in Virginia.
This clinic saved my life! The staff, especially Dr. Keating, was compassionate, caring and very professional! They were not judgmental and were truly there to help me as a patient.
Absolutely. I'm getting blown up by people at SMART Recovery meetings wanting more information on this. No one seems to know about it, and we need more exposure, but when they hear there is an option that isn't an opiate/opioid its self, ears perk up everywhere. I'm preaching your gospel.
I would recommend it because I feel it does really work, if you are truly ready to get off of drugs.
I have already told multiple people about The Coleman Institute. I felt like it was my only way out, but it required a lot of research for me to find this program. I want to let everyone I know, who is on methadone maintenance, about this program. I believe it is a light at the end of the tunnel that most of us felt was dark. This place changed my life and I'd like to spread the knowledge to any it could help.
We were very satisfied with your program. My daughter has been struggling with an opiate addiction and had been on Suboxone for 2.5 years. The Suboxone was impossible for her to quit. She tapered down to 1 mg and still could not make the jump. She suffered terribly with anxiety and depression due to the Suboxone. Suboxone was ruining her life and at 23 years old she just wanted to die. This detox program has given her back her life.
I will always have a special feeling for the staff in Richmond! While I'm sure that I was NOT pleasant to deal with, they really were! What you offer is unbelievable in its impact on the lives of people who are going through a nightmare. It, in my opinion, is pretty miraculous! I was trapped with no way out, but you all got me out!!
I was and still am very satisfied...because I felt as if you all cared....genuinely. I know if I hadn't received treatment, I'd be dead...no doubt……. My journey began in July ,2014 and with naltrexone implants, I'm feeling hopeful...and I'll continue treatment for at least another year....but probably, even longer, because I know that's what I must do. Failure isn't an option. I'm living again.
Greetings Dr. C,
Hope you're enjoying the warm weather. I know I sure am. I wanted to give you an update on my progress. After 5 months, counting from January, 2014, I'm happy to tell you if I'm not 100% healed then I'm 99% healed. I feel terrific. Still working out, eating healthy and enjoying life.
I no longer have that weird sensation of my facial skin crawling and haven't had it for a while now. I sleep well, my endorphin production is back and I feel better than I have in 20 years. This is not an embellishment whatsoever either. I'm actually in better shape than I was at 28 years old. Not only did I go through your program but I made a complete lifestyle change. I went from almost 230lbs to 164lbs getting all the fat off. Then, when I started to feel a little better added working out and cardio. I've since gained back to 185lbs and have stayed at that weight. All the pounds I added were muscle.
I take Vitamin A, B-complex, C, D, E, zinc, a multi-vitamin, biotin and fish oil. I would highly recommend to anyone going through your program to start working out. Even if it's just walking around the block or riding a bike. Once I started physical activity daily I started to feel that much better quicker.
Also I'm in the middle of opening up a restaurant. I thought about a franchise but have decided to go it my own. I'm up for the challenge. Thankfully I have experience.
I also wanted to thank you and your staff for getting me through the toughest 45 days of my life. You always showed me kindness and concern and for that I will always be appreciative. It was very hard but I always held out hope that the next day would be easier and it was. I thought because of my MS that I would have this ball and chain around my neck for the rest of my life. And that wasn't a happy feeling whatsoever. If I had known how well this would work out I would have gone through it several years ago. Your service is worth a million dollars in my opinion.
So here we are 5 months out and I'm loving life and all the things that come with it thanks to you. I'm more active than I've been since I can't remember when and excited for what the future holds for me and my family.
So best wishes to you and your staff. The world needs more Doctor C's in it. You're the best.
Perfect combination of caring medical care and cost-effectiveness! I would not change a thing!
Dr. Coleman is inspiring….what more can I say. Naltrexone is simply a godsend to any addict. We need that kind of long term help.
I was a patient in 1999. I am aware of the kindness, compassion, non-judgment of Dr. Coleman. On this occasion, I required (again) treatment for opiate dependence; I wouldn't consider any other provider. I am delighted the practice has expanded to include two NP Providers… Joan & Courtney - both are top notch professionals. I am in the very best place to receive medical care & SA treatment. I have total confidence in the Practice. The detox nurse is wonderful as are all members of your team.
The Detox is totally comfortable (I experienced “amnesia” on those three days + the two days following) The focus on total abstinence rather than harm reduction strategies. (My detox with another company in Florida, in 2005, involved Suboxone…16 mg/day for 30 days, then, I was sent home with a 30 day supply and told "find a provider to prescribe on a maintenance basis”). Right....No such luck… and this decision was made for me without asking what I wanted. I suffered horribly when that prescription ran out.
I recommend the Implant (could be removed if emergency or a necessary surgery required). The injection, while more agreeable esthetically, does not offer that option.
For impulsive individuals (like myself), this provides a form of insurance as I reestablish my sobriety and rebuild a full life and manifest the joy and peace every person deserves to experience.
Life buffets us all; escape through substance use is an illusion and a potentially deadly choice. This implant is saving my life. I am so delighted to be a client of the Practice. I have the utmost confidence in the entire team.
Joan & Courtney Rock!!!!! And, of course, Dr. C...thank you for your lifelong dedication to treating opiate dependence and your innovation in developing the AOD and Naltrexone implant.