Resource Information on Substance Abuse & Opioid Addiction

Our Suboxone Clinic provides personalized programs for patients going through opioid withdrawal with the use of Suboxone & Buprenorphine!

Helpful Resources

Below are some of the most viewed and shared resources regarding substance abuse treatment and substance abuse facts:

"I want to get off my Xanax (Klonopin, Ativan, etc.) but I don't know how!"

A lot of patients take anxiolytic medication for a lot of very good reasons.  Part of good mental health hygiene is taking your medicines as prescribed but there are ways of being totally free from the current anxiolytic medication that you take.  

You might want to consider stopping them abruptly (NOT recommended) and tapering them (IS recommended, if desired).  We dont take it as our prerogative to force people off their medications.   Our duty is to find the safest right medication for you.

That being said, below find several links to sites that talk about and give recommendations on coming off of anxiolytics.  See also our recommendations on how to handle anxiety without medication or additional medication.

Anxiety Corner

Some apps may help with anxiety, you may research these apps at your leisure, try one out and see if  it works, many are free. Some that are available are Breethe and Calm. You may find others that suit  you better, but a lot of people get help from these apps.
Substance Abuse Treatment

Vergence Therapy

This is a very interesting technique for reducing anxiety in 3 minutes!  It works about 80% of the time, the worse the anxiety the better it works, and it is a reflex reaction, meaning it doesn’t require you to concentrate or do much at all.  It’s as much a reflex as when the doctor taps your knee and the knee goes out, you don’t have to think about it at all. 

There is a link at the bottom for those who want to know more about this technique, however the technique is very simple, and described below.  I have actually seen this reduce anxiety in a guy in full blown heroin withdrawal from a 10 out of 10 to a 5 out of 10 in 3 minutes. 

How To Use Vergence Therapy

Hold a pen in front of your face at a comfortable to look at distance.

Look at the pen for about 4 seconds (not necessary but having a clock that “ticks” beside you can help you keep count, but you don’t really have to do that.  Just look at the pen for 3-5 seconds.

Then look at a ceiling or a wall at least 10-15 feet away, the further this wall is away the better (I think).

Repeat the above process for 3 minutes.

It is IMPORTANT to set a timer or look at a clock, because time becomes distorted when one is doing this. 

Some people like to do this at bedtime but you can do it at anytime during the day.  It will not put you to sleep necessarily.  Most people (especially those who start out at a 7-8/10) feel a tremendous reduction in their anxiety right away.  It works by turning on your “parasympathetic” system, which is your “chill, rest, relax” system.  Try it, you have nothing to lose, but follow the instructions as above.  For more detailed information, click the link. (Don’t try this while driving or doing any activity that requires concentration though.)

Anxiety Relief

“Touch and Return” method

(Short version)

20min 1-2 x a day

Focus on the breath

Use diaphragmatic breathing if possible (see below for better explanation of this)

When you find your mind wandering, making lists of things to do for the day, or other thoughts, just “notice” these thoughts,  and then go back to the breath

Remember “all thoughts are not to be trusted”

Add/Set a soft chime/gong to end your 20 min

Meditation

Meditation has clinical studies including functional MRI studies that indicates that it “calms” the brain.  It works differently than hypnosis, and is not hypnosis, as it affects different parts of the brain than hypnosis.  Being one of those who tried meditation several times never having it “work” for me, the following method works pretty well, and is pretty easy.  The following article has a short version, and a long more detailed, explained, version.  Try it.  You may like it.  And of course, do not do this while driving!  

“Touch and Return” method

(Long version)

Focusing on the breath, there are many things about the breath that I can tell you and you may notice other things about it on your own.  Feel the air as it comes in through your nose, down your throat, into the upper parts of the lungs then the lower parts.  You may notice that the air is a little cooler going in and a little warmer coming out.  Notice your abdominal muscles (see diaphragmatic breathing below) going in and out, easily, gently. 

Diaphragmatic breathing.  Often referred to as yoga breathing or prana breathing.  This type of breathing uses the diaphragm to pull in the air instead of the chest muscles.  It may help activate the parasympathetic system (chill/rest/relax system) rather than the sympathetic system (freeze/flight/fight system).  To try this put a hand on your abdomen, and when you breath in you should push out with your abdomen against your hand and your chest muscles should stay fairly still.  For some this comes easily, others it is harder, but that’s the simplest easiest way to achieve this.  If you don’t get it at first just keep trying.  This is part of focusing on the breath.

Thoughts.  “All thoughts are not to be trusted”.  This simply means that thoughts may occur to us and in this meditation technique we have no judgment on thoughts, we just “notice” them and then go back to the breath.  We all have unwanted thoughts and these are simply under this category of “not to be trusted”. 

Thoughts don’t have to intrude on your focusing on your breath.  It’s just that if they do, you “notice” them, leave them alone, and come back to focusing on the breath.  You may find that sometimes you have longer periods of time where you are simply focusing on the breath for longer and longer periods with no effort.

 

Studies do indicate that a high percentage of people who regularly meditate, experience some level of anxiety and/or unwanted thoughts at some point in time, while meditating.  Just remember, you can stop at any time you like, or you can just “notice” those thoughts and dismiss them, going back to focusing on the breath.  Remember, “all thoughts are not to be trusted”.  

Constipation Relief

Constipation is a big problem for a lot of patients. A bowel movement daily is generally the least recommended number. A lot of information is available and it’s different for everyone. From Peak Colon supplement nightly to Miralax to other remedies, something may work for you that doesnt work for others. Search out “Constipation” on the following link, and they have a lot of reputable advice on other issues as well.

About Carolina Energetics PC

When you come to Carolina Energetics PC, know that you’re receiving top-rated opioid treatment in a safe environment. We’ve made it our mission to create a compassionate and non-judgmental Suboxone clinic where you can focus on healing when you visit us. Your drug rehabilitation journey is facilitated by professionals who are acquainted with the process, and our goal is to make your experience as comfortable as possible. 

Patient Testimonials

Real Reviews From Our Patients!

Glenn Rogers
Glenn Rogers
06:22 26 Apr 22
This is by far the most professional and dedicated doctor's office that I have ever been to they actually care about... the patient and my wellbeing and not just the now but later on in life and my future goals and also about things that may effect me in the future, man all and all 100% Professional and dedicated not to mention down to earth and understanding the atmosphere is just so honest and peaceful.read more
Jamie Johnson
Jamie Johnson
14:00 09 Jan 22
Myself only being going for 4 months now. From what I see. The office personal is so awesome that it makes up for the... fact that they need doctors.read more
Gavin Harmon
Gavin Harmon
20:56 27 Dec 21
Best doctor you are ever going to find that is looking for your best interest and really cares about your opiate... addiction disease. Love to all the doctors and staff at Carolina energetics❤️read more
Jamie Gober
Jamie Gober
17:23 28 Oct 21
Do they take insurance? Iv been to dr russel before It is by far the most understanding doctor I've met but I'm just... curious if they take insurance I'm trying to refer somebody thereread more
Michael Hembree
Michael Hembree
14:27 11 Oct 21
I would recommend this place to anyone that is dealing with opiod addiction. Dr. Rodgers the doctor I see there Is very... kind and will listen to you and provide guidance on what she can do for you . She is one of the best in this buisness as far as I am concerned she doesn't rush you out of her office just to get to the next patient she actually listens and truly cares about the issues you are dealing with. Aldo the place is very clean. The people that run the office part are the nicest people and are very kind to you as well. I hope this reaches that one person who is struggling with addiction that is trying to find help. Give this place a chance. You can thank me later.read more
Miranda Adcock
Miranda Adcock
21:19 04 Oct 21
Everybody who works there is so caring and understanding and so inviting, they make it a very easy process. Tana... Holloway is my doctor for the last 2 years and she is awesome. She's been the first doctor that has tried to understood my faults and help me fulfill my specific needs. She is a remarkable doctor. Anyone that is going through addiction and thinking about starting their road to sobriety should make an appointment now.because it will change your life for the better and start you on a path to your new life.read more
Savannah Overman
Savannah Overman
12:23 16 Aug 21
Dr. Russell is by far the most understanding doctor I have ever had the pleasure of being a patient of my whole adult... life. I have now been going to see him for going on 6 years, and I absolutely enjoy him and his staff. He truly cares and understands his patients, and from what I have experienced, he always tries to do anything that he can do to help if he is capable. I drive about an hour from my house to his office just to see him instead of going to any other doctor that may be closer. I know he has a huge impact on a ton of his patients lives and is making a change.Thank you for all you do and I appreciate you!read more
Linda Furr
Linda Furr
11:28 26 Jul 21
I don't go here personally but my husband has been going here for 2 yrs now and his Dr. Has been great and helped him... so much!!💙 He has had problems in the past with Drs not listening and thinking he doesn't need certain medication but his Dr. now is just wonderful and im so thankful we were referred here by our friend who has been going to this clinic for a long time!!!!😃read more
Kris Templeton
Kris Templeton
17:46 22 Jun 21
I hatte to even give one star. I am an Registered nurse and my son, 24 has dealt with addiction since 14. He went to... this so call Doctor for help, he came home with Subutex and Xanax, a deadly combination that anyone with common sense know. Since has been going here he has ODed 4 time in 6 weeks. Thank God he's finally going to a good rehab that doesn't give these drugs. I will contact the Board of Physicians and give them my info. He need his l license to oke before he kills our children!!read more
Angela Simmons
Angela Simmons
18:28 14 Jun 21
Awesome Doctor answers my questions and let's me know the truth about my well being
Richard Matthews
Richard Matthews
03:54 22 Apr 21
I love my doctor, the staff are great and have never had a bad experience
Danil Vanw
Danil Vanw
18:41 21 Apr 21
The doctor would not listen to anything I had to say gave me the wrong kind of medicine it took me 3 hours to show them... their mistake and then they still called in the wrong medicine again never go to the doctor's office they are all rude and they don't listenread more
Stephanie Montgomery
Stephanie Montgomery
13:55 09 Apr 21
My son is patient of Dr. Terri "Carol" Rodgers, NP I must say how impressed I am of how he was treated by her and... staff. The simple fact that she clearly did her job yesterday as I was able to overhear him on the phone with her in some "Distress" you could say. He has gone through so much in his life and I couldn't stand to see him continue to suffer! So encouraged to call Dr. Carol's office and just tell them what's going and make an appointment. She went above the call of duty in my book and it just proves how serious she is about the overall care and well being of her patients. My son happens to have severe anxiety and suffers form panic attacks along Bi-Polar 1 We have been dealing with his whole life. In and out of doctors offices until you find that right one that is a perfect fit and I must Carol is for sure is the right doctor for him. So the appointment was made and she was kind enough to call just enough tablets to get through until the appointment next week. Now that is what I call a HIGH LEVEL OF CARE! Not only was my son a CMA for years, I actually worked for NASA at the Space Center in the Medical Department working close with the best Physicians in the world and I just want to say Thank you Carol, You not helped my son out, by doing so you helped me out and again THANK YOU SO MUCH! He is doing SO much better alreadyread more
Michael “LiLCummings” Cummings
Michael “LiLCummings” Cummings
16:18 04 Aug 20
Doc was very Professional, Polite & Kind. Providing a very high level of care here with concern! Just stick to the... program! I go today for my 1st follow up and I'm assuming it won't be a problem going up Rx Subutex 8mg 3 times a day. Currently I am on 2 tabs a day. I've always taken 3 a day in the past that I showed her proof of with the bottle. She said that we can go up and adjust the dosage during next follow up. Simple titration. The staff are all Awesome! Understanding and Respectful. Thank you all.read more
Krystal Balentine
Krystal Balentine
18:22 16 Feb 20
Wonderful understanding doctors and great, kind staff. Michael the receptionist is the best! Very funny man.
Casey Godbey
Casey Godbey
16:53 22 Aug 19
The staff are very friendly and great ppl, and I love my dr! And ur not stuck sitting there waiting forever. They get u... in and out pretty quick. I wouldn't wanna see another dr after being hereread more
Brandy James
Brandy James
18:13 16 Apr 19
Awesome ? drs and staff love ❤️ their want to help u and help u
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