Month: May 2020

May 19, 2020
Dawn Fabian, addiction help, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, natural health, fort collins colorado

Food, alcohol, tobacco, sex, drugs… 

Addiction comes in all shapes and sizes.

Whether it is your own or that of someone you love, many people are touched by the physical and emotional toll of addiction.

Opioid addiction is at a pandemic level and the COVID-19 pandemic may be adding to the issue as we speak.

Dawn Fabian believes recovery from addiction is a biological, psychological, social, and spiritual process, and has joined the Wholeness Center because she wants to help others overcome addiction or addictive behaviors and help them maintain their recovery.

Her goal is to provide treatment that can be easily accessed and comprehensive in treating mental health symptoms, traumatic experiences, social isolation, health issues, or a combination of these factors that often lead to or keep people in addictive behaviors.

Getting to the root of addiction

Dawn: Addiction is a very human issue. Addiction is nature and nurture. It isn’t only one or the other.

Often it leaves people feeling isolated and alone. It can come about as a result of factors in the brain, and also by environmental and societal factors – like stress and trauma.  Together we can capture the details of your personal history to inform a treatment plan going forward.

Tolerance is built for the highs, but not the lows

Dawn: Re-lapse is the nature of addiction. Repeated use of addictive chemicals or behaviors actually changes the brain to create greater cravings. It’s important to come to recovery with compassion for yourself or your loved one.

Those affected by addiction need low barrier options for treatment such as easy access to mental health providers, the ability to obtain medications quickly and at low cost, and socio-economic support to increase stability during recovery.

 Wellness means taking back control 

Dawn:  The Wholeness Center has an amazing addiction program. As individuals journey through the recovery process, here are three key elements the Wholeness Center has to offer: 

  1. Low barriers

We are breaking down the obstacles that stand in the way between patients and their health. By providing individual treatment options, we give back choice and control.

  1. Comprehensive Treatment

Often addiction is treated as a medical recovery; that’s one step. We offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in the treatment of opioid and alcohol addiction. After the cravings are gone, patients are left with other human issues. A comprehensive treatment not only addresses medical needs, it also addresses behavior around addiction, socio-economic factors and alternative supports like supplements that aid overall health and well being. 

  1. Road to recovery

Living in recovery is a life long process. It requires the patient to rebuild their bodies and minds. It is important to continue therapy and practice self-care strategies like: yoga, meditation, diet, exercise and sleep. 

Some people ask about medical treatment for opioid use;
isn’t this substituting one addiction for another?

One way we use MAT to treat opioid use is with the medicince most commonly referred to as Suboxone/ Buprenorphine/ Naloxone. Here’s what that treatment looks like and why it’s helpful:

– Pain relief is longer lasing than heroin or prescription pain medications so it is not “just a substitution.”

– Buprenorphine/naloxone is usually taken once a day and some will be able to take it less frequently (every other day or every third day).

– Buprenorphine is dissolved under the tongue in the form of tablet or film.

– Medical studies since 1965 show MAT with buprenorphine/naloxone:

1.  Reduces overdose deaths

2.  Reduces transmission of infectious disease

3.  Increases treatment retention

4.  Improves social functioning

5.  Reduces criminal activity

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the World Health Organization (WHO) consider MAT as evidence-based best practice for treating opioid use disorder. 

Want to know more about Dawn?

She is a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), recently transplanted from Seattle, WA.

Dawn received her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University, Master of Social Work from University of Washington, and Master of Science in Nursing from Seattle University.

In addition to her work with integrative addiction recovery psychiatry, she enjoys assisting the senior population as they age gracefully.

Dawn is passionate about providing comprehensive, integrative trauma-informed psychiatric care for adults- treating depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and psychosis.

She provides Ketamine Assisted Therapy for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. With over 18 years in the mental health field, she brings a wealth of knowledge and compassion to our practice.

Learn more:
Please contact the Wholeness Center if you have questions about addiction. If you live in the Northern Colorado/ Ft. Collins area and would like to learn more about the innovative programs the Wholeness Center has to offer in terms of mental health strategies, please call 970-221-1106 or email