Stop Sweats After Stopping Using Opioids-Opiates

When I first graduated from acupuncture school I practiced in a hormonal health clinic where the MD would prescribe "natural" hormonal replacement therapy for women going through menopause and experiencing extreme hot flashes and night sweats. I gained years of critical clinical experience treating abnormal sweating patterns using Chinese herbs and acupuncture and can tell … Continue reading Stop Sweats After Stopping Using Opioids-Opiates

Non-step Opioid Recovery Treatment

Step-programs have made profound positive impacts on thousands of people's lives. Many reading this blog are likely in a step-program and have benefited from the¬†companionship and sense of community that comes along with programs such as AA or NA. Many of my patients recovering from opioid addiction go to meetings regularly, some attend group gatherings … Continue reading Non-step Opioid Recovery Treatment

The Opioid Spectrum-From Prescription to Dependency, to Addiction

There are unquestionably different levels of opioid use and dependency; I refer to this as the opioid spectrum. On one end of the spectrum are patients who have been prescribed opioids for a short term due to an acute injury or trauma, including surgery. On the other end of the specturum is a chronic opioid … Continue reading The Opioid Spectrum-From Prescription to Dependency, to Addiction

Sleeping Well After Stopping Opioids-Opiates-Natural Remedies for Insomnia

The Science of Sleep is a newly emerging branch of neuroscience that has resulted in a deeper understanding of how important sleep is to our physical and mental health (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/08/science-of-sleep/). One of the unfortunate side-effects of opioid use is a disruption in regular sleep patterns. Re-establishing a healthy structure of sleep after stopping opioid use … Continue reading Sleeping Well After Stopping Opioids-Opiates-Natural Remedies for Insomnia

Why Opioid Users Lack Empathy and How to Rewire the Brain Following Opioid-Opiate Dependency

As our son devolved into full-on opioid addiction, one of the more concerning developments was his total lack of empathy; this once warm, emotionally engaging young man no longer cared about those around him and was completely emotionally disengaged from the family. His single focus was on getting high, even if this meant that he … Continue reading Why Opioid Users Lack Empathy and How to Rewire the Brain Following Opioid-Opiate Dependency