Is Opioid Addiction a Disease or the Stamp of Depravity?

News of falling opioid-related overdosing rates seemed to me like good news this week pointing to the opioid crisis easing up. As I read through the news article it was revealed that these statistics may not reflect a plateau in the opioid crisis as the reduction in deaths could be due to a wider distribution … Continue reading Is Opioid Addiction a Disease or the Stamp of Depravity?

Treating Depression with Acupuncture and Herbs

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255 I have been helping patients get off of anti-depressants for decades and have witnessed the clinical efficiency of utilizing acupuncture and herbal therapy for depression. Recent studies affirm my experiences showing that acupuncture is a cost-effective and efficient way to reverse depression. As discussed in a previous blog linked here, … Continue reading Treating Depression with Acupuncture and Herbs

VA Using Acupuncture for Pain, PTSD, and Opioid Cessation

I will begin commuting to a local VA hospital in Salisbury, NC next month to treat veterans one day per week. Salisbury is one of only a dozen or so VA sites that was chosen to participate in a new study. The goal is to collect data that will help to systematically determine what complimentary modalities … Continue reading VA Using Acupuncture for Pain, PTSD, and Opioid Cessation

The Problem with Using Anti-Depressants after Withdrawing from Opioids

Opioid use has been shown to contribute to depression as prolonged use can produce neurological changes as we established in an earlier blog about opioid use and brain damage.  Most anti-depressants are called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI's). SSRI's ease depression by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is one of the chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) … Continue reading The Problem with Using Anti-Depressants after Withdrawing from Opioids

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