Do You Know Someone Affected by the Opioid Crisis? Chances are You Do! Part 2

Part 1 Linked here! I am in a rare position of having intimate knowledge of all areas of the addiction spectrum. Following our shocking episode, we entered the nightmarish reality of hard-core opioid addiction. My husband was shamed and would not speak to anyone about the addiction for almost a year, not even his own … Continue reading Do You Know Someone Affected by the Opioid Crisis? Chances are You Do! Part 2

Do You Know Someone Affected by the Opioid Crisis? Chances are You Do! Part 1

When I began practicing acupuncture decades ago it was a cash practice in an upper-middle-class neighborhood outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Back then there was no insurance coverage for acupuncture and my patients tended to be well-to-do. This is where I started treating opioid dependency. I didn’t have a preconception at the time about addiction; … Continue reading Do You Know Someone Affected by the Opioid Crisis? Chances are You Do! Part 1

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