Medication Assistance Treatment (MAT) is an important tool for preventing overdoses as the opioid crises rages on. The U.S. Substance abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website states, “A common misconception associated with MAT is that it substitutes one drug for another. Instead, these medications relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical … Continue reading The Problems with Using Medication Assistance Treatment (MAT) in Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP’s)
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?
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
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
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