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

Using Mindfulness and Meditation in Opioid Addiction Recovery

Meditation practices have been around since the dawn of civilization, but modern medical science has given this ancient practice a new name; mindfulness. As scientific studies mounted demonstrating the varied benefits of meditation, the modern medical establishment recognized that they could not dismiss the therapeutic value of focused contemplation. However, they did not want to … Continue reading Using Mindfulness and Meditation in Opioid Addiction Recovery

Opioid Addiction Recovery Does Not Stop With Withdrawal-Repair Brain Damage After Opiate Use! Part 2

In this post, I will discuss herbs used to repair brain damage caused by opioid toxins. See Part-1 Covering Tonic and Adaptogen Herbs for Long-term Recovery Linked Here It is now known that opioid use causes radical brain changes. An article in the Brain Injury Journal explains, "Oxygen is essential to the human brain, and … Continue reading Opioid Addiction Recovery Does Not Stop With Withdrawal-Repair Brain Damage After Opiate Use! Part 2