The Problems with Using Medication Assistance Treatment (MAT) in Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP’s)

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)

What Do Emotions Have to Do With Pain?

This question was posed to me during a radio interview and I had to pause for a moment to answer this insightful query. I knew the answer, but could not go into the complex theories of traditional Chinese medicine to provide an answer and had to come up with a simple explanation. My condensed reply … Continue reading What Do Emotions Have to Do With Pain?

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?

Veterans Receive Acupuncture Treatments for PTSD as an Evidence-Based Therapy

I have treated countless veterans for PTSD with great results, but one such patient haunts me. About eight months ago, a good looking Marine in his late 40's came to see me. He lives down around Charlotte, NC with his wife and two tween girls. He returned from Afghanistan with tremendous neck pain and PTSD … Continue reading Veterans Receive Acupuncture Treatments for PTSD as an Evidence-Based Therapy

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