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Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a National Emergency and Jacob Teitelbaum, MD., Responds

President Trump is officially declaring the opioid crisis a “national emergency”—an act usually reserved for natural disasters, mass infectious disease outbreaks, and terrorist attacks. This announcement—the first of its kind—underscores the magnitude of the crisis. The amount of prescription opioids legally sold almost quadrupled from 1999 to 2010. The leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. today is from drug overdose—virtually all involving an opioid.

Harvard University health economists put the price tag for necessary services to combat the growing opioid problem at roughly $190 billion over 10 years.

Logistically, the President could use the Stafford Act to cut through regulatory red tape and make funds available through, for example, FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund. The other route would be to apply the Public Health Service Act to make naloxone treatment more readily available to those hooked on pain killers—even in rural communities. Plans also include strengthening law enforcement.

However, the underlying cause, which seems to be missing from the emergency equation, is our national pain crisis. One in three Americans suffers from chronic pain.

“In addition to the interdiction arm for dealing with medications finding their way onto the street, it’s also critical that we protect the one out of three Americans dealing with pain,” says board certified internist Jacob Teitelbaum, MD. “Fortunately, effective, new methods for pain management offer relief without the need for narcotics.”

According to Dr. Teitelbaum, medicine is starting to understand that pain is not an outside invader, but rather it is like the oil light on a car’s dashboard, telling us that something needs attention.

“By using the entire healthcare toolkit—not just medications and surgery—pain can be much more effectively treated. This way, we can stem the flow of narcotics contributing to the 64,000 overdose deaths yearly, while still making sure that people in pain get pain-free.”

Dr. Teitelbaum’s published research has shown that pain does go away when the body gets what it needs. Using the devastating body-wide pain of fibromyalgia as a model, his S.H.I.N.E.®  protocol was found to provide dramatic pain relief in 90 percent of subjects. The majority of people in the study (Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 8:2,2001), no longer exhibited symptoms of fibromyalgia after three months.

Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the world’s leading researchers on narcotic-free pain relief. He is the lead researcher on four published studies showing effective integrative treatments for pain and chronic fatigue without narcotics. He’s the author of seven popular books on the subject. He also was on the other side of the white coat, when fibromyalgia knocked him out of medical school and left him homeless for a year. For more information on Dr. Teitelbaum’s work, visit www.vitality101.com. 

 

Ease Opioid Withdrawals With This Super Herb

Throughout time, Ashwagandha has been known to block some of the effects of morphine on the brain and increase GABA neurotransmitter levels to lower the anxiety that one experiences during opioid withdrawals. It is as effective as diazepam, a common medicine, in treating withdrawal symptoms.

Ashwagandha For Opioid Addiction

Addiction often leads to medical issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, and mental disorders. Some pain meds may even damage your nerve cells.

Your body has some natural opioid-like substances, or substances that give you a feeling of pain relief and happiness, and act like neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters, such as endorphin and enkephalin, and other mood-enhancing neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, are released by your brain when you experience pleasure.

Addictive substances like opioids either imitate these neurotransmitters, or cause an increased flow of them in the brain, or block other neurotransmitters like GABA, to give you a feeling of euphoria. And when these substances are used, you go from merely liking the substance to craving it fiercely.

If you are an addict, you will find it difficult to stop the behavior and exhibit telltale symptoms of addiction when access to the pain meds are withdrawn. These symptoms are collectively called withdrawal symptoms and include:

  • Craving for the substance
  • Increased appetite or weight gain
  • Drowsiness
  • Irritability, nausea, headache
  • Severe anxiety and depression
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • irritability

In one study, rats were given a methanolic extract of ashwagandha before they were given morphine, a common drug often found in painkillers.

Usually, in such experiments, when an animal is addicted to a certain drug, it chooses a place that is associated with the drug rather than the place where it has been given just the drug vehicle, that is the solvent minus the drug. This is called conditioned place preference. In this case, however, the rats showed no place preference. The researchers claimed that ashwagandha has some effect on the GABA and opioid receptors in the brain and can block some of the effects of morphine.

Ashwagandha is a safe and reliable alternative to medicines like diazepam in treating opioid withdrawal symptoms. This herb has a calming, mood-balancing effect.

Ashwagandha helps produce anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, and muscle-relaxant effects by controlling the nerve cells that fire in the brain. It helps your brain and nerves function better while recovering from addiction to painkillers.

You know that addiction affects the brain. So ashwagandha can be a supplement to enhance brain health and function because research has found that the bioactive compounds derived from ashwagandha leaves have the potential to help nerve structure and function and may serve as a supplement for brain health.

Seriously consider taking super-herb ashwagandha in capsule, tincture or tea form as it is shown to improve and lessen the effects of opioid withdrawals.

 

 

Suboxone or Subutex for Opioid Addiction Recovery: The Controversy

The controversy of Mediation Assisted Treatment (MAT) may have crossed your mind recently, with all the information on MAT being covered in national news stories.  Usually, it can take many exposures to treatment, medications, lifestyle changes and family support to manage an opioid addiction.

Recovery is different for each person undergoing treatment. Some use Subutex or Suboxone as part of their addiction recovery treatment program.

Suboxone (a brand name for Buprenorphine) and other forms of medication-assisted treatment, like methadone and Vivitrol (a brand name for Naltrexone), is highly supported by medical and behavioral health groups. These include the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the National Council of Behavioral Health and the U.S. Surgeon General as well as many treatment centers and support groups.

A person who takes these medications as directed under the care of a physician is like a patient who takes medication to treat any other disease. When used in conjunction with comprehensive therapy and support groups or other forms of treatment, MAT increases the rate of success.

It can be confusing that while MAT can help your recovery, it’s still controversial. MAT is controversial because some treatment programs and support groups define “success” as total abstinence from these medications. While this may be a realistic approach and a goal for some, many people, especially those who have struggled with heroin and other opioids, need medication as part of a comprehensive recovery plan.

Ironically enough, in order to get fully opioid-free, you must STILL undergo a withdrawal process when you discontinue the use of Suboxone or Subutex.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you contributing to society in some way by attending school, volunteering or working?
  • How are is your current lifestyle and what are your habits in general? Are you taking better care of yourself?
  • Are you attending support group meetings or getting some form of ongoing support or counseling?

If you are no longer misusing the substance that was getting you into chronic trouble and threatening your health and your life, then perhaps you will decide that Suboxone or Subutex will help to enable you to function normally again.

At the end of the day, “recovery” is a subjective term. It means something different for each and every person. Find others whom are supportive of MAT. Talk with them regularly and support one another. In the meantime, treat the opinions of others lightly and rely on your own instincts when it comes to your life or the life of your loved ones.

At ADDICTION PRESCRIPTION, we have formulated a way to get off all ALL opioids without many of the horrific withdrawals that come with addiction. We are here to help you transition from Subutex and Suboxone to a life full of health and wellness from opioid addiction. The Reichert Regimen is a system that includes coaching, phone consultations, over the counter meds, non-opioid prescription meds, holistic therapies, supplements, exercise and more.

We are not doctors, we are recovered chronic pain patients on a mission to help others reach sobriety.  Be sure to contact a medical professional before undergoing any type of addiction treatment.

At ADDICTION PRESCRIPTION, we care. Get your life back. For details, simply fill out the contact form on this site or email cwris@yahoo.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CVS Takes a Stand in U.S. Opioid Crisis

CVS Health, one of the nation’s biggest pharmacies,  will be taking major steps to fight America’s opioid epidemic. Beginning in February 2018, they will limit prescriptions to seven days for certain conditions and will limit the daily dose of pain pills based on strength. CVS will also set guidelines that require patients to take short-term meds before moving to extended-release opioids which are for more severe and chronic long-term pain management.

Moreover, CVS will be developing new protocols that require pharmacists to counsel patients on the risks of dependence and why it’s important to keep their medications in a safe, secure place at home. They will also almost double the amount of drug disposal units: kiosks where you can safely dispose of unused prescription medications. Plus, the pharmacy is dedicating $2 million to addiction treatments and recovery services.

What is the fuss all about?  First, CVS Health is a major U.S. corporation with 9,600 CVS Pharmacy stores and more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, so their reach is pretty substantial.

Unfortunately, the opioid epidemic is just as major and widespread. Experts estimate that there were around 900,000 opioid overdoses in 2015 alone, and the sale of these drugs has quadrupled in the last 20 years, even despite the fact that the presence of pain levels among Americans has stayed the same.

High five! CVS is giving this issue the attention it deserves and recognizing what an important role they play in safe or unsafe opioid use.

 

 

Senators Push Trump to Formally Declare Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency

Ten Democratic senators sent President Trump a letter last week asking him to formally declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency, USA Today reports.

Trump announced in August he was declaring a national emergency, but he has not yet taken formal steps to do so. If he does officially declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency, then FEMA can make money available to states. States could also request aid, and public health workers could be redeployed to fight the epidemic.

“Regardless of whether you choose to declare a state of emergency, continued inaction on this issue is deeply concerning,” the senators wrote. “In order to effectively treat this crisis with the urgency it demands, we believe you must take action immediately to expand treatment capacity, increase prevention efforts (including prescriber education initiatives), improve data sharing, and support detection and interdiction efforts to address the supply side of this epidemic – all recommendations for action proposed by the Commission you created.”

Hopefully this will get President Trump to make things official as opioid-related deaths are on the rise.

Addiction Issues Magnified During Hurricanes

Authorities planning for natural disasters such as hurricanes must prepare for its effect on people struggling with drugs or alcohol, experts tell the Associated Press. The stress of hurricanes leads to an increased danger of relapse and overdose.

Before Hurricane Irma hit Florida, a needle exchange program in Miami distributed extra syringes, while patients at methadone clinics picked up advance medication. Florida, in cooperation with the federal government, allowed methadone clinics to provide up to five days of medication ahead of the hurricane.

Scientists found that during Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, people with a drug problem often avoided evacuating in order to stay close to their dealers. Some shared needles with strangers, which put them at risk of becoming infected with HIV and hepatitis. People who were in treatment missed doses of medication, and used street drugs like heroin to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent addiction. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program including opioid addiction. At Addiction Prescription, we are not doctors. Rather, we were formerly addicted to opioids ourselves, so we have an innate understanding of how you’re feeling inside. We understand the fear and anxiety and we help you get clean with easier and safe withdrawals from painkiller addiction with our own formula for recovery success, “The Reichert Regimen.”

Contact us at cwris@yahoo.com or call (916) 717-4067.

Hemp Company Offers Safe Solution to Chronic Pain

Founded in March, Honest Hemp announced today the launch of its premium line of hemp-derived cannabinoid daily wellness supplements, designed to provide a viable, natural alternative for managing mild anxiety and inflammation from exercise. Putting its “money where its mouth is,” Honest Hemp has pledged to donate a portion of all profits to be used toward fighting the out-of-control prescription drug overdose epidemic.

“Federally approved pharmaceutical opioids and anti-anxiety drugs are currently the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, and yet not everyone even needs them. Our mission is to provide education on the benefits of hemp-derived cannabinoids as a safe, natural alternative for many,” said Ashley Grace, CEO, Honest Hemp. “Several years ago I had a serious accident followed by three surgeries, and the wellness benefits of hemp cannabinoids have been life-changing for me. Through education and charitable investment we will do our part to help reduce prescription drug deaths.

While more research on benefits is necessary to make claims, Honest Hemp’s all-natural tinctures provide a safe way to address various health-related issues for many, without the risk of death associated with prescription drugs.  Made with premium, U.S. grown cannabinoid genetics, Honest Hemp products are sustainably grown without pesticides, and undergo rigorous third party testing to ensure safety and quality. Initially available in three flavors – lemon, natural and peppermint.

By way of background, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services patented non-psychoactive cannabinoids like those in Honest Hemp as “antioxidants and neuroprotectants” back in 2003.  The patent states that cannabinoids hold promise for inflammatory diseases such as brain trauma, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. In addition to containing these patented cannabinoids, Honest Hemp products are:

  • Food supplements legally grown under U.S. State Department of Agriculture oversight in accordance with U.S. Farm Bill Section 7606 and thus available for shipment to all of the United States.
  • Non-psychoactive and in alignment with the #3 Wellness Trend for 2017, according to Well+Good.
  • Made only with premium hemp cannabinoid genetics, not hemp used for seeds, protein or rope.

About Honest Hemp 

Honest Hemp is a wellness company based in Boulder, Colorado and Los Angeles, California that is dedicated to reducing deaths from prescription drugs. The company was founded by a team of professionals with decades of experience building blue-chip, global brands such as Anheuser-Busch, P&G, PepsiCo, Pfizer and dozens of others, who came together with a common goal of creating products that are good for people. In addition to selling consumer products online and at retail, Honest Hemp is a supplier to leading food and beverage manufacturers who wish to embrace the cannabinoid wellness trend by adding Honest Hemp to their products.  For more information visit HonestHemp.com.

You can also reach ADDICTION PRESCRIPTION by filling out the contact form on this website, or simply email cwris@yahoo.com for details on how you can ease into withdrawals in the safety and comfort of your own home, without hard core meds.

Statements made in this release have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

We are not doctors, rather former addicts who discovered many safe and helpful withdrawal remedies for getting clean.  

 

 

Sobriety: There’s an App for That!

In the midst of the opioid epidemic, everyone is looking for answers and resources to help decrease the problem. Going to treatment and participating in a recovery program is just one step in the process. But staying clean after treatment is usually even harder. Those suffering from painkiller addiction experience Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) after quitting.

As in recovery, communication and a support group is key. Nowadays most of us use our smartphones for practically everything, so why should sobriety be any exception? More mobile apps are being developed all the time to address the specific needs of those in recovery, including clever features that make it easier to find support and connecting with others in sobriety.

The following four apps are helping to beat the opioid epidemic and heal addiction.

recoveryBox Addiction Recovery Toolbox

This app has been around for a few years, but earlier in 2015 it got a big update that gave it a lot more punch. recoveryBox works using lights (green, yellow and red) that keep you accountable in your recovery. You log what you do every day and are greeted with a green light for “Way to go!”activities that support your recovery; a yellow light for “Warning light events”; or a red light for “Acting out” behavior. Whatever you enter is stored and can be emailed to a spouse, sponsor or another accountability partner. recoveryBox also tracks triggers over time, can log multiple addictions/issues and is easy to set up and customize with treatment goals and motivators to keep you on track. 

I Am Sober

Every day of sobriety is a victory. Reminding yourself of how much you’ve accomplished can help you stay on track. This app keeps track of these victories, including how long you’ve been sober and how much money you’ve saved by not buying alcohol. It notifies you when you reach new milestones and lets you set times to get daily notifications on your progress.

Sober Grid

Getting sober is only half the battle. Then the real work begins. Access to peer support and other resources is critical to staying sober. Sober Grid was designed to provide those looking to get sober, and those in recovery, with access to a community focused on sobriety. Some join to get support, others to give it; each free download, post and connection creates an opportunity to stay sober while helping others do the same. Sober Grid is available for free in the Apple and Android App Stores.

The 12 Steps AA Companion app
The sobriety tool available for members of Alcoholics Anonymous. With a feature packed Big Book reader, search tool, sobriety calculator, notes, AA contacts database and more, your experience is unmatched! Every member of AA will find this app very useful yet quite simple to use.

Download an app today and use it for your benefit.

At ADDICTION PRESCRIPTION, we care. Reach us at cwris@yahoo.com

 

The Pregnant Addict

 

I am so angry and have been since when I researched the bones of this article. I feel so despondent as well as such empathy, for the insane number of expectant moms and innocent unborn babies suffering through opioid addiction. I can think of nothing sadder. Opioid drugs and their abuse is becoming one of the most serious problems in this world.

With the United States in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic, pregnant women all over the country are in dire straits. Help for pregnant women struggling with addiction can be hard to come by. In many areas, the stigma that surrounds medication-assisted treatment is double for expectant mothers, since they are seen as being responsible for two lives. Seeking drug treatment often leads to situations that exacerbate feelings of guilt and shame. Your kids can be taken by the fearsome organization Child Protective Services (CPS) Plus, addicted mom can end up behind bars.

The following information as been researched through Vice News and The March of Dimes…

What Opioids do to Your Baby

Using opioids during pregnancy can cause a multitude of frightening problems for your baby, including:

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (also called NAS). NAS happens when a baby is exposed to a drug in the womb before birth and goes through withdrawal from the drug after birth. NAS most often is caused when a woman takes opioids during pregnancy. NAS can cause serious problems for a baby, like being born too small and having breathing problems. Even if you use an opioid exactly as your health care provider tells you to, it may cause NAS in your baby. So tell your prenatal care provider about any opioid you take.

The staggering rise of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS, the medical term for babies who experience withdrawal, has overwhelmed the medical system, and many intensive care units for newborns are at capacity. The rate of NAS has soared by 400 percent nationally since 2000. One baby is born with the syndrome every 25 minutes. It’s especially grim in Kentucky, where one out of every 50 newborns has NAS.

NAS babies typically begin to show signs of opioid withdrawals a day or two after birth. Much like adults experiencing withdrawals, they tend to be extremely irritable. They cry relentlessly, wake up easily, and refuse to eat. They have vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, sweating, tremors, sneezing, congestion, and fevers. They can die from dehydration or other complications, though fatalities are extremely rare in a hospital setting.

  • Birth defects, including heart defects. Birth defects are health conditions that are present at birth. Birth defects change the shape or function of one or more parts of the body. They can cause problems in overall health, how the body develops, or in how the body works.
  • Premature birth. This is birth that happens too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Babies born early may have more health problemsat birth and later in life than babies born full term.
  • Preterm labor. This is labor that starts too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Quitting opioids suddenly (going cold turkey) during pregnancy can cause preterm labor. Preterm labor can lead to premature birth.
  • Stillbirth. This is the death of a baby in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
  • The withdrawal of opioids in the third trimester often leads to premature labor.
  • When opioids are regularly consumed during pregnancy, they can lead to spontaneous abortion.
  • Opioids use can cause neurological and heart problems in the baby.
  • Regular use of opioids during pregnancy (and their sudden withdrawal) can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, rhinorrhea (runny nose), and runny eyes. Additionally, they can cause insomnia and anxiety. Further, consequences of opioid use and their withdrawal can include abdominal cramps, uterine irritability, preterm labor, fetal hypoxia, and fetal death.

If you’re not pregnant and you’re using opioids, use effective birth control until you’re ready to get pregnant. This can help prevent complications when you do get pregnant.

Conclusion

Opioids are extremely potent and can often lead to addiction. This situation becomes even more severe when the pregnant women are involved. Regular usage of opioids can have serious effects on the baby and the mother. Additionally, even sudden withdrawal of opioids can lead to severe complications, and they usually start 6 to 24 hours after withdrawal.

However, some opioids are not damaging for mother and baby’s health if occasionally taken in the minimal dosages. The best thing to do is to consult your doctor and be very honest about your addiction.

The number of newborns diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome nearly tripled in 10 years due to increasing* opiate use among pregnant women, a new study shows.

The bottom line: Don’t do opioids if you’re expecting. Detox from opioids before you get pregnant. You will save yourself and your baby from its dangerous effects on your bodies and mind.

 

 

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