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Opiate addiction, both prescription and heroin has grown to epidemic proportions over the last several years, with devastating consequences to personal and family health, and at a great social strain and cost to the affected communities. While there are no easy answers when it comes to overcoming any addiction, opiate addiction is one of the most difficult drugs to recovery from, with in-patient treatment facilities reporting an over 90% failure rate. Herbs are most certainly extremely helpful in helping to lessen the pain and suffering involved with opiate and heroin withdrawal, and can be part of a broad protocol for “re-wiring” the brain, and helping maintain sobriety. This presentation will share Dr Stansbury’s personal experience in helping heroin addicts to withdraw as comfortably as possible, and share the research on herbal medicines that can be supportive to the road to recovery.
- Appreciate the epidemic proportion of opiate addiction in US and World
- Be familiar with the common prescription opiates to which people are addicted
- Recognize that chronic pain is of course a leading contributor to prescription opiate addiction and that any successful withdrawal program needs effective non-opiate pain management tools.
- Explain the phenomena of tolerance
- Recognize the opiate receptor agonists and antagonists used for acute opiate overdose, and used in opiate maintenance programs.
- Recognize that physical signs of opiate use and the signs of opiate withdrawal.
- List herbs that bind to opiate receptors
- Understand why herbal GABAnergic agents can be helpful in reducing cravings
- Understand the pros and cons of methadone use for heroin addiction
- Define the reward pathway and how addiction agents corrupt this pathway.
- Appreciate that opiated actually heighten pain and make a person more sensitive to pain signals upon withdrawal from opiates.
- Learn to set up a clinical setting and arrange the possible herbs and tools needed to help someone withdraw.