Acupuncture, the placement of very fine needles in specific points on the body, is believed to predate recorded history and is still used in modern Chinese medicine today.  Based on the concept that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy in the body, acupuncture unblocks the current by stimulating points under the…

Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain and Addiction

We all know someone who suffers from chronic pain: arthritis swelling joints, muscles pulling spines or cancer pain.  Studies show that chronic pain effects more than 100 million Americans a year—compared to 25.8 million Americans suffering from diabetes or 16.3 million suffering from heart disease.  So what exactly is chronic pain?  Normal, or acute pain,…

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How to Identify Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

Every single day, there are more than 100 people all across the U.S. who die as a result of an opiate overdose. The opiate epidemic has spiraled out of control, and it’s currently taking a huge toll on millions of American families. If you know someone who is addicted to heroin, fentanyl, prescription pain relievers,…

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What to Do If a Loved One Relapses

Unfortunately, relapse is something that most recovering alcoholics and drug addicts will have to deal with at some point. According to one study that was done, about two-thirds of all recovering addicts end up relapsing within the first year of their recovery. And while the relapse rate dips to just 15 percent after five years…

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What Are Opiates And Why Are They Addictive?

What are opiates, and what makes them dangerous? You might have heard about the “opiate crisis.” Maybe you’ve even had someone in your life struggle from opiate addiction. But you also know that opiates are often prescribed by doctors. How could a prescription medication come with so many issues? The answer lies in understanding what…