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Can I Use Kratom To Detox Off Heroin?

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Sep 21

September 15, 2021

Can I Use Kratom To Detox Off Heroin?

Several months ago a 26-year-old man from Northern Virginia came to the office for an Accelerated Opioid Detox.

He had been using heroin for about two years after being on oxycodone for surgeries he’d had shortly after high school. Jim had graduated from a good HVAC program and was a reliable employee. He loved working with his hands. He was just blowing all his money on heroin. (more…)
Low Energy After Opioid Withdrawal

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Sep 21

September 12, 2021

Low Energy After Opioid Withdrawal

A patient called the other evening. He finished his rapid opioid detox about a week ago. He has a very physical job and is the father of a 4-month-old baby, Noah. Noah is the reason he finally decided he had to stop his drug use once and for all. He has been using high dose opiates for over 20 years, with a few small blocks of abstinence thrown in.

He did well through his detox; he was able to stay pretty comfortable getting off the equivalent of somewhere between 300-450 mg of mixed opiates. He was also using heroin but didn’t want his grandmother – who was his support person-to know about that. We never mentioned it to her.

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5 Ways to Boost Energy After Opioid Withdrawal

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Sep 21

September 8, 2021

5 Ways to Boost Energy After Opioid Withdrawal

Patients who have stopped using opiates and gone through the withdrawal process often wonder why their energy is so low and ask about ways they might boost it. After extended use of opioid pain medications such as Oxycontin, Percocet®, Opana®, Dilaudid®, Vicodin®, etc., stopping is no easy matter. Neither is the first several weeks afterward. Cessation of these opioid medications leaves the brain with a deficit of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. (more…)
Heroin and Other Opioids are Very Powerful Emotional Pain Killers

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Aug 21

August 31, 2021

Heroin and Other Opioids are Very Powerful Emotional Pain Killers


We've known for a long time that opiates are fantastic pain killers for physical pain. We use them in medicine all the time. Opioids relieve the pain of terminal cancer, general surgery and broken bones.

But, it is more and more clear to me, that opiates are even more powerful in relieving emotional pain. I think this is the main reason why the relapse rate is so high for people with opiate addiction. I believe it is why so many people go back to using opiates even after they are fully detoxed. They have such strong memories of how good they felt on opiates and they want to get back those good feelings. (more…)
My Doctor Refuses To Prescribe My Pain Medication: What Do I Do Now?

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Aug 21

August 22, 2021

My Doctor Refuses To Prescribe My Pain Medication: What Do I Do Now?

John is a 60-year-old man who was the victim of a motor vehicle accident in 1996 that left him with multiple injuries, including skull, vertebral and other bone fractures. He was hospitalized for several weeks and basically had his entire face rebuilt and rods placed in his back, while other bones were screwed back together.

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