Last winter, Kate Brancheau of Foundations Recovery invited me to fly to Georgia and take a personalized tour of its beautiful, state-of-the-art addiction facility with Macomb County District Judge Linda Davis, the creator of Families Against Narcotics (FAN).
Davis, who has a reputation both in and out of her courtroom as a no-nonsense, overly invested workaholic in her field, had me a bit on edge at first. But after spending the weekend with her I learned that her investment in saving people from the opiate epidemic is not just a worthy cause — it hits close to home for her, as her daughter is in recovery.
Davis recently spoke about FAN (familiesagainstnarcotics.org/) on my Beyond Natural Cures radio show.
“There are many new therapies, like a Naltraxone implant offered by My Life Recovery, which blocks cravings for up to six month, as well as other medically assisted treatment programs that increase substantially the success rate in dealing with addiction,” she said. “Traditional drug treatment programs, until now, have had little more than a 10 percent to 15 percent efficacy rate. We need to do better in treating addiction.
“We need to change our attitudes about prescription drug usage and our need to medicate ourselves for every problem in our life.”
Someone dies every 11 seconds from heroin or opiate pain killers, heroin’s gateway drug. You probably already know someone who has been involved in this epidemic. If so, you have probably felt frustrated with the inability to help. Let’s look at some options.
On the health-care front, Amad Elia, an acupuncturist in West Bloomfield Township, has had success treating both pain and addiction with acupuncture. As a naturopath, I myself utilize diet, herbs, enzymes and even clinical magnetic and color therapy for pain and to treat metabolic imbalances from addiction. Ami Mac, a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor who specializes in pain management in the Detroit area, understands the pain/opiate dynamic.
“I am committed to look for new resources and ways for my patients to find pain management without the risk of dangerous addiction,” she said. “It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Medicine is constantly evolving.”
Mac is putting her money where her mouth is by opening a new integrative pain clinic. We sat down over coffee and she told me about her plans to give patients cutting-edge pain management options not previously offered in Michigan.
“Now is the time to give patients real alternative solutions to pain and also fight the opiate epidemic,” she said.
[Reprinted: The Oakland Press, POSTED: 10/06/16, 5:49 PM EDT]
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