- Mastering Herbs: Opiate Withdrawal 2h 15min
Mastering Herbs: Opiate Withdrawal
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.
Dr Jillian Stansbury is a licensed naturopathic physician with 30 years experience, specializing in women’s health, fertility, PCOS, adrenal and thyroid disorders, and endocrine imbalances. She also treats immune and allergic disorders, and chronic disease including diabetes, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease, as well mental health disorders including anxiety and depression.
Dr Stansbury served as the Chair of the Botanical Medicine department at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon and remains on the faculty. Dr Stansbury enjoys keeping up with the latest research in natural products chemistry and sharing the developments with other health professionals, as well as delving deeply into traditional and folkloric wisdom on the uses of plants as foods and medicines. Dr Stansbury compiles her research and presents some 10-20 original research papers at medical conferences each year, and has published numerous scholarly articles and several books, including Herbs for Health and Healing, and PCOS Health and Nutritional Guide. She is the author of Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals - a comprehensive herbal formulary text based on her decades of research and clinical experience (published by Chelsea Green).
Dr Stansbury is also an ethnobotanist and has conducted field studies in the Peruvian Amazon for over a decade, living and studying with the Wachiperi, Matstigenka, Bora, and Yagua communities for many years, as well as studying Andean plants. She has created photo, video, and herbarium archives of the plants that she has learned and has published several books on this material as well, including Stung by the Rainbow, and the Mystical and Medicinal Plants of the Andes and Amazon. She leads ethnobotany field courses for nature, adventure, and plant enthusiasts in the Iquitos and Manu regions of the Peruvian Amazon each July 20-30, and winter holiday. Email Dr Stansbury for more information at [email protected].