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Overcoming Addiction: The Opioid Epidemic

December 14, 2019


Hi, everyone.
It’s Dr. Nancy. How are we doing today? We are good? All right, we are going to talk
about something really serious today. Thank you so much for joining me. This is Dr. Nancy. For all of you
who are just joining me right now, we are going to conclude
our series on addiction with a show on the most heartbreaking, the most gut-wrenching,
the heartbreaking, and significant epidemic
across the U.S. that I’ve ever seen in my life, and I know a lot of people
have ever seen in their lives as well. And that is the opioid epidemic,
the opioid addiction. That’s what we’re talking about. If you’ve been watching the news
this week in particular, the tide is turning big pharma, the opioid makers
that fueled the epidemic by hiding the addictive nature
of these products. On Monday…
Anyone, catch this. On, Monday, an Oklahoma judge
held Johnson & Johnson liable and find them a whopping $572 million, but that was small potatoes compared
to what happened on Tuesday when lawyers
for Purdue Pharma and its owners, the people that brought
us OxyContin, oxycodone, offered to settle
more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company for $ 10 billion
to about $12 billion. And this may just be
the tip of the iceberg. There are many thousands
more cases pending. I’m so glad to see all of you here. There is so much important information
to cover on this topic because I know
many of you are in pain and may have had your own run
with opioids. So, today, I’m just going to try to cover
as much as I can, as much as I can. Yeah, Eleanor says, “I’ve had extended
family members died from an overdose.” I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m gonna cover as much as I can today including making sure
that you understand what an opioid is, the history behind
the whole entire opioid epidemic, and exactly how these prescription
medications are addicting. All right? We’re gonna cover all of that. And then I’m going to get
into important steps to take if you or your loved one, if you guys think
you have an addiction to opioids or any prescription medication
for that matter. Does anyone here
have somebody besides Eleanor that has been affected
with the opioid epidemic, maybe they are addicted to opioids, can’t get out of the hole
that they’re in. They don’t even see
that they have a problem or maybe they do have a problem and they’re just trying so hard
to get out of it. The statistics itself are really startling. Let me share a few of these facts that I feel helped put
some kind of perspective around the scope and the magnitude of the opioid epidemic, shall we? All right, I see everyone hopping on. Hello, Sandra. Hello, Dave. I know that
you hopped on very beginning. Tom from Ohio is on. Brenda and Mokhtar. So many wonderful souls, so good to see you,
so good to see you. I’ve had a couple people write me
and say, “I made it to your top share. I’m your top fan.
Yay, I got my badge now.” I’m so, so proud, so proud. So proud.
It doesn’t take a lot. It just takes a lot of dedication
to watch the show and to share. So, I’m very, very proud of all you. Hello, Gary.
Good to see you as well. The first thing I want to point out
is that we have not yet… We have not yet found a way
to slow the epidemic down. And drug overdose deaths continue
to increase in the United States and along the rest of the modern world. The politicians have done nothing,
very little, nothing, and, certainly, simply arresting
the people who are addicted is not the solution. Let’s look at some
of the numbers, shall we? Let’s look at some of the numbers. More than 70% of the over
70,000 drug overdose deaths in the last year involve in opioid,
involve in opioid. They look like this. I just typed in opioid
and you can see just all the different… the prescription drugs. Last year the numbers of overdose deaths
involving opioids was six times higher. Six times higher than in 1999. In the last year alone,
emergency room visits for opioid overdoses increased by over 30 percent, that’s the last year alone, and perhaps most alarming. On average,
130 Americans will pass away, will die every single day
from an opioid overdose. That is alarming to me.
That’s staggering. So, you can see that this is of top
national problem, of a concern, right, that one affects every single race, every single religion,
every family, socioeconomic status in the country. The opioid epidemic
truly does not discriminate. This is not just one class
or one type of person or group of people. And what is most concerning to me
is that the start of this epidemic can be directly traced back
to both pharmaceutical companies and medical professionals together putting their pursuits
of financial gains ahead of the health
and the well-being of their patients. What happened to “do no harm”?
What happened to that? Let’s just consider this
for a moment. All right? Four out of every ten adults
living in the United States use some time some type
of a prescription opioid drug at least once
within the previous 12 months. Have you… Who’s watching
that has had a surgery, or whatever it may be, that you took an opioid
in the last 12 months? You can just give a thumbs up
and say, “Yeah. Me, too, me, too.” Sixty-three percent of people
who have been prescribed opioid drugs usually for the treatment of chronic pain report misusing them. Sixty-three percent. Sixty-three percent.
That’s a really big number. Prescription opioid painkillers
are not responsible for 1.9 million,
1.9 million Americans being addicted to drugs, more than the number of adults
who are addicted to cocaine and heroin combined. That’s big.
That is big. These numbers are big.
This is a big deal. Over a six period,
a six-year period, America’s largest drug companies
saturated this company with 76 billion oxycodone
and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012, and that is enough opioids,
just to let you know, to give every single man, woman,
and child in the country 36 prescription pain pills each year. That’s huge.
That’s huge. Opioid addiction. Opioid addiction has been
America’s fastest growing drug problem and the problem has gotten so bad that the prescription opioid epidemic has now become the leading
cause of death among adults under the age of 50 years old
living in the United States. Isn’t that crazy? That’s crazy to me.
That is insane. Here are questions I get about opioids that I’ll try to help answer for you. And there’s a lot of questions
coming through my inbox about opioids. So, I’m not just picking this topic
and, you know, fulfilling a show I’m actually reaching back out and fulfilling a lot of the questions
that people are writing me. Number one is,
what actually is an opioid? The second question,
how do people become addicted to medication prescription to them
by their doctors? How do people even become addicted? Right? My doctor, my sweet doctor
that I’ve been seeing. My family practitioner gave this to me
to help me feel better. Number three, what are the signs
that you or someone that you love could be developing an opioid addiction? I’m going to talk about the signs. There are telltale signs. All right. Let’s take a look at each of these.
Let’s take a look at each of these. Are you guys ready? You guys are ready to put
your serious hats on? It’s not so fun show anymore, right? But this is informative. This is something
that we really need to talk about. Opioids are a class of drugs
naturally found in the opium poppy plant. All right? Find emoji for that one.
I don’t think it exists, maybe it does. Some prescription opioids
are made from the plant directly and others are made
by the scientists and labs using the same chemical structure. Now opioids are often used as medicines
because they contain chemicals that relax the body
and it can relieve pain. We know that
they’re very effective, right? Otherwise, they wouldn’t be
prescribed so often. That makes… No. Well, I should say
what makes opioids so dangerous is that they bind to the receptors
in the brain or body which allows your body
to become physically addicted over a very, very short amount of time. Very short amount of time.
It’s very addictive. You also might know opioids
by their generic or brand names. Who knows a brand name
or generic name that disguises itself under the whole umbrella of opioid? You can type them in
and let’s see how many that you guys get. Okay, generic or brand names
that opioids hide under. You guys guessed oxycodone, OxyContin, hydrocodone, Vicodin, codeine, and fentanyl. Fentanyl. If someone can write this for me,
F-E-N-T-A-N-Y-L, which, by the way, is the most
powerful prescription painkiller on the market today. It’s actually estimated to be… It’s actually estimated to be over
100 times more potent than morphine. Yeah, let that wrap around your brain. But what’s really dangerous
about these drugs is that in addition
to being physically addicting, opioids affect the chemical pathway
in your brain known as your dopamine pathway,
dopamine pathway, which causes increases in pleasure,
good feelings, and temporary sense of well-being. In fact, the drug
actually prevents your body from making and releasing
endorphins and dopamine. Did you know that?
Did you know that? So, the drug…
I’m going to say it again. Prevent your body from making
and releasing endorphins and dopamine. These are hormones associated
with pleasure and good feeling forcing the person to seek opioids
to feel good and to not be in pain, and that is one of the biggest reasons why addiction is so easy
with these drugs. For many, opioid addiction
starts off innocent, right? Innocently enough taking opioid legally, nothing, no malintent, right? Legally taking and prescribed
by your sweet doctor as a way to prevent pain
from chronic injury or while recovering from a surgery
or medical procedure. All right? Very kosher. You get the prescription.
You get a fill. You had a surgery.
You’re in pain. You take it.
You feel better. Over a short period of time,
however, if not used very, very carefully and under the direct supervision
of a medical professional, the body can quickly become
physically addicted to the opioid. And when the initial prescription runs out, you get a refill, right? You get a couple refills. When the initial prescription runs out,
the addiction over… The addiction often takes over and often drives a person
to move to illegal drugs including heroin or buying prescription
medication illegally. You could do that now off the internet. Or doctor shopping. What’s doctor shopping?
Has anyone ever heard of that? Doctor shopping,
going from doctor to doctor until you find a doctor
who will prescribe you an opioid. It’s not uncommon. It’s not uncommon
and it’s not shunned upon anymore by the common people. A lot of people just go and doctor shop. Obviously, as we discuss
over the course of my addiction series, addiction whether it is to drugs,
to alcohol, tobacco, involves several factors. What are some of those factors? Genetics, upbringing,
and current environment with a genetic predisposition to addiction being the most influential factor. Okay? Considering these factors
and studying opioid addiction, researchers have found patients
demonstrating certain characteristics be at a higher risk
for opioid abuse and addiction. Opioid abuse and addiction, these are are factors
within themselves. These factors include
being a young age having back pain. Who here suffers from back pain? Who here suffers from chronic pain,
having chronic pain, suffering from that, having a family history
of substance abuse? Who here has a family of substance abuse? It runs in the family. So, what are the signs
of opioid addiction? If you’ve watched my previous
shows in the addiction series, I did a whole entire series on it, you know that addiction
is a complex condition. It really is. A complex condition
is actually a brain disease that’s characterized by
excessive and compulsive use of something, of something, even though there are harmful
consequences from its use. I know tobacco is bad. I know smoking is bad,
but, oh, I just I got a habit. There are triggers and I want it. I got to have it.
I satisfy that trigger. It becomes a lifestyle, right? People who struggle with addiction
have an intense focus. I talked about that laser for the cat, like a laser for the cat. They have this laser intense focus
on something that’s alcohol, tobacco,
or others, it’s gambling or food. And in this case, prescription painkillers
and that is the most addictive of all, but they just focus on,
and they want it, and they obsessed over needing it
and wanting it. And I think it’s important to point out
that people aren’t addicted the first time they take a drink
nor do they become physically or psychologically addicted
after taking one prescription pill. Addiction is actually a process that starts with initial
using the drug, then building a tolerance,
or using a substance, and building up a tolerance, meaning that you would need
more of the drug or the substance to achieve the same result that you had when you first got that feeling,
that dopamine feeling, right? Then becoming dependent
on that substance or that drug and then your body has now adapted
to function normally with that drug in your system, and then addiction or that
compulsive use of the drug occurs. Does that make sense? Okay. Al is like, “True.” Thank you, Al.
Justified me. All right. Yes. Okay. So, the first step towards breaking,
breaking the cycle of opioid addiction.. First step towards breaking
the cycle of opioid addiction is that you realize
that you have a problem at all. And you realize that you might be… You might be addicted
to prescription medication and the signs of the symptoms
of substance abuse can be physical, it can be behavioral,
it can be psychological. But one clear sign of addiction to anything is not being able to stop using it. You think you can,
“I can stop any time,” but you really…
you really can’t. You’ve tried.
You really can’t. It isn’t also not being able
to stop yourself from using more than the recommended amount, all right? Other signs and symptoms
of opioid abuse include… If anyone is scribing this for me,
thank you so much. Can you write this down for me? Write it down for me. Oh, perfect. Okay, so write this down for me. Signs and symptoms of opioid abuse: impaired coordination,
drowsiness, poor decision-making,
mood swings, sleeping more than normal, irritability, depression, anxiety, bouts of low energy, and being unmotivated, apathy. You feel just not motivated. Before we talk about ways
to help treat this dangerous and potentially deadly addiction, I want to take a minute to talk about…
to talk you… to talk about what I think
is the most common, often most overlooked
root causes of addiction to prescription pain medications. All right? What do you think I’m gonna say? What do you think I’m gonna say? It’s chronic pain.
Somebody write chronic pain for me. Chronic pain. We know that most people
are prescribed opioids for chronic pain issues. But very rarely do we hear
medical experts talking about fixing or addressing
the root cause, right? It’s also… It’s a lot of times,
a bandage fix. It’s hurting.
You’re screaming pain. We’re gonna give you a Band-Aid,
send you right along. You’re not screaming anymore.
Send you right along. But addressing that root cause
of chronic pain as a way to prevent
eventual addiction to opioids, that’s what we really look at. Chronic pain is defined us pain
that last at least 12 weeks. Twelve weeks,
that’s like three months. Three months of pain? That is suffering
that we can try to prevent, so we are not in that cycle
of chronic pain, right? Chronic pain,
lower back pain for 12 weeks? Oh, that’s gonna be so miserable. So, chronic pain defined as pain
that last at least 12 weeks. Who here has chronic pain? Chronic pain of what?
Tell me, tell me. Tell me where you are hurting.
Where is your chronic pain? Chronic pain in your joints, arthritis, or knee pain, back pain,
chronic something, right? Okay, the pain that you feel
may be sharp or dull. It may cause a burning
or aching sensation in affected areas. It may be steady or intermittent. Okay? Oh. Stephen says, “My wife’s
chronic pain has lasted over 25 years.” Karen says, “Back.”
Chronic pain in the back. It may be steady or intermittent. Back pain seems to be a big one, right? And it can come and go
without any apparent reason and chronic pain can occur
nearly at any part of the body, any part of the body. Alice says, “Chronic pain in my wallet.” [chuckles] All right, so you… You have an idea
of what chronic pain is, right? What are the four most common
chronic pain conditions in America? Four most…
You guys all… I mean, I have a guess,
maybe back pain, and a lot of people say back. Heidi says, “Me, me, me. My back and my hip chronic pain.” “Knees and hips lately,” says Larry. Four most common chronic pain complaints and reported pain in America. What do you guys think? What do you guys think? Oh, constant pain, I’m so sorry. I hear you. I hear… The pain are like coming through
the screen here. Number four, number four most
common chronic pain in the United States, chronic back pain. Number three, chronic headaches. Pain in your cabeza,
in your head. Number two chronic pain,
nerve pain, neuropathy,
pain in your nerves. And the number one
most common chronic pain condition in the United States
is joint pain. Somebody write joint pain,
number one. Amanda is doing great job.
Thank you. Number one is joint pain.
Pain in the joint. Who has pain in their joint? Who has pain,
chronic pain in their joint? Joint pain is one
of the leading types of chronic pain among American adults with arthritis. The most common cause
affecting over 50 million Americans. Fifty million Americans. So, do you know what one of the most
common contributors to arthritis is? If you said chronic inflammation,
inflammation, then you are absolutely correct. I have my inflammatory face
somewhere. I haven’t used them in so long. There you go. This is what chronic inflammation
looks like. So angry. If you feel better by
just pressing the angry face, do it, just get all
of your aggression out right now. Boo to chronic inflammation. How do we feel
about chronic inflammation? Angry inflammatory face. But you know what we can do? We can revisit our sweet little formula
of less inflammation in and more inflammation out,
as a healthier, happier you. And we can talk about all the ways that we can get the bad inflammation out and put better for us,
good stuff into our body. The most well-known contributors
to chronic inflammation, Poor diet. Remember, I talked about
all the fair foods during the summer? I’m like, “Don’t go to your State Fair.
It’s all inflammatory.” Lack of exercise, immobility. You’re sitting on that sofa, your butt indentations on the sofa
all the time. That’s inflammation. Stress, stressing, anxiety, worry, stress, stress, stress, doubt,regret, stress. That is poisoning your body.
That is inflaming yourself. Food allergens and environmental toxins, all of this stuff brings
your body to this. The good news… We always, always bring
a silver lining here. The good news is that
all of these can be reversed. It’s preventable. And lifestyle changes,
simple lifestyle changes, and diet changes will be able to do that. Let me show you
a few ways to reduce your chronic inflammation levels, shall we? And if you know,
and if you know of some, because I talked about
the same things over and over again, go ahead and write them in
because I might skip a few. I might skip a few
and I need a little bit of assistance. And you guys are the best. You guys are the best at helping me. “Dr.Nancy, you forgot this.” Send. Let me show you a few ways to reduce
your chronic inflammation levels, right? This in my opinion.
It’s priority numero uno. It’s priority number one
and the most important step for addressing chronic inflammation
and preventing chronic pain. or any chronic health condition
for that matter. Number one, diet. what you eat, what you consume becomes a part of you. You feel, you begin to add, you begin to do how you eat. Your diet is so essential. It is so imperative. I always go back
to my anti-inflammatory foods. I called in my inflammation
fighting dream team. [chuckles] Inflammation fighting dream team. If there was an Olympics,
I would choose these players on my Olympic team. We’ve got wild-caught salmon. Let’s do some emojis.
let’s lighten this puppy up just a smidge. Someone put in a salmon emoji for me. I know there’s a fish emoji somewhere. Extra virgin olive oil. There’s an olive branch in there
in the emojis. I know it.
You want to pick this. These are anti-inflammatory. Organic blueberries
and raspberries and strawberries. Your berries. And I want you to choose and consume
dark leafy greens and vegetables like kale and spinach
and Swiss chard and bok choy. I want you to pick and choose
and eat red cabbage and beets and sweet potatoes and carrots. You see all these colors
on these anti-inflammatory foods. It come in lots of different colors.
Eat your rainbows. Citrus fruits including grapefruits
and oranges and lemons and limes, add them to your water,
drink them often. I want you to eat your avocados,
your avocados. Keep that inflammation at bay. Walnuts and Brazil nuts,
and your seeds, your sunflower, your hemp, your pumpkin seeds,
your chia seeds, your flax seeds. Make sure you are staying hydrated. I cannot say this enough. We talk about hydration
in almost every single show. But water, water, water. Someone put
a big ol’ tsunami tidal wave. Water. Make sure
you’re drinking your water. Remember that your bodies
are 70% water. The more water, the more… the happier you are,
the better you can think. You want to clear that brain fog,
you want more energy, drink more water. In addition,
to helping every single cell operate at an optimum level
and function properly. Staying hydrated helps us to flush out. Remember that inflammation out? It helps us to flush out
all the chemicals and the toxins that your body is accumulating. So, drink up, drink up, drink up. I’ve created a complete
anti-inflammatory eating guide for you to follow. My friends at Smarter
has put it right there. You can just click it after the show. I’ll make sure that I keep reminding you
that it is there, all right? Print it out.
Use it often. You can also supplement. You should also supplement
with the number one anti-inflammatory supplement
that I talk about all the time. What is it? It is Curcumin, Smarter Curcumin. It is one of the fastest acting
inflammation fighter thing, entity on the planet. Studies, studies show,
hundreds and thousands of studies… Maybe not hundreds of thousands. Maybe thousands and thousands of studies,
tens of thousands of studies at least, show that Curcumin
is one of the most potent and one of the most fast-acting
free radical fighters out there to get that inflammation down, the inflammatory down in your body, so you can continue to operate
at an optimum level, all right? You need to be taking it consistently.
One time, once a week is not gonna do it. You got to take it,
like it says every single day, two capsules every single day,
at least, bare-minimum. All right? Curcumin, curcumin, curcumin. All right, omega-3 fatty acids. Someone write that.
Gary, thank you for the roses. Omega-3 fatty acids. You can get your omega-3s
from what kind of sources? What are the top sources, omega-3s? There are found in wild-caught salmon and walnuts and avocados. We love those three. Three, trifecta. But you can also take your supplement to ensure that you are getting
a constant and regular dose. Some people say,
“Where I live there are no avocados.” That’s okay.
Or it’s really, really… It’s very, very hard to find fresh fish. fresh fish omega-3 fatty acids
have been found and shown in a numerous amount of studies, all right? It’s been found
in copious amounts of studies to decrease system-wide
the inflammation making… the inflammation in your body. And then makes them really helpful
in a wide range of health conditions, especially ones
with inflammation at the root. All right? So, I want you take your supplement if you cannot access the three things
that I just said, the walnuts, the omega-3, chock-full salmon, and the avocados. Bromelain.
Someone find a pineapple emoji. Bromelain, naturally found in pineapple. Bromelain supplements… Bromelain supplements
provide a powerful enzyme that has been shown over and over again to reduce swelling
and inflammation in the body. Here’s a good thing for you to know. Pineapple is one of two things
that you eat that’s acidic, but it leaves traces,
lots of traces of alkaline goodness in your body and your digestive tract that is actually super,
super alkaline to your body. Yeah, you didn’t know that one. Turmeric is my next one. Turmeric is one
of my favorite go-to supplements. Turmeric is also a spice,
but is also available in supplement form and it contains ultra powerful component called curcumin. Curcumin, how is it spelled? Like it sounds.
Curcumin. Curcumin is known for its ability
to fight inflammation. I usually have my boxing gloves on and I’m boxing inflammation
in the face. If you are new to Curcumin… Who has never taken Curcumin before? Oh, you’re missing out.
You got to take it. I cannot speak… Literally, I am usually like,
“Hi, my name is Dr. Nancy. Curcumin.” It just comes out like Tourette’s. [laughs] Curcumin. If you have not tried Curcumin,
you have got to get your hands on it. If you’re new to Curcumin,
it’s this concentrated active ingredient inside the turmeric root. It’s only about 2 to 3%
of the entire turmeric root. But when formulated properly, you can have an incredible
amazing effect on your body. In fact, it’s a whopping 250 times more potent inflammation fighting power than turmeric itself. A large part of inflammation fighting
effective Curcumin comes from its ability
to inhibit key enzymes in the body known to promote inflammation. So, again, you want to fight
your inflammation, use curcumin, take it daily,
take it consistently. All right? All right. Okay. [chuckles] Oh. Larry is like, “I’m running out.
You got to send more.” Hey, Amazon has this auto-ship thing, subscribe and say it,
and you don’t have to… You said it and forget it.
You don’t have to think about it. You just press it and then
it just ships you every single month. That’s a great thing. Who has the time to think
about when you’re gonna run out? You just know that
if you take it consistently every single month, every single day that you’re gonna run out in 30 days,
and then they’ll send it to you. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. You’re welcome. [chuckles] All right, other things that you can do
to stay inflammation healthy, to take out the inflammation
is to be active, is to exercise. If you’ve caught
my exercise videos, yay for you. We’re gonna have
a lot more coming up. But I want you to take
frequent walks and short walks or move your body, right? I want you to consistently
be mobile and ambulatory because if you are immobile,
that is when chronic pain will increase. And if you want to decrease
your recovery time on, say, you have surgery
or you have some kind of injury, you want to become mobile. You want to move. Movement get your blood flowing,
gets the circulation going, gets the oxygen to go
to all the nooks and crannies and heal. Without movement,
you will not get better and you will not get stronger. Trust me on this. Speaking of exercise,
speaking of exercise, Stretching and strengthening
the muscles and the joints in your problem areas are also essential for the treatment
and prevention of chronic pain. We’re talking about chronic pain. If you stretch and you say the issues
are in your tissues, as what they always say, you just take a moment,
ten breaths or so, stay in a position
where you’re stretching and elongating your muscles, right, and you’re increasing
your range of motion, that will able your body
to be more agile and supple. And when you learn how to bend,
you will break less likely. Does that make sense?
Okay. All right. How many tablets
in the bottle of Smarter Curcumin? It’s enough for 30-days,
30-day supply. Thirty-day, it’s two a day, two a day. You know, you guys,
I am a huge proponent of yoga which really is intentional movement
and breathing at the same time. It helps your body in so many ways
in dealing with chronic pain. It’s no exception. Lengthening the spine, extending, and then contracting,
compressing these opposites, it really, really help
to strengthen your core. Yoga helps to improve your posture. It strengthens your muscles. It reduces stiffness,
inflammation, and pain. Yoga is like Curcumin. [chuckles] We’re doing analogies. Studies have also found that yoga
is super safe and effective for people, for all people. You just have to modify it. But people with chronic pain,
especially with chronic pain. Some of the most important movements
for preventing chronic pain target the low back. Lots of people talking about back pain. Every other person is like,
“Oh, back pain, back pain.” Some of the most important movements
for preventing chronic pain, for preventing,
we’re talking about prevention, targets the lower back. Building strength
and relaxing stiff muscles, stiff muscles and joints, exercises to prevent joint pain
and strengthen the core are also very commonly used
in medical rehabilitation settings following surgery. Sometimes like the day after surgery,
you’re in there, PT, and you’re moving,
you’re moving your body. You’re moving your body. So, if you have chronic pain,
we know that a lot of us do, We just took a survey earlier, If you have chronic pain,
then make sure you are treating that root cause of the pain. Don’t wrap it up and stay immobile. Addressing your pain, okay, may help avoid jumping
into prescription pain medication that can potentially be addicting
down the line, that short line, and then have unfortunate
life-altering long-term consequences because, ultimately, that’s what
we’re looking at right now. So, back to the issue at hand. How do we break the cycle of addiction? How do we break the cycle of addiction? For yourself, for someone you love, for someone you care about,
your neighbor, your friend that is addicted to pain medication,
prescription pain medication. Before I continue, I want to point out
that the tips and recommendation that I am going to share over
those that I have found helpful while… I’m going to share over
are those that I have found very helpful while working with my clients. So, I want you to pay attention
to the things I’m going to say and apply them to your own life, all right? I also want you to recognize
that you could have an addiction issue that requires the help and support
of medical professional, something that I can’t do over a show. So, I want you to be honest. I want you to seek
professional intervention if this is you. There’s lots of love and support and a
lot of really capable people out there ready and able to help you. So, reach out and get the help
that you deserve. Remember, I say this
because I care about you and I love you
and I have no judgment and I’m only here
to offer you support. Yay-yay? Okay. In addition to seeking out
professional support, professionals also recommend
the following. Here are the things
that professionals recommend. Number one, stop using prescription
pain medication as soon as possible. I know this is very hard, especially if you have
an addiction, all right? But do not go cold turkey. I want you to hear that.
Do not go cold turkey. You are going to experience
severe withdrawal symptoms during the process, rarely does going cold turkey,
quitting cold turkey work. You need to wean your body off
of the physical dependence created during your addiction. I recommend to do this. You want to seek the help
from a therapist, your doctor, your health care provider,
or even outpatient treatment center to help with a difficult process
and of withdrawal. All right? Okay. Number two,
speaking about patient treatment, I recommend that you find
a recovery program that works for your specific needs. Everybody is different where you are,
how long you’ve been using. These are all different. These programs can help with your detox
and your withdrawal process and set you up for success
with the treatment and support program that provides you with the steps
that you need to be truly successful for you to break your addiction or the person
that you care about’s addiction. Number three…
Hey, Ricky. Number three, during the process, you are also going to find
healthy alternatives to opioids, hopefully, that will help
with stress and anxiety. Again, yoga, exercise, deep breathing, belly breathing through the nose, counseling, these are all effective tools
that you have available to you. All right?
Hey, Pete. And remember, if chronic pain
led you down this path of addiction, I want you to speak with your doctor
about alternative treatment options. Look for ways to treat
and manage your pain issues naturally without opioids. All right? Okay. If you are dealing… I know this is a very serious talk.
This is a very serious show. If you are dealing with opioid addiction, then regardless of which path
that you take towards recovery, please make sure that you take
excellent care of yourself. You and your family
deserve having you be the best version of you. Okay? All right. Today I discussed opioid
and prescription medication addiction. If you’ve just joined us,
that’s what we talked about today. What that entails,
treatment options that are available, how the process of addiction
even occurs. I shared my recommendations
for supporting your treatment and recovery journey. We also discuss the staggering numbers
surrounding opioid crisis and talked about several important
cultural and social aspects leading up to this current epidemic
in the first place. All right. Pete, if you just joined us, I want you to watch
this entire thing over again. I know that you said
that you just had knee replacement. Should you be worried. So, just watch it again
and then if you have any questions, I want you to directly message me. All right? Okay. I also covered several ways
to address chronic pain which for many is the root cause
of opioid use and eventually opioid addiction. Now chronic pain is often brought on
by chronic inflammation in the body which leads
to chronic back pain, headaches, nerve pain, and joint pain. Eliminating inflammation by following
my anti-inflammatory diet plan, exercising, supplementing with Curcumin, and the power… I’m going to show it to you
one more time. But the Curcumin
is the powerful inflammation fighting component of turmeric. these are all first steps,
first one, two, three steps in preventing chronic
and debilitating chronic health issues including chronic pain. So, we want to prevent that
before we even go down to getting the prescriptions, right? All right, if you guys have any questions, please feel free to write them
in the comments or direct message Smarter. We will always read every single one
of your questions and comments and address them. Thank you so much for joining me
on today’s show. I hope that you found it
very informative and helpful. Please, if you can just take a second and share this information on your page or to friends and family that you know that really, really benefit
from today’s talk. Please do so because there are
so many people that I know and that I’m sure you know
that are living with chronic pain. So, one, we want to prevent them
from ever even needing to go down the route
of prescription pain pills. But if you know somebody
that is coming out of surgery or has a surgery coming up
or is addicted to opioids or opiates, then I want you to share this
because you could be saving their life or their whole entire lifestyle, right? Look for the clues that I told you
that if someone’s exhibiting, they might have an opioid addiction. Look for those clues and those cues and definitely, definitely share this
as much as you can. Okay? All right. I will see you guys all again,
3 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Chronic pain information there. The Curcumin information right there, anti-inflammatory information,
Smarter. My Smarter friends that have done
such a great job, constantly putting out information
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