Addiction is a chronic disease; similar to other chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Like other chronic diseases, addiction runs in families (genetic component) and is affected by both the environment and lifestyle choices of a person. Addiction is treatable with the right treatments such as long-term lifestyle changes and medication assisted treatment (prescription medications). Just like in other chronic diseases, recovery is a lifelong process, and relapse is common in those suffering from addiction.
Alternative Pain Management
According to the National Institutes on Health (NIH), pain effects more Americans than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. Chronic pain is a leading cause of disability, and one of the most common reasons Americans access the health care system.
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than 6 months. With chronic pain, the pain signals can persist in the nervous system for months, and even years. Some research suggests that chronic pain results when nerves become damaged. When this occurs, treating the underlying injury does not always resolve the chronic pain. There is a significant physical and emotional toll paid by chronic pain sufferers.
Medical Marijuana Consulting
At Livingwell Preventive Medicine, our focus is on providing up to date information and education to support healing and wellness. Medical cannabis (medical marijuana) has emerged as an important and complex ‘new’ therapeutic option for patients with a variety of medical conditions. As new research in the field continues to evolve and emerge, more questions continue to be asked about the risks versus benefits of this ancient plant based medicine.
For some people, it can be difficult to find opiate addiction treatment and alternative chronic pain management in their local communities. Others may just have questions, or want accurate information and recommendations on how to support their health, rather than establishing a formal doctor-patient relationship. Telemedicine Consultations are a great option if you would like to discuss your health and wellness concerns with a physician specializing in integrative and functional medicine, without leaving the comfort of your home. For patients that live outside of the Boulder, Colorado and surrounding areas along the Front Range, Telemedicine Consultations are an excellent option.