Do we use abuse prescription drugs? Can we reduce the incidence of prescription drug use and drug abuse in our country? Are there other alternative and holistic health options besides prescription drugs?
Buon pomeriggio, friends and health enthusiasts!
Today mind/heart wisdom, drug use, pain and stress relief is the MBHA topic and focus. Although this is a time to be grateful and filled with love, holiday shoppers can be seen frantically grabbing hot deals, and family members can overeat, overwork, lose their tempers, and experience pain and fatigue. It’s a reminder that holiday stress often brings aches and pains, financial worries and debt, and drugs are often the chosen remedy and quick fix. Using the mind/heart wisdom is so important during these times. Let’s check out some current statistics about the drug dilemma here in the United States.
Here are a few startling facts.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), unintentional death from overdose of opioids has quadrupled steadily since 1999 and now outnumbers those deaths from heroin and cocaine combined. Between 1991 and 2010, prescriptions for stimulants increased from 5 million to nearly 45 million and for opioid analgesics from about 75.5 million to 209.5 million, or about 36% increase.
The medication most frequently abused is pain relievers.
Out of the more than seven million people abusing prescription drugs, more than five million people abused pain relievers in the past year.
The good news is that while cannabis use has risen in the United States, prescription drug abuse among youth and adolescents has dropped in the past year, but prescription drug abuse and death from prescription drugs, still remains a major concern. Social, emotional and mental stress, physical injuries, acute and chronic illnesses, environmental toxicities, poor diet, lack of sleep, and other situations can cause severe body pain.
So what can we do?
The often used phrase “Mind/Heart Wisdom” comes to mind. As a holistic health nonprofit, it is the mission of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance (MBHA) staff and volunteers to share alternative and complimentary approaches to healing. The list is long (energetic healing, naturopathic, homeopathic, acupuncture, herbal remedies, yoga, Tai Chi, aromatherapy, essential oils, hypnotherapy, light therapy, music therapy, and much more, too numerous to name).
Certainly there are situations where prescription drugs are necessary.
A health education nonprofit, such as MBHA acknowledges each individual’s right to choose his or her way of healing. Like many educational service organizations, we are here as to offer solutions when one way has failed and a person is seeking other options. However, we as a nation and as a world, can choose to use Mind/Heart Wisdom. We can choose to listen to that inner guidance and higher wisdom within each of us, to know how to care for our bodies. Of course, that’s easier said than done. If we are deep in depression, Mind/Heart Wisdom is hard to hear.
Let us remember those 5 million people and make wise choices this holiday season.
This holiday season, we at MBHA plan to continue to nurture and nourish ourselves and share this information with you, as a health education nonprofit. When the head, knees and back are aching, we’re going to try to listen to the Mind/Heart Wisdom and ask, “What can I do to love my body?” Prescription drugs and pain killers are certainly important for the survival and comfort of many people around the world, yet there might be times when we can do some stretching exercises, change the diet, get more sleep, or visit an alternative therapist before considering taking more pain medications. We invite you to share with us. Let us explore ALL health options, and listen and learn together on this journey in life.
Sending love and best wishes,
The MBHA Staff and Volunteers