This is How Ketamine Works

Ketamine acts in hours, not weeks like traditional antidepressants. Ketamine works on a completely different part of the brain than other antidepressants. Traditional antidepressants act on the monoamine system of the brain, targeting serotonin, norepinephrine or similar neurotransmitters. Ketamine is different. It targets a completely separate system called the glutamate system. By targeting the glutamate system, it stimulates a molecule […]

Ken Starr MD on Precipitated Withdrawal

Hey, Dr. Ken Starr with the Wellness Group in Arroyo Grande. I wanted to take a minute to fully explain, what is precipitated withdrawal? You’ve probably heard about precipitated withdrawal, maybe you’ve experienced it. Here’s what precipitated withdrawal is. Buprenorphine or trade name or brand name Suboxone, has a higher binding efficiency, it’s a stronger […]

An opioid vaccine, new drugs for chronic pain, yet alcohol use disorder not a priority for NIH HEAL Initiative?

A week ago, I was drinking my morning cup of tea while reading several ‘addiction news’ articles (as this is part of my morning routine) when I came across something novel. I saw a press release on an opioid vaccine that targets fentanyl, which is being developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Helping […]

Mistakes To Avoid When Helping Someone Recover From Drug Addiction

  Drug addiction may be a treatable condition, but addiction recovery is a lifelong process that requires all hands on deck to improve its chances of success. When you’re helping a friend or a loved one recover from drug addiction, you’re bound to run into more than a few challenges. Sometimes, we make mistakes when […]

What Does PTSD Feel Like?

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health condition where the body and brain are unable to recover after experiencing or witnessing something traumatic. It is normal to have difficulty coping with something traumatic, so it may be hard to tell the difference between normal coping and more serious PTSD. What does PTSD feel like? […]

How To Deal With A Loved One With Chronic Pain

Watching someone you care about struggle with something you can’t see can make you feel helpless. Chronic pain affects everyone around you, and it can become difficult to care for your loved one when you don’t know how to help their condition. It can be discouraging when you feel that your support is not accomplishing […]

Things To Consider Before Using CBD As A Depression Aid

                                Depression is an all-consuming black cloud, looming over your life. There is a reason so many artistic representations of depression feature a dark rain cloud over someone’s head. Many people today turn to the eureka effects of full-spectrum CBD […]

Review of NAD+ for Detox, Recovery and Post Acute Withdrawal

  Hello. I’ve had a history of using drugs and alcohol and I’ve been clean and sober for almost five months, but I was still experiencing a lot of brain fog and a lot of just not certain with my own thoughts, not being able to trust myself. So I decided to come and see […]

Is Depression a Disease?

Is Depression a Disease? Depression includes many disorders that can disrupt how a person thinks, feels, and acts, such as anxiety and item-specific phobias. While its effects have proven to be debilitating if left untreated, the good news is that depression symptoms not only can be treated, but minimized with therapy and medication as needed. […]

What are the Symptom of PTSD?

What are the Symptoms of PTSD? The American Psychiatric Association defines Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as: “…a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault. “PTSD has been known by […]