A new eight-page, policy brief, "Never Only Opioids: The Imperative for Early Integration of Non-Pharmacological Approaches and Practitioners in the Treatment of Patients with Pain" argues that it is long past time for the last to be first -- to reverse this order and always bring integrative care options up front, as least as complements.
After years of frustration churning through this system myself, unable to help patients get truly better, I left the world of conventional medicine and entered that of integrative medicine, which draws from the best of conventional, complementary, and alternative modalities of healing. My own journey led me beyond integrative medicine and into a realm I call "slow medicine."
If you, too, are looking for healing, perhaps a good place to start is not by consulting the mirror to see what your body is telling you, but by first taking an inventory of your thoughts and events in your life and listening to your spiritual intuition. You just might discover some surprising answers!