This is the number of American that have died in the last 4 years due to drug overdose: 2014 ~ 47,000+ 2015 ~ 52,000+ 2016 ~ 62,000+ 2017 ~ 72,000+ DO YOU SEE US NOW?
PAT (Plant-Assisted Therapy) is a bold and disruptive approach to addiction treatment and long-term recovery that we champion at Greener Pastures because IT WORKS. The stats in this graphic tell just part of a very sad story in America today. Many overdoses are not reported. Each death leaves a devastated family behind - parents, grandparents, children, siblings, friends, even pets.
Methadone has been available for over 70 years. Suboxone has been available for almost 20 years. These MAT approaches are considered the "gold standard" of treatment, and while these drugs work for some, the death tolls continue to rise unabated.
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. ~Albert Einstein
It is time to put more options on the table. It is time to roll up our sleeves and consider all of the options available. We believe that in a crisis of such gargantuan proportions as the opioid epidemic that you DO SOMETHING. You don't pace around wringing your hands and arguing about what caused it, deflecting blame and responsibility; when people we love are dying, you take action.
Greener Pastures is the World leader in the PAT approach to recovery because we have seen the radical, seemingly miraculous, benefits of plant-based interventions for withdrawal, the ECS and brain healing.
Withdrawal symptoms are reduced 70%-95% in severity, healing happens and the lights come on. Natural, non-toxic, and non-addicting plants exist to provide healing and relief to people in need. We have developed a protocol using plants in a comprehensive and individualized therapy program that drastically improves the likelihood of long-term recovery.
Yes, we withstand judgement, stigma, cynicism and and lack of funding. We risk our professional and personal reputations and status. We work long days wearing many hats. We welcome and embrace it all, because like John Di Lemme says, "Taking bold focused action creates explosive results." And that's the end game: exploding this runaway train that is the opioid crisis, and doing it in a way that does not create more destruction of lives, addiction, sickness and death. It's real and it works.
It's just a little plant, and "though she be but little, she is fierce!" ~William Shakespeare
Used mindfully and intentionally, plant medicine is exactly what our bodies need to achieve perfect balance (homeostasis.) Plant alkaloids and cannabinoids perfectly attach to receptors in our bodies to aid in healing and wellness.
Cravings are diminished, urges are calmed, the damaged prefrontal cortex (responsible for reasoning, decision making, personality expression, and appropriate social behavior) repairs. The stomach begins to heal, healthy gut flora is re-established and the body once again begins to absorb the nutrients in good, healthy food.
This physical improvement of the body and mind reawakens the spirit to mindfulness, gratitude and passion for the hard work of addiction recovery. This is the good stuff. This simple, harmless approach to an explosive miracle is what we want for the 82,000 (??) people who will die next year while people point fingers and politicians ignore our nation's greatest heartbreak.
If you have not yet lost a loved one to drug poisoning, be grateful. Also know that you are in an ever-shrinking minority. Truly, no one is safe from this deadly epidemic, so please do your part to help crush it.
Take whatever action your heart dictates, be it volunteering, donating resources, voting for progressive candidates, or attend a recovery rally. Donate to the Greener Pastures Fundraiser!
Do something small, like sharing this post. Do something HUGE, like opening your mind to new solutions and rejecting stigma whenever and wherever you find it (especially if it's in your own head!)
Just do something. www.greenerpasturesholisticare.com