Deanna Carell

I want to share the story about why I decided to become an acupuncturist and herbalist. During my undergraduate studies I began to think about a career choice in the business world and what I could do to contribute to society. This experience was very exciting but also caused a lot of anxiety. I was thinking about working as part of a pharmaceutical marketing team. It would be great because it was a job in my field of study that would be very stable. There were positive aspects of the opportunity but also some negative. I had noticed how many people were prescribed pharmaceutical drugs such as opioids and depressants. It seemed to be so common place among young people at the time. I was prescribed an antidepressant and Xanax, a commonly used drug, for my own panic disorder and anxiety. I did not want to take a medication daily to change my symptoms. I knew there had to be a better way and began to do my own research. I discovered more natural ways that could help my problem and began holistic treatments such as acupuncture. I began to feel better and knew that there were other people going through similar issues. I decided to become an acupuncturist and herbalist so that I can help people feel well using a natural modality. The National Institutes of Health estimates 2 million Americans are suffering from substance use disorders related to opioid pain relievers. The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued the first national standard from prescription painkillers. The guidelines clearly recommend nondrug approaches such as acupuncture along with others to be a preferred method of treatment.