Holistic lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, meditation, etc., have been shown to improve health and sometimes even reverse certain disorders.
As opioid overdoses and fatalities become more commonplace, physicians and patients alike are turning to these alternative/integrative solutions for their medical problems. This is an important shift for mainstream medicine, as the focus has historically been on medication and surgical options.
This pharmacological option is still viable in many cases but encouraging consideration of alternatives, especially for patients with chronic pain, is sure to at least somewhat decrease the prevalence of opioids in our society.
Read more about this topic here: http://www.healthline.com/health-news/alternative-medicine-becoming-mainstream#4