Chronic pain management and addiction treatment centers often go hand-in-hand. Chronic pain – any pain lasting more than 12 weeks – and the medication most often prescribed to address it adds an extra layer to an already complex set of challenges for both the physicians treating addiction and the patients in recovery. Physicians prescribe opiates (Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, etc.) or other narcotic medications to individuals struggling with chronic pain, but there’s a catch: opiates are among the most addictive substances known to humankind. Add to that the fact many people quickly develop tolerance to opiates, and opiate addiction can spiral out of control. As the medication becomes less effective due to tolerance, more medication is needed, but taking more opiate medication does not always turn out as planned. While the benefits of taking the medication decrease, the negative side effects increase. Individuals can end up with an opiate addiction in addition to their chronic pain condition, and those in recovery from alcohol or substance use can develop a secondary disorder in addition to their initial addiction disorder.
At Lakeview Health, we’ve developed an integrative, multi-modal program designed specifically for patients in recovery from alcohol and substance use disorders who are also managing a chronic pain condition.
Taking the first step is tough. We understand what’s going through your mind as you consider checking yourself into rehab. We know what it’s like to be afraid of recovery and sobriety. To get started, provide your contact information below and one of our specialists will contact you within 30 minutes. They’ll help you begin the admission process, and answer any and all questions you might have – but you have to answer the phone when they call!
When you partner with Lakeview Health, you receive an individualized pain recovery plan tailored by our clinical team to best meet your needs. If you have chronic pain issues, your pain recovery plan includes cutting-edge strategies to successfully manage chronic pain while working toward total health and sobriety. The pain recovery component of your treatment plan includes three elements:
We incorporate a detailed assessment of your chronic pain and the effectiveness of your current pain medication into our intake process. Our clinical and medical team examines the results of your assessment and designs an individualized plan to address your physical and emotional well-being. Our wellness therapy team uses the same results to create a plan to improve your mobility and ability to participate in physical activities decreasing, rather than increasing, the amount of pain you experience on a daily basis. In addition, our full-time dietitian works with you to make sure your body gets the nutrients it needs for optimal recovery.
In our Pain Recovery program, you attend two process groups per week over an eight-week period teaching you to integrate healthy pain management into your substance abuse recovery program. You’ll learn about the relationship of chronic pain to stress, anxiety, mood, and sleep. You’ll learn about the role chronic pain may play in your substance use or co-occurring disorder. At the same time, you’ll learn strategies and techniques to reduce the impact of chronic pain and the associated negative emotions on your mind, body, and spirit. The entire process is monitored by our fully certified and licensed staff of medical professionals, and we’ll collaborate with you to modify your program based on what works and what doesn’t. Your feedback guides the direction of your program, while our clinical expertise will maximize its overall effectiveness.
“Recovery from Co-Occuring Chronic Pain and Addiction”
The one-two-three punch of chronic pain, the medications used to treat it, and substance use can create a destructive cycle of suffering that’s challenging to break. Our multi-modal approach can lift you out of that cycle and give you the tools you need to live the life you want to live. Once you complete your careful transition from addictive to non-addictive medications, implement your routine of healthy physical activity, understand the emotional side effects of your chronic pain and addiction disorder, and begin to practice effective stress-management techniques, you will feel better physically, emotionally, and spiritually. When that happens, you’re likely to begin reconnecting, repairing, and rebuilding primary relationships with friends and family, participating in social and recreational activities you thought were a thing of the past, and using healthy coping mechanisms to process stress and emotions instead of turning to alcohol and drugs. In short, you get back your life what’s most important – family, friends, and doing the things you love every day.