Chronic Pain Recovery and Addiction Treatment
Chronic pain management while in recovery from an alcohol or drug addiction can be extremely difficult. Chronic pain – and the medication most often prescribed to address it – adds an extra layer to an already complex set of challenges facing people 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 that 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 on top 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.