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.

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Three-Pronged Approach to Pain Recovery and Addiction

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 the following three elements:

  1. A regimen of healthy physical activity that does not aggravate your pain
  2. The use of non-addictive, non-habit-forming medications that treat the neural pathways associated with your chronic pain
  3. Stress management techniques and lifestyle strategies that help you return to typical daily activities interrupted by your chronic pain condition



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, while our wellness therapy team uses the same results to create a plan to improve your mobility and ability to participate in physical activities that decrease, rather than increase, 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.

Comprehensive Treatment for the Whole Person

In our Pain Recovery program, you attend two process groups per week over an eight-week period that teach 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.

Pain Recovery Services
Learn more about pain recovery services in our free eBook
“Recovery from Co-Occuring Chronic Pain and Addiction”

Life On Your Terms

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’ll get an amazing surprise: you’ll start feeling 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 can get your life back. You can move on to what’s most important in life: your family, your friends, and doing the things you love every day.

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