There is hope for recovery from chronic pain. Today, advanced holistic therapies are available to treat the pain and promote pain recovery. Effective pain management does not have to entail the use of addictive opiate medications. The dependence on opiate medications that often accompanies chronic pain can be more debilitating than the pain itself.
There are alternatives. At The Treatment Center, we are highly experienced in dealing with the complications of chronic pain and medication dependence. Our Pain Recovery Institute was established to help those with chronic pain live healthy and productive lives drug free. Many of our patients have experienced great results and freedom they never thought was possible.
The focus of pain recovery is alleviating pain symptoms for the long-term as opposed to looking for a quick fix. Pain recovery encompasses a variety of techniques to be used in combination over time. This multi-modal approach usually includes pharmacological interventions, physical interventions, (acupuncture, physical therapy, massage and chiropractic treatments) lifestyle changes (e.g. diet, exercise, stress management), and psychological changes for optimal relief of symptoms. Both depression and anxiety can significantly affect one’s perception of pain. Therefore, appropriately assessing the patient’s psychological state becomes essential to the success of a pain recovery program.
To recover from pain, it is useful to think of chronic pain as a chronic disease. Much like heart disease or diabetes, chronic pain may require a long-term treatment approach encompassing medication use in conjunction with behavioral changes to keep your pain symptoms in check. Often, pain recovery requires psychotherapeutic interventions to alter the cognitions that are distorting one’s perception of pain.
Often, patients experience pain while under a great deal of stress with few coping mechanisms. The extent to which one has the necessary coping skills to deal with pain markedly affects the degree of emotional distress and the extent to which someone becomes physically disabled by pain. We know that chronic pain not only affects the patient but the family as well, which is why it is vital to work with family members and close friends who interact with the patient. Group, individual, and family therapy can help
Don’t let pain and medications control one more day of your life. Take back your freedom. The caring staff of Pain Recovery Institute at The Treatment Center will be there to guide you every step of the way.