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Chronic Pain & Addiction Treatment
(Pennsylvania Campus)

With specialists in addiction medicine, family medicine, head and neck surgery, and integrative holistic medicine, Caron addresses your chronic pain and treats substance use disorder.

You don’t have to convince us you have pain, and we can help you get better. Approximately 116 million Americans suffer from chronic or recurrent pain, and, depending on a variety of factors, as many as 40% of those may become addicted to the medication prescribed to treat it. Not surprisingly, many also experience depression and anxiety.

Chronic pain, defined as pain lasting longer than six months, can be extremely debilitating. It affects the neuroplasticity of the brain, impacting function, emotional health, and quality of life.

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Caron’s comprehensive treatment offers you relief from your pain and a path to recovery.

Assessment and Treatment Components

During your first contact with Caron, an assessment for chronic pain will begin to identify your needs for a customized admissions plan and assure your treatment begins on day one.

Within 24 hours of admission to Caron, a more thorough assessment, including a medical history, identifies substance use disorders, chronic pain, and mental health issues. The Brief Pain Inventory, one of the most widely used measurement tools for assessing clinical pain, is used to assess pain levels. It is re-administered every three weeks to monitor progress.

Your treatment team will use that information to create a personalized treatment plan. Caron’s chronic pain treatment includes counseling and group work to address your key issues and provide the opportunity for you to learn how to implement healthy changes that can effectively reduce or eliminate your pain.

Core Treatment Components
The core components of Caron’s chronic pain treatment include:

  • Medical detoxification
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Education and supportive therapy around pain and addiction
  • Psychological counseling to assist with coping skills
  • Spiritual counseling pertaining to pain
  • Mobility accommodations, as needed
  • On-site physical therapy and hydrotherapy
  • Holistic therapies, including massage and acupuncture
  • Medication management, as needed
  • Nutritional and dietary planning, as needed
  • Alpha-Stim therapy, which uses a microcurrent at the site of the pain to modulate the signals from cells to relieve pain
  • Weekly Chronic Pain Anonymous 12-Step support meetings
  • Family education
  • Relapse prevention counseling
  • Wellness planning
  • Outside consultation, as needed

Chronic Pain and Trauma
Many people who have a substance use disorder and chronic pain have experienced trauma/PTSD in the past. In fact, chronic pain that doesn’t appear to have a cause or that doesn’t respond to treatment may be an indicator of trauma issues. If clinically indicated, Caron’s specialized trauma program can help you deal with and recover from trauma and its effects.

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Multidisciplinary Team Experienced in Treating Chronic Pain

Your multidisciplinary treatment team of experts, all of whom have extensive experience managing and treating chronic pain in conjunction with addiction, will include professionals in medicine, psychology and psychiatry, addiction therapy, physical therapy, health and wellness, and spirituality.

Caron’s chronic pain treatment professionals are actively engaged in the latest research that investigates technology-based therapies for chronic pain. That experience enables them to create a plan for you that incorporates the most innovative and effective treatments.

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Featured Staff
Vice President of Medical Services and Medical Director
Dr. Garbely oversees all medical treatment at Caron’s Pennsylvania facility, including detoxification and medicine-related interventions.
Associate Medical Director
Dr. Drosnes’ practice focuses on the treatment of co-existing substance use and chronic pain disorders.

Continued Care

Your continuing care plan will include the necessary treatment recommendations for ongoing care as well as referrals to practitioners who specialize in therapies that were effective for you during your treatment, such as acupuncture and massage. You will also get information on how to access Chronic Pain Anonymous meetings in your area.

For additional support, you may choose to use the My First Year of Recovery program, which includes ongoing monitoring through the use of the Brief Pain Inventory tool. This optional program helps people beginning their lives in recovery to navigate the ups and downs of that first pivotal year following treatment.

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