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. To assess your pain, we use the Brief Pain Inventory, one of the most widely used measurement tools. 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
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), as needed
- Weekly Chronic Pain Anonymous 12-Step support meetings
- Family education
- Relapse prevention counseling
- Wellness planning
- Outside consultation, as needed
Insurance coverage for some core components of the program, like massage, acupuncture, and physical therapy, is decided on a case-by-case basis.
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.