Chronic Pain & Addiction Treatment Program
When pain and substance use keep you from living your life, turn to Caron to treat the dependence and relieve the pain.
At a Glance
An initial pain assessment and ongoing assessments
monitor your pain and determine if treatment is working.
help alleviate your pain.
On-site physical therapy and hydrotherapy
improve your flexibility and strength and reduce pain.
ensure that you can participate fully in your treatment.
Highlights of the Chronic Pain & Addiction Treatment Program
We know the toll chronic pain can take on your life. 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.
With specialists credentialed in addiction medicine, family medicine, head and neck surgery, and integrative holistic medicine, Caron experts address your chronic pain and treat your substance use disorder.
Located at Caron Pennsylvania, the Chronic Pain & Addiction Treatment Program has strong staff-to-patient ratios. Our treatment team adheres to high quality clinical excellence and uses evidence-based medical interventions. Backed by more than 65 years of treating substance use disorder and process addictions, we help you work toward lifelong recovery.
How to manage chronic pain?
Chronic pain can be managed through combinations of education, therapy, and medical treatment. Group and individual therapy for coping with pain can also be beneficial, as can spiritual counseling. Holistic treatments like acupuncture and massage can supplement medical treatments which may include medications, Alpha-Stim electrotherapy, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
How to treat chronic pain?
Caron’s chronic pain treatments include medication management, mobility accommodation, detox services, psychological therapy, the 12-steps, spiritual counseling, and holistic therapies such as massage and acupuncture. Other pain treatments include Alpha-Stim therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Individual and group counseling, along with education about coping with pain, are also offered and effective for pain management.
Core 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.
The core components of Caron’s chronic pain treatment include:
- Medical detoxification.
- Medication management, as needed.
- Mobility accommodations, as needed.
- Individual and group counseling.
- Education and supportive therapy around pain and addiction.
- Psychological counseling to assist with coping skills.
- Spiritual counseling pertaining to pain.
- On-site physical therapy and hydrotherapy.
- Holistic therapies, including massage and acupuncture.
- 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.
Counseling and Education
- Nutritional and dietary planning, as needed.
- Wellness planning.
- Weekly Chronic Pain Anonymous 12-Step support meetings.
- Relapse prevention counseling.
- 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.
Caron’s multi-day family programming is designed to provide family members with the information they need to understand substance use disorder better and how best to support their loved one in recovery. The program enables the whole family to recover and move forward in ways that lead to optimal emotional health for everyone.
Patients end up here because they've been put on opioids for their chronic pain for years and their tolerance went up… and it got out of hand. We're able to get patients off opioids and then control their chronic pain. They leave here a new person, no longer tied to opioids which was destroying their life. And their pain is dialed back so they can function very well.
Our chronic pain team brings extensive expertise to your treatment.
Our multidisciplinary treatment team uses effective evidence-based therapies to treat both pain and substance use disorder. Team members include specialists in psychology, psychiatry, addiction therapy, physical therapy, and health and wellness.
Treatment ends. Our support does not.
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.