TREATMENT OF CHRONIC PAIN
Why Does Parallax Center Use Alternatives to Opioid Medications to Treat Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is usually treated with opioid medications (pain killers) such as:
These can be effective medications for treating some types of pain, but can be problematic when treating chronic pain. Treating chronic pain with long-term use of opioids may cause myriad side effects and other problems for the patient. Long-term opioid use can often cause problems in a person's biological, psychological and social well being:
The Parallax Center physicians and staff use alternative methods to assist the patient as individually appropriate to withdraw safely from opioid medications and to effectively treat chronic pain without these medications. At times, of course, opioid medications may be the only available choice for treatment during periods of acute pain, and in such cases the staff will use and monitor opioid medications carefully.
The Parallax Center Treatment Modality for Chronic Pain
Outpatient detoxification from opioids with pain management
Parallax Center provides individuals with a safe and comfortable outpatient detoxification from opioids. We use non-opioid medications to alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal as the individual discontinues the use of opioids. Additionally, once the individual starts the detoxification protocol, they work with a physician to start a regimen of effective non-addictive pain management medications at the end of the detoxification procedure. The patient also begins naltrexone, a medication which has been shown to rapidly up-regulate (normalize) the patient's own endogenous opioid system. This provides both help for pain symptoms and an increase in energy. Naltrexone is used in combination with other non-opioid pain medications.
Intensive outpatient program with stabilization and continuing pain management.
After opioid medications are discontinued and the patient begins to stabilize, we continue to address the patient's emotional and medical health to help the patient re-integrate into the social environment and to take control of pain management.
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