Treatment for the addicted chronic pain patient proves necessary
In order to effectively treat chemically dependent, chronic pain patients, Father Martin’s Ashley is launching the Pain Recovery Program starting today, Oct. 1, 2012.
The medical and clinical staff at Ashley have seen a growing incidence of patients presenting with co-occurring addiction to pain medications — opiates and other addictive drugs and chronic pain. These patients present the special challenge of still needing to manage their pain, while wanting to gain freedom from the dependence they've developed to their pain medications.
The new program will utilize the advantage of Ashley’s current medical and clinical care combined with comprehensive pain and addiction education, DBT and pain counseling groups, and holistic and physical therapies.
Ashley’s Pain Recovery Program team include full-time staff physicians, Dr. Carol Bowman, M.D., a board-certified physician in internal medicine and certified in holistic medicine, Dr. Bernadette Solounias, M.D., ASAM, SVP of Treatment Services, Medical Director and board-certified Addiction psychiatrist, Dr. Carol Hooper M.D., board-certified acupuncture physician, Dr. Peter Musser, Ph.D., a licensed, clinical psychologist, George Plesniak, M.S., ACRPS, CAC-AD, Clinical Program Director and Scott Dehorty LCSW, M.S.W., formerly of the Johns Hopkins Pain Center and the clinician who will lead the Pain Recovery Program counseling groups. The team also includes certified and registered nurses and a certified fitness instructor.
The program’s therapies and services include one-on-one and group counseling, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, yoga and meditation, family services, and a host of other specialized services.
The goal of the program is to help pain patients gain freedom from addictive substances, improve their functionality, their quality of life, and learn techniques and lifestyle changes to reduce, eliminate and/or better manage their pain.