Pain management and addiction treatment: Holistic pain relief in recovery
People are often prescribed narcotic painkillers (opioids) when they’re experiencing severe pain. Although these pain medications help when you’re recovering from surgery or you throw out your back, they can be highly addictive. At Mirmont Treatment Center, located in Media, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, we treat opioid addiction by providing holistic treatment for chronic pain and teaching healthy ways to work through physical discomfort during drug and alcohol recovery. Our goal is to help patients experience immediate relief while also providing them with coping strategies for the future.
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Alternative pain therapy and treatment for opioid addiction
At Mirmont, patients discover alternative treatments for pain, many of which they can use on their own, any time, and for the rest of their lives. Our alternative pain relief techniques include:
- Acupressure – During acupressure, hands or special tools are used to apply pressure to specific points on your body in order to promote relaxation and relieve pain.
- Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) – Our practitioners can help you learn to be aware of the present moment in order to calm your mind and reduce stress. Stress increases pain but learning to engage in only the present moment removes distracting, anxious thoughts, helping to relieve pain and emotional distress.
- Body scan meditation – This technique helps you become more aware of the physical sensations throughout your body by slowly tensing and relaxing each muscle group from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.
- Reiki – This hands-on technique promotes mind, body and spirit balance by transferring your practitioner’s energy through his or her palms to your own body. This practice encourages deep relaxation, which helps reduce both emotional and physical pain.
- Therapeutic touch – Applying therapeutic massage to the entire body has proven benefits, including decreased stress, anxiety, fatigue and joint pain.
- Yoga – Our certified yoga instructors will teach you to use yoga postures to increase your overall health through stretching, holding and relaxing muscles.
- Alexander technique – This method teaches you how to relieve harmful tension in your body by incorporating the best ways to sit, stand and perform daily activities using proper posture and movement.
- Emotional freedom technique (EFT) – Think of this technique as acupressure for your mind. The Emotional Freedom Technique involves removing emotional barriers that stand in your way of healing and replacing these thoughts with positive, goal-oriented affirmations.
- Reflexology – During reflexology, your practitioner will use a special chart to apply pressure to your feet in order to generate relaxation and reduce pain. The chart shows areas on your feet that correspond to certain organs or systems in your body where you may feel pain.
- Visualization – This relaxation technique involves using as many senses as possible to fully engage your mind in picturing a particular calming place or positive situation. For example, you may use visualization to mentally travel to a springtime meadow, picturing all the sights, sounds, smells and even sensations you might experience there.
As part of our holistic pain management program, Mirmont also incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you monitor and adjust your thought patterns around pain. CBT for chronic pain works by helping you become aware of negative thinking so you can respond to temptations or other challenging situations more effectively. This type of alternative pain management can help patients establish lifelong healthy behaviors instead of depending on drugs and alcohol for pain relief.