Addiction Medicine and Chronic Pain

Addiction Medicine and Chronic Pain

These services are provided through Recovery Without Walls program.

The practice specializes in treating chronic pain and opiate dependency with use of buprenorphine in combination with other pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches.

Buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone®, is partial agonist at the mu receptor, is used sublingually in the united states for opiate dependency and treatment of chronic pain.

It was originally developed in England in the early 1970s for the treatment of chronic pain. Buprenorphine is a safer alternative that does not make its users euphoric and is unlikely to cause a lethal overdose by depressing respiration. Buprenorphine/Suboxone® is especially helpful for patients with chronic pain who do not respond well to other opioids, or who are at risk of opiate dependency.

The role of buprenorphine has also been explored in treatment of treatment resistant depression. Current research is supported by reports of the antidepressant action of opiates and knowledge of the endogenous opiate system.

Conditioned treated:

  • Opiate Dependency
  • Sedative/Hypnotic Dependency – Benzodiazepine (Ativan, Xanax and Klonopin) and sleep medication (Ambien, Lunesta, Restoril and others ). We provide detoxification and stabilization.
  • Alcohol Dependency
  • Amphetamine/ Methamephetamine and Cocaine Dependency
  • Chronic Lower back pain/Failed back syndrome
  • Neuropathic pain (sciatica and peripheral neuropathy)
  • Hyperalgesia (Opiate induced pain syndrome)
  • Fibromyalgia – individuals who are maintained on chronic opioid medications with poor or limited effectiveness
  • Migraines – on chronic opiates and/or Fioricet/Fiorinol
  • Chronic pain conditions – poorly controlled with current opioid medications

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