Here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, we understand that physical and even psychological addiction to substances may come due as a result of using prescribed pain medications. We also understand that there may not be many other alternatives to managing symptoms of chronic pain medications when seeking medical help. However, we do believe that there ARE alternatives to managing symptoms of pain that don’t involve a lifestyle that revolves around the dependence of medications. So, we seek to help patients living with chronic pain conditions find and establish long-term methods of managing pain that are alternatives to narcotics.
As soon as a person comes to Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services for pain management, they first receive their initial pain consultation. This is when our doctor, therapists, and our chronic pain patients get together to discuss the details of pain management treatment. During this initial intervention, the history of past or present prescription drug or illicit drug use, medical records, past treatment programs, allergies, and other important information is shared. This way, we can develop a pain management treatment specific to a patient’s individual needs. And, determine which methods of treatment may be most effective in helping a patient manage pain.
We understand that individuals may need immediate medical attention to address pain management. So, we also urgent consultations for those who need to speak with our doctor immediately. Our goal is to get you feeling better faster!
Chronic Pain Intervention Techniques
Pain interventions are the methods used in managing symptoms of chronic pain. Depending on the patient and the cause of pain, pain intervention methods may differ. During your initial pain consultation, our doctor will discuss our non-habit forming options for pain management and how they may be implemented into your treatment plan. Some methods of pain intervention offered from Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services includes:
Epidural Nerve Blocks: This treatment best suits patients struggling with chronic pain due to bulging and herniated discs of the back, knee arthritis, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, tendonitis, bursitis, hip arthritis, and spinal stenosis. While this treatment is not a cure-all for pain, it helps to drastically reduce symptoms of pain by numbing the nerves of the treated area for a suspended period of time. Basically, the procedure works by numbing the affected problem area with a local anesthetic. Then, a larger needle is inserted to the site of the pinched or affected nerves which stimulate the pain response. Once this needle is inserted, the doctor utilizes a fluoroscopic x-ray machine to place the needle in the exact positioning. Then, a mixture of corticosteroid anti-inflammatory medication and anesthetic is delivered to the affected area. By combining this treatment with suggested physical therapy techniques, many patients experience pain relief for up to 6 months. And, treatments can be repeated every 6 months.
Peripheral Neuropathy Calmare Treatment: This advanced treatment is effective in reducing symptoms of pain for patients diagnosed with a number of conditions. It’s non-invasive, and provides a safe, non-habit forming method to mostly or even completely eliminating symptoms of pain for most patients. Basically, the Calmare machine used surface electrode pads to transmit stimulation to the nerves sending signals of pain to the brain. This stimulation works to create an alternative “no pain” signal that overrides the pain signals, resulting in pain relief for the patient. With an FDA approval and over 4,000 patients helped, this pain intervention therapy is quickly becoming one of the frontrunning therapies alternative to addictive narcotics. Those who may benefit from Calmare treatment include those diagnosed with:
- Neuropathic pain caused by chemotherapy treatments
- Neuropathic pain after a surgical operation
- Sciatica and other lower back pain issues
- Brachial Plexus Neuropathy
- Postherpetic Neuralgia
- Phantom Limb Syndrome
Seeking Alternatives to Addressing Chronic Pain Symptoms
Living with chronic pain can be debilitating, stressful, and agitating. Here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, our mission is to help those who come to us establish a lifestyle free from the symptoms of their chronic pain conditions. This way, they may live a life of wellbeing and never have to consider narcotic pain medications to alleviate these symptoms again.
If you’re struggling with an addiction to your pain medication and want another way to manage your pain symptoms, we can help. Once we establish your medical history and start you on our detox program, you can immediately begin to take advantage of our pain intervention therapies to address your chronic pain. To speak with us about beginning a new lifestyle of pain intervention, give us a confidential call at (925) 289-1430 to speak with our addiction specialists about your pain intervention needs.