IMPROVEMENT IN PAIN LEVELS AFTER TREATING OPIOID DEPENDENT CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS WITH BUPRENORPHINE




 
The P.A.I.N. Institute
Buprenorphine
provides safe & effective treatment in an office-based setting for opiate addicted persons who suffer from chronic pain

 What is Buprenorphine?

                                      Subutux/Suboxone                                         

"Buprenorphine is the Twenty First Century Miracle Drug.  I consider it the “Prozac” for addiction and pain"

Rick Chavez, M.D.

 

  • Pain has reached epidemic proportions with 80 million Americans suffering from some form of chronic pain which totals more than $100 billion annually in health care costs and lost productivity.  An estimated 50 percent of these individuals will become addicted to their medications.  One of our Nation’s fastest growing drug problem is addiction to prescription medications. 



  • Managing opioid dependent patients with multiple chronic pain issues has been hampered by limited or non-existent effective treatment and additionally hampered by the stigma and shame our society, as well as physicians, have placed on the chemically dependent. 

 

 

Buprenorphine has revolutionized

detoxification from opiates.  In my experience, it is no doubt one of the most effective drugs on the market.  I see miracles every day as we help to restore lives back to those who come into The Pain Institute.  Word of mouth has spread and we get several new patients each day who want that devil off their back.  Often they come in secret: their mate, husband, wife, boss doesn’t know.  Sometimes, their friends don’t even know.  They started taking drugs because they had chronic pain and doctors continued to prescribe the medicines and before they knew it, they couldn’t stop and no one was there to tell them how to stop or assure them that if they did stop, that they might actually feel far less pain than when they were taking 20 Vicodin a day!

 I have used Buprenorphine to treat chronic pain patients who have become addicted to their doctor prescribed opiates for over a year now.  Our Out-patient Buprenorphine Treatment Program began June, 2003. 

 

 

 

The majority of patients on Buprenorphine at The Pain Institute are Caucasian, Middle-Class, High-School or College Educated, Professionals, mid-forty, fifty percent both male and female and non-IV drug users.

 I would like to even out the playing field of addiction in America by introducing Americans to the types of patients who seek help from addiction.  The other type of patient we see at The Pain Institute is your average Joe, the clean cut manager of Sears department store, the IT software executive, the burnt out over-achiever who runs a multi-million dollar company, the billionaire realtor, the college jock, the politician, the mechanic, the school teacher, the police officer?  Where are the pictures of all those “invisible” walking wounded of America!

 

 

 

 

Those hard working, seemingly functional people who because of stress, chronic pain, or an unfortunate accident, have become addicted to their doctor prescribed medications and are secretly hiding the fact that they had become dependent, mentally and physically on narcotics? 

 

There are thousands out there: doctors, teachers, CEO’s, bankers, students, mothers, fathers, dock workers, car salesmen, tug boat captains, grandmothers, grandfathers, teens, actors, writers, singers, tattoo artists, nurses, you name it, America’s got them.   Addiction crosses every line: color, race, religion, socio-economic standing, & education. No one is left out.

 

I know they are out there because one of them happened to be me.

 

A respectable family physician, board certified in pain management, husband, father, all American male: that is a multi-cultural, bilingual, affluent, experienced doctor of medicine.  Having been addicted to Vicodin over the course of several years for migraine headaches, I personally have experienced the grip of opium’s seductive charms, so seductive that people, so called “normal, respectable, income earning, four digit salaried, tax paying people” live under the guise of a multitude of lies to mask and circumvent their “dis-ease” about their addiction.  A vicious cycle is created and the individual feels trapped by their dependence on opioids.  Just as I had.  However, when I stopped cold turkey, there was no Buprenorphine to come to my rescue.  But today there is.

 

 

The Abstract, “Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Dependence in Patients with Comorbid Chronic Severe  Pain: An Open Label Case Study Analysis” was presented in New York at the 6th Annual Conference for Pain & Chemical Dependence.  The new study, “Treating Patients With Comorbid Opioid Depe ndence and Chronic Severe Pain with Buprenorphine” includes data from 65 additional patients and was presented at the College on Problems of Drug Dependency in June in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as at the Third World Congress World Institute of Pain in Barcelona, Spain September, 2004.

  

Our multidisciplinary program includes referrals to two expert addiction psychologists.  In the South Bay, Allan Berger, Ph.D. has over thirty years of clinical experience in psycho-social counseling to patients in our out-patient Buprenorphine Treatment Program.  Dr. Berger established the Center for Counseling & Recovery in Torrance to serve the needs of individuals and their families who are struggling with addiction.  Dr. Berger is a featured guest speaker at our monthly Mind, Body Spirit gatherings at Little Company of Mary Chapel.

 

Our Addiction specialist in Orange County is Dominic J. Bronell, Ph.D.  With over 28 years of clinical experience in the treatment of addiction, has been the Director of The Family Program at Sober Living by the Sea, Newport Beach, CA, an extended residential treatment program for chemically dependent adults.  He is Co-Director of Mental Health Alternatives, an integrated service agency program coordinating medical, psychiatric, psychological, vocational, educational residential family and recovery programs for chemically dependent residents.

 

At The Pain Institute, we take pride in providing patients with a unique continuum of care and believe that everyone is entitled to be treated with compassion and dignity as they embark on their journey to healing and good health, in mind, body, spirit.

Are you in control of your pain or has your pain taken control of your life? Each year, millions of Americans suffer from persistent chronic pain which can cause profound negative lifestyle changes.

Have you become dependent on doctor prescribed pain medications to relieve your pain? And are you still in pain?

You are not alone.

Pain has reached epidemic proportions with 80 million Americans suffering from some form of chronic pain which totals more than $100 billion annually in health care costs and lost productivity. An estimated 50 percent of these individuals will become addicted to their medications. One of our Nation’s fastest growing drug problem is addiction to prescription medications.

Managing opioid dependent patients with multiple chronic pain issues has been hampered by limited or non-existent effective treatment and additionally hampered by the stigma and shame our society, as well as physicians, have placed on the chemically dependent.

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