Chronic pain is pain which is experienced beyond short episodes and which persists for longer than expected when healing from normal injuries or illness. Chronic pain can result from injuries, illness or reactions to environmental or emotional stressors but diagnosis is often complicated by the subjective nature of the condition, and the role of the mind in maintaining the experience of pain.
Conventional medical treatment alone is limited in treating chronic pain as it is usually experienced as more than just a physical symptom. Other consequences include depression and anxiety, reduced concentration, and reduced functionality in work and social relations, all of which contribute towards a generally diminished quality of life.
This is where a holistic treatment approach can help - as how you perceive and relate to pain is just as important as the experience of the pain itself.
At The Sanctuary Byron Bay, complementary therapies are skillfully integrated into the treatment plan to help ease suffering and to support clients to gain mastery over their habitual responses to chronic pain. Importantly psychotherapy remains a vital component of treatment, ensuring any cognitive distortions or anxiety and depression are appropriately addressed.
One of the significant issues associated with chronic pain is inadvertent addictions to painkillers. Without proper management, sufferers of chronic pain end up relying more and more upon high doses of painkillers with diminishing relief, so not only do they end up suffering from pain but also from addiction to strong pharmaceutical drugs. This is usually the point at which more comprehensive and skilled management is required.
At The Sanctuary Byron Bay, we consider chronic pain from a biopsychosocial perspective – where in addition to medical assessment of any possible organic causes, multi-disciplinary pain management strategies are explored along with psychological assessments and an examination of the social factors associated with the condition.
If you suffer from chronic pain or addiction to painkillers as a result of prolonged pain, contact us to find out how we can help. A combination of Detox and an Intensive Residential stay is often recommended.
“I never thought that I would overcome my drug addiction especially as I refused to go to a rehabilitation centre. The last thing I wanted to do was sit around with drug addicts or alcoholics, discussing my personal drug abuse and addiction issues. The Sanctuary offered me a complete inpatient rehabilitation program, that was private and completely confidential, and in a luxury setting. I am forever grateful to the therapeutic team at The Sanctuary and for the respectful and dignified treatment that I received……” JB 43 years old