Austin-area center takes different approach

Doing physical activity such as yoga can help get people who haven't been moving because of pain back into movement. Driftwood Recovery's chronic pain program emphasizes physical activity as well as psychological healing.

Last November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted the United States will for the first time experience more than 100,000 drug overdose deaths in a 12-month period. In Texas, those deaths were up 36.4% from the year before.

The increase in overdoses has been due to opioids, as well as synthetic opioids, cocaine and semi-synthetic opioids, and psychostimulants.

Addiction treatment programs will work on the addiction, but what happens when someone has an injury or a surgery that started the use of opioids? What about the pain that might still be lingering?

Driftwood Recovery, an addiction treatment center in Driftwood, developed a pain recovery program in 2016 that is intended to work on both the addiction and the chronic pain.

Dr. Ronald Siegel, an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and a consultant on Driftwood Recovery’s pain program, said the program is “taking seriously the interaction between chronic pain and substance abuse disorders.”

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