Our goal with 1st Step’s holistic pain management, is for our clients to surrender the urge to “fix” themselves, and begin to participate in the natural healing process of life. Our experience has shown that issues such as substance abuse, addiction and mental health problems can be exacerbated by the desire to find a quick fix. Oftentimes the solution isn’t as simple as pain management through medication, and in some cases where addiction is a problem, this can be a risky addition to the problem. Chronic pain may begin with an injury or infection, or there may be an outside issue or ongoing cause of pain. Some people can deal with chronic pain, such as migraines or muscular problems without any past injury. Holistic pain management is the focus on physiological rebalancing of an individual through medical, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual care.

It is our philosophy that when someone is given proper treatment, they will discover an opportunity to experience faith and hope, and the miracle of change can occur.

A Holistic Approach to Pain Management

In the past decade, the medical community has seen strong evidence accumulate for the benefits of having a holistic approach to pain management and mind-body therapies, such as acupuncture, and nutritional supplements for treating pain. Other alternative therapies such as massage, chiropractic therapies, and dietary approaches have also demonstrated evidence to potentially alleviate pain. It’s important to recognize that there isn’t going to be a standard approach to pain management that will work for everyone who has the same symptoms. Something that works really well for one person may not work for another person with the same problems who is the same gender or age. Avoiding this streamlined tactic to managing pain is the heart of the holistic model. Whatever the cause of chronic pain may be, its management and relief should take a multidisciplinary track, through looking at all contributing factors which can effect a person’s well-being.

If you or someone you love is struggling with chronic pain and problems with addiction to medication, don’t hesitate to reach out for information today.

Holistic Pain Management at 1st Step Behavioral Health

1st Step Behavioral Health’s holistic pain management program is offered through a comprehensive program for individuals who are struggling with addiction or co-occurring disorders. In some cases, chronic pain sufferers are given prescriptions for pain medications before being introduced to therapy for the causes of their pain. Many medications taken habitually, such as barbiturates or opioids, even when not abused, can be addictive by nature. For this reason, a treatment environment is important for chronic pain sufferers to ensure a safe and comfortable transition to holistic therapy for pain management. 1st Step offers acupuncture, chiropractic services as well as the opportunity to seek guidance with nutritional and dietary supplements for chronic pain. Holistic pain treatment at 1st Step Behavioral Health began as a vision started by Gus Crocco, L.C.S.W., who has over 25 years of experience in the field of Addictions and Co-Occurring disorders. Today his vision has been realized and cultivated into a comprehensive treatment program.

We encourage you to call today with any questions or concerns you may have.

About the Author: Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.