Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a new form of procedure and has had its first clinical trial in the US down in West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. It is used when all other forms of treatment are exhausted but the patient still suffers from opioid use disorder. The procedure is essentially a form of surgery that places electrodes inside the patient’s brain, interrupting typical brain behavior in regards to controlling an addict’s craving or an OCD patient’s urge to perform a ritual. DBS is an FDA-approved treatment for Parkinson’s disease, major depressive disorder, epilepsy, and others with an overall successful history record.
Mind-Body Therapies (MBT) consist of a more soothing, non-pharma based methods of pain management in the form of meditation, hypnosis relaxation techniques, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The University of Utah in Salt Lake City has conducted a study on the results of over six thousand cases involving a range of MBTs including meditation, hypnosis, relaxation, guided imagery, therapeutic suggestion, and CBT. The results had encouragingly revealed that MBTs had a statistically significant association with reduced opioid dosing.
“Insofar as MBTs are associated with pain relief and opioid use reduction among patients prescribed opioids for a range of pain conditions,” they add, “MBTs may help alleviate the opioid crisis.”
– Professor Eric Garland
Alpine Springs Rehabilitation and Recovery practices include some of the MBTs described above and accepts a wide range of insurances, including medicare. For more information, please contact us at 814.818.0002.