100 million Americans have chronic pain.
Although the U.S. makes up 5% of the world’s population, it uses 80% of the world’s opiates. Lower back pain is the most common type of chronic pain and LBP is the most-common reason for the prescribing of opiate medication. We are slowly coming to recognize that opiates are not a risk-free alternative to other medications as they were once touted to be.
Oyster Point Psychological can help patients safely “dis-attend” to their sensations of pain and achieve an ideal healing state to treat LBP. We can also help you become weaned from opiate medications, and reduce central sensitization while tapering opiate medication. The inclusion of clinical hypnosis, as it is currently practiced, can facilitate healing in a multi-modal paradigm of care for reduction of pain and medication dependency and move selected patients from a treatment paradigm of fixing to a paradigm of healing.
Andrew J. Billups, PsyD