Addiction-Free
Pain Management Program


Stephen "Rip" Sawyer, CADC I
Certified Addiction-Free Pain Management Specialist

Stephen "Rip" Sawyer began counseling at Serenity Lane in October 2002, after completing the internship program.  He has worked as a residential counselor, an intensive outpatient counselor, and is currently the Detox Counselor in the hospital unit.  Rip has been working in the chronic pain program since its inception in June 2006.

Rip is a Certified Addiction-Free Pain Management Specialist as well as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

In 2006, Serenity Lane developed a Chronic Pain Management Program using Dr. Stephen F Grinstead's Addiction-Free Pain Management® Treatment System to offer education, guidance, and support for individuals suffering from addiction and chronic pain.

Often times, patients report that they have "succumbed" to their pain; so an individual will develop his/her own medication management plan. Their “new plan” includes supplementing medications with additional substances; including alcohol, benzodiazepines, marijuana, additional opiates, etc., all of which lead to inappropriate use of pain medications, poor pain management, and fuel the addiction process.

Patients participating in our pain management program will meet with a Serenity Lane physician who will review patient’s use history (alcohol, prescription, over-the-counter drugs, street drugs) and meet with the patient to individualize pharmaceutical management of chronic pain.

Our goal for each patient is to have quality recovery, improved functioning and effective pain management.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES FOR PATIENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE CHRONIC PAIN PROGRAM INCLUDE:

  • Both individual and group counseling with a Certified Addiction-Free Pain Management Specialist (CAPMS)
  • Pain Assessment
  • Educational literature
  • Consultation with the staff physician/addictionologist
  • Daily medication review, which includes medication management
  • Additional nursing care
NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL INTERVENTION STRATEGIES:
  • Ai-Chi-Guided meditation and movement practice which occurs in a 92 degree pool. (Ai-Chi improves circulation, flexibility, focus, joint mobility and decreases pain)
  • On site acupuncture
  • Relaxation/Meditation classes
  • Grief & Loss presentation and counseling
  • Access to trauma counseling (individual and group)
  • Morning and afternoon walks
  • Transition planning when the patient completes residential care
  • Consultation after treatment (emergency and post surgery medication management assistance)


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FOR MORE INFORMATION on Serenity Lane's chemical dependency treatment for the chronic pain patient please contact us:

Stephen "Rip" Sawyer - CADC II, CAPMS
(541) 284-5678
email: ssawyer@serenitylane.org

Serenity Lane
Treatment Center for Alcohol & Other Drug Dependencies
(541) 687-1110  or  1-800-543-9905