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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.

 
Addiction-Free Pain Management Program

In 2006, Serenity Lane developed a Chronic Pain Management Program to offer education, guidance, and support to individuals suffering from both addiction and chronic pain.   Often times, patients report that they have "succumbed" to their pain, so they have developed their own medication management plan, or supplemented their medications with other medications (alcohol, benzodiazepines, marijuana, additional opiates, etc.), all of which lead to inappropriate use of pain medications, poor pain management, and fuel the addictive process.

Our Addiction-Free Pain Management™ program is a 14-week course which, when combined with residential/outpatient chemical dependency treatment, improves the quality of recovery for the addict coping with chronic pain.   

Patients participating in the pain management program will meet with a SL 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.  Serenity Lane’s nursing staff monitors pain levels and associated symptoms of anxiety and/or depression, and reports to the pain management treatment team on a regular basis.

Our goal for each patient is to have quality recovery 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)
  • Educational literature
  • Consultation with the staff physician/addictionologist
  • Daily medication review (when appropriate)
  • Additional nursing care
  • Non-pharmacological intervention strategies (stretching, yoga, exercise, meditation, etc.)
  • A weekly case review of patient status (with the clinical, nursing, and medical teams present)
  • Transition planning when the patient completes residential care
  • Appropriate referrals

 

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For more information on Serenity Lane's chemical dependency treatment for the chronic pain patient please contact us:

Serenity Lane
Treatment Center for Alcohol & Other Drug Dependencies
616 East 16th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 687-1110  or toll free 1-800-543-9905

 

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