VR for Acute Pain in Detox – Dr. Christie Taylor & Maggie Dickens : Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Program

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Dr. Christie Taylor


VR for Acute Pain in Detox

In 2012 the Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Program established an abstinence-based specialty unit, “the Pain Recovery Program”, for individuals with chronic pain and a substance use disorder. This residential program is designed to treat individuals physically dependent on addictive medication for pain/ anxiety and also for those with active addiction and chronic pain. The first phase of treatment is an inpatient medically supervised detoxification. The issue of detox for patients with chronic pain (and their families) is filled with fear and anxiety. VR has been used as an effective intervention for acute pain and anxiety during this anxiety-filled phase of addiction treatment

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