New Location and Partnership
We’ve expanded! In order to be more easily accessible for our clients, we’ve opened a satellite office at Scripps La Jolla, located in the Poole building. We’re located within the offices of Dr. Joseph Shurman, MD, who started the “Share the Risk” model for pain management.
About the “Share the Risk” Model
“The basic theme is a call for action. The model addresses the opioid phobia that continues to manifest itself among physicians, patients, the media, and various government entities. The goal has been to unite physicians and other health care professionals who treat chronic pain in the San Diego area.” — Dr. Joseph Shurman, MD
Prescription Drug Dependence
Many people who become dependent on prescription pills are in a LOT of pain, and have legitimate need for strong painkillers such as opioids. Maybe it started with a back surgery, or a knee replacement, or a mastectomy. Regardless, our bodies build up a tolerance to almost everything we ingest, and in order for the same pills to curb the pain, a higher dosage is needed. Dependence is sneaky, and can go easily unnoticed (at first).
Our goal is to assess dependence, and develop a treatment plan that addresses your pain AND your well-being. There are a variety of options available to you if you’re concerned you or a loved one may be developing a dependence to a prescription.
Contact one of our counselors for a confidential consultation. Individual needs vary; our treatment team will collaborate to develop a plan tailored to your optimal health and well-being.
Our Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Lutfy, is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, and has extensive experience treating patients with chronic pain. She is certified to provide Suboxone when necessary. For those who are unable to stop taking their prescription pain killers entirely, she may incorporate other techniques, such as massage therapy, acupuncture, and trigger point injections. Her approach is holistic and multi-modal, and is tailored to each person’s specific needs in order to create an ideal healing environment.