Complex pain can affect so much of everyday life. In addition to the physical side of being debilitated, not being able to do many of the things you once loved to do, complex pain can impact your mental and emotional health in ways perhaps you never thought of. There is a strong link between complex pain and an increased risk of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety and PTSD. When pain constantly sends stress signals to the brain, the brain starts to think of it as a threat. Over time, this can change the way the brain processes the pain. While everyone’s circumstances are different, people with complex pain are more likely to experience depression because the pain acts on the part of the brain that regulates emotion and sleep. Poor sleep for extended periods of time can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. It can also make pain feel more intense. This can cause the brain to anticipate pain, which leads to anxiety and a hyper-vigilance that is normally associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.  Additionally, it can lead to a phobia or fear of movement which can result in people not wanting to get up or leave their homes.

Recovery Ways Holistic Pain Program specializes in providing you with safe, comfortable care if your provider feels it necessary to be assessed for medical evaluation and further therapeutic support in order to return to a safer level of pain management.

a therapist talks to her client about prescription drug addiction treatmentOur program provides a combination of medication management, education, and therapeutic support to complement the services you are currently receiving to assist in overall healing. You will have an entire team caring for you, including a medical doctor, psychiatrist, nurses, social workers and psychologists. We will provide full-time support, administer medications to keep you as comfortable as possible, and assist in your overall healing.

It is important to receive this new perspective and additional treatment in a safe, medical setting. Patients who try to manage their medication in an unsupervised, non-medical setting can increase the risk of catastrophic experiences and results. Immediately stopping the long-term use of narcotics and other prescribed substances can lead to potentially life challenging side-effects including seizures and other complex symptoms. A medical assessment is needed to determine if additional services and treatment are needed.

Our goal is to ensure you can manage your pain effectively and have the best possible chance of  recovery, while addressinga woman practices mindfulness and meditation any underlying mental health challenges that are often present when facing complex pain. Our program provides comprehensive mental health treatment that includes teaching you four foundational tools that will aid in pain management. These tools include functional restoration of our body’s movement, understanding the impact of complex pain leading to emotional grief and loss, reduction of inflammation in your body and how to rethink about your pain more positively – having the opportunity to learn to work with your pain instead of against it so that it is no longer running your life.  We unravel the complexity of what pain is through these four areas. This approach allows for a true holistic understanding and compassionate way to treat pain. In addition, family members develop a more supportive role in the ongoing recovery process of emotional and physical healing. At Recovery Ways we truly understand your complex pain can be treated and the four key areas above can provide a sense of relief and freedom from isolation and emotional withdrawal from friends and family. Recovery is possible with compassionate understanding care at Recovery Ways

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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is a medication evaluation and management program like and how will my pain be managed during and after this time?

Recovery Ways is an accredited medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program that uses comfort medications to assist with opioid withdrawal. A thorough assessment is done after which time various medications can be utilized. Buprenorphine is a safer opioid used for chronic pain patients that may be used to make opioid management safe and tolerable. It can also be used to manage chronic pain more safely and with fewer side effects.

Recovery Ways provides supervised medication management that makes the process as safe and comfortable as possible. On our 12-bed Denali Unit you are monitored closely by a medical doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, 24/7 nursing staff and social workers. The Recovery Ways treatment team will provide you with attentive support throughout the process. Medications will be administered to keep you safe and comfortable.


What is the comprehensive treatment program like?

The Recovery Ways program offers a 360-degree holistic approach that builds a strong foundation of community support and healing through evidenced-based modalities. You will participate in individual and group therapies, as well as have focused time to process and work on your individual clinic goals. Your treatment team will determine what the best course will be for you personally and make sure you are on board and motivated to continue your journey towards healing.

Recovery Ways residential treatment is an inviting, home-like setting. Days are scheduled to allow time for group and individual therapy, as well as occupational therapy, recreational therapy, and other healing modalities like our sensory room, which will help you learn how to use your body to regulate yourself when you are outside of our structured setting.


How long is the program and what might come next?

Your plan is personalized to you based on your needs. The first phase of the program – returning to a safer level of pain management – can take anywhere from three to 10 days. For some people, they will complete this step and then head home to continue their care in an outpatient setting.

For others, stepping down to residential treatment for phase two may be recommended by your clinical team to address any underlying mental health conditions that often exist during complex pain. While medication management helps patients return to a safer level of pain management, you may require additional treatment to develop the skills, knowledge and ongoing care planning needed to increase the chances of successful and ongoing pain management.


Are smoking and tobacco use allowed at Recovery Ways?

We discourage the use of tobacco at Recovery Ways, but we do offer support for smoking cessation, if desired. Tobacco use is permitted during breaks in designated areas of our treatment center.


If I have special dietary needs, can you accommodate that?

Prior to admission, please make us aware of your dietary needs. In most cases, our nutritionist can accommodate your needs.


Do I bring my medication with me?

Yes, please bring all of your medications with you. They will be reviewed by your medical provider, who will determine if they will be continued or not.


What about my family?

We understand the impact chronic pain has not only on the individual, but on the entire family. Recovery Ways offers a two-day family program your loved ones can attend virtually. During this time, they will learn how to best support you when you return home. Additionally, while at Recovery Ways, you can call your family and accept calls from a landline.


I need a few day or weeks to prepare and get things in order. Is this ok?
Absolutely! We can work with you when you are ready to admit.


What happens next?

You will be scheduled for time to meet in person with a representative from Recovery Ways who can answer all of your questions regarding what to expect about the process. If you are ready to take this next step in your journey, the representative can schedule you for a confidential assessment with a licensed social worker to make sure the program is a good fit for you.


Will my insurance cover this?Recovery Ways accept all major insurances. We will verify the benefits to start and let you know exactly how much you will owe. Most people do not pay more than their out of pocket maximum. Our team of admissions counselors are available to answer any questions you may have.Do you accept credit cards or offer payment plans?Yes, we accept major credit cards. At times, we will accept a limited payment plan. Availability of a payment plan will depend on a number of factors that your admissions counselor will discuss when making your payment arrangements.



Recovery Ways representative, Kimberly Romo, can be reached at (520) 651-9790.

Recovery Ways Admissions can be reached at (888) 986-7848.


At Recovery Ways we have over a decade of experience helping those who are seeking to improve their mental health including specializing in supporting healing with anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, PTSD, and more.  We have a thriving alumni program with many who support each other in their new found freedoms.  We offer a wide range of services including Detox, Residential Treatment, PHP, and IOP therapy to help those in need.  Please contact us today if we can be of assistance in getting your life unstuck and back to finding more purpose and joy.  We accept most major insurances.

We are in-network with most major insurance providers