Female rehab client and therapist walking the beach together at The Pointe Malibu Recovery Center.

Pain Recovery – Chronic Pain Treatment

It’s not a lack of willpower; we understand that chronic pain is frustrating and traumatic. With no intention, chronic pain sufferers can lose control of their prescribed medications. Chronic pain medication dependence occurs frequently. Sometimes, addiction to opioid pain medications can develop. Unfortunately, maintaining a pain medication addiction can lead to still more troubling actions and consequences. The best of intentions and willpower are rarely sufficient to correct these conditions.

It turns out that if you are taking opioids for your pain, their benefits of temporarily helping decrease your pain levels are outweighed by the negative effects of chronically using opioids. Studies have shown that most people who take opioids do not benefit in terms of having a better life. In many cases, the opioids cause more pain.

Chronic Pain Treatment and Recovery Video Series

With Dr. Mel Pohl, Senior Medical Consultant for Chronic Pain Treatment at The Pointe Malibu.

Chronic Pain Treatment and Recovery Video Series

With Dr. Mel Pohl, Senior Medical Consultant for Chronic Pain Treatment at The Pointe Malibu.

Holistic Pain Recovery

The Pain Recovery Program is here to help you with your chronic pain, suffering, dependence, and addiction. At The Pointe Malibu Recovery Center, clinical and medical professionals assist you in understanding the origins of your suffering. Rather than depending on potent medications or procedures such as surgery, you will be offered alternative measures to reduce your pain and lessen your suffering. We will help facilitate the decrease or elimination of harmful medications so that you will experience lower pain levels and an improved life. We provide world-class opioid addiction experts and real-world, effective treatment solutions. Each plays a critical role within the umbrella of our Integrated Care Alliance.

This world-class professional care is enhanced by private, luxurious accommodations. Our premier California residential properties are located in Malibu’s most prestigious beachfront community, facing the Pacific Ocean, a truly beautiful place to relax and begin your recovery.

You’re safe here, and feeling safe is a key component to finding a way out of your dilemma – chronic pain and dependence on drugs. Our commitment to privacy is unwavering. In the spirit of compassion, professional ethics, and in accordance with HIPAA privacy protections, your recovery is the business of only those you personally choose to inform.

Rehab client meditating peacefully at The Pointe Malibu Recovery Center.

Comprehensive Review and Assessment Team

To treat your chronic pain, our multidisciplinary team first completes a thorough review of your medical history and designs your individualized evaluation schedule. A team approach is the heart of the program. An experienced group of medical professionals accompanies you on this journey, and they are experts at uncovering what is truly wrong, and what is right, about your body, mind, spirit, and lifestyle. This dedicated team will assess the problems and guide you toward viable solutions.

Your Assessment Team Includes:

  • Physicians
  • Chronic Pain Experts
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Trauma Therapists
  • Dieticians
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Therapists
  • Spiritual Therapists
Psychiatrist and therapist The Pointe Malibu

Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation (CDE)

Once your review is complete, our full Diagnostic Evaluation brings you closer to understanding your pain and addiction. The goal is to collect sufficient data to compile and support an accurate diagnosis and create a workable plan for a better life, whatever that may entail for you. Your evaluation team is comprised of experienced, expert medical, health, wellness, and lifestyle professionals.

Your Diagnostic Evaluation Includes:
  • Comprehensive Medical Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Specialty Physicians Consult
  • Psychological Diagnostic Testing
  • Neuropsychological Testing and
  • Brain Mapping
  • Psychosocial and Trauma Assessment
  • Substance Use Disorder Assessment
  • One-on-one Analysis w/ your Physician
  • Spiritual Assessment and Counsel
  • Chronic Pain Evaluation
  • Lifestyle Assessment
  • Fitness and Nutritional Evaluation
  • Nutritional Assessment & Guidance
  • Pharmacogenomics Testing
  • Medication Evaluation
  • Process Addiction Assessment
  • Executive Blood Panel
  • Comprehensive Report and Action Plan

Your program will uncover any condition – mental, physical, or emotional – that exists and requires a treatment plan, and will also identify longer-term issues that need to be considered in follow-up care.

Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation (CDE)

Once your review is complete, our full Diagnostic Evaluation brings you closer to understanding your pain and addiction. The goal is to collect sufficient data to compile and support an accurate diagnosis and create a workable plan for a better life, whatever that may entail for you. Your evaluation team is comprised of experienced, expert medical, health, wellness, and lifestyle professionals.

Your Diagnostic Evaluation Includes:
  • Comprehensive Medical Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Specialty Physicians Consult
  • Psychological Diagnostic Testing
  • Neuropsychological Testing and
  • Brain Mapping
  • Psychosocial and Trauma Assessment
  • Substance Use Disorder Assessment
  • One-on-one Analysis w/ your Physician
  • Spiritual Assessment and Counsel
  • Chronic Pain Evaluation
  • Lifestyle Assessment
  • Fitness and Nutritional Evaluation
  • Nutritional Assessment & Guidance
  • Pharmacogenomics Testing
  • Medication Evaluation
  • Process Addiction Assessment
  • Executive Blood Panel
  • Comprehensive Report and Action Plan

Your program will uncover any condition – mental, physical, or emotional – that exists and requires a treatment plan, and will also identify longer-term issues that need to be considered in follow-up care.

Development of Your Comprehensive Plan

Your multidisciplinary team uses the Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation to recommend an individualized treatment plan, incorporating effective medical, psychiatric, and therapeutic strategies appropriate for you. This comprehensive approach to evaluation ensures that your future health and wellness needs are matched with the appropriate treatment modalities and level of care.

Mind-Body Connection

Your thoughts and emotions are key factors in your experience of chronic pain. This is not to say, in any way, that your pain experience isn’t real, but you must understand the mind-body connection in order to recover. This will be the key to freeing yourself from the protective mechanism by which the brain and nervous system create chronic pain. These protective mechanisms can cause a host of conditions, syndromes, symptoms, and issues associated with inflammation, which results in chronic pain.

Once you discover how to invite repressed emotions to rise to the surface, the body settles into a balanced state that eliminates symptoms triggered in a fight-or-flight mode. Calming the nervous system will be your way out of chronic pain. Your treatment at The Pointe Malibu will lead you in the direction of finding this balanced state and creating a better life for you and those that are important to you.

Personalized Chronic Pain Treatment Plans

The development of effective treatment plans for chronic pain requires the skillful integration of all the components required to improve your quality of life on two tracks:

  • Helping you to develop an understanding of your chronic pain and learn coping skills to better manage your pain and, more importantly, improve your life
  • Management of your dependence on or addiction to drugs

To address the minimization and/or elimination of the sources(s) of physical pain, we utilize:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Medication Management
  • Psychological Counseling
  •  Alternative Therapies (Massage / Acupuncture)
  • Medical Specialist Referrals
Massage therapist and client at The Pointe Malibu Recovery Center

The Power of Psychodynamics

We employ a psychodynamic approach to providing care. Psychodynamic therapy interprets mental and emotional processes, relating to object relations, ego psychology, and self-exploration. Because relational distress can put you at risk for relapse, we view this as a vital treatment form that draws upon your willingness to bring honest insight to the discussion. Undertaken only after a good therapist-client relationship has been formed, psychodynamics will help you to break old patterns through a better comprehension of the underlying issues. The focus is on recognizing and understanding your emotions, which are sometimes hidden from view, and ultimately overcoming negative feelings, to improve your interpersonal relationships and the overall quality of your life.

Though group therapy sessions are an important component of our Pain Program, given the underlying trauma most clients have experienced prior to treatment, we place a significant emphasis on individual therapy. Individual sessions provide the privacy and intimacy that often make it easier to share with your therapist and make progress in treatment. During the course of treatment, you will also have an opportunity to share your experiences with others who have similar conditions.

You will see your individual therapists (primary, family, or specialty therapists) and your case manager multiple times each week. Licensed therapists are at the facility seven days a week to deal with any issues as they arise. Efficient scheduling allows you to visit a private health club daily, do therapy sessions outdoors or on the beach and attend to your personal grooming preferences and shopping needs.

Our evidence-based treatment modalities include:

  • Family Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Executive Coaching
  • Experiential Components
  • Surf / Water Therapies
  • Art & Music Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Mindfulness Training
Tibetan sound therapy at The Pointe Malibu Recovery Center

Chronic Pain Treatment – Services

Our Clinical Director oversees the development of your individualized treatment plan and ongoing care, and only carries a caseload when required for particularly complex cases. This enables the Clinical Director to work with your treatment team as issues occur. Treatment teams include, but are not limited to:

Therapeutic Services

  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Medication Management
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Medical Specialist Referrals when appropriate
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Stretching
  • Yoga
  • Chi Gong

Medical Services

  • Medical Intervention & Continued Follow-up and Aftercare Options
  • Pain Management
  •  Medical Detox
  •  Nutritional Assessment
  •  I.V. Therapies for Hydration, Brain and Physical Health Improvement
  • Treatment of Chronic & Acute Medical Conditions
  • Alternative Holistic Treatment
  • Mental Health Diagnostic Assessments

Clinical Services

  • Treatment of Co-Occurring/Compulsive Disorders
  •  Trauma-Focused Treatment
  •  Individual Therapy
  •  Family Therapy
  •  Group Therapy
  •  Case Management
  •  Experiential Therapies
  •  Discharge / Continuing Care Planning & Services
  • Early Recovery Transition and Lifestyle Planning & Services

A Path to True Freedom

Yes, you will find, as many others have, that free from the burden of drug dependence and equipped with the tools you will learn here at The Pointe Malibu, you will be well on your way to a better life for you and your family. We look forward to welcoming you as you begin this life-changing journey.