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The Lawlis Pain Management Opioid Recovery Protocol

Many in our nation today are struggling with addiction to opioids that began when they were given prescriptions for pain, and their addiction developed over time. This phenomenon has increased since the 1990s, forcing patients to seek treatment for not only pain, but addiction to opioids as well.


Opioid addiction is a chronic neurobiological disease. If left untreated, it can be fatal. Today, nearly two-thirds of the overdose deaths in the United States are due to opioids, both prescription and illegal.


The Lawlis Opioid Recovery Protocol


At Origins Behavioral HealthCare, we are passionate about helping individuals and their families overcome opioid addiction. Our constellation of programs includes a comprehensive Track using evidence-based interventions and following the protocol designed specifically to address this type of addiction by internationally-acclaimed authority Frank Lawlis, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.


Dr. Lawlis has vast experience in this field. He is known for his expertise in PsychoNeuroPlasticity approaches and for development of brain-based treatments for addictions and the co-occurring disorders which accompany them. He spent 12 years as Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Southwestern Medical School and he directed and co-directed five such pain clinics across two states. In addition, he has created treatment programming for a number of the most well-known and successful addiction treatment programs in the world. In his clinics, he maintained an exceptional success rate and has since honed into the specific treatments and therapies to create an even broader range of success for clients dealing with opioid addiction.


The Lawlis Protocol strives to re-pattern both the brain and the muscular system. And, while people undergoing treatment via the Lawlis Protocol may not find complete pain elimination, the pain will no longer be a major factor in their lives. The ultimate goal of the Lawlis Protocol is to enable the patient to embrace and maintain a healthy lifestyle free of addictive medications.


Treatment via the Lawlis Protocol is a holistic approach though self-care practice and coping skills including exercise, nutrition, spirituality and other specialized services. It begins with detoxification from opioids, which is supervised by our highly trained medical staff, including Psychiatrists and Certified Addictions Registered Nurses. After the detox process, patients begin the critical phase of learning how to live a life free from opioids. This includes developing the necessary tools to effectively deal with other issues that may occur alongside addiction such as chronic pain, anxiety or depression.



In addition to Origins’ critically-acclaimed medical, physical, psychological, and spiritual care, patients will also receive a unique array of support services which address the complex issues faced by those with a history of opioid use.


Patients can expect:


  • Expert oversight of the medical issues associated with opioid withdrawal
  • Supervision of the patient’s case by a primary therapist as well as our highly specialized PsychoNeuroPlasticity staff
  • Nutritional counseling will be focused on the specific goals of managing pain and anxiety
  • Consultation with physical therapy modalities will be for specific skills in dealing with pain and anxiety
  • Specially-trained group process leaders with extensive knowledge of opioid use disorders as well as knowledge of chronic pain and debilitating anxiety
  • A peer-based setting where patients can empathize with and learn from one another


As a part of our multidisciplinary approach, our staff treats chronic pain holistically where chronic pain management is conducted with a multidisciplinary approach that may include:


  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Mindfulness training
  • Self-care practices
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Spiritual exploration


With professional help, it is possible to stop the vicious and dangerous cycle of substance use disorder in relation to opioids and chronic pain.

If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction that began with prescriptions meant to deal with pain, contact us.

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