Driftwood Recovery New Partner in Addressing Addiction Linked to Chronic Pain

Overcoming addiction can be difficult enough. When your chemical dependence is rooted in trying to rid yourself of chronic pain, a relapse is more likely. Sadly, about 30 percent of those who successfully complete addiction treatment nonetheless go back to self-medicating if they have chronic pain that remains unresolved, according to Dr. Matt McCarty of Balcones Pain Consultants.

Simultaneously beating chronic pain and substance addiction is the dual goal at Driftwood Recovery, a first of its kind treatment facility 25 miles southwest of Austin that now is partnering with Balcones Pain Consultants in a unique way. Our own Dr. Rey Ximenes, a veteran, multi-disciplinary pain management expert, will dedicate part of his time to the Driftwood Recovery in the role of medical director. He will develop nutritional/herbal, acupuncture, and therapeutic exercise programs as well as manage patients’ detoxification plans for addictive substances and assist in pain management efforts.

Dr. Ximenes is well-versed in the full complement of medication management techniques as well as acupuncture, osteopathic manipulations, homeopathy, myofascial release, massage therapy, Tui Na, Qi Gong healing, nutritional counseling, herbal therapy, psychological counseling, exercise therapy/counseling (including Tai Chi, Qi Gong, aerobics, strength training, and Yoga), Reiki, meditation and many others. He maintains an informal network of friends, teachers, practitioners and healers to provide a truly multi-disciplinarian approach to healthcare.

Driftwood Recovery, located on 85 tree-studded acres, offers three effective, evidence-based therapeutic approaches in individual and group counseling settings: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

“Driftwood Recovery is really shaking up the recovery world,” Dr. McCarty noted. “Its founder is Dr. James Flowers, a nationally recognized psychologist and pain expert, and the center’s dual care approach – available right here in our Central Texas community – holds the promise of more complete and successful care for addicted patients.”

The center also will use DNA-authenticated urine drug testing to uncover any misuse and relapses among patients so they don’t veer away from full recovery. Testing will be done by Genotox Laboratories.