The Four Points of Balance
Pain recovery is grounded in balancing the individual: 1) physically, 2) mentally,3) emotionally, and 4) spiritually. This is a model we developed to create awareness of the aspects of one’s self, that when these aspects are unbalanced, lead to problems in life.The four points of balance provide a framework for you to use to identify the areas whereimbalance has caused unmanageability in your life and with your family. These pointsare, of course, interconnected.To find recovery, you must pay attention to every point and the effect each has onthe others. Additionally, your relationships and actions are a reflection of your internalstate of balance. Chronic pain is a manifestation of imbalance, typically physical, but, asyou will learn, also mental, emotional, and spiritual. Developing an awareness of the points and applying the necessary corrections to bring them back into balance is wherethe solutions to chronic pain and other life challenges lie. As a result of finding balance in pain recovery, your pain level will diminish.
Part one includes four chapters that explore chronic pain, addiction, and painrecovery to provide you with a foundation of knowledge and allow you to assess your particular situation. Chapter one explains the causes, characteristics, and effects of chronic pain. In chapter two we delve into the complex and sensitive subject of addiction.Chapter three asks you to examine your use of pain medication and other substances andconsider the possibility that you have addiction. Chapter four explains pain recovery andthe four points of balance in detail.