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Pain Recovery Excerpt

Pain Recovery Excerpt

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Pain Recovery is not just a treatment for chronic pain, but a lifestyle that encompasses attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors and offers a healthy, substance-free way to manage chronic pain and minimize suffering. The four authors offer proven techniques to reduce pain and provide lessons and exercises based on a successful, opioid-free pain rehabilitation program that has helped change the lives of many chronic pain sufferers.
Pain Recovery is not just a treatment for chronic pain, but a lifestyle that encompasses attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors and offers a healthy, substance-free way to manage chronic pain and minimize suffering. The four authors offer proven techniques to reduce pain and provide lessons and exercises based on a successful, opioid-free pain rehabilitation program that has helped change the lives of many chronic pain sufferers.

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Introduction
If you suffer from chronic pain and pain medications are not working for you, this book was created to help you. At a time when the medical field is moving further towardmanagement of pain with prescription drugs and procedures, we have developed a toolfor those with problematic use of medication or other substances.
 Pain Recovery
offers a way to live comfortably, with some sense of ease, and freefrom habit-forming substances. You will learn how to develop healthy thinking aboutyour pain, minimize suffering by addressing the emotional aspects of chronic pain, ease physical discomfort by applying adjunctive therapies and techniques, and restore well- being by developing your spirituality. In other words, you will learn how to find balancein your life, including your experience of pain.Some of you may not identify with recovery because it’s a term that istraditionally associated with addiction. In this book we will define recovery as the process of moving from imbalance to balance. If you do not feel you are an addict, don’tlet that interfere with the process. This method works just as well for those who areaddicted to medication as for those who don’t identify as addicts but who are not getting positive results from their pain-management program.Pain recovery will require that you try new techniques and be open to thinkingdifferently about your pain. So in order to get the most benefit out of this book, weencourage you to let go of any preconceived notions, put your trust in the process, and proceed with an open mind.
 
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.
Overview
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.
 
Part two includes four chapters—one devoted to each of the points—that will helpyou discover the areas where imbalance is contributing to your negative experience of  pain and teach you ways to rebalance them, thus decreasing pain and reducing suffering.Part three focuses on your recovery. Once you have identified where you are outof balance, you will be ready to take action and implement changes. Chapter nine willaddress your relationships and emphasize the importance of giving and receiving supportfor recovery to be successful. Chapter ten deals with actions and gives you an opportunityto create your own action plan for each of the four points to continually bring them back into balance. Lastly, a focused, long-term care plan is provided to help you proactivelystay in the pain recovery process.To reinforce these concepts, throughout the book we have included the personalstories of individuals who have been and continue to be successful in pain recovery. Theyhave shared, in their own words, their experiences with chronic pain, addiction, andrecovery in hopes of helping others who are struggling.
How to Use This Book 
This book is designed for you to write in, highlight, take notes on, and refer back to. It may be helpful for you to share portions of your work with a counselor, therapist,family member, close friend, sponsor, and/or other professional healthcare provider.Although each chapter is written to stand on its own, we suggest you start at the beginning and do not skip any chapters. Pace yourself and take breaks when you need to.If you find yourself stuck or having difficulty with an exercise, do not stop working;

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