Addiction and Relapse

Contrary to popular misconception, relapse doesn’t begin with a return to using; using is the culmination of the relapse process, a process that usually starts long before the resumption of the actual use of substances or other manifestations of addiction. The seeds for a return to using are sown during a gradual return to the…

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Addiction – Sustaining Abstinence With or Without Chronic Pain

Recovery from addiction—with or without chronic pain as a co-occurring disorder—is the process of sustaining abstinence and learning and practicing the awareness and skills necessary to live a whole, healthy, and healed life. These two elements reinforce one another: sustained abstinence creates the opportunities to learn and practice the skills that facilitate growth and healing,…

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Emotional Training (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Chronic Pain

It is virtually impossible for loving kindness and/or compassion and anger to be felt simultaneously. Albert Ellis, the psychologist who developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), was a central figure in the emergence of cognitive behaviorally-oriented forms of psychotherapy, and is sometimes considered the godfather of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Ellis described the cognitive behavioral…

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The Differences Between Pain Management and Pain Recovery – An Alternative Approach to Chronic Pain Treatment

Physical pain conditions should always be assessed by medical professionals. That being said, there are substantial differences between pain management—the conventional medicalized approach to treating pain, and a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach known as Pain Recovery. Pain management is a paradigm driven by doctors and the healthcare system, the primary goal of which is to control, if…

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