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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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) & Their Roles in Pain Recovery

The premise that thoughts have significant effects on feelings and behavior and that shifts in thinking lead to emotional and behavioral changes is the basis of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This knowledge has an extensive history, having been a topic of discussion among Stoic philosophers in ancient Greece and Rome (notably Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius).…

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Mindfulness and Meditation: Their Roles in the Chronic Pain Recovery Process

Mindfulness and Meditation: Their Roles in the Chronic Pain Recovery Process

Through mindfulness and its associated practice of meditation, people develop a greater capacity to face uncomfortable, painful thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations, learning simply to accept the pain, anxiety, anger, or sadness and let it pass, without obsessing on it or needing to change it. Research has demonstrated that the practice of mindfulness meditation leads…

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