The Pain Antidote: The Proven Program to Help You Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers--and Reclaim Your Life

The Pain Antidote: The Proven Program to Help You Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers--and Reclaim Your Life

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738218038
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,226,409
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mel Pohl, M.D., is an internationally respected physician who specializes in treating chronic pain and co-occurring addiction at Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC), one of only a few treatment centers in the country that focus on the physical, emotional, and spiritual problems of individuals living with chronic pain. Dr. Pohl is a Board Certified Family Practitioner and addiction medicine specialist with more than twenty-nine years of experience treating addiction and addiction-related conditions.
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Katherine Ketcham has been writing nonfiction books for over 30 years and has coauthored sixteen books, ten on the subject of addiction and recovery, including the bestselling Under the Influence and The Spirituality of Imperfection. She pioneered addiction treatment and recovery efforts at the Walla Walla Juvenile Justice Center and founded Trilogy Recovery Community, a grassroots nonprofit recovery community organization.
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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book vii

Part 1 Understanding 1

1 All Pain Is Real: Everything You Wish You Never Needed to Know About Chronic Pain 3

2 Brain Matters: How Chronic Pain Changes the Brain 25

3 Emotions Drive Pain: Painful Experiences Are Emotional Experiences 44

4 Am I Addicted?: Understanding the Difference Between Dependence and Addiction 73

Part 2 Overcoming 103

5 Discovering the Power of the Mind: Challenging Assumptions and Achieving Realistic Expectations 105

6 Restoring Physical Balance: Creating a Safe Pathway Between Extremes 135

7 Regaining Emotional Equilibrium: Balancing Your Evictions with Mindfulness 165

8 Reviving the Spirit: Finding Meaning and Purpose in Your Life 185

Part 3 Moving Forward 209

9 The Jump Start Plan: Keeping It Simple 211

10 Eating Right to Reduce Your Pain: Foods That Hurt and Foods That Heal 234

11 Final Words: Awareness, Courage, Diligence, Hope, Faith, Joy, Compassion, and Wonder 258

Appendix: Delicious and Nutritious, Pain-Reducing Recipes 265

Resources 293

Acknowledgments 297

Index 299

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