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This country is facing an epidemic of chronic pain, dependence on painkillers, and in many cases addiction to prescription medication. More than 50 million people in the US suffer from long-lasting pain that persists for years. Government agencies report 22 percent of primary care patients report being in pain. 4.5 million patients die in pain each year, and pain is the most frequent reason Americans seek medical attention annually.
Mel Pohl, M.D, FASAM is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is Vice President of Medical Affairs and the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC), the only private freestanding, medically managed inpatient detoxification and addiction treatment facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC's Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program. He is a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and co-chaired ASAM's Third, Fourth and Fifth National Forums on AIDS and Chemical Dependency. He is the former chairman of ASAM's AIDS Committee and a member of the Symposium Planning Committee. Dr. Pohl is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Nevada School of Medicine. Recently, Dr. Pohl recently was asked by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to consult regarding their initiative on prescription drug abuse. He is a nationally known public speaker and co-author of The Caregivers Journey: When You Love Someone with AIDS (Hazelden, 1990) and Staying Sane: When You Care for Someone with Chronic Illness (Health Communications, 1992).
Table of Contents
|What Is Pain?||p. 1|
|Chronic Pain Never Goes Away||p. 11|
|No Brain, No Pain...||p. 27|
|Falling Down the Rabbit Hole Opioids and chronic pain||p. 39|
|"I Just Don't Feel Good..." Emotions and suffering||p. 73|
|Cognitive Behavioral Therapy||p. 85|
|Families Hurt Too...||p. 93|
|Treatment Modalities||p. 105|
|Letting Go Finding harmony with your mind, body, and spirit||p. 139|
|Time Takes Time||p. 145|
|Las Vegas Recovery Center Chronic Pain Study and Comments||p. 151|
|References for Las Vegas Recovery Center Chronic Pain Study||p. 167|
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