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Pain Recovery for Families [Kindle Edition]: How to Find Balance When Someone Else's Chronic Pain Becomes Your Problem Tooby Mel Pohl
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Pain Recovery for the Familyprovides a solution-oriented approach for family members to maintain a healthy life balance while providing support to someone with chronic pain.
Chronic pain is a life-changing condition, and not just for the person in pain; chronic pain afflicts the whole family. Even a well-functioning family is likely to be thrown out of balance when one of its members has chronic pain. Family members commonly report experiencing feelings of guilt, helplessness, depression, anxiety, and even resentment. Yet their suffering is often overlooked. In many cases, the pain sufferer's problematic use of painkillers or other substances prescribed for pain management adds to the family's confusion and distress.
Includes self-assessments and writing exercises designed to address the many facets of chronic pain and addiction and their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual effects on the family.
About the Author
Mel Pohl, MD, FASAMis Vice President of Medical Affairs and Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). 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 was asked by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to consult about its initiative on prescription drug abuse. Dr Pohl is the author of A Day without Pain(Central Recovery Press, 2008) and was a key force in developing the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at LVRC.Frank J. Szabo, Jr., LADCis Clinical Director of LVRC and Senior Vice President of Clinical Services for Central Recovery Treatment, the parent organization of LVRC. Mr. Szabo has more than twenty years experience as a clinician, supervisor, and executive director within the addiction treatment and recovery fields and has worked for several state-funded treatment programs. He was instrumental in developing the Family Renewal Program and worked closely with Dr. Pohl to develop the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at LVRC.Daniel Shiode, Ph.D.is a licensed clinical psychologist, currently in full-time private practice, as well as a consulting psychologist for LVRC. Dr. Shiode received his education and training at UCLA and the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. He has been licensed in California since 1987 and in Nevada since 1992. His areas of specialty include clinical hypnosis, pain management, psychological aspects of medical conditions, and post-traumatic disorders.Rob Hunter, Ph.D.is a clinical psychologist licensed in the State of Nevada, founder of Nevada Psychological Associates and Problem Gambling Center of Las Vegas, and a consulting psychologist for LVRC. Dr. Hunter has received wide media and professional attention for his highly successful compulsive gambling program and is internationally recognized as an expert on problem gambling. In addition, he continues to work with drug and alcohol addiction and the management of chronic pain. He also has run a multidisciplinary general practice since 1982 and continues to see general practice patients.
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