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In Counseling: we work with chronic pain sufferers to help them incorporate structure, activities, socialization, purpose, and progress into every day of their lives. Whether you have lived with chronic pain for a few months or many years, these tasks may seem daunting. Working together, we will reduce your pain, re-frame your illness, and realize your potential.
You're Not Alone: an estimated 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. It hurts more people than cancer, diabetes, heart attack, and stroke combined.
Adverse Effects: chronic pain can greatly diminish an individual's quality of life. People living with chronic pain may also experience limited mobility, damaged relationships with friends and family, loss of employment, and lack of interest in activities they enjoy.
Vicious Cycle: depression, anxiety, and a self-isolating lifestyle are often by-products of chronic pain. Unfortunately, these behaviors greatly increase pain; this vicious cycle is hard to break.
We also help chronic pain suffers find a doctor to manage their medications . . .
Treating Depression and Anxiety: it significantly reduces chronic pain! Approximately three-quarters of all people with chronic pain experience depression and anxiety. Pain symptoms increase with anxiety and/or depression. Talk with a medical doctor if you are experiencing symptoms such as low mood, significant weight loss or gain, fatigue, trouble sleeping, lack of concentration, hopelessness, lack of interest in activities, agitation, worry, fear or panic.
Avoiding Extended Use of Addictive Pain Medications: specific types of strong pain medications such as opioids and benzodiazepines (like oxycodone and diazepam) are helpful in treating acute pain, such as the discomfort experienced right after an injury or surgery. However, if they are taken over a long period they can make pain worse! Because these medications block pain signals, over time nerves send stronger and stronger pain signals to the brain. It’s as though the nerves turn up the volume to help the brain hear the pain signals. Higher doses of medication are required to block the stronger pain signals. Pain receptors and processors get so distorted that eventually most stimuli are perceived as pain and medication no longer work. These medications also cloud thinking, depress mood, and encourage isolating behavior. We will help you find an experienced pain management doctor to transition from addictive, and often ineffective, medications to helpful, non-addictive medications.
Health problems are enormous stressors that can challenge belief systems, test relationships, and force someone to rethink their identity. We help individuals and families manage an illness effectively while creating a meaningful and rewarding life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT
We use CBT to help people achieve behavior change by . . .
- Recognizing automatic negative thoughts or undesirable behaviors
- Rejecting these habits
- Replacing with useful or target behavior
- Relaxing and letting go of worry or anxiety related to the change