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Pain Recovery for Families
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An interactive guide that explores the challenges families often face when living with someone who has chronic pain and problematic use of addictive substances. Includes easy-to-implement methods that can restore physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance. Pain Recovery for Families provides 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.
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Mel Pohl: Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM is a board-certified family practicioner. He is Vice President of Medical Affairs and the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LRVC), the only private freestanding, medically managed inpatient detoxification and addiction treatment facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicing (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 was asked by the office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to consult about its initiative on prescription drug abuse. Dr. Pohl was a key force in developing the Pain Recovery Program at LVRC. He is also the co-author of Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain and Pain Recovery for Families: How to Find Balance When Someone Else's Chronic Pain Becomes Your Problem Too. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frank J. Szabo, Jr.: Frank Szabo, Jr., LADC 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 a key force in developing the Family Renewal Program and Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at LVRC. Daniel Shiode: Daniel Shiode, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, currently in full-time private practice. 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.Robert Hunter: Rob Hunter, PhD is a clinical psychologist licensed in the State of Nevada and is founder of Nevada Psychological Associates and Problem Gambling Center of Las Vegas. 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 travels widely training other mental health professionals. Dr. Hunter served as a board member to the Nevada State Board of Psychological Examiners. He also has run a multidisciplinary general practice since 1982 and continues to see general practice patients.

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