Coping with Anxiety in Chronic Pain Management

We just posted my new article on Anxiety and Chronic Pain to our website for March 2009. You’ll see a link below where you can go to that article but first I wanted to share with you why looking at anxiety is important when someone is living with chronic pain.

I’ve been living with my own chronic pain for over 25 years and I still remember early in my pain management recovery how fearful and anxious I was. Since then I’ve worked with people who actually developed severe anxiety disorders that often sabotaged their pain management and for some led to serious substance use disorders in an effort to cope.

In my article I discuss that the Anxiety Disorder Association of America (ADAA), states that a comprehensive plan with a number of treatment components is necessary. A doctor will work with a patient to develop a treatment approach tailored to specific conditions and symptoms. Below are the titles of the treatment options recommended by the ADAA for people experiencing anxiety disorders and chronic pain.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Relaxation Techniques

Complementary and Alternative Methods

Life-Style Change



Sleep Hygiene

Please check out my entire article The Role of Anxiety in Chronic Pain Management that you can download for free on our Ariticles page.

To learn about two skill trainings coming up in Sacramento California designed to teach treatment strategies for people living with chronic pain and coexisting disorders including disorders including addiction please Click Here.


You can learn more about the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System at our website If you are living with chronic pain, especially if you’re in recovery or believe you may have a medication or other mental health problem and want to learn how to develop a plan for managing your pain and medication effectively, please go to our Publications page and check out my book the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide: Managing Pain and Medication in Recovery. To purchase this book please Click Here.

To listen to a radio interview I did conducted by Mary Woods for her program One Hour at a Time please Click Here to go to this interview.

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