In my early pain management recovery I often set myself up for setbacks. I have the personality type of “more is better” and always pushed the envelope. It took me a while to see how this was self-defeating behavior. The first thing that often happened after my setback was a feeling of hopelessness and frustration—“I’m always going to be this way.” This second self-defeating mindset is one of the 12 common denial patterns—Strategic Hopelessness; AKA Diagnosing Myself as Beyond Hope.
For over 26 years I’ve worked with patients living with chronic pain who also developed coexisting psychological disorders, including addiction, as a result of living with debilitating chronic pain. One of the tools that I was able to adapt was Terence T. Gorski’s Denial Management Counseling for Addictive Disorders. I modified his denial management system to work with other coexisting disorders including chronic pain.
My first publication in this area is the Denial Management Counseling for Effective Pain Management Workbook. This workbook was designed for people who have experienced significant problems related to living with chronic pain, but who honestly don’t believe—or don’t want to believe—that their self-defeating decisions and behaviors are undermining what could be an effective pain management plan. This process is an important component of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System.
To learn more about chronic pain management and denial please check out my article From Denial to Effective Pain Management that you can download for free on our Article 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 addiction and prescription drug abuse please Click Here.
You can learn more about the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System at our website www.addiction-free.com. If you are working with people in chronic pain or are living with chronic pain and have any resistance or denial and want to learn how to develop a plan for helping to identify and manage denial please go to our Publications page and check out my book the Denial Management Counseling for Effective Pain Management Workbook. 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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