Chronic pain is a common medical problem shared by roughly 100 million Americans-close to one third of the U.S. population. In the past few decades there has been an alarming trend of using prescription opioids to treat chronic pain. But these opioids-the main prescribed analgesic-come with hidden costs, and this book reveals the ramifications of their use and provides a low or no-risk alternative. Armed with the right information, you can make informed decisions about your pain care. By appreciating the risks and limitations of prescription opioids, and by learning to reduce your own pain and suffering, you will gain control over your health and well-being. Each copy includes Beth Darnall's new binaural relaxation CD, Enhanced Pain Management.
"Dr. Darnall has written a superb book for anyone suffering from chronic pain who needs alternatives to opiate medication. She has provided detailed cognitive-behavioral strategies that the patient can utilize to gain control over chronic pain. She also fully depicts the risks of chronic opiate therapy. The knowledge and skills she acquired in over 15 years of treating chronic pain patients are the cornerstones of this book." --John Loeser, MD, professor, University of Washington, past president, American Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain
Beth Darnall, PhD, is a clinical associate professor in the division of pain medicine at Stanford University. She has more than 10 years' experience treating adults with chronic pain and lived through her own chronic pain experience. She lives in Palo Alto, California.