A holistic approach to confronting chronic pain Pain is one of the most important and urgent issues facing the world today. Millions are afflicted with pain, and it is the most frequent reason Americans seek medical attention annually. More than 50 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain. In fact, pain is a worldwide pandemic with no end in sight. In a conversational and easy-to-read format, A Day Without Pain reviews the physical and psychological problems associated with pain, as well as ways to assess it. It also examines methods to treat pain in a comprehensive holistic manner so that health and function can be restored without the use of prescription painkillers.
About the Authors:
Mel Pohl, M.D, FASAM is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is Vice President of Medical Affairs and the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC), the only private freestanding, medically managed inpatient detoxification and addiction treatment facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC's Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program. He is a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (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 recently was asked by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to consult regarding their initiative on prescription drug abuse. He is a nationally known public speaker and co-author of The Caregivers Journey: When You Love Someone with AIDS (Hazelden, 1990) and Staying Sane: When You Care for Someone with Chronic Illness (Health Communications, 1992). Dr. Pohl resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mike Donahue is a retired journalist with nearly 35 years of writing and editing experience. He earned a BA in journalism from Utah State University and taught journalism at Utah State and Oklahoma State University. His work has appeared in numerous national and international publications. He has received many awards for his work, including the William Blakeslee award from the American Heart Association for outstanding scientific reporting. Donahue is the author of fiction and nonfiction books about the west and its inhabitants. Donahue and his wife Linda own and operate Little Meadows horse farm in Overton, Nevada.