There are many different ways of talking about that part of ourselves that both protect us and sabotages us—sometimes at the same time. Some people call this our psychological defense system. Others call it denial, while still others call it the inner saboteur. Have you ever heard the expression “the committee in your head?” For others it’s the angle or devil on your shoulder and for still others it’s the Zen concept of “monkey mind.”
The way you also can think about this protective dynamic is that it’s the combination of our thoughts, opinions, beliefs and conclusions that we have developed over our lifetime to either protect us our get our needs met. At times it has a very high positive payoff and we do obtain protection and get our needs met. Unfortunately, at other times it can become a blind spot that is actually hurting us more than helping us.
I’ve seen many people who were undergoing chronic pain management who developed coexisting disorders, including addiction, but they were unaware of this happening. Some of them developed depression, anxiety, or sleep disorders that they didn’t manage very well and experienced life damaging consequences. Others also started have problems with their pain medication management and developed a substance use disorder—prescription drug abuse or even addiction—and didn’t see it.
This denial or self-sabotage mechanism is only one of several roadblocks to effective chronic pain management. To learn more about overcoming these problems check out my article Overcoming Obstacles for Effective Chronic Pain Management that you can download for free on our Article page.
If you’d like to receive training for helping people with chronic pain and coexisting disorders, including addiction, I’m very excited to announce we are presenting my Addiction-Free Pain Management® Certification Training in Sacramento on August 5-7, 2010. To learn more about this 3 day 20 hour training and my other upcoming trainings you can check out our Calendar page.
You can learn more about the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System at our website www.addiction-free.com. If you or a loved one is undergoing chronic pain management, especially if you’re in recovery or believe you may have a medication or other mental health problem and you want to learn more effective chronic pain management tools, please go to our Publications page and check out my books; especially the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide: Managing Pain and Medication in Recovery. To purchase this book please Click Here.
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