When pain persists for a long period of time, people find that it affects more than their body or injury site. Pain can affect all aspects of a person’s life; including their emotions, relationships with others, how they think, and the things they do. Many times, a person with pain may not notice how pain has changed their mood, outlook, or how they relate to others. It is common for people with chronic pain to feel depressed, anxious, irritable, and isolated.
At Boston PainCare Center, we treat the whole person, which is why we offer behavioral therapy. The behavioral therapy staff evaluates the emotional and social impact of pain on an individual’s life. We offer treatment modalities to compliment medical treatments that are aimed at improving coping skills, reducing the impact pain has on everyday life, improving self-esteem, and improving family and social relationships.
Behavioral health services include:
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Also known as CBT, this is a kind of mental health therapy that helps individuals build skills for coping with the challenges of living with chronic pain.
Relaxation and stress management
Negative thoughts, stress, worry, and muscle tension contribute to pain. Relaxation and stress management techniques can help individuals gain more control over their body and thoughts as well as improve coping with pain. Examples of relaxation and stress management include deep breathing exercises, progressive relaxation, and guided imagery.
Couples and family therapy for pain issues
Spouses, partners, and family members are also affected by a loved one's chronic pain. Couples and family therapy can help improve communication, create better understanding of pain, and improve relationships.
Chronic pain support group
The support group occurs monthly and is facilitated by our behavioral health staff. The support group is an opportunity for individuals with chronic pain to share their experiences as well as work on problem solving and empowerment over pain.
Opioid addiction monitoring and intervention
Because good people can have problems with pain medication, the behavioral health staff closely monitors individuals for signs of medication misuse or addiction. We will work with individuals, family members, and primary care doctors with getting appropriate treatment if needed.
Resources and referrals for community support needs
We will help individuals get connected with a variety of community support organizations or programs including in-patient and out-patient mental health programs, home health support, job retraining programs and volunteer programs.
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