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For Chronic Pain, A Change In Habits Can Beat Opioids For Relief

Roughly a third of Americans live with chronic pain, and many of them become dependent on opioids prescribed to treat it. But there's a growing consensus among pain specialists that a low-tech approach focused on lifestyle changes can be more effective.

Video: Redefining Pain

Dr. Kevin Cuccaro, Pain Specialist & Consultant, defines pain and introduces three components of the pain triangle to encourage people to think about pain and pain treatment differently.

Video: ACT Beyond Pain Program

Program creator and facilitator, Lianne Dyche, provides an overview of ACT Beyond Pain. The program uses modern pain science and evidence-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to guide students in an understanding of pain, and in developing tools with which to change their respective pain experiences.

Video: ACT Beyond Pain Program participant (Angelic Brower)

ACT Beyond Pain Program participant, Angelic Brower, discusses the life-changing accident she experienced and how this program helped her get beyond the pain and get her life back.

Video: ACT Beyond Pain Program participant (Karen Schultz)

ACT Beyond Pain Program participant, Karen Schultz, shares her personal story of a tragic, life-changing event and how the tools from this program helped her move beyond the pain and transform her life.

Video: ACT Beyond Pain Program participant (Cindy Orr)

ACT Beyond Pain Program participant, Cindy Orr, shares her story of illness and how this program helped her train her mind to think differently and move through the pain.

How to talk to your doctor about pain.

Words matter when talking about pain with your doctor. Describing how pain affects your daily activities may be more effective than the standard pain scale.

Video: About chronic pain

Stanford's Sean Mackey, MD, PhD explains the definition of chronic pain. 

Chronic pain treatment options

100 million Americans have chronic pain. Very few use one of the best tools to treat it. Chronic pain often has no physical cause. Psychotherapy can reduce the suffering.

Video: It's time to rethink persistent pain

Professor Lorimer Moseley, from the University of South Australia, explains chronic pain and how you can change how you think about pain.