Stephen Colameco, M.D., M.Ed. is an addiction specialist who has has served as a medical director for addiction treatment programs, health system medical director, director of medical education, family medicine residency director and case management medical director for cases involving chronic pain. In 2006, he was recognized for his contributions to his specialty as one of 219 fellows by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Colameco lectures and has written journal articles about addiction and chronic pain. He strongly supports evidenced-based medical practice. As a believer in the value of mind-body medicine, he practices yoga and meditation.
The 12 steps presented in this book are intended to help individuals recover from the emotional and spiritual suffering that so often accompanies and exacerbates chronic pain. This book provides an introduction to the 12 steps, recovery stories, inspirational readings, and recovery exercises.
Chronic pain is a complex condition that often requires integrated, multi-modality treatment approaches. For those who do not have access to treatment in multidisciplinary, comprehensive pain centers, this book offers steps to an alternative treatment path that includes evidence-based medical treatments, physical modalities, counseling, self-care education and alternative approaches.