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Acadia Hospital Offering New Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Pain Treatment Program

Posted: 08/29/2012

Bangor, ME – Acadia Hospital is now offering an eight-session Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Pain Treatment Program for adults who experience chronic pain. CBT has been demonstrated to help individuals with chronic pain to increase their level of functioning, reduce pain interference, depressive and anxiety symptoms, and reliance on prescribed opioid analgesic pain medications. What’s more, outcome studies have shown that the benefits of CBT pain treatment can last well beyond the treatment program itself.
Chronic pain affects millions of Americans. The experience of frequent pain is scary and frustrating. In addition, people who suffer from pain often have heightened anxieties about their health, periods of depressed moods and find themselves frustrated because day to day activities can seem harder and harder to accomplish.
The CBT Program offers a highly personalized service to individuals referred by their primary care providers. Sessions focus on developing participant self-awareness and self-efficacy relative to their pain while also teaching evidence-based strategies to reduce health-related anxieties and depressive symptoms. Participants will learn strategies of behavioral pacing, self-monitoring and relaxation training to reinforce and extend their participation in healthy activities. For more information, please contact Brent Scobie at 973-6450.

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