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I Took the High Road

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October 17th 2014:Chronic Pain... Without Painkillers?

In this episode I am joined by Vincent Hack, a left leg amputee, and Mel Pohl, Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center to talk about chronic pain and living without pain medications. Between the years of 1999 and 2010, sales for prescription painkillers to hospitals, doctors and pharmacies increased fourfold. Why has this happened? The shows discussion will include Vincent's story of addiction, chronic pain and recovery, alternative methods to deal with pain, how opiates affect the brain, non-opiate pain medication and pain relieving techniques, and how the Las Vegas Recovery Center h

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Vinnie Hack

In 08 Mr. Hack was involved in a crane accident, suffering the loss of his left leg below the knee. Mr. Hack spent the next 4 years being prescribed high doses of Oxycontin and oxycodone. Doctors said he would be addicted to these medications for pain relief to walk for the rest of his life, when in fact, they were shortening his life. Mr. Hack gained 100 lbs, spent most of his time in a wheelchair, and was well on his way to death at a speed of 1000mg of day. Today, Vinnie takes no pharmaceutical drugs. The only medicine he use's is cannabis in very small amounts for pain and the PTSD symptoms he currently suffers. "In no way am I 100% pain free, but I can say its a better day
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Mel Pohl, MD

Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM is a Family Practitioner and the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Pohl is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the U of Nevada School of Medicine. He is co-author of Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain; Pain Recovery for Families: How to Find Balance When Someone Else’s Chronic Pain Becomes Your Problem Too and A Day Without Pain.
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