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Seize the Moment Podcast

Oct 31, 2021

On episode 107, Leon speaks with Dr. Rachel Zoffness about the medical history of pain management; how the opioid crises is fueled by a purely biological understanding of pain; the emotional, social, and biological components of pain; the neurological anatomy of pain; the unhealthy thoughts and actions associated with pain and how changing them helps us modulate it; why therapists often fear treating chronic pain; the negative correlation of opioid use, wherein opioids cause us to become more sensitized to pain as we become desensitized to them; why thoughts and emotions are physical and should be discussed in relation to our bodies; and the critical components of CBT for chronic pain.

Dr. Rachel Zoffness is a Health and Pain Psychologist, international speaker, author, and thought-leader in pain medicine. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, lecturer at Stanford, pain education faculty at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and a 2021 Mayday Fellow. Dr. Zoffness was trained at Brown, Columbia, NYU, UCSD, and Mt. Sinai Hospital.

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