Dr. Mel Pohl Slides

Dr. Mel Pohl, Medical Director, speaks at various chronic pain and addiction recovery industry conferences and events each year. On this page, you can find slides from his presentations on addiction and chronic pain available for download in PDF and PPT formats.

Meditative Practice to Treat Chronic Pain US JL 15 – PDF
Meditative Practice to Treat Chronic Pain US JL 15 – PPT

Austin PRN 2015 – PDF
Austin PRN 2015 – PPT

Charleston – PDF
Charleston – PPT

Drug Death Statistics Infographic – Local Coroner’s Report

Addiction to drugs or to alcohol can ravage your relationships, destroy your finances,and wreck your confidence—but, perhaps most brutally of all, it can devastate your health. In fact, alcohol and drug death statistics show that addiction is truly lethal for a large percentage of Nevada residents.

The latest Clark County Coroner’s Report comes with some bleak and tragic findings with regard to drug and alcohol-related fatalities. In 2013, Clark County saw just over 2,500 deaths that required forensic examination—and of those, 894 were ruled to be caused by addiction and by substance use.

Of these deaths, an overwhelming majority were male. About 5 percent were homeless,and another 5 percent were United States veterans. Close to half were adults over age 40.

Also worth noting: These deaths encompass suicide, but the vast majority were accidental.

These alcohol and drug death statistics confirm that drug overdose deaths, alcohol overdose deaths, and other addiction-related fatalities continue to plague Las Vegas and the surrounding areas—which means there are still many suffering with addiction. The time to seek recovery is now; hope and healing are possible, and the life you save may be your own.


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Welcome to the Nevada State Health Division

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Pain Recovery Library

Historically, Las Vegas Recovery Center’s inpatient Addiction Treatment and Pain Treatment programs’ philosophies, principles, practices and other elements of treatment and recovery are formed and transcend throughout each of our other addiction and chronic pain related CRT programs.

Central Recovery Press has worked with Las Vegas Recovery Center to examine its programs thoroughly, and create a series of pain recovery related books that encapsulate many of the relative aspects of its programs that have been implemented into other treatment programs across the United States. These books are listed below and are available online along with a wide variety of addiction and other behavioral health related books published by Central Recovery Press.

To access Central Recovery Press’ pain recovery books, please see the Pain Recovery Library below and click on one of the select titles or book covers to read more about that book. To access all of Central Recovery Press’ books, click here.

Pain Recovery for Families – How to Find Balance When Someone Else’s Chronic Pain Becomes Your Problem Too

Vital information and guidance for anyone struggling with the realities of a loved one’s chronic pain. Even a well-functioning family is likely to be thrown out of balance when one of its members…

Pain Recovery – How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain

Mel Pohl, MD,FASAM; Frank Szabo, JR, LADC; Daniel Shiode, PHD; and Robert Hunter, PHD Not just a treatment for chronic pain but a lifestyle that encompasses the mind, body, emotions, and spirit…

My Pain Recovery Journal

From the Editors of Central Recovery Press: A therapeutic tool to enhance pain recovery. Based on the successful program detailed in the book Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from…

A Day Without Pain – Revised – By Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM

Pain and its management (or mismanagement) is one of the most important and urgent issues facing society today. Millions are afflicted with pain and it is the most frequent reason Americans seek medical attention each year. According to research published in Pain Physician Journal (2006), 90 percent of people in the US receiving treatment for pain management are prescribed opiate medication. Of that number, 18 to 41 percent had opiate use/addiction problems. We also know that at least eighty billion dollars is spent for pain relief in the US each year a significant amount of that is for prescription medications. What is harder to quantify is the emotional cost to family systems when one or more members suffer with a chronic pain condition.More than 50 million people in the US suffer from long-lasting pain that persists for months or years. Twenty-two percent of primary care patients report being in pain; 83 million adults reveal that pain affects their participation in an activity; 4.5 million patients die in pain each year; and 26 percent of nursing home residents experience daily pain. Pain is a worldwide pandemic with no end in sight. That’s why this book was written. A Day without Pain reviews the physical and psychological problems associated with pain, as well as ways to assess and treat pain. It examines methods for treating pain in a comprehensive, holistic manner, without the use of narcotic/opiate/pain killers, so that optimal health and function can be restored.