#59 – The Pain that Never Stops | Narcotic Pain Medication Withdrawal & Recovery | Transforming Chronic Pain into Purpose with Psychotherapist Don Hunter

#59 – The Pain that Never Stops | Narcotic Pain Medication Withdrawal & Recovery | Transforming Chronic Pain into Purpose with Psychotherapist Don Hunter

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Explore the intersection of chronic pain, mindfulness, and self-discovery in this thought-provoking podcast. Don Hunter, a psychotherapist with 40 years of experience, shares his personal story, emphasizing the importance of acceptance, meditation, and breaking free from the cycle of suffering and chronic pain.

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Don’s Bio & learn more on his website here

00:00 Intro

05:16 Risk taking behaviour for teens

09:33 High school

13:11 Helping people, Transition into working in mental health & Building a career

15:58 Moral reality & Being of service to others

22:12 How to process aggression and anger

26:57 Supporting Aggressive & Traumatized Teens in Psychosis

30:51 De-institutionalization

32:31 Humility and Learning about the Field of Psychiatry

35:50 Chronic pain arrives…

38:46 Getting hooked into narcotics to treat the pain…which made things worse…

43:11 Detox/withdrawal from the narcotics and going to the medical withdrawal unit

59:20 The Paradox of being open and sharing

1:01:00 How to live with Chronic Pain?

1:06:29 How to use Mindfulness to treat chronic pain

Don’s Bio

I have over forty-five years of experience in counselling children, youth and adults. I have worked in a variety of hospitals, community mental health clinics and in my private practice, providing individual, group, couples and family therapy.

I have been educated and trained in person-centred, cognitive, narrative, compassion-focused, emotion-focused therapies. In addition, I completed training in hypnosis, EMDR (eye-movement desensitization & reprocessing), NLP (neurolinguistic programming practitioner) and EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy). This broad range of therapies allows me to offer an integrated model of counselling that is most effective in helping my clients to develop skills that will allow them to have better control over troublesome emotions and intrusive, negative thoughts. I am also a Certified First Responder Counsellor and the need for supports in this area have never been greater. 

I am a son, a brother, a husband, a father and grandfather of four. I have learned – and continue to learn a great deal from all of these important relationships in my life.

I have lived with chronic pain since 1981 – I have also learned much from that relationship.

“change always comes – we can only choose how to respond”

I am a member in the following organizations: The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, The Ontario Association of Social Workers, The Canadian Hypnosis Society, The Society for Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis, The International Centre for Emotion-Focused Therapy, The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and Dying with Dignity Canada.


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