Don’t live in pain

Pain is a perception – nothing more, nothing less. Understanding pain allows you to gain control of your care. Freedom from pain is not possible – with the right tools it is probable.

Taking Back Control: The 5 Stages

Back in Control: A Spine Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain is a book that shares the strategies learned by the author during his own journey out of chronic pain. This website is the action plan, which evolved from many patients’ successes. It will guide you along a transformative path from suffering to empowerment and vitality.


Stage 1

Address anxiety.

Pain increases anxiety. By using Mind Body principles alternate neurological pathways are created to diminish it.


Stage 2

Deal with anger.

Being trapped by pain is frustrating. You must break loose of your anger to move forward.


Stage 3

Reactive to creative.

You have been in a survival mode. Free yourself from your painful past and create a full life.


Stage 4

Take back your life.

Chronic pain isolates you. Re-establish a nurturing home and valuable friendships.


Stage 5

Live a rich, full life.

Connect with the beauty of life – awakened, recharged, and full of hope.
Your pain will be a distant memory.

Getting Started


  1. Learn about the DOCC project
  2. Understanding Pain: What to Do About it in Five Minutes
  3. Charlie’s Story—After seeing 16 physicians in three months without success, he has been pain free for years.
  4. Begin writing – Writing creates new pathways and is the foundation of the project.

Getting Started provides an overview of the DOCC project. (Defined Organized Comprehensive Care)

  • There are five stages; each with five steps.
  • Take your time and read all of the links.
  • Each stage is intended to be an 8 to 10 week experience.
  • Many people experience significant changes within four to six weeks

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