Just finished reading the Alan Gordon book, The Way Out. One thing that seems different that I don't remember him saying explicitly on the online program here is about pain avoidance (pages 89-91): "When your pain is high it is pretty much impossible to have a corrective experience. So we're not even going to attempt somatic tracking. That's ok - we'll have opportunities for corrective experiences later. In the meantime we want to minimize setbacks as much as possible. So when your pain is high, you want to engage in avoidance behaviors. If you have to stand up every 10 minutes, do it! If you have to use a pillow or a hot-water bottle, do it! When your pain is high do whatever you need to do to feel more comfortable". (he then goes on to say if your pain is high that is also a good time to send yourself messages of safety like "This is temporary. I'm going to be ok"). He also goes on to distinguish when your pain is "high" from when it is "low or moderate", in which case doing somatic tracking is a good method. My question is: nowhere in the entire book does he talk about pain meds (except for a kind of general postscript about the entire medical system's reliance on opioids and that that is a bad solution). I'm extrapolating from the above that he would say taking OTC meds or even prescription pain drugs for short term or spot usage is ok. Wondering if anyone has any insight into what he and his group think about it, or generally what others think about it. Obviously nobody wants to take pain meds more than absolutely necessary as it is a Band-Aid. But still, sometimes you need a Band-Aid.