The Way Out

Alan Gordon and Alon Ziv’s book, The Way Out, is now available. The Way Out introduces a new approach to healing, shown in a large scientific study to be the most effective treatment for overcoming chronic pain.


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About the Book

Chronic pain is an epidemic. Fifty million Americans struggle with back pain, neck pain, headaches, or some other pain that resists all treatment.

Desperate pain sufferers are told again and again that there is no cure for chronic pain. Alan Gordon, a psychotherapist and the founder of the Pain Psychology Center in Los Angeles, was in grad school when he started experiencing chronic pain and it completely derailed his life. He saw multiple doctors and received many diagnoses, but none of the medical treatments helped. Frustrated with conventional pain management, he developed Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), a mind-body protocol that eliminated his own chronic pain and has transformed the lives of thousands of his patients.

PRT is rooted in neuroscience, which has shown that while chronic pain feels like it’s coming from the body, in most cases it’s generated by misfiring pain circuits in the brain. PRT is a system of psychological techniques that rewires the brain to break out of the cycle of chronic pain.

The University of Colorado Boulder recently put PRT to the test in a randomized controlled study. They invited Alan Gordon and his team to treat a group of chronic back pain sufferers with PRT. The results were remarkable. These patients had been suffering for an average of 11 years, but after four weeks of PRT, the majority of them were pain-free or nearly pain-free. Even more impressive, these dramatic changes held up over time.

The Way Out brings PRT to readers. It combines accessible science with a concrete, step-by-step plan to teach sufferers how to heal their own chronic pain.


Praise for The Way Out

The Way Out is a groundbreaking approach to the treatment of chronic pain that gives hope to those who were thought to be incurable. All chronic pain patients owe it to themselves to read this book.”
-Andrew Weil, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Spontaneous Healing

“At long last a successful treatment for chronic, disabling pain.”
-Aaron Beck, MD, founder of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), emeritus professor of psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

“With straightforward and practical wisdom, The Way Out presents a sophisticated yet simple approach to understanding and healing chronic pain—an approach grounded in advanced science and proven clinical experience.”
-Gabor Maté, MD, internationally bestselling author of When The Body Says No

“In The Way Out, Alan Gordon and Alon Ziv have written a marvelously useful book. Frankly, I wish I had written this book! The Way Out provides a scientifically valid approach for treating (and often curing) chronic pain. In addition to being a useful book, it is an easy and enjoyable read. Alan and Alon effectively use patient examples to explain and illustrate the techniques. Every person who suffers with chronic pain will find comfort and healing in the pages of The Way Out. Every clinician who treats chronic pain should read The Way Out, they will become a wiser and better guide for their patients.“
-Steven Richeimer, MD, Chief of Pain Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine

The Way Out highlights the role of neuroplasticity in chronic pain and explores how to tackle it. This is a great positive step forward in chronic pain treatment.”
-Clifford Woolf, MD, Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

“Quite possibly the most important pain book ever written. The Way Out will be the answer for millions who live in constant agony. There is healing, without drugs or dangerous surgeries, and The Way Out is the book to help you finally find healing. As a former chronic pain sufferer I know first hand how every area of your life will improve when you are finally out of constant pain. Read this book, you deserve it.”
– Annie Grace, bestselling author of This Naked Mind

“A compelling journey and fascinating read. In The Way Out, Gordon and Ziv bring together serendipity and science, demonstrating the power of the mind, and how we all can harness our own brains for healing.”
-Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, New York Times bestselling Author of Unwinding Anxiety and The Craving Mind

“If you suffer from chronic pain (or know someone who does), The Way Out is an optimistic, science-based book about managing the mind-body connection to healing. Alan Gordon writes with compassion, empathy, and a deep understanding of living with pain. Finding relief from his own suffering prompted him to find freedom for others.”
-Sharon Salzberg, New York Times bestselling author of Lovingkindness and Real Change

In our study which is currently in pre-print status and under peer review, 98% of our test subjects improved using PRT, however, those results are not guaranteed. Please make sure to consult with a trained physician if you are experiencing ongoing pain.