Freedom From Suffering with Dr. Steven Grinstead




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Sacramento, CA 95834

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Meet Stephen F. Grinstead


Grinstead_BioStephen F. Grinstead, Dr. AD, LMFT, ACRPS is author of the book Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope as well as author of several other pain management books including Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders: Using the Addiction-Free® Pain Management System, and is internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to chronic pain disorders.

He is the developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System and has been working with pain management, chemical addictive disorders, eating addiction, as well as coexisting mental and personality disorders for over 30 years. He is also a training Consultant for the Gorski-CENAPS® Corporation.

Dr. Grinstead has a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD). He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT), and an Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). He was on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies Program and also taught at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University Medical School and is currently on the faculty of University of Utah’s School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies and an Associate Professor at Alliant University teaching the Chemical Dependency in the Family course for their Marriage and Family Therapist Psy. D Students.

Since 1996 Dr. Grinstead has conducted Addiction-Free Pain Management®; Managing Pain Medication in Recovery; Managing Pain and Prescription Drug Abuse; as well as Relapse Prevention Counseling, Relapse Prevention for Eating Addiction and Denial Management Counseling, seminars and certification trainings for over twenty thousand healthcare professionals therapists and counselors at more than 270 training seminars in key cities across the United States and Canada. He has also developed and presented several other addiction-related trainings including: HIV/AIDS and Chemical Dependency; Domestic Violence and Chemical Dependency; and Recovery & Relapse Prevention for Eating Addiction.



ellenEllen Grinstead, CEC, CAPMS is a Certified Empowerment Coach (CEC) through the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching with an advanced Coaching Credential through the Academy for Coaching Excellence. She works with Professional Women in Recovery who want more balance, joy, intimacy, energy, financial abundance, focus and action in every area of their life. Coaching is one of the leading tools that successful people use to identify what is most important to them so they can align their thoughts, words and actions accordingly. Ellen supports her clients to step out of their own way so they can achieve what they really want through clarity on values, meaningful choices and consistent action.

She is also co-author of the book “Freedom From Suffering – A Journey of Hope” with Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead, Dr. AD, LMFT, ACRPS, as well as the editor for all of his Addiction-Free Pain Management® books and articles. She is competency certified in Addiction-Free Pain Management®, in addition to Gorski-CENAPS® Denial Management and Relapse Prevention.

She has worked for over 20 years in corporate environments and for the last 13 years has run a consulting, training and coaching business specializing in Chronic Pain Management and Co-existing Psychological Disorders, including Addiction with her husband Stephen, to whom she been married for 25 years. She has a Certification from UC Santa Cruz in Alcohol & Drug Studies, as well as Human Services Counseling. She is a life-long learner with over 35 years in recovery, as well as self-development workshops, seminars and trainings.


A Personal Message From Dr. Grinstead

I have experienced many losses, without which I never would have found the path I am on today – one that allows me to help others and make contributions to individuals and professionals for which I am very grateful for.

You may not know this, but I used to work in the construction field. I was very good at what I did yet longed for something more. I was training in the martial arts and hoped to open my own Dojo one day. An injury on the job was not the exit I planned for. I lost everything – my identity as a Master Electrician, a Karate Instructor, and the ability to make a living – thus began my journey navigating the worker compensation system.

As a result of that accident and personal recovery work, I completed my education in psychology and the addiction treatment field, specializing in working with people who suffer with chronic pain and co-existing psychological disorders. I do this work because I want people to know that an injury or on-going pain condition is not the end of their life. I live with pain every day – some days are worse than others, but I do not let pain prevent me from living my life to the fullest. I want people to know that they don’t have to suffer with their pain. They can thrive in spite of it!



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