I completed a very successful Experiential Day of Relapse Prevention Planning on Saturday January 23, 2016. I will be doing more workshops in the coming months and you can register right now at our Freedom From Suffering NOW Live Events Pageto ensure your space. Please check out my Video Blog below as I opened up our experiential day and then read the remainder of this post.
Today I want to discuss the importance of differentiating between physical symptoms and psychological/emotional pain symptoms for better chronic pain management outcomes. I know how important this is for me because it truly is the difference between ouch this hurts or this is killing me, it’s terrible awful or horrible. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post for more information.
I am so excited to offer you the starting place to help end people suffering with their chronic pain and addiction. Right now you have an opportunity to obtain my new dynamic three-part Webinar Webcast I’m calling Walking the Tightrope of Pain Management and Addiction™. To learn more please Check This Out Now! Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
Join me for an Experiential Day of Relapse Prevention Planningon Saturday January 23, 2016, In Sacramento California. This is a MUST ATTEND for you or any of your friends and or family members that have any kind of chemical or process addictive disorders. Our space is limited so register right now at our Freedom From Suffering NOW Live Events Pageto ensure your space. If you want more information please check out my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
Gratitude Versus Suffering—Gratitude always starts and ends every day for me as an integral component of my own quality of life. This morning on the first day of this New Year as I was going through my readings I saw several of them focused on gratitude and knew that was my focus for today’s Blog. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of my post.
I have been living with my own chronic pain for over three decades as I’m writing this. I can remember the early years when I suffered with my pain and believe me I never want to return to those bleak and horrible times when my pain controlled, and consumed, my entire life. In my book Freedom From Suffering: A Journey of Hopeyou can read about many instances of people overcoming adversity by developing and following seven strategic steps.
Because you believe that you’re going to hurt, you can activate your physiological pain system just by thinking about doing something that you believe will cause you to hurt. This is called anticipatory pain. I’ve been living with chronic pain for over three decades and I know for me if I’m not careful this anticipatory reaction can lead to increased perception of pain and eventually suffering. Please watch my Video Blog and then check out the remainder of this post.
I believe that to develop an effective pain management plan one of the most difficult and crucial, emotional issues that must be resolved is the grief and loss of your health and/or prior level of functioning. Obtaining support to work through a painful grieving process improves your chances of a successful treatment outcome with chronic pain. Please check out my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.
I’m talking about this topic today because I’ve seen too many people not getting the kind of help that they need and deserve. Sometimes it’s because they just don’t know they are having a problem that can be helped. At other times they are limited because of access to appropriate help in their area. And at other times it’s because they are not willing to be active participants in their own pain management process. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.
I’ve been living with my own chronic pain for over three decades and there were times in the first few years where I fell into a deep dark place of despair and hopelessness—the chronic pain trance. People living with chronic pain sometimes develop an automatic and unconscious way of coping with chronic pain that I call the chronic pain trance. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.
Today I want to discuss active and passive treatment approaches and what some people call nonpharmacological treatment methods or what others might refer to as Holistic interventions. The term nonpharmacological simply means non-medication or non-medical procedures. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
Since I live with chronic pain when I notice my stress levels go up the first thing I need to do instead of overreacting and amplifying my pain is to use a simple five step process—Pause, Relax, Reflect, Decide and Do. The “Decide” and “Do” part is listed below in the seven strategic stress management tools. You can learn more about this process by checking out my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
Today I want to focus on what I call the chronic pain spiral. I know how dangerous this can be and actually have experienced it myself in my journey to freedom from suffering from my chrnic pain. Please watch my Video Blog below then read the remainder of this post.
First of all, I want to emphasize that the information that follows can be used by anyone who wants to avoid prescription medication abuse or addiction problems, not just those already in recovery. Nonetheless, during my work with people since 1984, I have seen far too many relapse because of poor medication management plans. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.
Below I’ll give you some simple tips for managing pain flare ups. But first I want to explain what I mean by a pain flare up. If you’re living with chronic pain it’s crucial to learn to learn how to manage your pain flare ups—Sometimes called recurrent acute pain. It is important to determine what your base line of pain is, based on a 1-10 pain scale. For some of you this may be levels 2-3, for others 4-5 and others may even be at 5-6. This is the level of pain you experience pretty much every day. Recurrent episodes are acute pain flare ups that might go as high as a level 7-8 (or higher) on that pain scale. These acute episodes are usually brief—anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or so in most cases.
We often receive inquiries from our website and calls at our office asking how do I know if someone is experiencing difficulty with their pain medication. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
If you’re living with a chronic pain condition like I am; you may have noticed that sometimes you are so fearful about conducting basic tasks of daily living that you become immobilized. It can also manifest with overwhelming anxiety, so much so, that you trigger a phenomenon that actually amplifies your perception of pain. We call this Anticipatory Pain. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
Posted on February 26, 2015 by Dr. Steve Grinstead
If you are someone like me who lives with chronic pain you may be interested to see below where you will have an opportunity to gain more insights about your personal pain relationship. The main purpose is for you to gather daily written feedback regarding your internal perception (insights) of your pain condition and how you manage your pain. You will be looking for triggers (both physical and psychological/emotional or stress related) and patterns for your pain. This is your starting point for have an improved relationship with your pain. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of my post.
Last year I recorded a Video Blog titled Stop Calling It Drug Seeking Behavior that has generated a lot of interest and comments. This past weekend I had another inquiry and call for help from someone who was on receiving end of this horrible stigma and it led me to re-posting this Video Blog below and re-introducing this topic on the remainder of this Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog. Please view my original Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.
This past week I’ve experienced two migraine episodes and one was triggered by emotional stressors the other by my allergies. I decided it has been a long time since I’ve blogged about this topic and this time I wanted to include information that I hope you find useful. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.
I know this time of year can be especially challenging for people living with chronic pain as the Holidays are upon us. It’s even more difficult when a person is in recovery from any addictive disorder including prescription medication addiction. I just recorded a short Video Blog that you can see below on this topic and then read the remainder of this post to have a better Holiday Season.
In today’s busy world it’s very important for everyone to incorporate effective stress management tools into our daily living, but especially for those experiencing problems with health or other life problems. Watch my Video Blog below on the importance of becoming a “Stress Buster” and then read the remainder of this post.
Many people with chronic pain disorders become clinically depressed and a medication intervention may be necessary depending upon an assessment of their problem. The Addiction-Free Pain Management® System suggests that a full biopsychosocial evaluation be taken to determine the type and severity of the depression. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.
No one likes to see another human being suffering. It saddens us and can leave us feeling helpless, as well as placing immense burdens on the family and friends of those affected. The Addiction-Free Pain Management® Certification School is designed to help healthcare professionals work with individuals who have chronic pain, and potential or actual addictive disorders. Please watch my Video Blog below about my upcoming East and West Coast Trainings and then read the remainder of this post for more information.
Defining pain is sometimes not well understood. When living with chronic pain or supporting a friend or family member who has this condition it is important to understand the psychological and emotional components of chronic pain. Unfortunately, many people with chronic pain are never taught about the difference between the ascending physiological signal and the resultant psychological/emotional components of their chronic pain. Please check out my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.
Posted on September 29, 2014 by Dr. Steve Grinstead
Some people develop a “need” for instant gratification (I want it and I want it now). Unfortunately, some of the acute pain medication promises of instant relief lead people into this instant gratification trap to manage a chronic pain problem—they are only interested in the quick fix. Please watch my Video Blog Below and then read the remainder of this post.
Posted on September 26, 2014 by Dr. Steve Grinstead
was honored and excited to be invited to present at the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP) this weekend in Asheville North Carolina. My presentation is about managing pain and medication in recovery and it based upon my Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the reminder of the post to learn more.
Posted on September 22, 2014 by Dr. Steve Grinstead
If you’re living with chronic pain like I am it’s crucial to learn to learn how to manage your pain flare ups—sometimes called recurrent acute pain. In this Blog I want to give you five simple tips for managing these pain flare ups and achieving freedom from suffering. But first please watch my Video Blog below and then read the reminder of the post to learn more.
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