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Our mission is simple – Freedom From Suffering NOW. We are dedicated to help ease and even eliminate the suffering that people living with chronic pain, mental health problems or addiction are experiencing. On this page is Dr. Grinstead’s Professional Blog Posts—in a combination or text and video—that focus on current topics in the news regarding pain management, mental health and/or addiction. Dr. Grinstead will also be posting about some of his treatment and training experiences and sharing some exciting ways healthcare providers or individuals can shift from just surviving to Thriving—NOW!


Stop Suffering Now With Our Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Program

January 6, 2017 by Dr. Steve Grinstead

It’s a new year and I hope everyone is off to a colossal start. In my new life I’m Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of a program I’ve been dreaming of and working hard to manifest; A Healing Place The Estates. It’s a program designed for a very underserved and misunderstood population—people suffering with chronic pain and other coexisting problems. Please watch my video from one of our Healing Place Group Rooms and then get into action if you or someone you care about is suffering with chronic pain.

At A Healing Place – The Estates our "Triple Diagnosis” chronic pain treatment program is dedicated to ending suffering – one person at a time. Check out our programs HERE.

We are confident that our Triple Diagnosis Program will help people develop a foundation of recovery for their health and long-term effective chronic pain management. Our next Full Day Treatment Program starts January 9, 2017, and is supported with a well-appointed Transitional Living Home. CALL TODAY (844) 388-4100 for a confidential assessment. Space is limited.

Research shows there are more people suffering from chronic pain than are living with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined! The literature also shows that in the past four years, addiction to opiate pain medication has increased over 1,000 percent in the United States!

Check out Our Healing Place Website  or email us at info@ahealingplacetheestates.com. On Our Contact Us Page please let us know how we can best support your needs OR even better call and speak with our compassionate intake staff at (844) 388-4100.

Onward & Upward,

Steve G.

Onward And Upward For Sure In 2017 At A Healing Place The Estates Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Management Program

January 2, 2017 by Dr. Steve Grinstead

In my latest Video I’m talking the amazing transition from Sacramento to Camarillo and an exciting year with this new Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Management Program in Camarillo California – A Healing Place The Estates. Everyone knows we are experiencing a catastrophic epidemic of chronic pain and opioid addiction in the United States. A Healing Place The Estates Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Program is committed to making a difference. Please watch my video below then learn more about the programs at our A Healing Place The Estates Programs Page on our website.

Because it’s been a passion to help people suffering with chronic pain, last year my partner Ellen and I connected with two individuals who shared our vision to open a, first of its kind, “Triple Diagnosis” Treatment Center– A Healing Place The Estates In Camarillo California to combat chronic pain and its coexisting disorders. Our Co-Founders, Dr. Joseph A. Cabaret, Chief Medical Officer, is triple-board certified in Pain, Addiction and Anesthesiology, and John C. Stenzel, Chief Executive Officer, is an industry forerunner with nearly 40 years in senior management and entrepreneurship roles for global healthcare-related organizations.

Next Cohort Starts January 9, 2017 – Only a Few Slots Remain

Our vision is extremely important to us because it provides us an opportunity to truly deliver our passion, our vision, our drive and our overriding purpose in life. To that end we are starting our next Intensive Day Treatment Cohort January 9, 2017. It is crucial to act right away as we do have limited capacity.

Contact Us Today!

So if you or someone you love is suffering with chronic pain and coexisting problems, please call A Healing Place on the toll free number 844-381-4100 or email info@ahealingplacetheestates.com.

You can also go to A Healing Place Website Contact Us Page because we really want to talk with you.

Onward & Upward,

Steve G.

A Healing Place The Estates – A Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Program

December 30, 2016 by Dr. Steve Grinstead

In my latest Video I’m talking with Dale Ryder about what an exciting year we’ve had with our new Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Management Program in Camarillo California. Please watch my video below then learn more about the programs at our website A Healing Place The Estates Programs.

Everyone knows we are experiencing a double epidemic of chronic pain and opioid addiction in the United States. The Healing Place Team is committed to making a difference.

Because A Healing Place offers a closed Triple Diagnosis program—people enter, go through and transition as a group or cohort—with Dale Ryder’s assistance we were able to design a developmental curriculum with each session building to the next; you can’t do that in an open ended program. Our patients were exposed to not only cognitive behavioral restructuring interventions but also a multitude of skill building and experiential modalities.

This first cohort group bonded quickly and became each other’s “Accountability Partners.” At each evenings session the patients developed a call to action, or homework, assignment and asked each other to help hold them accountable to completing it. All of the women in the cohort had suffered from severe social isolation so it was amazing when they started self-scheduling social events on weekends or between sessions. They became a beautiful bonded band of sisters.

If you or someone you love is suffering with chronic pain and coexisting problems, please call A Healing Place on the toll free number 844-381-4100 or email info@ahealingplacetheestates.com.

You can also go to the Healing Place Website Contact Us Page because we really want to talk with you.

 

Onward & Upward,

Steve G.

Happy Holidays From A Healing Place The Estates And Freedom From Suffering

December 21, 2016 by Dr. Steve Grinstead

A lot of changes have happened in the past six months.  In June we closed our Consulting and Training Business in Sacramento and moved to Camarillo California to open a Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Management Program we named A Healing Place - The Estates.  Please watch my Holiday Video below where I talk about our first successful six week evening treatment program.

The Traditional Biological Approach To Chronic Pain Management Is NOT Working! That is why I moved our practice and our home to Camarillo.

Chronic pain impacts more than just the people suffering with their pain. It also impacts family, friends, workplace, communities and the entire healthcare system. We need a paradigm shift because what we are currently doing is NOT working really well especially for those suffering with coexisting problems in addition to the chronic pain.

So are you or someone you love struggling with the following chronic pain related symptoms who are not responding to their traditional chronic pain management, and could benefit from a higher level of care focused to meet them where they are at?

Changes in mood including hopelessness, stress, irritability, anxiety, and depression

Isolation tendencies

Obsessive thoughts or behaviors

Unresolved trauma / PTSD

Medication management issues

Concentration / Memory problems

Weakened immune system

Inadequate pain relief

Unmanageable pain sensations

Sleeplessness

A Healing Place – The Estates, specializes in chronic pain treatment with coexisting conditions, including psychological, trauma-related and addictive problems. We offer Residential, Day Treatment with Transitional Living, and Intensive Outpatient programs. Let’s work together to address the needs of this under-served population. Please call and speak with a member of our staff today at (805) 914-0040.

To learn more about who we are and what we do please check out our website A Healing Place - The Estates.

Onward & Upward,

Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead, Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of A Healing Place – The Estates.

Wishing You A Happy Gratitude Week – AKA Thanksgiving Week

November 23, 2016 by Dr. Steve Grinstead

Today being Gratitude Week (aka Thanksgiving Week) I wanted to cover my most favorite topic—gratitude. This year my big gratitude is being able to start a new Functional Restoration Chronic Pain Management Program - A Healing Place - The Estates in Camarillo California. Many years ago I learned the value of showing up as a contribution instead of a complaint. Please watch my video below and then read the remainder of this post.

When life gets rough many of us start complaining; at least I know I do. One day I was going on and on to a good friend of mine who, after listening for a while, asked me if I would be willing to make a list of all the things in my life I was grateful for instead of just complaining.

This was especially true for my chronic pain conditions. I was very surprised as I went through this exercise and had about 50 things I was grateful for. I thought it was a great list. My friend didn’t. He asked me to triple that list. At first I couldn’t understand how I could find that many things to be grateful for, but with his support and coaching I finally did it.

I was amazed that the problems I had been complaining about no longer seemed so bad. He even gave me a bumper sticker that said “Attitude of Gratitude.” That really helped me make peace with my pain and even at times be grateful for my pain—and no I’m not a masochist.

Because it’s Gratitude Week, I want to share with you my Attitude of Gratitude mission. For the past 36 years the word gratitude has taken on a different meaning than it had for me up until that point. In my healing recovery process I learned that an attitude of gratitude could shift me from anger, fear, guilt, shame, loneliness, hopelessness or any other uncomfortable emotional state into a state of hope and excitement.

Since 1981 I have seen November as Gratitude Month and the week of Thanksgiving as Gratitude Week and Thanksgiving Day as GRATITUDE DAY. So, during this Gratitude Week I once again sat down and made a long list of everything I’m grateful for in my life. This took quite a while as I do have so much to be grateful for.

What I am most grateful for today is my recovery of almost 36 years and my relationship with Ellen, my wife and partner of over 28 years. I make it a point to tell her everyday how grateful I am for her. Many times she laughingly asks: why am I grateful? When she asked me that question it’s easy to put together my "short list" of 25 reasons I am grateful for. I say short list because there are not enough words to express how grateful I am that Ellen is in my life.

I want to share a story that my Karate Sensei (Teacher) Richard Kim would tell us when we seemed upset or down. He said that when something bad happens say "Thank you adversity for yet another test. If you break a toe, be grateful it wasn’t your foot. If you break your foot, be grateful that it wasn’t your leg. If you break your leg, be grateful you didn’t die. And if you die, be grateful that you don’t have to finish the rest of this grueling class with me."

So today when life happens I need to remember to say thank you for yet another test and learn from it. One of the most challenging life events for me this past decade was a bit over eight years ago (September 29, 2007) when my father died. As I came out of the shock/denial of his death I had a hard time finding anything to be grateful for around that. Fortunately, I have many recovery support people in my life and I started to get into a lot of gratitude for the time I had with my father; especially the last seven years of his life when we became so much closer.

It was right after Christmas and Ellen was in Chicago with her family and I was really grieving dad’s death. I then decided to go through all my gratitude lists for that year and before I was half way through the year my attitude shifted. Many of my early gratitude list items were about different things I was grateful for in my relationship with Dad.

So again this year I’m wishing you all a Happy Gratitude Day (AKA Thanksgiving Day) and hope you can find many things to be grateful for today. No matter what you are experiencing; work hard to acknowledge what you are grateful for. An attitude of gratitude can turn a dismal day into the best day of your life if you let it.

It is impossible to be in gratitude and suffer at the same time — the choice is yours!

The Importance Of Integrated Chronic Pain Management

October 11, 2016 by Dr. Steve Grinstead

It does take a team to heal a chronic pain patient and the patient needs to be the captain of the team. At A Healing Place – The Estates we are offering this team approach. I am the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer and with me is our Clinical Director of Specialty Services Dale Ryder.  Please watch our video below and then read the remainder of this post.

A Healing Place – The Estates utilizes a collaborative multidisciplinary treatment team to help our patients to experience very positive treatment outcomes. Our treatment team at A Healing Place is committed to helping fill a big gap for people suffering with chronic pain and coexisting problems that extends far past their primary treatment.

We help our patients to transcend their challenges with chronic pain so they can experience extraordinary health, deepen intimate relationships and do what they love with commitment, discipline and focus.

Dale Ryder has decades of experience working with family systems and presenting experiential Spiritual Workshop Retreats as well as publishing her own book Your Souls Invitation. Together we have created the clinical and experiential six-week evening outpatient program and are literally writing the book on Effective Chronic Pain Management.

FORMULA FOR SUCCESS

A Healing Place – The Estates is bringing hope, health and healing to people with chronic pain and coexisting conditions, including psychological, trauma-related and addictive problems. Here are the top five reasons why our Evening Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is transforming lives.

  • Put to the Test: The renowned Addiction-Free Pain Management ® System developed by Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead – our Co-founder and Chief Clinical Officer – is the foundation of our proven treatment program.
  • We Go Deep: We treat patients on every level – biological, psychological, social and spiritual – using time-tested traditional and holistic modalities.
  • Team Spirit: Patients move through the program as unified groups to promote teamwork and to eliminate the need to repeat content for group newcomers.
  • Next Steps: Full continuum of care allows patients to step up or down to the most appropriate treatment level.
  • Right on Time: Our convenient evening program is offered four hours a day from Monday through Thursday for a minimum of six weeks.

THREE VISIONARIES ARE TRANSFORMING CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT

A Healing Place – The Estates was conceived by industry professionals who have nearly 100 years combined experience:

  • Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead, LMFT, ACRPS: Our Chief Clinical Officer is the Developer and author of the Addiction-Free Pain Management ® System.
  • Dr. Joseph A. Cabaret, MD: Our Chief Medical Officer is triple-board certified in Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Anesthesiology.

  • John C. Stenzel: Our Chief Executive Officer is an industry forerunner with nearly 40 years in senior management and entrepreneurship roles for global healthcare-related organizations.

To learn more about a strategic approach to chronic pain management you can check out my book Freedom From Suffering: A Journey of Hope where I have developed seven strategic steps to effective chronic pain management.

Please check out my new venture in starting up an integrated chronic pain management program—A Healing Place – The Estates.

Seeing Chronic Pain Flare Ups As Learning Opportunities

August 19, 2016 by Steve Grinstead

Whenever I experience pain, I find it very helpful to ask: “What is my pain trying to tell me?” I believe that pain is trying to tell me that something is wrong and that I had better find out what exactly is wrong and find a way to fix it. Today I want to see my pain flare ups as learning opportunities. Please check out my video blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

To understand the language of pain, I first must understand how the pain echoes and reverberates between my physical, psychological, and social dimensions of my life. Pain is truly a total human experience that affects all aspects of human functioning.

When it comes to my pain management, knowledge is power. Once I know what is really going on with my body and mind I can start to take action to effectively manage my pain. In fact, I’ve found that it’s crucial to stop believing pain is my enemy and embrace it as my friend. I know this is easier said than done. Many people I’ve shared this with have looked at me like I’m crazy when I tell them that if they want to have the kind of relief that I’ve learned to have they must make peace with their pain and that pain is their friend. They tell me—very strongly in some cases—that they can’t buy it, but nevertheless it is true.

My Three Most Important Action Steps

1. Stop Believing Pain Is My Enemy!

2. Make Peace With My Pain!

3. Start Embracing Pain As My Friend!

I have been living with my own chronic pain condition for over thirty two years now. I still have periodic episodes of pain flare ups where I need to put into practice all that I’ve learned. Like everyone living with a chronic pain condition some days are better than others, but even on the bad days, one thing is certain – pain does not control my life.

This peacemaking was something I had to resolve for myself early on in my own chronic pain management journey. I always ask people suffering with chronic pain this question – are you willing to make peace with your pain or do you want to continue to suffer?

In essence what I’m asking them is: are you willing to do what is necessary to make pain your friend and move on with your life? As you might imagine and perhaps you’re thinking this yourself, they looked at me like I’ve lost my mind and have told me so in no uncertain terms! Nevertheless the question opened the door for a deeper level of healing to begin.

When I was willing to consider that my pain could be more of an ally than an enemy, the next step to developing an effective chronic pain management plan was to learn all I could about my pain and how to intervene in an appropriate way that continually improves the quality of my life.

Below are just some of the non-medication based pain flare up activities I use or have used over the past 32 years—though not at the same time and not necessarily in this order.


Meditation And Relaxation
Emotional Management
Massage Therapy
Physical Therapy
Chiropractic Treatment
Acupuncture
Biofeedback, Hypnosis
Yoga/Tai Chi
Diet/Nutrition
Prayer
Sweat Lodges
Self-Help Groups
TENS Units, Rolfing/Hellar
Sleep Hygiene
Music
Swimming
Hydrotherapy
Pain Journaling
Art Therapy,
Acupressure,
Ice / Heat
Guided Imagery

There are many more choices out there including safe and effective medication and medical interventions. Find what’s right for you. Make a list of three or four of these you are willing to learn how to effectively implement and find a couple of accountability partners to help you.

To learn more you can check out my book Freedom From Suffering: A Journey of Hope where I have an entire section on this topic.

Please check out my new venture in starting up an integrated chronic pain management program—A Healing Place – The Estates.

Dr. Grinstead Presenting At The 43rd Annual Kentucky School On Alcohol And Other Drugs

July 26, 2016 by Dr. Steve Grinstead

Last week I presented at the 43rd Annual Kentucky School on Alcohol and Other Drug Studies. This year I presented day long for three days. On the first day I presented a new topic for this school Relapse Prevention For Eating Addiction. On the second day I was asked to present Medication Dilemmas in Recovery. And on the third day back by popular demand Taking The Mystery Out Of Relapse based on the Gorski-CENAPS® Relapse Prevention Model. Please watch my Video Blog and then read on about the school. 

The 43rd Annual Kentucky School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies, was held July 17-21, 2016, and it was their largest event ever with over 800 participants registered and over 100 last minute walk-ins. This years participants enjoyed the new speakers and topics, as well as some favorites from years past, and the resources, services, programs and products available at the Exhibit Hall.

They are looking forward to next year. So mark your calendars now for the 44th annual Kentucky School for Alcohol and Other Drug Studies, tentatively scheduled for July 23-27, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Grinstead Defining Relapse At His Last Relapse Prevention Retreat In Sacramento

June 19, 2016 by Dr. Steve Grinstead

Defining Relapse

I was very excited and at the same time sad about my upcoming journey. We actually over-booked and had 24 people—four more than I had planned. The sad part and exciting part was I’m closing my Sacramento office and moving to open a practice in Southern California—you’ll be hearing more about this in the coming months. Please watch my video below where I’m defining relapse at my last Experiential Day Of Relapse Prevention Planning.

As you may know many people who are committed to recovery end up becoming dysfunctional in recovery and may even end up drinking or using again despite their best intentions. Knowledge is Power! To avoid a future relapse you must develop certain skills. In this day of relapse prevention planning my participants learned how to identify and manage self-defeating ways of thinking that could justify a relapse.

Together we explored how to Identify and Manage Self-Defeating Ways of Thinking that often justify a relapse. Sometimes these are referred to as The Inner Saboteur, Monkey Mind, or The Committee in the Head. Most often we just call it Denial. A return to denial is just the beginning of a potential relapse. The relapse cycle often starts when people cut back or stop doing what helped them get clean and sober in the first place—they stop growing!

Please go to our Online Catalog to check out all of the books on relapse by Terence T. Gorski and me.

Dr. Grinstead Announces The Final Workshop At His Sacramento Office

June 9, 2016 by Dr. Steve Grinstead

I’m very excited and sad about my upcoming journey. The sad part is I’m closing my Sacramento office and moving to open a practice in Southern California—you’ll be hearing more about this in the coming months. Please watch my video below about my very last Experiential Day Of Relapse Prevention Planning then Sign Up Now Right Here for the workshop because our space is limited there are only 4 slots remaining.

An Experiential Day of Relapse Prevention Planning

Sign Up Now To Develop Your Own Relapse Prevention Plan

Join me on Saturday June 18, 2016 for an experiential Day of Relapse Prevention Planning. As you may know many people who are committed to recovery end up becoming dysfunctional in recovery and may even end up drinking or using again despite their best intentions. Knowledge is Power! To avoid a future relapse you must develop certain skills. In this day of relapse prevention planning you will learn how to identify and manage self-defeating ways of thinking that could justify a relapse.

This Is The Last Time In Our Sacramento Office

We are closing our Sacramento Office and moving to Southern California so please don’t miss this opportunity to attend this final experiential workshop.

Together we will explore how to Identify and Manage Self-Defeating Ways of Thinking that often justify a relapse. Sometimes these are referred to as The Inner Saboteur, Monkey Mind, or The Committee in the Head. Most often we just call it Denial. A return to denial is just the beginning of a potential relapse. The relapse cycle often starts when people cut back or stop doing what helped them get clean and sober in the first place—they stop growing!

Sing Up Before It’s Too Late By Going to Our Registration Page NOW!

Onward & Upward,f

Dr. Steve Grinstead

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