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tele-seminars 2014 Guest Archive

We are offering a series of both live and pre-recorded interviews where Dr. Grinstead is Talking With The Experts In Healthcare on topics that are crucial in our mission to Help End Suffering—One Person At A Time.

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Is There an Antidote To Chronic Pain?

December 10, 2014 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM Board Certified Family Practitioner
Mel Pohl, MD

Join us for an engaging interview where Dr. Mel Pohl and Dr. Stephen Grinstead to discuss the ongoing issues and controversies regarding chronic pain management with coexisting addictive disorders. Since there has been so much focus on problems with prescription medication abuse we will be talking about how and why some of the medications that are being used to treat chronic pain may actually be causing patients problems instead of helping them. We will also explore how extremely challenging it is for people living with chronic pain who have developed an addictive disorder to find recovery, as well as access to the kinds of services and resources they need in order to achieve freedom from suffering and move beyond surviving to thriving.

Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM Board Certified Family Practitioner is Vice President of Medical Affairs and the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center. Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing Las Vegas Recovery Center’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Dr. Pohl is the former chairman of ASAM’s AIDS Committee, a member of the Symposium Planning Committee, a member of the planning committee for ASAM’s Annual “Common Threads, Pain and Addiction” Course and co-chair of ASAM’s Pain and Addiction Workgroup.

Dr. Pohl is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2009 to present.

Dr. Pohl is also the author of A Day Without Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2008), which won a silver medal from Independent Publisher Book Award in May 2009. A Day Without Pain, Revised Edition (Central Recovery Press) was published in 2011.

Dr. Pohl’s newest book, The Pain Antidote: The Proven Program to Help You Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers – and Reclaim Your Life (Da Capo), will be available spring 2015.

Learn More Here About Dr. Pohl and His Work.

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Ending Homelessness One Woman - One Family - At a Time.

November 5, 2014 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Lisa Culp
Lisa Culp

While working at Loaves & Fishes for more than 10 years on local issues regarding homelessness, Ms. Culp watched mothers raising their children on the streets. She watched those children grow up, still homeless, to become mothers of new babies born into homelessness. She knew there must be a solution to this cycle of poverty and the idea of making a difference for women and their children formed. Ms. Culp developed focus groups and listened to women share their stories and their needs. In 2001 she worked hand-in-hand with community leaders and volunteers to create Women’s Empowerment, which proved to be an immediately successful solution in ending the cycle of poverty in Sacramento. Since that time, Women’s Empowerment has served 1,177 women and their 2,552 children (all of whom Ms. Culp knows by name). Ms. Culp serves as Executive Director of the now independent nonprofit, Women’s Empowerment, which earned Nonprofit of the Year in 2009.

In 2008, Ms. Culp received the Woman of the Year Award from the National Association of Business Women for her vision in founding the organization. In 2010, she earned the Ruby Award for her efforts to serve the homeless, a distinction granted on a regional level.

To learn more about this amazing program Ms. Culp developed please check out the link below and find out how you can support their mission of ending homelessness one woman - one family - at a time.

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Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom

September 24, 2014 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Join us for an engrossing interview where Ms. Marti MacGibbon and Dr. Stephen Grinstead talk about Ms. MacGibbon’s dynamic and dramatic story that led to her exciting memoir, Never Give in to Fear. Be prepared to laugh and cry in this fast paced hour where Ms. MacGibbon shares her sensational story and what she is now doing to make a difference in many people’s lives.

Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, CAPMS.
Marti MacGibbon,

Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, CAPMS.

Few speakers have a personal comeback story as riveting and inspirational as Marti. She has recovered from and triumphed over nightmare experiences such as being trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime, homelessness, domestic violence, post traumatic stress disorder and hard-core drug addiction. Marti employed simple, effective strategies to transform her life, and shares them to motivate, encourage, and energize audiences.

Marti is a member of the National Speakers Association, an inspirational speaker, standup comic, certified addiction treatment professional, and author of the nationally award winning memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom. Marti is an internationally known author and an expert on trauma resolution and addiction. She holds five professional certifications in her specialized field, including the ACRPS, (Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, and the CAPMS (Certified Addiction-Free Pain Management Specialist).

In addition to speaking to business professionals and hospital administrators and staff on overcoming adversity and inspiration, Marti speaks to raise awareness about human trafficking, domestic violence, and other violence against women. She has spoken at The Museum of Tolerance, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, at colleges and universities, and even from the center of an MMA octagon at, “Fight Traffic,” an anti-human trafficking cage-fighting event. She’s been interviewed in Investors Business Daily and Entrepreneur, on ABC-TV, CBS-TV, and numerous radio stations, and articles she wrote have appeared in over 150 corporate and trade magazines.

An advocate for victims and survivors, Ms. MacGibbon is a member of the anti-trafficking task force IPATH, Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans, and teaches a life skills class for women at risk in Marion County Jail. She has spoken to the California State Legislature in support of new legislation aimed at eradicating child sex trafficking and reducing demand.


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Ms. MacGibbon’s website is


MacGibbon Never Give in to Fear Book Cover

To learn more about Marti’s book Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom please go to the link below.

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Listen to Dr. Grinstead online!

Dr. Grinstead participated in a live radio interview with Marti MacGibbon on PURE Motive Radio Network. The topics range from Marti MacGibbon's personal experiences in recovery management to Dr. Grinstead's research and ever-growing services. Tune in to the most recent replay below!

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The Evolving Sciences of Pain and Addiction

August 27, 2014 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Join us for an engaging interview where Dr. Darryl Inaba and Dr. Stephen Grinstead discuss the ongoing issues and controversy regarding chronic pain management with coexisting addictive disorders. We will be covering how and why some medications being used to treat chronic pain may actually be causing the problem. You will also hear some of the exciting history of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury Clinics and the role Dr. Inaba played in their exciting learning experience with the city’s many substance abusers.


Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD, CATC V
Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD, CATC V


Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD, CATC V is currently the Director of Clinical and Behavioral Health Service, Addictions Recovery Center, Medford Oregon and Director of Research and Education at CNS Productions, Inc. in Medford Oregon. Dr. Inaba is a Lifetime Fellow at Haight Ashbury Free Clinics in San Francisco and Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at the University Of California San Francisco School Of Pharmacy. He also serves as Special Consultant/Instructor for the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies. While working at the Haight-Ashbury Clinics, Dr. Inaba supervised the clinical treatment of over 250,000 self-referred substafance abusers. He is also noted for his work in developing culturally consistent treatment services with the National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse and the aGlide Memorial Church’s African American Extended Family Recovery Center in San Francisco. Additionally, Dr. Inaba has served on numerous boards and commissions and he has received over 90 individual awards of merit including awards from the California Society of Addiction Medicine and the California Association of County Drug Program Administrators. He earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy in 1971 and is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC) Level V.

Dr. Inaba is the author of several publications and award winning educational videos on all aspects of substance abuse work. He and Mr. William Cohen co-authored Uppers, Downer, All Arounders that is used as the principal text on substance use disorders in over 300 U.S. universities and has been translated in over 6 foreign languages. The publication is now in its 7th Edition published in 2011.

At the URL link below you can check out Dr. Inaba’s new video Beyond Opiates: A new perspective on the science of pain, explaining how extended use of prescription painkillers results in magnifying rather than diminishing pain.

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Addiction Treatment May Need Appropriate Medication Management to Avoid Relapse

July 30th at 5:00pm PT

Join us for an interview with Michael Parr, MD, Director of Dr. Michael Parr and Associates in Sacramento, California. Dr. Parr and Dr. Grinstead will be speaking about the needs of people with addictive disorders who are attempting to find recovery and the kinds of services and resources that should be available to them on their journey!

Dr. Michael ParrFor the past 25 years Dr. Michael S. Parr has been actively involved in the treatment of patients suffering from alcohol and chemical dependency, doing individual, group and family therapy. In 2006 Dr. Michael S. Parr & Associates opened as a private practice for alcohol/chemical dependency evaluation and treatment. Previously, Dr. Parr had practiced obstetrics and gynecology for over 25 years.

About Dr. Parr

Dr. Parr is federally certified to provide Buprenorphine/Suboxone outpatient treatment for opiate (Vicodin, Percodan and Oxycontin) withdrawal, which requires careful supervision by a physician. He was the founder and medical director of Mercy Perinatal Recovery Network, an outpatient program for addicted pregnant women. He served on the California Medical Board’s Physician’s Diversion Program as a member of the Diversion Evaluation Committee from 1994 until 2002 (reappointed for three years in 2005). In addition, he was appointed by State Senator John Burton to the California Bar Oversight Committee for the Lawyers Assistance Program.

Dr. Parr currently serves on the Diversion Evaluation Committee for the California Board of Registered Nurses. He was certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2008.

Dr. Parr remains associated with the Bi Valley Medical Clinic, providing treatment to addicts suffering primarily from opiate addiction or mental health disorders. He also serves as a medical and after-care consultant for the National Basketball Association in its player assistance program. In addition, Dr. Parr serves as a California Society of Addiction Medicine evaluator, allowing him to conduct comprehensive professional and fitness-for-duty evaluations.

For more information about Dr. Parr and his treatment group, please visit their website at “Dr. Michael S Parr M.D. and Sandra C. Johnson M.D.

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The Complexity and Simplicity of PTSD and Co-Occurring Disorders

June 25th at 5:00pm PT

In this engaging interview Jerry A. Boriskin, Ph.D. articulates a compelling case for understanding, respecting and mirroring the range, scope and consequence of surviving physical or emotional trauma. PTSD has been part of our lexicon since 1980, but relatively few providers are fluent in terms of expressing what it is and how to mirror the survivors’ emotional reality.

Dr. Boriskin believes that our fixation on evidenced –based approaches captures only parts of the multidimensional changes that require patient and provider to become fluent in a way that simplifies, demystifies and empowers clients to accept, forgive and move forward in a meaningful fashion. Simplification, not reductionism is a key tool of empowerment and activation. When the clinician better understands his or her role- educator, not repair man he/she can be far more effective in facilitating change for our most complex and damaged clients.

boriskinAbout Jerry Boriskin

Jerry Boriskin, Ph.D., C.A.S. has more than thirty-four years of experience as a licensed clinical psychologist, certified addiction specialist, consultant, national lecturer, and treatment program designer.

He is the author of PTSD and Addiction: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Counselors. A passionate advocate for integrated treatment, his vision anticipated the ongoing movement toward integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders, particularly those involving trauma. He has worked extensively with sexual abuse survivors and combat veterans. He is currently working with VA Northern California returning to his roots as a clinician treating veterans with complex PTSD.

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How To Become An Overnight Success in Forty Years

May 28th at 5:00pm PT

Join us for an interview with Terence T Gorski as we dive into what has brought him to such levels of success in his career. Here are some of the topics Terence and Dr. Grinstead will be speaking about:

- The importance of consistent, long-term effort

- Learning and integrating new information from a wide array of sources

- Expressing principles and practices in clear and easy to understand language.

- Empowering people to excel based upon honest self-evaluation and openness to the critique of others and feedback from applied research.

- Challenging people to do their best and keep recovering people first.

gorskiAbout Terence Gorski

Terence T. Gorski is a pioneer in the development of Relapse Prevention Therapy, who has achieved international acclaim for his work. He is considered a leader and authority in the addiction, behavioral health, social services, and correctional industries for his work in recovery and relapse prevention.

Mr. Gorski's practical approach to recovery and relapse prevention is based on more than forty years of experience as a therapist, supervisor, program administrator, and consultant. He has become a leading authority on the use of science-based models for preventing relapse. His unique approach to treatment system development is biopsychosocial in nature and integrates the use of cognitive, affective, behavioral, family, and community recovery methods.

Mr. Gorski is also a prolific author and has published such classics as Staying Sober: A Guide for Relapse Prevention, and Passages Through Recovery: An Action Plan for Preventing Relapse.

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Chronic Pain Patients Have Needs and We Can Help Them With These Needs!

April 17th at 5:00pm PST

Join us for an interview with Standiford Helm, MD, Director of the Helm Center in Laguna Hills, California. Dr. Helm and Dr. Grinstead will be speaking about the needs of chronic pain patients and the kinds of services and resources available to them along the road to recovery!

helmSince 1985, the Helm Center has been relieving chronic pain and improving your quality of life through customized, targeted, contemporary pain management. Dr. Standiford Helm and his team of associate doctors provide comprehensive pain management treatments for patients who experience a variety of chronic pain conditions. 24902 Moulton Pkwy. Suite 200 Laguna Hills, CA 92637

May also be listed as Laguna Woods–Phone (949) 462-0560 Fax (949) 462-3910.

About Standiford Helm, MD, MBA

A graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude) and Tufts University, Dr. Helm is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, with subspecialty certification in pain medicine. He has been practicing interventional pain management since 1982. A qualified medical evaluator, Dr. Helm works as a consultant and expert witness for multiple organizations. Plus he serves in leadership positions with many state and national pain management societies. He also publishes and lectures extensively.

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De-Stigmatize Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency: Interview with Barbara Thompson, Director of NCADD Sacramento

Barbara Thompson, Executive Director of NCADD Sacramento, has a wealth of experience – over 34 years! She has helped change the lives of so many who have been impacted by addiction and chemical dependencies. Her class, "Communicating with the Addict" has helped hundreds of police and parole probation officers throughout California communicate more effectively with impaired individuals, thereby making a difference in their lives.

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