Addiction-Free Pain Management®
Chronic pain management is a serious health crisis facing the world today. In fact in June 2011 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) stated that the cost of chronic pain management in the United States alone today is over $635 Billion per year in direct medical costs and lost productivity. When you combine that with a person undergoing chronic pain management who is also experiencing other co-existing disorders such as addiction to prescription pain medication, then the problem reaches even more epidemic proportions. Every week on the news or in the media there are reports on the problematic use and/or abuse of prescription drugs used in the treatment of chronic pain. The numbers of people impacted are staggering.
Unfortunately, the research numbers don't come close to capturing the cost of the human pain and suffering experienced by those individuals whose pain condition is either under-treated or mistreated. When you add the impact on family and friends it becomes even more appalling. Throughout my career I have seen many people relapse and some even die as a result of problems with their chronic pain management, addiction, and other coexisting medical and psychological disorders. As someone who has lived with chronic pain for many years and has worked professionally with this population since 1984, I have been committed to developing a treatment solution to address it.
In 1996, building upon my clinical experience and research, I conceptualized the Addiction Pain Syndrome™ that I describe in my Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog The Addiction Pain Syndrome™ — The Synergistic Impact when Chronic Pain and Addiction Meet.
About that same time I also began collaborating with Terence T. Gorski and the Gorski-CENAPS® Corporation to develop the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Treatment System. The APM™ Treatment System is based in part on the Gorski-CENAPS® Developmental Model of Recovery. It also includes the best practice standards reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) along with the leading chronic pain management research. Mr. Gorski’s expertise and commitment to APM™ has been invaluable. Please visit the Gorski-CENAPS® Website to learn more about Mr. Gorski and the Gorski-CENAPS® Corporation.
During the course of my training and consultation work with over thirty thousand healthcare professionals and therapists at more than 400 training seminars in key cities across the United States and Canada, I have consistently heard how challenging it is for clinicians and treatment programs to help patients manage a chronic pain condition. The Addiction-Free Pain Management® Treatment System addresses these challenges and increases positive treatment out comes for healthcare facilities and clinicians looking for an effective methodology to incorporate into their current program curriculum. To learn more about how Dr. Grinstead’s consulting and training services, please visit our HealthCare Professionals page. You can review The Addiction-Free Pain Management® Training Overview here.
For those agencies seeking a higher level of competency and recognition in The Addiction-Free Pain Management® Treatment System, they can pursue the APM™ Center of Excellence (COE) Designation. Please visit the APM™ COE page for more information.
Don’t forgot to check out the publications and modules I've developed at our Book Store Page to help both clinicians and their patients who live with complex chronic pain conditions develop effective chronic pain management plans.